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MISSISSIPPI: Ended the Day With 9 Trout, 4 Reds & 1 Flounder

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

…Now to get to the fishing…I had Will, Bill, Jim, and Mark on Saturday. The first three guys on the list surprised Mark with a charter for his birthday. Mark is a local contractor doing some great work with Habitat for Humanity. I will let you in on a little tip. If you are going to surprise your brother-in-law with a charter, don’t pop up at his house with all the kids and wives the night before, “Surprise we are all staying here for a couple days.” That was 13 people and 1 dog crashing Marks birthday weekend, non the less he seemed in good spirits and happy to be on the water with family. We pounded the marsh looking for that one great bite which did not come. All the trout and bait I was finding a week or two ago has seemed to vanish. I can’t figure it out, maybe the rain, maybe it was just the first wave of trout, and this next full moon will bring a new batch of fish. We did how ever supplement the lack of trout with red fish. We found plenty of reds we probably caught over 20, the size was not all there but the action was pretty good. We ended the day with 10 trout 8 reds and 2 flounder. Not the box full we were hoping for, but a beautiful day on the water with great people!

Sunday I had Pat and Ryan from Georgia. I met Pat at the Saltwater Sportsman Seminar a year ago. Pat and Ryan both were eager to get to the marsh and away from the sounds of slot machines for a little while. We did much of what I did the day before, hunting. We could never find more then one or two trout per spot. It wasn’t a matter of finding good water, I found some of the prettiest water I have seen in a week. Again the bait was just not there along with the fish. The bright part of the day was to see Ryan catch the first two reds, which were also his first two reds, on 10lb test. We get them in the boat and Ryan says,”That’s 4-4.5lbs”, so I weigh it and sure enough, 4.5lbs. Well, his dad Pat gets one in the boat and Ryan says,”That’s 6lb”, he was right on again. Come to find out he has been working in a meat market for ten years. These guys were a pleasure to be around and am looking forward to fishing with them in the fall. We ended the day with 9 trout, 4 reds, and 1 flounder.

Capt. Matt Tusa
Shore Thing Fishing Charters
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FLORIDA: If You Got the Zartan’s I Got the Flounder

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The St Petersburg flounder fishing report has been plenty of flounder and big ones to boot! Flounder fishing has kicked off a wee bit early this year in Tampa Bay! If the November flounder fishing is a harbinger of things to come in January & Febuary, Bay area flounder fishermen are in for a “reel” treat!

Doormat size flounder have been the rule and not the exception. It seems everyone has a big flounder story to tell. Ours was a 25 incher caught on a chunk of ladyfish while fishing for redfish west of Tarpon Key. A report from O’Neils Marina tells of a 28 incher caught last week around Boca Ceiaga Bay. Tampa fishing guides Captain Jeremy Heimes & Captain Mike Murray have similar tales of big flounder. So, where did all these fat flat fish come from? Heck if I know, but we are delighted to have ’em!

Traditionally, a flounder over 20 inches is some what of rarity in Tampa Bay. Tampa flounder are typically smaller than those caught on the East Coast and we don’t catch the numbers they do either. Most flounder caught here in the Bay Area are by-cathches boated by trout and redfish anglers. However, things have been changing and the flounder fishing has gotten better and better in Tampa Bay.

Flounder fishing in St Pete is something not often talked about, but it should be, There aint a finer eating fish and the Tampa flounder fishery has come a long way in the past ten years. So, get out there and get- urrrr done or call Captain Sean & I will show you how!

If you got the Zartan’s I got the flounder.

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Capt. Sean Hagen
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FLORIDA: Snook, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Flounder & Jack Crevelle Caught Along Oyster Bars

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Fishing started out pretty good and improved throughout the week. Very low tides have speckled trout and Spanish mackerel cruising the edges of grass flats that fall sharply into deeper water. Snook, redfish, mangrove snapper, flounder and jack crevelle are being caught along oyster bars and mangrove shorelines on the north end of Siesta Key. Live pilchards and threadfins accounted for most of the fish.

Long time client Terry Mark from Olean NY fished with me on Monday. We did well on Spanish mackerel to 3 lbs, speckled trout to 17″and ladyfish near the Ringling bridge. We ran to the mouth of Phillippi Creek and caught a couple of 3 lb jacks.

On Tuesday, Cathy and John Mlotzek from Ohio did very well despite a stiff NE breeze, landing 5 fat trout in the slot along with several Spanish mackerel, a bunch of ladyfish, and a couple of small flounder on live bait near Bird Key.

Wednesday was terrific! Keith Williams and his son Thomas from the UK experienced non-stop action on mackerel, decent trout, and large ladyfish near Bird Key. We then worked bars and shorelines at the north end of Siesta key and caught redfish, jack crevelle, flounder, and mangrove snapper. Thomas completed his “slam”, landing a snook on his last cast!

Wil Rutenschroer and his son Gary from Cincinnati, Oh fished with me later in the week. Action on speckled trout was very good, with the two of them landing fish of 24″, 21″, and 19″ on the deep edges near Bird Key. The fish hit large live shrimp. I netted up some bait and they caught Spanish mackerel and ladyfish, too. We finished up catching mangrove snapper and jack crevelle near the Stickney Pt Bridge.

Capt. Jim Klopfer
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N CAROLINA: Flounder & Redfish – Live Mullet and Shrimp Work Well

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Speckled trout fishing continues to improve.

Fish up to six pounds have been reported from Carolina Beach all the way to Topsail. Most fish seem top be in the two to two and half pound size though. Best lure choices have been Mirrolures, Doa shad tails, Rapala X-Rap jerk baits in size ten and Betts Halo shrimp.

Falling tide seems to be the best time to fish.

Flounder fishing is good along with redfish. Live mullet and shrimp work well along with Berkley Gulp. Blues have thinned out a bit but are still around.

Spots continue to be caught in the waterway and surf.

Tex’s Tackle
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LOUISIANA: Tips for Pulling Reds, Flounder from Calcasieu Lake Weirs

Friday, October 7th, 2011

The Calcasieu Lake weirs are heavily pressured because they are such obvious targets in a lake that is filled with hidden underwater reefs and secret spots that anglers hold close to their vests.

However, just because they are so obvious doesn’t mean they are simple. Sure, anybody can pull up and catch some redfish and flounder by fishing a shrimp on the bottom, but knowing the nuances of the weirs can turn a so-so day into a weir-fishing bonanza.

“You catch redfish on the weirs on an outgoing tide,” said Capt. Jeff Poe. “You do catch them on an incoming tide every now and then, but outgoing is best at any of the weirs.

“An outgoing tide pulls water out the marsh and into the lake. Flounder bite better on an incoming tide.”
Redfish and flounder, the two main weir fish, feed differently, according to Poe. Redfish pull out of the marsh when the tide falls and stack up on the lake side looking back at the weir to feed on bait washing through.

Redfish swim around and look for something to eat. Therefore, on an incoming tide, redfish move to the marsh side of the weir. On the other hand, flounder hide behind points and wait on something to swim by. That’s why they’re more consistent on the lake side during an incoming tide.

Poe pointed out that the middle of the deep water right out in front of the weirs isn’t the only place to fish. In fact, the entire cove around the weir can be really good, too, so there are more things do to if you pull up and the boats are stacked up right in front of the structure.

“When the tide is ripping, rig your plastic or shrimp on a 3/8-ounce lead head,” Poe said. “If the tide is slower, go down to a 1/4-ounce head.

“Either way, make long casts and be patient enough to let your bait fall all the way to the bottom.”

Chris Ginn
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MISSISSIPPI: Outskirts (of the Bays) Strong on Drum, Trout & Flounder

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Fish don’t bite to good at the house.

Man, that WhipaSnapa Charter Boat, out of Biloxi, Ms., bout to go into boating withdrawals!! Them winds been keeping us home for 2 weeks now. Last weekend did get out to the rigs one day out of 3. Sunday Mr. Brad Trussell an crew had a quite breezy start. With north wind to our back it was a decent ride out. And the winds laid just in time for the ride in. We did fairly well on some nice amberjacks, currents finally slacked up. But the water clarity is even worse. I don’t know, but we managed a limit on the amberjack. Some real nice white trout, a few other string pullers and a couple huge 200lb bull sharks. WOW!!!

But ol Tropical Storm Lee has really put a damper on things this week/weekend, what some rain! and howling winds increasing the seas to 15ft or so. That’s not good on the pocket book cause just can’t seem to stay out them boating supply stores, but when this weather breaks we got some new fishing weapons to try out. :-}

Don’t forget the Grouper Season coming up and the return of the fall Cobia run. Amberjack should stay strong and hopefully the mangrove will come back and play some more. (Not sure what’s happened to them) just don’t know, not even seeing them, like they just vanished. The reds, sharks, trouts and others should stay strong and actually increase out around the Islands.

Bay probably going to get flushed out (with the rain) but the outskirts (of the Bays) should be strong on drum, trout and flounder among others.
So come on down and see what you can catch!! Oh and another thing—-

Whatever you care to pursue, Smiles await you aboard the WhipaSnapa Charter Boat!!!

Good luck and God Bless All!

Capt Robert “Earl” McDaniel
Whipasnapa Charters
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FLORIDA: Target Flounder & Snapper using DOA Shrimp or Gulp Shrimp

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

July’s Fishing Outlook

First and foremost, happy Fourth of July, and thank you to all who are currently serving, have served or have paid the ultimate sacrifice allowing us the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

Next, my apologies for this late forecast. I typically try to publish this forecast before the first of the month, but I have a real good excuse, I had gone fishing. Not just any fishing, but the trip of a lifetime. You see, I was invited by the fine folks of Pure Fishing on a four day preview of their new Penn Fathom and Squall reels. Now you’re thinking how can this be the trip of a lifetime? Well, did I forget to mention we were putting these new reels to the test off of the coast of Bimini, catching monster yellow fin tuna and an assortment of other reef fish on light tackle. For three solid days seven boats of anglers put these new reels to the test without a single failure, quite impressive, and oh yes, great fun. My best fish was a 70 pound plus yellow fin caught on a Fathom 30 convention reel which is equivalent to 30 pound class tackle.

Summer has officially arrived on the Space Coast of Florida, and the mid summer doldrums are currently amongst us. It’s also the time of year when tropical weather systems and offshore water temperatures are unpredictable. Just when you think you’ve got the fishing figured out, a summer squall (tropical system) will blow in and kick up the seas, or the cold water Labrador Current will chill bottom water temperatures and shut down the seaward bite. Setting all these possibilities aside, many opportunities for angling adventures exist for us both inside and outside on the lagoon coast in July.

Near-shore, kingfish will be the staple on the reefs and wrecks in 70 to 90 feet of water, with a mixed bag of three, wahoo, dolphin, and an occasional sailfish, thrown in. My preferred method for targeting these species is slow trolling live bait (pogies) on steel stinger rigs in the areas of the Chris Benson, 8A, and Pelican Flats reefs.

On the Port Canaveral buoy line and along the beaches when the water is clean, an assorted beach bag is available with smoker kings (large king mackerel), silver kings (tarpon), sharks, and colossal jacks (school buses) all available at any given time. To target these species, focus your attention in areas of bait concentrations. This past week, pods of large tarpon and sharks were located between Patrick AFB and Satellite Beach. As the month progresses, these fish should begin moving north along the beach to their favorite summertime haunt in the forbidden zone off the bight of the Kennedy Space Center.

In the Port and inlets, Spanish mackerel, summer flounder and mangrove snapper number should remain steady. To target the flounder and snapper, try using DOA Shrimp or Gulp Shrimp on a ¼ to ½ ounce jig head in the areas of structure and along sandy drop-offs. For flounder or snapper cast the jig as close to the structure as possible without getting snagged, and let it sink to the bottom. Once it’s reached the bottom, slowly drag it back letting it rest every foot or so. When jigging for Spanish mackerel or other toothy critters, use the same jigs, but retrieve it quickly to avoid getting cut off by not allowing the fish to strike the line.

Inshore, July is one of the best times of the year to catch redfish in shallow water. Schools have already started forming up, and the sight of a feeding school of redfish is incredible. Once you’ve finished drooling over redfish, look for snook, and top water snapper along mangrove edges, and juvenile tarpon in the creeks, canals and backwaters. In deeper water, look for ladyfish and small trout to be shadowing schools of bay anchovies (glass minnows) under clouds of feeding terns. These feeding frenzies are great fun, especially when fly fishing using a top water popping bug. Additionally, Calm conditions are ideal for paddlers wishing to venture back into the No-Motor Zone, where tailing redfish make great targets for both fly and spin anglers.

Remember, as the water levels increase, dissolved oxygen levels decrease, so it is important to step up your tackle and line size to facilitate a shorter battle, and to revive your catch completely before release.

As always, if you have any questions or need help, please contact me.

Captain Tom Van Horn
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TEXAS: Flounder are Fair on jigs Tipped with Shrimp

Monday, May 23rd, 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.

Texas
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S CAROLINA: Port Royal Sound Area – Hot for Cobia, Reds, Flounder

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

I have fished 7 of the last 10 days, and have been doing very well on Cobia and Redfish.

The Cobia have been hitting on the sandbar rips in the Broad River, taking live Herring you can catch with Sabikis in the rips. Have hooked two each day we fished for them. We got to sight fish yesterday and threw a Spro jig and gulp squid combo to 3 different fish, hooking up on 2 of them.

Lots of action with the Redfish on the shells. Fishing both the incoming and outgoing tides when the water is just leaving or just entering the grass.
We also have been putting a few flounder in the boat while redfishing. Have been using mud minnows under popping corks, which gives us a shot at Reds, Flounder and Sea Trout.

Our trout population is down. I have only put three in the boat so far this year, and released them all. Hope you will do the same. We need the spawners to recover from the cold weather kill.

Saw a number of small schools of Spanish Mackerel in the sound this week busting glass minnows.

Come to the low country of South Carolina. The fishing is excellent.

Capt. Rick Percy
Reel Chance Charters
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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
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