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  1. Things are slow here in the Myrtle Beach/Murrells Inlet SC area this time of year... Fishing Reports Myrtle Beach/Murrells Inlet area Fishing Report Fishing the Murrells Inlet/Myrtle Beach area is seasonal with the fishing a little slow for March til the middle of April. Mid April, the fishing starts to pick-up for some Flounder and Red Drum. Everything[Fishing] is always weather related in Murrells Inlet and Myrtle Beach the sooner the water temp. gets in the 60's the fishing will get better. Late April thru December is always a good time for fishing for Red Drum, the bait moves in and the fishing turns on. June, July and August, the water temp is getting rite for ALL fishing in the Murrells Inlet/Myrtle Beach areas! Everything is good at the beach! People are out in the sun,shopping,fishing and the Murrells Inlet/Myrtle Beach area is hopping! August and September the Spanish and King Mackerel are on the beach and can be caught live baiting along the coast. We often catch them at the jetties or 3-mile reef or trolling with planners and spoons. Fishing at Murrells Inlet/Myrtle Beach during the summer months you never know what you are going to hook-up with so expect to catch a anything while fishing,maybe even a SHARK. For all you that like catching Trout, Weakfish Trout are plentiful sometimes around Sept/ Oct. While the true Winter Trout only starts when the water temps start dropping in to the 60's and lower. I'm Capt Shannon Currie and hope you have a great fishing experience while fishing in Murrells Inlet/Myrtle Beach please call or visit the site below if you need more info.There you will find all fishing info and pictures.
  2. Got a question about Rocks this happened to a friend of mine and me the same night. My Buddy had 2 nice rocks that he had caught and had on ice for 2 days I had 2 nice rocks that I had caught and had on ice for less than 20 hours we both fillet them and he cooked his one way and me another (used a crab cake res. spread it out on top of the fish and broiled them). Took em out of the oven and they looked a tad bit over cooked but nothing tooo bad. Man o man took one bite of them and the fishy taste was sooo bad and over powering that I couldn't eat another bight. Felt bad about that and put them down for the dog to eat and she couldn't even finish them. Called my buddy up the next day and he said his fish had a real bad fishy taste to them as well. When I cleaned the fish they looked good and I even cut out the dark meat on the fillet. Not sure what went wrong but was wondering if anyone has had this happen to them and what I could do in the future to make sure this doesn't happen again...Tanks
  3. caught this peculiar looking creature at the CHSP pier about a week ago...it was 5-6 inches long...any idea what its called???
  4. Hat's off to the ECO's: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Denise M. Sheehan today announced the charging of a Shirley man with multiple violations of the Environmental Conservation Law after Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) observed the individual allegedly possessing 268 blackfish over the state’s fishing limit. "This arrest once again demonstrates the work that our ECOs do each day to protect the public, and our natural resources," Commissioner Sheehan said. "ECOs are tireless in their pursuit of violators of the State’s Environmental Conservation laws." ECOs observed Arthur C. Reilly, 46, of 39 Cypress Lane, Shirley as he returned to Senix Marina, Center Moriches aboard his commercial fishing vessel "Flora-Jo." Upon docking his vessel officers observed him offloading live blackfish into three holding pens that were in the water at the boat slip. In total, Mr. Reilly had 293 live blackfish, 268 over the state limit, and also had five striped bass and fillets of three other striped bass in a cooler on the vessel. The state’s striped bass season ended on December 15. After counting the blackfish, 268 live blackfish were released. Mr. Reilly was charged with possession of striped bass out of season and possession of blackfish in excess of the limit, all violations, with additional charges pending. In addition to the work done by Long Island area ECOs to investigate marine fishing violations, the DEC also formed a Marine Enforcement Unit in June 2005 under Commissioner Sheehan’s leadership. The MEU is specifically responsible for protecting the State's marine resources by enforcing State and Federal laws and regulations concerning habitat preservation and the recreational and commercial harvesting of fish, shellfish, and crustaceans. ECOs in the unit are assigned to the lower Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island. The MEU includes 10 officers and an investigator.
  5. Fri 8/14 Had Cool Hand Al, Ralphy aka Mr Okuma, Brian, Kevin, Arty and Kenny for another day of Fluking... Nj Bob was Nice enough to drop off a crumbcake in the Morning thanks Bob!!! Headed up to the SAME GROUNDS we been fishing for over 3 weeks... In the ruff stuff... Started Out with No drift sliding at .2 but we were able to picka keeper every time we stopped and a couple of shorts... Stayed with that till the Mugging became unbearable with boats stoping 20 ft on each side of us... Moved to a new area in it was More Of the same... keeper here keeper there shorts and some Lulls... We finally started to get some Current and the fish started to chew... Keep making shorts drifts working patches of keepers... some drifts we would get 2,3 or 4 some none But we Kept at it... Bucktails Def out fished bait today... with only a few fish coming on dragged bait... Congrats To Cool Hand Al who had his best day of the 2009 fluke year today... He was high hook with a limit Plus... Arty Caught his limit+ on Gulp... and Kenny Jigged Up his Limit as well... Way To hang with it Brian who came on strong at the end with some nice keepers ... Ralphy Banged a couple of keepers as soon as he switched Rods! So Some guys fared better than others today Depending on setups but we had a pick all day and grinded away at quality Keepers to fill the cooler! By days end the Cooler was filled with 36 Keeper Fluke the 6 man Limit... And everybody went home again with a jumbo bag o fillets On a side Note it is unbelievable how unprofessional Some Other Charter Capts Are... Fishing an General Area Is one Thing But a Belmar and Pt Charter Boat that circles around ya when you net a fluke and parks where you could cast your bucktail in his cockpit is Terrible and pathetic! Find Your own! Thanks again guys! SaT 8/15 It CONTINUES!!! Capt Wayne called me about an hour ago and the fluke cont to bite in da rough stuff ... Same area WE BEEN FISHING! Bucktails and Big baits! They have Tims the ex blackcat charter today a 5 man crew and have 30 keepers A 5 man Limit.... Bob bates had his limit by 10:00 am and is now high hook with double digit keepers... High Hook was in the double digits with keepers! Top fish were 7lbs, 2 @ 6.6lbs, 6.3lbs, 5.15lbs Thanks Guys! Sun 8/16 The beat goes on! 7 trips in a row with guys on the boat having limits... Capt. Wayne on the helm again today SAME AREA WE BEEN FISHING... Bill LavBob, Matt Avid, Brian and friends headed back to the rough stuff... Just read my text and Lavbob Bill had his limit by 9:30 am and is high hook with double digit keepers... Matt aka Avid has now been on the boat 3 times and limited out EVERY TIME.... He has some nice fish today with almost his whole limit of 6 fish being over 5 lbs... Brian also landed a couple of good ones! 5 man crew(one guy bailed tin the am) and 30 keeper fluke are in da cooler Bucktails and teaser again outfished bait... Matt Aka Avid Had the most impressive limit i have seen all year... All 6 fish were between 5-7.5lbs... Just Himself his 6 Fish were 7.5lbs 7.3lbs 7lbs 6.3lbs 5.4 and 5.2lbs not to mention he has caught 5 Limits + on his last 3 trips with us way to Go Matt!!! Bill had the Top fish @ 8lbs and Brian Jr and Scott put some nice Fish in the boat as well everyone went home with Jumbo bags o fillets again! All the fish in the front row are 5-8lbs... Enjoy! Thanks Again!!!
  6. I went out for afew hours ...I caught this lil 1lbs and missed another on the frog and one on jig .....I was surprise how clear the lake was ..I'll be back soon
  7. Chinese mitten crabs, first reported in the Chesapeake Bay, are more widespread than initially thought. Four crabs have now been caught in Delaware Bay during the last week of May 2007, and may occur in other waters of the U.S. east coast. The "furry-looking" claws distinguish the Chinese mitten crab from native crabs. This Chinese mitten crab was caught by a waterman fishing for Blue crabs in the Upper Chesapeake Bay on May 18. (Credit: Greg Ruiz, Smithsonian) In total, seven adult male mitten crabs have been documented from the two bays since 2005. Prior to this, the potentially invasive species had never been recorded from coastal waters of the eastern United States. The mitten crab is native to eastern Asia and has already invaded Europe and the western United States, where it has established reproductive populations. The crab occurs in both freshwater and saltwater. Young crabs spend their lives in freshwater and migrate to saltwater estuaries for reproduction. Named for the unusual thick fur-like coating on its claws, the mitten crab looks very different than native crabs and is easily recognized. It is listed as injurious wildlife under the Federal Lacey Act, due to its potential to cause ecological and economic damage. "We don't know the present status of this crab along the eastern U.S. coast" said Gregory Ruiz, senior scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. "At the moment, it is not clear whether these crabs are reproducing or established in the Mid-Atlantic region, or whether the captured crabs are just a few individuals that originated elsewhere." These crabs may have arrived in the ballast water of ships or through live trade. A Mitten Crab Network has been established to examine the abundance, distribution, and reproductive status of crabs in Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay and other estuaries along the eastern United States. The initial partnership between the Smithsonian lab, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, is now being expanded to include resource managers, commercial fishermen, research organizations and citizens along the east coast. Note: This story has been adapted from a news release issued by Smithsonian.
  8. hit the beach early yesterday with my room mate. wind started off out of the south, then out of the west, then out of the east. got a little rain, nothing crazy, just a few sprinkles here and there.... we had almost everything for bait, fresh bunker, spot, mullet, squid, peelers, and crab. while we didn't catch anything big, we still caught a bunch of little things....we got about 6 or 7 puffer fish. they were fun to play with. 4 or 5 smooth dog fish and 4 clear nose skates. the puffers came off fishbites and squid. the smoothies were pretty much off anything, and the skates were only spot/bunker sandwhich. we were hoping for striper, or a drum, but still happy with the productive day.
  9. We always wonder how the people fishing at various points in the city do, and now we know that there are some huge fish biting off the shores. Reader Ryan Eugene Kelley sent us this anecdote and photographs from his friend, Rodney Calhoun: Bed Stuy resident Percy, seen here riding a Queens bound G train to Bedford Nostrand, battled his giant 43 lb striped bass all morning. Wilson caught the giant fish behind a school in Far Rockaway using clams for bait. "They're smart you see, all morning they were just sucking the bait, not really striking it you know". But eventually Wilson got the strike he'd been looking for, and now he and his family will be eating striped bass for weeks to come. "I'm gonna fillet it up soon as I get home, then I'm gonna take a nap, that fish wore me out."
  10. Wow, what great weather for the first weekend of April. I hope all of you are able to get out an wet a line or two. There has been a few keepers caught out of the suds. Most have been caught off Bloodworms, but some have been taken on Bunker as well. Feel free to post your reports here. Best of luck to everyone.
  11. 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
  12. Fish Report 4/21/10 A Tale of Three Days More Toggin Aggregating Devices They Don't Use The Low Numbers OCRF Dinner May 5th Hi All, Slipped on offshore Sunday morning with some regulars and a few new folks. A bit of wind, fair current, anchors came tight with precision. George had 2 keepers in the boat before I could get out of the wheelhouse. Could have easily limited all anglers but are treading lightly so we might diminish the unavoidable pressure on tog created by the sea bass closure. Been lots of tagging, though I can't fund that as much as I'd like... In Monday's falling winds I set up for my 4th try this year on a reef not too far offshore. Pow! Piranha Attack. Hungry girls all. Eh, nearly all; a few males. They are soon coming into spawn---Early. Two clients limited and put 47 back on the prettiest day thinkable. Calmer still, Tuesday we were ready for more of that hot bite. Yeah, um.. No. How in the Billy Blue Blazes do you figure a fish.. Nicked a few. Sporty crowd, some great tags. Did witness the most painful dropped fish of the year - The one that got away. A member of our coast's "Grand Masters Club" of toggin bowed very deeply on what I know was a jumbo fish. No line was gained nor was the fish hung in the wreck -- just the rod tip's antics reflecting a fish attempting escape. And did. Would've preferred tagging it. I was thinking in the very high teens.. Possibly better. Big fish. Ouch. We'll go some more. The reservation book is now open for tog trips from April 23rd to May 6th. The May 1st trip will be a unique 14 hour trip from 5am to 7pm for $180.00 a person. I have to have 2 crews aboard for that one. All the other tog trips, save this coming Friday & Saturday, are $100.00 regular 7am to 3 pm days. I also have the book open for sea bass trips from May 22cnd to the end of June and will open more days in early May with the next email. If You Want To Go See Trip Particulars Below Signature..... Very Importantly: The Ocean City Reef Foundation's annual Italian dinner is May 5th at Hall's Restaurant. Ideas for donations? The auction always has some of my trips and some great tackle from local shops.. Hall's has donated this dinner for many years. Awesome.... Often times it seems that the hallways and dinner tables are where much of fisheries is hashed out. While hardly a negotiation, one of the old-hands at NOAA and I were having a frank discussion on seafloor habitat at the Recreational Saltwater Fishing Summit last weekend. Sure enough, he tells me that artificial reefs are aggregating devices - with the whole implied argument that building reef causes fish to become more susceptible to fishing pressure.. Looked carefully at 10 years of my VTRs --The Vessel Trip Reports that we have to fill out daily. When abundance/catch is up on shipwrecks --one could call them accidental reefs-- it's up on artificial reef. And, when these human-made reefs have greater abundance so do natural reefs; If they haven't been scraped bare lately. Were the assertion that "Artificial reef only serves to aggregate fish for easier slaughter" true, then abundance must continually have diminished---always & constantly declined---over areas of natural reef. Surely by now, after centuries of accelerating creation of accidental and then artificial reef, any natural reef would be devoid of fish entirely. But that's not what the ten year review of my landings data showed. The three types of reef train-track on a graph; When abundance is up - it's up across natural, accidental and artificial reef. When it's down, it's all down. ..I await, I wish, just once, someday --a wonderful day-- that a manager making the aggregation argument would have some real concept of nearshore reef habitat in the mid-Atlantic. You see, Aggregation Theory - this, "It's bad because it causes unnatural congregations of fish" theory can't just be a little bit true. ..well, yes it can--a very little bit. When you first site an artificial reef the original colonization must be had from somewhere. Perhaps this is the aggregating moment. So too -in incredibly faster time scale- are the earliest moments of an atomic explosion only mildly hot; What follows would not be similarly described. Of course, this explosion of life I'm writing of is in the ocean. It's reasonable to conclude that the more natural reef has been diminished in an area --say 99% lost-- the faster fish will respond to it. Rather than submit to a permanent reef loss in, say, a really big estuary, managers should rapidly expand a restoration footprint of artificial hard substrate in order to avoid fish aggregation problems. ..or keep using whatever techniques have consistently failed for over a century. And why not, the funding keeps coming. Just not success... There is no unnatural fish aggregation on artificial reef, but there can be a wholly unnatural depletion of habitat in which fish respond extremely favorably to some slight improvement: The mussels, corals, oysters, crab, shrimp and fish of a mature artificial are no more artificial than cicada, ants, birds, raccoon, opossum and deer in a large farm tract left untilled for a decade. Where animals are able to feed and shelter from predators they will spawn. My experience in these 30 years at sea tells me habitat is crucial in fisheries production; Tells me habitat more than waist deep is easily lost in the shuffle; And tells me habitat already lost for several generations may be permanently lost.. unless we look for what likely existed as evidenced by anecdotal catch in the early and mid-1900s, even as far back as the mid-1800s. And then restore it. Our Bays; Our Ocean: It used to be out there. I suspect that if NOAA will but grasp the importance of sea floor habitat, in conjunction with the incredible tool that is habitat fidelity, we can take some fisheries far beyond our restoration targets. And, because this focus on production has not yet occurred we stumble along with oscillating stocks, poor utilization, and the poorest of governance. Reef restoration is, I realize, not a stand alone project -- No panacea. This evidenced by large expanses of Caribbean reef and small local sites: The most scenic & complex habitat in the world will not produce fish without management if there is unregulated fishing or simply too much pressure on a given area. Conversely: The most complex fishery management in the world will not produce fish without habitat. And isn't. Except by luck. Or shipwreck. It is my opinion that real fishery restoration of our reef-dwelling species has not begun. Not until what remains of our natural reef is discovered and some idea developed of what is permanently lost or restorable can we rebuild the reef species: Not until the wheat field has lain fallow and trees been sown can it be said that we have restored squirrels. Discovery will, I believe, be the exact-point that fishery restoration began in the Mid-Atlantic's habitat dependant fisheries. Management has been coat-tailing on the horrors of war & weather too long. Riding the shipwrecks to stable fisheries, they have now claimed too the fish production from artificial reef for their fisheries restoration. Denied access to the fruits of our labors, industry founders. We'd really like our sea bass back. Applying Bayesian statistical stops high & low would work the kinks out of MRFSS.. We had an 11 month season - Lost our innocence via emergency closure - Were then told we would have a 2 month season - which, in bold celebration, was raised by quota to 3+ months of season.. Eleven months - We had eleven months. Now we might have 3 and a piece. Rebuilt the whole sea bass fishery with only a month closed some years. It is the MRFSS data that is causing industry's demise; Catch estimate data so putrid that no manager supports it; Catch estimate data so poor the Government ordered a replacement program. If catch data came in as low as our official MRFSS MD for-hire industry estimate of less than a dozen tautog for last year, all year -- Would we lift all restriction, throw the fishery wide open? Or would managers snicker and say, "Yeah, we know that number's not right." They don't use the low numbers to lower size limits and raise bag limits crazily; Dern sure they do use the high numbers to restrict.. An industry dies because no one double-checked the data. An industry dies because catch estimates low are of no consequence nor concern while catch data high is held aloft in false worship, "Here is our best science available." "Here is science we find expedient and have adopted our conscience to its failings" might be more truthful. From the very highest reaches of government should come this directive: Average three years' regulations and leave it at that until MRIP is fully developed.. We know fish of many different species rebuilt nicely without the crazy antics we have now. Some states have been so positively pummeled by MRFSS data that no fairness remains. New York's fluke, for instance, should have a special review. Stabilize the industry & find avenues for management to increase production. That would be some good fishery management. Regards, Monty Boat sells out at 14 - Green crabs provided - Leave as scheduled or earlier if all are aboard - PLEASE be a little early so we can leave early - Return as scheduled or a little later - Reservation a must, that phone number in signature - Email does not work for reservations - Call - Leave a good phone number--Cell--in case of cancellation. Tog Limit is 4 fish @ 14 inches - We encourage the release of all females under 16 (and some way bigger too!!) Fish Pool is decided by length so tagged and released fish count too. Yes, we have caught some big tog this year and in years past. No, I can not pick what size, if any, are going to bite on any given day -- We are going fishing. Inexperienced tog fishers frequently find this an exasperating sport.. So do the sharpies some days. It's more about presentation than in our other fisheries.
  13. Herring have shown up in the last few days and so have the cows! 42 & 46 lb Stipers were caught today off of live Herring. Many smaller fish in the 12-18 lb range being caught as well. Its going to be a good year to fish!
  14. Finally the cold weather seems to be behind us but of course this is April so now we have the wind. Better the wind then the cold weather that had fish freezing and with a bad case of Lock Jaw. The breezes of April and the warmer conditions have sparked the spring spawning season for many of South Florida’s fish species and the fishing has been very good. In North Biscayne Bay the sea trout are spawning and I have had recent catches that have included sea trout to 4.4 pounds, Spanish and cero mackerel and ladyfish, jacks and bluefish to four pounds with over 80 fish being caught during a full day charter. These fish have been eating live shrimp and pilchards fished under a Cajun Thunder float and ¼ ounce Hookup lures tipped with Gulp shrimp under a Cajun Thunder float or fished by itself along with the Rapala Twichin Raps and X Raps. The fishing rods have been 7’ foot Key Largo Rods in a medium to medium light tip along with a Daiwa Tierra or Advantage spinning reel loaded with six to 12 pound Mustad Ultra line. At the Ocean Inlets when the wind has been light tarpon have been very active and on recent charters we have had tarpon in the 70 to 80 pound class on live shrimp that ate a large live shrimp hooked to a Mustad Ultra Point Circle hook. Offshore fishing has been outstanding with large kingfish being caught along with blackfin tuna, sailfish and the first reel big dolphins. A few marlins have been sighted and a few hooked and landed. Flamingo is starting to make a comeback now that water temperatures are back to the low 80’s. Tarpon have moved into the channels of Florida Bay and along the shorelines from East Cape Canal north to Shark River and into Whitewater Bay as well. Snook are showing up but I have only encountered large fish recently. Lots of sea trout with some over 20 inches and mackerel, bluefish, jacks and ladyfish are still in good numbers. Now is the time to take advantage of the warmer conditions before the summer sets in and the wide variety of large fish that are available here in South Florida. Recent Catches: Richard, Brando and Justin fished a half day charter in North Biscayne Bay and had over 30 fish including sea trout and ladyfish. Andrew R caught and released an estimated 60 to 70 pound tarpon fishing in Government Cut. Jeff Myers and his kids Elliot and Marilyn teamed up to catch and release 23 sea trout, bluefish and snappers during a half day charter in North Biscayne Bay. Dr. K and Norman and Paul teamed up to catch bluefish, sea trout, ladyfish, jacks, catfish and Spanish mackerel fishing in Flamingo. Jerome and his grandkids Jake and Spencer fished North Biscayne Bay during a full day charter and caught over 80 sea trout to three pounds plus Spanish and Cero mackerel to five pounds. Jordan D. fished two half day charters in North Biscayne Bay. The morning charter was with his dad Norman and his sons Eric and Adam and they released 30 trout to 2.5 pounds plus a four pound bluefish and a mackerel and then in the afternoon Jordan fished with his wife Jennie and daughter Donnie and caught and released another 38 sea trout to 4.4 pounds. Fishing in Flamingo with Steve K during a full day charter the catch included a 10.5 pound snook plus sea trout, jacks, ladyfish and catfish. Fishing in Flamingo during a Busman’s Holiday I had the pleasure of fishing my son Zach and wife Dana during a day that was cut short due to a very bad rain storm. Fishing the outside of Shark River we had tarpon in the air and released lots of sea trout to three pounds plus jacks, ladyfish and lost a few mackerel. Thank God for Columbia Sportswear Rain Suites that kept us perfectly dry through a driving wind and rainstorm. YOUR UP NEXT! Just give me call and let's see what we can catch! GetEmSportFishing.com - Light Tackle Sport Fishing with Captain Alan Sherman shermana@bellsouth.net Check out my report in the Miami Herald's Sports section under Fishing Updates each Thursday, the Florida Sportsman Magazines South Florida Internet Fishing Report Search Results for "floridaspotsman.com"), my monthly Action Spotter Fishing Report for the South Region in the Florida Sportsman Magazine each month. I have recently been wearing a lot of Columbia Sports Wear on my fishing charters and the new Blood & Guts shirts are amazing. I have had mackerel, cobia and snook just splatter me with blood and one good washing and the shirts are as good as new. Check out their web site at Columbia Sportswear Company | Select Site Sponsors: Yamaha, Bob Hewes Boats, Maverick, Minn Kota, Lowrance Electronics, Daiwa, General Motors & Chevrolet, Rapala, Mustad, Ande Lines, Pure Fishing, Gulp, Berkley, Precision Tackle, Cajun Thunders, Capt. Hank Brown's Hook Up Lures, Hydro Glow Lights, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Saltwater Assassins, Key Largo Rods, Lee Fisher Cast Nets, Smartshield, Master Repair in Stuart Florida, Power Pole, Stow Master Nets, superfishlight.com, Columbia Wear, Tempress Seating Capt. Alan Sherman "Get Em" Sportfishing Charters 786-436-2064 w ww.getemsportfishing.com. Miami Fishing Forecast: I expect the fishing to be pretty consistent for the next three or four months with lots of SEA TROUT, JACK CREVALLES, LADYFISH, SPANISH MACKEREL, BLUEFISH, GROUPER, BARRACUDAS, SNOOK, TARPON and some POMPANO in NORTH BISCAYNE BAY and OFFSHORE of MIAMI KINGFISH, MACKEREL, SAILFISH and DOLPHINS available on the calmer days and in SOUTH BISCAYNE BAY lots of action from a wide variety of fish like the SNAPPERS, GROUPERS, JACKS, BLUEFISH, MACKERELS, POMPANO, LADYFISH, PORGIES, GRUNTS, SNOOK and BLUERUNNERS keeping anglers busy catching and releasing fish most of the day. FLAMINGO in EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK will have a huge amount of wildlife like the WHITE PELICANS, ROSEATTE SPOONBILLS, SKIMMER BIRDS,GULLS, OSPREYS, EAGLES, TERNS, EGRETS, HERONS, ALLIGATORS, CROCODILES, BOTTLE NOSED DOLPHINS, MANATTEES, SHARKS and TURTLES and of course the wide variety of fish that migrate into FLORIDA BAY and the GULF waters during the cooler months of the year. SNOOK, TARPON, REDFISH, SEA TROUT, SHEEPSHEAD, TRIIPLETAIL, BLACK DRUM, SNAPPER, GOLIATH AND GAG GROUPER, POMOPANO, COBIA, MACKEREL, BLUEFISH and I'm sure I am leaving a few other fish species out will be available to all anglers at one time or another throughout the rest of our FALL and into WINTER FISHING SEASON. Target Species: Tarpon, Snook, Trout, Redfish, Cobia. Mackerel, Dolphin, Sailfish, Blackfin Tuna, Pompan
  15. Fish Report 4/17/10 Toggin - See Below Recreational Saltwater Fishing Summit IF YOU WANT TO GO FISHING SEE TRIP DETAILS BELOW SIGNATURE. Hi All, Just spent two days in beautiful downtown Alexandria, Virginia. Shame--Never saw any of it - nor even a glimmer of sunlight. It's more clear why folks appreciate the services we fishers offer.. I gave up two days of fishing to go to the Recreational Saltwater Fishing Summit; the fellow to my left, a magazine publisher, had traveled from Saipan. He showed me pictures of where they had loaded the Enola Gay on her infamous run -- And pictures, mouth-watering pictures, of their reefs and fish.. To my right was a salmon advocate from Oregon; Across was a Californian who'd had a bitter taste of a No Take MPA closure, banning even from fishing from his kayak; Next to him a fellow from Florida spoke critically of the impending red snapper insanity; A lady representing manufacturers.. We were small cogs. Lots of big tackle industry and big rec group representation, a who's who I promise. The panels and discussions, Q&A sessions; Rank this and give an opinion on that.. It was more down-to-business--less warm & fuzzy---than some I've been to. I suspect that it wasn't just me, many of the fishermen there were glad of that --- No Kumbaya thanks. Ten hour meeting done; enjoying Crown Royal on the rocks --for just $18 for a double-- while old hands spoke of management battles going back decades was priceless. Next day, Saturday, RFA & CCA sat next to each other on a discussion panel. The world is still here. Both organizations dished out many ideas for moving recreational fishing forward. A lot of people were talking about closures. None of it was nice-talk. NOAA & NMFS were there - all around - listening. NMFS new chief, Eric Schwaab, was there always. His boss, NOAA's newly appointed chief, Dr. Lubchenco, was there--some; Made remarks--answered questions--listened. Really new position was Russ Dunn, NMFS's new recreational fishing guy.. Good stuff. I know they heard. We'll see. Actions are everything with government: Words, pretty brochures, smooth glossy booklets, nice pictures---all the coral/fish habitat stuff: meaningless. I told Jon Carson, head of the Whitehouse's Council on Environmental Quality, that NOAA's marine habitat work has so far reminded me of an old refrigerator -- Made a lot of noise, didn't work. Felt different though.. Dr. Lubchenco is a fisheries habitat ecologist. I'm positive she knew she was 110 miles from coral reef. I'm positive she understands that just as oxygen, fuel and heat are all required for fire; So to are management, habitat and spawning populations necessary to make succesful fisheries.. I'm positive I spoke with a lady who had vision far beyond catch-restriction, a lady who wouldn't try to build a fire without fuel.. We'll see. Regards, Monty Capt. Monty Hawkins mhawkins@siteone.net Party Boat "Morning Star" Reservation Line 410 520 2076 http://www.morningstarfishing.com/ The reservation book is open from April 18th to the 25th for tog trips. I also have the book open for sea bass trips from May 22cnd to the end of June. I will open more days with the next email. On April 23rd & 24th I am sailing 6 am to 4(ish) 10 hour trips for $125.00 -- All the other tog trips are $100.00 regular 7am to 3 pm days. We are catching - occasionally a dandy - skill helps a lot - luck too. Boat sells out at 14 - Green crabs provided - Cabin heated if need be - Leave as scheduled or earlier if all are aboard - PLEASE be a little early so we can leave early - Return as scheduled or a little later - Reservation a must, that phone number in signature - Email does not work for reservations - Call - Leave a good phone number--Cell--in case of cancellation. Tog Limit is 4 fish @ 14 inches - We encourage the release of all females under 16 (and some way bigger too!!) Fish Pool is decided by length so tagged and released fish count too. Yes, we have caught some big tog this year and in years past. No, I can not pick what size, if any, are going to bite on any given day -- We are going fishing. Inexperienced tog fishers frequently find this an exasperating sport.. So do the sharpies some days. It's more about presentation than in our other fisheries.
  16. Man, we have had some great weather here lately! I hope this is the trend for the rest of the summer! Light winds, sunny days; with a little rain here and there. The water temps have really started to go up fast inshore, the ocean is going up but it’s taking its time getting up. Both inshore and near shore fishing will continue to get better with warmer air and water temps. To the fishing report>>> The near shore bottom fishing has been good lately; with catches of Black bass, Grunts, Ring tails and a few small groupers. We also are starting to see some Bluefish and Gray trout closer to the beach. The best luck for the bottom fishing for us has been; cut squid on two hook bottom rigs. We are using 1/0, 2/0 and 3/0 EC bait holder hooks. Bank sinkers in weights one and two ounces are working well for holding the rigs to the bottom. Finding these fish is not hard, look for them on ledges, hard/live bottoms and wrecks from three to fifth teen miles offshore. False Albacore fishing lately has been very good the days we are trying for them. We are finding the Albacore from five to twenty miles offshore. There has been a few Bonita mixed in with them form time to time as well. It should not be long before we are catching good numbers of Bonita around the area waters. The #0 and #1 pink flash Clark spoon has caught most of our fish lately. Trolling these spoons on #1 planner and up top with bird rigs; we use thirty to forty feet of forty pound Berkley big game mono as leader on the planners. On the bird rig, we rig it with five to six feet of leader to the spoon. Don’t forget to put a ball bearing swivel on the bird and planner; this will keep tangles from happing (well most of the time!) When the Bonita and Albacore are on top feeding; cast Maria and Sea striker jig-spoons. The colors that seem to work the best are pink, green and blue. We use a forty pound Fluorocarbon leader; about fifth teen to eight teen inches long. I really like Stren’s tinted (gunsmoke) floro leader material for clear water conditions; “this stuff really works”! A light weight 7’ rod loaded with ten to fifth teen pound braid is important for casting to these fast fish. The reason for this is the further you can cast equals more chance’s you will hook up. When there are a lot of boats chasing the Bonita, they get wearer of boats. If you can cast far; you will catch more of these fish! Something that I love to do this time of year (late March to early June) is go up to lock & dam #1 and fish for Shad. These fish are so much fun to catch; they run, jump and run some more. Light tackle and fly fishing is the name of the game here! I see so many people fishing for shad that use to heavy of tackle. Lighter tackle equals more bites and more fun! All you need is a light rod and reel; I use a Pflueger Echelon combo PECHSP50-2UL loaded with six pound Berkley Fireline crystal braid. A two shad dart rig with twenty pound mono or floro leader; darts in colors pink and green. On our last trip we caught well over fifty shad. If you have not ever tried it; you need too! Fresh water large mouth Bass fishing is still going strong, we’ve had some great day’s bass fishing in the last two weeks. We are fishing local lakes, pond and the NE Cape Fear River. The best lures have been; sinko worms rigged with no weight in colors green pumpkin, watermelon and black/red fleck. I prefer Berkley’s 5” & 7” heavy weight fat sinkworm series, I rig the worms on 7/0 wide gag worm hooks. We have also had some luck with the 17MR MirrOlure in colors 18, 49, 50 and BKGCH. I really surprised at how many saltwater lures work so well for fresh water fishing, but also how many people don’t try’em! We are catching eight to over fifth teen bass a day; sizes of a pound to over four pounds. The Redfish and Black drum bite in the ICW and creeks just off the ICW is still good. We are starting to see a few smaller Reds 14” to 21” in some of the creeks on warmer days. Most reds and black drum are hitting mud minnows and “fresh as you can get shrimp”. We use two hook bottom rigs with 2, 1 & 1/0 bait holder hooks, with the fresh shrimp. If you would like to go the artificial root, I would recommend using scented grubs. The best bet I’ve used has been Berkley Gulp and Berkley Powerbait shrimp in colors Pearl & New Penny. Jigs heads for the grubs in ¼ to 3/8 oz, colors red and black seem to be the trick. Work’em slow around docks and drop-offs on grass lines and oyster rocks. The best tides have been falling or raising but fishing closer to the lower parts of the tides. Fishing Gear we use: Reels Penn Conquer and Sargus spinning in sizes 2000 and 4000. Spiderwire Ultra-cast braid in 10 and 15#. Rods: Ugly stick lites 6’6” and 7’ Med & Med-Heavy and the All Star ASR spinning rod ASR844S and ASR845S. Fresh water gear: Pflueger Spinning reel Supreme XT 9035XT. In Other Fishing News: Don’t forget; there are some great boat and fishing expos coming to North Carolina. If you like fishing and boats you don’t want to miss these shows and fishing seminars! Here are the one’s that myself as well as other Ranger boats pro staff members will be at this spring. April 23-25, 2010 Tex’s Tackle Spring Tackle Sale and Show. I’ll be there with PENN Reels and Pure fishing. We will have some of the new Tackle from Penn and Pure Fishing, if you have any questions about any products from Penn or Pure fishing we’ll be happy to answer them for you. June 5-6, 2010 “In the Water Fishing School” I, Capt. Rick Bennett and four other of the best local guides are putting on this school on. This school will be real-time hands on fishing experience! There will be one day of hands on classroom instruction and the next day on the water, real-time fishing experience. The school is limited to the first 24 participants! If you want to learn from the best local guides and see how we do it, take the time to check it out; http://www.rodmancharters.com/inthewater-fishing school.htm I’m really looking forward to being part of this school! Thanks for reading this report, if you would like to go fishing drop me a line. Book now for this coming summer fishing season and don’t forget to take a kid fishing! Good Luck, Captain Jot Owens Ranger Boats Pro Staff PENN Reels Elite Staff Wilmington North Carolina Guided Fishing Charters Wrightsville Beach <acronym title="North Carolina"><acronym title="North Carolina">NC</acronym></acronym> Inshore Fishing Boats 910-233-4139
  17. The Hickory Shad are are running real good on the Susky. The other day I went just below the dam, caught 6 real nice Whites, 2lbs and up, numerous Hickorys, a nice Smallmouth, and even a Walleye. Thats the first Walleye I ever caught or even saw in that area. The Dam was really letting the water rip through the gates. The Gizzard Shad were as thick as could be. I wonder if anyone ever uses them for Surf Fishing bait?? You can get the Shad anywhere along the Susky. A couple real good spots are right below the dam, the mouth of Deer Creek, and also up the creek. You need Non-Tidal license above the mouth of Deer Creek. Anyone that is not use to fishing the Susquehannah; the water flow from the dam at Conowingo plays a large role on your productivity. There is a Phone Number you can call to find out how the water flow will be be for that day. Good Fishing, Hulk P.S.- WHERE ARE THE HERRING?????????????
  18. Spring time action is in full swing. It's almost like which style of fishing should I do first. Offshore for sails, kings, dolphin, blackfins, or inshore for tarpon. Should I fish the Inlets or in the Bay for the tarpon? The easiest decision to cover both is an afternoon/evening trip. The advantages are that you don't have to get up at oh dark thirty to get everything together and get out on the water at first light. You can take your time getting everything in order and still have plenty of fishing time. Let's start offshore. The sails have been pouring through and are willing to eat most any of the popular baits. They are taking both kite and flatline baits so don't worry if you would rather not fool around with the kite. The kings are ravenous on most days. Some have been on the small size so make sure you measure them if in doubt. The dolphin have started to come through on a more regular basis. Don't forget, it's the spring and you don't have to make those long gas consuming runs offshore to find them. Inshore, the tarpon are still consuming plenty of shrimp. The shrimp have been running on most nights on both tides. If you find shrimp in the water, the tarpon are not far behind. The action at the Inlets has been best during the dusk period and after dark. In the Bay it's been well after dark and the action has been fast and furious. Every trip that I've done at the Inlets and Bay have produced tarpon with the exception of one trip when despite my best efforts, the tarpon evaded me all evening long. There have also been large jack crevalle, spanish mackerel, and good size mangrove snapper eating the baits while we wait on the tarpon to turn on. Justin Kavounas, Chad Graham, Jason Orrock, and Josh Perkins fished two trips with me. We had plenty of tarpon action with 8 fish hooked and 4 successfully released in the Bay and 1 at the Inlets. Mike and Brian Boehm caught kingfish and spanish mackerel on their half day trip. Tony Tavares and his friend Mike Riccardi had one whale of a tarpon trip. Tony has fished with me before and knows the power and wild antics of the tarpon. This was Mike's first experience with them and one that he will never forget. We started with 3 for 5 tarpon at the Inlets. When the tide got right, we moved into the Bay and Mike got the first fish. It was a very strong, active, feisty 50 pound fish. So active in fact that on one of its jumps, it joined us in the boat. Mike ran for his life as the fish thrashed its way to the back of Knot Nancy and proceeded to flop around wildly. Once it settled down, I put it back in the water and it swam off like a shot. Once we cleaned the cockpit area up, we went back to fishing and the action continued. Final results in the Bay was 3 for 8 tarpon. Steve Phillips and his son Steven went 1 for 3 on tarpon along with a nice hog snapper. Gene and Ray Walsh, Tom Zappulla, and Tom Coulovris experienced kingfish, mutton snapper and bonito action offshore and finished their trip with tarpon action going 2 for 3. Glenn and Brenda Foden started their evening trip by catching dinner in the form of a large mangrove snapper. When it got dark, the shrimp ran and the tarpon action started. Final score at the end of the evening was 3 for 5 tarpon. Tony Terrasse and his sons Weston and Ry along with their friend Steven Phillips saw tarpon action with 3 fish. They caught and released two of the tarpon. Paul Allison and his girlfriend Karen Kennedy enjoyed some hot Bay tarpon action. We started at the Inlet and had a tarpon beat us to the drop off. This resulted in a broken line as it dropped over the edge. We moved into the Bay and it was steady action. The final count was 3 for 8 and two amazed anglers who now more than ever appreciate the strength, power and beauty of the tarpon. Patrick Savard and his father Clem started their tarpon trip with spanish mackerel and bluerunners. Then it was one tarpon on and off on its second jump at the Inlet. We moved into the Bay and things got better almost immediately. Final count in the Bay was 4 for 5 tarpon in the 30 - 50 pound class. Gary Benivegna and his sons Mike and Matt enjoyed an afternoon/evening combo trip. Offshore, we caught a kingfish and both Mike and Matt each caught and released a sailfish while slow trolling baits on flatlines after the wind died off and we couldn't fly a kite. Next, we tarpon fished at the Inlet. This was to be an evening when the tarpon evened the score on us a bit. We got the action with 2 tarpon at the Inlet and landed one. Then we went into the Bay and had 2 fish on. The first fish tied us up in some obstructions and the line finally broke. The second fish came jumping at us immediately after taking the bait and gave us back our hook. At that point, they shut off so it was 1 for 2 at the Inlet and 0 for 2 in the Bay. Shaun Byrd, Mike Mason, and Jason Carr did battle with a nice 40 pound amberjack we caught off the downrigger bait. Add to that kingfish and bonito. Bob Wegner and Charlie Fancher braved some windy conditions out of the NE/ENE @ 20 - 24 knots on their afternoon/evening trip. During the offshore portion of the trip we caught bonito, barracuda, kingfish, dolphin, and topped it off with 2 sailfish caught on the kite. The tarpon part of the trip was a piece of cake sea conditions wise compared to the offshore. We started off with a large jack crevalle. Then the tarpon action began. Mike got the first tarpon and it stayed in the shallow water. After releasing the 50 pound tarpon, it took two drifts before Bob got his turn. His fish also stayed in the shallow water and moved toward the beach. It too was released after a great battle and with the wind picking up, the decision was made to head back to TNT Marine Center. That brings me up to date. I'll be doing more tarpon trips for the next 3 nights as the wind starts to calm down. Whether you want to fish offshore or inshore for tarpon, the good action will continue on through the Spring and into the Summer. Blackfin tuna fishing will pick up dramatically during May and June, so if you want to get in on that fishery, now's the time to book that late afternoon trip. Combine it with tarpon after it gets dark and it can make for some sore arms and backs as well as some great table fare. Call me 305-965-9454 or email me nkostyo@bellsouth.net to book your trip. Captain Dave Kostyo Knot Nancy Fishing Charters, Inc. 305 965-9454 Cell Charter Fishing in Miami and Miami Beach for Sailfish, Tarpon, Dolphin and Kingfish aboard the Knot Nancy nkostyo@bellsouth.net
  19. Tuesday, 3/30, seas were rough offshore and I ended up re-booking my planned gulf trip with a trio of ladies who wanted to fish the bay. Karen Taylor, son Evan Taylor, and Evan’s grandmother, Kate Collins, fished with live shrimp and caught six keeper sheepshead to 18 inches and a keeper mangrove snapper. We released lots of smaller sheepshead. Wednesday, with seas calming down, I headed offshore for a morning of fishing in 45 feet, out of New Pass with Alene Haug, daughter Amy Akerburg, granddaughter Erica Ackerburg, grandson Austin Ackerburg, and Austin’s friend, Grant Seiffert. We used live shrimp to catch mangrove snapper to 17 inches, a 15 ½ inch hogfish, sheepshead to 16 inches and a half dozen porgies. I headed offshore again Thursday, out to 36 miles with anglers Ron Musick, Eddie Alfonso, Dick Arnett and John Ebbrecht. It was the first day of open grouper season and we caught a 24 inch gag that we got to keep! We also caught seven nice mangrove snapper to 17 inches, two keeper lane snapper, a 13 inch porkfish, and lots of porgies, seven of which were good-sized, to 17 inches. We released lots of smaller porgies and grouper, and used live shrimp for all. Friday morning found me back offshore again, this time with Jim Ascher, son Chuck, and grandson Matt. We used live shrimp in 45 feet to catch a mess of keeper porgies, a keeper porkfish, mangrove snapper to 17 inches and a 16 inch hogfish. We released red and gag grouper shorts, grunts, pufferfish, blue runners and a bluefish. Saturday morning, Denise and Rick Wiesemann and their sons, E.J. and Brian had just enough time to squeeze in a backbay trip before E.J. had to catch a flight home. We fished Estero Bay with live shrimp and caught four keeper sheepshead. We released ten additional sheepshead, along with a 20-inch crevalle jack. Monday was a beautiful day but I had to redirect my gulf trip to another captain, due to mechanical problems with one of my engines--it doesn't happen often, but it is unfortunate when it does so and cancels out someone's long-planned trip. Fortunately my customers were successful in finding a gulf trip. I will be fishing the bay for a few days this week, while upgrading to new motors on the offshore boat. But Tuesday, I headed offshore to 60 feet on a customer's boat, with Ron Musick, Eddie Alfonso, Dick Arnett, and father-son team, Mike and Clay Thompson. We caught a dozen nice mangrove snapper to 17 inches, along with ten keeper lane snapper, on shrimp. We released about fifty smaller mangs, along with gag and red grouper shorts, amberjack and grunts. The Christenson family has fished with me for many years, and they returned to do so Wednesday. Dave Christenson and sons Brenden and Connor, fished Estero Bay with me. I didn’t go to my favorite sheepshead spot because young Brenden was aching to catch a stingray. He didn’t get to catch one, but he did get to see one, and he was pretty excited about that. We also caught and released a 17 ¾ inch redfish, caught a keeper 14-inch sheepshead and keeper mangrove snapper. The Ron Haggin party, consisting of John and son, John Jr., Jamie, Timmy and Jack, fished Estero Bay with me Thursday morning. We had steady sheepshead action, to 16 ½ inches, and also caught two nice trout at 16 and 18 inches, and a bluefish. We used live shrimp for all. Friday morning I fished Estero Bay with Larry Siegl and son-in-law, Shawn Tudisco. We did well with trout, catching five keepers to 20 inches, on live shrimp. We released small sheepshead and an 18-inch snook. We lost something big that came unhooked, most likely a big crevalle jack or a ray. In years past, the Novy children have numbered three when they fished with me but, this year, young Julia, age five, was big enough to join us. So, Saturday morning, Jim Novy and his four children, Jaqueline, eleven; Jordan, nine; Jimmy, seven; and Julia, five, went catching and releasing in Estero Bay. The kids had fun using live shrimp to catch a half-dozen sheepshead, some mangrove snapper and crevalle jack. Monday morning, I fished in a windy Estero Bay with Don Britton, his son, Don Britton, Jr., and Junior's son-in-law, Pat. We had high winds, low tide, and a lot of fresh water influx from the heavy rains of Sunday, so conditions were less than ideal. Using live shrimp, we caught sheepshead to 14 inches, a keeper mangrove snapper, and released lots of crevalle jack. The photo shown is of angler, Skip King , with a 20-inch sheepshead, caught on shrimp on a trip earlier this month.
  20. Ashton, JC, Brian and I watched the weather window for Sunday open up and headed to Oregon Inlet, NC hoping to troll up a few Yellowfin Tuna. I haven’t used my 50s and outriggers for a long, long time... getting bit by the jigging and popping bug is what put the dust on the riggers and gold, little did we know that the day we decided to troll would turn out to be the day we would have to jig and pop around triple rigged outriggers, a center rigger and eight fifty wides. We started the day at the 540 at 500 fathoms in 68.1 degree lifeless water just when I knew we had to make a move we get a call from one of our buddy boats “Carolina Melody” who tells us they have tuna airing out all around them but they can’t hook up. We head that direction and find the skying tuna at the 512 on the 500 fathom curve, we immediately fire out a popper and instantly hook up on an 80 pound class BFT. This took place at 9:30 am and went on until 3:00 pm when we left the fish biting and headed home. We pursued the fish from the 512 line to the 570 and in the end boated nine fish from 50 to 100 pounds, seven on poppers and two on jigs. The fish were caught from the 512 to the 570 at 500 fathoms in 69 to 70 degree dirty water. We were throwing OTI Komodo, and Strike Pro Tuna Hunter Jr. poppers from 7’6” Asian FHB custom popping rods made by JC. While we were in the fish tossing poppers and the bottom machine would light up we would switch to dropping jigs and instantly hook up. We focused primarily on the topwater bite but the jig bite was certainly there as well. Once it was apparent the trolling bite would not pay off we called in my friend James Metzger who was out there without any jigging or popping gear and passed him a jigging rod and some jigs so him and his crew could get in on the action instead of simply watching others catch fish. An outstanding day on the water thanks to JC, Brian and Ashton. Great fishing along side James Metzger, Danny Kee and Chuck Murphy. VIDEO LINK: http://www.chumlordfishing.com/movies/topwatertuna.mov
  21. 4/10/2010 This past weekend was significantly better, but not great yet. The wormer weather is bringing the fish towards the banks. Just fishing around the shore line I had loads of bites from small pan fish. I even pulled in my far share. I even walked down to the river and caught some. I missed a nice bass in the shallows; she nailed my top water rig, jumped completely out of the water and spit it back at me. And those are the ones that keep you coming back. I only got to go fishing an hour here and there. The shifter cable on the bass boat broke, so I had to go on foot patrol this weekend. Theres nothing wrong with that. I enjoyed being out and walking around and seeing all sorts of things you wouldn’t see from a boat. Also when I was down in the river I could see 8 or 10 fish in a school about as long as my arm. I tried my best to get there attention but I was unsuccessful. I even hit one of them with a plug. I’m guessing they could be catfish or carp. I though I saw one roll over, it looked like I could see something there size that was white for a moment. Maybe time will tell, ill go do some further investigating.
  22. Springtime fishing here in Edgewater and MOSQUITO LAGOON, Florida has been great. On my backcountry mixed bag trips we have been catching Seatrout, Black Drum, Redfish, Sheepshead, Bluefish, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, and more. You never know what will bite with this type of fishing, mainly drift fishing while free lining live shrimp on light tackle make for lots of rod bending and drag pulling. Fun for experienced anglers and an easy way for less experienced anglers to be successful at catching lots of fish. REDFISH and Seatrout fishing on the flats of Mosquito Lagoon has also been lots of fun with many great Reds and Trout being caught. This type of sight fishing is more challenging and very rewarding when you hook up with a drag pulling Red. As summer arrives, Redfish and Seatrout fishing will only get better as the fun summer pattern of MOSQUITO LAGOON fishing returns. Pictured below : Capt Mike Bales and myself with a pair of twin Reds and client Chris with a great 30” Redfish. My boat accommodates from 1 to 4 anglers. Located close to DAYTONA BEACH, NEW SMYRNA BEACH and ORLANDO. Feel free to contact me at any time with questions you may have about my fishing charters. CHILDREN ALWAYS WELCOME – FAIR PRICES Capt. Michael Savedow Edgewater River Guide, Inc. 386-689-3781 email> EdgewaterRiverGuide@cfl.rr.com website> Daytona Beach,Orlando,New Smyrna,Mosquito Lagoon,Redfish,Fishing Guide, Charter Fishing
  23. Yeah! April is finally here!!!! This is the time of year that all Nature Coast anglers look forward to the most. Warmer weather, longer days, lighter winds, gin clear water and the spring arrival of some of the “Worlds” most sought after game fish are what anglers are looking forward to this month. Speckled Trout, Spanish Mackerel, TripleTail, Sharks, Grouper, and Cobia are all on the list, but none of these species compare to the “Silver King” when the April migration of fish rolls around. The Tarpon that roam the flats off Bayport, Homosassa, Crystal River and Yankeetown have all been known as the staple of the fly fishery here along the Nature Coast for years. Numerous world records have been set in our backyard and if this year is anything like years past we may see a few records fall again this year. Interestingly enough the records that most likely will be challenged this year are the records that are held by WOMEN! That’s right myself and a number of other local guides from the area are lining up trips with some of the best flyfisherwomen in hopes of challenging line class records on 4-12lb tippets. Now most of these fish will have to be over 40lbs but it will be very possible for a female angler to shatter a record by 50-70lbs. Keep in mind folks Nature Coast Tarpon average 70lbs and we are still home to the only 200+lb Tarpon ever landed on fly. (If you’re interested in seeing the fish and hearing the story Daryl Seaton at the Nature Coast Fly Shop has the actual fish mounted outside the fly shop in Crystal River.) Now that we are all excited about the arrival of the “Silver Kings” first we’ll need to warm up with a few less challenging species to build up our fishing MOJO. Fish like Speckled Trout, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel and Tripletail will all be in abundance this time of year and all are more than willing to take a stab at a live bait, lure or fly from time to time. Lately my clients and I have been targeting Redfish and Speckled Trout along many of the rocky points, oyster bars and shallow flats scattered through out the area. I normally will start my day by jigging Berkley Gulp! Shrimp in large areas where fish should be holding and then once I find areas of good fish I will switch to live baits to trigger more strikes. Gulps! Make great search baits, but topwater lures in the morning and jerk baits in the afternoon have also seen there fair share of action. Kayak fishing is also beginning to heat up!!! Just ask Jane and Van Sayler who spent a recent morning with me and were rewarded with some great Redfish, Speckled Trout and Flounder Action. The morning started off with a great Topwater Speckled Trout bite in water ankle deep or only where kayaks could float. Walk-the-Dog style of lures worked best but there were plenty of fish willing to take a stab at Berkley Gulp! Jerkbait. After sliding a few of these toothy fish over their kayaks we decided to make our way towards some of the areas best Redfish grounds. As the warm Florida sun finally rose above the mangroves and tall palms, tailing Redfish became more prevalent on some of the skinnier flats scattered across the Salt River area. I did my best to position Jane and Van in some areas where Redfish were working but they could not have prepared themselves for the action that was coming up next. Upon coming up to a little island we noticed tons of mullet jumping and fining as the full moon tide made its way out. Every once in a while a bigger tail was spotted glistening in sunlight. The first two shrimp that hit the water were immediately donated to pinfish for the cause. However, the next two shrimp were destined for the Reds. Wham! Van hooked up! Wham! Jane was hooked up! Redfish double header on kayaks. Life is Good!!!!!! Throughout the rest of the day there were plenty of Reds, Speckled Trout and Flounder caught but none were more special than the two Reds that were involved in the double of the day!!!!!! If you’re interested in a great fishing, fly fishing or kayak fishing adventure feel free to give Red Hot Fishing Charters a call to day. Capt. Kyle Messier (352) 634-4002 kylemessier@yahoo.com Red Hot FIshing Charters - Captain Kyle Messier
  24. Both the weather and the fishing have been spectacular the past two weeks. The redfish continue to tail aggressively throughout the day and have been our main target. Fishing has been about as good as it gets and it has been a sight fisherman's paradise. Some areas are holding schools of up to several hundred fish while other locations have singles and small groups. The best part has been that nearly all the fish have been feeding when we find them. They are still targeting small crabs and shrimp. You can often see the shrimp skipping across the surface as they try to escape. I have been on the water nearly every day for the past two weeks with clients using both fly and spinning tackle. While there have been an abundance of fish, the catching success has varied. For the fly anglers, they key to success is getting the fly to the fish quickly. Too many false casts, and the fish will spook before your fly hits the water. For the spin tackle anglers wanting to sight fish, casting accuracy will determine how many you will catch. Last Friday, Kevin has shots at dozens of schools of redfish tailing on the flats at the beginning of the day. He landed one nice redfish and had several come unhooked. Monday, I was on the water before dawn with Dan, his wife, and son to watch the launch of the space shuttle. We began fishing shortly after liftoff. Both father and son landed a redfish. After dropping off my clients, I called Capt. Drew to meet me at the ramp for a couple hours of fun fishing as the weather was perfect. I tried several lures on tailing redfish and found the clear DOA shrimp to be the most effective. On Tuesday's fly fishing trip, Rich had shots at tailing redfish all day long but never quite got the fly to them and did not hook up. Wednesday, I fished with Jason, Erin, and six year old Jake. After watching some dolphins and manatees, we hit the flats and were soon surrounded by schools of redfish. They all caught their first Mosquito lagoon redfish. Yesterday, Rich returned with his son Mike for another attempt at catching a redfish on fly. Again, we encountered school after school of tailing redfish but the fly never quite got to the fish. As the day progressed, the wind began to pick up and both guys opted to switch to spinning gear. After several bites on the clear DOA shrimp, Rich finally landed a redfish. Next week will start with some high winds but hopefully we will soon return to the perfect conditions we have been experiencing during the past two weeks. Most of the fish have been in extremely shallow water while feeding. Noise on the deck of the boat, trolling motors hitting the bottom, and too many boats in one area will quickly turn them off. Poling, drifting and wading will get you much closer to happy fish. Once you are in range, speed and accuracy are the number one keys to success. The longer you wait, the more time the fish have to sense your approach. Capt. Chris Myers Orlando Fishing Guide
  25. NOAA Fisheries Service has announced new measures intended to end overfishing and continue the rebuilding of Northeast groundfish such as cod and flounder. The approved measures, which will be effective May 1, establish new catch limits and also include a major change in how the fishery will be managed. These strong and innovative management measures were developed by the New England Fishery Management Council, with NOAA support. For the first time, there will be a cap on the amount of all groundfish of any species that are permitted to be caught. In addition, there will be measures to mitigate if the catch limits are exceeded. These measures provide some of the strongest safeguards to date for recovering groundfish stocks, the majority of which are overfished, and are required to meet the mandates of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. With these measures in place, overfishing will end and the groundfish stocks should begin to rebuild. In addition to the new caps, these measures will fundamentally change the way this fishery will be managed. Fishing vessels may now fish with others as a group, or “sector.” Sectors, which are voluntary for fishing vessels, are formed each year and given a portion of the total available groundfish catch based on the combined fishing history of their member vessels. About half of the vessels, representing about 98 percent of the groundfish landings in recent years, that were eligible to join a sector have done so. If they don't opt into a sector, fishermen will continue to fish, but must comply with strict limits on the number of fishing days, trip limits for some species, and seasonal and area closures. Fishermen who participate in a fishing sector have more control over where and how they want to fish in order to target healthy fish stocks and avoid the stocks in the worst condition. Sector vessels are exempt from many area and gear restrictions, but must agree to stop fishing once the sector catches its allotment of fish. Both sector- and non-sector vessels can also increase that allotment by leasing and trading shares of catch or fishing days. For more information please see the NOAA News Release.