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FLORIDA: Tropical Weather Tends to Jumpstart Redfish & Black Drum

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

What a difference a moth makes!!

A month ago the sweltering heat and humidity made early mornings a must. The early starts to our days rewarded us with beautiful early morning temperatures, NO rain (usually), and a sunrise that would rival any Caribbean island. Did I mention that the early morning fishing was fantastic as well? The earlier starts of last month provided my customers with banner Redfish, Black Drum, Snook, and Scalloping days due to the early morning activity that most Nature Coast gamefish tend to show this time of year due to the slightest drops in water temperatures.

The start of September on the other hand has been fantastic due to the lower humidity (as of late), the abundance of afternoon and evening showers, and I really can not tell you how much the winds and weather of Hurricane Isaac benefited our area. Throughout the summer months most of the Gulf lacks consistent winds which provideS a cool down through the churning of the seas. Without this churning the Gulf can become a sauna due to the lack of water movement. When hurricanes and tropical storms enter the Gulf the mixing of 81 degree Gulf water with 86 degree local waters not only provides a cool down but also infuses oxygen throughout all of our local waters allowing fish to feed more actively and also jumpstart migratory patterns.

Tropical Weather tends to jumpstart migratory species like Redfish and Black Drum into leaving their backcountry homes for the safer more nutrient rich offshore areas where these fish will begin their spawning ritual. The key to this migration for fishermen is that these fish will tend to school up before heading offshore to spawn, and before they leave they always gorge themselves on one more feast before making their long journey. This most definitely is the time of year that anglers tend to see spectacles that they only read about in magazines or watch on TV. Thousands of fish schools feeding on the surface turning 20ft of water into a giant Red mass is what this time of year is all about. And all it takes is to witness this event one day and you will be sold the rest of your life, just ask my customers Jay and Nancy Allen whom have had the opportunity to witness these events at least 6 times in the 7 years we’ve been fishing together.

Another added benefit to tropical weather is that it enhances currents, tides, and swells. That being said many migratory species pickup these currents and ride them to where ever they take them to. Bonita, False Albacore, and Tuna are noted species that follow this trend which would explain why over the recent weeks a handful of commercial fishermen have landed a number of Blackfin and Yellowfin Tuna along the Grouper Grounds just off our coast. As if that isn’t crazy enough an angler out of Homosassa reported not only hooked but landed an Atlantic Sailfish in the same waters where we troll for shallow water Grouper in 30ft of water.

To cap this amazing chain of events off comes the catch of the year along the Nature Coast. Tuna and Sailfish are great species known to every once in a while swim into our waters, but a BONEFISH to my knowledge has never been seen let alone caught along the waters of the Crystal River until now!!! Capt. Clay whom is a very good friend of mine and excellent Captain came across the first Crystal River Bonefish on September 1st. Obviously, this fish rode the currents of Hurricane Isaac but to know that there was a Bonefish swimming around my local waters shoots shivers up my spine. This is by far the greatest catch in Crystal River to date and I hope I hear of many more in the coming future!!!!

This just goes to show you, you never know what each day of fishing may bring. One day it could be a great battle with a Redfish or Shark, the next day you could be fighting the first of its kind for our area. The only way to do battle with the unknown is to get out and give it a shot.

Capt. Kyle Messier
Red Hot Fishing Charters
p: 352-634-4002


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TEXAS: West galiviston Bay – Sheepshead, Redfish & Black Drum Good on Shrimp & Crabs

Monday, September 12th, 2011

NORTH SABINE:
Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Drifters have worked slicks on shad and plastics. Tides are well below normal.

SOUTH SABINE:
Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Flounder are fair at the mouths of the bayous on a falling tide.

BOLIVAR:
Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Tides are well below normal.

TRINITY BAY:
Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on live shrimp. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs. Redfish are fair to good at the spillway on live bait.

EAST GALVESTON BAY:
Tides are well below normal. Trout are good on deep reefs when the wind allows. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY:
Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair to good at the jetty on live bait.

TEXAS CITY:
Trout are fair to good around Dollar Reef and April Fool’s Reef on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on crabs and shrimp.

FREEPORT:
Trout are fair to good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and mullet. Trout are fair to good on live bait on the Surfside beach. Black drum are good on the reefs in Bastrop Bay.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY:
Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Waders have taken better catches on the shorelines on small topwaters and croakers.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY:
Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on live shrimp at the mouths of Oyster Lake, Crab Lake and Shell Island.

PORT O’CONNOR:
Trout and redfish are fair on live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay and around Pass Cavallo. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.

ROCKPORT:
Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats and around Mud Island. Redfish are beginning to work in large schools.

PORT ARANSAS:
Redfish are fair at East Flats on topwaters and Gulps. Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Offshore is good for amberjack, kingfish, tuna and dolphin.

CORPUS CHRISTI:
Trout are fair on the edge of the spoils on Gulps, piggy perch and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the guts running parallel to the shorelines.

BAFFIN BAY:
Trout are good on topwaters and plum plastics around rocks and grass. Redfish are fair to good in knee-deep water on small Super Spooks, She Pups and SkitterWalks. Trout are good at the Land Cut on shrimp.

PORT MANSFIELD:
Trout are fair to good on the edge of the channel and around the spoils on scented baits. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on topwaters and soft plastics under a popping cork. Offshore is good for kingfish, ling and dolphin.

SOUTH PADRE:
Trout, redfish and snook are fair to good in South Bay and Mexiquita Flats. Tarpon and snook are good on DOA Shrimp at the jetty. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on live shrimp and mullet.

PORT ISABEL:
Trout and redfish are fair to good while drifting sand and grass flats on live shrimp, DOA Shrimp and Gulps under popping corks. Redfish are good on gold spoons along the shorelines.

Texas
Parks & Wildlife Dept


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TEXAS: Coastal Fishing – Sheepshead, Redfish and Black drum are good

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

NORTH SABINE:
Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Redfish are good in the marsh.

SOUTH SABINE:
Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Blue Buck Point on topwaters and live shrimp. Trout are good under slicks.

BOLIVAR:
Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY:
Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout are fair for waders on the east shoreline on topwaters.

EAST GALVESTON BAY:
Trout are good on the south shoreline on Catch 5s, MirrOlures and Catch 2000s. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Black drum are fair to good in the Ship Channel on crabs.

WEST GALVESTON BAY:
Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Trout, sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps. Trout are good on topwaters in the afternoon for waders.

TEXAS CITY:
Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp. Trout and black drum are good on the reefs on live shrimp.

FREEPORT:
Trout are fair at San Luis Pass on live bait. Sand trout, trout, redfish and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and at the jetties. Bull redfish are good just off the beach on sardines.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY:
Trout are fair to good over deep shell on Gulps and live shrimp. Trout are fair for drifters in the back lakes on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY:
Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on crabs. Waders have taken trout over sand and grass on topwaters.

PORT O’CONNOR:
Trout and redfish are fair on soft plastics over sand and grass near Grass Island. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. Trout, black drum and redfish are good at the jetty on mullet.

ROCKPORT:
Trout are fair to good in Morris-Cummings Cut on free-lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats on mullet and crabs.

PORT ARANSAS:
Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on gold spoons and small topwaters. Black drum are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish, trout and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.

CORPUS CHRISTI:
Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish are fair to good in the Packery Channel on crabs. Trout are good in Oso Bay on topwaters.

BAFFIN BAY:
Trout are fair to good over sand and grass on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp.

PORT MANSFIELD:
Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes. Black drum and redfish are good on crabs at East Cut.

SOUTH PADRE:
Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish have been taken at the jetty on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL:
Trout are good at Submarine Bar and Long Bar on DOA Shrimp and TTF Flats Minnows. Redfish are fair to good at Holly Beach on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp.


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MISSISSIPPI: Hot Bite Still On – Big Sheep Head, Black Drum & Redfish!

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Jake, Drew, and Cody were the first clients to fish the new boat.

Kinda like breaking in a new rod and reel, the first trip tells the tell. I think this boat is going to be a great fish catching machine. We had a ball and caught some nice fish. There was more smack talk and competion on this trip than most tournaments I’ve been around. I’m still laughing at some of the comments. The funniest was Cody had 88 nibbles. I believe he won that one.

Thanks for the charter and come back anytime.

Capt. Travis Paige
Shallow Draft Charters
P: 228-297-0207


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FLORIDA: Holiday Fishing Cranks Up as Cold Fronts Push Through

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Anna Maria December Fishing Report

The weather might be kind of cool, but that’s not the case when it comes to the fishing here off the Island of Anna Maria. I always enjoy this time of year and fishing around the first few cold fronts because it always makes for great fishing. A lot of people think the cold days are not as good as the warmer ones in the winter, but that simply couldn’t be any farther from the truth. I personally prefer the cooler days in the winter. Yes some of the more tropical species metabolism, like Snook, slows down and they don’t eat as much, but many of the other fish like Redfish, Trout, Black Drum, Flounder, and Sheepshead, the cold water in the 50s has little effect on whether or not they are hungry. So when it gets cold these guys are still hungry. The plus is the colder it gets the more and tighter the fish school up, and then compound that with low winter tides equals some really large schools of fish all piled up in the same hole. Of course with this many fish all in one spot it can make for some very fast easy fishing.

This past week has been one of those weeks so far. Cold water temps, but good fishing. Yesterday we landed 64 Redfish along with Trout, Black Drum, Flounder and Sheepshead. We have been catching at least 25 Reds a day, lot of smaller ones, but some nice keepers too.

Red fishing is good and should be good though the winter. The Black Drum fishing is good and should get even better as the water cools more.
There is some nice Sheepshead around and the larger ones should move in and continue to get stronger till February. Believe me a 6 or 7 pound Sheepshead is a lot of fun on light tackle and are really good to eat.

Trout fishing is good though they are catch and release till the season reopens Jan 1st. There is also some nice Flounder mixed in with our catch and that should remain the same throughout the winter months.

Pompano fishing is fair at the moment, I have not been targeting them myself, but if it picks up a little more as we get into our winter months I look forward to catching them. They are an awesome target when the action is fast.

I had been catching a lot of Grouper before the last cold snap in close in the bay. I have not targeted them since because the backwater fishing has been so good. Maybe I will give them a try this week if I find a lull in the fishing at some point.

Well that’s my report and it’s a great time to be on the water if you like a lot of action.

Good luck on the water and happy holidays.

Capt. Matt Ercoli
Fly the Flats Fishing Charters
P: 800-521-2872


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MISSISSIPPI: Light tackle Fishing, Reds, Sheepshead, Black drum

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

That darn o’l WHIPASNAPA CHARTER BOAT has taken a large variety of guest (friends) on some great light tackle trips last few days. Guest have come from, Illinois, Ohio, S. Carolina, Louisiana, and others. Have consisted of doctors, lawyers, pilots, chemist, computer techs, engineers and many others. And we have caught just about everything that swims, mostly black drum, strong sheepshead bite also, trout and ground mullet, reds just to name a few. Three very good trips!!

As everyone knows it takes good karma and a few other things to make a trip a lil more memorable. And on these 3 everything just seem to click.. We were fishing just fresh dead (SHRIMP) and a few on live shrimp and minnows (peter mullet and small croaker), slow dragging across the bottom in numerous spots along the BILOXI Back Bay Biloxi! Lots of hard fighting drag ripping make ya slap your grand maw runs, lead to some great excitement.
Mostly catch and release, but the avg. were 6-12 sheepshead 3-6lb, 15-25 black drum 4-8lb, couple flounder, reds, specks, (white trout and ground mullet) were thick but we were looking for lil more fight.

I, CAPTAIN; Robert “Earl” McDaniel, would like to thank everyone that trust in the WHIPASNAPA CHARTER BOAT AND IT’S CAPTAIN for there outings into the Gulf of Mexico. It is an honor and a blessing to be able to take so many great people on these great boating adventures.
Thanks everyone for helping out and being patient with fish and capt. sometimes it was a very trying year with the spill and all but hey, soon as we got waters opened back up. Folks jumped right back on and the fishing this year has really been extraordinary!!! So have our guest!! And I believe we gona come out pretty good considering. Right now from my eyes it looks -good-great! Fish, water and all looks very good. So look forward to seeing each of our friends with some of their friends back for more WHIPASNAPA adventures next year!!

Have a great Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a very blessed and Happy New Year!!!!

Capt. Robert McDaniel
Whipasnapa Charters
P: 228-229-6978


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MISSISSIPPI: Cold Snap Drives In Big Sheepshead, Black Drum, Specks Into Bays

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Last couple of trips were half-a-day outings, and the bite was very good considering we had to fish in poor weather conditions…rain and wind.

On one trip anglers caught plenty of white trout and black drum, a father and daughter duo. They fished well and you can see from the pics they went home with a fine mess of fish on an afternoon trip.

Today had another fun group from Georgia, and they boxed approxsimately 30 black drum and big sheepshead. It was blowing a gale, and it took a while to find the fish in deep water. Bottom line…we found them!

Few days ago took friends to Cumbest Bayou in Moss Point, MS and we caught some really fine white trout and speckled trout. That’s the area I duck hunt.

On that trip I took my 19-foot G3, and we scouted plenty of redheads already down. Don’t forget that TEAM BRODIE CHARTERS conducts diving duck hunts too, and the season begins the day after Thanksgiving.

And yes, the speckled trout have moved into our coastal rivers and bayous. Casting and slow trolling soft-plastics is a fun way to fish for the specks, and the river settings are simply gorgeous.

It’s still on…come on down…let’s fish!

Regards and many thanks to all.

Capt. Robert L. Brodie
Team Brodie Charters
P: 228-697-7707


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MISSISSIPPI: Pinch Me! Very Successful Fishing Continues!

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Pinch Me! Very successful fishing continues!!

Early week had the Fossum family from Pocatello, ID. and they started the WHIPASNAPA CHARTER BOAT (BILOXI,MS) off very strong. Was a catch and release trip which been running quite a few of lately (that’s why the pictures have been down). But most decide to keep a few when I tell them have a few places that will cook their catch for them. Been sending most to Shaggy’s (Pass Christian) and they seem to be doing a fabulous job! Anyway the Fossum started out with some hot action on some very nice ground mullet, white trout(2 at a time) bout as fast as it hit the water. They were on and we were having a blast! After about 2hrs of that we went to the Island where the sharks and big bull reds kept us very happily entertained with some drag ripping runs and a few mad dashes around the boat for another couple hours.

The Hill and Hopp Crew from Cedar Rapids, Iowa had a blast on a 4hr light tackle excursion also were flounder (couple really nice ones), reds, black drum, white trout, and ground mullet once again made for some hot action. Even had 2 really nice SOW drum for a photo fish! Boy; people can’t believe I use the big ol $3.50lb shrimp to feed to the fish, but hey whatever it takes to catch quality fish for our guest. They took a good amount of them over to Shaggy’s for some extremely fine eating!!!!!!!!!!

The Mikes,(Westmoreland from Virgina) and (Mong from Gulport) also did the 4hr light tackle trip Sunday and about the same. A lot of hard battling reds, bet we had 10 between 16 & 18″ but only 1 over; a pile of puppy drum 4 to 5lb which fight and taste just as good. Really great times, beautiful weather on a great boat with a good fish bite and good companionship.WOW!!!!! PINCH ME!!!!!!

Times really wrapping up quickly for this fishtastic 2010 season. For the most part I am booked the rest of the snapper days think have 1 Friday left. But a few of the trips or welcoming guest to join so contact us and lets see if we can get you HOOKED UP::::all day offshore for 150 its worth that all day long trust me…

Capt. Robert McDaniel
Whipasnapa Charters
P: 228-229-6978


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FLORIDA: The Fun of Fall Fishing

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Cooling temps, changing weather patterns and an abundance of bait fish are what most anglers are homing in on these days on the local flats off the Nature Coast. As the summer heat begins to give way to cooling temps and fall breezes, many inshore fish begin migrating from their offshore haunts back into the nutrient rich inshore creeks, cuts, coves and flats that scatter our local water ways. Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Pompano, and Jack Crevalle are commonly the first on the scene, and when they arrive they tend to arrive in force.

It just so happens that the inshore arrival of many of the top game fish coincides with the major migration of mullet, herring, glass minnows, and ballyhoo that are making their return voyage offshore to spawn. It’s when these two migratory groups meet for the first time that all of the fire works really begin. During a recent trip with a group of clients where we were specifically targeting heavily feeding fish on the surface, I witnessed a Jack Crevalle bust a 4lb mullet out of the water with such ferocity that it was shot out of the water nearly 15ft in the air before being engulfed upon its return. That is exactly what anglers have to look forward to when targeting the return of these heavily feeding fish: Major explosions, Acrobatic leaps of faith, and drag screaming runs for cover.

The interesting aspect to consider when targeting these migratory species is that normally these fish tend to leave and return together. So it is not unheard of to see 100+ fish schools returning to the shallows. With this scenario not only considered a possibility but a probability it pays to have multiple rods rigged and ready with a variety of baits and lures just in case these fish decide they want baits that are big or small or lures that can be retrieved fast or slow. It never hurts to be prepared for all situations. I always like to have 2 rods rigged with casting spoons (Barbs Pinched) for extremely aggressive Big Jacks, 2 rods rigged with ¼ oz jigs for the fish that are feeding just below the surface like Speckled Trout and Ladyfish, and I even bring along a couple more rods that can be rigged with live bait if the situation calls for it.

During your travels if you find that some of the schools of fish you are targeting are a little harder to approach than others I have found a great way to bring these fish into closer casting quarters. On all of my charters these days I bring a rigged spinning rod with a HUGE topwater plug (NO hooks). This works very well for enticing large schools of fish closer to the boat. The trick when using this technique is to work the lure as fast as you can on the surface to draw the attention of feeding fish. You may even want to tie on a small piece of wire to ensure that these fish are not able to make off with your “Hookless Beauty.”

With cooling temps approaching, great fishing action abound, and a variety of species to target this is an Awesome time of year to take in some great Nature Coast Fishing.

Capt. Kyle Messier
Red Hot Fishing Charters
P: 352-634-4002


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FLORIDA: End Of August….No Sweat Fishin'

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Finally…cooler weather.

Overcast skies, wet weather? It’s okay. Cuz, it hasn’t been 110 in the shade. And as the days shorten. It’s been so much more comfortable. Can’t wait till that first hint of fall in the air. But we’re not there just yet.

The Redfish are priming up for the fall spawn already. The finger Mullet are numerous and all over the place. Shrimp can be caught at the boat ramp dock at Mayport, and in the creeks.

The tropics are active. It’s dark at 7am. and Dark just after 8pm.

Football is about to start, and hopefully Sunday’s will have people think pig skin and tail-gating instead of wearing out the jet-skis.

I’ve fished on some cloudy days, windy days, and slick calm days lately. Each has it’s own challenges.

Variety is coming and coming quick. Trout, Flounder, Redfish, Jacks, Ladyfish, Croakers, Black Drum, Shark, Tarpon, and even though the kids are back in school doesn’t mean a little vacation can’t be had in Jacksonville-Amelia Island-Ponte Vedra or Jacksonville Beach.

By October we’re into my favorite time of year. So don’t hestitate to get while the gettin’ is good. Summer in the hot sun maybe fishing time for many. But belive me when I say, it’s not the top season for N.E. Florida.

Fall is way better.

C’mon….let’s go fishing, aboard the Jettywolf.

Capt. Dave Sipler
Capt Dave Sipler’s Sport Fishing
P: 904-642-9546


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5 Inch Offset & 10Ft Pole
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Bow Mounts
3 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
6 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
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10" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Poles
5" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
10" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
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Motor Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole