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  1. Snook, Trout and Redfish continued to be my main targets this week. I have been catching my Snook on the south shore of Tampa Bay from Miguel Bay to Piney Point. I am targeting mangrove islands and points on higher tides using live greenbacks and shrimp rigged on a 1/0 circle hook and 25lb. fluorocarbon leader. The fish have been averaging 22 to 25 inches with the largest fish of the week topping out at 29 inches. Redfish have also continued to be consistent this past week. Although, I am not finding the large schools of fish yet, I am finding consistent groups of 5 to 10 fish. I am moving around a lot, working areas that have shell or oyster bottom and good current flow. Live or freshly dead shrimp on a 1/0 circle hook and a small split-shot is my rig of choice when targeting redfish. If you are an artificial enthusiast, the Mirrolure Mirrodine, or a GULP Shrimp on a 1/8<SUP>th</SUP> ounce jighead are great options. Lastly, Trout are still producing and can definitely turn a slow day into a great trip. Most of the fish I have been catching are in the 12 to 15 inch range, but the largest fish of the week was just under 26 inches. DOA golden bream shadtails rigged on a 1/8<SUP>th</SUP> ounce chartreuse jighead, or the Mirrolure Mirrodine are great choices when targeting Trout with artificial baits. When using live bait, a live large shrimp suspended 18 to 24 inches below a popping cork will almost always produce consistent catches.
  2. Fish Report 8/1/10 Sea Bass Continue A Taste of Fluke How Goes the Watching? Hi All, Some outstanding fishing this week. Odd for heart of summer really. Take your luck where you find it I suppose. It certainly wasn't all gravy. As most clients were reeling in sea bass Wednesday, Flounder George & I twitched strips for fluke. Caught the heck out of 'em too. Tagged or just thrown back; He & I had no keepers in close to 40 fish. Not a back-bay trip, this was ocean fishing not quite 30 miles from the inlet. My mates both fished -on my direct order- for a short while. They of course both quickly caught a keeper and --being clear-thinking young men-- wisely and generously decided to allow George & Captain their fish-fry. Young Matt too: He hung a strip of cut-bait on his bottom hook and pushed aside all comers at the fish pool weigh-in, his six pound flattie easily trumping some very nice bass. Saturday we had a pleasant, sustained bite on sea bass with no flounder at all. Several mahi however were invited to dinner, one of which ran a solid 50 yards off Ralph's spinner before being worked back to the gaff. ..some clients had to go out to dinner this week too: bitter with the sweet. I really think fluke will bust loose soon, but I've been maintaining that position for some while.. I'm certain that we'll go fishing, not sure what we'll bring home. A new picture committed to personal memory: Chum overboard, two kites up, 4 baits out. With sea bass coming over the rail a Bruiser comes sliding in, investigating. Couldn't tell species. Big. Calorically unimpressive, our baits were investigated and left alone. This shark wanted at least a whole bluefish and perhaps would have preferred partaking of whale carcass.. Neat stuff.... Not so neat but of our time: It defies reason that we catch very respectable fish such as 18 inch flounder and 12 inch sea bass --fish that practically have Purdue Pop-Up baking timers built-in, yet have to throw them all back. MRFSS recreational catch estimate data is destroying constituents' good will toward management. It really is very poor recreational catch estimate data, the MRFSS data, that is, in many ways, strangling the rec-fish industry. Years ahead of management; in 1992 I was the first to put a 9 inch size limit on sea bass. At times a very ugly, heated effort; Resistance was intense. But the benefits were soon plain to see. We are no longer restoring with our releases; We are, instead, squandering our restoration. Strict adherence to data sets easily satired is where we lost sight of our target, of Fisheries Restoration. Conflict created by absurd statistic.. What now of the new Registry? The new MRIP program that should give a much better gauge of participation, Tell us how many fishers there are, The program designed to replace MRFSS.. Maryland's flounder anglers were granted a 3 month extension on season this spring with a very-stern warning: We'll Be Watching. That meant management would close the season early --Again-- if MRFSS said some segment of our recreational fishery had somehow managed to do better than the trawl industry -- Again. I know full-well that managers must do what the voices in MRFSS' hard-drive tell them. As a result I have come to know the deep anguish of early closure, of fiscal catastrophe from worthless statistic, of a season lost not to real oil gushing from a real pipe but meaningless numbers transmitted without wire. . . MRIP's registry.. How many people are really, actually going fishing.. I think that MRIP will show for MRFSS estimates to be correct it would often require that every registered angler had exceeded the legal limit many times over to achieve the statistically estimated catch. MRIP will force many catch estimates down, sometimes way down. Crazy-high estimates will be unsupportable if actually catching that many fish would require a "Catch Per Unit of Effort" far greater than the party/charter fishers experienced... Here's a measure we desperately need: Truth. OK Management: How goes the watching? What if the first result of "The Registry" was to loosen-up, to lower size limits.. That'd be a switch. Wonder if that could happen with the sudden ferocity of a closure.......... I hold that were it not for a very few boulders, storm caused shipwrecks & Nazi Wolf Pack torpedoes, our region's reef ecology --including the fish living on them-- would not have survived into the 1980s. On a budget, our fishery restoration efforts require forward thinking. Yet managers are still attempting to rebuild the huge fish populations of yesteryear with our present day seafloor habitat remnants, the footprint leftover from fishing's industrial revolution..... Consequently; if MRFSS paperwork sez private boats in Maryland caught zero tautog in all of 2006 yet caught 43,505 of these non-migratory man-made reef residents in 2007 - And it does: Then that's bloody-well what happened and quit'cher complaining already. If the scientific paperwork sez there ain't no reef where all those reef-fish and reef-loving lobster get caught, where once far more were caught - And it does: Then there ain't no reef so don't worry about it.. A blood-letting on the full moon with weekly leech treatments and two months of mountain airs should cure the insanity. That'd be some good 'ol fashioned doctoring: Nevermind lead's fumes when returning to work. We squander the economic benefits of 'catch-restriction only' restoration in the disappointment of anglers tossing fish overboard that they might otherwise have taken pictures of, fed their family and friends with.. This isn't billfishing: What goes in the cooler really does matter. In our hot-blooded quota battles caused by catch-data that infuriates, we --year after year-- miss opportunity to begin habitat restoration. Feet under a desk: Papers are real. Two anchors tight, lines down: Fish & fish habitat are real. Rock-Paper-Scissors: Coral grows on rock. Paper wins. Fishers lose. Needs Fixin. Regards, Monty Capt. Monty Hawkins Party Boat "Morning Star" Reservation Line 410 520 2076 Morning Star Fishing
  3. In the past year i have witnessed some very rude and some dangerous moves made by my fellow anglers. Growing up on the Eastern Shore i had a boat at a young age. The very first thing that i was taught by my father was safety and ethics on the water. Most of these ideals that he taught were mainly common sense and courtesy toward other boaters. This past year was my first year fishing the mouth of the bay for strippers. I had a very good first season, but saw things that really bothered me. This past Saturday was just as disappointing as last winter. I had three boats drift so close to my boat that I had to push them away from me with my hands. All while the captain stared in disbelief that I was upset with him. I had my line cut, while anchored, by a boat that passed wide open by my stern within 40ft, and not to mention the wake that he threw over me. One thing that I really don't understand is how people can take the entire bay and feel the need to run at high speeds in between 20 anchored boats on their trip north or south. One of my friends I had on my boat with me is in the USCG. He told me that there is a law in place that will require boaters to have a drivers license within the next few years. I think that this is a great idea. The things I mentioned above aren't just gripes, but concerns of the safety of myself and other anglers. Some things that people can do to better the experience for everyone on the water would be to go around a group of boats that are anchored up instead of through them on your way to your destination. Be conscious of the fishing lines of others, (your hook isn't the only one on bottom). Be aware of your wake and where it is going to head once you've left the area. If it can be proven that it was your wake that caused damage, you are responsible for it. Don't drift or anchor to close to another boat. Be particularly careful when passing or motoring around a boat that contains children. I saw 2 almost get thrown off the other day when a 25ft Parker passed at 1/2 throttle no more than 50ft from their boat. I could go on all day. The bottom line is that most of the anglers out there do know these things and are respectful of others on the water, but its that ever growing percentage that can make a great day on the water aggravating or even dangerous. I'm sure that many will read this and agree. Maybe even have had similar things happen to you. To others, this may piss you off. If so, you are the problem. Keep your boat on the trailer and next to the SUV / station wagon thing.
  4. The warm days of July have already provided many anglers with early surprises this month. Huge schools of feeding Redfish, an abundance of scallops in shallow water and the early arrival of many hard fighting sharks in some of the deeper waters and holes have provided many Nature Coast Anglers with tons of action packed angling experiences. July’s light winds and slight chances of rain have allowed the fishing and scalloping grounds off of Crystal River and Homosassa to reach a pristine gin clear state, and when conditions like this arrive “Look Out” because the skies the limit when it comes to angling opportunities. With the water reaching such a clarity tons of sight casting opportunities have led to some trips of a life time. Just ask 13 year old Tommy who recently spent the day fishing with myself and his grandfather. On this trip Tommy caught and released a number of Redfish, Speckled Trout, Jack Crevalle, Bluefish, Snapper, Shark, Black Drum, and he was even rewarded with a Hook Up of a 60+lb Tarpon. What a Day!!!!! Obviously, Tommy’s trip will be one that he will not soon forget, but there have been a few other Red Hot anglers that will have some fishing stories to brag about including myself. Schools of 100 plus fish are not all that rare in the grand scheme of things when you think about the saltwater fishing world. Schools of 100’s (in some cases 1000’s) of Jacks, Bonita, Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel and even Tarpon happen all through out the year Nature Coast. But if you have ever been fortunate enough to come across 100+ Redfish in knee deep water this would definitely be a spectacle that an angler would never forget. In recent weeks the backcountry areas of the Crystal River and Homosassa have been inundated with some of the largest schools of Redfish this year may see. And with most boaters focused on scalloping this fishery should see a complete lack of pressure for quite some time. On a recent back-to-back trip both Cathy Stone and Steve Earheart both set personal bests when these big schools of Reds came rolling their way. Because most of these fish are way outside of the slot limit I like to use a 4/0 Circle Hook with Cut bait. The circle hook ensures a proper corner of the mouth hook up which allows these big breeding Redfish to be set free practically unharmed. As good as the Redfishing has been the most action packed fishing to date has to be the Shark fishing. Sharks can be targeted up and down the Nature Coast but my favorite method of Shark fishing is anchoring up just off a shallow clear flat adjacent from a deep hole and setting out a good chum slick. Chumming with sardines, ground mackerel, and even hanging Bluefish or Bonita over the side of the boat will always get the attention of Mackerel, Bluefish, Speckled Trout and especially Sharks. Bonnetheads, Spinners, BlackTips, Hammerheads, and Bull sharks are the most common sharks this time of year and it is not unheard of to hook up with one of each during a day of Shark fishing. If you have never tried Shark fishing there are very few instances in the world of fishing that are more exciting than hearing the ZING!!!!!!!! of the fishing line coming off a reel when a hungry shark comes calling. Not to mention Shark steaks are one of the more underrated seafood delicacies. Now with all of this talk of Sharks I hope I have not deterred anyone from jumping into the water and enjoying some of the best Scalloping the Nature Coast has seen in years. For over 3 weeks now the Scallop season has been open off of the Crystal River and Homosassa areas and it seems that as the weeks move on the scalloping only continues to gets better. The excellent scalloping can be accredited to strong recent tides of the moth. As the tides move in and out the scallops hitch a ride on many of the floating grasses. The good news to be reported for Scallopers is that there are NO!!! Jellyfish to speak of on the scallop grounds. In recent years jellyfish have been one of the real challenges for snorkeler’s pursuing the tasty scallops but up to date the waters are jellyfish free and should continue to be for quite some time. So with the weather warming and the fishing and scalloping heating up why not incorporate a fishing/scalloping adventure with Red Hot Fishing Charters during your summer break. We can custom build a trip that can surely suit your needs and wants. If you’re interested in creating an inshore fishing or scalloping memory please feel free to give Red Hot Fishing Charters a call today!!! Capt. Kyle Messier (352) 634-4002 Red Hot FIshing Charters - Captain Kyle Messier
  5. Captain Rob Salimbene – Mangrove Man Charters June fishing has been a little slow for me this year, but with some hard work and some minor adjustments strategy wise we have been able to put some great days together and make for some memorable times on the water. Tarpon are still throughout the entire Tampa Bay area and within the coming weeks should make another strong showing. Most of the fish have moved offshore to take care of their spawning, but once they come back, they will be hungry and looking to eat. I prefer to fish 60lb. fluorocarbon leader rigged on a 7ft. heavy spinning rod with a 5/0 to 7/0 circle hook depending on the size of the bait. (smaller bait, smaller hook) Egmont Channel or the Sunshine Skyway are great places to start your Tarpon search. The best advice I can give for someone new to Tarpon fishing in these areas is to go out to one of these areas and watch how people are fishing; are they drifting, or anchored, are they using crabs or some type of baitfish, are people hooking up on the downtide or uptide side of the structure? Taking a little time to watch will ultimately lead to making you a better angler and will minimize the chance of you upsetting someone who understands how to fish that particular area. One of the best pieces of Tarpon advice I have ever heard is, “Go slow, like between idle speed and 1500 rpm’s and you will be amazed at how much you can pick up.” Another species I have been fishing the past couple of weeks have been redfish. I have been targeting redfish on the higher tides around oyster bars throughout the entire south bay area. The best bait I have found has been fresh cut threadfin chunks on a 2/0 circle hook. A lot of the areas I have been fishing are heavily pressured, and I believe that the cut threadfin is catching the most fish because it’s unthreatening. Nothing moving, just putting some stink on the bottom. Most of the fish I have been catching have been overslot, however there are a few mixed in that definitely could come home to the dinner table if you choose. Remember keep only what you will eat and revive the fish you put back carefully to make sure they swim off strongly. Lastly, the snapper fishing has picked up nicely and should only continue to get better in the next month. I have been targeting the snapper around the skyway, but all the local bay structures should be holding fish within the coming month. A small live greenback or a fresh piece of cut threadfin has been producing some snapper up to 17 inches. I prefer to chum some cut pieces of threadfin to get the fish active and then begin working hooked baits in the same area. 25lb fluorocarbon leader and a 2/0 circle hook has been producing very well in the past couple weeks. Overall the fishing is very good if you can tolerate the heat. I must say that I was concerned at how the fishing would be this summer following the hard freeze that we had this past winter. As a guide that relied on Snook for the majority of my charter trips, I was not sure how things would work out, but I have been pleasantly surprised at how well the fishery has held up and even how the Snook have recovered. There are definitely not the same numbers of Snook that we have seen in past years, but I think the future is still positive for our great fishery.
  6. By Captain Alan Sherman Seagrasses can be found all over the world in shallow bays, lagoons, estuaries and along coastal waters. Where there is water there are boaters navigating these waters successfully and often times not so successfully. In most areas the water is deep enough for their propellers to cut through the water without causing any damage to the bottom below them but the unsuccessful boaters that stray away from their appropriate depth of water can cause significant damage to the beds of seagrasses often unaware of how much damage they have created. As the propellers of these vessels make contact with the fragile seagrasses the propellers cut into the soft sand or mud bottoms creating a trench that is deeper than the waters adjacent to the freshly cut trench. Besides the propeller cutting the trench the propeller also cuts the fragile seagrasses leaving this deeper trench void of all seagrasses. The damage created is called a propeller scar or prop trail. A propeller scar may be just a few feet in length but can also be hundreds of yards or more in length. Almost immediately erosion of these propeller scars starts to take place making the trails wider and deeper and creating cloudy water from tidal flow and wave action. Seagrass meadows made up of one or many seagrasses such as turtle grass, shoal grass, manatee grass, star grass, widgeon grass, paddle grass and Johnson’s sea grass are very important to the shallow bays, lagoons and coastal waters all over the world because these seagrasses help provide protective nurseries and food sources for many marine species. These seagrasses also increase water qualities in the areas of the seagrass meadows and reduce wave energy along the coastlines. Columbia Sportswear, Bass Pro Shops and The Ocean Foundation have joined hands in an effort to restore seagrass meadows through education and habitat restoration. Recently I was invited take part in a two day event sponsored by Columbia Sportswear, The Ocean Foundation, Seagrass Recovery, Andy Newman, Bass Pro Shops and George Poveromo. The event was put together to bring awareness to how serious these propeller scars can be to our fragile bays, lagoons, shallow coastal waters and estuaries. During the event I had the opportunity to see firsthand propeller scars that had been accidently cut into fragile seagrass flats in Florida Bay off of Islamorada and then I got to take part in the actual repair of one of these propeller scars. With the guidance of the Seagrass Recovery project representatives, Kenny Wright and Beau Williams I was able to take part in repairing a propeller scar. Once at the sight of a propeller scar located just a few minutes from Wide World Sportsman in Islamorada it was quite obvious how bad a propeller scar actually is. I looked out on the beautiful green grass meadow only to see this horrific looking white stripe that had been cut into the meadow by a boater who thought there was more water under the propeller than there actually was. We anchored our boat and I donned a mask and snorkel and jumped into the crystal clear water that was just two feet deep. As I snorkeled the barren propeller scar it was obvious that the scar was deeper then the water surrounding it and that the seagrasses on the edge of that scar couldn’t grow into the trench. This scar was fairly new and had not grown much since the propeller scar had been created. Others joined me and then we started the repair of the propeller scar. First four foot biodegradable sediment tubes were place one at a time into the propeller scar. Once the propeller scar had been filled with these biodegradable sediment tubes long pieces of PVC tubing with wooden stands attached to the tops of the tube were driven into the ground and spaced out along the biodegradable sediment tubes. These biodegradable sediment tubes over the course of time will break down and completely fill the propeller scar bringing the depth of that scar back to its original level. The PVC tubes and stands are there to attract birds that will come and sit on the stands and eventually fertilize the area around the propeller scar with their guano. Three months after the biodegradable sediment tubes have been placed in the propeller scar, a crew from Seagrass Recovery will visit the site and plant seagrass plugs that were retrieved off the sea surface into the restored propeller scar. Twelve to eighteen months later the propeller scar will have been totally restored. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Seagrass Grow Project or would like more information on the Seagrass Grow Project than please visit these internet sites. Columbia Sportswear (Columbia Sportswear | Seagrass Recovery Seagrass Recovery (Seagrass Recovery) The Ocean Foundation (The Ocean Foundation) Sponsors of this Event were: Columbia Sportswear (Columbia Sportswear | Seagrass Recovery Seagrass Recovery (Seagrass Recovery) The Ocean Foundation (The Ocean Foundation) BassPro Shops/World Wide Sportsman (Bass Pro Shops Outdoors Online: Offering the best in Fishing, Hunting and Outdoor Products) Andy Newman, NewmanPR, the Florida Keys (NewmanPR) George Poveromo, Columbia Athlete, (George Poveromo's World Of Saltwater Fishing)
  7. What are a few of the reasons that make saltwater fishing so exciting and enjoyable? Is it that fact that the scenery is second to none? Is it because the salty air brings back old memories? For most anglers the endless possibilities of every cast is what draws most anglers back to the salt waters year after year. In the world of fresh water fishing when you go bass fishing, you catch bass. When you go catfishing, you catch catfish (or the occasional mudfish). In the world of salt water fishing you never know what you’re going to catch. And never has this been more apparent than during most of my recent fishing charters. We have over 20 different species of fish roaming our local waters right now and every day there are new surprises to be discovered on the flats. Most of the surprises come when my clients and I are fishing for Redfish or Speckled Trout basically because when targeting these two species we use a variety of techniques and cover a lot of ground which always increases the odds for oddities. During some of my most recent charters while targeting Redfish and Speckled Trout we have been lucky enough to also catch Sharks, Tarpon, Snook, Tripletail, Flounder, and some of the biggest Pompano I have seen in years. Casting Jigs with Shrimp, Berkley Gulps! And Jerkbaits have worked best when targeting anything and everything that swims but if you’re looking for a ton of excitement try throwing Topwater lures with a trailing fly behind it. This is one wacky rig, but when the conditions are right it can be a ton of fun. Speaking of a ton of fun if you didn’t hear already a new Tarpon fly fishing world record was set in our back yard this month. Congratulations! to Tom Evans who broke the 12lb tippet World Record with a Tarpon weighing in at over 195lbs. To put this in perspective Tom was fighting this fishing with a tippet that would normally be used for catching Bonefish or Redfish. The fact alone that this fish made it past the sharks is amazing enough, but to actually land this jumping, drag screaming Tarpon after a long battle is even more amazing. The Homosassa/Crystal River area is home to some of the largest Tarpon found any where in the world and a World Record fish could be jumped any day. A lot of hard work and dedication by both the guide and the angler is what is required when Tarpon fishing. That being said there is nothing more spectacular in the world of salt water fishing than to see the “Silver King” take air. A picture is worth a thousand words but when you see this spectacle in person you can expect a serious case of “Poon Fever” year after year during the months of May, June and July. So if you’re interested in enjoying a beautiful day on the water with endless possibilities feel free to contact Red Hot Fishing Charters today we can “Hook You Up!” Capt. Kyle Messier (352) 634-4002 Red Hot FIshing Charters - Captain Kyle Messier
  8. Thursday’s trip was met with lots of high expectations. The tides were ideal for hunting snook and redfish. Before running to the Eastern shore of Tampa Bay we needed to gather bait. My anglers today Jim and Tom joined Captain Steven to gather bait. Unlike previous days the Skyway Bridge was lots of work, it took an hour to have just enough for the day. It was very expensive bait as I ripped 2 cast nets on barnacle encrusted pilings. Use caution when tossing a net up current of hazards. With a stronger than forecasted NE wind making the water choppy it was a bumpy ride to Bishops Harbor. Snook were nowhere to be seen; Tom had one snook explode on bait with no hookup. Jim and Tom were making great casts with no results. I decided to leave the snook behind and check out the redfish action at Tarpon Key. As we eased in on the mangroves the Captain next to us was hooked up. Moments later they were on hooked up again. We casted chunk baits along the oyster bar and waited. We saw numerous reds but did not connect. So much for plan B. About now Captain Steven was anxious to get his anglers on fish. I moved us to a shallow grass flat with and deep drop off to 10’. Again a slow start then thankfully we started catching trout. Most were beautiful keeper size spotted sea trout with many 18-22”. These beauties were thick and clearly eating like crazy. Mackerel made their appearance with one a pushing 26”. The bite was on for 15 minutes then off it was like that for an hour. Thank goodness the day ended on a positive note. Jim and Tom were great guys, good anglers and fun to have onboard. Captain Steven Markovich Tampa Bay Fishing Charters | On The Mark Charters
  9. April 30th, 2010 On April 26th, we welcomed the Navy, the Coastguard and Canadian vessels as they sailed into Port Everglades for Fleet Week 2010. Fort Lauderdale was flooded with US Military and we got to see them leave Port Everglades as Fleet Week came to a close today. Today, Peter, Guy, Doc and 3 other friends joined Captain Paul and me for a repeat fishing trip aboard the Lady Pamela II in Ft Lauderdale. Peter hadn’t fished aboard the Lady Pamela II since August of 2009, he was amazed at our renovations and our new articulating fighting chair. We poked out of Port Everglades and released our trolling spread into the water. The Kingfish and the Bonito fish weren’t hiding. Three Blackfin Tuna hit the cockpit and went into the fish box for dinner. We topped off the trip with a nice size Amberjack at the wreck. This afternoon, Mike and his two buddies came fishing from California and wanted to land some fresh Dolphin. Once we reached a nice blue edge offshore, the kites went into the air. Within 30 seconds, the deep bait got hit and Mike reeled in a 100 lb Hammerhead Shark. About 10 minutes after our Game Shark, we missed a Mahi. It happens. We placed our trolling gear in the water and watched the rods. There wasn’t much action on the troll until I got the bite on my high line. We hooked up with an April Sailfish and it began jumping right in front of our eyes. That was probably one of the last Sailfish we will see until the season kicks off again in the fall. We expertly released the Sailfish back into the blue and ended the day with two Blackfin Tuna for dinner. Tight Lines! Captain David Ide Fort Lauderdale Fishing - Deep Sea Fishing Charters Ft Lauderdale - Lady Pamela 2 954-761-8045
  10. Seeing is believing on Tampa Bay’s inshore waters and flats. Observe most any Professional Charter Captain and you will see they all have one thing in common. They are all wearing a quality pair of polarized sunglasses. We may argue about which brand is best, what lens tint work best but we all agree seeing is a must. I am amazed by how many charter clients I have that can’t see our target just feet from the boat! Imagine if your Captain couldn’t see snook moving along the mangroves, redfish schools on oyster bars, birds diving on Mackerel, Kingfish and Bonita. Fishing can be tuff enough let alone fishing areas void of fish. Cutting the glare is another very important factor when searching shallow water species and keeping headaches away. Scanning the water hour after hour chasing beach Tarpon is a prime example to have quality sunglasses. Imagine missing a school of Tarpon only to see another angler hook up while you miss out. Personally Captain Steven has Maui Jim, Costa Del Mar and Kaenon sunglasses on board. There are numerous color lens tint for low light and bright sunlight conditions. Pick a pair that works best for your application or get several as I do. It’s also very important while fishing or day to day activities to have UVA, UVB and UVC protection. Protecting your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays in critical. A quality pair of sun classes is an investment so protect them. Invest in a micro fiber lens cloth. I have learned the hard and expensive way that using paper towels, fishing shirts will scratch lens. A leash is also important as to not drop your glasses or loss them while on the water. Trust me I have seen client’s expensive designer glasses slip off their face in the hot sun then spend time trying to retrieve them vs. enjoying the day. If you need prescription sunglasses like Captain Steven have no fear as many quality glasses are available in RX. Captain Steven Markovich Tampa Bay Fishing Charters | On The Mark Charters
  11. The Redfish bite on lower Tampa Bay is very perplexing to say the least. The last several weeks Captain Steven has been red hot, ok and slow. It’s no secret we have several schools of large 30” plus redfish in lower Tampa Bay. You will also find several local Captains lined up all working the same schools with the same mixed results. The key to having a big day is having a live well full of scaled sardines. The perfect baits are 3-4” long, with the huge 6” baits perfect for cutting into chunks. Both work equally and are killer on redfish. The time spent gathering bait is well worth the effort. Fill the live well as heavy chumming may be necessary to keep the reds fired up. Mangrove islands combined with oyster bars is where you will locate redfish. Either incoming or outgoing tides works as long as you have moving water, it’s not rocket science so keep it simple and focus on these few tips. Redfish can be fickle even in perfect conditions like last Thursday. We had 80-100 jumbo reds cruising back and forth thru over baits with hardly a nod. The bite was good for 5 minutes then died! This same school under similar tides kept my anglers rods bent until my fisherman needed rest just days prior. At the end of the day that’s fishing. A 1/0 hook on 3-4’ 25 pound fluorocarbon leader either fly lined or under a cork is the basic rigging. It’s that simple. Winter has finally ended so remember to load up with sun screen before leaving the dock and avoid burning. Hat, buff, long sleeves shirts and a good pair of sun glasses ensure a comfortable day on the water. Captain Steven Markovich Tampa Bay Fishing Charters | On The Mark Charters
  12. Mosquito Creek Outdoor's Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, May 2010 by Captain Tom Van Horn The longer days of summer allow enthusiastic anglers along Florida's Space Coast to take pleasure in spending their afternoons after work relaxing on the water. Warming coastal waters draw streams of baitfish north followed by warm water predators, as our prevailing easterly winds give way to summers genially shifting sea breezes. On the Lagoon flats, redfish and spotted sea trout will provide the majority of action for light tackle and fly anglers. The water has warmed up to the point where jack crevalle, ladyfish, snook, and tarpon are showing up in good numbers. Although they will bite all day, I like to target redfish and sea trout at first light or at dusk with top water plugs like the Rapala Skitterwalk, or Storm Chug Bug. As the day heats up, change your focus to the deeper edges of the flats (2 to 3 feet deep) jigging with a DOA CAL Shad or 4" & 5.5" jerk baits. Offshore, dolphin fishing will be the focus of blue water anglers this month. April and May are the time of year when the larger bulls are taken off the Florida Space Coast. The early season dolphin bite has already yielded so big fish. As a bonus, the potential of taking a blue marlin or sailfish are good. Near-shore, the kingfish bite has heated up on the near-shore reefs and wrecks and some cobia are still around. As the seas settle down and the bait schools move in close to the beach, look for the kingfish action to move in also. Inshore, the bait pods, Atlantic menhaden (pogies), have shown up along the beach, and now is the best time to target the ocean predator shadowing these schools. It's not uncommon to catch large redfish, large jack crevalle, blacktip sharks, cobia, and tarpon from within these pods of bait. To locate bait pods, simply look for feeding birds, flipping and jumping bait, muddy water along the beach, and busting fish. Spanish mackerel, snook, redfish, jack crevalle, bluefish, flounder, sheepshead and black drum are just some of the species available in the Lagoon inlets and beaches this month. As the baitfish migration moves north, this type of fishing will only get better. As always, if you have any questions or need help, please contact me. Good luck and good fishing, Captain Tom Van Horn Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide-Redfish Guides-Indian River Fishing Charter-Flats Fishing Central Florida-Captain Tom Van Horn (407) 416-1187 on the water (407) 366-8085 landline
  13. Captain Steven was thrilled to participate in the Hooked on Education fishing tournament Friday. Fishing for snook redfish and trout on the flats of Tampa Bay while raising funds for a great cause doesn’t get any better. We splashed the Pathfinder Bay boat at O’Neill’s Marina and quickly made our way in the dark to a grass flat adjacent to the Skyway Bridge. Scaled sardines could be heard dimpling the surface even before we could see them. Chumming took only moments to get perfect 3-4” white baits concentrated of the bow ready for me to toss the cast net. 4 tosses and the live well was full. I made the run north to the Westshore Yacht club to pick up my anglers. The tournament is a Grand Slam event total inches for a snook redfish and trout. You must catch all 3 species to qualify. My 3 anglers were awesome; I have never had a group of anglers who make perfect casts over and over again. The bite overall was tuff to fair as report by almost all Captains. Our first stop we took 2 chunky trout to 18” and a very nice Spanish mackerel. Our next stop we were tight to the mangroves with 5 other guide boats, one snook was all the group could muster in an hour. Moving deeper into Weedon Island we took a chunky snook and a small redfish. Then a couple nice trout which capped off our Grand Slam. Sorry no images as my camera decided to stop working! It’s never too late to help Hillsborough Education Foundation Captain Steven Markovich Tampa Bay Fishing Charters | On The Mark Charters
  14. Anglers here is a golden opportunity to give back. The 2010 Hooked On Education fishing tournament is April 29-30. Friday’s tournament is a Grand Slam event for snook Redfish Trout. There is still time to get involved. This popular "catch and release" fishing tournament is hosted by Wilder Architecture and Allstate Construction, with proceeds benefiting the Foundation. The event begins with a Captain's Dinner on the night of Thursday, April 29. The Fishing Tournament begins at 8am on April 30. Each fisherman will receive a nice fishing shirt, a cooler, beverages and other fishing goodies. A McDonalds breakfast sandwich, Starbucks coffee and a boxed lunch will be provided. The day concludes with an All-American cookout and awards. Contact Cheryl Hedrick at (813) 231-1937 for more information. Follow the link below for a tournament brochure. Captain Steven Markovich On The Mark Charters
  15. Lady Pamela II Sportfishing Charters Fort Lauderdale, Florida Fort Lauderdale Fishing - Deep Sea Fishing Charters Ft Lauderdale - Lady Pamela 2 954-761-8045 April 21st, 2010 Today we had 4 on a shared fishing charter; Ann from Cape Cod, Jim from Gloucester, Liz from Utah and Jerry from the Midwest. We headed out Port Everglades looking for table fare; King Mackerel, Dolphin fish, Wahoo and/or Cobia. Other than some Kingfish and a few Bonito, the eating fish were MIA, but everyone was able to reel in a fish. After trolling for a bit, Captain Paul and I decided to spice things up and head to a wreck. Our first drop on the wreck got the bite. Jerry reeled the fish half way up before it managed to release itself. We dropped bait number two down and Jerry fought an Almaco Jack to the boat. We were in a good spot so we went for round three. Ann fought a Lesser Amberjack to the transom and said it was a tough fight. After our third bite, we ran to 350 ft of water and got the big rods out. Within minutes of dropping the bait down, we got a bite from a big Game Shark but he pulled the hook immediately. Tight Lines! Captain David Ide Fort Lauderdale Fishing - Deep Sea Fishing Charters Ft Lauderdale - Lady Pamela 2 954-761-8045
  16. April 20th, 2010 Swordfishing in Fort Lauderdale Lately, the wind has been blowing out of the west in Fort Lauderdale; inshore seas are beautiful, where it looks good enough to head into the horizon, but as you head further east into the Gulfstream, the seas are comparable to a washing machine, not a pancake. With that said, Swordfishing conditions have not been very good. However, just hours before the Lady Pamela II was set to sail offshore to Swordfish grounds on Tuesday afternoon, the wind weakened, turned to the east and it made for a very comfortable, successful nighttime Swordfishing charter in Ft Lauderdale. At 5 PM, the Lady Pamela II left Lauderdale Marina with John from Minnesota. John is an avid big game fisherman and has fished many places most people just dream about. He has caught every Billfish, from Blue Marlin in Hawaii to Sailfish in Mexico, but never a Broadbill Swordfish. If South Florida has one this to brag about, it is definitely the Swordfish bite and John decided to try his luck about the Lady Pamela II. Captain Paul led the Lady Pamela II 20 miles offshore in 1-2 ft seas with a southeast wind. Once they reached fertile grounds, Mike and Eric displayed four dead squid in the water on single 10.0 hooks. John caught his first Swordfish at sundown on rod a reel (130 International with 200lb test power pro). After a tough 20-minute fight, all the guys wanted more. John and the crew ended their Swordfishing trip with four Broadbill Swordfish in the 100 lb range; biggest fish was 150 lb’s. The Swordfish fishing action off Fort Lauderdale is starting to pick up just in time for those calm evenings offshore. A typical night of Swordfishing in Ft Lauderdale produces an average of three to four bites, maybe even more. CALL TODAY AND ASK ABOUT OUR CURRENT FISHING SPECIALS, WE WILL MATCH ANY LEGITIMATE CHARTER BOAT PRICE! Tight Lines! Captain David Ide Fort Lauderdale Fishing - Deep Sea Fishing Charters Ft Lauderdale - Lady Pamela 2 954-761-8045
  17. The TAMCO Grand Slam tournament was last week and Captain Steven had the pleasure of being invited along with a great group of Captains. West Shore Yacht Club was Tournament headquarters and the launch site for 50 boats. The day started looking for bait on the Skyway Bridge, upon arrival I was greeted by winds blowing 15 and swells 2-3’ making conditions poor at best. It took over an hour to gather bait and make the long bumpy run to Tampa. I decided to take my anglers to the eastern shore as this is a Snook Redfish Trout Grand Slam event. Within moments the day looked promising as my anglers were good. These guys could cast live baits into any spot I pointed which is half the battle. Now it was up to Capt. Steven to get them on the fish. Our first stop garnered a Ladyfish and a pinfish and a wild boar on the shoreline watching us. I made a small move and bingo our first sign of life as we had several small snook blow up on our baits. Joe was first to get feisty 18” snook to the boat. Joe followed that with a small redfish then the bite stopped as quickly as it started. I moved to a series of docks where once again Joe got into the action. Joe’s rod bent double and line screamed from his reel. The fish presumably a big snook got into the pilings and that was the end of that. We did catch a very nice flounder, check out this picture. Overall it was the slowest day I can recall since turning professional 3 years ago. Great guys, fantastic cause, overall a nice win for the TAMCO Foundation. Captain Steven Markovich
  18. Fort Lauderdale Fishing, Quadruple Header = 2 Sailfish, Hammerhead Shark, Silky Shark ALL AT ONCE! Today we had five on a shared fishing charter, a group of three and a couple. We headed out the inlet and conditions were perfect for live bait kite fishing. In 300 ft of water, there was a rippin’ north current on the edge. Rusty, our new mate, assisted Mike in the cockpit, flying the kites and getting the Shark baits positioned down deep. We waited patiently and it was all worth it in the end. After an hour of soaking our baits, two Sailfish jumped on our live bait, a Hammerhead Shark ate and then a Silky Shark swam in and took a bite, ALL at ONCE! It was the craziest thing I have ever seen. One of the Sailfish managed to release itself but Mike, Rusty and our anglers managed to catch the remaining three fish. The Sailfish and both Game Sharks were released back into the blue and we went on our way with trolling gear in the water and many smiles. We ended the day catching 10 King Mackerel and 4 Blackfin Tuna. Talk about a nail biter! April 16th, 2010 Welcome home, Mahi – Mahi! Fishing in Fort Lauderdale was great today. Jimmy and Sarah, from Jacksonville, set sail aboard the Lady Pamela II while Mike, from Delaware, joined the Lady Pamela I. Both boats left Lauderdale Marina at 8 AM with high hopes of hooking up with the last bit of the Sailfish Fort Lauderdale will see until the season kicks off again. Captain Paul and I ran the Lady Pamela II to 300 ft of water and popped the kites into the air while the Lady Pamela I trolled the reef. After an hour of waiting and wishing for the bite in 300 ft of water, I moved the boat around and the mid bait in 150 ft of water got a hit. Jimmy landed a Hammerhead Shark and a nice size Mahi for good measure aboard the Lady Pamela II. The Lady Pamela I came back to the dock with a 4 Mahi - Mahi, one 30 lb’er and 2 King Mackerel; looks like Mike will be eating good tonight. Tight Lines! Captain David Ide Fort Lauderdale Fishing - Deep Sea Fishing Charters Ft Lauderdale - Lady Pamela 2 954-761-8045
  19. While Snook, Redfish and Tarpon are Tampa Bay’s glamour species anglers looking for quick action turn to these crowd favorites. Sharks, Mackerel, Jacks, Ladyfish, Trout, Bluefish, Flounder, Sheepshead, and Snapper. All make for great action for kids and novice anglers and seasoned anglers looking for hot action. Kids get bored quickly so it’s imperative as a Captain I plan a trip that keeps everyone occupied. Many anglers would rather keep rods bent than look for one or two of the glamour species. Mackerel have to be one of the best bets! Find mackerel and they will almost always cooperate, look for diving birds or boiling waters indicating mackerel are chasing baitfish to the surface. These speedsters are easy to locate. There are numerous tactics which will consistently take Mackerel. Probably one of the easiest ways is fly ling live baits. Rig 3’ of leader to a long shank 1/0 hook finished with a white bait. Anchor on deep grass flats, deploy a chum bag and the action should be quick. My favorite tactic is locating schools chasing bait. Set the boat up current and drift through the school. Casting silver Clark spoons rapidly through these schools is as close to a guarantee hook up as you can find. Light to medium action spinning rods and reels make for great action. Trolling local bridges, piers and ship channels can be amazingly effective. Troll silver spoons utilizing planners or 3-5 oz of weight at 5-6knots. Target areas like the Skyway Bridges, ship canal or areas with diving birds or bait fish dimpling the surface. The mackerel invasion is underway, take advantage of this sport fish and I promise a great day for all. Captain Steven Markovich Florida Fishing Charters | On The Mark Fishing Charters | Tampa Bay | Clearwater | Boca Grande
  20. April 8th, 2010 You know you love to fish when you go on your days off! This afternoon, April and I were invited to go on Joe’s Midnight Express for some fun fishing offshore. We left Joe’s house around 1:45 and heard the Sailfish were feeding from the Lady Pamela II. Live goggle eyes were MIA so we headed out Port Everglades and to the buoy in 2-4 ft seas. The Bluerunners and Speedos weren’t cooperating and the current was rippin. After about 45 minutes, we went on our way with 5 bait fish and I told Joe, “This is why they charge so much for bait.” The seas began to calm down as we headed to a wreck just north of Port Everglades. Our first 2 drops in 265 ft of water got the bite, but shortly after, we got bit off. Joe released our 3rd bait down, cranked it 25 times and we got the bite from a nice size Amberjack. We didn’t waste any time to get bait #4 down there and we got an even bigger bite, the rod doubled over until the fish pulled the hook. Our last bait went down and within minutes, another Amberjack ate. Every drop produced a bite and we had a great time. Joe, thanks for having us! April 10th, 2010 Sailfish, King Mackerel, Blackfin Tuna & 15 ft Hammerhead Shark! Today I ran the Lady Pamela with Adam, Jay, JT and their 3 other buddies from Nashville. Captain Paul ran the Lady Pamela II for an eight-hour fishing trip with Kate and Scott who fish with us once a year. My day started off by loading up with live goggle eyes and heading out to 350 ft of water to suspend the kites with live bait dancing on the surface. The bite was on. We went 1 for 3 on jumping Sailfish and saw the biggest Great Gray Hammerhead I’ve ever seen swim through our spread, a 15 footer. We tried our hardest to get him to eat and but he just wasn’t interested. I wish he stuck around long enough for me to get a picture! Kate and Scott were non-stop on the Lady Pamela II catching 4 King Mackerel, 3 Blackfin Tuna and a 10 ft Hammerhead Shark. Kate kicked butt in the chair but let Scott finish the fight. April 11th, 2010 Tag & Release, Fresh Blackfin Tuna for dinner makes for a great day fishing in Fort Lauderdale! This morning, Sean joined Rusty, our new mate, Mike and I aboard the Lady Pamela II for a 4-hour fishing charter. We headed out the inlet and live bait was the first thing on our to do list. The buoy right out front provided us with Rainbow Runners, Blue Runners and Speedos for later use. After we loaded up our live well, I ran the Lady Pamela II to 300 ft of water where the out going current and the Gulfstream meet. Mike and Rusty suspended two SFE fishing kites rigged with four live goggle eyes and dropped down three big Kingfish heads on the 130 Internationals. We drifted for only 10 minutes before I yelled, “Shark on the long kite!” Sean fought the 5 ft Hammerhead Shark for 20 minutes before we got him in the boat for a few pictures. Shortly after, we expertly tagged and released him for a future fight and began to troll west. Two Blackfin Tuna ate and Sean reeled in two King Mackerel to top off the day. All three of us had a great time fishing with Sean today; he has a great story to go home with, a sore arm and pictures to prove it. Tight Lines! Captain David Ide Fort Lauderdale Fishing - Deep Sea Fishing Charters Ft Lauderdale - Lady Pamela 2 954-761-8045
  21. With spring running 4 weeks behind schedule look for Mackerel and Trout to be Tampa Bay’s best and most consistent bite. Snook have not begun their journey out of the rivers out to the mangrove islands and flats. Redfish have been easier to locate but hard to get to chew. Target Mackerel and Trout and you won’t be disappointed. Find the baitfish and the Macks will be nearby. Unlike snook and redfish I have never seen mackerel that wouldn’t chew. The deck of Captain Steven’s Pathfinder was covered in glass minnows spit out by the mackerel we brought onboard. While taking pictures and dehooking Macks this week it was clear they had been gorging on glass minnows. Saturday morning started with a blast, wind blast that is. While running to the south Skyway Bridge ugly East winds made the trip and gathering of baitfish next to impossible. Plan B is to use live shrimp which trout love. The water was badly churned and murky from 24 hours of winds. Captain Steven will always tell you with trout clean water are a must. With that in mind and trying to get a comfortable ride for my anglers we set out for a quick 4 hour trip. Pinellas Point was stop number one and it did not take long to get into the action. Trout to 18” no larger trout like mid week and mackerel chewed right on plan. Wanting to catch a redfish we targeted a canal out of the wind that has been ok the last few weeks. Zip best described that action. Back to clean water and the trout action turned right on. Back to the marina and on my way home by noon. Captain Steven Markovich Florida Fishing Charters | On The Mark Fishing Charters | Tampa Bay | Clearwater | Boca Grande
  22. Thursday morning I had the pleasure of welcoming 4 rookie anglers Russ, Betsy daughter Maddie and her friend Nicole. We ran to the grass flats off Tarpon Key looking to get on the spotted sea trout action. We quickly deployed four rods with floats and live shrimp only have nothing happen. This spot has been a consistent producer so I was surprised we did not score. I bumped us forward 100’ re set the lines and bam 4 fish on at one time! Feisty trout were inhaling our shrimp with abandon. Maddie and Nicole were screaming and laughing with delight. Their wonderful laughter was infectious and now Captain Steven was laughing. One of the most exciting thing as a Captain is getting to watch people catch their first fish. Maddie and Nicole were no exception, check out the smiles on their faces! We made the short run to Pinellas Point and got right into the action in 4-6’ of water. Trout, Mackerel, Ladyfish, Catfish and Pinfish eagerly attacked our shrimp. Maddie’s rod bent and it was clear she had something different on. Moments later a Black tip shark was boat side. I was I had audio of the girls screaming as I brought the little guy onboard. Next I wanted to run to the south Skyway Bridge which is holding large Mackerel but turned around half way there as the wind and waves were picking up. We moved back to Pinellas Point until the Power Pole broke under the pressure of the building waves. Last stop we ran to some protection from the wind near the Marina and finished off our 4 hour trip. The weather may have gotten ugly but it was bright day having 4 super folks onboard today. Captain Steven Florida Fishing Charters | On The Mark Fishing Charters | Tampa Bay | Clearwater | Boca Grande
  23. One of the great parts of being a professional Captain is the people you meet. One of my favorite charters has to be father & son teams. Wednesday it was a pleasure to welcome back Barry and his son Nolan for another day on the water. Last year Nolan caught just about every species of fish in Tampa Bay! If I recall correctly I believe he took 8 or 10 different species of fish. After Sundays rain and cold front things had settled down I was optimistic for a quality outing. First stop was the top secret Black drum location. So much for secrets by 845 there was 20 boats chasing drum. Our first cast was immediately slammed by a large drum. Sadly the fish quickly broke free. We used the trolling motor to quietly ease up on the school and once again hooked up. It was game on with over 50 pounds of Black drum on one end and 90 pound Nolan on the other end. Nolan was amazing to say the least, using a medium action rods he worked the Drum to the boat 3 or 4 times over 20 minutes. Finally Dad jumped in and had the Drum boat side in another 10 minutes. We took pictures and jumped back into the action. By now boats were chasing the school. it’s imperative to wait and be patient and not pressure the school. They drum headed to deeper water and not seen again the next few hours. Trust me be patient and keep the school happy and you will get your shot at a true inshore giant. We rounded out the balance of the day catching Trout, Ladyfish, Catfish and Pinfish. The water had cooled from Sundays storm and was very murky is spots. The 7 day forecast is outstanding with warm, sunny days. Look for waters temperatures jump from 66 to 70 quickly. Captain Steven Markovich Florida Fishing Charters | On The Mark Fishing Charters | Tampa Bay | Clearwater | Boca Grande
  24. Captain Steven like many local guides are taking full advantage of the annual Black Drum blitz. The massive schools have been on the flats in lower Tampa Bay for 3 weeks. Saturday’s game plan was simple, depart O’Neill’s at 7 am and arrive and be hunting Drum at sunup. Good plan but not a drum insight. Next stop Tampa Bay’s eastern shoreline which was disappointing at best. A few trout were all that we could get to play. About now Captain Steven was feeling poorly making poor decisions. Hindsight is always 20 20 but the best plan would have been to attack trout on the flats like the previous days. Back to the Drum, the school was located in deeper water closer to the Skyway Bridge around noon. It was a smaller school with 20 boats all in close proximity. The school was moving quickly but those in the way found the Drum still eager to chew. This Captain could not get on top of the school. The final stopped produced many hits plus the biggest trout of the day on a live shrimp. Captain Steven Markovich Florida Fishing Charters | On The Mark Fishing Charters | Tampa Bay | Clearwater | Boca Grande
  25. The Bass Pro Shop in Hampton Virginia is having their Spring Fishing Classic. This is a great event in which they invite a lot of the local fishing community to come and talk about what else---fishing! In my case, jet ski fishing and photography ( I am not a photographer but I like to take pictures). Luckily they are letting me bring my Yamaha but they still will not let me put it in the big demo tank. I brought it to the store today and it will be on display thru sunday, my talk is at 4:30 on sunday. There are a lot of great speakers the next two weekends so come and show them your support and learn thier tricks! Here is a list of the times and talkers. 03-05-2010 6:00pm Deep Dropping and Wreck Fishing - Captain Skip Feller 7:00pm Virginia Gamefish Tagging 03-06-2010 10:00am Frog Fishing - Bobby Smith 11:00am Fishing with Hogy Lures – Tank Demo 11:00am Finesse Baits - Chuck Hart 12:00pm How To Target World Record Class Fish - Dr. Julie Ball 1:00pm Swim Baits - Ed Lewis 1:30pm Fish Feeding – with Capt.Eddie Griggs and Tanner Long 2:00pm Chunking For Stripers - Capt. Max King 3:30pm “Kayak Fishing”, Author Cory Routh- Seminar and Book Signing! 5:00pm Bowfishing at its Best! - Chase Simmons 03-07-2010 10:00am Shakey Head Fishing - Buzz Goodwin 11:00am Buzz Baits - Ed Lewis 11:30am Fishing with Swimbaits - Capt Eddie Griggs 12:30pm Artificials for Pups and Va. Tagging Program - Capt. George Wojcik and John Lucy 1:00pm Fishing Crank Baits - Chuck Hart 2:30pm Chunking For Stripers -Capt. Max King 4:30pm Fishing and Photographing from a Jet Ski - Jet Ski Brian 03-12-2010 6:00pm Fishing for Cobia - Captain Ben Shepherd 03-13-2010 10:00am Fishing Soft Plastics - Buzz Goodwin 11:00am Tank Demo with Madd Maxx Frogs 11:00am Finesse Fishing - Chuck Hart 12:00pm Back Woods Bass Fishing - Kyle Sawyer 1:00pm Basic Freshwater Techniques 1:00pm Fishing Swim Baits - Ed Lewis 2:00pm Jig Fishing - Bobby Smith 2:00pm Basic Knot Tying with Captain Don Lancaster 3:00pm Basic Freshwater Techniques 4:00pm Fresh and Salt Water Fishing 5:00pm Float Fishing techniques both Fresh and Salt Water - George Wojcik 03-14-2010 10:00am Jig Fishing - Bobby Smith 11:00am Finesse Fishing - Chuck Hart 11:00am Tank Demo – Tru Tungsten Swim Baits 12:00pm Catching Fish Using Jigs All Year - Capt. Eddie Griggs 1:00pm Fishing Swim Baits - Ed Lewis 1:00pm Fishing Basics 2:00pm Fish Identification with Capt. Don Lancaster 3:00pm Fishing Basics 4:00pm Bank and Pier Fishing - George Wojcik 5:00pm Booyah Spinner Baits - Capt. Eddie Griggs