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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

Capt. Mike Peppe
Captain Mike Peppe Guide Service
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FLORIDA: Best Results – Staking out the Flats & Chunking Cut Mullet & Ladyfish

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Although October welcomed us with stunning fall weather conditions, our cool sunny days will transition this weekend from gorgeous to gloomy as nasty weather moves in. On both Saturday and Sunday, high winds up to 30 knots and rain are predicted. In addition, the heavy onshore fetch will kick the seas up to 7 feet, shutting down any chance of venturing out of the Port. I know this is not what you wanted to hear, but it is what it is, and our time this weekend may be better spent catching up on chores or spending time with family and friends.

On the lagoons this past week, water conditions are still high and dirty with a water temperature has cooled off to 76.7 degrees. For the most part, sight fishing was tough and the best results came from staking out on the flats and chunking cut mullet and ladyfish. For those of you who fish in the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge (Mosquito Lagoon), the park service implemented a new ramp fee of 5.00 on October 1st, with an annual pass of 15.00 available at the Visitors Center.

Offshore, this easterly fetch should push the weed lines in closer, but the wind and heavy seas could also bring in the jellyfish again. This past week, conditions were perfect, and some nice wahoo and dolphin were caught around weed lines in 120 feet of water out of both Port Canaveral and Sebastian. Again, heavy seas will keep folks in Port this weekend, but once seas settle down, offshore trolling should be good.

Along the beaches and in the inlets of Ponce De Leon, Port Canaveral and Sebastian, the mullet run is in full swing with heavy concentrations of silver mullet pushing through. There have been good reports of snook and flounder in the surf, feeding on finger mullet, as well as your standard bluefish, jacks and Spanish mackerel, with the best results coming from casting live mullet on a slip sinker rig. The snook fishing has also been in Port Canaveral and Sebastian, especially at night, again fishing with live mullet and mullet imitation lures like the DOA Baitbuster.

Capt. Tom Van Horn
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
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FLORIDA: Ladyfish, Jacks & Bluefish are Feasting on Baitfish

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

High 90’s, sharks behind the shrimp boats, hurricane season; it must be June. There are more pogey pods off our beaches than I can ever remember. Often they are closely monitored by barracuda, large jacks, and occasionally cobia. The big tarpon should start showing in the pods any time, along with sky rocketing kingfish. The water temperature is 79-80 degrees.

Speckled trout have slowed some for me. I have heard of a few large trout being caught on small live pogeys in the creeks. Float rigs have also been taking some trout off the ocean piers. Redfish are in all their favorite spots, ie., creeks, ICW, and jetties. Some of the bull reds could already be in the deep River anticipating the spawn in a couple of months.

Ladyfish, jacks, and bluefish are all feasting on baitfish up and down the river. Smaller tarpon have been jumped along the jetty rocks. Flounder are getting larger, but are not too plentiful. Whiting and pompano are in the area. A few black drum are still being caught along the jetties.

Capt. Bob Cosby
Captain Bob’s Fishing charters
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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
Caught Lookin Charters
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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
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GEORGIA: Jekyll & ST. Simons Islands Fishing

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

This June will be recognized as on of the hottest ever.

The first day of Summer was this week but temperatures have been running into the high 90’s with the heat index hovering around 105 the past couple of weeks. That said, the fish are enjoying the heat. Anglers are taking Trout, Spanish Mackerel, Tarpon, Redfish, Ladyfish, Bluefish, Whiting and Sharks inshore and near shore. Offshore Barracuda, King Mackerel, Spadefish and Cobia are being taken.

Speckled Sea Trout are spawning on area beaches. Trout move to beaches and sounds in preparation for the annual spawn which is protracted, running from May into September. Male and female Sea Trout spawn in shallow beach waters. The fertilized eggs then float inshore with the tides and currents until they settle in sandy bottom areas in area rivers and creeks.

Specks can be taken fishing area beaches during the spawn. Anchor the boat just outside the rollers. Cast a live bait or jig into the surf and slowly retrieve it. It takes a little concentration to recognize a strike with the surf pulling on your line, but soon you will be able to tell the difference.

Trout will not be the only thing you catch on the beach. Captain Eric Moody’s charter hooked a four foot Tarpon last week. It spooled the too small Trout outfit but it was an exciting few minutes. Ladyfish, Jacks, Bluefish and Sharks will also take interest in your bait.

Release all illegal and unwanted fish unharmed. This has always been important but not always practiced. With the oil spill in the Gulf it is more important than ever.

State waters opened to shrimping a couple of weeks ago and our Dolphin can often be found following the shrimp boats. Shrimp and baitfish fall out of the net and become easy pray for Dolphin and Sharks.

Capt. Vernon Reynolds
Coastal Expeditions Charter Fishing
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FLORIDA: The Water is Shaking from Bait

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

There is more bait in the lagoon than I have ever seen. This is good in one way and bad in another.

The redfish and trout are thick but just after the full moon the fishing slows because of the night feed.

This past week Chris Everett and Mike Anderson fished with me and they took nine reds on Johnson Silver Minnow spoons. Mike caught his first tripletail and some ladyfish as well. The ladyfish are thick along with some jacks and bluefish under the bait schools. For the ladyfish wind fast and the trout bounce your jig.

Chris Everett brought his dad out (Lonnie Everett) a few days later for some red hot action and they caught nine reds that day. Most of them were big fish and we had to sight cast to a few slot fish to get a few small enough to keep. Chris also sight cast to a three pound trout with a Gulp Shrimp to finish the day.

The Mosquito lagoon flats have many pin fish and pigfish on they so getting your reds to eat is going to be up to the fish being hungry. Your moon phase is the key in the lagoon to when the fish will bite. Time your best fishing spot with the moon and you should do well. You will know when this is because the mullet will be jumping like crazy at the prime time. Better yet look it up before you go, then you can get to that best spot just before it turns on. Now north of the lagoon you have tide dependent fish and they feed more on the tides.

You will see big trout on the edges of the flats cruising looking for a snack. You can toss a live shrimp or Gulp Shrimp at them. Gulp will work better because they will not get ripped apart by the pin fish.

Pigfish (for bait) are just getting to a better size it seems everything is running a month late this year. Ed Sabatini brought his son Justin who was visiting from Texas to fish the lagoon with me. They caught nine reds as well, with only one that was small enough for the slot. They took a nice trout and Justin caught his first tripletail.

The water level is low so go slow if you don’t know where you going or have a boat that should not be running the flats. Charles Liska Joe and Tony fished the flats on a 3/4 day and they took seven reds two nice trout (many short trout) and ladyfish.

Capt. Joe Porcelli
Tail Spotters
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TEXAS: Tickled Pink With the Condtions Mother Nature Blessed Us With

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

There was some fog on the water and hardly a wisp of air and absolutely clear skies.  I LOVE IT!!!!  Finally some prefect conditions!!

I quickly reached my first destination.  I came off plane as i spotted a couple of groups of reds up against a shoreline.  What we experieced for the next 6 hours was simply SPECTACULAR!!!  From the minute i started poling the Curlew around, we went from pod of red fish to pod of redfish never having more than a 30 second wait between fish.  One of the guys got off to wade while i poled the other one.   After catching several reds, they guys swichted turns being poled.  I pole no more that 150 yards the entire morning.  I could seen groups of reds tailing all up and down that shorline and could see them busing bait all around us.   The Mother Lagoon opened her arms and showed us her bounty today.  This was the first trip down here for these two gentlemen and I made sure to tell them not to expect this everytime. LOL    We stopped fishing around 1:00 for a quick lunch and then the guys decided they had had enough of the action in this venue.  The fish were still going off, but they wanted to see the much talked about east side sand action. So we left pods redfish, tailing reds, hungry reds, an abundance of reds…… Embarrassed  to try to find more reds? Huh?
Yep.

the wind was still fairly calm and as soon as i reached the east side i knew things were going to be tough. there was a beautiful slick bay all around with a few reds scattered here and there.  There is something about calm glassy conditions at around noon or so that make those fish as spooooooky as can be.  I started poling a section of the sand and saw a few fish that i thought we would get a chance to cast to. NOT…those fish wouldn’t let us get to withing 150 fee of them before bolting away.  We could never get a good cast on them.  We finally decided to call it a day around 2:00.   The clients cought almost 28-30 reds on flyrod with a lot more that just came off.   it was an amazing morning that i dont really think i will see again for a long time, but i hope i’m wrong about that.

Saturday,
I hit that same venue again, but with not the same results.  I picked up Joe and his friend Jerry at their condo on SPI. we hit the water and soon were on several groups of fish.  Joe limited out farly quickly, but Jerry was trying to get his first red on a fly rod.  he hooked up to several Ladyfish, but the reds were just beyond his casting ability. he commented that he needed about another 10-15 feet on every cast.  He promised to work on his double haul so he can be ready next time.   Jerry finally got into the action after i decided to pole him around and spot some fish for him.  we sight casted to few fish off the boat then called it a day farily early.  They had some family back at their condos and didn’t want to spend their entire day just fishing.  oh well…..bye bye fish.

Monday
once again, the action was not nearly what friday was, however, there were still plenty of fish in that same venue. The guys limted out within the hour and then proceeded catch and release the rest of the day.   i moved one time that morning  and fished another venue for an hour or so.  took it in around noon.

Total fish caught: 16 reds.

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FLORIDA: Central Florida Flats Fishing

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

The month of May brought continued great fishing the east central Florida. Schools of big redfish have been showing consistently and reds of all sizes are feeding on the wide variety of baitfish that have arrived this month. Trout, ladyfish, a few tarpon, and even some bluefish are feeding around the schools of bait as well. With the summer just around the corner, the tarpon fishing will only get better each day. For the light tackle anglers, use lures imitating baitfish such as the DOA CAL jigs, spinnerbaits, and surface lures. Fly fishermen will have success with pinfish and mullet flies or bendback streamers.

On his first fly fishing trip to Mosquito Lagoon, Joe, who was visiting from Great Britain, wanted to catch a redfish on the fly. The breezy conditions made casting a bit of a challenge but his persistence was finally rewarded with redfish that took a brown and copper bendback fly.

The following day, Cam and Adam joined me on the flats. Cam started with the flyrod and had shots at some redfish over twenty pounds as well as plenty of average sized fish. Adam hooked into a huge redfish on the spinning rod but the hook pulled halfway through the fight. As the winds increased, both guys switched to spin tackle and landed redfish on DOA CAL tails.

Tom and his wife were on board for space shuttle launch day. We saw plenty of fish but caught only one. Much of the day was spent viewing manatees, birds, and the final launch of the shuttle Atlantis.

Doug fished with me last week on an instructional charter. He cast a variety of lures at redfish throughout the day and had the best success using a spinnerbait.

Paige and Garrett had a great day last Friday catching numerous trout and ladyfish using a DOA Deadly Combo as well as a 3 inch CAL tail on a jig head. We had multiple shots at redfish and Paige connected with a 34 inch fish.

Monday, I went out searching for some early season tarpon after having seen several during my charters. I only saw twenty or so and had shots at a couple that did not eat. I expect the tarpon fishing to be getting much better soon.

Tuesday, Gary wanted his wife to catch a big fish. We had storms around us much of the morning but managed to stay dry. The day was a success when Janet caught the fish of the month, a 33 pound redfish. Gary caught a couple himself and all were released to be caught again another day.

Cindy and Jeff had an excellent day yesterday landing six redfish to 13 pounds.

For some excellent light tackle action, watch for schools of mullet getting blasted along the deeper edges of flats. Ladyfish, trout, jacks, bluefish, and even tarpon can be under them. When these fish get into a feeding frenzy, they will eat nearly everything you cast at them. A noisy surface plug with a single circle hook can provide some fast catch and release action for anglers of any skill level.

Capt. Chris Myers
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters
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