Friday, July 29, 2011

Collecting Keys Tarpon DNA

Friday, July 29, 2011
Florida Keys Tarpon fishing, Islamorada, FL

Students fish and retrieve DNA samples of Tarpon for a class project with Capt. Ted Benbow of SKINS and FINS Charters.  At 2:04 in this video, one of the Anglers uses an abrasive scrub pad to come up with scale particles for the DNA sampling collected by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tampa Bay Fishing Charters

Red Grouper Fishing with Tampa Fishing Charters

I headed out late in the afternoon to catch the evening grouper bite. We left out of Tarpon Springs Sponge Dock. I had my lap top hocked up to navigate from, just knowing that we were going to get our limits of mangrove snapper and red grouper. Gag grouper and red snapper are now closed so we were going for what we would be able to keep.

We passed the sea buoy around 4:30pm, and headed due west. Half way there my laptop with all our numbers on it crashes and we start to scramble to pull the trip together. We decide to head out to some flat bottom in 85’ of water. After looking around for an hour, we find some fish holding on the hard bottom.

I am a die hard anchoring captain. I hate drifting. I will motor or power fish when the situation is right. That being said, red grouper tend to be spread out on flat bottom so anchoring is not always ideal. We decided to power/ drift fish, and it paid of well. The current was not running too strong and the wind was about 10 knots out of the south. We set up a slow drift and on the first pass we caught a few short red groupers and one keeper. We did it again and landed another red grouper. Within one and a half hours of finding this spot, we had our limit four man limit of red grouper.

Offshore fishing has been very good. There are more fish out there than I have seen in my lifetime. If you can get out there and get your red grouper and mangrove snapper—do it.

Captain Rick Reddick

Tampa Fishing Guides | Tampa Fishing Charters

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Amelia Island Fishing Report 7-26-2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Smorgasbord of Fish

 I've had a handful of trips the last couple of weeks that have started out slow but picked up with fish beginning to bite right up to the end.   A lot of it has to do with how much the patience the anglers have and if they  "endeavor to persevere"!  Today was one of those days.  I met Sam and Molly Pearson and their two kids Cassidy and Clay at the Big Talbot Island boat ramp, 7am, and we headed up the Nassau River for a morning of backcountry fishing on The Anglers Mark.  Our first stop was at Leon's Drop with the tide going out and the oysters not showing yet - perfect tide for the spot, but no bites.  We headed around through Jackstaff and fished the bank and Clay did pick up a feisty Redfish with a live shrimp under float. We crossed the creek where Sam had a good battle with a Bonnethead Shark, but the Shark won and move on!  Our next stop was at Bubblegum Reef and this time we broke out some bait casting bottom rigs.  Cassidy had a rod bending, drag ripping hookup and, FISH ON!  She and I battle the fish briefly then Sam jumped in and took over for a long battle which he won this time, and he brought to the boat a huge Stingray for pictures.  That must have gotten things going because Sam started having good hookups on a jig/shrimp combos.  He had a good strong bite, and played the fish perfectly, then handed the rod off to Clay who brought in a slot sized Redfish.  Then Sam hooked up with another and this time handed it off to Cassidy, who brought in an even bigger slot Redfish. 

Sam was on a roll because he eventually boated a "Smorgasbord" of fish including a Sheepshead, Sea Bass, and Black Drum.  Molly joined in and expertly reeled in the Sea Bass. Cassidy added one more Stingray to the mix.  The sun was up and it was time to head in, so we called it a day,  another great one to be on the water!

Capt. Lawrence Piper
The Anglers Mark
Amelia Island, Florida

Posted by Cpt. Lawrence Piper at 6:14 PM

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 7-25-2011

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 7/24/2011

Tarpon action was hot during the past week. Tarpon are happy and moving both north and south along our beaches. Fly anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had lots of shots sight casting to singles, doubles and small schools in the coastal gulf off Sarasota and had numerous bites and jumped fish during the past week. One of the most exciting scenarios was when tarpon corralled glass minnows into a bait ball and almost devoured the whole thing over a period of time as they repeatedly crashed through it gorging themselves on the fry. We had a couple of bites and jumped one tarpon out of the fray.

Sarasota winter resident, Mike Perez, fished a couple of days with me earlier in the week and was joined by Dean Hanneman, from Sarasota, on Wednesday. They had 3 bites and jumped 2 tarpon on flies. Dean fought one of the fish for more than 30 minutes and had the fish close to the boat before a knot in the fly line caused a break off.

Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key fished with me on Thursday and the action continued. We had 6 bites and jumped 3 fish. Tarpon were very aggressive that day, feeding on glass minnows and porpoising out of the water to eat our flies. Light conditions were poor and fish were deeper in the water column as we approached the end of the week and the action slowed on Friday and Saturday. We saw very few fish those days and didn’t have many decent shots.

Tarpon action should continue next week as we approach the new moon on July 30th. Strong out going tides in the afternoon should be best. Although tarpon numbers in the coastal gulf are thinning as some fish move to inside waters, they are aggressive.

Tight Lines,

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

FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
(941) 923-7799

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Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, FL, jumped this tarpon on a black Tarpon toad fly while fishing the coastal gulf off Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

ICAST 2011

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, July 23, 2011
By Captain Tom Van Horn

 Upcoming Seminars and Events
 Saturday, August 13th Introduction to Fly Fishing
10:00 - 12 Noon, Free Introduction to Fly Fishing Class instructed by FFF Certified Instructor and veteran Mosquito lagoon Fishing Guide Captain Chris Myers. Located in the Outback section of Mosquito Creek Outdoor, 170 South Washington Ave. Apopka Florida

Saturday, August 20th  Snook Fishing
10: 00 - 12:00 Snook Fishing Tactics "Free Seminars" instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn, Chris Myers, "Snook Fishing Tactics ", located in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 South Washington Ave., Apopka Florida,

Last Weeks Fishing Report
As mentioned in my last report, my adventures this past week again carried me away from the water to the ICAST convention in Las Vegas.  As always, it's always exciting to preview all of the new intovations in the fishing industry, and I'm always honored to vote as a media representive in the New Products Showcase.  With that said, below is a recap of this years winners of the 2011 New Product Showcase.


 NanoFil Line Wins Best of Show for Pure Fishing

Recently, the global sportfishing industry converged on the Las Vegas Convention Center for the world's largest sportfishing trade show, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trade, better known as ICAST.

Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), 6,900 representatives from the industry met in Las Vegas to see the latest innovations in gear, accessories and apparel, proving once again that ICAST is the driving force behind the fishing tackle industry worldwide.

The single most important feature for ICAST exhibitors and attendees alike is the New Product Showcase. The New Product Showcase embraces the sportfishing industry's innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and rewards that ingenuity through the Best of Show new product awards competition.

"My congratulations go to the winners and to all the companies who worked hard to develop these innovations and the buyers and outdoors journalists who served as judges," said ASA president and CEO Mike Nussman.      

 The ICAST 2011 Best of Show awards were presented on Tuesday, July 13, during the Chairman's Industry Awards Reception, sponsored by Frabill, Inc. This year the Berkley NanoFil fishing line by Pure Fishing, Inc. was voted by buyers and outdoors journalists as the most innovative product in the ICAST New Product Showcase in both the Line category and the overall Best of Show. This year's winners also included first-time ICAST exhibitors VestPac in the Fly Fishing Accessory category and 3D Picture Store, Inc. in the Giftware category.

ICAST 2012 will be held in Orlando, Fla., at the Orange County Convention Center on July 11-13, 2012.

2011 ICAST New Product Showcase Best of Show Award Winners
  •     Overall: Pure Fishing, Inc., Berkley NanoFil
  •     Apparel: Frabill, Inc., Frabill Suit
  •     Boat: Hobie Cat, Hobie Mirage Revolution II
  •     Boating Accessory: JL Marine Systems, Inc., 10-Foot Power-Pole Blade Edition
  •     Combo: Daiwa Corporation, Daiwa D-Shock DSH-4Bi Combo
  •     Electronics: Johnson Outdoor Marine Electronics, Humminbird 1158c DI Combo
  •     Eyewear: Costa, Costa Women's Collection
  •     Fishing Accessory: G. Pucci & Sons, Inc., P-Line Sparrowhawk
  •     Fly Fishing Accessory: VestPac, DriftPac
  •     Fly Fishing Reel: Temple Fork Outfitters, BVK Fly Reel
  •     Fly Fishing Rod: G. Loomis, Inc., Pro4x
  •     Freshwater Reel: Pure Fishing, Inc., Abu Garcia Revo MGX
  •     Freshwater Rod: G. Loomis, Inc., GL2
  •     Giftware: 3D Picture Store, Inc., 3D "Exploring Smallmouth" Picture
  •     Kids' Tackle: Pure Fishing, Inc., Casting Game & Sound Fishing Kit
  •     Line: Pure Fishing, Inc., Berkley NanoFil
  •     Hard Lure: Pure Fishing, Inc., Sebile D&S Crank
  •     Soft Lure: Koppers Fishing & Tackle Corporation, LIVE TARGET Hollow Body Mouse
  •     Saltwater Reel: Daiwa Corporation, Saltiga SATG5000H
  •     Saltwater Rod: Shimano American Corporation, Terez Rail Rod
  •     Tackle Management: Plano Molding Company, 4674 Hydro-Flo Tackle Bag
  •     Terminal Tackle: VMC, Spinshot

Captain Tom Van Horn
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
(407) 416-1187 on the water

Friday, July 22, 2011

Florida Panhandle Sailfish

Report for 07/22/2011

Salt Water

Well, Red snapper is closed along with Gag grouper and Amberjack so there is a lot of talk about it not being worth going out. Hang in there though, Amberjack opens back up August 1st, and Gag grouper will re open for recreational fishermen September 15th through November 16th. In the mean time, there is a pretty hot pelagic bite, Kings, Mahi Mahi , and Wahoo have been found along the weed lines. Be sure to be ready for the finicky Triple tail, you will need a lighter rig for them, say 15-20 lb. flourocarbon leader and a small hook with a live shrimp or other small live bait. Some artificial baits will work as well, but sometimes you can not beat the attraction of a livey. Some days the weed line is close to shore, and some it is out a ways. High speed trolling lures are a good way to go on the hunt while still fishing. You are out there to catch fish and you can not catch fish with out a hook in the water!

Still a lot of reports of oversize Reds in the pass, and at both Tyndall and Hathaway bridges. Speckled trout and smaller Reds have been reported in good numbers in North bay, and West bay at day break. This early morning high tide we are experiencing is responsible for that. Those fishing with larger baits were catching fewer, but better quality fish. Flounder seem to still be around and local anglers are pretty tight lipped about where. Can you blame them? Don't despair though, this just gives you an excuse to try some new spots and tactics.

boy with sailfish

Tyler Weldon of Sugar Hill GA caught a 78 inch sailfish, Panama City 3 miles @ the whistle buoy using light tackle he was flat lining cigar minnows with a 4/0 circle hook! .

A few reports of Kings and Spanish mackerel at both the county and city pier. Bonita are there as well feeding on the schools of L Y's that have been spotted lately. This has also attracted schools of large Redfish. There has been a lot of June grass along the beach which has made surf fishing difficult but these conditions change daily, so if you are wanting to fish the surf have a plan B just in case the grass is a problem. Those that have managed to catch something have moved around until they found relatively clear water, and of those reports some Whiting, Ladys and Bluefish were reported.

We have heard of some nice trigger fish and Mingo snapper in water 65 to 150 ft both southeast and southwest of the pass. There have been some Red groupers on the east beach and along the edge. Wahoo and Dolphin are on the south edge and out to the Flats, 131 hole and nipple area. Kings are good along the beach and out to the timber holes. Amberjack season opens in a few days, August 1st.

Surf fishing is producing a few ladyfish and hardtails during the day and sharks at night. On the pier tarpon at first light and a few late in the day, Kings have been slow in the pier. On the jetties, lots of small jacks, a little redfish action and a few ladyfish make for a great day of fishing. In the bay, a good bite of trout, a few reds and some flounder. Almost all of the good bay fishing is under dock lights and bridges after dark.

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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Amelia Island Fishing Report 7-20-2011

Amelia Island Fishing Report
Get away from it all and ......let's go fishing!
July 2011

Hello Anglers!
Summer is in full swing and fishing is HOT in more ways than one!  Don't forget, the Amelia Island Fishing Report is kept up to date so visit regularly during the month to see what's biting! Get away from it all, book a trip,  and Let's Go Fishing on The Angler's Mark!

This Month's Fishing Reports:
Big Redfish
Monatana Meets North Florida Slam
We had some excellent fishing in June with lots of catching.  There is no telling what is at the end of the line when you get a bite!  It could be a Redfish, Seatrout, Sheepshead, Flounder.  Or it could be a Black Tip Shark, Bonnethead Shark, Stingray or Croaker.  Amelia Island backcountry fishing has all kinds of surprises! See the complete and up to date Amelia Island Fishing Report then book a trip on The Anglers Mark!

Capt. Lawrence Piper
The Anglers Mark

Amelia Island, Florida

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tampa Fishing Charters 7-19-2011

Tampa Fishing Guides
Summer Time River Snook
July 14, 2011

While the fishing on the flats has been slow, quality fish can be found in the deeper rivers and canals. On a recent charter I decided to go fish some of my fall and spring snook spots. And to my surprise. the fishing was pretty good.

It seems that this year the fish patterns are running a little behind for certain species. For instances, white bait has been hard to find. Usually, the bridges are loaded with nice size green backs, but this year it has taken time to chum the on the flats to get enough bait for a trip. The red fish are starting to show up in places that the usually frequent in May.

Tarpon fishing is still steady, but river snook fishing always gets me excited. The snook in the rivers like good moving water. On a two tide day, I would fish the strongest part of the tide. On normal tide days, just make sure that you do not have a stagnate period during the cycle.

When fishing the rivers do not be scared of fresh water. The fish will be there. Big baits is also a key. If you have never experienced this type of fishing give me a call. Battle large snook and red fish in our Tampa bay area rivers is defiantly a special experience.

Captain Rick Reddick
Tampa Fishing Charters

Indian River Lagoon Fishing Report 7-17-2011

Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters
Capt. Chris Myers
July 17, 2011

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

We are almost halfway through what has been an unusual summer in Mosquito Lagoon. While the redfishing has remained consistently good, there are still no tarpon, and very few jacks, ladyfish, and other summer visitors. The only explanation seems to be the lack of glass minnow and pilchard schools. Why they are not here is anyone's guess. The trout fishing has dropped off a bit as well. Some of the spots that had been producing dozens of fish for great catch and release light tackle action have stopped producing. Many of the spots have been hit hard by the daily cooler filling boats and the commercial anglers and they are nearly wiped out. You can still get into some decent action if you put in the time to look for them but you often have to move several times to find them.

On a positive note, the redfish action has been very good. The water is quite cloudy in most places making them tougher to see. You can get much closer to them in these conditions, however, and having dozens of shots within 20-30 feet of the boat is the norm. Having the proper eyewear is essential for seeing these fish. Copper, vermilion, or amber lenses will make a huge difference. Try it with gray and you may miss most of the fish. The bite has been consistent even through this last full moon. The DOA Baitbuster, followed by the 3 and 5 inch CAL tails, have been our best lures. If you get to the right spot at the right time, you may even encounter a redfish blitz. Seeing big schools of redfish acting like jack crevalle crashing mullet is not something you see every day in Mosquito Lagoon. If you do see it happening, drag a Baitbuster across the surface for some awesome surface bites.

This month started off with California angler Frank on board. Most of the morning was heavy clouds and even some rain and it was tough spotting the fish. We stuck it out and when the clouds parted, Frank landed several nice fish on the five inch silver mullet colored CAL.

Robert and Walter had an excellent day with shots at tons of redfish and catching some quality fish.

The following day's trip did not work out quite as well. We encountered hundreds of redfish throughout the morning. Unfortunately, not one cast ever landed in front of a fish. While many of the shots were under 30 feet, it sound much easier than it is. Like most other things, they are easy if you practice them. My client did not hook up but he had fun trying and learned some new techniques.

Brain and Mark landed six redfish the next day before we had to race back to the ramp to avoid an early thunderstorm.

That Friday was the last space shuttle launch. With some horrible weather in the morning, we did not think the launch would go up. Seth spent the morning fly fishing but spotting them was nearly impossible. He did get one nice red but you will not see it here as I had forgotten to put the memory card in my camera. The clouds began to part and we set up to watch the launch.

The past week produced some great weather and plenty of shots at 10-15 pound redfish. The black redfish worm fly caught fish as did the DOA Baitbuster, the 3 inch CAL and the 5 inch CAL.

While the slick calm summer days are great for spotting fish activity, the fish are ultra sensitive to unnatural noises. Squeaky shoes, loud steps, and the plop of a lure or bait will get the attention of the fish but not in a good way. The calmer it is, the more stealth you need to use.This time of year, the redfish will eat a wide variety of baits. If you cast a several fish and do not get a bite, switch styles until you find what works.

Catching the Big Reds
Summertime is an excellent time to do battle with one of the famous bull reds of Mosquito Lagoon. 20-40 pound redfish roam throughout the Lagoon but some places hold them more consistently that others. This year, several of the big fish "hotspots" do not seem to be producing as good as they usually do. This is most likely a result of constantly being driven over by boats and by overfishing pressure. Each week in the summer, I see trophy sized redfish floating dead from poor fighting and release tactics.
With the hot water, there is much lower dissolved oxygen in the water so fight times and photo sessions need to be kept to a minimum. Braided line and constant pressure will help in getting them to the boat quickly. If the fish is not taking out drag, you should be getting line back. Have the camera ready before removing the fish and get a quick shot and return it to the water. If you just toss them overboard, there is a good chance they will simply sink to the bottom and die. Hold the fish by the tail until it kicks free.
The southern end of the Lagoon near the Whale Tail has been holding big schools of large redfish. You have to get there early to beat the crowds and do not be surprised if boats drive in on top of you. The best chance is to get there early, get a couple fish, and get out before the fleet arrives to pound them the rest of the day. While many boats try and find the fish by "bumping" them with their motor, you are better off shutting down and poling or trolling quietly and watching for fins on the surface. This time of year, a shallow running Baitbuster in the surface will catch huge redfish. Drag the bait in front of or across the school but make sure it is on the surface or you will spook them.

Capt. Chris Myers
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters

Upcoming Seminars

The following seminars will be at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka. All classes are free unless otherwise indicated -

August 13 - Intoduction the Fly Fishing - 10-12 - Free - Capt. Chris Myers

Learn about fly fishing opportunities in central Florida as well as

how to choose equipment. Try your hand at casting as well.

August 20 - Snook Fishing Tactics - 10-12 - Captains Tom Van Horn and Chris Myers

September 3 - Fishing the Fall Mullet Run 10-12 - Captains Tom Van Horn and Chris Myers

September 10 - Fly Casting School - 9-1 - Capt. Chris Myers - $75
Advanced registration required, 6 students maximum. Learn how to fly cast
from certified casting instructor Chris Myers. All equipoment provided or
you can bring your own.

October 8 - Intoduction to Fly Fishing - 10-12

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 7-18-2011

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 7/16/2011

Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf along Sarasota beaches is still good. Fly anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tarpon during the past week. Conditions were better early in the week when we had better sunlight and sea conditions. Although tarpon have already spawned by this time of the season and large schools have made way for singles doubles and small schools, they are aggressive. We have been seeing 50 to 100 fish per day and averaging 20 or more shots per day at tarpon.

Fly anglers fishing with me 4 days last week had 9 bites and hooked or jumped 4 tarpon. Accuracy is very important when sight fishing for tarpon. The fly must be in the right place for the right fish for it to work. Happy fish are high in the water column and meandering as they travel. Fish that are deep in the water column or moving fast are tougher, but it may work if you get the fly down to them fast enough.

Palmetto, FL winter resident, Jerry Poslusny, and Jay Peck, a fly fishing guide from Spencerport, NY, tarpon fished with me on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. They had 8 bites and hooked or jumped 4 of them. Jon Yenari, from Sarasota, FL, fished with me on Friday. Sea conditions were rough that day, but the fish were there. He had more than 20 shots at tarpon and had one eat. There are many variables when it comes to fly fishing for tarpon. Even when everything else is right if the fly is in a boney part of the fish’s mouth, it may jump off.  The most fun is the bite and the fight!

Tarpon action should continue through July. As the number of fish in the coastal gulf declines they will move to inside waters of Sarasota Bay, Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor where you may find them around bridges, on deep grass flats or in deep holes. Action should also be good in Sarasota Bay on shallow and deep grass flats for trout, reds, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and more. The best action on the flats will be early in the day before heat affects the action.

Tight Lines,

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

FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
(941) 923-7799

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jumping tarpon

Fly fishing guide, Jay Peck from Spencerport, NY, jumped this tarpon on a fly in the coastal gulf off Sarasota while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Amelia Island Fishing Report 7-15-2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Hunt for Reds

boy with redfish

Chris Clark,  his "almost 8" son, Hunt, and Hunt's grandfather Vance Hefner were visiting Amelia Island and took in an Amelia Island fishing trip on The Anglers Mark.  We left the Atlantic Seafood dock at the Fernandina Beach Harbor Marina at 7am sharp and headed up to the Jolley River for some backcountry fishing.  Our first stop was at a small runout as the tide reached it's bottom and the anglers warmed up by tossing shrimp and jig combos.  They had a few bites and Vance broke the ice with a Croaker and when the tide started back in we pulled anchor and began trolling the oyster lined banks. A few more bites later and a couple of more croakers, a small Redfish,  then we had a strong bite and drag ripped out! Hunt and his dad worked the fish together and they soon boated a nice 17 3/4" Redfish.  We had a couple of more good Redfish bites but they shook the hook so we moved on up the river to a nice creek.  We had only trolled a few minutes when WHAM!  FISH ON!  Again, Hunt and Chris fought the fish, playing it perfectly and as the big Red got close to the boat, Chris netted it and brought it in, a slot sized 23" Redfish!  We moved on up into the creek and anchored and the anglers each had a shot at fighting and catching Bonnethead Sharks then Chris picked up his 2nd Flounder and Vance topped off the Amelia Island Inshore Slam with a nice Seatrout.

Bonnethead Shark

  We made one more stop at the outside of Tiger Island and the guys fought a couple of more shark and Chris added another Flounder, then we headed in, counting it as another great day to be on the water!

Capt. Lawrence Piper
The Anglers Mark

Amelia Island, Florida

Posted by Cpt. Lawrence Piper at 7:38 PM

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Florida Keys Dolphin Fishing 7-2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The ocean breeze is cool and the fishing is still HOT!!!


South Carolinians Scott, Holden and Charley met Austin and Erich from Ocala Fl. at Holiday Isle Resort and Marina for a day of fishing aboard the Gotcha. Capt. Mel Walker found the fish and a good time was had by all.


The Stowers family from Tenn. has been fishing with Capt. Larry Wren for five years now. This year they brought Bryce Bolek with them and went out on the 1st Choice. This is only about half of the total catch.


Chris and Stephanie came down from Boston Mass. for a long awaited vacation here in the Florida Keys. Capt. Steve Leopold took them out on the Yabba Dabba Doo for a day of deep sea fishing for Mahi Mahi


Carlos Szajnert and his son Sammy from Miami put up a fine rack of Dolphin after returning from a day in the "stream". Capt. Larry Wren of the 1st Choice made sure that they had a great day on the water.

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    

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Indian River Lagoon Fishing Report 7-13-2011

CAM NIRL, July 2011
If water levels remain low like they’ve been thus far in year 2011 we can expect our redfish, black drum and gator trout to be extra spooky for the remainder of the summer.

Fishing very early in the day will help the savvy angler in his or her efforts to fool these wary predators while using artificial lures.

Covering the entire water column is important, even in the shallows. I’m starting my days with a top-water plug on one client’s rod and a spoon on the second. This covers the TOP and MIDDLE of the water’s regions very well and will account for savage bites from the more aggressive fish in the immediate area.

I’ll keep two other rods rigged with Exude soft plastic baits. One will be rigged with an RT Slug in a color appropriate for the water clarity we’re fishing. A second rod will have an Exude Shrimp rigged weedless in either Natural Shrimp or the Golden Bream color. We’ll be using these to ply the bottom of the shallows by working them just over the grass and letting them fall into the sand-spots which dot the floor of our most productive fishing areas!

We’ve been having a great deal of luck this season by fishing UNDER and AROUND the schooling mullet, especially the big mullet. Don’t worry if these mullet are too large for the redfish, trout or drum to eat. The predators are feeding on the shrimp, pistol shrimp, crabs, etc. which are stirred up from the bottom as the mullet are rooting around in the grass, feeding! Of course fishing live or dead mullet, pinfish or shrimp on the bottom will work too, but be aware the pinfish may have their way with any “cut” bait sitting still.

It is pigfish season for you who like catching big numbers of seatrout. Floating a frisky pig at just the right depth below a popping float will virtually guarantee lots-o-action for the angler who is knowledgeable in this “simple” art!

Captain Mark Wright
cell - 321-302-3474
home - 321-264-3474

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 7-12-2011

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 7/9/2011

Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, continued to have action with tarpon in the coastal gulf off Sarasota this week. The Notari family, from Longboat Key, FL and IL, tarpon fished with me on Wednesday and Thursday. Josh Notari, from IL, battled a large tarpon, estimated at 130-lbs, to the boat after a long fight on Thursday. The big fish ate a pinfish and dragged us more than 5 miles into the gulf and 7 or 8 miles from where we hooked the fish. They also jumped a tarpon on a DOA Baitbuster and had a couple of other bites on pinfish. Friday was blown out with the passing of a tropical wave that brought heavy rains and high winds to southwest Florida.

Tarpon preferred pinfish over crabs when using spinning tackle this week but they were also aggressive on flies, tracking many of the presentations we made to them. Poor visibility made it necessary to make quick presentations to tarpon that we couldn’t see until they were very close. Dark flies have accounted for most of the tarpon jumped and caught by fly anglers this season. We are in my favorite part of the season to fly fish for tarpon, lots of singles, doubles and small schools that have already spawned and are excited about feeding!

Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf should continue to be good as we approach a full moon next week. Action has been best on afternoon outgoing tides.

Tight Lines,

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

FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Lightning Safety For Boaters

According to a recent story by Ken Kaye in the Sun Sentinal, 82 percent of the 648 people killed by lightning in this country between 1995 and 2008 were men. Why are so many more men killed? They refuse to walk away from sporting events and other outdoor activities when the weather turns bad. As the captain of a Fort Lauderdale deep sea fishing boat , I can tell you that lightning is nothing to play around with. The only safe places during a thunderstorm are in an enclosed building or in a car so getting back to the dock and to one of these two locations should be your first option. Here are some other lightning safety tips for boaters from the National Weather Service.

Check your local weather forecast and radar before going out on the water. If thunderstorms are predicted, Stay In Port!

Most of the people who are injured or killed while boating are on small boats with no cabin. Carry a NOAA Weather Radio or listen to local radio stations. If storms start to build, head back to a safe location. If you do get caught in an electrical storm on a boat with no cabin, drop anchor and get as low as possible.

If your boat has a cabin get drop anchor and get inside. Stay away from metal and electrical components and stay off the radio. Boats with a properly installed lightning protection systems are safer then boats without one.

So, if you are out on the water and the sky turns ugly, it is time to pull in the lines and head back to port as quickly as is possible. Safety should always be your number one priority. The fish will be there tomorrow!

Reel Work Sport Fishing
301 Seabreeze Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 7- 11-2011

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report
July 7, 2011
By Captain Tom Van Horn

Upcoming Seminars and Events

Saturday, August 13th Introduction to Fly Fishing
10:00 - 12 Noon, Free Introduction to Fly Fishing Class instructed by FFF Certified Instructor and veteran Mosquito lagoon Fishing Guide Captain Chris Myers. Located in the Outback section of Mosquito Creek Outdoor, 170 South Washington Ave. Apopka Florida

Saturday, August 20th Snook Fishing
10: 00 - 12:00 Snook Fishing Tactics "Free Seminars" instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn, Chris Myers, "Snook Fishing Tactics ", located in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 South Washington Ave., Apopka Florida,

Pure Fishing's Bimini Blast Report, July 7, 2011

As mentioned in my last report, my adventures this past week carried me off on the trip of a lifetime as I was invited by Pure Fishing and Penn Reels on a five day journey to Bimini to test out Penn's new Squall and Fathom reels. The journey began with seven boats departing the Harbor Town Marina at Port Everglades on a 50 mile run to the Bimini Sands Resort around 2 pm Sunday.

The media event was orginized by Captain George Poveromo (World of Saltwater Fishing TV Show) and Hunter Cole (Pure Fishing) with the goal to introduce Penn's new Squall and Fathom Reels. Our focus was to fish hard and put these new reels to the test, and that exactly what we did.

Besides Captain George, the armada of other notable Captains included Harry Vernon of Captain Harry's, Ron Crowder, Bouncer Smith, Albert Castro and Carl Grassi.

Fishing with New 2012 Penn Reel For Yellowfin tuna Off the Bahamas

New Penn Reels Fathom and Squall Part 1

New Penn Reels Fathom and Squall Part 2 Squall

During our three days of fishing, we targeted yellowfin tuna in the Toung of the Ocean about 20 miles north of Great Isaac Cay which was a good 40 mile run to the north out of Bimini, and reef fish in various locations both north and south of Bimini. Besides catching a boatload of tuna, we caught a number of reef species like yellowtail snapper and grouper and some pelagic species like very big kingfish (over 50 pounds) and a sailfish caught by Jeff Weakly.

Penn reels
Penn's New Reels

boat ready for fishing
Penn's New Reels

underwater tuna

boating a tuna
Tuna Boat Shot

On our last day, we combined two crews and piled into Captain Harry's 39 foot Contender and set course for the 40 mile run north in search of tuna. Again we quickly located the school and stayed with them for the next 4 hours. Altogether we caught over 20 fish, and I landed my best fish, (70 pound yellowfin) on a Fathom 25 setup. All and all, we put Penn's new reels to the test without a single failure, quite impressive.

In closing, I would like to thank the fine folks at Pure Fishing and Penn reels for inviting my on the excellent adventure, and on Monday it's off to Las Vegas for the 54th ICAST Convention.

The July Coastal Angler Magazine Orlando is available online so visit:

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

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
(407) 416-1187 on the water

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Friday, July 08, 2011

Tampa Bay Shark Fishing

Sharks Are Swimming Around You

Tampa Fishing Guides - Shark
Most people swimming at the beach do not realize that large sharks are lurking around them. During the summer months, Tampa Fishing Charters takes advantage of these sharks that become active in the warm shallow waters of Tampa Bay.

Sight fishing for sharks on the flats and the edges of channels is the way to target these fish. Large baits are needed to weed through the smaller fish. Lady fish, Spanish mackerel and other oily fish are perfect for capture sharks. I prefer to use monofilament instead of wire or steel cable. Sure you get a few bite offs, but in shallow, clear water mono will always out fish heavy cable.

Tampa Fishing Guides - Shark

200lbers like this are not uncommon when fishing for these aggressive fish. Give me a call to get into the action.

Tampa Fishing Charters

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 7- 2011

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast
July 2011

By Captain Tom Van Horn

Upcoming Seminars and Events

Saturday, August 13th Introduction to Fly Fishing
10:00 - 12 Noon, Free Introduction to Fly Fishing Class instructed by FFF Certified Instructor and veteran Mosquito lagoon Fishing Guide Captain Chris Myers. Located in the Outback section of Mosquito Creek Outdoor, 170 South Washington Ave. Apopka Florida

Saturday, August 20th  Snook Fishing
10: 00 - 12:00 Snook Fishing Tactics "Free Seminars" instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn, Chris Myers, "Snook Fishing Tactics ", located in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 South Washington Ave., Apopka Florida,

July's Fishing Outlook

First and foremost, happy Fourth of July, and thank you to all who are currently serving, have served or have paid the ultimate sacrifice allowing us the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

Next, my apologies for this late forecast.  I typically try to publish this forecast before the first of the month, but I have a real good excuse, I had gone fishing.  Not just any fishing, but the trip of a lifetime.  You see, I was invited by the fine folks of Pure Fishing on a four day preview of their new Penn Fathom and Squall reels.  Now you're thinking how can this be the trip of a lifetime?  Well, did I forget to mention we were putting these new reels to the test off of the coast of Bimini, catching monster yellow fin tuna and an assortment of other reef fish on light tackle.  For three solid days seven boats of anglers  put these new reels to the test without a single failure, quite impressive, and oh yes, great fun.  My best fish was a 70 pound plus yellow fin caught on a Fathom 30 conventional reel which is equivalent to 30 pound class tackle.

Summer has officially arrived on the Space Coast of Florida, and the mid summer doldrums are currently amongst us. It's also the time of year when tropical weather systems and offshore water temperatures are unpredictable. Just when you think you've got the fishing figured out, a summer squall (tropical system) will blow in and kick up the seas, or the cold water Labrador Current will chill bottom water temperatures and shut down the seaward bite. Setting all these possibilities aside, many opportunities for angling adventures exist for us both inside and outside on the lagoon coast in July.

Near-shore, kingfish will be the staple on the reefs and wrecks in 70 to 90 feet of water, with a mixed bag of three, wahoo, dolphin, and an occasional sailfish, thrown in. My preferred method for targeting these species is slow trolling live bait (pogies) on steel stinger rigs in the areas of the Chris Benson, 8A, and Pelican Flats reefs.

On the Port Canaveral buoy line and along the beaches when the water is clean, an assorted beach bag is available with smoker kings (large king mackerel), silver kings (tarpon), sharks, and colossal jacks (school buses) all available at any given time. To target these species, focus your attention in areas of bait concentrations. This past week, pods of large tarpon and sharks were located between Patrick AFB and Satellite Beach. As the month progresses, these fish should begin moving north along the beach to their favorite summertime haunt in the forbidden zone off the bight of the Kennedy Space Center.

In the Port and inlets, Spanish mackerel, summer flounder and mangrove snapper number should remain steady. To target the flounder and snapper, try using DOA Shrimp or Gulp Shrimp on a ¼ to ½ ounce jig head in the areas of structure and along sandy drop-offs. For flounder or snapper cast the jig as close to the structure as possible without getting snagged, and let it sink to the bottom. Once it's reached the bottom, slowly drag it back letting it rest every foot or so. When jigging for Spanish mackerel or other toothy critters, use the same jigs, but retrieve it quickly to avoid getting cut off by not allowing the fish to strike the line.

Inshore, July is one of the best times of the year to catch redfish in shallow water. Schools have already started forming up, and the sight of a feeding school of redfish is incredible. Once you've finished drooling over redfish, look for snook, and top water snapper along mangrove edges, and juvenile tarpon in the creeks, canals and backwaters. In deeper water, look for ladyfish and small trout to be shadowing schools of bay anchovies (glass minnows) under clouds of feeding terns. These feeding frenzies are great fun, especially when fly fishing using a top water popping bug. Additionally, Calm conditions are ideal for paddlers wishing to venture back into the No-Motor Zone, where tailing redfish make great targets for both fly and spin anglers.

Remember, as the water levels increase, dissolved oxygen levels decrease, so it is important to step up your tackle and line size to facilitate a shorter battle, and to revive your catch completely before release.

For up to date fishing forecast by all Coastal Angler Magazine Orlando captains visit:

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

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters

(407) 416-1187 on the water 

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Sarasota Fishing Report 7-6-2011

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota & Stuart, FL Fishing Report

Tarpon fishing remains good off Sarasota beaches, although conditions this week made it challenging. Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, jumped several tarpon on flies and landed one. I also spent a couple of days over in Stuart, FL at the annual DOA Guide/Outdoor Writer Festival, where we caught and released snook, trout, flounder, black drum and jacks.

The DOA event is held out of River Palm Cottages and Fish Camp, “A Cool Place to Stay”, on the banks of the Indian River in Jensen Beach, FL. It is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. Not only is it right on the Indian River, it has a Florida Keys atmosphere with a nice Tiki Hut, dockage for boats and they’re pet friendly, too. Outdoor writers, sponsors and guides were matched up daily to fish the fertile waters of the Indian and St. Lucie Rivers. Tarpon to 100-lbs, snook to 30-lbs, trout to more than 10-lbs, reds and permit were caught and released on DOA baits by anglers participating in the event.       

Capt. John Irwin, from Charleston, SC, fished the Indian and St. Lucie Rivers with me on Monday. The action wasn’t fast, but we caught a variety of species including snook, trout, flounder and black drum on DOA TerrorEyz, DOA shrimp and CAL jigs with shad tails. Capt. Dave Lear, from Tallahassee, FL and Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, FL, fished with me on Tuesday. We caught and released a couple of snook on DOA shrimp in the St. Lucie Inlet and a couple of nice trout on a sandbar in the Indian River near River Palm Cottages.

Back in Sarasota conditions weren’t great for tarpon fishing, although fish were aggressive; free jumping, tail slapping and eating baits off the surface. Overcast skies, thunderstorms and rough water caused fish to be deep in the water column requiring quick presentations. Despite poor conditions, we had numerous shots at tarpon each day. The issue was seeing a fish soon enough to make a presentation and get your fly deep enough in the water column. An angler on my boat on Wednesday jumped 3 tarpon on Deceiver and Tarpon Rat flies and landed one of about 70-pounds. Two tarpon were hooked with only 20’ of line outside the rod tip.

Tarpon action should be good next week as we head away from the new moon. The best action has been on afternoon outgoing tides. Flats action in Sarasota Bay for trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and more should also be a good option although the best action is usually in the morning before heat becomes an issue. Catch and release snook fishing around lighted docks and bridge fenders close to passes should also be a good option and is a great way to beat the heat.

Tight Lines,

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

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Capt. Rick Grassett with a nice Indian River trout caught and released on a DOA holographic shrimp at the annual DOA Guide/Outdoor Writer festival held out of River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp in Jensen Beach, FL. Rusty Chinnis photo.


Capt. John Irwin, from Charleston, SC, caught and released this nice flounder on a DOA Terroryz in the St. Lucie River while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett at the annual DOA Guide/Outdoor Writer festival held out of River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp in Jensen Beach, FL.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Everglades Fishing Charters 7-2011

Everglades Fishing Charters Fishing Report July 2011


Capt Becky is back in full swing down in Everglades City after being up in Boca Grande for a short nice season, full of great tarpon fishing, time spent with new friends, and a great tournament team I am already missing.

Monster snook

I have already started taking bookings for our next tarpon season(2012) up in Boca Grande. If you want to fish for the Silver Kings with me up in Boca Grande be sure and make your plans early as the season only last about 6 weeks, so we book up early. You can contact me at 239-695-2029 or

Captain Becky's Monster Tarpon

The fishing out of Everglades City has been on and off, but mostly ON. The weather is starting to get into a pattern with it being cloudy in the mornings and raining in late afternoon/evenings. This makes the fishing good as it flushes out the rivers/creeks and also cools everything down a little.

We are still catching the usual.....Trout, Redfish, Snook, Pompano, Mackerel, Blackdrum, Mangrove Snapper, Sharks, Goliath Grouper and Baby Tarpon. Actually the Baby Tarpon fishing is getting better each day, as the hotter it gets the hotter the Baby Tarpon fishing gets. There were some Cobia and Permit along with big Sharks on the near shore wrecks last week.

The summer months will continue to be consistently good for the above species.

I would like to recommend 1/2 - 3/4 day charters this time of year because it is warm and also to stay away from the afternoon rains.

"What are you waiting for..pick up that phone and give me (Capt Becky Campbell) a call 239-695-2029, lets make those plans for your next fishing experience here in the Everglades National Park/10,000 Islands"

Best Fishes,

Captain Becky Campbell
Phone - 239-695-2029
Cell - 727-709-1375

Friday, July 01, 2011

Beware Of Jumping Sturgeon!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wishes everybody a Happy 4th of July and reminds boaters on the Suwannee River to be careful of jumping sturgeon.