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  1. This will be my last update until October. I’m having a surgical procedure that will keep me off the water until then. We are in the long hot days of summer. That means that fishing tactics have to be changed to put together a good catch. The dolphin season has been for the most part disappointing in our area. It started out good and once again when it should have kicked into high gear, the bottom fell out. We’ve had a lack of weedlines and floating debris. Even the birds have not ventured offshore in large numbers. Those that have found fish have found small ones that either wouldn’t eat or were below the legal size limit. Yes, there have been some good catches, however, dolphin fishing has been very hit or miss. In on the reef, it’s been bonito and kingfish, AJ’s on the wrecks, and some blackfin tuna along with a few sailfish. The change in tactic for the hot days has been to fish the baits deeper on break away leads, downrigger, and bottom rods. The best action we’ve seen has been in the 130 – 250 foot range. Tarpon fishing has been excellent in the Bay. It just requires adjusting the hours you fish so that you can take advantage of the best tide conditions. The fish have been in the 15 – 40 pound range and are putting on a great aerial show as well as pulling extremely have. It’s gorilla tarpon fishing at its best to keep them away from the structure they are trying to cut you off with. Robert Oldin and Mike got into some outstanding tarpon action in the Bay. Normally the land to hook up ratio with Bay fish is about 50%. The circle hooks and anglers did an outstanding job and we finished the evening with a 4 for 4 record. Way to go guys. Ash Suresh and Jeff Moyle came all the way from Australia on a business/pleasure trip. Tarpon action was on the pleasure part of the trip. We had to fish much later hours to catch the tide. We had a shot at 3 fish. Two of the fish hooked up and we landed and released one of them. The third fish bent the rod, however, the hook didn’t find the mark. Brian Spann and his son Jordan saw plenty of arm pulling action with bonito. At one point, we had four fish hooked up at once and neither angler had a chance to catch their breath between fighting fish. Fred and Michael Gates along with Benjamin Siboni got in some kids fishing trip action as well as offshore action. Benjamin was visiting from France. He spoke very little English, however, fishing is a universal language that all anglers understand. We anchored up in 25 feet of water and put out the chum bag. It didn’t take long before we had lots of fish behind the boat. Michael and Benjamin fished the bottom catching yellowtail snapper, triggerfish, and grunts just as fast as they could put baits in the water. Fred freelined his baits and caught yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, and a giant bluerunner. It didn’t take long before everyone’s arms were tired and we ran out to finish the trip. We caught a bonito fairly quickly and then had to wait a bit before we were rewarded with a nice blackfin tuna. Debbie Currier and Wade Robinson saw plenty of action on their half day trip. The flatlines and downrigger shined on this day. Bonito and kingfish kept Wade busy pulling in fish and Debbie busy with the camera. The bonito were of the bionic size and would not give up. The kingfish gave Wade plenty of steaks and fillets to take home as they weighed in at 13 ½ and 18 pounds on the scale back at TNT Marine Center. Lewis and David Carroll along with Lloyd Wruble saw lots of tarpon on their trip. David and Lewis used fly tackle and Lloyd used jigs on a spinning outfit. The fish were moving through in singles, doubles, and triples. Everyone got fish to bump their offerings, but no strong takers. As the movement slowed down we set up to use live bait. Before I could pin the bait on the second outfit, David hooked up with a beautiful 30 pound tarpon that jumped numerous times and buzzed plenty of line off the reel. Lloyd got video of the fight as David brought the fish alongside for release. I took my bath as the fish exploded while I was releasing it and got soaked. Michael Richmond, Andrew Arnold, and Mike Bess had dolphin fillets on their mind as we headed offshore. We had a flat calm day and found several slicks with weed in them. The third line that we worked in 850 feet gave us our reward. Both slow trolled baits got hit and the action started. Almost as quickly as it started, it ended. Then a rain storm pushed offshore and it took about a half hour for it to move through. Another weedline produced nothing. The next line had us hooked up again, but one fish threw the hook on its first jump and the hooked pulled on the other fish while we waited to see if there were any buddies following them. The final action of the morning came in the form of a very large tripletail that was hanging out around a large plastic livewell floating in the weedline. That brings me up to date. Check back in October when I get back out on the water. In the meantime, give me a call or send me an email to get that date booked to get in on the Fall action. Captain Dave Kostyo Knot Nancy Fishing Charters, Inc 305-965-9454 Charter Fishing in Miami and Miami Beach for Sailfish, Tarpon, Dolphin and Kingfish aboard the Knot Nancy nkostyo@bellsouth.net
  2. Fish Report 7/19/10 Sea Bass Flounder? Eh.. Et Tu SSC? Hi All, Sea bassing remains unchanged. That is, it changes everyday as fishing might, but in aggregate we're scratching up dinner and throwing a lot of fish back. Two days this week were much better than that. Much better. Another day we got a mile past sea buoy only to turn tail and run for home: Rough. Reschedules or refunds. Still another -perhaps rougher but with a saltier crew- boxed 'em up. Carry more grandkids this time of year. I try to keep it in mind. Flounder tease.. a few keepers plus 20-some shorts --the fluke we tag-- caught in with the cbass. Swell dies & picks up. A sustained calm should do it; Get'em fired-up. Hope. Caught a few mahi on the troll of late. Running at hull speed isn't entirely too fast; We catch a few fish a year just coming and going to the reefs. Even caught a mahi inside the Bass Grounds, about 7 miles out, last week. Pretty water. Mahi closer & closer. A trend. Up early. Rummage in the attic for all the goodies that we pull behind a moving boat. Some lures from decades ago--each a story, super-expensive stainless steel hooks, crimping sleeves, 250 pound test, more beads than a kindergarten summer camp: Some assembly required. Ready to give clients just a taste of offshore fishing. Perhaps wet their appetite for a trip on a charter boat or even a mega-yacht that 'charters' as a 'business'.. Ready. Chatter on the radio turns sour. What was clean, clear water has turned green. The fleet is turning offshore. C'mon oysters.. Ah well, throw some lures out anyway. There's still the kites and chum too - a few sharks. Young Gavin; who allowed he was, "..surprised to see fog this morning but glad that it burnt off so soon" -- And, after checking with Mom, knows he's going into 3rd grade, caught some keeper cbass and helped reel in a shark off the kite. Mission accomplished. One of 'em..... Among many efforts to get more people fishing--kids too; I think the single most important work is to make fishing better, to make fish populations more abundant so that catch may be increased. No matter the nation's economy, I promise this: When fishing is great, more people go fishing. I'm positive of that. In today's fisheries, however, it is often regulation that determines whether fishing is great or not. Saturday's clients caught a lot of fish but won't be inviting many neighbors to the fish-fry.. With this 'Fish Report' in past weeks, months & years I have tried to encourage a deeper look at methods of restoring our region's marine resources. We are now tied --inextricably bound to-- data sets in which similar verbalized utterance could get a person committed. Take for instance Maryland's shore fishing catch estimate of summer flounder in "Wave 5" -- Sept/Oct. In 2002 the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey --MRFSS, say "Murfs"-- estimate holds that 874 flounder were landed from shore in that two month late-summer/early-fall period; In 2003 the estimate rises to 978. That 10% increase is fair enough. In 2004, however, these poor shore fishers are thought to have caught zero/none/no fish. Bonanza the following year: In 2005 they are estimated to have caught 12,773. But - Darn the Luck!! - In 2006 these fishers again goose-egged, a big Zip/Zero/Nada in the cooler for '07.. Ahhhh, but in 2007 the sun and stars aligned.. A mad slaughter of 36,017 fish is estimated to have been carried home by Maryland's shore anglers in this same two month period.. Talk about patience rewarded. Then, less than half of the year before's catch; In 2008 14,962 flatties are thought to have been boxed-up from Maryland's shores.. Unfortunately, in 2009 all that shiny new tackle went unused as shore anglers are again thought to have caught Zero flounder... I suppose that there is a "Statistical" remedy here; That everything together --all these estimates-- are OK in a broader sense. I think that's BS. (bad statistics) Personally --though I'd believe 2002 & 2003-- I think the rest are as clearly thought out as if by an alcoholic who had won a shopping spree at State Line Liquors.. Just lunacy. Lots and lots of other data sets with similar characteristics. All backed to the very top by force of law. Crazy Uncle Murfs with his old, rusty double-barrel shotgun and a fresh fifth of whiskey; He's ready to kill any fishery. Sheriff, Natural Resources Police, State Police, Coast Guard Fisheries - All standing by, waiting with carbon copy forms and handcuffs. "Now you boys listen to your Uncle Murfs." Or Else. This is the modern fisheries dilemma. Everyone wants resurgent populations, but because managers have to use this type of data their credibility is following in true Coriolis fashion--Flushing counter-clockwise down the hopper. Distracted by WWI-like trenches charges; State & federal fishery managers must constantly defend these statistics from those affected by them--The set above indicative of why we have a 19 inch flounder size limit this year. Similarly, there was recently an "Emergency Closure" of sea bass and tighter regulation.. Our fishing village withers in economic pain while much of real restoration science remains unused because managers must, by law, listen to the voices in their hard-drive..... The voices of fishing's history, however, and from the yardsticks around the rail of my party boat, warn of bad things in wasting so much opportunity. Lately I have tried to offer management some indication of their miscalculations in sea bass restoration. I have asserted that, in itself, historical seafloor habitat decline in the mid-Atlantic would preclude restoration of past reef-fish populations without an aggressive habitat restoration policy; That habitat fidelity makes this an absolute imperative. Some hurdle. There is no science whatever on our region's corals and only the beginnings of charting existing reef remnants. ...given a drop camera cord of 60 or so fathoms I could video coral communities that no human has seen, but may well have been trawled upon last winter or suffered a scallop dredge last week. It is almost exclusively the footage from my 130 foot cord that has established any nearshore coral reef in the Mid-Atlantic. I have also pressed that sea bass's habitat fidelity necessitates tighter regional fishery controls because concentrated, multi-state, industrial effort in winter can cause real, unsustainable, damage to an area's cbass population - yet remain well within thresholds of current 'coast-wide' fisheries controls. I have asserted that size limits can control the number of fish in the spawning stock biomass both by natural means -More small fish join the spawning stock when surrounded by mostly other smalls- And via regulation which requires we make dead discard of some of the spawning stock --Here where fish under 10, perhaps even 11 inches, survive barotrauma of release out to 120 feet of water better than fish closer to and over 12 inches. In other words, management has not concerned itself at all with habitat issues for fish known to live only on reef; And are reducing the spawning population of this region's fishery through regulation. When fishing is great, more people go fishing. Fairness in regulation can determine whether fishing is great or not. I have, this week, had several indications that my theories have been dismissed out of hand because of the success of sea bass management in Massachusetts. You see, when everyone else was starting cbass management at 9 inches 15-some years ago; Massachusetts, with scarcely any fishery, went straight to a 12 inch commercial limit with tightly controlled landings and a 13 inch recreational limit of 20 fish.. POW! Their commercial cbass fishery is now like an Alaskan herring fishery: Measured in days I'm told, their state's commercial quota is caught very rapidly -- And all in state waters. All in state waters.. Hmmm. Massachusetts is well-known to have a rocky coast. Massachusetts state waters are pretty shallow too. And: Massachusetts is well known to have aggressive trawl-gear restrictions. ..maybe the stuff growing on rocks always stays in the productive habitat loop? And there's a lot of it? ..maybe all recreational and commercial trap released cbass live? ..maybe it's not possible to have multi-state effort occur yet remain undistinguished in catch reports? It's good to know that where there is a thriving, protected, rocky/reef-like ecology; A shallow water fishery where recreational release and commercial trap discard almost always means survival to rejoin the spawning stock; And tight, state controlled, access to a region's fishery -- Massachusetts is having great success with restoration: Very likely exceeding rebuilding targets. Somehow has a familiar ring to it.. Almost as though it supported rather than disproved my thoughts. Data in coastwide collection hides regional calamity. Dig deeper Science & Statistical Committee. Look for successes and failures in management, not the pretty bikini-clad statistics, so distracting in scientific allure, that deserve a straight-jacket: Look for real regional restorations and real regional crashes occurring under highly restrictive coast-wide management: Look for the lessons they offer. Soon. Our industry is dependant on it. Regards, Monty Capt. Monty Hawkins mhawkins@siteone.net Party Boat "Morning Star" Reservation Line 410 520 2076 Morning Star Fishing
  3. Springtime has progressed to the hot weather of summer. Along with this change comes changes in the fishing. With a few changes in techniques, the action will continue to keep fish pulling on the line and anglers smiling. Offshore, the search for dolphin becomes a matter of covering more ground and sometimes traveling further offshore. In on the reef, the downrigger and bottom outfits will start producing better than the flat lines on most days. You can expect action with kingfish, AJ’s, and muttons on the bottom rig. Bonito become the predominant fish and will leave many anglers with sore arms and backs. Inshore, the tarpon action out along the beach has slowed down. The good news, however, is that they are in the Bay and feeding with a vengeance. With all that said, let’s get caught up again with the individual trips aboard Knot Nancy. Alex and his friends caught dolphin offshore before motion sickness took over and we had to run back in to calmer water. The fish were under birds and around floating debris. The next evening, the same group caught tarpon at Government Cut on the south side using crabs. James, Mark, and Sharon Banta picked a beautiful weather day for their dolphin trip. Searching was the name of the game and changing techniques produced once we found the fish. The schools were small and didn’t want to stick around to long before moving on. At one point it took switching to trolling small lures to get them going. James got to catch a few fish on his fly rod much to his delight. On the way in we found a very good weed line and that’s where we found a larger school of fish that stayed around longer. A fish fry with dolphin fillets was the plan for that evening. Sherman Gambill and Andy Sun took good advantage of the afternoon/evening trip that I offer. We had to work hard to fill the livewell with bait, but it got accomplished after three bait spots were visited. Within minutes of putting out the first baits and slow trolling, we had action with bonito that kept both anglers busy. Once we made it out to the depth I wanted to start in, a drift was set up. The flatlines saw first action in the form of dolphin in 180’. Andy got the 18 pound fish and Sherman caught the schoolie. The bottom rod saw action with a mutton snapper. The wind finally picked up enough to fly the ex-light kite which produced a barracuda for Andy and Sherman’s first sailfish. We capped off the trip with tarpon action at Government Cut with Sherman catching his first tarpon. The next trip to Government had Aaron Demers catching and releasing a permit and Jeff Demers catching his first tarpon. In the Bay, we jumped one tarpon before calling it an evening, Richard Chase and his grandson Rick fished a late afternoon trip that started slow and picked up speed as the trip progressed. We started straight out from Government Cut with the action being slow. When the north current pushed us to the middle of the Anchorage area, things changed quickly. Slow trolling herring in 90-120 feet gave us steady action with kingfish on the flatlines. When that action slowed, we moved out to 180 feet and as soon as I set Knot Nancy into a drift, the downrigger popped and the kingfish action picked back up again. Meanwhile, the flatlines also got hit and both Richard and Rick were very busy with bent rods and line screaming off their reels. Besides the kingfish, the bonito also got in on the action too. The last evening trip made to Government Cut for tarpon was with Robert Oldin and his friend Mike. Neither had caught a tarpon and were eager to do battle with one. The action along the beach was non-existent. After the tide changed and it got dark, we moved into the Bay and things changed quickly. After setting up and putting out the baits, it only took about 5 minutes for the craziness to start. The tarpon pulled hard, jumped a lot, and had the anglers running around the boat. When it was time to head back to TNT Marine Center, the final score was 4 for 4 with two very amazed and happy anglers. Knot Nancy is currently at Birdsall Marine getting a new upholstery make over. My next scheduled trip is on July 18. In the meantime, call or email to get your trip scheduled to take advantage of the good Bay tarpon and reef action. Captain Dave Kostyo Knot Nancy Fishing Charters, Inc 305-965-9454 Charter Fishing in Miami and Miami Beach for Sailfish, Tarpon, Dolphin and Kingfish aboard the Knot Nancy nkostyo@bellsouth.net
  4. Fish Report 6/27/10 Working For Cbass Looking For Fluke Codfish Revisited Hi All, Being late June, the week was plenty fine. Most days the bite was quite consistent. There's a lot of weeding; This where we catch sea bass that look remarkably like keepers but they're smaller: Boxing some up too. Still not-quite flounder fishing; Close, tagging some, box one.. At times we have a solid flurry of good sea bass. Like Christmas morning though, it's soon over. We search out more. Working for a catch. Saturday I came upon a good-sized wreck and painted the single greatest school of sea bass I've seen this year. We'd left cbass snapping the day before, an easy-to-work-with all-day kind of bite. I just knew this drop was going to be epic.. Two anchors drawn tight, "In and away! Down they go.." Fresh baits headed toward mature accidental reef, fresh anglers, unfished sea bass stacked up.. My expectations were met with crickets chirping, a stifled yawn. The best cod we've caught since February, about 30 inches, is first over the rail followed by a tagger--an undersized cod--and a white hake, a fish from up north and deep which I have seen few of in my days of fishing. A small minority of those many cbass on the sounder bit, the rest remaining wholly indifferent to our desires of angling success. Too cold? Current? Just fed? Spawning? Will never know. Did put a catch together Saturday, decent even, but nothing like I'd thought when I first scanned that spot.. If fish are not biting there's not going to be much action. Is that like management having seafloor habitat experts at hand but not using them? Indifference to knowledge or bait: Same result. Crickets. The question "How's fishing" is far broader than you might imagine. An honest answer very much depends on who's asking. As I figure out a way to ban electric reels from my boat --though rare, they're an irritant, Rude, like sitting next to a loud cell phone talker with a small chainsaw-- I wonder what these few guys think when they bring their commercial mentality --eeee, EEEE, eeeeEHhhh, eeelectric reels-- to a very recreational fishery. Did they dream of 25 jumbo sea bass iced and carried to market? Perhaps a boat that won't measure or count; where "Over the rail, into the pail" is still an accepted behavior? If so: Sore disappointment. Derned if I know, maybe pushing the button is sport to some.. A nice day on the water, quiet in a free of traffic, free of industrial noise sort of way--at least after we get there; Perhaps spent with friends or family & followed -hopefully- by a couple fresh fish dinners.. Welcome aboard! We're not deep-dropping for tilefish, no more electric reels. Period.... I carried a scientist Tuesday to see about using video for fishery-counting stock assessments or to at least blend into our current stock assessment system. He dropped my underwater camera all day while clients fished. As it happens, most of the reef we looked at was fairly marginal, low lying, offering a profile of inches as opposed to the high-profile reef one might typically expect of corals. We caught fish. For hundreds of miles of coast and out sixty miles none of this habitat has been found, let alone protected: If I'd wanted to pull a net the length of the reef and show him the pretty corals on deck, or -with fish permit- sell the flounder caught, that would've been legally dandy. He was indignant, however, when someone cast a cigarette butt overboard.. Good, now I just need to scale-up the response in his community to meet the impact..... Dogone it, I guess I went and poked someone else in the eye with the Fish Report. I tried to join the guvmint--again--so as to urge a new path of fishery restoration from within; Tried to get a seat on the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC). Made the short list too; Third time. Thought maybe there was a real chance this time. No.. Perhaps my writing became too irritating as I watched my life's savings drain away last fall in a tornado of refunded sales for the sea bass closure that needn't have been. A closure --brought about by MRFSS catch estimates-- that nearly forced my boat to the auction block; A closure wrought of recreational fishing catch estimates fit, if printed on paper, for lining small animal cages.. Dogone.. Now I done it again; Another written insult based on factual assertion versus fanatical use of loose data well known not to be solid enough for simple math; Bruised egos versus the harsh reality of not enough zeros in the checkbook; Written requests to close all retirement accounts juxtaposed with requesting a meeting to discuss retirement fund allocation; The near fatal traffic-accident realism of a fishery closure on businesses contrasted against the pain of a lower cost of living government pay increase.. Shucks, bet I just did it again! Maybe I ought to quit writing.. In truth, the fellow that did get the slot, Steve Linhard, is a lot more concerned with the Chesapeake and has a rock-solid history of environmental public involvement. Since Maryland is the Chesapeake Bay State he likely is the better candidate to represent all. I shall met him soon and tell him about our ocean, the Mid-Atlantic. Having people go fishing for prize money is nearly all our charter industry has left, the tournaments; It's not a very solid foundation. Having people go fishing because they actually have a great chance of success would call for fishery restoration. Glitz & Glamour distract. No Worries. Honestly, I should be thankful. I don't think the Council's ready to act upon what I think is needed. Still have my keyboard; Have, thus-far, managed to hang onto my business; I can keep trying to convince fisheries management that our reef dwelling fish used to live on naturally occurring reefs; That those reefs were once far larger; That their restoration, reef restoration, is crucial -impossibly vital- to fishery restoration. Stock assessments of reef fish that don't actually look at the reefs and MRFSS catch estimates are smoke & mirrors to fishers. Where we catch fish, where we anchor or drift, where we go fishing is real. It is precisely the opposite for managers. Which produces dinner, the habitat or the paperwork? That depends on whether you're a manager or fisher.. Had some third year staffer told 'The Powers' that the Massachusetts July/Aug sea bass catch estimates for last year were dead wrong and shouldn't be used to close the fishery, they might have discovered a new checkbook reality too: Fundamentalist fervor protecting the sanctity of sacred written numbers that can never be changed; what wicked fate would await such an infidel.. It is the arrogance of quota management, the surety with which we think catch restriction alone will cure our fisheries, that catch restriction alone is all we need: That if the evil over-fishers don't exceed some WAGuestimate calculation we will be just fine, That populations of managed fish will soar. Whether the fish have anything to eat, anyplace to live, or themselves are being consumed by more glamorous, more desirable, species is immaterial.. Individual commercial fishing quotas, Catch Shares, that encourage landing only the most valuable specimens via hard quota while the rest of the catch drifts away for lower-order predators to feast upon results in wonderful restoration stories on paper. Management's alarms only go off if there is an overage of catch, never in regional collapse. So long as we catch under quota, or the MRFSS estimate shows our catch below management's threshold, then the system glides along blissfully unaware and self congratulatory. Dern, bet I just did it again.. An ecosystem with parts missing will not function well: A restoration system with parts missing will not function either. Its like fresh sweet corn, big ol' backyard tomatoes and no fish sizzling in the hot oil. I can at least try to fix that for you.. Cheers All, Monty Capt. Monty Hawkins mhawkins@siteone.net Party Boat "Morning Star" Reservation Line 410 520 2076 Morning Star Fishing
  5. If you were looking for good fishing action, then it was a great week to fish the inlet and a bad week to be a rock fish. The week had a slow start but then around Thursday that all changed. Rock fish started showing up on Thursday at the mouth of the jetty and steadily moved in for this week-end. Over all the bite improved both day and night. Sometimes it didn't seem to matter if it was day or night or what tide you were fishing on. The night bite was great on Friday with some people refering to it as a "Frenzy" all along the inlet. This all happened between the beginning and the end of the tide with many fisherman catching there limits with an hour or two. Paul Cronshaw and John Quattlebaum caught their limits Friday night before the thunderstorms. Others said they fished after the storms around 3am and they were still landing fish off the rocks or by boat. Fisherman reported catching anywhere from the bridge to the Coast Guard Station on both the North and South sides of the Inlet. Most fisherman have been catching there keepers using white bucktails with white worms, some have been fishing with Tsunami and Storm Lures. 5" & 6" lures in colors that range from golden mullet, shad or blue back herring. Most of the fish have been reported from 30" up to 45". We have had several brought in to the fish cleaning table that ranged in weight from 13-24lbs. Not to be out done by the inlet the surf had a few rock fish on Friday evening, before sunset. A 19lber was brought to our southern store in South Bethany from the surf at Bethany Beach. It was caught on a finger mullet. So you better have finger mullet along with that tried and true bunker bait. Blue fish were also reportedly being caught in the inlet, but not in any large numbers yet. They were of the snapper variety and ranging from 12"-16". Along with the blue fish the shad are schooling out in the inlet too. Most are snagging these fish with spec rigs of various sizes and colors. One man reported that he caught shad for almost 2 hours the other night. Flounder action has slowed a bit, but only more fisherman have turned their attention to fishing for the striper right now. A few flounder were brought in on Saturday. Minnows on plain hooks or bucktails, or Gulp "Pearl White Swimming Mullet" on a 1/2 oz jig head are still the ticket when fishing for the flatties. These fish are still being caught in the back bay around the same areas....Massey's Ditch and the VFW Slough. It is still is too early to see them out in the ocean. And while tog fishing is closed and black sea bass is still closed, ocean fishing is still in limbo. Only one week left until we can fish for those sea bass, we are counting down the days!!! Come on May 22nd. Until next time...keep casting, Mrs Bert (Deanna)
  6. What a beautiful week it has been. Hope everyone has gotten out and enjoyed it whether you are a fisherman or not. (Hopefully you are, but I won't hold it against you! Rock fish have still been hitting in the Indian River Inlet, but have admittedly it has slowed down some now that the water temperature is on the rise. You will probably see smaller ones being brought in than the larger ones now. But with that said, Bill Winkler, of Frankford, brought in a 42.9lber that he caught while in the Inlet and using a live hickory shad. For fishing the Inlet, Storm Lures and flies are the tackle that most are choosing, but if you are able to catch bunker, herring or even a shad (and keep them alive) you can use them to land a nice keeper as well. Rock fish are still in the surf, but word has it that the blues are starting to make it in to the shore too. Most are still using fresh bunker. Remember, the key to using bunker is to cut the head off about a 1/2" back from the gill and use that part. Use the remainder as chunks for the blue fish. Tautogs have slowed a bit in the Inlet. Most are reporting that they are catching much smaller ones now. Marcus Munday of Felton, De brought a 6.6lber in Thursday. He beat his father fishing, but we won't rub it in. REMEMBER: THE LAST DAY OF TOG FISHING IS MAY 11TH. SO GET THIS LAST WEEK-END IN!!!! Flounder are still being caught in the back bays, Debbie Roach , of Wilm., DE brought in a 4lb flounder on Sunday. She was fishing with her family (the only girl and the only one to catch a fish and on a pink rod) in the inlet. She was using a minnow on a bucktail. The bait of choice has now changed to minnows and squid. The tackle has been a variety of things...from plain bottom hooks to bucktails to green machines. I guess the fish are hungry and not too picky about color. Off-shore fishing has not started yet, but we can't wait to see the first yellow fin to hit the table. I have not heard of any blues being fished for out in the ocean…...let's hope that they will fill the void when tog closes and while we wait for sea bass to open. Let's all pray to the fishing gods to make something happen!! Until next time, keep fishing. Mrs. Bert (Deanna) Hook 'em & Cook 'em
  7. So I saw this dually camper crusing AI today and when I came off the sand there he was with a flat tire. One of the rangers was just BSing with them no word on any kind of fine or warning just talk about who has what fishing record!?! And as they where talking another truck came off and did not have a osv pass (that i Could see), was the ranger concerned... he did not appear to be. Have the rules changed can I bring a dually out? Pictures will be posted shortly
  8. Spring is finally here and how sweet it is. An unusually cold winter has been very hard on our fish and anglers but my how things have changed. With no more cold fronts, rising water temperatures and clear skies, this is the time to hit the flats and enjoy the great bonefishing going on right now. I had Dr. Carlos Velasco on the bow this day and had a fantastic afternoon of bonefishing. We went 2 for 3 on bones including losing one on fly after getting 50 yards into the backing. Working the first half of the incoming tide these Oceanside fish were on a tear having numerous shots without a few minutes in between. With the action red hot it wasn’t until it was all over and time to head for the dock that we were able to catch our breaths. This is spring time bonefishing in Biscayne Bay and it is on fire! Fishing will only get better with tarpon season upon us any day now and the permits starting to show up in ever increasing numbers as spring turns into summer. This is a great time of year to fish the flats so grab your rods, hit the water and make that drag scream! Capt. Mo Estevez New Dawn Charters 305-495-7397 New Dawn Charters: Home: Zazzle.com Store
  9. First post to the forum, my name is john, retired firefighter-crt. I live in salisbury, md. Started fishing ai back in the early 70's, got away when they imposed the vehicle limit. I try to go to buxton or ocracoke island now about 6 - 8 times a year for the drum run. Started back at ai last year, wow ! How the island has changed, and not for the better. I drive a black mazda xtra cab with a cap, and fire dept plates. If you see me on the beach, please stop by.
  10. Fish Report 1/30/10 A Dandy A Wander Among The Explorers Stop Thief! Fishing Schedule: Toggin Again - Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - Light Winds Forecasted - Tog Trips - February 2cnd, 3rd & 4th, 2010 - boat sells out at 12 - green crabs provided - cabin heated - leave at 7:00 for these trips (or a tad earlier) - Return no later than 3 - 3:30 (usually) - $100.00 buys a spot - 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. The Protest United We Fish: A Rally for the "Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act." Local Readers: The Ocean City Fishing Center and Sunset Marina have donated a bus to go to the Fisherman's Rally Wednesday, February 24th - some seats left - $20.00 deposit - part of which may get used if more buses are required - Contact OCFC at 410 213 1121. Hi All, Entered two more days in the logbook. Wednesday was a great day on the water--for January. Nicked away at 'em but never saw anything pushing even 8 pounds.. an OK day though. Weather forecast for Thursday had a front passing through late. Marine forecasts are significantly, tremendously, better than what we had decades ago. That's a great thing when scheduling short notice trips: perhaps though another hidden guvmint subsidy for the fisheries. All along they were calling for westerly gusts to 40 in the late afternoon just north of our region.. Weather Service then changed 'late' to '1 PM' causing a twisting, lifting of an eyebrow.. 1 PM, 11:00 AM - what's the difference. Eh, snuck in a good bit of the day. Ran for home with no limits that I know of but a couple good fish; Greg's dandy nudging, but not quite 16 pounds; dinners, plenty of tags, and 1/2 off another trip for the clients. We'll try again soon......... Meanwhile, snow's piling up. Take a few minutes to read through this unique perspective of our marine fisheries management. Allow me to wander through a bit of history and use that to illuminate our errors of today.. I hold fisheries restoration as a young science. It wasn't long ago that 'working in marine fisheries' meant looking for ways to extract more wealth, more catch, from the sea. As such, that this is its beginning and nowhere near the middle, that the science involved is not well-seasoned; we can then compare marine restoration of today to the early discoverers. Alvero Mendana (Men don Ya) discovered the Solomon Islands in 1568. He certainly took as careful note of its location as was possible. However, due to the great difficulties of finding longitude then, Philip Carteret was the next explorer to see those Islands in 1767. ..199 years later. Neither explorer nor discoverer, Anson's circumnavigation was solely for killing & capturing--disrupting the Spanish fleet in anyway. Departing England in 1740 with 1,854 men he made good on his task, returning victoriously with treasure--and 188 men; scurvy having caused a great many deaths. You might have thought political spin was a modern invention.. Anson killed 1,200 some people, left a bunch more behind, and was treated as a hero. Incredibly too, we know that scurvy was recognized, even prevented, as early as 1614 by the British through ascorbic acid; the dissemination of information just wasn't there. It would be a few years after Anson's voyage that Lind conducted one of the very first clinical trials isolating vitamin C as a cure for scurvy. It would be many years more before that work was widely adopted. A chain of islands, treatment of a horrid malady: both 2 centuries in cementing upon the world's knowledge. Copernicus anyone? Information in our era travels faster and faster, is more easily tested for accuracy.. Then tales of new-found lands, the northwest passage, sea-airs causing a man's gums to rot, even sea-monsters had to be considered no matter how factual or fabricated they were: nearly anything was thought possible. ..speaking of the fabled NW passage, Amundsen first transited it from 1903 to 1906 through arduous exploration: As of 2009 it is now open to navigation for a portion of the year. Much of that cold melt-water flows to the Labrador current.. ..eh, I'll leave that segue alone. Just remember, Mendana's island discovery was shelved for 2 centuries while new scientific tools were developed to find more precise location: That scurvy's cure was nailed down centuries before treatment was widely accepted... In the late 1990s I was trying to figure out how our black sea bass population had grown so huge in such a short period; why areas that I had fished for long years were getting larger, that the actual fishable reef footprint was increasing--Why I had gone from anchoring with exacting precision over a couple rocks to, in that specific locale, drifting long distances while catching a fish I have yet to catch over sand. What was going on? We had our nine inch size limit, that was obviously working. Hook scars & tag returns were conclusive, but live releases didn't explain anywhere near these far-far greater numbers of fish. Nor the expansion of reef-like habitat.. Inconceivably, according to Kurlansky as early as the year 1376 complaints were made to Parliament about habitat loss from towed fishing gear.. Another author even claims two fishers were executed in 1583 for using chains on their beamtrawls -- too destructive of the seabed. ..The several century information lag stretches to six when the subject of the science is covered with water? Or, is that unfair since fisheries restoration is so new.. Is it new after all? I think that our region's expansion of sea bass--where in the 1980's we had months when we knew we may only catch 7 or 8 fish a day, to, in those same months, having trips with 7,000 & 8,000 fish caught, but mostly released, by the late 1990s. I think this population explosion was primarily fueled not by our self-imposed catch restrictions, but by seafloor habitat expansion due to meager summer flounder quota regulations that kept trawl effort inshore allowing cobble-sized rocky bottoms further out to recolonize with reef growth. I promise this, there was a lot of newly grown reef in less than 120 feet of water by 1999. That good fortune lost, much of it is was again impacted. Yet other areas are presently regrowing. It seems to take the better part of a decade of no stern-towed gear impacts for growths to have colonized where the ecological function of reef is fully restored. I couldn't begin to grasp that until I lowered an underwater camera.. Some videos on my website.. There's a large and growing body of marine science focused on just this issue. True Statement - Currently our science has no hard-bottom reef habitat in the nearshore waters of the Mid-Atlantic. Virtually every recreational & commercial fisher will vigilantly man their respective ramparts at the least whisper of 'protecting' areas of the ocean - those wicked Marine Protected Areas - MPAs. As Anson was held aloft as a hero yet allowed his surgeons to kill so many crew by their ignorance of vitamin C -- So too do we glorify succesful fishery rebuilding by the harshest of catch regulation stemming from poor understanding. Those who would most benefit from utilizing vitamin C's preventive effects and now habitat protections fight for their right to remain reef-free, No Lemons! No MPAs! We'll never prevent a gear impact via habitat protection through gear protected areas, we'll forever allow the Russian roulette of reef loss and re-growth dictated by the whim of fishing effort in a destructive class: Dogma carved in stone, we shall allow no MPA to pass--except striped bass in the EEZ of course.. Our data-poor science hidden by water, it would never withstand shoreside scrutiny: the parade and applause of rebuilding's victory hides the tragedy of conquest's cost, its celebrants remain ignorant of what heights could be achieved, its users fated to cycle with ill-found regulation. One of the greatest discoverers, a man who actually did what he was credited with; Cook's famous voyages were, I believe, the first circumnavigations to be completed without serious incidence of scurvy. This the late 1760s, he didn't quite have the reasons down-pat but his efforts of innovation returned rewards that many would try to duplicate. One can assume his charges were glad to have lived. Anson's voyages seeking conquest and submission, despite the celebration of his trophies on return, resulted in death. Fishing businesses are going to fold - are folding - despite some fish stocks being considered rebuilt, despite that 'dwindling' is the very poorest choice of adjective for these fish populations. It is now, in 2010, that history will have to decide if fishery managers were, like Cook, innovators utilizing flexibility when tasked with discovering solutions; or as Anson who adhered rigidly to the letter of ill-cast orders, causing subordinates' deaths in pursuit of the King's wants.. Both were well regarded in their time: History has not been as kind. The great untruth of our present day restoration effort remains as Mendana's islands, discovered but still below our collective knowledge threshold. Lindholm, Auster & Kaufman's "Habitat-mediated survivorship of juvenile cod" should have been enough to pound it into management's thought process. Fish production--the success of their spawn, that young fish are growing-in to replace what has been taken--can not be separated from habitat. In the United States, in the 21st century, fishery management has yet to put that simple notion into use in the Mid-Atlantic. No, we only use catch restriction. I hold that Alabama's red snapper fishery--their huge percentage of quota--is solely the product of fishery-manufacture through artificial reef: That, given habitat fidelity, there can not be 'restoration' where previously no fishery existed: That their economic power-house, red snapper, must be thought of as created and not re-created. The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council claims black sea bass are 103% restored, that the fish have exceeded rebuilding measures: Yet the Council has never recognized the existence of natural reef, let alone taken action to protect, enhance and conserve these habitats as is called for in federal statute. I hold that artificial reef is, in very great part, responsible for the Council's claim of this fishery's restoration here; that without key habitat for spawning success, restoration would remain greatly delayed: That based on my knowledge of this region's sea bass fishery: Were all artificial reef removed, taken away, the fishery would instantly collapse solely from our current catch effort; that the shipwrecks and remnants of natural reef alone could never support even a fraction of our current landings. I also hold that if all the players in fishery restoration ever seize upon this idea we'll exceed our present concept of what the cbass population could be; that habitat theory transfers directly to many fisheries: Indeed, must benefit nearly all. On public property, the fruits of our artificial reef building must be shared with those that never help lift, that only lean; that never donate nor work, that only extract. Now these fruits are being taken, denied to us, by those who need claim them for their paperwork too, who need meet a restoration target but fail to understand the underlying mechanics of habitat for their success. I have cried "Stop Thief!" for some 6 months now trying to recover the fishery which I have worked so hard to restore. In coming weeks we may see the quota doubled; this, thankfully, some extension of our meager two month sea bass season. But we will not get all of our sea bass season back.. The fishery is now restored from scratch to beyond expectations and was never closed but a week or two -- all while never-ever considering that reef-fish might need reef as squirrels need trees. Its a disgrace that fishing businesses must now face, even with a doubled quota, a great loss of season. Despite any plea of ignorance, there is no worse theft than that granted through authority of the Federal Government. Stop Thief! There will be many reasons why fishers and their friends will go to the Capitol steps on February 24th. I am going because we must restore flexibility to the Magnuson Act: We must allow science to discover a better method of restoration before all the teeth have fallen from the rotting, scurvied gums of America's fisheries. Its not about habitat. Its not about recreational/commercial conflict. Its not about MPAs. Its about restoring stability to regulation. Its about calming the waters so that innovation can find its way back into the process: We must have the Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act. Having read this far, you likely have some interest in the outcome of this fight. Write a letter, another letter, to your favorite DC representative. CC your State fisheries staff. I promise this: The all-time king of astroturf -not real grass roots- environmental organizations, Pew, will be steadfast in their opposition. That will cause other--even fully habitat oriented--organizations to meekly toe the line no matter the truth, no matter our ignorance, no matter that the solution to fisheries' scurvy lies well in hand but unused. I say "Screw you Pew." So long as I have rocks on which to write the truth I shall load my sling ..and press send. Regards, Monty Capt. Monty Hawkins mhawkins@siteone.net Party Boat "Morning Star" Reservation Line 410 520 2076 http://www.morningstarfishing.com/
  11. Fish Report 3/3/10 Of Seals & Snowstorms Inflexibility Fresh Data Hi All, We'll take a few days, weeks, to get her ready for the Coast Guard's inspection.. See how the weather goes. I do have May 22cnd to the end of June open for sea bass - Will resume toggin' when I think it's fit. Fished Sunday & Tuesday; bite considerably slower. Some wave-swell Sunday; very strong current from the north on both days likely contributed to the bite falling off too. I suspect, above all, that we've finally had one snowstorm too many; that the cold water has seeped all the way to the bottom. In way of agreement, a seal showed us the way out of the marina Tuesday morning. Saw another in the inlet.. Yes, seals. That makes 4 in my life in Maryland. Did have 6 tog in the boat Sunday, tagged 7 releases. The biggest was Matt's 16 pound 2 ounce dandy.. Wish I'd have kept count of the fish over 15 this winter. Tuesday it looked like Dennis's 16 something was going to take the pool when Tom stepped up with a 24 -- Talking inches here though! Boxed 7 tog, tagged 1. Too slow.. The water turns over every year; here we see the nadir, the bottom of the cycle--Where beginning in late fall the water is warmer on the bottom than the surface; cold gradually seeping down, now it is equally cold throughout.. Come high-summer it will be far colder on the bottom than the surface. A lot of that surface warmth will come from where the water is spread thin, in the estuaries fed by the rivers; they'll warm first, their discharge an important part of the ocean's heating. That's later: Now that runoff's cold. Seals.. Cod? Tagged a 19 3/4 incher and put a 30 incher in the boat Tuesday. This time mine-mine-mine! HmmmmTasty! Dang that's good fish. So is tog, but I can have that anytime. Looking for something nearly identical but different; Somehow a perception of better. Grass is greener.. Lot of human troubles source from there. But not for want of a different fish to bake--In a hurry, microwaved with butter, salt and pepper: Awesome. Lunch & dinner until gone. Promise. So here's this cod.. They've been written about extensively--Kurlansky's "Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World." is excellent.. We've nicked a few of late; Mike opens up its belly after filleting and out spill 2 seahorses, an atlantic mackerel--keeper too, just like we used to catch and I hope to one day catch again--plus a non-riverine herring and a sea mouse. (picture a cross between a sand dollar, sea cucumber & a small porcupine--search google images 'seamouse'.) What a story just having this fish, a far grander tale in its belly. The mackerel are virtually lost here. Could come back; should do. I'll be looking hard this year - Its been since the very early 1990s that I could offer good old-fashioned mackerel fishing---though Capt. Rick of Lewes with his greater determination has kept the flame lit with some nice mackerel catches in the last decade. Blessed, spurred-ahead even, by fishery council permits, it was 91 or 92 that giant overseas fish factory-ship processors were allowed in. US trawlers caught the mackerel and sold them to these factory ships. This created a long, sustained price spike; supply was found to suit demand: I believe it was more pressure than the southern stock of mackerel could stand. So steep was our recreational decline in catch that by 1995 we had no more clients willing to go. Also from the cod's stomach: Reef dwellers. Though the seahorses and sea mice of this fish's stomach are not what I usually write about, they are a part of the reef's ecology--as is the fact that's where the cod got caught. This one fish's stomach contents, indeed the fish itself, has a habitat footprint that is hard to get your head around.. It touches upon everything from filter-feeding reef-building communities to the effects of copepod production/predation by giant fin and humpback whales and every predator in between.. And cod, cod with the splendid genetic inclination to migrate further south than most: Once abundant, they're missed. Point is: What a big project! Restoring our fisheries is huge in scope. Too much predation here, a missing habitat type there, a misplaced decimal makes-for a huge over-estimate of catch, a gross rebuilding overestimate based on loose historical data.. Information is pouring in though: Building. Better. Might want Flexibility - Be able to act on new information. We're at a transition now where some species are beyond fully rebuilt, where we need flexibility to adjust management plans/regulations to fit a different circumstance; Where the fish are doing fine and it would be best to be more mindful of the fisher. We're also finding that we do not know all there is to know; That we are not so gifted that we are able to discern all there is about the ocean by rocketing to the moon; That stock estimates and catch estimates can be grossly incorrect: A manager with flexibility could act for fish or fisher as needed. Inflexibility is where we are. Managers will not adjust the recreational catch estimates for sea bass despite such adjustment would be well within the statistically correct spread of MRFSS's estimates: No, they'll hold fast to their data centerpoints.. The troubles of red snapper fishers whose rebuilding targets are out of this world - impossible to meet in 10 years, yet the fish are in great abundance. The MD summer flounder meeting where many chose to have a 19 inch size limit in order to extend the season as close to Thanksgiving as possible: We're told this is rebuilding. Much-needed rebuilding.. We're rebuilding a fish, summer flounder, that no one can recall in greater profusion than now nor repeat stories from those who came before us of these fish in greater numbers.. Such fantastic populations.. Unfortunately, I suspect flounder will have to block the Potomac before regulators throw in the towel; admit maybe the fish are doing OK. We need flexibility. We need management and the super-powers in environmentalism to realize that fisheries science is not infallible.. No, instead it's youthful and prone to mistakes. We need to move our sharply focused restoration efforts away from the glamour species; Away from the stripers, cod, scup, black sea bass, and above all, summer flounder: Refocused, these efforts now look to where these super-populations of fish live and upon what they need for feed, for prey, in order to support even greater populations. And too, restoration effort needs to be shifted to where none has gone; The northern stocks of spadefish, triggerfish, amberjack; The southernmost stocks red hake, scup and, indeed, codfish. Why did they once commonly catch white marlin inshore.. What we need most, right now, is for those guiding these efforts from the corner offices--the apex predators of pay-scale--to look at the use of MRFSS data, the use of its centerpoint. That's not regulation; Management doesn't have to by law.. No, using the centerpoint of gigantic MRFSS spreads is internal policy. You threw us under the bus for that? Where's the humanity.. Data from a dying & discredited program held in such high regard by those who form policy. Amazing. History is being made. There's just a little time left before this part gets written. The 2010 sea bass regulations remain in question or at least unpublished. There must be controversy. I hope--I sincerely hope--that what's being argued is the validity of the catch data - not whose plan, based on bad data, will hold sway.. That Emperors aren't drawing arms to prove they have the best new clothes... Like the codfish's food web, it's a lot to get your head around. Believe this: Recreational fishers did not go over their sea bass quota in 2009. There was no need for that economic knee-capping last fall: And there is no need to hand our head to us in 2010 either. The data's bad and some know it. New data's in on summer flounder. I see that MD shore fishers caught 50-some thousand less flounder last year than in '07. Oh they still hold a trophy though; the MRFSS estimates have them, the jetty, bank & surf fishers, outfishing partyboats by a wide margin again in '09. They really got thrashed, however, by the private boat guys--just creamed. Private boats--all this according to catch estimate data used to set seasons--caught more in '09 than '08--almost 79,000 flounder in MD. Party boat captains were all hungover or something though, we supposedly caught half as much as the previous year, just 1,361 flounder--They say we only caught 1,355 sea bass too. I'm ashamed. I really am. Errors cumulative; I'm ashamed that our regulators use this Bad Science to destroy our coastal businesses. That needs to change. Think I'll drop my Representatives another line. Regards, Monty Capt. Monty Hawkins mhawkins@siteone.net Party Boat "Morning Star" Reservation Line 410 520 2076 http://www.morningstarfishing.com/
  12. The tarpon action has been outstanding! That's the best way to describe it. Add in the fact that the shrimp have finally been making the runs like they should and that means the tarpon action is even better. Each time the rod bends over severely from a tarpon strike, you could be fighting a fish that weighs in anywhere from 30 - 100 pounds. Don't be fooled into thinking that a 30 pound fish is a push over. While they don't have quite the stamina of a 100 pound fish, they do jump a lot more and have the same don't ever give up attitude of there bigger brothers and sisters. Government Cut is the place where all this action is taking place. It started with Jeff Blum and his three friends catching a couple of fish in the deep water. There was lots of good natured joking going on during this trip as 2 of the group had never fished before let alone catch a tarpon. Things then got real crazy with Josh Klinghagen and David Booth. Within 2 minutes of putting out the first bait, we were hooked up and the fish made a dash for the deep water. That fish was finally released after a great battle and two drifts later we had a double header on for a brief period of time. We caught 1 of the 2 fish. The next drift produced a single. A few drifts later, it was another single. And we finished the evening with yet another single. Total count was 4 for 5 and two extremely happy anglers. Rocky Taranto, Bryan Gallagher, and Randy Fisher were the next anglers to test their angling skills with tarpon. The first fish of the evening threw the hook on its second jump. After that, every fish hooked up solid. The bonus was that the shrimp ran and the group got the added treat of seeing lots of tarpon blasting the shrimp as they fulfilled there appetites. Once this started happening, it was a strike on almost every drift. Final count for the evening was 4 for 5. The next evening, the same group was back for more. This time the fish started feeding in the deep water where we got 3 strikes in a row in less than 3 minutes after putting the baits out. These fish were bigger with the largest fish weighing in at 100 pound. It gave us fits for a while as it stayed in the deep water the entire time. When the tide changed, the shrimp ran again and the tarpon moved to the same place they were the night before. They also starting blasting shrimp off the surface again. Add two more tarpon before it was time to call it an evening and that made us 5 for 5. The final drift of the evening produced a bonus 15 pound snook. Offshore, the action hasn't been quite as good, however, we have still managed to catch a few sailfish. For the most part with all the NW wind we've been having there has been little to no current and green water. The sailfish have been spread out over a wind range of water depth. We've caught fish anywhere from 115 to 448 feet. Faye Vincent got her sail to eat a kite bait while we were taking pictures and releasing Sharon Whitney's AJ. Charly Bates caught his first fish in 178 feet after an earlier strike in 115 feet resulted in the fish spitting the hook when it came up jumping. Brad Coren's sail was out in 448 feet. We saw lots of birds working an area and we ran out to investigate. We put out two flatline baits that I slow trolled. We got a good strike and thought it might be a skipjack tuna until the fish swam past us as it headed south. The sail finally figured out that something wasn't quite right and then proceeded to put on one fantastic jumping show for us. Kingfishing has been very slow and we've only managed to find one king in the last week of fishing. The bottom rod has been producing legal size red grouper. With the current rules in effect, they were released after venting the fish so they could swim back down to the bottom, which they did immediately. That brings us up to date once again. I've got more tarpon trips and offshore trips planned so check back for my next report. Even better, if you'd like to be a part of the report, give me a call 305 965-9454 or email nkostyo@bellsouth.net to set up your trip. The tarpon fishing only keeps getting better and the offshore fishing will drastically improve when the north current works its way back in closer. 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
  13. Time once again to get caught up with the fishing adventures aboard Knot Nancy. The vast majority of my offshore fishing activity has taken place between the Miami Sea Buoy and the north end of Haulover Beach in water depths between 90 - 250 feet. All of the tarpon action has been at Haulover Inlet. Offshore the action has been with dolphin (mahi-mahi), kingfish, bonito, and sailfish. Finding current on some days has been difficult to say the least. On others, it's been very strong. Regardless of what the conditions have been, we've managed to find fish of some sorts. Moving inshore, the tarpon action has been consistent and steady both during the late afternoon, during the dusk period, and after dark. During one trip, we finally got the shrimp run we've been waiting for and the tarpon action was hot and heavy on almost every drift. Ben Skinner fished a half day and had sailfish on his mind, though any action would do. After loading up on pilchards, we ran a little south of Haulover and found we had a roaring north current. Conditions looked beautiful for sailfish. Despite the great conditions, the first action we had was with dolphin. We picked up and ran south and found even better conditions in shallower water. Once again we found dolphin. The sails never showed before the trip ended. Gary and Ellen Latrell scheduled two days of fishing. The first day, we had a sailfish on briefly even before I could put the kite up. Gary got to see the fish thrash at the surface before it broke the leader. Then the dolphin action began. This was followed by kingfish. The south current on this day pushed us from the Twin Towers down toward the Miami Sea Buoy before the action died off. The NNW/NNE winds of 16 - 20 knots had us taking our time returning to the Twins area. As soon as baits went back out the action with kingfish started again. As fast as we put baits in the water the kings were attacking them. Both Ellen and Gary were having constant action while putting out their baits. We watched a sailfish surf down the waves after stealing a bait off one of our flat lines. It ignored our kite baits, however, a kingfish jumped on one of our goggle eyes and Ellen had fun catching up with the speedy fish after the line popped out of the clip. So far all the action was with surface baits. I put out the break away lead outfit and within less than 2 minutes, it saw action with kingfish and a very large rainbow runner each time I put the rig down. During the last 15 minutes of the first day, Ellen got her reward when a sailfish stayed hooked up on the lightest spinning outfit I had out. Twenty minutes later the fish was alongside and posed for several in water pictures before it was released to fight again on another day. The next day with Gary and Ellen was an afternoon/evening trip. The wind switched to the East @ 12 - 22 knots. We back drifted staring in 250 feet. There was no current, just a healthy wind. When we reached 211 feet, Ellen couldn't hardly believe her eyes when a double sailfish came up on the kite baits. She went for the short pilchard bait only to have the other sailfish eat the long goggle eye outfit she had been watching and working diligently. The sail on the short kite bait just window shopped and went on its way. The sail on the long kite bait ate and gave us 3 terrific jumps before giving us back our hook. We had no further action on the kite, however, the mid-depth bait and flatline baits gave us action with kingfish and shark. Time to seek some tarpon action at Haulover. The first action came in the form of a jack crevalle. Then several bottom critters stole our baits. Gary got the first tarpon action and the fish threw the hook on its first jump. Within a minute, Ellen hooked up solid and caught and released her first tarpon. A few drifts later, Ellen's outfit got hit again. She wanted Gary to fight the fish. As soon as he picked up the rod, the fish jumped and once again gave him back the hook. That's how the evening ended and Gary says he'll be back to catch his tarpon the next time. Walter Rodriguez fished an afternoon/evening trip facing some very heavy west winds that blew in the 23 - 31 knot range. The only action we saw offshore before heading in to tarpon fish was with an 80 pound hammerhead shark. Talk about your visual picture, this one had us both rooting for the shark to catch the goggle eye. Every time we thought the shark had caught the bait, it somehow managed to escape. The shark had to turn around and find the bait again. Each time it missed the bait, it got more and more aggressive. The bait finally tired out some and the shark finally took good aim and caught the bait. Now it was Walter's turn. The shark gave us several impressive runs and traveled back and forth across the stern several times before it released itself by rubbing through the leader. Since we were on the lee side of the beach, it was almost like a lake along Haulover Beach. We ended the evening with blueruners, ladyfish, and going 1 for 2 on tarpon. Tom Milanette and Wes Moore took a break from their duties at the Miami Boat Show for an evening of tarpon fishing. On our first drift, Wes hooked up and caught and released his first tarpon. The second drift had Tom catching a tarpon. The next drift or two were uneventful. A move back up toward the Inlet after the tide had changed turned out to be the right one. Shrimp were flowing out the Inlet in just enough numbers to get the tarpon congregated and feeding readily. On the next four drifts, we hooked tarpon, including one double header, on each drift except for one. The last fish of the evening turned out to be the big one. Wes fought the 100 pound tarpon on a 20# spinning outfit and experienced the power and stamina of the mighty silver king. His persistence and constant pressure on the fish finally slowed the fish down. Just when he thought the fish was whipped at boat side, the tarpon took off and dumped 50 yards of line from the reel and made a terrific splashing jump. That's tarpon fishing. They never seems to give up and quit. Final total for the evening was 4 for 6 tarpon caught and released. Jerry Dijkhuizen and Ryan Dirksz got in a half day offshore before the wind kicked up to over 30 knots. We found a nice blue edge straight out from Haulover and everything looked good for some great action. Before I could get the second rod clipped to the kite, both flat lines took off. Ryan caught his first saltwater fish ever and Jerry enjoyed catching his fish. Both were bonito. While putting Ryan's line back out, it got hit again and he caught another bonito. The next action came on the kite. An unknown and unseen fish grabbed the goggle eye on the short kite line and proceeded to get a free meal. A short while later, the short kit again saw action. This time the kingfish skyrocketed the goggle eye twice before hooking up. Jerry fought this fish. The final fish of the morning came on the break away rod and Ryan did the honors with the kingfish. By then, the wind was picking up to a healthy speed as we ran back to Haulover and TNT Marine Center. That sums it up. Sailfish, kingfish, dolphin, bonito, and sharks offshore and plenty of tarpon just off the beach at the Inlets. Call me 305 965-9454 or email nkostyo@bellsouth.net to get in on the action. 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
  14. Greetings anglers I am happy to report the water temperatures are rising to comfortable levels once again. Mild days and nights this last week were a welcome relief for the long freezing cold spell. It will some time before we know the full extent of damage to the fishery. Saturday we were greeted by mild temperatures but winds 12-15 not the 4-8 mph forecasted just the day prior were not welcome. My plan was to take my anglers 17 miles north to a power plant that expels warm waters and attracts all types of fish. With white caps popping up as we left the protection the Skyway Bridge I changed gears and ran to Ft. Desoto. Tucked away from the wind my goal was to get today’s anglers Brandy and David on the sheepshead bite. Deep canals and old dock pilings are a great place to target these crafty fish. I was shocked to find another boat sitting on my sheepshead spot. Even worse they were fishing it totally wrong tossing shrimps away from the structure the sheepshead hold on. So I set up on another nearby spot and had no action. The next stop had the same results. Enough of that I motored over to an area I had great trout action on last week. And just like last week the action was hot and heavy. Trout and ladyfish eagerly slammed live shrimp and Cal 4” silver soft plastic on 1/8 oz jig heads. Double headers were common and the action was nonstop till we decided to check out another area. We found trout once again and took full advantage of the action. Capt. Steven
  15. when i first got on the site, i would rush home to see what was happening in out fishing holes,and our great beachs, the site was great for us local fishermen , but thats all changed now i even hate to get on the site,iam a believer of the old saying ( IF IT ANIT BROKEN DONT FIX IT) to many changes and to much about other place and old post that stays on for yrs. Sorry for being hard on the site but just thought it was time to say something, i know few other people have the same feelings as i do but just dont want to say any thing to sam, but if you dont tell him how you feel them he dont know to fix it or maybe made it better. old time fishermen P.S. HOPE WE GET THE GOOD SITE BACK
  16. Wind, clouds and choppy waters greeted us Friday morning. Not Captains Steven’s favorite conditions. Hundreds and hundreds of hours of experience fishing Tampa Bay in tuff conditions allows this Capt. to tuck up into quality spots out of the winds (in most cases). Readers that follow my reports and feature articles now I spend a lot of time scouting just these types of areas for windy winter days. Catching bait has changed; for starters I put on waterproof bib overalls along with a waterproof jacket. Getting wet is no longer an option as it is most of the year. Dressing in layers is a must along with breathable water proof pants and jackets. The water temperature was a nippy 64 degrees. Gortex is a great material for anglers, golfers, hunters etc. Trust me getting wet can ruin your day. The winds forecasted at 15 quickly became 20+ and put a damper on most options. We took cover in Tierra Verde on one of my favorite redfish locations. With good friend Dave onboard I really wanted to get him on the 30” + redfish this area typically holds. It was not to be, a couple of hits and nothing to show for our efforts was not a good sign. We moved a few hundred yards and found flounder, lizard fish and that was it. Next move we were able to get on some small grouper which were very aggressive. The winds were really howling and we decided to call it a day. It was really ruff even in semi protected areas. Had I known we were going to have 20-25 mph winds we would have cancelled the day. Saturday, Sunday and Monday look great for getting on the water. Look for the water temperatures to quickly climb back into the upper 60 to near 70 and turn on the snook bite. Stay tuned for updates. Capt. Steven
  17. Saturday we ran another ¾ day charter with Snook, Redfish and Trout our main targets. With Tony from Mercedes Benz back on board I knew it would be a fun filled trip. Gathering bait Saturday morning was about as simple as it gets. Two tosses of the net and the live well were full of scaled sardines. Targeting mangrove islands on Tampa Bay’s eastern shoreline once again proved the place to be. With an incoming tide early the snook action was quirky. The bite would turn on for ten minutes then stop for ten minutes. It was wide open action then quiet. Chumming live baits were needed to keep the action going. Snook 20-24” would fire up and it was game on. We sat on one location and took 10 snook, several redfish and trout completing a Tampa Bay Slam. A giant school of Jacks came within feet of the boat, there had to be 500 Jacks. Live baits were immediately inhaled by some very nice size jacks. Most of the Jacks were 8-10 pounds and fought like a fish much larger. Mackerel and Ladyfish also got in the action. We changed gears and ran out to the Egmont ship channel looking for Bonita. Schools of blitzing Little Tunny were scattered and hard to target. Heavy boat traffic and the Bonita schools very skittish. We switched to catching trout off Pinellas Point. Next stop was a grouper dock; we landed one 18” gag and lost a much bigger fish. Beautiful morning, Slam accomplished its all good. Capt. Steven
  18. Did an AM and PM session with the high tide. Few small blues and a 3ft sandbar and the AM when the water was Ugggggly and same thing in the PM when the water was much better. PM sandbat was bigger. Everything in real close, don't overcast! Beach has changed dramatically which is not good right now!
  19. Fish Report 9/13/09 Flounder Go Out With a Fizzle Sea Bass Bite - Weeding Pandas Hi All, The ocean settled well after that NE wind all last week. Average sea height 20 feet at 2AM Friday morning - was a nice day Saturday. Amazing. Not too surprising was the flounder's response to all the foul weather. Well, I don't know their 'response' precisely - but they sure didn't bite! Nicked a few flatties but changed focus to sea bass. They were biting. Biting just as well as an old-time November pull, only now we have 2009 regulations. A lot had to go back. I suppose krill are too camouflaged in the now-very dirty water for sea bass to feed on. Back to the bottom; best bite I've seen since May. Weeding in September? That's what I call it when you catch a lot of smalls to every keeper - usually late October through November. One poor guy had to bear his buddies catching a nice keeper here and there while he worked defense -- doing his best to keep the smalls busy & away from their hooks. Forty seven shorts in a row.. His line breaks with a 3 pounder at the rail. He did come back - put some in the box. That's sorta like 10 weather cancelations in 14 days. Ouch. Ocean's completely jumbled up: sand sharks, small croakers, small sea trout, small blues - fish I would expect to see just off the beach were found offshore in 100+ feet of water. I hope to find croakers settled by size shortly. Fish like Cathy's 18 incher Sunday would be nice. I will focus mostly on cbass through at least October, but will mix it up with croaker if worthy. I've also saved a lot of tags for the inevitable fluke that we'll have to release now that they're closed.. MRFSS, the marine recreational fisheries statistic survey, has become not only the single greatest threat to my and other recreational fisher's livelihood - it remains the foremost distraction to real fisheries restoration. Slaying the beast is MRIP - the new federal fishing license that will allow the collection of much better data. Designers say the acronym means Marine Recreational Information Program. I'm thinking it really means Mrfss Rest In Peace. Would that it might.. I/we can never prove there's been an overestimation. There's always a data-poor situation in which 'there could have been more fishers' -trained killers at that- who might have caught the rest of the estimate. That's why there needs to be a license - to count all participants. Strikes me that if something's not falsifiable - its not scientific. There's a big divide between the politics of fishery management and fisheries science. In an attempt to close that divide managers have had to use MRFSS statistics like hard data because that's all there is - there is no other source. Except what fishers tell them. Though we can never prove they have overestimated; time after time it can be proved that MRFSS has under-estimated. No one can disprove -falsify- a fishing overestimate. Dern sure we can falsify some underestimates. Should be a stake in Dracula's heart - scientifically dead. Won't be. As I pointed out last week, on a one day tagging trip in 2002 with National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - Maryland DNR Fisheries & Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council staff (MAFMC) there were 1,150 BSB tagged. We boxed-up a bunch for dinner too. Now MRFSS has the entirety of Maryland's 2009 recreational cbass catch --all charter, party & private boats --everyone-- forecasted at 1,192 fish. Tagged 1,150 in one day, on one boat - The whole fleet killed 1,192 in a year. That 2009 data point is from the very set that almost closed the whole coast's scup, sea bass & fluke fishing. If everyone in fisheries, people that would never question the validity of the day's tagging data, believed this year's estimate I'd hope for a serious investigation into the crash of sea bass. Instead, I doubt seriously that MDDNR Fisheries, MAFMC, ASMFC, NOAA, NMFS, nor anyone else has faith in that 2009 estimate at all - not a soul. Since they can not believe that number, management then ought to gather an estimate that's more realistic. They would have to turn to fishers for that. Perhaps while they're at it --redoing a MRFSS estimate-- they, using reasonable proofs that participants offer, may want to change some overestimates that we fishers don't believe.. In a few short years MRIP will have fully replaced MRFSS. Catch estimates will be much firmer. As simply as Dr. Semmelweis' hand washing after autopsy prevented many women's birthing deaths -- allowing common sense evaluation of catch estimates could save this industry... And turn our attentions back to the real problem at hand - fisheries restoration. Chinese panda restoration focused on stock replenishment - making more bears. Zoos must now be found for newborns because there's not enough wild habitat. Shall we house our wild stocks in aquariums until we resolve habitat & prey issues? There is a tremendous amount of discovery left to do. Work that will not even get started while opponents are hunkered in the trenches. A very simple set of creel limits set coastwide --with some wiggle room-- could be made while MRIP comes alive. I know what overfishing looked like. This ain't it. Our focus must broaden in order to achieve our goals. Regards, Monty Capt. Monty Hawkins mhawkins@siteone.net Party Boat "Morning Star" Reservation Line 410 520 2076 Morning Star Fishing
  20. Ok so I don't want to be a fool and clog the ramp or get stuck so I have some questions. I pretty much know the rules of the road since I have been out on the sand with some of you guys. And I know what I need to bring with me to be legal. 1) It's time for me to enter the fight and join AMSA. I think in the past you needed a sponsor. Has that changed and where do I go to join? I am gonna be down in Berlin from the 23rd to the 30th or so. Is there gonna be a meeting during that time? 2) My pickup is not gonna have much of a load in the back. If I air down to 18 is that ok? 3) Do you guys go back to 2wd once your on the beach and running down island or stay in 4wd? I assume you don't do this in any kind of soft sand. I believe some do this to improve gas mileage? 4)Where is a good place to get a tow rope? There was a thread about this somewhere, I gotta find it again. Thanks for the help! Last thing I want to do is get in the way when I am getting started out there!:3gears:
  21. Chris Flatt aka Fluken Around Had the Boat chartered today for marathon day of fluking, along with friends Dennis, Padriac, Jeremiah, Dennis and Carl. Was worried as soon as we left the inlet i seen a Lazy Southern Swell... Headed back to the fluken grounds that have been given some bigger size fish. Started Out with Nice drift but not many bites... Found a little patch of life but ya could only pick 1 keeper a pass along with some seabass n shorts That didnt last very long... Seemed like you couldnt Redrift anything and Get bites again and the Fluke were Picky... Had to keep searching hard for a few hungry ones... So we bounced Between rock piles picking a keeper here, one there... along with a few keeper seabass and loads of pesky short seabass... We didnt have tons of bites but the fish were quality when ya did get one... When the tide changed the bit died ...later in the day wind picked up and we tried a few rough spots inshore But we only had 1 keeper and a few more shorts from that The Guys worked hard all day at the rail bouncing bucktails and using every type of bait that exists.. We fished a long day and guys grinded out 17 Nice keeper Fluke for the Box and 13 keeper seabass... We Chummed in the Top fished at 7lbs 11oz and a couple other in the 5lb class... Great Bunch of Guys today who really love there Fluking... Thanks again Guys!!!
  22. This week was challenging in terms of weather, for sure. <o:p></o:p> Monday morning, 6/22, was the best weather of the week. I fished <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Estero</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Bay</st1:placetype></st1:place> with the Matt Stanford family, including Matt, his wife, their two young children and the children’s grandfather. We had a good morning, using live shrimp to catch seven keeper mangrove snapper, three keeper sheepshead to 14 inches and a keeper whiting. We released two small snook, each about 16 inches. <o:p></o:p> Tuesday morning, Julie Brady, her son, Nick, and Nick's friend, Colby, had planned to fish offshore, but with stiff winds out of the west, we changed those plans to fish inshore instead. Using live shrimp in central <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Estero</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Bay</st1:placetype></st1:place>, we caught keeper mangrove snapper and a 14 inch sheepshead. We released smaller mangs and sheepshead, along with a 15 inch snook.<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> After two consecutive days of strong, westerly winds and rough seas, the offshore forecast for Wednesday calmed down significantly, with predictions for two-foot seas out to 20 miles and two-to-fours from 20 to 60 miles offshore. Robert Smith and son, Walker, were pleased to awake to calm winds that morning, and we optimistically headed out. But, even at the near-shore reefs, seas were sloppy, with a leftover swell and seas on top of the swell higher than predicted. We fished there until it wasn’t fun anymore, dared not venture out further, and retreated to the relative calm behind <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placetype w:st="on">Ft.</st1:placetype> <st1:placename w:st="on">Myers</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Beach</st1:placetype></st1:place> for the final hour of fishing. We caught keeper mangrove snapper and grunts, and released Spanish mackerel.<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> NOAA continued to forecast calming seas, with predictions for two-foot out to 60 miles for the rest of this week. But the low pressure system that stalled over us had other ideas. Thursday morning, I was back to the dock by 10 AM with Mike Weber, Bill Carlson, and their wives. There was a stiff 20 knot wind and seas rough enough to be border-line unsafe. We released a couple fish and decided to head in before it got any more uncomfortable or dangerous.<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> Needless to say, with unstable, rough conditions and lots of moisture still around on Friday, I advised Chris Morrow, son Alex, and Bob Snyder and son, Zack, to fish inshore, rather than risk gulf fishing. We dodged a few rainstorms throughout the morning but we ended up catching ten keeper mangrove snapper and a keeper sheepshead. We released smaller snapper and sheepshead, and returned to shore just as the skies were letting loose with a heavier shower.<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> The photo shown is of six-year-old angler,Tyler Guthman, with a bonnethead shark, caught on shrimp in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Estero</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Bay</st1:placetype></st1:place>, on a recent inshore trip. <o:p></o:p>
  23. Greetings all. The plan this morning was to target Tarpon but with very little tidal flow we changed gears. First stop for bait proved a challenge again. Bait on the flats in lower Tampa bay has nearly dried up. Chum, cast, chum some more and cast for a handful of white baits. If you have ever tossed a cast net it starts getting very heavy after many tosses. With enough bait onboard to fish we ran to Tampa Bay’s eastern shoreline. Focusing on mangroves with deeper edges for snook was our new goal. An hour of fishing resulted in one snook mid’s 20”s and several lost fish. We also had several cutoffs that we never saw what the fish were. Looking for deeper water with movement I decided to run to the beaches. On the way I stopped at the Skyway Bridge looking for bait. Immediately I saw white baits dimpling the surface, one toss of the cast net scored with hundreds of beautiful baits. Once and done I love it. Sundays I typically stay away from the beaches due to boat traffic and swimmers. Today I make the exception and found areas to slide in without lots of commotion. With 10 minutes we scored a solid beach snook. Snook while on the beaches take on a new color almost silver. Several trout, several cutoffs even Mackerel all within 30’ of the sand. Rigging is very basic, 15 pound Power pro braid followed by 3’ of 30 pound fluorocarbon leader finished with a 1/0 hook. Cast the bait up current and let it drift naturally through the first swash channel typically just several feet from the sand. Capt. Steven finds snook hang close while trout cruise the deeper areas with mackerel and other 100’ from the sand.
  24. Ron Walker has caught a lot of tarpon, but never one that was at least 100 pounds or better. There have been plenty of fish that fit that category and that was our goal this evening. The first action we had was from a permit that we released. Next it was a tarpon of 40 pounds. By this time it was well into the dusk period and the action continued with a double hook up. We landed the 70 pound fish and the other one threw the hook on its second jump. The next fish was the one we were looking for. It made a run straight for the jetties and in the process, dumped about 90% of the line off the reel. We had a little over half the line back when the fish ran parallel with the jetties as it made a dash to get around the corner and into the deep water of the main channel. Everything was going fine except for one thing. There was a boat anchored up next to the jetties at the tip. Yes sir, you guessed it, the tarpon went around the anchor rope and cut us off. After two more drifts with no further action, we moved to the north side. On the first drift, we caught another 70 pound fish. The next drift had us hooked up again with the right size tarpon. This one was well educated also and made a fast and furious dash for a swim buoy. It found the rope holding the buoy in place and once again we got cut off. That's the way the evening ended. Final total was 1 permit and 2 for 5 on tarpon. Brad Coren had a dolphin dinner in mind as we headed offshore after catching plenty of bait. We found a nice line of grass in blue water and put out two baits. The action was almost instant, however, the fish knew how to throw the hook. As quick as we found the blue water, it turned green so off we went going further offshore. At about 7 miles out, we found the blue water again and then all signs of good fishing conditions became very hard to come by. At 19 miles we found one lone fish swimming in some scattered grass. It was a start and we had the skunk out of the boat. We stopped in several likely looking spots on our way back in with no results. Finally at 13.5 miles out, we found another single fish swimming at the surface and pushing a wake. Then another single and then a 16.5 pound bull. Fresh dolphin fillets for dinner was looking much better. Once again we saw another single fish pushing a wake to add to the fish box. The morning ended all to quickly, however, Brad was all smiles as I cleaned the fish back at TNT Marine Center and he filled numerous zip lock bags with fish. Frank and Tammy Marino were in Miami for a business and vacation trip. For the pleasure part of the trip, they had an evening tarpon trip in mind. We didn't have to wait long for our first action as a nice 90 pounder found our crab on the first drift. Tammy was up first and she did a marvelous job of fighting the fish after we overcame a problem with a backlashed reel. The fish made its way straight to the deep water of the main channel. The fight went back and forth for a long time, before Tammy started to get the upper hand. Frank had both the video and digital cameras going as Tammy put the finishing touches on the tired tarpon. It was then Frank's turn. He didn't have to wait very long either and he was fighting a 100 pound tarpon. By now the tide had changed and was coming in. His fish also made it to the main channel and started working its way inland. After a long drawn out battle, all the pictures got taken and the fish was released. We made one more drift with no action and both Frank and Tammy said they had enough and we called it an evening going 2 for 2. Knot Nancy is going in to Whitewater for some new electronics and upgrades on Tuesday, June 16. The work is going to take about a week. She'll be out and ready for fishing action again starting on June 23rd, so don't delay in giving me a call to schedule your trip. The action is still going strong as we get further into our summertime fishing.
  25. Had plans to take Kevin & Racheal Meyer Spanish trolling today but the "forecast" had changed enough we had seconds thoughts.....picked him up and drove to Ft Story to see the ocean/bay for ourselves......8am dont look bad....whats its gonna do in 3 hours tho ? Called Capt_Ben to see what the water was like where he was......he is not on the water, thought he had a charter but dont.....Dennis dont answer his phone to look out the window so we bag the trip .... An hour later I am headed down to the deadrise to see if Capt Todd is there and maybe tag a few seabass.......talked to Capt_Ben and he says "we are going out for a few hours anyway, why don't you come w/ us".......How can I turn this down ? Fish w/ Ben and the smok'n hot bikini clad 1st mate Crystal ( the one who is REALLY in charge ) ...... Head out to the sight casting grounds and rig up some live bait.........climb up on top nd start looking......3 minutes later Ben plops bait at a 2 foot Cobia.....not interested.....we move on .......right at the boat comes a 50+ pounder.....rolls over and does a lazy dive before a bait could be fired in that direction.......there is a pair of fish right in front of the boat.....no time.....they go under the boat......clouds come out, its raining in the distance.....sun pops out and I see "something" 300 yards way out front of us......closer & closer it comes right at the boat and an eel goes flying threw the air .......fish turns sideways and gulps the bait, rolls over and heads to the bottom.......ITS ON ~~ I climb down the ladder to the bow and Ben hands me my rod to fight the fish down below... 2, 3 times it runs hard and the drag is smok'n ......Ben climbs down and gets the gaff while super hottie drives the boat.....in one swoop this guy gaff'd and landed my fish at my feet on deck in the boat......40 PLUS POUNDER ~ Put it to sleep and on ice it goes........back up top....4 MORE FISH ....all 50 pounders......we cant get to them so he calls his buddy on the phone and they slip in behind us and hook up on 2 of the fish.....loose one and land one.......then theres a pair off to the left I point at .....another pair to the right that Ben spots ......and a pod of 6 fish that do a star burst dance and dive away from us........7 hours into 3 hour trip We are going to be back in at NOON so says the mate......its NOW 5 pm and we finally talk her into letting us go home !! What a doll...... She is a trooper & die hard mate for sure........Capt_Ben will be paying dearly for todays trip for sure...... Thanx for taking me along folks ~~