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N CAROLINA: Catching Reds on Live Bait and Artificial Baits

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Folks here is this months fishing report and forecast. Fishing this season so far has been very good most days and I am really enjoying the somewhat cooler weather we have had a few days. The rain is a welcome site too, the inshore waters are starting to get to warm and the rain will help cool things down a bit.

The flounder fishing this season and last has been some of the best I’ve ever seen around these waters. There has been a good number of keepers, little ones and some very nice fish over five pounds caught just about everywhere this year. The bait I’ve had the best luck with this season has been Berkley Gulp Jerkshad: especially for the bigger flounder. I’m rigging five and six inch Jerkshad in colors pearl white, new penny and chart-pepper neon on 1/4oz, 3/8oz and 1/2oz dark colored jig heads (red, gray, brown etc). I prefer forty pound Berkley Pro Spec fluorocarbon leader material in clear or tannic tint for stained waters. I fish for the flounder around inlets, creeks, docks and near shore reefs. Remember when it comes to flounder fishing; “you can work the lure to fast, you can never work it to slow”!

Red Drum fishing is very good this season and I’m seeing lots of over slot Redfish this year. I’m catching Reds mostly two different ways; live bait and artificial baits. When I’m fishing live baits I prefer mullets and menhaden in sizes four to seven inches long. I rig these live baits on carolina rigs with a 5/0 to 7/0 circle hooks. Remember when using circle hooks, let the fish hook itself; don’t jerk the rod, just come tight with the line. If you do this you’ll never miss a Red and the fish will be hooked in the corner of the mouth for easy release. The artificial baits that are working for me are Berkley Gulp’s three and four inch shrimp rigged on red or gray jig heads. I’m casting these shrimp around docks, grass lines and oyster rocks.

Another tip I can give you that I have seen lately while fishing for Reds, especially bigger Reds is anglers using to light of tackle and wearing out fish by fighting them to long and killing over slot fish. Try to use heavy enough tackle to get the Red in good time; this will greatly improve the likeliness of the Red surviving after the fight. When the water temps are hot like they are now, its very easy to over fight and kill a bigger Redfish. Also keep your eyes peeled for tagged Redfish; I have tagged a lot of over slot Reds this year.

The Sheephead fishing is still going very good and should be good until late October. Rigging is easy for Sheephead; I use a short carolina rig with forty pound mono or fluorocarbon leader about eight to ten inches long. The hook is a number one or 1/0 live bait nose hook; small, sharp and strong, very important for Sheephead! Look for Sheephead around pilings, bulkheads and large oyster rocks that stay covered up by water most of the tide. For bait, I catch fiddler crabs on mud banks on the ICW. Sheephead fishing takes patients and time to catch them but it’s worth the time because Sheephead are good to eat!

The Spanish Mackerel are biting most days, but the best bite has been earlier in the morning when the sun is lower in the sky; also the fish have been a little deeper in thirty to fifty feet of water for the last few weeks. When you mark big balls of bait with your fish finder this is usually where you’ll find the most Spanish biting. Clark-spoons in sizes 00 and 0 are doing the trick in colors silver, gold and pink flash behind number one planners. The Spanish hitting on top are hitting Blue Water Candy’s Spanish Daisy chains in colors pink, blue and silver; the great thing about this rig is you can pull it off lighter tackle outfits.

Another new lure that is working well for the Spanish when I’m casting to them is the River2Sea Sea Rock lure, these little casting jigs are just the right weight and size to get those fast moving Spanish to bite! All the colors that the Sea Rock comes in seem to work and I prefer the two smallest sizes of Sea Rock in the number seven and four-teen. All so the hook that comes on these lures is great, finally a good hook on a lure right out of the package!

Tarpon fishing this season has been hot, with lots of fish being hooked and caught off many of the local piers and just off the beach in boats. Tarpon fishing is not easy; it takes patients and time, but the payoff can be very rewarding! I fish for Tarpon on the bottom or free lining, using live and fresh dead baits like; spots, bluefish and menhaden. I’m rigging these baits on fish finder rigs, with three to five feet of 80 to 100 pound mono leaders. Circle hooks are the best bet for good hook ups and landings for Tarpon in hook sizes 7/0 to 10/0 depending what hook series/maker you like. I have also had a fair share of Tarpon on my kite rig with live baits like mullets, bluefish and menhaden. Hey give the Silver King a try sometime; you never know the fish god might hook you up with a Tarpon!

Fishing Gear I use:

Reels: Redfish, Flounder and Spanish casting: Penn Battle spinning in sizes 2000, 3000 & 4000 sizes. Tarpon & bigger Reds reels: Penn Battle 6000 & 7000, Penn Fathom 25N and Torque 12 & 15 conventional reels. Line: Spiderwire Ultra-cast braid in 8, 10 and 15 pound. Tarpon Line: 30 or 40 pound Berkley Big Game Mono. Rods: Penn Legion spinning 6’6″ to 7’6″ Med/light to Med /hvy. Tarpon/bigger Reds Rods: Ugly Stik Tiger Lite Jigging series or Penn Bluewater Carnage jigging series in 50-100 class spinning and casting. Leader material: Tarpon; Berkley Big Game mono & Fluorocarbon in eighty to one hundred pound. Stren Fluorocarbon leader material in Tannic and Gunsmoke tints; tannic for river and stained waters, gunsmoke for clear water applications.

Captain Jot Owens
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ARKANSAS: Spoons, Grubs, Swim baits and Live Bait are the Best

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Norfork Lake level is 552.5 and dropping slowly with a surface temperature of 45 degrees and it, too, is dropping slowly.

A cold front just came through leaving the area with its coolest temperatures of the year. Creeks are stained and are a perfect color for fishing. That’s where most of the fish are.

Not a lot has changed since the last report except more stripers are being caught. There are several schooling fish just inside the mouths of creeks feeding on the shad. These schools contain bass, hybrid and stripers. You will not know what it is until it hits.

Crappie are on brush and moving from one pile to another. They go shallow at dusk. There are some very nice fish being caught everyday. I have not caught any walleye for a few days but I do not run the whole lake. Harvey works the north end of the lake, Steve works the middle and Bink works the south. Spoons, grubs, swim baits and live bait are the best.

Jerk bait fishing is coming soon.

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ALABAMA: Hooked Several on Umbrella Rigs & Live Bait

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Sunday, rapped up a good week of fishing after the rain cleared out earlier this week.

I’ve spent time fishing everywhere from Rock Creek, Coon Creek, and now Goat Island. I was hoping the wind would lay down some, but it was steady and only got worse as the day went on.  We started south of Big Bridge and worked our way north.  We caught a couple stripe in Coon Creek, but nothing to talk about and started to move north.

We  stopped  at a couple places before ending up by Goat Island. We hooked several on the umbrella rigs, before putting them up and getting the live bait out. Hoping to increase our size, but it never did.  We caught fish good till about 10am, then it slowed down and we picked up two stripes drifting live bait  The stripe bite has finally picked up pretty good.  We caught them this morning in depths ranging from 20-35 feet.  We picked both of our earlier afternoon fish up in 45-50 feet.  The wind made it tuff for most of the afternoon as there was about a 15-20 mph wind.  No bass fishing today, pick two slots up by accident on bucktail jigs.  We fished different style umbrella rigs with both swimbait and bucktail rigs.  Bucktail rigs caught almost all the fish.  We used 4″ to 6″ Mister Twisters as trailers.  White was the top color with chart/white, and shad colors following.

Looks like I’ll get tomorrow in before the rain, weather looks good for this coming up weekend.

Mike Walker
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ALABAMA: Not Much Action on Topwater, Live Bait is a Different Story

Monday, November 7th, 2011

After spending the last couple weeks fishing for bass.  I spent the last two days fishing stripers. There is still not much action on topwater, but live bait is a different story.

Yesterday I fished toward the dam and in rock creek.  Most of the fish we caught were in 25-40 feet. We boated several fish over 12 pounds and finally got one that weighed 23 lbs.

Once we located the fish, we circled back and used planer board on one side of my boat. I use planer boards so I don’t spook the fish with pass after pass.  This allows me to sit off to the side, but have my baits where I want them.  I used a 1/2 oz weight most of the time with a circle hook.  I have several stripe trips booked this month so I’ll be fishing them most of the month.

It should be long before they start coming up top.

Mike Walker
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TEXAS: Coastal Areas – Redfish are Good on Live Bait Around the Reefs

Monday, October 3rd, 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
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GEORGIA: Lake Allatoona – Live Bait is Really Starting to Work Well

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Line side fishing is the same this week as last weeks . The fish are on the move, but will eat when you find them. Live bait is really starting to work well on these fish right now. But I still think the spoon bite is the best bite going right now. The southend of the lake is still the place to be. Any where from clear Creek to the Allatoona Creek arm. Troll these area’s with your Mack Farr u-rigs. As soon as you find one of these MEGA schools drop live bait down to them or use a 1 oz spoon on them.

The top water bite has down this weeks compare to last weeks. But should pick back up with the cooler weather we are expecting this weekend. Look for these fish on top early morning and late afternoon. Most of the top-water action we have seen this week has been in eye site of the dam.

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FLORIDA: Most Fish Hitting on CAL Jerk baits, DOA shrimp or Live Bait

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Inshore:

Another week of wonderful weather and great fishing action out on the Indian River! We should enjoy the same conditions the rest of the month! The river is full of mullet and the fish have been feeding heavily. Have fun and get out fishing soon!

I had the privilege of fishing for the Michael Shield’s Memorial Inshore Fishing Tournament again this year. It’s a great event for a wonderful cause…The Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County. I had Eric and Alex Weider again this year on the boat. We had a fantastic time out on the river. Alex and Eric teamed up for a day of redfish and trout action. 7 year old, Alex, just missed the big redfish of the tournament by one inch! Already looking forward to next year.

Joey, Steven and Nick joined my this week for an adventure on the river. After a morning of trout and a big jack for Nick, we went up on the flats to look for redfish. The guys weren’t disappointed when we came up on a nice school of upper slot fish. Joey missed two reds and Steven landed two big fish to end a good day on the water. Joe and Barbara also were out with me on a day when a variety of fish were willing to cooperate. They had fun fishing both docks and the flats on another beautiful day on the Indian River.

The trout bite has picked up this week. Most fish are in three to five feet of water and hitting on CAL jerk baits, DOA shrimp or live bait. Redfish schools are still cruising around the river in one to three feet of water. DOA shrimp, CAL grub tails or live bait has all worked in hooking up on some nice fish. The snook bite continues to be good at night around the jetties, docks and bridges of the area. Live bait, feather jigs, DOA Bait Buster or trolling a diving plug has all worked good for nighttime snook.

We are catching more flounder this past week. It should continue to improve through this fall. Live bait, CAL jerk baits or DOA shrimp has all worked well. You can still find snapper and sheephead around the docks, bridges and channel edges this week. Live or dead shrimp are best. There has been some good tarpon, snook and jack action at night around the jetties as the schools of finger mullet move in with the tide. The turning basin and inlet has been flooded with blue runners, bluefish and jacks that are all feasting on the bait schools. It’s been a productive month on the Indian River!

As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby….it’s an ADVENTURE!!

Good Fishing and Be Safe,

Capt. Charlie Conner
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GEORGIA: Live Bait & Artificials have Produced Equally Well

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The dog days of summer have not had an effect on the outstanding fishery surrounding the Golden Isles.

Sharks, tarpon, triple tails, sheepshead, whiting, redfish, trout and an amazing flounder bite have all been the norm. While many folks have worried about the lack of rain-and rightly so-it definitely has provided outstanding water clarity as well as broadening the range of our inshore species. Live bait and artificials have produced equally well. We have enjoyed a great amount of success with Berkley Gulp! soft plastics and Bomber Long-As. With September approaching, one of the best Bull Redfishing areas on the coast is about to fire up.

St. Simons Island Fishing Forecast:
Digging into the crystal ball, it is pretty much a no brainer that the trout will show up in outstanding numbers. As the mullet head south on the approaching fall quarter, expect to see some pretty staggering numbers of all our inshore species. Along with the Bull Reds making their showing, I am predicting this year’s fall flounder run will be one of the best we’ve ever seen.

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FLORIDA: DOA Shrimp, CAL Grub Tails or Live Bait Can Get You Hooked Up

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Inshore:

August lives up to its reputation of hot, humid weather with lots of rainy afternoons. It’s been a hot month already and it is important to take precautions whenever you are on the water to keep yourself hydrated and protected from the sun’s rays. It’s been great fishing so far this month and should continue to produce good catches. Plan your trips early mornings or late evenings for your best chances at success.

Trout and redfish have been the best bite this past week. Slowly working the shallow flats can find some nice size redfish feeding in a foot or two of water throughout the day. I fished one school in the middle of the morning in about two feet of water. DOA shrimp, CAL grub tails or live bait can get you hooked up on one of these upper slot reds. Trout continue to feed in shallow early and move out to deeper water as the sun warms up each day. Watch for the sand holes on the flats for your best opportunities. DOA shrimp continues to work well for trout. The watermelon/holo (425) and clear/holo (382) have worked best for us.

Docks, bridges and channel edges have been producing snapper. Some nice size mangroves have been caught lately. Live or dead shrimp works well on these tasty guys. The surf has continued to hold whiting along with some jacks and bluefish that have been patrolling the edges of the beach.

I had John, Kirk, Dan and Jenny out this past week. Jenny out fished everyone with a variety of fish. After catching redfish, trout and a variety of other fish, Jenny landed a big 24″ trout to finish out her day on the river. I went to pickup my granddaughter, Chloe, for a day on the river with grandpa, but she felt sick so I missed out on a fun trip with her. I did fish a school of reds that were all in the upper slot size.

The inlet has been full of glass minnows and you can be assured that ladyfish, blue runners, mackerel and a host of others are out there feeding on them. It’s lots of fun, especially if you have kids aboard. Dan and Jenny spent some time battling fish after fish. We had a fun week out there!

As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby….it’s an ADVENTURE!!

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TEXAS: Black Bass – Good on Live Bait & Texas Rigs Worked Along Tree Lines

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

ALAN HENRY:
Water lightly stained; 86-90 degrees; 3.04’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, jigs and Caroline rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.

ARROWHEAD:
Water semi-turbid; 83-88 degrees; 5.67’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits and moving to shallower water. Some crappie are still spawning shallow and fishing is good off the dam, state park piers and Henrietta and Deer Creek bridges on chartreuse jigs or minnows. White bass are good and schooling. Blue catfish are good on cut shad while anchored in 5-20 feet and on juglines.

FT. PHANTOM HILL:
Water clear; 85-89 degrees; 4.31′ low. Black bass are fair to good on medium running crankbaits, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on chrome Rat-L-Traps. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK:
83-89 degrees; 10.53′ low. Black bass are good on shaky head jigs, Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and medium running shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows over deeper structure. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

OAK CREEK:
Water stained; 84-89 degrees; 9.14’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, crankbaits and drop shot rigs. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut shad.

O.H. IVIE:
Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 29.32′ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, Yum Dingers and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on Rooster Tails. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

POSSUM KINGDOM:
Water stained; 83-89 degrees; 2.27′ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and deep diving H2O crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs and Little Georges. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on cut shad and nightcrawlers.

SWEETWATER:
Water murky; 83-88 degrees; 8.45’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, Carolina rigs, jigs and medium running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

WHITE RIVER:
Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 17.95’ low. Black bass are good on live bait and Texas rigs worked along tree lines and brush. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Walleye are fair on live bait. Channel catfish are good on live bait.

Texas
Parks & Wildlife Dept


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5" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
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
Bolt On
Motor Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
Motor Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole