Posts Tagged ‘snapper’

AUSTRALIA: Lysaghts – Excellent reports of early season Snapper

Monday, September 12th, 2011

CORINELLA:

Customers Steve and Boney fished the middle spit for squid during the week. The boys later headed to Elizabeth Island on dusk in search of gummies. They landed a cracker gummy that tipped the scales past 25kg. After a few quick snaps the big girl was released with no harm done. It was taken on yakka. They also got a nice 4kg fish and a few ripper squid. Great reports guys and awesome fish.

LYSAGHTS:

Excellent reports of early season Snapper have fired up this week with great fishing had off Lysaghts. Customers Pat and Paul fished on Thursday to land 2 beautiful Snapper ranging from 2kg – 3.5kg. Both fish were taken on pilchards.

Greg and Patrick fished in 12m of water off Lysaghts on Wednesday and caught 2 ripper Snapper as well. Both weighed about 2kg. Along with the Snapper they landed some thumper couta that were some of the biggest couta we have seen all year. All fish were caught on squid and pilchard baits.

FLINDERS:

As the season rolls on so does this fantastic squid fishing. Reports are coming in thick and fast and doesn’t look like slowing down. Regular customer and gun angler Danny Manning fished the pier on Monday and landed 4 crackers with the biggest going a touch over 2kg. He reports that a few guys were getting them on baited silver whiting jigs under floats but the most effective way was to cast 3.5 sized jigs and really give them a rip. The squid couldn’t get enough of it.

Drifting over the weedbeds in the boat has been successful to with most guys managing to pick up a couple of squid also.

Paul Worsteling
Fishnet Pro Angler
Cranbourne Fishing Tackle.
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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
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
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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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TEXAS: "Bumpy and Breezy" were out there…

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

“Bumpy and Breezy” were out there in capital letters, and they contributed greatly to the Capt John doing a turnaround and going bay fishing. Again at today’s offshore fishing trip by the PB Capt John, that pair was here early but in small case letters – it just got radically better as the day went on.

With 67 fishermen aboard, Capt. Johnny Williams took the capt john in a southerly direction after passing through the Galveston jetties. Destination was a series of rock formations in 120 ft. of water, about 55 miles offshore.

The calmness of the Gulf out there added to the results that the cut squid or Spanish sardines produced for the Capt John’s catch. The catch that came from near the surface to the bottom consisted of:

134 red snapper to 17#, a boat limit.
30 vermilion snapper
1 lane snapper
1 bonito
1 kingfish
1 Warsaw grouper

Rob Richardson, Athens – his red snapper limit of 2 was made up of a couple of nice ones that went 15 & 17#. They hit Spanish sardines fished close to the bottom.
The group of eight from FMC Technologies, located in Houston, headed up by Ron Eskridge had red snapper limits to 14#.

Red snapper are definitely out there – get on the Capt John and fish for your limit of these hard pulling, beautiful and delicious offshore residents.

Capt John
Deep Sea Fishing
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