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  1. Got a question about Rocks this happened to a friend of mine and me the same night. My Buddy had 2 nice rocks that he had caught and had on ice for 2 days I had 2 nice rocks that I had caught and had on ice for less than 20 hours we both fillet them and he cooked his one way and me another (used a crab cake res. spread it out on top of the fish and broiled them). Took em out of the oven and they looked a tad bit over cooked but nothing tooo bad. Man o man took one bite of them and the fishy taste was sooo bad and over powering that I couldn't eat another bight. Felt bad about that and put them down for the dog to eat and she couldn't even finish them. Called my buddy up the next day and he said his fish had a real bad fishy taste to them as well. When I cleaned the fish they looked good and I even cut out the dark meat on the fillet. Not sure what went wrong but was wondering if anyone has had this happen to them and what I could do in the future to make sure this doesn't happen again...Tanks
  2. What can I say-- I drink beer, I drink other peoples beer, My dog sniffs coolers for beer. So why not cook with it? I was late getting on this bandwagon but what a great way to roast a chicken on the grill with a can of cold Budweiser? Tonight... two organic roasting chickens, coated with salt & fresh cracked pepper and butter and olive oil. Inside half a lemon cut again in half, fresh thyme, two cloves of garlic, more salt and pepper and on a hot grill, place a can of Bud... the regular size, not the tall ones and take two big gulps and sit the chicken on the can and cover. (Take two to three gulps so that the beer does not overflow onto the coals-we are steaming not putting out fires) Chicken is done when the tempeture betweenthe leg and thigh is 180--It rises a bit so you can take it off right before it hits the 180 mark. This is an easy, easy dish just resist the urge to peak and let the bird cook!
  3. Hit Dam Neck with Non-Caster from 4:30pm - 7:30pm for last of incoming..... Grass in close was not fun, cut up and tossed the only two fresh fish we caught (1 spot, 1 croaker) and had some fun with biters. We landed 3 Sandbars from 3.5'-4' ft, I got bit off once on a run and Non-Caster lost a stud biter, probably 5ft + in the first breaker when he finally bit him off. Had his SHV spooled more than 3/4 way down if not further, before he finally got him turned. He was a stud of of the box, absolutely smoking run and such a sweet sound! Looked drummy if it wasnt for the grass!
  4. I am often asked if Spadefish are good to eat. Yes they are. Tonight I had some company over so I cooked some up. I marinated one batch in a herb / garlic mix and grilled it. Then I batterd some in House Autry breading and deep fried it. I also cut up and grilled a bunch of fresh veggies. It was all delicious! My guest also brought some home made cookies and a cake so we covered all of the food groups, Dinner and Desert. Ha! I caught it, cleaned it and cooked it.
  5. I was catching non-stop doggies last week, so after gut hooking two of them, I decided I was fish hungry. I cleaned them right on the beach, and iced them down. The next day, I cut them into chunks, marinated them in olive oil, sea salt, freshly ground pepper and fresh lemon for a few hours. I also threw on a few steaks just in case my experiment didn't turn out as planned. (plus, Carrie won't even touch a doggie) I must say, it was exceptionally good! I put a little butter on while cooking and it was very tender, great flavor (simple ingredients) and I will definitely do it again. Here are also a few pictures of some of the striper from this past weekend, tuna, steaks and corn. I love to grill!
  6. In the past year i have witnessed some very rude and some dangerous moves made by my fellow anglers. Growing up on the Eastern Shore i had a boat at a young age. The very first thing that i was taught by my father was safety and ethics on the water. Most of these ideals that he taught were mainly common sense and courtesy toward other boaters. This past year was my first year fishing the mouth of the bay for strippers. I had a very good first season, but saw things that really bothered me. This past Saturday was just as disappointing as last winter. I had three boats drift so close to my boat that I had to push them away from me with my hands. All while the captain stared in disbelief that I was upset with him. I had my line cut, while anchored, by a boat that passed wide open by my stern within 40ft, and not to mention the wake that he threw over me. One thing that I really don't understand is how people can take the entire bay and feel the need to run at high speeds in between 20 anchored boats on their trip north or south. One of my friends I had on my boat with me is in the USCG. He told me that there is a law in place that will require boaters to have a drivers license within the next few years. I think that this is a great idea. The things I mentioned above aren't just gripes, but concerns of the safety of myself and other anglers. Some things that people can do to better the experience for everyone on the water would be to go around a group of boats that are anchored up instead of through them on your way to your destination. Be conscious of the fishing lines of others, (your hook isn't the only one on bottom). Be aware of your wake and where it is going to head once you've left the area. If it can be proven that it was your wake that caused damage, you are responsible for it. Don't drift or anchor to close to another boat. Be particularly careful when passing or motoring around a boat that contains children. I saw 2 almost get thrown off the other day when a 25ft Parker passed at 1/2 throttle no more than 50ft from their boat. I could go on all day. The bottom line is that most of the anglers out there do know these things and are respectful of others on the water, but its that ever growing percentage that can make a great day on the water aggravating or even dangerous. I'm sure that many will read this and agree. Maybe even have had similar things happen to you. To others, this may piss you off. If so, you are the problem. Keep your boat on the trailer and next to the SUV / station wagon thing.
  7. Decided to hit the beach and do a little fishing with the girlfriend and friends....only brought 2 rods..threw metal for a while and was lucky enough when a school of blues came through..nice size to them all around 24in. Cut ssome blue up and tossed it on the heaver and got a few rays and dog sharks....Had fishbites on a bottom rig later on and caught quite a few roundhead. nice day out on the beach with a few fish caught...cant beat this view either..
  8. i was wondering how to cut squid for using it as bait. If you know of any vids please give me links thanks.
  9. The Redfish bite on lower Tampa Bay is very perplexing to say the least. The last several weeks Captain Steven has been red hot, ok and slow. It’s no secret we have several schools of large 30” plus redfish in lower Tampa Bay. You will also find several local Captains lined up all working the same schools with the same mixed results. The key to having a big day is having a live well full of scaled sardines. The perfect baits are 3-4” long, with the huge 6” baits perfect for cutting into chunks. Both work equally and are killer on redfish. The time spent gathering bait is well worth the effort. Fill the live well as heavy chumming may be necessary to keep the reds fired up. Mangrove islands combined with oyster bars is where you will locate redfish. Either incoming or outgoing tides works as long as you have moving water, it’s not rocket science so keep it simple and focus on these few tips. Redfish can be fickle even in perfect conditions like last Thursday. We had 80-100 jumbo reds cruising back and forth thru over baits with hardly a nod. The bite was good for 5 minutes then died! This same school under similar tides kept my anglers rods bent until my fisherman needed rest just days prior. At the end of the day that’s fishing. A 1/0 hook on 3-4’ 25 pound fluorocarbon leader either fly lined or under a cork is the basic rigging. It’s that simple. Winter has finally ended so remember to load up with sun screen before leaving the dock and avoid burning. Hat, buff, long sleeves shirts and a good pair of sun glasses ensure a comfortable day on the water. Captain Steven Markovich Tampa Bay Fishing Charters | On The Mark Charters
  10. Flats’ fishing on Tampa Bay is in full swing. Snook, Redfish and Trout make up the Big 3 or Grand Slam on Tampa Bay inshore waters. Bait and water temperatures are finally where it needs to be and with this weeks high tides the bite should be awesome. To increase your success rate you need to first fill the live well with whitebaits. Filling the live well with frisky baits is important; you will most likely need hundreds for chumming so gather plenty. Chumming both fires up fish then keeps them fired up. This week’s high tides of 2.5’ late morning will have the snook up into the Mangrove Islands chasing bait. As the tide turns and starts to run out the snook turn on! With crabs and all kinds of goodies being flushed out from the Mangroves it triggers a feeding response. Snook are ambush predators and will set up on points and breaks waiting for bait to drift by. Be ready for explosive action the moment the bait hits the water. Most battles with snook are won or lost in the first minute as they brutes will look to get deep back into the Mangroves. The same tides will have redfish up on the flats and adjacent to Mangrove shorelines. Oyster bars along the Mangroves are perfect habitat for redfish schools. White baits free lined or under a popping cork works great. Cut baits can also be killer on redfish. White baits, threadfins and pinfish all work. Local canals and docks are also home to many a redfish. As with snook take care when approaching redfish, spooking the school can shut the bite down for hours. Spotted sea trout round out the Big 3 and are the most plentiful and easiest to catch. Lush grass flats with clear water 2-6’ will more often than not hold trout. Live shrimp under a cork keeps the bait in the target zone and out of the grass. Free lined white baits. Soft plastic jigs bounced along the bottom can be deadly. Top water and suspending hard baits are great especially when targeting larger gator trout. Trout are common 14-18” with fish over 20” a nice fish on lower Tampa Bay. Understanding your target will pay dividends and help you achieve the slam! Captain Steven Markovich Tampa Bay Fishing Charters | On The Mark Charters
  11. As we approach the flounder season, I would like to encourage our recreational fishermen to consider using larger hooks, especially when fishing live bait. My belief is that we will have a much greater release mortality with the 19" minimum size unless we do things differently. Suggested hook sizes with live bait would be as follows: wide gap hooks- 4/0 and 5/0; circle hooks- 2/0 to 4/0; j hooks-3/0 and up. Circle hooks, while requiring a different hooking technique, are awfully effective in preventing deep-hooked fish. Handling the fish is extremely important as well. Effective use of a dehooker and you do not even have to touch the fish. If you choose to handle the fish do so with a damp cloth. If the fish is deep-hooked, cut the line and leave the hook in. The fish will have a greater chance of survival and you lost only an easily replaceable hook and saved a valuable resource.
  12. The tarpon action continues to be most reliable. Throw in the factor of favorable tides for early evening Bay action and it's a hard combination to beat. Government Cut is seeing many fish rolling around in the deep water. Getting them to eat is easy on some evenings and a challenge on others. Once we get into the dusk period, the tarpon normally cooperate to the delight of my anglers. Justin Kavounas, Chad Graham, Jason Orrock, and Josh Perkins got their initiation to tarpon fishing during their two evening trips. During the first evening, it was the dusk period that had us fighting a 100 pound tarpon that gave us fits during the first part of the fight and then showed us its stamina and power during the middle and latter stages of the battle. Everyone was amazed at the size and power of this beautiful silver beast. As happens many times during the release of a tarpon, it gets its revenge by soaking me and the angler with a giant tail slap as it swims away. We then moved into the Bay to take advantage of the tide. At the second location we tried, we got the action we were seeking. The first fish had other plans and gave us back our hook with one giant leap. The baits went back out and it only took a few minutes before we got our second chance. This time it was a solid hook up on a spinning outfit and the fish did its best to separate us from the hook. The tight line that was kept by a very good angler didn't allow that to happen. Things got crazy and we countered every move of the fish with one of our own. After making numerous circles both forward and backward, the fish finally calmed down enough for us to get a few quick pictures before I tried to remove the hook and take my soaking once again. The next evening with the same group started out with a large mangrove snapper and jack crevalle in the deep water. With no action on the south side and the tide going in the right direction, we headed into the Bay once again. This time we had a strike before I could set up the second outfit. The action came in spurts with fish in the 30 - 50 pound class. By the end of the trip, we had 6 shots at the silver king and successfully landed and released 3 of the fish. Everyone got their shots during the 2 evenings and there are now four more enthusiastic tarpon anglers who are looking forward to more action with the mighty tarpon. The Bay action requires the correct tides. The tides change each evening, so if this style of fishing that I refer to as Gorilla Tarpon Fishing sounds like something you'd like to do, give me a call 305 965-9454 or email me nkostyo@bellsouth.net I'll check the tides and if you're willing to fish some unusual hours, then you can experience this hard nosed, rock 'em sock 'em action that will have you wanting more and more. 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. Redfish are starting to show up with better consistency than anytime Captain Steven has seen the last 3 months. While temperatures are still on the below normal side 70 degree days have slowly raised the water temperatures out of the 50’s and into the 60’s. The increase has enticed reds to push up onto local flats. Finding schools has been easier getting the redfish to chew is another story. Captain Little Jim of Hook Setting charters reported finding a school of large redfish but none would chew. Captain Jim did manage 4 redfish 18-20” on a smaller school on shrimp. Captain Justin of Hot Spots charters also has found schooling reds on Tampa Bay’s south shore with a similar theme slow to chew. Look for these fish to turn on quickly with a 10 day forecast featuring mid 70 temperatures and longer days. This week I managed several reds 18-22” all taken on Gulp shrimp and cut ladyfish. Along with the redfish and trout Captain Steven has scored on large 30-45 pound Black Drum. These monsters are schooling in 3’ of water in lower Tampa Bay. Once located its game on! Gulp shrimp 3 or 4” on Mission jig heads work great. Be sure and use a quality jig head on these bruisers, poor quality jigs hooks will straighten under the pressure of 40 pounds. I took a quick look for bait at the North Skyway Bridge and did mark some baitfish on my depth finder. No large shows but a positive sign. Look for the water to quickly rise to 65-66 and watch the action turn on. The redfish bite will turn on and snook will start to feed after a long hard winter. Captain Steven
  14. its been a while but i finally finished it. the video is my trip to ocean city and AI shark fishing. i fished with dave and sam for two nights. the youtube version isn't the full version. youtube limits me to 10 mins so i had to cut some stuff out. <object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHrSpU_xGoo&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHrSpU_xGoo&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>
  15. Every Thursday night my wife has some of her friends over and they chat and paint, they call it Art Night. I jokingly call it Wine Drinking Night. Every now and then I subject them to what ever fish I happened catch that week and this week it was Tog. So here here is my pictorial of me cooking for the first time what I am calling "Tog Piccatta". I basically followed the recipe for Chicken Picatta and substituted Tog fillets and few other things. Here we go; First and most important thing is to run thirty miles offshore and catch one. Then Fillet and cut into three to four inch pieces. Season and flour your catch. I like House Autry. Heat and butter up the pan. Pan fry till golden brown on each side. Add a glass of cooking wine and cook it off. Get your sides cooking while all this is going on. Tonight was Meditrranean Couscous and Angel Hair Pasta because girls like to say "Couscous". Put it all on a platter shaped like a fish because, hey were eating fish, not chicken! Serve it up nicely to your wifes friends and listen to thier rave reviews.
  16. THIS IS ABOUT A 5 LB. GROUPER ,NOT A BIG ONE ,BUT LOOK AT THE MOUTH!! HAD TO FEED THE CUT BAIT TO THE GROUPER AND SNAPPER WITH A BAITRUNNER REEL IN FREE SPOOL,AND HOOKED THEM ON THE LIP WITH CIRCLE HOOKS,FOR RELEASE,FLORIDA ALSO REQUIRES A VENTING TOOL AND DEHOOKER ON BOARD WHEN REEF FISHING.
  17. Both Captain Dave and Capt Gil of Miami Tarpon Fishing Charters Tarpon fishing charters in Miami with Captain Dave Kostyo and Captain Gil Gutierrez have been busy showing both their regular and new clients the thrills and excitement of catching the powerful, beautiful winter tarpon of Miami and Miami Beach. Thus far this season the Miami Tarpon Fishing Charters guys have been concentrating their efforts in the Haulover area of northern Miami Beach. The lone exception to this was Captain Dave's last trip which he made to Government Cut at the south end of Miami Beach due to the location that he picked his clients up at. And yes, Captain Dave and Captain Gil will pick you up at your location if you live on the water between Haulover Inlet and Government Cut. For those who are staying at a hotel in the South Beach area, we'll pick you up at the Barry Kutun Boat Ramp located at Purdy Avenue and 18th Street on Miami Beach. The Haulover area has been producing multiple strikes with tarpon during the late afternoon on into the evening. The fish have ranged in weight from 30 - 100 pounds and are spread out along the whole tarpon hole area. Working together, both captains keep each other informed of where the fish have been concentrating their feeding efforts. Many evenings, both Dave and Gil are out their together with their individual clients. When first time tarpon anglers see a tarpon make that first spectacular jump, they can hardly believe their eyes. Then when the fish settles down and starts to slug it out with them, they begin to wonder what they've gotten themselves into. The joy, relief, and triumph that both captains see in their clients faces when the fish finally comes alongside the boat for a few pictures and release is what makes both Dave and Gil work very hard to put everyone on as many fish as possible during their tarpon fishing charter. At Government Cut, Captain Dave found fish in the deep water of the main ship channel. When the fish are located in this area, it calls for a very different approach to get the tarpon to eat the bait. Watching fish roll at the surface and mark on the recorder keeps everyone's anticipation high. When the strike comes, the anglers eyes get big when they see how hard the rod bends over in protest. Line screams off the reel as all they can do is hold on and enjoy the moment. The main channel requires lots of boat handling and being aware of boat traffic, channel markers, ledges, and sea conditions. The tarpon has the distinct advantage of being in deep water. The anglers job is to get the fish up from 48 feet down. Doesn't sound like much, but ask any person who has caught a tarpon in the main channel during their tarpon fishing charter how difficult it really is. That's where both Captains Dave and Gil have the advantage of their years of experience to help you win the battle with the fish of a lifetime. Lets sum it up. We are well into the winter tarpon fishing season in the Miami and Miami Beach area. The fish are feeding regularly on a daily basis. Both Captains of Miami Tarpon Fishing Charters still have some openings between now and the end of June so don't delay and miss out on the winter tarpon fishing season in Miami and Miami Beach. All it takes to get your Miami tarpon fishing charter started is to send us an email at info@miamitarponfishingcharters.com or call 305 965-9454 or 954 588-5951. Tell us you found out about us via the Miami Tarpon Fishing Charters website and book your charter. Then sit back, fasten your rod belt, and get ready for some heart pounding action. Captain Dave Kostyo Captain Gil Gutierrez Miami Tarpon Fishing Charters
  18. The old adage is 20% of fisherman catches 80% of the fish. While I am by know means a rocket sciencetist it’s very apparent to this Captain why many anglers get disappointed. One of the top questions I get at www.othemarkcharters.com is “what’s the secret”? There are no real secrets, first and foremost Professional Captains and guides spend many hours of the water. Most anglers get out just a few times a month which why Captains are invaluable. Spending thousands of hours on the water is a huge advantage. Besides spending time on the water it’s important to explore, take chances and don’t accept the status quo. Very few recreational anglers will leave a hot bite to explore; I promise if you do invest the time your catch rate will improve. As Captain Mike Anderson of the Reel Animals TV and radios shows says keep a detailed log book. Tracking tides, water temperatures etc are a great tool. Tampa Bay is truly a year round fishery but the area fished and tactics vary widely throughout the year. Another tip I give my anglers is to be a sponge while on the water, absorb everything going around you. Ripples on the water, mullet jumping, and birds diving all tell a story. Some are very obvious others tell tale signs are more challenging. Soak it all in you will be amazed by all the signals. Bottom line it takes time and effort to be in the 20% club or take the best short cut and hire a Captain as that will shorten the learning curve immensely. Captain Steven
  19. Sunday was a planned scouting day with a simple goal locate new trout and sheepshead location. It was very warm but the forecast for winds blowing 20 and gusting even higher cut my plans short. Staying close the marina and the wind protection it affords was key. It’s funny how often anglers overlook areas near their marina or ramp. Several of my favorite trout holes are adjacent to very busy channels; most would think the boat traffic would make for a poor bite. Keep in mind channels for boats are natural roadways for fish also. The pattern from Saturday worked on Sunday, keying in on 4-6’ inshore flats loaded with mixture of grass and sand. I was working silver jerk baits slowly along the bottom with positive results. Spotted sea trout to 16” inhaled these baits as if they had not eaten in a month. Most often trout hit the jig as it falls so I recommend a loop knot to make the jig fall naturally. The water clarity on Tampa Bay’s inshore waters and shallow water flats are very clear in the winter. Improve your catch ratio by using fluorocarbon leader’s 15 pound test or smaller and at least 3 feet in length. Captain Steven believes color does matter; my simple rule is light colored bodies on bright days and dark bodies on low light days. Silver, white, motor oil and new penny are by far my favorite color. If you like to wade fish Ft. Desoto has an abundance of quality areas to fish, in most cases right next to the main road. Captain Steven
  20. It was a race against time this morning; we knew a cold front would arrive around 1pm. With everyone in rain gear we set out to gather bait at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The nasty chop on the water made maneuvering the boat against the bridge a challenge. I made a good shot with the net, now I am hoping the bait is still holding from yesterday. I knew by the weight of the net and vibration that I scored. For today trip shrimp would have been another good option for those not wanting to toss a cast net. We are fishing areas in Ft. Desoto and Tierra Verde today. I focused on deep canals looking for warmer water and staying out of the wind. Fluorocarbon leader of 25 pound finished with a 1/0 circle hook with a split shot crimped right at the hook was the terminal tackle for the day. Luckily we found trout, snapper, grouper and ladyfish willing to chew. Funny how catching fish makes a rainy, windy day feel not so bad. I made 3 stops all held fish. The smaller baits worked best and getting on the bottom was a must. Baits tossed into the middle of the canal found trout and Ladyfish and 3 spine snook (aka Catfish). Baits up against pilings held grouper, snapper and sheep head. While we saw sheep head they typical prefer a small piece of shrimp. We got cut off and hung up several times by larger grouper. Grouper immediately turn to get back into the structure they were holding on, it’s imperative you not let the fish run back to the bottom. Lots of action and fun all within minutes of the Marina. Another good cold water trout tactic is using soft plastic baits such as the DOA Glo Shrimp. White, root beer and silver all work for Captain Steven. Keeping the jig near the bottom and retrieved slowly will result in more time fishing in the strike zone... Spotted sea trout almost always hit the jig when it falls watch your line closely. Don’t set the hook hard as trout have soft mouths. Captain Steven
  21. Here's a quick update before heading into the last week of 2009. We gone from calm weather to windy weather. With each condition, there has been a general lack of north current. A few sailfish are being caught, however, the best catches aboard Knot Nancy have been with dolphin, kingfish, bonito, and some mutton snapper. Cory Reeves enjoyed the variety I mentioned above. The kingfish and bonito came on both the bottom and break away lead rods, while all the dolphin were on the flatline outfits. The good news about the dolphin was that all the action came in the 90 - 190 foot range. This meant that we didn't have to make long runs offshore in search of the acrobatic, colorful, tasty fish. Cory brought along one of his favorite outfits and the kingfish was kind enough to eat the bait we had on it. The bonito put a severe bend in the bottom rod and did plenty of pulling. Fabio Nick took home enough dolphin fillets for several hearty meals. The action took place straight out from Government Cut in 320 - 360 feet of water. The birds put us on the location and the action was fast and furious for a while using both slow troll and drift methods. Then the wind began to blow with the approach of a cold front. John Perkins, his 9 year old son, Jonas, father-in-law, Gordon Ring, and long time friend, Brad Coren can only be described as Vikings. The NE/ENE winds @ 21 - 24 knots created sloppy seas on top of rough conditions. We drifted with no action, then we chased birds only to come upon a large school of porpoise feeding under the diving birds. Back to drifting and the break away lead produced a kingfish for Gordon. More chasing birds and Jonas caught his first dolphin. It was a schoolie size fish that put a gigantic smile on his face. Two baits got chopped in half behind the hook and toward the end of the morning Jonas said he was happy and ready to get back to some calmer water. With one week left in 2009, the weather forecast makes it sound like we should have some great conditions for sailfish as well as numerous other species. I have one day open through next week. Why not spend the last day of the year enjoying a fishing trip? Our weather sure beats what our friends up north have had to put up with. All it takes is a phone call or email. Captain Dave -----------------------------------------------------
  22. Redfish catching on Mosquito Lagoon has been great this mid November week, on a few charter fishing trips this week, clients have caught from 6 to 10 Reds each outing with fish over the slot size of 27” on each trip. We have been finding loosely knit schools in shallow water with mixed sand and grass bottom as well as along shorelines also with mixed bottom. Best baits have been fresh cut mullet chunks and live small finger mullet. Some nice Seatrout have also been brought to the boat and released as they are out of season in our region of Florida this month. Donovan and his dad caught 6 Reds to 29” as seen in the picture on their father and son trip. Fernando caught 6 Reds up to 30.5” on his solo trip pictured below. I offer Mosquito Lagoon Flats Fishing trips for Redfish and Seatrout, for the novice or experienced angler alike. I also offer Indian River Backcountry Fishing trips, that is mixed bag fishing for Seatrout, Redfish, Black Drum, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, and more. On the average Backcountry trip we catch between 10 and 15 (or more) different species of saltwater fish. This type of trip can be extremely entertaining for beginners or experienced anglers. My boat accommodates from 1 to 4 anglers. Located close to DAYTONA BEACH, NEW SMYRNA BEACH and ORLANDO. Feel free to contact me at any time with questions you may have about my fishing charters. CHILDREN ALWAYS WELCOME
  23. Hi all. How does every body cut bunker for fishing the beach. It is a soft fish and I have trouble keeping it on the hook in casting. Does anyone scale it first? I have been told this helps attract the fish. What size hooks?
  24. This weekend I have my nephews over. You all have seen their pictures up before. Yesterday we headed to the pier here at my house. Had all their rods riged up for spot. We were then putting the live spot on my surf rods for Rockfish. I had a few take the bait. Jacob wanted to take his worm off and put a piece of cut bait on. Twenty minutes later his little ugly stick was zinging. It was his first rockfish ever measuring at 19 inches. Soon after another light action rod bent in half. Another Rock measuring in at 18 inches. Jacob, Logn, and Jefferey did very well. Jefferey caught a mess of Spot, Logn caught a few perch, and Jacob caught Two huge cats, and that one Rockfish. Danny was also there with us. He had to catch twenty small ones (spot and perch) and one nice size channel cat. Here are the pics...
  25. Nice weather window on Sunday and Monday, so I hopped aboard Sea-Duction with Mike Avery and headed East. Stopped at the Triangles for some Bluefish for bait, but no blues at home, instead we kept pulling up nice sea bass was frustrating, considering the sea bass closure. Mikey ended up getting a nice 22" flounder as well. Off to another wreck where we found more nice sea bass, but some nice blues in the 32-36" class. I caught a nice 33" blue, then had a monster on to the boat, when he decided to cut off my 30# wire leader. From there off to what we wanted to try for in some Tuna and Swords. Put out the spread, but nothing and no signs of life, so at dusk we get set up for swords. Drifted the canyon for 12 hours and not even a bump! Only life was a few small schools of squid in the sword light and some dolphins at the 2am window. At daylight the sword spread comes up and we head off to find some golden tilefish and try some new spots. Second spot we tried, we found them and took home 7 big tiles (could have had more if we wanted). My first Golden Tilefish and man what a workout from 90 fathoms plus! Cranking them boys up is a chore, but worth it!! Beautiful weather and nice time out on the water clearing the mind and soul! Here's a few pic's curtosey of Mike Avery: