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GEORGIA: Fish Caught on Live Shrimp also Hitting DOA’s & Soft Plastic Baits

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The trout bite has been very strong all summer long most of the fish have been right under the keeper size but there are TONS of fish.

This fall should be one of the best inshore bites in a long time and I can not wait. Most of the fish have been caught on live shrimp but there are also hitting DOA’s and any soft plastic baits.

As for the redfish I have seen a lot of rat reds which I love to see and a few of the big reds are also starting to bite back in the rivers.

Capt. Jeff Stokes
Reel Stoked Charter Fishing
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FLORIDA: Ponce Inlet Redfish – Sight Casters are Doing Fine with Live Shrimp

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Only a few weeks away from Christmas and the start of 2012. Cooler temperatures have taken a firm grip on our weather and the fish are in their winter transition mode. The beautiful thing about fishing in Florida is it’s always a good time to go; there’s always somewhere to fish and something to catch regardless of the weather. We have entered the time of year though that allows for the most catching per day. This month we can be catching anywhere from 10-40 fish per day. The colder the better. January is usually the top catching month of the year, with days of 50+ fish occuring on a regular basis. But for December, water clarity has cleared considerably lately allowing for excellent sight casting. It hasn’t gotten cold enough for massive winter schools of fish to form, but that usually happens during the later part of this month. Our top targets for December heading into January arer redfish, speckled trout, black drum, flounder and some occassional snook. Depending on the weather we could be catching anywhere from 5-30 or more of each per day.

Redfish fishing has been excellent as of late. It’s our number one opportunity in the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, and creeks near Ponce Inlet. All our redfish are shadowing the big finger mullet schools. Find baitfish and you’ll find redfish in the mix too. Average days for catching has been 5-20+ reds. What we are used to catch them has varied widely. Most fish are coming on live mullet, while sight casters are doing fine with live shrimp. If we throw lures it’s been spoons, DOA shrimp or soft plastic jerkbaits. Fly fisherman have done really well on my cab fly or a Borski slider.

It’s no surprise the Speckled Trout are following the big finger mullet schools either. With the cleaner water we’re also finding a lot of big gator trout laid up in sand spots around cold snaps. This is perhaps one of the best times of year for sight casting 8-10lbr’s, a world class fish. Live shrimp, DOA shrimp, soft plastic jerkbaits are all great sight casting tools for big trout…but they are so wary it can ben tough. We’ll catch more trout free-lining mullet around the bait pods or right in beside schooling redfish. Trout season is still closed and won’t reopen until January, so it’s still catch and release. Fly anglers lucky enough to throw a fly to a laid up gator trout will have luck on seaducers and gurglers. Typically we aren’t going for numbers in terms of catching trout in the winter, it’s all about catching the trophies!

The Flounder bite continues to be good in all the backwaters around Ponce Inlet. These fish are migrating towards the Inlet itself so creek mouths, sand bars, docks and seawalls on the ICW, and bays adjacent to the ICW will hold the majority of the fish. Mullet and mud minnows are the preferred baits of choice. Free line them or peg them on a jighead when fishing deeper water. You can also drag a live shrimp pegged on a jig along the bottom. Black Drum are showing up in more brackish areas of the Lagoon and NIRL. Shrimp are blue crab equal guaranteed catching on a less than smart fish.

Capt. Nathaniel Lemmon
Florida Sight Fishing
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S CAROLINA: Trout – Done Fairly Well on Them with Live Shrimp & Popping Cork Combos

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Had several trips the last couple of weeks in St Helena Sound area.

The Coosaw River and the Combahee River have started to show some trout. It looks now like we will have a better trout year than predicted by DNR, as we have done fairly well on them with live shrimp and a popping cork combo. It should only get better as the water temps continue to fall.

The Redfish bite has also been very consistent, with the larger Bull Reds in the deep holes on the rocks, and the school fish biting well on the flats. Grass edges with oyster shells have produced good results.

I have also been picking up a flounder or two each trip.

Our bite should continue to improve as we move into the heart of the mullet run.

Capt. Rick Percy
Reel Chance Charters
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MISSISSIPPI: Live Shrimp and Some Fresh Dead were Baits of Choice

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

The WhipaSnapa Charter Boat, down here in Biloxi, Ms., welcomes those great lil signs of fall air.

Mr. Will Lambert and Co-Workers (friends), boarded the WhipaSnapa for well, just wanting to go on a boat. We all know, that’s always a good thing. But they didn’t mind if they caught a few fish while out (on a boat). The after lunch trip crew ate a lil, drank a lil and kept there stings tight which lead to some pretty good action on sheepshead, drum (red and back), piles of reds. But most of them were just undersized. Still a hoot to have on the end of the ol light tackle spin cast. Since the trips were catch an release, even better. A couple flounders and some nice trout fell victim to the quite pleasurable crew. For the most part, a few live shrimp, an some fresh dead, were baits of choice laid relaxed on the bottom.

Gotin 1 those Horn Island camping excursions also, getting that time of year were camping is very nice. And OMG! Horn Island might be one of the greatest places for some that good ol’ R&R. Think everyone should try this very tranquil setting at least once. And probably once a month could be very therapeutic. WOW! From sunrise to sunset the beauty in between is just amazing. Just set an soak it up!! Walk an soak it up, an sit again!! An of course dipping a soft plastic across the many grass beds for some reds an trout, would surely prove exciting as well..

Mr. David and Lisa from Texas, jumped aboard that WhipaSnapa for lil early morning adventure. As I dropped the anchor 1st we just sat an soaked it all up. I mean I see it daily but sometimes it’s still just nice to sit an appreciate the many blessing from Mother Nature we are rewarded with daily.. But we eventually commenced to working on some of those big o’l fall White Trout . Yes! the fall trout generally run a bit bigger than the spring. The feisty lil fighters have been thick and hungry. Pretty much unlimited, just sit and reel’em in till you get all you want. White Trout are quiet the pleasure to reel in and very tasty at the table also. David and Taylor also enjoyed a few hour light tackle excursion with many fish being lifted aboard the Whipasnapa. Look at all the smiles!!!!

Anyway thanks so much everyone for sharing your South Mississippi adventures with us!!! LOVE IT!

Do have a couple more those offshore adventures that need a person or 2 so holla and get on a boat!!! Starting to get into the off season as well so catch us during the week an we will make the price right.. You wont regret it!!

Capt. Robert McDaniel
Whipasnapa Charters
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TEXAS: Sand Trout and Sheepshead are Good on Live Shrimp

Monday, August 1st, 2011

NORTH SABINE:
Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the cuts and drains leading to the marsh on shrimp and Gulps.

SOUTH SABINE:
Trout are fair to good while drifting the reefs on live shrimp and topwaters. Drifter have been working slicks and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters.

BOLIVAR:
Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Waders have caught trout on plastics in the pass on the outgoing tide.

TRINITY BAY:
Trout are good for drifters working wells and shell pads on shrimp, croakers, Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Waders have taken better trout on the shell along the east shoreline. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs and at the spillway.

EAST GALVESTON BAY:
Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good on the Ship Channel on croakers and plastics.

WEST GALVESTON BAY:
Drifters have caught their best fish on live bait over reefs. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Offshore is good for tarpon, kingfish, red snapper and ling.

TEXAS CITY:
Trout are fair to good on the reefs on live shrimp and croakers. Solid trout have come from the edge of the Ship Channel on croakers and shrimp.

FREEPORT:
Trout are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and MirrOlures. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Trout, Spanish mackerel and sand trout are good at the jetties on soft plastics and shrimp fished on the bottom.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY:
Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY:
Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on topwaters and live shrimp in Oyster Lake and Crab Lake.

PORT O’CONNOR:
Trout and redfish are fair on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout are fair to good in the surf and at the jetty on croakers and Catch 5s.

ROCKPORT:
Trout are fair in the guts and channels on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats and around Mud Island.

PORT ARANSAS:
Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair to good in the surf on topwaters, piggies and croakers.

CORPUS CHRISTI:
Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp. Trout are fair to good in the deeper holes on croakers and piggy perch.

BAFFIN BAY:
Trout are good on topwaters around rocks and grass. Trout are fair to good on the King Ranch shoreline on croakers, topwaters and plum plastics.

PORT MANSFIELD:
Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and on live bait around East Cut. Offshore is good for red snapper and kingfish. Tarpon have been showing on the beachfront.

SOUTH PADRE:
Redfish and trout are good in the shallows of South Bay and Mexiquita Flats on shrimp and plastics under rattling corks. Tarpon are showing at the pass.

PORT ISABEL:
Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are good for sight-casters in knee-deep water on flies and small Super Spooks and SkitterWalks.

Texas
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FLORIDA: Live Shrimp Under a Popping Cork Works Great for Reds

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Here in the Everglades National Park, the weather in July is fairly predictable, as are the fishing patterns. Day time air temperatures are now hovering around 92 degrees each day, bringing the water temperatures up to 87 degrees.

Storms are beginning to arrive pretty much daily, mostly late in the morning to early afternoon and cool things off a little. The bite is early in the day, and again late in the afternoon/early evening. Expect the bite to drop off to nothing during the mid day heat and slack tides.

The Speckled Sea Trout bite remains steady. The Trout are now generally smaller than the winter Trout, but around in good numbers. They will take anything from a live shrimp, to a buck tail jig, to a topwater plug. Fish early in the day on the incoming tide for your best results. During this same incoming tide, you can count on the Redfish too. Live shrimp under a popping cork works great for Reds. Also try a Gulp shrimp on a ¼ oz jig head, live Pilchards or Thread Herring on a circle hook, or your favorite artificial like a gold spoon, bucktail jig, or a DOA terror Eyz.

We are getting into some nice Snook on the outside islands on most every trip. Try the shores of Panther Key and surrounding islands. Top water plugs and suspended soft plastic artificials will produce some nice morning action before the wind starts to blow. Of course nothing beats a livewell full of Pilchards and Thread Herring. You can live chum with a handful of these guys, then follow up with a nice one on your hook. Recently, while fishing for Tarpon with a 12″ live Ladyfish on a 8/0 circle hook, we hooked up with a huge Snook in the 25-30 lb range! The big Snook are here and they are feeding!

Triple Tail are hanging around markers and structure, and will happily take a live shrimp on a circle hook. Permit and Cobia are hanging around offshore structure. Bring some small silver dollar sized crabs with you for the Permit. Cast net some nice 6″ mullet to present to the Cobia.

Mangrove Snapper are larger in size than most of the year and are hungry for a live shrimp around the Mangrove roots. Shark are all over the place and love Ladyfish. Be sure to use a heavy wire leader. Tarpon remain solid early in the morning and in the evening and are looking for live Ladyfish and Mullet. Try hooking one up on a 8/0 circle hook and presenting it under a balloon to keep it from going to the bottom.

Capt. Pete Rapps
Captain Rapps Fishing Charters
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LOUISIANA: Big Trout – Live Shrimp under Corks did the Trick

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

July Fourth Weekend!

Friday:
Skip and Alex Marks regulars of mine for quite some time now were back and ready to get into some speckled trout. It was one stop shopping trip. Things started slow but as the sun came up the trout really turned on big trout hitting the bait hard. Live shrimp under corks did the trick. Great day on the water with a box of quality trout.

Saturday:
Was my son Jacob’s day to bring his friends Jordan and Brett the wind was forecasted to be 5 to 10 mph NOT! It was ripping 15 to 20 could not geta bite where I caught yesterday so we rock and rolled around the bay and got on some birds and the boy’s were slinging trout in the boat. Around 10:00 the wind quit and sea’s flat so back to where we started and it was on steady action until the limit was full.

Sunday:
Was my youngest son Daniel 12 day to bring his friend Eric and Stuart and his dad Stuart. Much better conditions light wind calm sea’s. First stop the action was slow but the trout were nice so I stayed with for a good while putting 30 or so on ice before moving on. Found the bird’s again and the boy’s were having a blast with tandem rigged plastic catching two at a time. It was getting real hot and they wanted some redfish so we left the trout and hit bthe shoreline’s where 4 drum and 1 red hit the box where we called ita day with close to 100 fish in the cooler. Great two day’s with my son’s and their friends.

Capt. Gene Dugas
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