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FLORIDA: Decent Trout, Jacks, Ladyfish and Blues

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Dig-In-Anchors.comWell we are in the throws of our coldest weather of this season and this should motivate some fish while upsetting some others.

Recent trips included my long time clients the Browns from Evanston Ill. We worked hard but managed to put together a variety of fish including some decent Trout and Jacks,Ladyfish and Blues. With Dez Barry we found the action to be a little better as we got a red and a Snook as well as a mess of Trout and Ladys.

George Vogel went a couple of times and we had some fun with a 4Wt Flyrod and Trout and Ladyfish. Up the Sebastian river we got 8 Snook 2 LM Bass and a bunch of other stuff on 1/2/12

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FLORIDA: It’s Cold but the fish are biting!

Friday, January 28th, 2011

I am at Flamingo with Ed and Mark today, they are from Idaho.

They are both true outdoors men from the great north west and have never fished down here. I was out to show them what we have to offer, we left the dock and it was cold again today. The temperature in my car was 47 degrees when I got out.

I hit a couple close spots in Whitewater Bay with no success. I ran to the northeast area of the bay to get out of the wind. We got into a good bite of Ladyfish, Jacks and Trout, they were amazed at how hard Ladyfish and Jacks fight. I told them we needed sun and warmth and maybe we could get the Snook to bite. Mark hooked a couple Smaller Snook and then a keeper size Snook, Mark had Ed down by 4 fish. There was a little ribbing about it! Ed finally got on the board and took the lead, he had the biggest Snook at 30 inches. They just couldn’t get over the power and fight of the Ladyfish so we spent the rest of the day catching Trout, Jacks and Ladyfish.

These guys catch allot of Walleyes so a 2 -3 lb Ladyfish is a big fighter in comparison. They were happy 30 Ladyfish, 20 Snook a bunch of Trout to 20 inches and Jack Crevalles.

Capt. Jim Hobales
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FLORIDA: South West Florida

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Redfish: Are on fire on the right tide.

A few going into the 30″ class. I’ve been doing best on the higher tides that have good current. Shrimp, shiners & cut bait has been working for me. The schools can be from ten to fifty. Fishing reds on the flats can be a casters’ dream.

On the lower tides, they become very visible with their tails sticking up in the air. Fishing for tailing reds is great fun! The trick is being there when they are feeding. Try working the edges of the sand bars and oyster reefs.

Some people call it fishing for reds, I call it hunting. When poling the flats for reds, move very slowly and watch for wakes, tails and boils. When fishing the mangroves, fish the top end of the high tide and get your fly, bait or jig underneath the mangroves as far as you can. This technique will also produce a few snook.

A great way to cover a lot of water and it can be very productive. Flies, artificials and bait all are working well for these beautiful strong fighters. Try bait fishing them with pinfish, shrimp or cut bait. Flyfish them against the mangroves and on the flats with a earth tone colored clouser and for some real excitement try top water on the overcast days. Average size about 18″ to 30″ with some larger ones around. Watch for those TAILS!!!

Snook: Are hanging around the passes and beaches. You can also find them in their normal areas, near mouths of creeks, passes, canals, pot holes and points. A few in the 20lb. range. White bait, shrimp, cut ladyfish, flies and jigs all will work. Fish them on a tide with good current, I prefer an outgoing tide.
A well placed shiner or fly will result in a violent fight that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Spotted Sea Trout: Fall time produces some large trout. Fun on light tackle or fly this fish is aggressive. I’ve been fishing them in 3′ to 5′ of water over grass flats or sand holes.

Tarpon: There are still a few around. We are doing best with live baits, but the fly and cut baits will work as well.. These critters will range from 40 lbs. to 200 lbs. with the average being around 100 lbs. The Silver King is a fish of a life time, very strong fighters and jumps that will out do any marlin. Either bait or fly, you owe it to yourself to fish for this species.

Jacks, mackeral, cobia, grouper, sharks and more! These fish and others are common on the flats and backcountry. When encountered thay all are a lot of fun with tackle or on the fly.

Capt. Terry Pitz
Fishing Southwest Florida
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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
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FLORIDA: August Heat

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

This the time of year where you have to beat the heat. Fishing must be done in the cooler hours of the day and at night.
Snook are all over the beaches and passes. Live bait, lures or flies will all work. Big numbers of fish can be seen in the passes and its good to see so many snook after the freeze.

Tarpon are still around as well, not quite the numbers we saw in May and June, but can still be caught.
Night fishing gives the best results as far as numbers and bigger fish. Fly fishing the lights with good current can be non stop action for snook tarpon, jacks, and snapper.

Soak a dead bait on the bottom near the passes and you can catch the biggest snook of your life as well as the big tarpon and sharks. This is the way to have something big pull some drag.

No matter what you care to do, the action is there as long as you beat the heat.

Tight lines,

Capt. Jeff Legutki
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FLORIDA: Big Jacks are Back

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Just like the tide, fishing conditions near-shore along the beach out of Port Canaveral has changed.

In my last report the water was warm, the seas were flat and the fish were happy and hungry. Well, although we did manage to catch some respectable fish this week, the water temperatures are dropping from the low 80’s to the mid 70’s, live bait (pogies) was harder to find, and the kingfish have disappeared.

In addition, the sea state has increased from the flat calm summer doldrums to a steady 3 to 4 feet which is forecasted through Saturday. There are still some good reports of tarpon and big jacks along the beach, and hopefully conditions will settle down in time for the holiday weekend.

On Sunday I had the pleasure of fishing with my good friends Mike and Becky from Orlando, and although the bite was slow, the quality of the fish we caught and the gorgeous weather made the day worthwhile.

Good luck and good fishing.

Capt. Tom Van Horn
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
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Townsville – AUSTRALIA: Weekly Fishing Report

Friday, June 25th, 2010

LAND BASED

As predicted, the reports have started of good winter bream showing up at the lakes. These fish are notoriously fat and hang in very large schools, so once you locate them the next step is getting them to bite. The best bait that I have seen for these bream have been old frozen herring, I once saw two young lads pull near on a dozen bream around 40cm in the space of 10 mins at the lakes using dead herring. But bream will take artificials, and the best has to the Berkley 2” Gulp. It’s a good bite size and has plenty of smell to attract that horse bream. Use the lightest possible jig head you can and be ready as bream will strike on the drop. Also the whiting reports continue with Alva beach shining above the rest with cricket score catches over the past week. From reports the best fish have come from those putting in the effort to muster up some live yabbies.

INSHORE

Well even the cooler temperatures couldn’t deter the fish from biting, with some awesome reports spread across most creeks off Townsville and the Burdekin. Crocodile Creek has kept lure enthusiast busy with reports of barra feeding like there’s no tomorrow with some good fish landed in all the fury. The feeding frenzy has seen the barra and jacks rounding up baitfish before a full team ambush, with most of this taking place in the middle of the creek. Also the mouth of the Burdekin River has hit its peak with plague barra and jacks lining the edges, with one report telling of 16 barra pulled off one snag. To mix it up, the same snag managed to produce a legal doggy mackerel and pull the hooks on another. Remember non rattling lures like the Koolabung Razorback tend to work best this time of year along with the DOA prawn. Often barra and jacks will school up on snags in the cooler months and will usually all be around the same size.

OFFSHORE & BAY

The weather has once again limited the bigger boats from venturing to far wide, but there has been more than enough to talk about inshore. Rattlesnake Island is still holding thick bait schools and with them predators such as long tail tuna, school and spanish mackerel, trevally and some monster queenfish. Trolling through them has produced good fish but will spook the school sending them down deep for a while. Drifting with the motor off and casting slices, plastics and feathered jigs is by far the best method to fish these bait schools. Often the fish will feed all around the boat if you’re quiet enough. The shipping channel continues to fish above and beyond its expectations with a recent trip from Big Daz producing two oversized fingermark with the best stretching 92cm. He also managed to catch a swag of school mackerel, but I’m yet to receive my share of fillets…

SUGGESTED SPOTS THIS WEEKEND

Looks like were in for another windy weekend which means another session up the creeks. This weekend’s tides look ideal to push right up some small creek arms on the high tide chase mangrove jacks and bream on the run out. Systems such as Morrissey’s, Cocoa and Cattle Creek favour these tides and should remain reasonably clean.

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FLORIDA: Stuart Area – Offshore & Inshore

Friday, June 25th, 2010

It has been a while since we fished in the Indian River but last week we had an enjoyable half day.

We caught a variety of species including jacks, catfish, and lady fish.

The highlight of the day was a permit that measured twenty one inches to the fork. It hit on a shrimp tipped jig and gave angler Josh Littman a run for his money on a light tackle rod. On another trip, we were chumming on the Sandpile for mutton snapper and hooked into two big nurse sharks on light tackle. My buddy’s rod broke as he finally got one of them to the boat. We surprisingly hooked a couple of yellowtail snapper on the same spot and lost a couple to kings and cudas.

Bottom fishing in fifty feet north of the St. Lucie Inlet, we loaded up on lane snapper and caught a lot of just undersized sea bass. We also hooked into a lot of Almaco jacks in the same area and boated a couple of amberjack.

On Fathers Day we caught our limit of kings in fifty feet near the Sandpile along with a few lanes. The live bait has been hit and miss and so has the dolphin bite, so stay in close until the offshore improves.

Capt. Kevin Drennan
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FLORIDA: Good Summer Bite

Monday, June 14th, 2010

The bite is better than before all around south Florida waters.

There has been much concern and speculation in regards to the oil spill in the Gulf however; waters are just teeming with fish around here.

The weather has been nice and warm, and the bay very smooth. This has made for excellent boating and sight fishing conditions. Fishing has been great during early morning and evening trips.

Flamingo Fishing Forecast:

Flamingo continues to see spectacular seatrout action along with snapper, tarpon, and tripletail action. We are still using Fishbites over grass beds and fishing weedless jerkbaits on the refish flats. Most redfish caught are in the slot size this time of year. I have been looking for moving water or a nice tidal current when targeting the trout.

For the redfish and tarpon we have been on shallow flats looking for tails and wakes. There are plenty of snapper throughout the area. Just bring a chumbag and sabiki or cast net some pinfish. Cut them up and throw them into your chum slik and you should be in business. You will catch multiple species like jacks, shark, trout, tarpon, and of course, snapper!

In Biscayne Bay, use the same chumming technique in the deeper areas. You will see more variety of snapper and barracuda too. On the flats there has been bonefish on the flats around Soldiers Key and south. Tarpon and permit fishing has also been good while using live crabs and flies. It’s going to be a great summer season.

One more important thing with hurricane season here; don’t forget to keep your boat up to speed. What I mean is check your insurance policy and make sure you are current. Consider the agreed value for your boat and equipment and make sure you are covered.

Capt. Ariel Cabrera is a charter fishing captain and SAMS marine surveyor.

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NORTH CAROLINA: S. East Saltwater Report

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Fish have settled into a summertime pattern, which means most species are active but not exactly schooled up in one place. Fish are scattered but still feeding aggressively, especially around any kind of structure, at night, and in the early morning.

Pier fishing has been on fire at the end as nice king mackerel have been landed on the southern piers. In addition to the kings, Spanish mackerel, chopper bluefish, snapper blues, and even a few Jacks have been prowling around. Action for these fun and aggressive fish comes and goes but is often hot in the early morning, late evening and at night.

Some speckled trout are in the ocean now and being caught by surf and pier anglers. Pier anglers can use live shrimp while surf casters are generally throwing MirrOlures. There are also trout scattered inshore and live shrimp or Gulp baits are the best bet.

Flounder fishing continues to be the best thing going inshore as speckled trout and redfish action is off and on. Flounder can be caught drifting or trolling in the inlets but the bigger fish are around the bridges and docks of the waterway.

There are still lots of blues and some sea mullet in the surf, but the pompano have been slow to show this summer.

They should be along any day.


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