ALABAMA: Smith Lake – Alabama Striped Bass Tournament

October 11th, 2012

Once this rain moves out, I expect a good amount of fish to move back into the pockets with fresh water flow. Over the past weekend the fish started moving so this should help to bring them back together.

I will be spending everyday this week on the week, I will have a in depth report by Friday.

Any striper club members can call me in between now and then if you plan on hitting the water before Friday for a up date. Registration started yesterday for November 10th’s striped bass tournament on Smith lake out of Speegle’s Marina. Checkout my website or call me for details, don’t miss your chance to fish in the only striped bass tournament in the state.

Also I will be running a special before the tournament on umbrella rigs, starting October 10th.

The Smith lake Striper club will be holding a meet on October 27th, call me if you interested in joining.

Mike Walker
Fishing 24/7 Guide Sevice
p: 205-503-2020

LOUISIANA: Bronze Beauties On Soft Plastics and Spoons

October 11th, 2012



Day 2 fishing the Cowboys and Cajun Redfish Rodeo had us leaving out of the Reel In Lodge bright and early!!

Our first stop was slow so we made a move and found 8 golden bronze beauties in a 100 yard stretch all on soft plastics and spoons. Made a third move and found the mother load of reds on cracked crab. We filled the box to where it would not close.

Everyone had a blast reeling in the big bronze backs.

Thanks guys for another exceptional trip.

Capt. Marty LaCoste
Absolute Fishing Charters
p: 985-856-4477

FLORIDA: Good Flats & Coastal Gulf Action in Sarasota & Charlotte Harbor

October 11th, 2012

Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released false albacore (little tunny), Spanish mackerel, trout, flounder, redfish and snook in Gasparilla Sound and the coastal gulf in that area during the past couple of weeks. We also caught and released numerous Spanish mackerel on fly poppers off of Longboat Key one day.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, and Jack McCulloch from Englewood, FL, fished Gasparilla Sound with me on Friday, 9/28. They started the day off with a bang landing a couple of 10-pound false albacore on CAL jigs with jerk worms and shad tails in the coastal gulf before we headed for the back country. They had steady action catching and releasing trout, flounder, redfish and snook on CAL jigs with a variety of tails. Jack finished the day strong with a 27″ snook on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

I was away visiting family in Delaware from 9/29-10/6, so I don’t have a Sarasota fishing report for that time frame. However, I did have an opportunity to fish Tangier Sound in Chesapeake Bay a couple of days while I was there. My brother Joey Grassett and I fished with our brother, Kirk Grassett, on his Jones Brothers 18′ Cape Fisherman, a perfect boat for those waters. One day we launched at Hooper’s Island, MD and another day we began our trip out of Crisfield, MD.

We had good action both days catching and releasing numerous striped bass (locally know as rockfish or stripers) and spotted sea trout on flies and jigs. It was great to have good action with trout! That area is at the northern extreme of the spotted sea trout’s range. We caught more than 15 trout with many of them from 18″ to 22″. The larger stripers were about the same size and very scrappy. We also caught and released a couple of blues and 3 small reds.

Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, FL, and I scouted the coastal gulf off Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island in his Hell’s Bay flats skiff on Wednesday, 10/10. We didn’t find much surface activity except for a few mackerel blasting out of the water in a few spots, but we couldn’t get them going. With not much to cast to on the surface, we looked for fish over structure and hit the jackpot. We found some bait holding over hard bottom and made a drift over it casting fly poppers. We caught and released numerous Spanish mackerel in the 3 to 4-pound class. It was fun watching them blow up on our poppers when they ate!

Back at home in Sarasota, fishing for false albacore (little tunny), Spanish mackerel and more in the coastal gulf should continue to get better as the water cools and baitfish schools become more concentrated. Although there have been reports of red tide from Casey Key south into Charlotte and Lee counties, it is currently clear in Sarasota from Siesta Key north. Fish deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay for trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and more. Shallow water fishing for reds, trout and snook should also improve as it gets cooler.

Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Srv
p: 941-923-7799

NEW MEXICO: N. East Lakes & Creeks – Trout fishing Fair Using Wooly Buggers

September 14th, 2012

Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 37 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using small wooly buggers, Cimarron specials, flash back pheasant tails, copper John Barrs, elk hair caddis, small Panther Martins, salmon eggs and worms. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.

Conchas Lake: The boat ramps are closed and will remain closed until water levels come up and are deemed safe for launching boats. Anglers may still launch nonmotorized craft such as canoes and kayaks. Fishing from the bank was slow to fair using minnows, spinner baits, nightcrawlers and worms for a mixed bag of walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and catfish. Try casting topwater lures in the morning hours for some good bass action.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs and small copper John Barrs.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Panther Martins, Arnies and Z Rays tipped with corn for kokanee and an occasional rainbow and northern pike. Anglers reported decent catches using light line rigs and lead line rigs to four colors. Fishing from the bank was fair using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs for a mixed bag of rainbow trout and perch. Fishing for northern pike was slow to fair using swim baits, spoons and spinners.
Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, homemade dough baits, Pistol Petes, parachute adams and wooly buggers.

Los Pinos: Trout fishing through the regular waters was good using copper John Barrs, bead-head hares ears and salmon eggs.

Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was slow.

Morphy Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait and worms.

Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 26 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using worms, salmon eggs, flashback pheasant tails, prince nymphs, hoppers and small spinners.

Red River: Water flow below the hatchery was 39 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using green copper John Barrs, PMDs and poundmeisters. Anglers also reported some good caddis action in the evening hours.

Rio Costilla: Water flow as of Monday was 5.6 cfs. Anglers reported some good trout action in spite of the low water conditions. They were using parachute adams and small tan baby boy hoppers. The key to success was putting the leader not the fly line over the fish.

Rio Grande: The water flow Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 184 cfs. Fishing pocket water near the John Dunn Bridge was good for anglers using hoppers and black deer hair parachute ants. A few trout were also taken on worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait.

Rio Hondo: Water flow near Valdez on Monday was 16cfs. Trout fishing was fair using elk hair caddis and small hoppers in the evening hours.

Rio Mora: Water flow near Terrero on Monday was 6.9 cfs. Trout fishing was slow to fair using worms and small copper John Barrs.

Shuree Ponds: The water level on the ponds has been quite low and fishing was reported as slow.

Springer Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Storrie Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, corn and cheese. We had no reports on other species.

Ute Lake: Fishing was generally slow for all species. There were a few smallmouth bass and largemouth bass taken by anglers using crank baits and tubes. Anglers trolling crank baits picked up an occasional walleye and white bass. There was also some brief topwater action for white bass. Fishing for catfish was slow to fair using chicken liver and dough baits. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was around 75 degrees.

New Mexico
Dept of Game and Fish

MISSOURI: Guides Doing Well Using Chompers, Tightlines & ROBO Finesse Worms

September 14th, 2012


Fishing guide trips continue to produce quantity and as well as quality despite the recent cold front. The shallow bite on the lower end has suffered some but the deep bite has remained consistent. Most Branson fishing guides have been doing very well using Chompers, Tightlines and ROBO finesse worms on a drop shot rig for suspended spotted bass. The majority of fish are holding close to something; tree tops, large docks or dock cables. Look for fish to be around 25′ – 35′ deep suspended over as much as 100′.

Kimberling City:

The Kimberling City area has some great fishing right now. The fish are a lot shallower in the mid lake than in Branson. Fishing guide trips have been very productive using Jewel football and spider jigs on gravel and mixed gravel points and flats. Look for fish to be around 12′ – 20′ deep holding tight to sharp drops and rock piles. There has been an inconsistent topwater bite in the morning, you need to have a topwater handy when the fish surface and make casts in front of the fish. Unfortunately, the bite has been too spotty to rely on.

James River:

Dirty water and high skies has been a good combo over the past week. The stained water of the mid and upper James River has produced better quality than the mid lake or Branson. Fishing guides have been catching some solid fish shallow throughout the day. Early in the day a buzz bait is hard to beat, look for shallow wood cover to be holding most of the fish, make multiple casts from different angles to each piece of wood to draw strikes. As the day wears on move out to around 10 ‘ -15′ deep and throw Jewel football and spider jigs on mixed gravel and rock banks and points. Most of the fish will be holding tight to wood or rock cover so be sure work every piece of cover thoroughly before moving on.

White River:

The White River has lived up to its reputation of being a diverse fishery over the past week. Unlike in Branson fishing guides have been able to catch fish with a wide array of baits and presentations on the White River. Early in the day the topwater bite has been great, spooks, Sammies and pop-r’s have all been productive, look for surfacing fish on gravel flats and points and cast in front of them to draw strikes. Once the sun comes up Jewel spider jigs and Carolina rigged creatures are producing on the same points 12′ – 20′ deep. The Kings River has some great shallow water action; shallow crankbaits and buzzbaits around wood cover has been working early, switch to an Eakins jig and craw combo once the sun comes up.

Capt. Eric Prey
Focused fishing Guide Service
p: 417-860-4743

WASHIINGTON: Small Clusters of Eggs Under a Bobber Produce Fair Results

September 14th, 2012

District anglers will begin focusing on fall chinook for the next several weeks. With chinook in good shape this early in the season, anglers are more likely to find eager biters earlier rather than later in the season. Small clusters of eggs under a bobber or backbounced should produce fair results on the Cowlitz, Kalama and Lewis Rivers.

The Lewis River opens up on September 15th for the retention of wild chinook and fishing should be good.

Drano Lake anglers are showing improved catches of fall chinook and as steelhead passage remains uncharacteristically strong for this time of year, they remain a viable option as well. The larger “B” strain of steelhead should be showing in good numbers for the next few weeks.

The Guides Forecast

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OREGON: Columbia River is Kicking Out Chinook Salmon

September 14th, 2012

The Columbia River is kicking out chinook salmon from Tongue Point all the way up to Bonneville Dam, with coho and steelhead being part of the catch to boot. Nearly 15,000 chinook a day are passing through the Bonneville Dam fish ladders and that number will likely double any day now. But surprisingly more than 1500 steelhead a day are still making the commute. Although Bonneville hasn’t seen the peak of its action yet, this fishery is already in full swing. Backtrolling sardine wrapped Kwikfish will be the preferred method for boaters while plunking a spinner, wobbler or spin n glow will work well for the bank bound anglers. The Bonneville fishery will peak by the end of September but last well into October.

Check the new regulations before fishing your stretch of the Columbia as new ones exist this year. Wobbler plunkers are finding sporadic success despite large numbers of fish passing through the Portland to St. Helens area. The upcoming stronger tide series may bolster catches.

There might be a few coho staging below the mouth of the Clackamas on the Willamette River but no successful reports have surfaced as of yet. Bass fishing will pick up with the cooler temperatures and any fall freshets.

The recent cool spell and lower overnight temperatures have combined to boost results for fly fishers targeting trout and steelhead on the McKenzie River.

Steelheading has been slow to fair on the South Santiam. On this and other rivers, try fishing below spawning salmon with roe or egg imitations.

No reports of coho on the Clackamas yet. Given that fewer coho have been planted the last few years, a small return is expected. These fish will shoot right up to Eagle Creek and the water below Rivermill Dam.

Reports have come in of a few coho being caught at the mouth of the Sandy and rumors of a handful milling around up at Cedar Creek. At the mouth, casting spinners is the method of choice either from a boat or wading out to the sand bar and casting into the deeper channel. When some measurable rain comes to the valley, the coho will pour up towards Cedar Creek.

The Guides Forecast

WISCONSIN: Lake Michigan – Rainbow & Lake Trout on Badger Tackle Reaper Spoon

September 14th, 2012

Fish Everywhere You Go In Milwaukee!

Surface temperature is 70 degrees and the fish are in the harbor and out to 190 feet of water.

East wind again
Warm water is back in after the northeast wind last weekend. Anglers are catching all species and you find the fish of your choice by working the temperature preference of your quarry.

The father son team of Brian and Michael Greenlees boated this great combo of Rainbow and Lake Trout in 155 feet of water on a Badger Tackle Reaper spoon. Reaper spoons are made by

Our best presentations are 8 color Cortland lead core and 225 copper on Church Walleye Planner boards. Downriggers 40 to 100 down and divers set to #2 with 125 to 150 feet of line out with the ring. Fish have been on regular and magnum spoons in a blue and silver or green and silver pattern. Our best boat speed is 1.7 to 2.0 mph on the Depth Raider.

Cold water is out over 100 feet of water 60 feet and down. Set up in 100 feet and troll east. Whitefish Bay is the shortest distance to deep water. Harbor fishing is turning on and on lumpy days you

Bluemax Charters
Capt. Jim Hirt

ILLINIOS: Lake Springfield – Bass Fair Using Jigs

September 11th, 2012

bass … fair using jigs in the evenings.

crappie … spotty

catfish … fair to spotty using cut baits & just a few on dip bait.

white bass … fair to spotty using bladebaits.

Larry’s Fishing Hole

AUSTRALIA: Kayak Fishing

September 11th, 2012

This week Craig Coughlan is filling in for Rob Paxevanos and Craig takes a look at Kayak Fishing Tournaments which are undergoing a surge in popularity.

Kayaks are a popular fishing platform for many of today’s anglers and with the large numbers of kayak anglers in the sport, the introduction of kayak fishing tournaments was inevitable.

In 2009, the first kayak only tournament series was introduced in Sydney, the Daiwa/Hobie BREAM kayak series, and it was a huge success.

Since 2009 the series has grown significantly to a 18 round series, covering all states in Australia except the Northern Territory plus a big 2 day Grand Final event.

In addition to the Daiwa/Hobie series, there is the Squidgies Southern Bream Series which covers waters from Sydney and south to Mallacoota in Victoria.

I have fished many of these events from both series since their introduction with mixed results and enjoyed every one of them. They attract anglers from near and far, making them a great social experience, and I met lots of people and made some good friends along the way.

The idea is to catch, and present 3 of your best Bream to the weigh master, and the heaviest bag wins. All fish must be presented alive at the weigh in and all fish must be released immediately after weighing.

Catching 3 bream within the required time period certainly sounds easy to me, and sometimes it is but on other days things just don’t go as planned.

Tournament fishing can be a real test of one’s patience and composure, a wrong decision could decide your whole day. In a boat, if you choose your destination and it is not fishing well you can simply fire up the outboard and head off to your next hot spot quickly. But in a kayak, obviously things move a lot slower so it is easy to waste a lot of time jumping between spots. Choosing your location to suit your preferred style of fishing for each event is important.

South Coast anglers have lots of events to choose from including those on the Clyde River, St.Georges Basin and the Shoalhaven river. These are an easy trip even for the masses that head down the mountain from Canberra, and it’s from these 3 venue’s I have experienced my best results with plenty of top 5 finishes plus a lonely win in my local, the Clyde river.

In Febuary this year, round 5 of the Daiwa/Hobie series was held at St.Georges Basin where I was lucky enough to scrape into 5th position earning me a spot in this years Grand Final, to be held at the Bemm River, Victoria in November where we all fish from identical kayaks to get us all on a level playing field.

The last time i was given the opportunity to fish a Grand Final was in 2010 in Forster NSW, and it was an experience i will never forget, and after missing out on last years Grand Final my only goal for this year was to qualify, so it was of course a huge relief to achieve that so early in the series to take the weight off my shoulders.

Anyone who fishes from a kayak, from the keenest of anglers to amateurs are welcomed into these events and I highly recommend giving it a go; they are a heap of fun and a great way to improve your skills. These event have given me the motivation I needed to visit some great fisheries along the East Coast that have been on my ‘to do list’ for a long time.

See you on the water

Craig Coughlan