Friday, April 30, 2010

Apalachicola Fishing Report 4-30-10

woman with redfish

Sally Childs went redfishing with her dad!

After a colder than normal early spring, April's fishing was right on schedule! Larger than normal Redfish were being caught up to 44" and happy anglers have gone home with lots of what Capt. Jr. calls "Purty Trout". Capt. Nathan caught his first pompano on April 3rd, as he predicted and they are biting well and should continue on through at least the entire month of May. Speaking of May, if you are a regular reader of our fishing report, you already know that I personally consider May the BEST for all of the following reasons... The weather is great, spring break is over & summer visitors won't be here till after school is out, the oysters are yummy, and best of all, most every one of our inshore species of fish will be biting. Speckled trout will be chasing topwater lures, Redfish will be practically everywhere, Tripletail can be found hanging around markers & bouys, plus there's always Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, Sheepshead, cobia, etc. Towards the end of the month tarpon usually start moving in as well. (note - Flats & Bay trips ARE still available for tarpon trips)

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What's the most asked question of the week? Some form of "Is the oil spill going to get to you" or "What happens if the oil gets to St. George Island before my trip?" Sadly, my crystal ball link to the Oil Spill info is not currently working, so you might have to try one of the following links. As with any natural disaster, although we usually think more in the way of Hurricanes, Our policy is, if it is not fishable, you're off the hook. If it looks like we're going to be in the path, and the fishing might suffer, then I'll let everyone on our list know ASAP. Right now we have Inshore and Offshore trips available, for anyone getting cancelled by the oil spill elsewhere. In the mean time, thousands of people are working on controlling, cleaning up and monitoring the situation. We wish them all the best.

To view the Coast Guard Sector Mobile Area Contingency Plan, created with assistance from DEP staff, visit

A website has also been established for updates at:

To request volunteer information, please call 1-866-448-5816.

For fishing information, please call, email or visit our website!

Thank you,

Kathy Robinson
Robinson Brothers Guide Service
based out of Apalachicola, Florida
850-653-8896 or 1-877-6Redfish

Panhandle Fishing Report 4-30-10

Report for 04/30/2010 Salt Water

Grouper fishing picked up this week but remains sporadic. The bite is over natural bottom starting at about 180’. Live baits or butter flied northern mackerel are both working well. White, Black, and Vermillion snapper along with Triggerfish are all biting well at many of the inshore and off shore reefs and wrecks. The king mackerel activity continues to be non-existent; however, one of our commercial anglers working well offshore reported large schools of mackerel. This can only mean the kings will be here soon. The Spanish mackerel are still being caught along the buoy line and over at crooked island. Trolling just the Clark spoon seems to be the best option for the bigger Spanish.

Big trout caught this week on live shrimp and many redfish as well. The head of the bay is the place to go given the wind direction this week. In the head of the bay, the best area seems to be right between Black’s island and the shoreline drifting live baits under a Cajun thunder or free lining the baits while drifting. The Redfish and Sheepshead bite is very good around bridges and jetties. The hot spot from the shore is still beneath the George Tapper Bridge (ICW). The Spanish mackerel are here in force and biting well. Mixed in with these hungry Spanish are bluefish and they are equally hungry. The other two main species activity this week are Flounder and Trout. Flounder are scattered throughout the bay in deeper holes and ledges. The flounder bite continues in and around the deeper holes near the head of the bay and around Black’s island and better numbers caught this week under the George Tapper Bridge in the gulf canal and in the Mexico Beach canal also. Trout however are stalking the edges of grass flats hoping to ambush an unsuspecting baitfish or shrimp.

The Cobia are still here in good numbers, find some clean water and keep your eyes peeled. Some are hitting jigs, but eels and other live baits are also needed for the ones that are more finicky. Still seeing some big schools of Jack Crevalle cruising the coast, they are a blast on light tackle. They will climb over each other for a top water plug (better be a sturdy one they will tear up a standard treble hook). Grouper are still being found in deeper water (120 feet or so). The Amberjack are still biting well on any of your larger wrecks and bridge spans and we are starting to see some King Mackerel. Butterfly jigs work great for the Jacks, and if you can manage to find some large live bait, they work as well. Beeliners and White Snapper (Porgy) have been steady in the 120 ft range on frozen squid. One more month till Red Snapper season opens (June 1st ).

fishermen with a boat load of amberjack

Great catch from some of the Half Hitch crew caught on the Lady Kelley with Capt. Mark Kelley

Spanish Mackerel are everywhere even moving further up into the bay waters. Troll Clark Spoons or cast Gotcha Plugs and Spec rigs for them. Pompano are biting even better this week, sight cast pompano jigs tipped with your favorite bait, or use a surf rig to cast out and wait for them to find you. Sheepshead are being caught around the jetties and along the beaches with live shrimp and fiddler crabs. The Bull Reds are still being caught with live shrimp and pinfish around the jetties and bridges. Speckled Trout and younger Redfish are starting to move onto the flats with these warmer temps. Use live shrimp under a popping cork for best results.

Cobia fishing has been absolutely fantastic. Fish are being caught all along the beach in both directions on live eels, jigs and mullet. Some boats have reported seeing as many as 50 in a day and catching 10 or more a day.

Kings have also been biting very good the last week on the broken bottom and southeast rocks and all along the beach.

Inshore the reds and pompano have been all over the east and west jetty and the Spanish are doing pretty well also.

On the surf the pompano reports have been very good with some reds, Spanish and sheephead.

On the pier the kings have been on and off but on the good days they have been very good. Some catches of cobia, Spanish and pompano have been coming in each day.

The bottom fishermen have had great catches of amberjack, some triggers and mingo and a few black snapper.


Area fisherman can expect to find plenty of Pompano, Blue Fish, Spanish Mackerel and Redfish in the surf. The Reds and Pompano are hitting on live and fresh frozen sand fleas. A few reds will be in the slot. Fresh dead shrimp is working real well too. The Spanish and Bluefish can’t resist a silver spoon, Got-Cha lures or bubble rigs. The faster the retrieve, the better the results.

Rat Redfish and Speckled Trout are available at the three foot drop offs near most flats in the sound. Also, look for Redfish around the deeper docks and in the canals. Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead and the occasional Spanish Mackerel are all being caught at the causeway and near the bridges. Live shrimp is the bait of choice for the Redfish, Trout and Sheepshead. But Gulp! shrimp has been working on the Redfish.

The fronts keep coming and the surf stays up! While we have had some beautiful spring days here and there it has continued to be blustery most days. The good news is the fish have moved in close with all this weather. Kings are leading the way this week with many being caught by Cobia fisherman trolling stretch 25’s and 30’s as they sight fish near the beach. The Cobia bite has remained strong all week and should remain strong as the water begins to clear. The average fish right now is in the 40# range with jigs taking most of the fish. Live eels are still the go to bait for the finicky fish that won’t eat anything else. Large schools of Jack Crevalle have invaded the beach this week too. They are fun to catch on light tackle. They are not finicky and will readily take just about anything offered live or artificial.

Red Snapper are so thick right now it is hard to get bait past them to the Grouper. I believe if the current regulations stay in place we will see the average Red Snapper in our area increase to double digits. Look for the larger Grouper to be in 100 plus feet of water. Live Pinfish, Ruby Redlips and large Sand Perch are the go to live baits. Grouper are also being caught on bucktail jigs tipped with cigar minnows or squid. If you are looking to fill up a cooler quickly downsize your tackle and cut up some squid and target the Triggers, Vermillion and Red Porgies that have moved in over the shallow reefs in 60 to 80 feet of water. Further offshore the Black fin tuna bite has been strong at the rigs, especially at night after the moon comes up. The Yellowfin tuna on the other hand has been a little slow with most fish being caught at sundown near the deeper rigs on live bait.

Half Hitch Tackle
2206 Thomas Dr
Panama City, FL 32408

Fishing Report prepared by Half Hitch Tackle Staff.

The Captains Corner Fishing Report is provided by local charter captains and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Half Hitch Tackle.

This report is dedicated to the memory of Al Hubbard.
Al Hubbard was a field editor for Florida Sportsman magazine, an outdoor writer for the News Herald and a board member of the Florida Outdoor Writer's Association.
Mr. Hubbard was also the owner of Al's Outdoors Outfitting Services.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tarpon/ Bonefish Closure Ends

Bonefish and tarpon harvest reopens April 1

News Release

March 29, 2010
Contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554

A temporary closure to the recreational harvest of bonefish and tarpon from Florida waters ends on April 1. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued an executive order on Jan. 16, which established statewide closed seasons for bonefish and tarpon as a precautionary measure due to the prolonged cold weather in Florida this past winter. This order expires April 1.

The minimum size limit for bonefish is 18 inches total length, and anglers may take one bonefish daily. Anglers may use hook-and-line gear only to harvest bonefish and may not harvest bonefish commercially.

Anglers who possess and attach a $50 tag to the fish may harvest up to two tarpon from state waters daily. Anglers cannot legally harvest tarpon from state waters by spearing, snagging or snatch hooking, and they may not sell tarpon.

Even though the FWC is again allowing the harvest of bonefish and tarpon, the agency encourages anglers to enjoy catching and releasing these important Florida game fish species and to handle and release these fish carefully to help ensure their survival. Information regarding proper handling and release of fish is available online at

Jensen Beach Fishing Report 4-29-10

FISHING 4/24/10

Starting to feel like summer, less wind and warm, I love this place. Starting to hear about Tarpon on the beach, Excellent Snook (season is still closed), Blues for the early angler, Trout in the summer location, yes it is almost here, summer.

This week it was all the Bonita from 40’ out and yes you needed extra bait, they are small but will eat anything that moves. The up side is that they make great bait, strips, chunk and whole depending on the species that you target. This week it was 100’ that was the action zone, Dolphin, Sails, Kings and a Wahoo or two. To go deep was to find small Black Fin Tuna and Bonita, beat bet was the 100’ mark weather you were trolling or live baiting that was the zone that most bent rods were located. Seas were polite one day and not so the next, polite early than of question later in the day, I wish I could be a weather man. Summer, May, Bonita, starting to sound like Marlin on the treasure coast, catching a few to the south, soon it will our turn.

On the beach for the early angler it is Blues, still waiting for the bigger fish but still plentiful, casting spoons or cut baits. Mid morning that summer sun will warm the edge and the Blues will back off with the cooler water and in come the Whiting, Pompano and Snook to name a few. Clams and shrimp pieces will keep their attention. As the surf warms the Snook bite will pick up, the season is closed, do not beach these fish it will wipe off their slim coat and that is their protection mush like your skin, please handle them with care we want them back. Plenty of Jacks and some of rather large size so do not wander away from your equipment they will teach it to swim.

It must be summer, what happened to our Red Fish, heard a lot about them but they are just not taking the baits. Small or Rat Reds as they are called have been on the west side of the Indian River from Mid way Road south and on the east side from North Bridge north and early is the only time I have heard of them on the chew. Before sun up be on location and it is the time for the bigger Trout so you were going to be there any ways. For the Trout it is top water be it a Zara Spook, Skitter walk or a Bomber Walkie Talkie work them slow, give the fish a chance to locate them. For the Reds, that Gold Spoon or a shrimp on a jig head again slow down let the fish have a chance, summer mode. Still plenty of big Lady Fish, Jacks and Blues to keep a rod bent. From the bridges still Pompano and a pretty good bite I might add, some Mac’s and plenty of Drum. Flounder in and out would be best to describe, it seems that every body is catching one here and there but still no area to go to, just happened to be there. Tarpon at the Ft. Pierce jetty, on the surf edge down by Shockers, two on in the St. Lucie south of the dime bridge, they are starting to show, I love summer.

Till next week, just because you see a bent rod, please give every body lots of room….a little courtesy goes a long way………..Henry

Snook Nook Bait & Tackle
3595 NE Indian River Drive
Jensen Beach, FL
(Just South of the Jensen Causeway)
(Since 1949)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tarpon Springs Fishing Report 4-28-10

nice redfish

The bite is on! The fish have finally woke up and they are hungry. We put snook in the boat for the first time last week and several snook from 24-33″ have been brought to the boat. That’s a good thing because we were all kind of worried about this years snook bite after this past winter’s extremely cold weather but they look to be doing just fine.

The two hot tickets this past week were redfish and trout. Both of which have been jumbo sized and a ton of fun. The key has been getting a livewell full of sardine and chumming hard to get the fish excited.

Today I fished the TAMPCO tournament with the CFO of TAMPCO and the Owners of Deep Blue Marine Products Inc. I picked up a few nice sized threadfins and planned on hitting up some sardines on the the way to our first stop but luckily a buddy hooked me up with plenty of sardines he had found before we departed. So off we went to a spot looking for snook and I asked my guys if they wanted to try to win or if they just wanted to stay close to the boat ramp and have fun. They opted for a chance to win. So we made a 30 minute run to where I had seen some really big redfish a couple of days before and the spot didn’t disappoint us. We boated several over slot redifsh with the biggest ones being, 29.5″, 31″, 31″ and 32.5 inches long and all but one were 10 lbs or more.

Then we headed off to look for our second part of the inshore slam and boated some nice trout with the biggest hitting a huge live threadfin herring and measuring 20″. Once we had that it was off to find the snook to round out the slam and we ran to a spot where we had seen them earlier in the day and pitched baits out and had them blowing up chummers but they just refused to hit a bait with a hook in it.

If it hadn’t been a slam tournament, we probably would have stayed more than an hour on those huge redfish and we could have worn them out but hey, we wanted to win the tournament. We fell just short but it was a lot of fun. I’ll have to visit those big reds some more this week when we can spend some more time with them and get some more pictures.

DON”T FORGET!!! TARPON SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! Catching a tarpon is the most exhilarating thing you can do inshore and you don’t want to miss out!!! We’ll start chasing them in May and if you want to get in on the days with the prime tides, don’t hesitate. There will be hundred of 100lb+ fish ready for you to catch in just a few short weeks. Book now! A lot of people have been waiting until the last minute to book a trip with me this year and they’ve missed out because I was already booked. 3 groups this week missed out because they waited until the last minute to try to book and 10 groups have missed out in the past two weeks because they didn’t plan ahead. If you know you want to go fishing with me, don’t put it off. Book as soon as you know the date you want to go. Otherwise you might call and find out someone else planned ahead and took the date you wanted to go.


Tampa Bay Fishing
Captain Clay Eavenson


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Central Florida Sight Fishing 4-27-10

Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters
Capt. Chris Myers

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report April 27, 2010

Sight fishing for redfish on the flats of east central Florida continues to be excellent. Having shots at hundreds of redfish per day is the norm. Many of these fish are tailing throughout the day. There are a variety of small baitfish showing up in the lagoons but the small mullet have yet to arrive. As soon as they do, the trout fishing should improve dramatically. With water temperatures approaching the 80 degree mark, it should not be long before this happens.

Steve joined me on a cloudy buy calm Sunday morning recently. We arrived at our first spot to find redfish tailing in every direction. It didn't take long for him to hook up with one of them.

Monte spent several days fly fishing with me during that week. The winds were less than perfect but the redfish and drum were plentiful and feeding. An olive colored worm fly got the most bites.

Javier used a DOA shrimp in watermelon/clear holographic to fool several tailing redfish on his trip to Mosquito Lagoon.

Doug took shots at dozens of redfish with both the fly and DOA shrimp on his trip to Mosquito Lagoon. Unfortunately, neither landed in quite the right spot and he ended up getting shut out.

The following day, Steve had a couple fish eat the watermelon DOA shrimp but the came unbuttoned soon after. We spent most of the day working on fly casting and hit one more spot ahead of an approaching storm cloud. With no sun to help us see them, we ran over several dozen big trout lying in some shallow sand holes but Steve landed one of them on the DOA. It was nice to see some large trout that made it through the winter freeze.

With the winter cold fronts now behind us, we are looking forward to the calm winds of summer. As the schools of baitfish return, the trout, ladyfish and jack crevalle will provide plenty of action along the deeper edges of the flats. A 1/4 ounce jig head with a 3" DOA CAL tail worked in these areas can result in a variety of species.

Fly Fishing Seminars
Several people have been inquiring about the next fly fishing seminar at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka. There are two different seminars available. Introduction to Fly Fishing covers what you need to get started, where to fish, types of flies, and how to catch fish. Introduction to Fly Casting is a hands on class covering the fundamentals of fly casting. The fly casting class size is limited and both classes are free. If you are interested in attending a class, contact Rory at Mosquito Creek Outdoors at 407-464-2000. He is compiling a list of interested students and a class will be scheduled when there are enough requests.
Preparing your Boat
With the bad winter weather now behind us, more and more anglers are hitting the water. If you are a boater, you want to be sure your boat will get you safely back to the ramp if it has been on a long winter nap. New spark plugs are cheap and easy to replace. Lower unit oil should also be changed regularly. If your boat is hard to start in the morning, idles rough or backfires, it is probably time to get the carburetors serviced. A simply cleaning can make a world of difference. Water pumps and impellers are important for keeping your engine cool and are often neglected because they are out of sight. Failure to replace them regularly can result in serious engine damage if they stop working. Sacrificial anodes should also be checked and replaced, if needed. Neglecting a small problem can lead to expensive towing bills if you break down on the water.

It is often difficult to find a mechanic you can trust to do quality work at a reasonable price. I put a lot of hours on my boat in nothing but salt water and it is a constant battle to keep up with maintenance and repairs. For all my engine work, I take my boat to Chain of Lakes Marine in Sanford. Whether I need periodic maintenance or a major repair, I know the work will be done right and at a fair price. They repair all makes and models and I recommend them for all your marine mechanic work. Call them at 407-330-0900

Capt. Chris Myers
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sarasota Fishing Report 4-26-10

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Fishing Report for 4/10 through 4/25/2010

Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with snook, big trout, Spanish mackerel and scattered pompano and blues on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Combos and flies during the past couple of weeks. The best action was with big trout on the flats and snook at night.

Fly anglers Pete Kazmier, from Lakeland, FL, and Tracy Baker, from Homestead, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Sat, 4/10. They caught and released numerous trout, including several large trout weighing 3, 3 ½ and 4 ¼ lbs, and several Spanish mackerel on Grassett Deep Flats Bunny and Ultra Hair Clouser flies. One of the big trout was sight-fished in skinny water.

Jack Sinton and Dave Duerson, from Bend, OR, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Mon, 4/12. They had steady action with trout, including several in the slot, and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay on Clouser and Deep Flats Bunny flies.

Denis Clohisy, from Hudson, WI and Brian McInnis, from Sarasota, FL, fished with me the next 3 days. The best trip was when we fished the flats of Blackburn Bay at dusk on Tuesday evening. They caught and released 5 big trout from 2 ½ to 4 ¼-lbs on Ultra Hair Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. We moved to lighted docks after dark and the action was fast. They caught and released more than 20 snook to 26” on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. We also caught a nice trout and bluefish out of the lights.

After cancelling several night snook trips in Jan and Feb due to the freeze and subsequent extended cold weather, we were pleasantly surprised to find snook plentiful and feeding aggressively in the lights. We spent the next couple of days fishing both deep and shallow flats of Sarasota Bay where they had steady action with trout and scattered blues, Spanish mackerel and ladyfish on CAL jigs with shad tails and Clouser and Deep Flats Bunny flies.

Keith Peplinski, his wife, Becky and dad, Don, all from MI, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday. They had fast action with trout to 3-pounds, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and a flounder on CAL jigs with shad tails at the Middleground flat, Stephens Point and near Long Bar. A 30-pound cobia swam up to the boat and gave us a shot, but it didn’t eat. Matt Murray and his son, RJ, from CT, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Saturday morning. They caught numerous Spanish mackerel, blues and a 2-pound trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and Grassett Flats Bunny and Clouser flies at the Middleground flat and Bishops Point.

John Freedman and Dan Roach, from Venice, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday, 4/19. They had some action with trout along the east side of the bay on Flats Bunny and Clouser flies fished on intermediate and intermediate sink tip fly lines. Orvis’s Royal Oak, MI store fishing manager, Rich Merlino, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday. We checked the coastal gulf off Siesta Key and found beautiful conditions but no action. However, we did find a few snook in the surf along Siesta and north Casey Key. We came back into Big Pass where we had fast action with blues and large ladyfish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies for a couple of hours. With the sea breeze up in the afternoon, we worked the west side of the bay near Bishop’s Point and caught and released trout and ladyfish on Flats Bunnies and a variety of other flies.

Long time friends and customers, Les and Kimball Beery, from North Port, FL and Estes Park, CO, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday. They had a great day with large trout on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. They caught a few blues and ladyfish in Big Pass to start the day, but the action wasn’t as fast as Tuesday. We moved to deep grass flats along the east side of Sarasota Bay where they had steady action with trout on CAL jigs with gold shad tails. The action got faster and fish got bigger throughout the day. They finished the day with several slot size trout and 6 trout over the slot. Kimball ended the day with a “gator” trout of over 4-pounds on a DOA Deadly Combo.

My son-in-law, Capt. Andy Cotton, and I fished Sarasota Bay together on Friday to scout for the 15th annual Sarasota CCA Photo All-Release Challenge fishing tournament. We caught several snook, trout to 4-pounds, Spanish mackerel and blues on Clouser and Flats Bunny flies and located some reds to come up with a plan for the next day. On Saturday we fished the tournament and although things didn’t go quite as planned, I won the Fly Fishing division with a snook and a trout. We had 15-20 mph SSE wind by 10 AM, which is straight up Sarasota Bay, causing very rough conditions! More than 120 anglers, in divisions for anglers, youth, fly and ladies fished the tournament. The event is low key and fun for the whole family and also raises money for CCA’s conservation efforts.

Next week’s tides are good as we head towards a full moon on Wednesday, although daytime flats fishing can sometimes be slow as a result. Fishing deep grass flats, snook at night and the coastal gulf for Spanish mackerel, cobia or tripletail should be good options. Keep your eyes open for the first tarpon of the season along the beaches.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.

FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
(941) 923-7799
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Kimball Beery, from Estes Park, CO, with a 4-pound plus trout caught and released on a DOA Deadly combo while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Denis Clohisy, from Hudson, WI, with a nice snook caught and released at night on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing the ICW near Venice, FL with Capt. Rick Grassett.

RJ Murray, from CT, with a nice Sarasota Bay bluefish caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Everglades Fishing Report 4, 2010

Here we are into the middle of April already...finally, we are just starting to feel like things are starting to get back to normal from an unusually cold and windy winter. The fishing has been good even with the wind blowing 20-25 on many days. I was talking with several other captains and one of them said he couldn't find any trout in places he normally fished, but there had been nothing normal about this winter and spring so with that in mind it was just a matter of hunting for them and not going back to our same ole spots. However in the last couple weeks, the fish are starting to be where they normally would be for this time of year. We are catching lots of big trout....the biggest on my boat so far is 26"...with lots of fish over 20 inches. These fish are really fun to catch and put up a good fight.

While we are fishing for trout we are also catching pompano, large permit, small cobia, sharks, mackerel, blue fish, blue runners, ladyfish, and jacks. Needless to say there is quite a lot of action to keep you and your captain busy while fishing out on the flats. When the tide is right we are also catching redfish, black drum and snook.

Fishing will continue to be good and even get better as summer approaches. May is the time of year we start to catch our big snook as they start to get into schools for their spawn.

The evening rains haven't started yet, but are sure to come in time. Unless we have a dry summer....never know.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy while you're planning your next fishing trip.

Okay, so what are you waiting for....pick up that phone and give me a call.......... Capt Becky Campbell (239-695-2029) and lets make your plans for that fishing experience of a lifetime....cause the fishing is great and so is the weather.

Captain Becky Campbell

Islamorada Fishing Report 4-23-10

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Dolphin, Jacks, Snapper and One Very Lucky Shrimp.
One heck of a day on the Holiday Isle Offshore Dock.
Captain Kevin Brown nailed a great rack of jacks and dolphin for one the Moyes group from Houston TX.

Captain Brown's Daddy!

What a happy family from Vermont with some tasty snapper and jacks!

These People from Sweden really had a blast aboard the Killer White with Captain Aaron Brower.

A pal and I watched as Captain Donnie of the Lil Nugget entertained all tossing one brave shrimp evade at least 30 hungry giant tarpon (aka poondogs) on the back country dock!
What a riot it is to come down to Holiday Isle and see the giants beneath our marina.

Captain Steve Leopold and mate Justin Baker hooked this16' tiger shark fought for 4.5 hours at the Islamorada hump. For Mike Foley and sons yesterday.

Nikki Holiday Isle Offshore 800-327-7070 Etc 642

Holiday Isle Resort and Marina
84001 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-2321 ext. 642
Direct: 305-433-9942

Posted by Let's Fish at 3:42 PM

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sebastian Inlet Fishing Report 4, 2010

Whiteys Fishing Report
April 2010

I do hope that winter is finally over, because my heating and firewood bill is astronomical. I am pretty sure that there is a lot of fish that will agree with me on that one. Expect everything to be late this year due to cooler water temperatures. The Cobia run, which can be really great during the month of March, was mediocre at best. A few fish were caught, but not in the numbers that should have been brought in. Scattered reports of free swimmers and a few following Rays are being reported around the docks. We are hearing good news from the south that they are seeing Cobia and Rays, so they should be on their way up. Some warmer days and some southeast winds should make a difference. The board for our Cobia for Cash tournament at Whitey’s is pretty pathetic at this time, so it is not too late to sign up. Get in the tournament as soon as possible as the Cobia aren’t even here yet.

Offshore should light up this month as fish prepare for their migration back north. Good numbers of Wahoo have already been caught throughout the winter by anglers trolling out deep. Expect this to remain strong as the fish move up from their winter hangouts in the Bahamas. Dolphin will also begin their run this month. Trolling or live baiting on temperature breaks or over the offshore bars should bring the fish to the table.

For the bottom fisherman out there it has been a long three months and we only have thirty more days till Grouper opens up. Until then we have to keep catching our Sea Bass, Triggers, Mangroves and the occasional Mutton. I know it is hard to keep releasing those “highly endangered” Red Snapper, but maybe they will let us start keeping those after the six-month closure.

Sebastian Inlet has been alive recently with good numbers of Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish. Got-Cha plugs and small spoons have been accounting for most of the fish on the outgoing tides. Sheepshead are still pretty active around the Inlet on the drop-offs and deeper channels. Cut shrimp, clams and sandfleas have been working well for the prized game fish. Expect the numbers of these fish and more to continue to rise as water temperatures rise.

The surf was pretty slow last month except for the occasional Whiting and Pompano. A few reports of big Pompano coming up from the south are trickling in, and they should be hitting our beaches soon. Hopefully the Sandfleas will come back from wherever they have been for the last few months and make an appearance on our beaches. Bluefish are plentiful for people throwing spoons or using cut mullet on bottom. April can be a great month for some of the biggest blues of the season. Large top water plugs can produce some explosive strikes when the Blues are on a feeding frenzy and can be a blast.

The Indian River will should be teeming with life this month. All the fish are fattening up after the long cold winter and are preparing for their spring spawn. The shallow water flats will be flooded with every fish in the river. Pinfish, Pigfish, mullet and shrimp will invade the potholes and the game fish will surely follow. Live baits fished under a cork will bring a lot of action as well as soft plastics and top water plugs. This month can be the best month for the river, and from what I have seen the Snook are thick along the mangroves already. This can provide some excellent sight fishing opportunities.

As usual check out our website at for the latest reports and pictures from the region or call the shop at (321) 724-1440. Hope the winds lay down for everybody this month and temperatures stay warm. Until next time, tight lines!

Whitey's Bait & Tackle
9030 S Highway A1a
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Jensen Beach Fishing Report 4-21-10

FISHING 4/11/10

Less than polite seas again this week has made off shore fishing “sporty” to say the least. Our morning started out pretty nice but as the hours went so did the wind and sea conditions. Wind was changing directions and then the clouds made most anglers take note. Again this week the zone was 300’, yes there were some fish in closer but to find fish with some sort of a pattern it was deep. In the deeper water it was Dolphin, Sails and some good size Black Fins, up closer a little different. Hit and miss was about it, lots of small Black Fins and Bonita, a few Kings and some small Dolphin but you had to look, spend some time and conditions just did not allow for that type of angling. Plenty of live bait from several locations and there were fish feeding but that’s it fish feeding. Bottom fishing has saved the day with plenty of Muttons for the box and big AJ”S to keep your arms hurting, 60’ to 80’ on the close in reefs.

>From the surf the Blues are still pulling through the morning hours, this is the time of the year when the bigger Blues show. Cut baits and if it is chrome throw it, Spoons and Top Water will find plenty of action. With the wind making it less than polite try a cast master, they are made for casting in the wind and the best part is they work. After the sun is up and the edge starts to warm the Blues back off and in come the Whiting in good numbers and with them it is Pompano. From north of Bath Tub, not even the fish like the run off from lake “O”.

Trout and Red Fish, north of Taylor Creek and South of Bear Point to the Stuart Causeway, you need to get away from the fresh water, casting soft rubber baits, top water (early) and a live shrimp will bring them to the boat. These fish have been in two feet of water and they are hungry. Fishing early most anglers did not have to deal with the wind but if you are like me look for the flat water and look shallow. The docks on the west side of the Indian River have been hot for the Reds but there is a good mix to the east side and big Lady Fish or a twenty pound Jack to test your equipment. Finally the water is warming, yes we have wind but we also have warm and I love it, now it is time for the wind to stop and we can get back to east side or west and Tarpon. Please release that Snook as quickly as possible and if he has taken that hook deep just cut the leader and I will buy you another hook, just stop in. One more thing before I go, if you should see a county commissioner ask them why not a word about all this run off?????? HENRY

Snook Nook Bait & Tackle
3595 NE Indian River Drive
Jensen Beach, FL
(Just South of the Jensen Causeway)
(Since 1949)

Islamorada Fishing Report 4-21-10

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Ah Paradise..who says you can't have it all....

family with amberjack

Not a cloud in the sky, slight breeze, and warm temps in the 80's..why are you not down here in the Florida Keys, Islamorada. We had the Killer White out with a fine family from Mass. catching a giant amberjack, with a dozen yellowtail...they said it was soooo beautiful out there they did not want to go back to shore. We also had the Capt. Easy out but no pics..I am sure the anglers snagged their max. Anyway if you would like to experience paradise call me, Nicci-Jean here at Holiday Isle Marina at 305-433-9942..We will do our best to get you out on the water and GO FISH...

Nikki Holiday Isle Offshore 800-327-7070 Etc 642

Holiday Isle Resort and Marina
84001 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-2321 ext. 642
Direct: 305-433-9942

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dunedin Fishing Report 4-20-10

Catching Up in April! 4/18/2010

Hello Friends. I hope you are having a great spring. Things are starting to take off around here. We are still about a month behind on all of the normal activity, but it has been a great few weeks for fishing. The days are in the 80's with mild overnights in the 60's! That has brought the bait in by the truck loads and the flats are starting to heat up! We are still waiting for that big Mackerel run to hit. They are reported to be well offshore and to the south, but the next week or so should see them coming in closer to shore. The Kingfishing will improve as well as the strong Spanish Mackerel bite. Well I have been very busy out here, so on to the report...

The large Trout are still hanging on in Dunedin. It seems like a prolonged season, but we really didn't get started 'til well into February. Once the whitebait, (as we call them) showed up, we have been cast netting in the morning to fill our wells with the most sought after food around. The Trout have certainly responded to their arrival. Freelined or under corks, they are looking to eat them. I have been focusing on the spoil islands for most of the Trout, but there are still some schools roaming around the flats. They are still averaging around 18 - 21 inches! As summer approaches, the smaller ones will become the norm. Until then, we are taking advantage of these cooperative fish. They are getting timid with all of the pressure, so stealth is key!
Redfishing has been excellent around the stronger moon phases. The high tides allow them to make their way into the mangroves where they can be targeted with cut baits along the edges. I like to trolling motor down the mangroves, peering into the limbs, looking for a couple Reds to move. Once I spot a few, I will set up and start to spread baits out along the bushes. The casts that are actually inside the root systems are most likely to get a hit. Those of you that have done this type of fishing with me know what I am talking about. Skipping those baits deep in the mangroves takes a lot of practice, but can definitely pay off. There are also some schooling fish on some of the better known flats around Clearwater and Dunedin. The falling tides will bring them out of the mangroves to forage on the available bait. The right angle of the sun can help us see them rolling and flashing their white bellies. Once we spot a group flashing, it is a race to get those Sardines in their path. The school can be stopped by throwing a few free baits out. They will be pre-occupied with the chummed baits and run into yours with a hook in it! That's when the fun begins! Redfish are very strong and have worn down many angles on my boat. Be sure to look for the leaping Mullet. That is a dead giveaway. The Reds hang around the Mullet eating the baits they scare up as they are roaming the flats.

man with redfish

The Snook are still pretty scarce. After the cold winter killed so many, I just hope they can recover over the next few years. I think we will see plenty of them as the water continues to warm, however, I am not focusing on them until then. I have only physically seen three so far this year! Normally, we would be catching them from mid March through April! This isn't the first time they have taken a hit. They always seem to rebound well, as long as our conservation methods are continued. That includes closing their season for an extended period, (until September 1st this year). As well as abiding by the one per person limits and good releasing practices.

I shot offshore last week, hoping to find some Mangrove Snapper. We caught a bunch of short Grouper and a few Grunts. The water temps need to rise a bit more to get the larger Grouper closer to shore and bring in the Snapper
The next few weeks should be awesome out here. The Mackerel are around the corner and so are the Tarpon. There are some Tarpon in the upper Tampa Bay area already. I still have some good moon phases available for Boca Grande. Don't wait to book your trip of lifetime. Call or e-mail now to get your day on the water! See ya soon!

Capt. Brian

Capt. Brian Caudill

Monday, April 19, 2010

Florida Suncoast Fishing Report 4-10

It is warming up out there and the fishing is on fire!!!

This last week, I still have found myself gravitating to docks; however on a couple of occasions the allure of Redfish up on the flats has proved too much to resist. These fish can be finicky to say the least. One of my favorite ways to get these fish to strike is with a 1/8 Mission Fishin Jighead and a live select shrimp. The secret is the manner in which you hook the shrimp. Take the first digit of the tail off (basically the fan) and run your hook up, through the tail and out the center of the body. This does not kill the shrimp. It will lay on its back when casted out and its little legs will keep moving. Think Redfish and how their mouths are structured... Another trick is casting off to the sides of the school. If you are fishing with more than one person, this is a great way to box them in and avoid spooking the whole school on the hook-up. It worked on this guy and many others. To learn more about fishing along the Suncoast or to schedule your next saltwater adventure visit

Tight lines!

Capt Jay Schroeder
CJ Flats Saltwater Charters

Friday, April 16, 2010

Panhandle Fishing Report 4-16-10

Report for 04/15/2010

Salt Water

Again this week reports say Red, Gag grouper are biting from the South between eighty, and one hundred fifty feet of water and large live baits is your best bet for these fishes. Of course, those of you who enjoy sport fishing (catch and release) will be pleased at the abundance of Red Snapper. Reports tell us that many of these snappers are rather large and will put up a great fight. I suggest that you take advantage of this species and its’ abundance to try out light tackle bottom fishing. Light tackle fishing will be more fun than you might imagine. Not only will you be able to improve your technique but actually put the sport back into your angling. The Shimano butterfly jigging system is tailor made for this and many of you will be surprised just how tough some of Penn’s smaller scale reels are too. The “conquer” new from Penn is an incredibly well designed reel with tough enough components to land large fish.

This is a fantastic week in fishing. Water temperatures are hovering between 68° and 71° and the weather is perfect. We have solid reports of cobia around Crooked Island Sound; Pompano are running along the beaches from Mexico Beach to Cape San Blas. Not to mention the Spanish mackerel are biting like there is no tomorrow. Large redfish are holding near the Tapper Bridge in the intercostal waterway. St Joe bay is ripe with flounder and we have many reports of large trout caught. In fact, the only people not catching fish this week are the ones who did not go. Have fun!

pompano on the floor

Greg Beach sent in the picture of a nice Pompano catch.

Cobia fishing has been off the hook. It looks like the cold winter has helped a lot. The fish have been weighing in on the small side, but the numbers have been great. Several boats have reported catching as many as 10-15 each day for the past week.

Reds and Sheepheads are very good around the bridge and jetties. The Spanish are here but are still spotty at best; hopefully they will be full on soon.

Offshore, the Amberjack bite is good along with plenty of White snapper, Vermillion snapper and Triggers. There are some grouper but that bite has been slow. Bottom boats are also reporting a few kings.

On the pier, Cobia has been the catch of the day. Saturday 9 Cobia were caught. Lots of Sheephead and a few Pompano each day, Bait fish have started showing up so the Kings should be along soon. Squid are plentiful at the pier if you like catching them.


The surf has been extremely rough the last week making it tough just to keep your line in the water. Even so area anglers are still catching respectable numbers of Pompano, Whiting, Redfish, Black Drum and the occasional Sheepshead. Best baits remain live or frozen sand fleas and live or frozen shrimp. Try a two hook rig with a two to five ounce pyramid weight to keep your bait planted on the bottom. Some fish have come from the other side of the sand bar, but I would still fish the deeper holes and breaks. Some of the Redfish will be slot size fish but for the most part they will be over the slot. Cut mullet is a very effective bait for the Reds.

Don’t forget about the Whiting. The bulls can get up to two pounds and make great table fare. Try peeling your shrimp when fishing for them. Spanish Mackerel are being caught at the Okaloosa Island pier, and as the water continues to calm down it should begin to clear up. This will open up some sight fishing opportunities for these speedsters. As stated last week, the traditional bubble rig is a great way to locate these fish. A 1/2oz silver spoon ripped through the surf is also a deadly tactic.

The fishing action this week should improve somewhat if for no other reason that the forecast is more sun and less rain. That said we should expect to find Sheephead and Redfish still around the bridge and the deeper docks in the sound. Live shrimp is the best bait for both fish. Near the bridges most fish are being caught on a Carolina rig with just enough weight to keep the shrimp on the bottom. Near the deeper docks fish live shrimp with just a spit shot to give you a little weight for casting distance and get you to the bottom for Sheepshead and Reds. Gold spoons in ¼ to ½ oz is still the lure of choice when blind casting in the choppy waters we have been experiencing lately, but some really nice Reds have been caught on the GULP shrimp baits.

The Trout have moved back into the deeper waters of local canals and along the deeper drop-offs near the grassflats. Expect them to move right back on the grassflats when the weather improves. For the Trout in the deeper holes MirroLurre Mirrodine or MirroLures Mirrominnow suspending twitch bait is a great choice to get to the trout. Live bait fisherman will also see success with live shrimp under a popping cork early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

The Cobia action has not slowed down much this week with both the Okaloosa and Pensacola Piers reporting catches almost daily. The Cobia fishing should improve as the weather starts to calm down. The anglers waiting for the Cobia to show up has been kept busy with small schools of Spanish mackerel. Got-Cha jigs and Bubble rigs have been the go to bait, but 1/2oz silver spoons have also been catching their fair share. Bull Reds are still in the passes along with scores of Sheepshead. Try cut Mullet and cigar minnows for the Redfish and live shrimp and Fiddler crabs, both will get the job done on the Sheepshead. The Flounder are slowly starting to migrate back inshore. They are starting to show up in greater numbers along area wrecks within a couple of miles of the shoreline. Live Finger Mullet, Bull minnows and Tiger minnows have been the key baits.

Cobia has received the most attention this week considering the rough water we have been experiencing. Those brave enough to venture out are landing some nice fish up to and over the 60 pound mark. Those that went out, before it got to rough, were reporting a slow down on the near shore reefs and wrecks with the exceptions of small Amberjacks. They seem to be almost everywhere.

Venturing a little farther out in 100’ plus will garner you with Red and Scamp Grouper, Triggers and Mingos. Gag Grouper have also been in the mix as well, remember that the season opened April1st. That leaves AJ’s. Most of the big ones are being caught well off shore in 140” plus depth over wrecks. No one has caught any King mackerel trolling but a few bottom fishermen have caught a couple while drifting 20 plus miles out or so. It won’t be long before we see them being caught near the beach.

Half Hitch Tackle
2206 Thomas Dr
Panama City, FL 32408

Fishing Report prepared by Half Hitch Tackle Staff.

The Captains Corner Fishing Report is provided by local charter captains and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Half Hitch Tackle.

This report is dedicated to the memory of Al Hubbard.
Al Hubbard was a field editor for Florida Sportsman magazine, an outdoor writer for the News Herald and a board member of the Florida Outdoor Writer's Association.
Mr. Hubbard was also the owner of Al's Outdoors Outfitting Services.

St. Johns River Fishing Report 4-10

This Week's Report

In my last report, I informed you about the arrival of the cobia run off of the beaches of east Central Florida. Well, what do you do when you know the cobia are here, but Mother Nature interferes with high winds and a heavy sea state? The answer is you shift gears and target the St. Johns River freshwater cobia.

Cobia in the St. Johns River, you say. With the high winds, cloudy skies, and coastal showers experienced all last week blowing out any chances of fishing in the Atlantic, we modified our fishing strategy by targeted the spring spawning run of freshwater channel catfish on the St. Johns River. Fishing is fishing, so as long as I can find a jerk on the other end of the line, I'm happy.

channel catfish

Larry Carter with a 20 pound freshwater cobia.

Thankfully, we live in Central Florida where fishing opportunities abound, and as long as you are willing to be creative and flexible, you can always find something to pull line, and in the case of last week we did just that. Although cobia and channel catfish are not related, they do have similarities. They both are big and black, good table far, and they both are hard fighters and fun to catch.

channel catfish

Charlie McCullough with a fat St. Johns River channle catfish.Charlie McCullough with a respectable river cobia.

I fish the St. Johns River on two occasions last week, and on both trips we were rewarded with excellent catches of big catfish. Here in Central Florida, rising water levels in our freshwater rivers and creeks have the spawning catfish on the move. This spawning run also coincides with the arrival of the gizzard shad run and schooling largemouth bass bite. All of the catfish cleaned this week had gizzard shad in their stomachs. We also caught fish using fresh peeled shrimp fished on the bottom in areas of swift current.

Also, be sure to check out the April addition of Coastal Angler Magazine Orlando in print and online for free at

As always, if you need information or have any questions, please contact me.

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn
407-366-8085 office
407-416-1187 on the water

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Indian River Fishing Forecast 4-15- 2010

April 12, 2010 – Happy Days Are Here Again

The weather has improved steadily over the past several weeks and so has the fishing. With the warmer temperatures and more moderate winds, hungry gamefish have returned to the shallows in big numbers. Indeed, happy days are here again as evidenced by the following summaries from our most recent charters.

Art and his neighbor Al from Melbourne Beach fished last week with Capt. Roland in the Sebastian area of the Indian River. The morning started slow for the duo with strong northwest winds, but we stuck with the game plan. We finally got the winds to shift to the east and boy did the fish respond. In a 2 hour span we landed 12 trout from 22 to 28 inches. Pictured below is Art with his personal best trout of 28 inches followed by Al with another gator trout.

Capt. Peter was blessed with perfect weather on his charter with an old friend Bob and kayaking phenom and Olympian, Andrew. Taking advantage of the beautiful conditions, the day was spent poling around in the clear, shallow water and sight-fishing redfish. Among the many caught was the following being held by Andrew.

The next day was equally gorgeous weather-wise. There was a nice breeze coming off of the ocean, clear and calm water, and an almost cloudless sky. Capt. Peter reports the charter was split between fishing docks early, and then pushing a school of redfish later in the morning. We landed 19 redfish during this half day trip, with quite a few “tournament winners”, and some really nice “over-slot” fish – including the beauty pictured below.

Good Friday found Capt. Roland on the river again with Michael Cutbirth, his wife Michelle and their sons Josh age 7 and Jacob age 11 who was celebrating his birthday with the boys first ever fishing trip. The fishing was fantastic as we started catching redfish from the very first cast and it never stopped until we headed in. This group caught 20 reds and lost another handful as the fish were found under some docks and knew right where to go after being hooked. Jacob was heard to say "What a great Birthday". Pictured below are the boys with Roland during a double hook-up followed by Joshua with one of the many reds landed during the outing.

Ginna and Doug Edwards from Raleigh, North Carolina caught one of our less desirable days from a weather standpoint on their short visit to the Space Coast. The clouds were heavy and threatening while the winds blew a stiff 25 mph from the southeast. Another front was rapidly approaching from the north. However, Capt. Rocky and crew took advantage of the sheltered western shoreline of islands in the Grant area of the Indian River and found calm water and hungry gator trout. Doug and Ginna caught a half dozen big trout in an hour and half including the monster pictured below.

Mike and Michael Rimkus were joined by their good friend Alex from Denver on Sat. to fish with Capt. Roland in the grant area of the Indian River. The weather was gorgeous as Spring has finally arrived in full force with temps around 79 and light winds and sunny skies. The fishing was good with many hits but we just weren't hooking them good. That is until Alex got this monster 20 lb. redfish. Alex had quite a fight on his hands with the 10 lb line. The fish had almost emptied the reel of line before we finally gave chase with the trolling motor. After getting most of the line back, the fish wrapped the line around a clam lease pvc pipe full of sharp barnacles threatening to cut the line. We managed to unwrap the line and resume the fight for another 15 minutes. It was a great ending to a great charter.

The next day we took Mike's kids, Jenna 6 yrs old and Jacob 8 yrs old along with Alex's son, Trey 10 yrs old, with us for a kids day of fishing. With an approaching cold front on the way we decided to fish the canals of Honest Johns, just north of Sebastian Inlet. The bite was on as all the kids caught fish from sheephead, redfish, trout, snapper, and jacks. We boated 20 plus fish during the 4 hours and had smiles all around. Pictured below is our trio of kiddos with 1 of the many reds.

Another recent kids trip was guided by Capt. Peter and starred good friends Ed Wegerif, his son Luke, and his daughters Mulan, Jeili, and Anlu. They spent the morning near Cocoa Beach chasing schooling redfish. Even though they targeted just redfish, they varied their methods of fishing for them. They sight-fished the day away under mangroves, in potholes, and under docks. These great anglers landed around 20 reds, a couple of sheepshead, and a very nice trout…and dip-netted more jellyfish than anyone could count.

Native Sons Fishing Guides
Captain Rocky Van Hoose

Captain Brad Jones

Posted by Rocky Van Hoose on April 13, 2010 at 08:38:16 AM