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  1. As usual, I read through the many fishing reports and see the amazing pictures of anglers proudly posing with their catch. By the time I have finished looking at the photos for the fourth time, the “fishy” part of my brain is creating a new list of excuses that may convince my wife to let me go fishing. Once I have finished explaining how the tide will be perfect for the next few hours, the weather forecast could not get any better and the tackle shop just received fresh bait, she usually gives her approval. In a rush to get out the door before she changes her mind, I find myself quickly going through my mental list of surf fishing necessities. Before I know it, I am on the sand wishing I had spent a little more time on that mental list. Depending on where you fish, having to run back to your house or the nearest tackle shop may not be a big deal, however if you fish areas like the southern end of Assateague Island, having to admit to your fishing buddy how you managed to forget the bait knife is not a good feeling. Some anglers like to step out for an hour or two and they don’t need to take much with them. On the other hand, if you are like me and can’t help but fish until it hurts, there are many items you can bring that will ease the pain. First of all, make sure you know the license requirements, regulations and creel limits for the beach you will be fishing. It is also a good idea to keep a fish species reference guide with you to help identify your catch. If you are not sure what you have caught, safely remove the hook and get it back into the water as fast as possible. A good photo will last much longer than any fish you will catch, so don’t hesitate to snap a quick picture. You will need something to help carry your gear through the soft sand. A surf fishing cart can be a great investment for fishing spots such as the North end of Assateague Island. On some beaches, such as the federal side of Assateague Island, you are allowed to drive your vehicle on the beach. This is very convenient for longer fishing trips that require more fishing gear. Of course you will need your surf fishing rod and reel, sinkers, hooks, and other basic fishing tackle. Choosing the type of tackle needed always depends on the species of fish you will be targeting. There are numerous options when it comes to choosing your tackle, however don’t let it overwhelm you. Your best bet will be checking out the fishing reports on the Internet and spending some time talking to the folks at our local tackle shops. They will be able to help you get an idea which rigs are best for your tackle box. You are going to need a cooler with ice to keep your bait fresh. It does not take long for the sun and warm air to dry out even the freshest bait. In the spring, the most commonly used baits, such as bunker or peeler crabs are going to need to be cut into pieces, so having a strong, serrated knife and cutting board are essential. The springtime sun can feel very warm at home; however the ocean breeze can feel surprisingly cold! Make sure you dress appropriately and have a good idea of the weather forecast. Even on those cloudy days, you will get sunburned so don’t forget sunscreen. Having a hat and a pair of polarized sunglasses will not only help with the sun’s glare on the water, it will also keep you from getting the painful “squint eye” headache. Wearing a comfortable pair of waterproof waders will certainly help keep your legs warm and dry when that unexpected wave sneaks up on you right in the middle of your cast. After you have heaved your bait into the surf, you are going to need a sturdy sand spike to hold your rod. When choosing your sand spike, make sure the bottom of your rod easily fits into the sand spike. In my opinion, the longer the sand spike, the better. You will need to shove it down into the sand far enough to be able to put pressure against it without it falling over. As the tide comes in and the sand becomes soft, make sure you frequently check your sand spike to ensure it does not move easily. One of the most common critters you are likely to catch is the Clearnose skate. Trust me, having a quality pair of needle nose pliers and fishing gloves will come in very handy when removing the hook from these spine covered bottom dwellers, as well as many other fish. Being able to sit down and rest while you wait for that record fish to swim by will make your trip much more enjoyable. Although your cooler can also serve as a seat, I recommend a lightweight beach chair with a cup holder. It’s always a good idea to bring something to eat and plenty of fresh water for drinking and washing your hands. Most importantly, you must remember you will be in constant contact with things that can hurt you if you fail to respect them. Think about it, you are dealing with sharp hooks and lead weights that are being hurled at incredible speeds. Be aware of the power of the ocean and the heat of the sun. There is always the possibility that you will have to unhook many different types of critters and just about all of them have some sort of natural defense. Excitement and adrenaline can take over very quickly when surf fishing and you have to remember to stay focused. Always have a first-aid kit and cell phone, especially if you are fishing alone. Although it may not be on your list of surf fishing gear, being safe is without a doubt the last thing you want to forget. Whenever possible, bring a friend with you. Not only can they help you untangle that spiny dogfish from your line, but in my opinion, sharing a good day on the beach with a buddy is a reward in itself.
  2. I had the bug; so I decided to give SPSP a try this morning. Plus I had a new combo I wanted to try out. Arrived around 6am in the middle of a summer shower (Damn!, forgot my rainsuit) but decided to setup at the POINT. Two rods, dozens of hit by fish that mast have been 1inch long.. No Fish, and after the 8th shower I decided to call it quits. The Rain was actually refreshing, but with no fish being caughs the eggs and bacon started calling me..[/img]"][/img]"][/img]"]
  3. I had a friend i grew up with, Kevin, in town this weekend so i took him and the brother in law out for some spades at the CBBT. Once again the morning started off with some rough water but it laid out pretty nicely by the middle of the day. We tried my favorite spot with no luck which was a first. Then we moved around to the other side of the 4th. Within 10 minutes we had our first spade of the day. We ended up with 7 spades all a ranging from 4-5lbs. Which were larger than the previous week. We headed back to the ramp at wise piont around 1 and had another great day on the bay.
  4. 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
  5. 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 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
  6. With the fantastic Bluefin bite taking place off the North Carolina coast Tommy, Aaron, JC and I figured we need to cash in on the opportunity before it was over so with the weather looking fantastic for Tuesday we headed south. We got underway just before sun-up and headed directly for the 280 at the 100 fathom curve, precisely where the fish were caught the day before, however, every day is different and the 280 was lifeless. We trolled north to the 300 when we got a call from a friend the they were hooked up five miles north. We rapidly pulled in our lines and bolted to the 350 where we re-deployed our baits. The baits were immediately attacked by 150 to 200 pound class Blue Fin Tunas. A few boils, a few explosions and we were hooked up. We looked at each other... “that didn’t take long”. We cleared lines while the fish ripped off 300 yards at 18 pounds in what seemed like less than a minute. Once the lines were cleared JC settled in the harness and one hour and twenty minutes later we boated a 170 pound 70” tuna. We decided to head back south to perhaps locate some Blackfins but again the 280 to 230 was lifeless. We decided to pack it up at 1:45pm when our buddy boat Carolina Melody tells us he is in the middle of busting tunas... time to try out our new popping gear we shoot up 4 miles and 60 pound class tuna were in fact airing out Aaron and JC moved to the bow Aaron with a swim bait and JC with a popper, the fish wanted the popper and in short order JC was hooked up and shortly after boated a 60 pound class BlueFin Tuna on a topwater plug. Unfortunately we could not hook fish on a jig that day but all in all a GREAT day on the water. 350 to 400 line, 85 to 100 fathoms, 71.2 degree water just east of a 10 degree temp break over an 1/8 of a mile with a drastic color change fish was caught on a blue and white Ilander Sea Star with a medium large Baitmasters ballyhoo on 130 pound mono leader.
  7. The fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon these last few weeks has been good. If you get out between these winter time cold fronts, the redfish have been cooperating quite nicely. Florida’s weather has continued to be some of the strangest I can remember, but large schools of Redfish have been found all over the Indian River system this month. Black Drum also continue to make their presence known tailing happily most days. My last week of trips have been spent in the Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach backcountry. Driving North winds have not allowed for much fishing the vast open flats of the middle lagoon, whereas these areas in the North end offer some protection behind the expanse of mangroves islands and oyster bars. Schools of redfish will congregate in these areas throughout the winter seeking refuge from the cold. Chuck from Garmin GPS in Missouri joined me for a few days of redfishing and caught several nice ones fishing with soft plastics such as GULP Alive crabs and the live shrimp. If you choose to fish plastics or any artificial for that matter this week, be sure to slow down your presentations in colder weather. Mark and Larry from Ocala also did well using these same tactics with schools of large redfish on Monday. The fly fishing has been good also these past few weeks. Accurate presentations and smaller patterns will still be the most productive. The most productive fly of this week the Kwan and Dupree Spoon. Lionel from <acronym title="Connecticut">CT</acronym> caught his first redfish on fly this week! Congrats and nice job. All fish caught were photographed and released to fight again! Captain Mike Bales - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide - Indian River Fishing Charter - Orlando Florida Redfish Guide - Captain Michael Bales of Hotfish Charters
  8. Decided to give the Trout another go so I headed over to “The Cove”. It is a man made area off of the ICW close to an area refered to as the Hot Ditch, a power plant warm water dishcharge off of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake Virginia. The ramp I dropped at is right in the middle of it all. My nieghbor was fishing the same area and kindly gave me some live bait that he had already caught. I anchored and live baited in the cove from 0730-1230 with only one small perch to show for it, no trout. I then went by the ditch and trolled and casted for about an hour. No luck for me but I did see a couple caught on jigs and of course this pelican had to show me up and dive right in front of me and catch a nice one. Ha! It was still a nice day and I think I burned less than a gallon today.
  9. Maybe I should have, cause I sure didn’t catch any fish. I departed Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach at 0645 and was off of Currituck LIght N.C. by 0735. I was an awesome run at 45-50mph, a couple hundred yards off of the beach on the edge of the breakers. The 60 degree west wind made it even nicer. Unfortunately even though I ran all the way to Duck North Carolina, I never saw water temps above 40.5. I never saw any bait or decent fish marks either. I ran inshore on the way down and 3 miles offshore on the way back. I covered about 88 miles round trip and burned 20.5 gallons. I think I will wait a couple weeks and see if the temps come up inshore before I make any more long runs. It was still a fun day and I would rather be riding the jet ski in the middle of the winter than riding a desk any day. Ha! Here are some picture from my trip today.
  10. 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
  11. Wilderness Systems 09 Ride 135 complete kayak package ready to fish -Blue, with factory installed rudder. -New style locking front & rear hatches with the leverlocks. -front mount anchor trolley on right side. -flush factory mounted scotty rodholder in middle of yak on center pillar. -2 rear flush mounts behind the seat factory done. -few cleats installed on rear for securing anchor lines, chumbags, etc. -seat in immaculate shape. -230cm Aqua Bound Manta Ray paddle w/carbon fiber shaft & white heavy duty plastic blades. -3.5lb anchor w/ 100 feet of braided line & yellow anchor float & carrying bag. -rolleeze folding aluminum kayak cart with 8 inch removable wheels & straps to secure to kayak. -custom milkcrate with matching 3rod holders attached & night time LED light from wildriveroutfitters. $1300 obo located in 757 hampton roads area will deliver upto 250 miles.
  12. Hello everyone, Its been awhile, but the weather has been horible. This past weekend I entered into the Colonial Beach Rockfish Tournnament. I did not place, but caught some nice fish. My crew consisted of my long time neighbor in PA, Greg (who runs his 23 ft Grady White out of Indian River Bay, DE), and my Dad. The first day we had high winds and no fish:( The second we went down close to the mouth of the river and did much better. We hooked up on four Rockfish. One short at 15 inches, a 20 inch - 5 pounder, 24 inch - 10.5 pounder, and a 38 inch - 21.6 pounder. See pics below. If you want to know how I caught them: 1) Trolling Speed: 3 - 4 mph 2) 4 - 6 oz green powerchute tandem rigs with a 6 inch shad 3) Had one daisy chain rig out the middle of the spread. I ran 5 rods out the back of my 18 ft Searay 175. I designed these rod holder/outriggers for mu boat to accomidate the extra two rods. If anyone is interested on how they are designed let me know.
  13. October 20, 2009 Sarasota Florida Fishing Report By Capt. Bob Smith Finally some cooler weather is coming our way! As we see the Gulf water temperature drop, we should see the fishing improve. When the water temperature is in the low seventies, I think that is the best for all around fishing. For now, we have some seatrout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, Jacks, ladyfish, and an occasional flounder in the shallow water on the Middle Ground grass flats. Live pilchards, shrimp and the DOA artificial 3” shrimp are some of the baits that have been working well. The best methods of fishing the grass have been free-line or popping cork and drifting or anchoring or a little of both. I like the Eagle Claw 202, Size 4/0, Gold Aberdeen hook for fishing with live bait on the flats. About 3 or 4 feet of 30 pound test clear mono leader on 10 to 12 pound test line and you have a very good grass-flats rig. Of course ultra-light and fly also will work well, but you may need to upgrade your skill level. We have had some slow days fishing lately, but on the whole, the summer was good inshore and offshore. More than I can say for the economy. We should see the King mackerel start offshore this month and the pompano and blue action should pickup on the bay. Things start to happen when the weather starts to change. Enjoy & Protect My Website: http//
  14. nice schoolies starting to school up in middle bay area (chesapeake beach) western shore. been spending alot of time at local marinas at dark castin under the lights and fishin jetties dawn and dusk. it been payin off big time.
  15. new to the site, seems to be very informative. wondering how everyones doin in the <acronym title="Maryland">md</acronym>/<acronym title="Delaware">de</acronym> surf, i here the big stripers are still up north, anyone havin any luck yet with the big boys? im on the middle bay in <acronym title="Maryland">md</acronym> and usually only get to fish from jetties and local marinas at night under the lights, lookin to plan a trip to the beach, but want to time it right. any info appreciated.
  16. If you're looking for plenty of action, it's been hard to beat the 100 - 200 foot depth range all along the South Florida coast. Yes, there has been a good improvement in offshore dolphin fishing, however, its still been inconsistent. In the meantime, the action in the above mentioned area has been steady and consistent. Put out your spread of baits at various depths and it won't be long before the action begins. Fabio Nick needed a day off from his busy work schedule. A half day trip was just what he needed. With one throw of the castnet, we had more than ample bait to fish and do some heavy live chumming. The bottom rod and break away mid-depth rod saw almost all the action. By the end of the morning, he had caught several kingfish, even more bonito, mutton snapper, and barracuda. Ray Young wanted to learn a bit about fishing the area. A half day trip turned out to be just the ticket. We started with a bonito, followed by a mutton snapper, and then a vermillion snapper. The middle portion of the trip was very uneventful. Almost at the end of the trip, we caught a lone dolphin in 175 feet. The northwesterly wind had us drifting offshore, so we continued out to deeper water. In 240 feet, the action began with a double hook up of dolphin. The school followed the hooked fish up to the boat and we managed to hook a few more before the remainder of fish moved on. The fish were all in the 8 - 10 pound class. Derrel Hurst, Dwight Fiore, and Joseph Fiore combined to catch bonito, skipjack tuna, and kingfish on their half day trip. Chelsea, Robert, and Dan were part of a large group that were split among three boats. They were here for a meeting and had a free day to go fishing. There was a good natured competition going on amongst the group for the largest fish and most fish. We ran straight out from Government Cut and started in 110 feet. A west wind was pushing us offshore. In 160 feet both the mid-depth and bottom rods hooked up and we landed 2 kingfish. The next drift we had to wait till we hit 200 feet before another kingfish ate the bottom bait. The mid-depth rod scored the largest kingfish on the next drift and finally a barracuda ate a flatline bait. We then dropped on several wrecks with no results before going back on the drift. I marked a wreck in 230 feet and we dropped on it and immediately hooked up with an amberjack. We had the fish up to the boat and on the leader before it decided to head back down to deeper water. Once the leader slid through my hands and the line came tight, the leader wire popped through the eye of the hook and the fish released itself. The 3/4 day trip came to an end all to soon and back at the dock, we learned that we had caught the most and largest fish. Lots of pictures were taken as the group celebrated a great day of fishing. As you can see, the best action still comes on the bottom and mid-depth rods. Once the water temperature begins to cool down, better action will return to the surface baits as well. All of the action above took place between the Cuban Hole to just north of the Twins. It won't be long before we get a Fall run of mullet to spice up the action both inshore and offshore. The Winter sailfish and tarpon seasons are just around the corner. The major kingfish runs should begin before then along with spanish mackerel action. Now's the time to get your dates booked so you won't miss out on any of the great fishing we have in the Miami area. Give me a call or send me an email. It's just that easy. See you on the edge. Captain Dave 305 965-9454 Cell
  17. Night time continues to be the right time for snook. The snook bite after dark has been super all summer long with most trips being very productive. At the end of the day its still fishing and not all trips go as planned. Last night went as planned, snook and a host of others were eager to play. Early this summer I wrote how we used small weights more often and increased our redfish, snapper and grouper catch from the very same docks and bridges. At any one time we would have a bait fly lined, one at a middle depth and one hugging the bottom. Typical water depth 8-10’. We made only 4 stops with each location producing. It’s great when the plan works! Spotted Sea trout invaded one of my regular snook docks and inhaled both live baits and soft plastic shrimp imitations. The trout were like clones all around 15”. The DOA Glo shrimp was almost a sure thing with most casts being hit on the initial drop. We moved a short distance and found snook thick on docks lights of a local dock side restaurant. I felt like I was at the Florida Aquarium or Bass Pro shop giant aquarium watching 20 or 30 snook swimming in 3 lights. Imagine how many are out of view in the shadows. Lots of noise and movement did not deter the action. We could see the snook chasing bait so we quickly free lined white baits into the mix and got bit almost immediately. It was like a fire alarm, lines going everywhere. I love it, as I often call it Combat Fishing 101. I swear snook have one mission and that’s to treat you poorly and make a mess of your line. Several redfish kept things interesting and made for another Tampa Bay Grand Slam. If you hadn’t noticed daytime snook fishing is hot as is the night snook action. You can feel the change coming, lower humidity and lower temperatures. The water is still pushing 85 but with shorter days and cooler daytime temperatures will soon push temps into the 70’s. Tomorrow mornings trip will be focused on snook and redfish early then Bonita and Mackerel near the top of the morning tide. Check back soon for details. Capt. Steven
  18. I had an invite from Mike Avery “Fish Dad” to go off shore fishing yesterday so I did not want to pass up the opportunity with the good weather forcast to get out there. We departed South Hall Landing in Hampton on Mike’s 29′ Hydrasports at 0430hrs with fellow anglers – Bob “Ware Fisher”, Dr. Ike and Doug of Fredricksburg. Headed straight to Norfolk Canyon and worked the edges of the canyon in a good temperature break that has been there for the last couple days. We went zero for eight on the white marlin. Had one that hooked up and gave us a good air show and came off. I had a good hook up and played tug of war for about 30 minutes with a big fish that almost spooled me and came off within sight of the boat. We think it was maybe a big eye based on how it acted. We also caught a couple really small tuna , could’nt find a keeper though. Middle of the day we ran a little further North and fished around the charter fleet, had a couple knock downs but no takers. Late in the day we bottom fished a couple drifts in 600 feet of water and caught a nice rosie and a small barrell fish. Doug also hooked into a big ray that took about 20 minutes to bring up from the bottom. It was monster and he probably felt like he was reeling in an anchor before it broke off at the surface. Arrived back at Hampton around 1900 hours. I had a great time, thanks Mike! Here are some pictures from our trip.
  19. i was wondering about when can you start catching drum off the beach? i was going to go down this week, but i scratched it. i'm probably going down the 8th/9th of september, i have to take my buddy down to the mouth of the chesapeake, he wants to kayak the bay back to where we live(middle river). well the night before we are going to throw some lines out on the beach. i was wondering if i will have a fighting chance at taking one of those, thanks
  20. It's time for another update, so let's get right to it. We'll start with dolphin (mahi-mahi) fishing. As everyone in this area knows, we've had a very poor season since the beginning of June. So bad that it's just not been worth even running out to look with the hopes that you might find a few dolphin. With that said, there is a bit of encouraging news. This past week, I spoke with two friends who took the plunge and found some action. One angler had to go 20 miles out and another found action at 12 miles, although he found nothing on the previous day. It's still on the hit or miss side, however, for those who like to catch and eat or release these colorful acrobatic fish, then it's just a matter of getting lucky and finding the right conditions. For the most consistent action, it's still fishing the 100 - 200 foot range for kingfish, bonito, barracuda, AJ's, and a few sailfish. Fishing around the various wrecks and in the 80 - 100 foot range has been producing mutton snapper and yellowtail snapper. The current that was almost none existent has been running to the north at between 2 - 3.5 MPH. The water temperature is still in the very high 80's so action at the surface has been on the slow side. Most all the action aboard Knot Nancy has been on the bottom rod and mid-depth rod. Captain Gil Gutierrez and I went out for a half day of fun fishing just to get out on the water. We found plenty of action with mangrove snapper. Richard Killen and Miguel Rivera had a half day of steady action. It started off with several bonito that had both of them dancing around one another as they chased their fish around the boat. Then the bottom rod produced a kingfish. This was followed by a very large porgy that a barracuda decided to sample almost half of. The final fish of the trip was an AJ that had Richard working hard to get up to the surface before we released it. Dave Avila was celebrating his birthday with his girlfriend, Vicki Konya, and friends Harold Rondan and Derrel Hurst. The mid-depth rod with the break away sinker produced the only action of the trip. We were in 150' off the middle of the Anchorage Area. Dave had his first sailfish on the line and it put on a spectacular show. Everything that you have ever seen a sailfish do was done by this fish. In the end, Dave won the battle and the sailfish earned its release after a few quick pictures. Gee Scruggs and his sons, Michael and Anthony got a taste of the fishing and a good dose of South Florida stormy weather. We started with a red grouper and then got rained on. The sun came out and we got more rain. Running south got us into better weather for a while. The action improved some with the mid-depth rod catching a kingfish in 120' just north of the Cuban Hole. Then we had some rare action on a flatline. After a couple of minutes, the hook pulled so that fish will remain a mystery. Then it was back to mid-depth action again in the same depth in the form of another kingfish. After putting the second king in the fish box, that's when the skies turn an ominous black and started closing in on us with plenty of lightning and thunder. A quick decision was made that everyone had caught a fish and we didn't want to get caught in this bad thunderstorm, so we made a quick dash back to Haulover Inlet and then to TNT Marine Center with the storm right on our heels. Javier Andrade loves to fish and he was sharing his passion with his girlfriend Yaner Figuero. This was Yaner's first fishing trip offshore. The wind had kicked up higher than was predicted. The 13 - 15 knot winds had the seas just a bit on the sloppy side. We started just south of the Twins in 140'. Both the bottom and mid-depth rods got hit just seconds apart from one another. The bottom rod gave us a nice mutton snapper. The mid-depth rod didn't hook up. That was OK with Yaner as the motion of the ocean was fast taking its toll on her. She hung in there and on the next drift, we got another mutton on the bottom rod and this time the mid-depth rod hooked up solid with a kingfish. By now, Yaner was in full blown motion sickness mode. She was still hanging in and said it was OK to do another drift. That next drift produced a very nice 15# kingfish on the mid-depth rod. At the end of the drift, the bottom rod gave us a fat yellowtail snapper. It was all Yaner could take, so we called it a morning and ran back to calmer water and solid ground back at TNT Marine Center. All of our action came in the 80 - 110 foot range. That brings me up to date. It's easy to see that the mid-depth and bottom rods are getting all the action. We'll continue with this type of action until we get our Fall mullet run that should take place in late September to early October. It's hard to predict the exact date and how long the run will last. If you're fortunate enough to be out on those days, the action can be outstanding for snook, tarpon, jack crevalle, and sharks as they blast the schools of mullet that are migrating south along the beach. The winter sailfish and tarpon seasons are right around the corner, so now's a good time to start thinking about some dates and get your trips scheduled. The tarpon action normally is in full swing by mid to late December and the fronts that will start coming through our area during that time will get the sailfish going big time. Captain Dave 305 965-9454 Cell Charter Fishing in Miami and Miami Beach for Sailfish, Tarpon, Dolphin and Kingfish aboard the Knot Nancy
  21. Boca Grande, Fl. 3 Sept.2009 Snook season is open now, but that doesn't mean much to me. I fish them all year and practise catch and release. The funny thing is the redfish are being super active, too. This week I found schools of redfish in Pine Island Sound and near Bull Bay, plus received several reports of catches in the Placida area. Recent trips have produced slot size seatrout and mangrove snapper from grass flats 3 to 6 feet deep where there is good tidal flow. The snook in the back country have been hanging on the points of the mangrove islands. The most productive of these are ones with holes and moving tide. The passes and beaches still hold numerous snook and some solid seatrout. Roger Maler fished Pine Island last week taking snook and seatrout from the flats south of Captiva Rocks. (See Pic). Bill Gunn, from Melbourne suffered through the "I'm not biting" tarpon before getting driven off the water by seasonal rains. He did manage a few seatrout and hooked and lost a very large redfish in Captiva. The strong tides we are experiencing will help move the fish a bit. Snook should be more abundant in the back country as the month progresses. Redfish will contiue to school prior to their spawning run. A word on school reds; keep your distance and don't throw in the middle of the school. Pole quietly or drift to the fish. Cast ahead of them and make them charge to fly. Be courteous, others may want to fish the school too. Fish Hard, Capt. Pete Greenan Florida Flyfishing,Flyfishing School
  22. I am thinking it may be windy this weekend so I took the day off and went fishing. I ran to Pop’s bait and tackle in Hampton and was happy to see them up and open at 0530, got a couple eels and ran to Messick boat ramp in Poquoson. I dropped there and made it to the York Shipping Lanes in the middle of the bay before sunrise. I threw eels at six sets of bouys with no cobia coming up to greet me good morning so I headed to the third and fourth island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. There I caught several throw back flounder, sea bass, croaker and oyster toads, I also managed a couple keeper Spades. I ran the bouys again on the way back in and caught one small 34 inch cobia about a hundred yards off of a bouy. I also saw Capt. Ben in the baltimore Channel looking for his 200th Cobia of the year, what a cobia catching machine he has become. I made it back to Poquoson at 1430, ran 46 miles on the Jet Ski and burned 9.0 gals. Another day well spent. Here are some pictures.
  23. Danny, Jamal, and I took out my boat (The Pepirmint Patty) last evening to troll for some Striper. We left the dock around 1700 to make a 7 mile run up toward the RT301 bridge. Got half way and saw dark clouds rolling in, so we stayed a little closer to the dock just in case. I trolled 4in green shad in tandem. Hooked up on our first around 1630. It was only 14" so we had to through him back. At 1930 our middle (long rod) screamed! I knew this was a keeper by the way the rod went off. It turned out to be 18 1/2 in. FINALLY, The Pepirmint Patty landed a keeper Striper. Here are some pics of last evening. Enjoy!
  24. There have been some really nice flounder caught this year at 42. 7-10 lbs. Nice pics Brian looks like a lot of fun.
  25. <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Sarasota</st1:City> <st1:State w:st="on">Florida</st1:State></st1:place> Fishing Report By Capt. Bob Smith <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> First light Sea trout on DOA artificial shrimp! <st1:PersonName w:st="on">Scott Gifford</st1:PersonName> and his son tied into trout on the Middle Ground grass-flats first thing in the morning. Scott’s fish was 22”. The bay flats and bridges have been producing some nice fish but you may need to cover some ground to find them. Spotted sea trout, bluefish, Gray snapper, flounder and pompano are just some of the fish coming in. Large schools of jacks, ladyfish, and bluefish may start the water boiling at any time. The fish keep moving so you need to keep moving. I find most of my fish along the edge of the deep grass and repeat my drift until they move off. The 3” DOA shrimp are working best for me while holding the pinfish at bay. Pinfish are good for the bay but not good for your live bait. <o:p> </o:p> During the summer, first and last light are best for fishing and night is better than day. None of this is carved in stone and the fish could bite at any time. I am just talking about the probability. I like to start just before daybreak and quit by 10:30am. At night, I like to fish starting just before dusk, an hour before, and an hour after the tide change. This all looks good on paper, but the truth is that those of us who have been bitten by the fishing bug will spend all our free time fishing regardless of what the fish are doing. <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Enjoy & Protect My Website: http//