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Hello All! Fall sure brings some gorgeous sunsets and this fall has been no exception. I've seen some stunning sunsets here lately and it gave me pause and encouraged me to thank God for letting me see it. This fall has also brought some great fishing even though we've had some tough windy days. I found along time ago that on windy days you just have to keep looking, and moving until you find a spot that has tide, wind, topography in agreement. For instance you can find a cut between two islands, with a depth change, and wind and tide at your back. Drop some bait back in that deeper spot and you might just find some hungry predator fish waiting. Since Sept we've had some great redfish days, great snook, and larger than average flounder. It wouldn't be noteworthy if it was just one or two days, but when you find fish consistently like that you begin to be thankful to be alive. All of you real angler know what I mean. Nothing like hitting it hard all day, and finding some good success, and then cruising back in with a beautiful sunset over your left shoulder. I recently took my 82 year old Grandmother fishing and we caught one of everything. She drives over from Okeechobee every so often so I can take her fishing. She's a spry 82 year old and I can only hope that I'll be as capable at that age. She caught an eight pound bluefish, a 22'' red, a 26'' snook, a 20'' flounder, "very big for here", and a handful of mangroves that were between 10 and 13 inches. She was pretty happy until I told her we'd have to throw the snook back. I thought she was going to whack me with the paddle but eventually she let me come down off the t-top and release the fish, but only after I promised to come over and take her on the east coast to keep a snook. Speaking of snook I've been seeing alot of very juvenile snook in the canals and around the docks. Lately I noticed a small school of snook and each one was in between five to eight inches. They were cute to say the least. It was funny to watch them exhibit the same behavior that their larger kin exhibit. Last but not least lately I've also been finding some tripletail around markers, redgrouper and gags not far off the beach, and a good catch of sheephead and trout inshore. The Sheephead have begun to show some size and as you all may know, the bigger ones do put up quite a fight and I like em, battered and fried. All right, this about covers up the fall fishing report, and hope you all can benefit from it. Let's all be grateful to be here and to be alive. Don't forget to pray for our troops and their families.
Hello all. This August has been one of the best Augusts I can recall in reference to fishing and weather for the most part. Out weather down here, with the exception of the recent TS Isaac has been great. Nice cool mornings and the days on the water never seemed to get up to more than 92 or so. Always a bit of a breeze. The redfish and snook bite was on this month. Each trip this month found almost limiting out on redfish. Some pretty good fish were caught and almost all the fish caught were in the slot. Two years ago I had a hunch we'd be experiencing a better redfish population. Christmas eve 2010 two of my clients and myself caught fifty rat reds using live shrimp and that was a pretty typical experience during that time frame. That winter I had multiple days of fantastic small red numbers like that using a gold flake DOA paddle tail jerk bait. Fishing it slow and low in the water column. Those little ones have apparently grown up. I've also been seeing those big offshore schools that the old timers talk about. At any rate we're benefitting now. Please folks take only what you intend to eat and no more and please stick to our management limits. For a good democracy to work it requires that each man police himself. The same is true for our natural fishery. This month also saw a great bite for red grouper, and snapper offshore. We caught reds up in the fifteen to twenty pound class. Good fish for sure. Limited out on mangroves, vermillions, and lane snapper and even caught an american red while not too far out. Beautiful fish for sure. The big news however for me and my clients was the reds and snook. Predominantly fishing inside Sanibel, Captiva, Upper Captiva and around Cayo Costa. I'm Still catching good numbers of snook off the beach of Cayo Costa and Captiva using scaled sardines which have been pretty plentiful along the beach as well. Hmmm? Coincidence? I think not. This has been a great month and God willing we'll see some good fishing coming up here in the next couple of months. Traditionally for me Sept, Oct has been great months for some good fish. Lets get after'em. We have a great fishery here in Florida and we need to promote it and protect it. Let's get involved and let's not leave it up to the beaurocrats and politicians to lead. Join Fishermen's Rights Alliance. FRA. You can even join the Florida Guides Assoc and stay up with what's going on. Until next month tight lines, fair winds and following seas.
Chum Blocks - 2-17-2012 Hello Anglers
This time last year the water was still quite frigid for my taste. I think a day or so ago I had readings around 72 deg. If that holds we'll be seeing tarpon before you know it. I've been a pretty decent redfish bite this month, and been finding white bait around redfish pass. The great for bait chum blocks have become my new all time favorite way to pull in the bait. I've even caught reds in my chum slick with the castnet. They were about fourteen to fifteen inches but that lets you know how well it works. I've been finding some snook in places I didn't see them this time last year and even some with some pretty good size to them. Mostly around Sanibel so keep your eyes peeled and don't drop your guard and for goodness sake don't set your reel and rod down and lean it on the gunnel. Seems I have had a hard time getting that across to some folks. Thankfully we were in shallow water. I spotted a couple of cobia cruising Pine Island Sound in the vicinity of Red Light Bar, but not takers yet. There has been a considerable cobia bite offshore as reported by fellow anglers fishing outside five miles. I'm not sure what to make of the marine fisheries regulations. Oh well guess that's to be expected. At any rate I've been having a great month and if anyone would like to come out and tie on a red or other please just let me know and don't forget now is the time to sign up for tarpon season.
Fairwinds and following seas,
So far this late winter has been fantastic fishing. Some days better than others of course, but all days being productive. The weather has been nice and the water temperatures are up and what you might expect for being in a sub-tropical environment. I had to wonder about that during the last three to four winters. The water clarity has been great for the most part and once you get up and away from the river you start to see that clear blue green water. Somehow just being on that water gives me a sense of well being.
Trout have been plentiful but started out small, however lately we've been catching more with some size to them. Reds have been mostly slot size and more in the middle of the slot. I've been finding most of them over shallow grass and using soft plastics to catch them with. Caught a few snook in redfish pass, and around upper Captiva, and in the Sanibel Canals. Caught small three foot Blacktips around Chino Island and around the miserable mile, larger than normal Bonnet Head Sharks have been making a showing as well. Caught one out of redfish pass that was five feet, and hooked into another in Ding Darling that was just as large. Both on shrimp. Spanish Mackeral have been abundent, and some of those on the large side. Matter of fact I was following a school of the big breeder reds offshore of Upper Cap and throwing everything we had at them but without luck. However as soon as the bait got away from the school the macks were on it. White bait has been here and there. When the wind wasn't too bad I've been finding it in good numbers around the inside of redfish. There have been reports of tarpon upper river rolling and showing, and other reports of fish rolling in the backwaters here in the sound, but I've yet to hook one and haven't heard of anyone catching one yet. However I see the Tarpon Hunters from the Cape Coral club showing up around the C-span which certainly signals the start of the tarpon season. All in all it was a great month and March is promising to be better. Started March with Redfish, mackeral, and large trout. If you get a free weekend come on down and we'll wet a hook.
I just recieved a jar of Papa Bob's Bodacious Bait Juice. Papa Bob is a fellow angler who has been making bait juice for his own use and supplying it to his buddies. Apparently everyone liked it so much they talked him into making it commercially and quitting his day job. I can appreciate that and that falls right in line with what I like to think is possible here in our wonderful country. I'll let you all know how it works out for me. If I find good success with it I'll post the link and you all can order it yourself.Now I would like to offer a thanks to the folks that make a few of the programs that I care about possible. As some of you may know I am a former soldier and sailor so I have appreciation for the sacrifice needed to be a part of our great armed forces. These are the Operation Open Arms, The Wounded Warrior Project, and the Sportsman's Foundation. I want to encourage you all to google these folks and send them an email, monetary support, or become a partner with them. Thanks to you folks that make these projects possible.