Friday, June 29, 2012

Ft Lauderdale Bull Dolphin

bull dolphin
Big Bull Dolphin Caught 6/21/2012 Off Fort Lauderdale
Anglers fishing with me aboard the Reel Work out of Ft Lauderdade last Thursday were having a fun time catching kingfish, blackfin tuna and mahi-mahi when this big bull dolfin (mahi-mahi) hit. After a fierce battle this big mahi found it's way into the ice box. Good job guys!

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

Apalachicola Fishing Report June 2012

Capt. Ken Finch with about a 20 lb tripletail

I always like to go with the good news first, so here's a good fish caught on a pretty day! The bad news isn't all bad, we did need the rain! Tropical Storm Debby managed to knock out the power to St. George Island and drop limbs on power lines around town here in Apalach. Our power just got restored after 24 hours but the Honda Generator we bought after Hurricane Dennis from Wefings Marine (Thanks Marc!) has kept our freezer & refrigerator running and has enough power for a fan in the bedroom & the flat screen tv!

If you have a fishing trip booked with us this week, please check with your captain to be sure that it's fishable. And if you are planning to stay on St. George Island this week or
weekend, the island has been evacuated and they are not letting visitors to cross the bridge because of the following...

According to Progress Energy:
There are three damaged transmission structures down in St. George Sound. Because of this, there is no electric power to St. George Island. We have to wait until the weather subsides to assess the extent of the damage. At this point, we do not have an estimated time of restoration and will not have one until we are able to get onto the island. The Eastpoint to St. George Island Tap transmission project is scheduled to be completed July 9 -- with a switchover of power starting at midnight, and lasting approximately eight hours. We are accelerating the project and will complete the switch over to the new equipment as soon as possible. Because of the planned new work, we will not repair the damaged structures. Once we get onto the island, it will still take several days to conduct damage assessment and complete the switch over to the new equipment. Any customers that have not evacuated will need to be prepared for multiple days without electricity.
 Update from Tropical Storm Debby, June 28, 2012
Thank You Progress Energy! Ok everybody scheduled to come to St. George Island, Pack your Bags & come on down! Be sure to book your fishing trip & plan to spend Tuesday evening in town for the parade & fireworks!
Kathy Robinson.

If you are reading this and need a place to stay, one of the two 2 bedroom condos in downtown Apalachicola that I manage is available for rent (4:30 Monday afternoon) and Apalachicola has power. Check out the listing at From where I'm sitting, at my desk staying dry, The Seafood Grill Restaurant is open for business tonight. I'm pretty sure the Owl Cafe & the Tap Room are open as well. I would check with any waterfront restaurants before heading out just in case...

The Gang from Sunnyhill Plantation had a great time with Capt. Grayson!

Red Snapper Season is still open until July 10th at 11:59:59 so you have more than 2 weeks to get your Snapper trip in!

Come to Apalachicola for the Old Apalachicola Independence Day Celebration! For the first time in many, many years, the city of Apalachicola is having fireworks! Starting at 6pm with a parade, then an ice cream social at 7. Music from 7 to 11 and the Fireworks at 9:00pm. Thank you Historic Apalachicola Main Street. For more details go to Hope to see you there!

Two more things and then I'm going to hit send... First - let's make plans to fish this fall! Either here in Apalachicola for Reds, trout, etc. or in the Keys with Tommy. If we don't get to it now we might not get around to remembering to book it. Second - we have more affordable listings for sale but not much of anything for long term rental. Since we moved to 44 Avenue E, we get people calling & walking in nearly every day trying to find a home to rent. Got property to rent? Please Call us at Robinson Real Estate Company 850-653-1653 or click


Kathy Robinson
Robinson Brothers Guide Service
44 Avenue E
Apalachicola, FL 32320

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Florida Bay Fishing Report 6-28-2012

Summer fishing is hitting its peak. The bite has been really good for those that have been able to compromise with getting up early to avoid some of the afternoon rain. Flamingo is seeing a great redfish bite on the flats. Snook fishing is good close to the mangrove shorelines. And snapper and trout is also another area that has been successful. Tarpon is coming in behind. We have actually hooked some really big fish while out fishing. And also caught some monster trout while redfishig. We have been using scent baits like those from Fishbites and Gulp. Bring sharp worm hooks to rig these weedless because there is a lot of grass. You can go from shrimp to jerkbait or shads and do really well with this simple method of casting. Use split shot or worm bullet weights to adjust level.

In Biscayne Bay I have been fishing the flats and finger channels near Stiltsville and to the south. There have been bonefish, sharks, and permit on the flats. The finger channels have some big barracuda on the edges where the current pushes the bait. On the bottom you can catch mutton, mangrove, and hogfish snappers. Stalking the flats requires the right tide and a lot of patience these days but the rewards are awesome. Don’t forget to flats close to the mainland. Sometimes they are vacant of fishermen and full of fish.

For late afternoon or evening fishing I would consider the cuts or bridges in the area. Make sure to bring live bait. And some strong line and poles. Give me a call and let’s get out on the water.

Captain Ariel Cabrera

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 6-23-2012

Central Florida Sight Fishing
June 23, 2012
by Capt. Chris Myers

While the fishing has been quite good as we officially enter the beginning of summer, the weather has been anything but. Another subtropical system is currently engulfing the state bring more clouds and rain, the enemy of the sight fisherman. It seems like the past month has brought a higher than average amount of wind and clouds to central Florida. Hopefully, we will return to a more normal pattern soon.

When the weather has cooperated, the fishing has been quite good. The water level in the Lagoon system is nearly one foot higher than it usually is this time of year. This gives the fish more places to roam and you are likely to find them in some unusual and unexpected places. Fortunately, we have not experienced the heavy algae bloom that invaded our waters last year. Most of the flats are clear. When the sun is out, sight fishing is excellent.

On one of the nicer weather days, Jay and Marc joined me for an outstanding day on the flats. Numerous redfish and trout were landed on a variety of baits and flies including DOA Baitbusters and CALs and some of Jay's secret baitfish pattern flies.

Last week, I made my annual trip to the DOA Outdoor Writers Event in Stuart. On the first day, I fished with Homosassa Guide and writer Capt. William Toney. We used the Holographic 1/4 ounce shrimp to catch a variety of trout, flounder, snapper, lookdowns, jacks, and snook. The following day I fished with Cheryl and Polly. We stayed around the St. Lucie Inlet hoping for a giant snook. We found some huge fish hugging the bottom and tied on some 1/4 jigheads with a 3 inch holographic paddle tail CAL. Ceryl hooked up first but the huge fish cut through the 30lb leader. A few minutes later, Polly stuck a 37 inch snook and landed it using 10 pound braid. It was her largest snook to date.

Back in Mosquito Lagoon, I teamed up with Capt. Drew Cavanaugh for a day of scouting and fun fishing. We found some hungry redfish and had a blast watching them crush the Baitbuster on the surface. Check out my Youtube page for a short video of a topwater redfish bite. I also hooked several large fish using the BFL 5.5 lure.

On my charter the following day, the conditions were not quite as good and sight fishing was difficult. George managed to land several nice trout and a half dozen redfish casting a 5.5 inch CAL with a Woodies Rattle in areas where the fish were holding.

Despite a forecast of clouds and high winds, David elected to keep his charter date for Thursday. It turned out to be an excellent decision. The morning started out clear and calm. We started off looking for tarpon. There were none to be found. The redfish, however, were happy to play. David landed three reds over 34 inches on the Baitbuster before the clouds moved in and we lost our visibility.The rest of the morning was spent blind casting which produced several more redfish and a nice trout.

Yesterday's trip, along with next Monday's had to be rescheduled due to bad weather. When this current system passes through, look for the steady redfish and trout action to continue. With the high water, many of the flats are too deep to see tailing fish. The high water is allowing fish to get close to the shore and into the back bays and coves which are usually too shallow for both boats and fish during the summer. Finding the redfish can take some time and effort on some days. The easiest fishing can be had on the deeper edges of the flats around mullet schools. Topwater baits, as well as jigs with soft plastics can produce some fast action for trout and ladyfish. Pinching off the barbs will make it easier on the fish and the person doing the dehooking. Fly anglers can use weighted flies such as a clouser minnow pattern in the same areas.

Upcoming Seminars
July 2 - Fly Casting - This 4 hour class from 9-1 covers the basics needed to start fly casting. It is also helpful in tuning up and improving your existing cast. Pre-registration is required. Class is $75 and limited to 6 students. Call 321-229-2848. Held at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka

July 21 - Fishing with Live Baits - Capt. Tom Van Horn and I continue our flats fishing series with a free seminar on catching and fishing with live baits. Mosquito Creek outdoors, Apopka, 10am

Captain Chris Myers

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sarasota, FL Fishing Report
by Capt. Rick Grassett

Anglers fishing the coastal Gulf of Mexico off Sarasota with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released a tarpon on a live crab early in the week. Conditions deteriorated later in the week as a tropical disturbance formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico and pumped clouds and moisture over us. Although the wind direction was from the east, a 4’ swell out of the S-SW made fishing in the gulf tough, especially in shallow water. A new moon on Monday and rough conditions in the coastal gulf may have pushed many tarpon offshore.

Hal Lutz, from Parrish, FL, and his mom, Andrea Lutz from Atlanta, GA, tarpon fished with me on Tuesday and Thursday. We saw several schools of tarpon moving in both directions on Tuesday morning and Andrea hooked up on a live crab out of a happy school that popped up right next to the boat. She and Hal double teamed the fish and had it alongside the boat in about 30 minutes. The tarpon was DNA sampled, measured at a 34 ½” girth X 67” length and released. A perfect size tarpon! Hal also had a few shots at tarpon with a fly later in the morning. Conditions were poor for tarpon fishing on Thursday and Friday, a big swell, clouds and drizzling rain.

However, tarpon should become plentiful again as weather conditions improve and we head towards the quarter phase of the moon next week. Look for tarpon several hundred yards off our beaches and set up in their travel “lane” to intercept them. You may be able to see them below the surface later in the day when sunlight and visibility are best.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Rick Grassett
FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis- Endorsed Outfitter Guide
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters-2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
(941) 923-7799
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Hal Lutz, from Parish, FL, battles a tarpon caught and released in the coastal gulf off Sarasota while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Andrea Lutz, from Atlanta, GA, with an estimated 110-pound tarpon that she hooked on a live crab and then double teamed with her son, Hal, while fishing the coastal gulf off Sarasota.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, June 14, 2012
By Captain Tom Van Horn

Up Coming Events and Seminars

Saturday July 21st , 10:00 to 12 Noon "Free Seminar" Class 6 of Fundamentals of Flats Fishing series , "Catching and Using Natural Baits on the Flats" instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn, Chris Myers, located in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 South Washington Ave., Apopka Florida,

Thursday July 26th - 6:30 P.m. to 8:30 p.m. "Free Seminars" "Summertime Inshore Tactics for Redfish and Sea Trout" instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn, Chris Myers, located in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 South Washington Ave., Apopka Florida,

This Week's Fishing Report

My angling adventures this past week carried me away from the central lagoon coast to an exotic location where I was privileged to attend the D.O.A. Outdoor Writers Conference held at the River Palms Cottages in Jensen Beach Florida. Hosted by Captain Mark Nichols and his DOA family, the event also included two days of fishing with members of the D.O.A. Pro Staff. This invitation only event provides an opportunity to rub shoulders with an exceptional group of outdoor journalist and industry experts while learning about and fished with D.O.A.'s newest product innovations.

The setting for the three day event was the River Palms Cottages in Jensen Beach. Staying at River Palms is just like stepping into a tropical paradise. This low-key resort presents the feel of a far away tropical island were the exotic flora and the lagoon beach draws all of the life's tension from your bones as soon as you step foot on the premises. The resorts owners have planted hundreds of exotic tropical fruit trees and shrubs on the property giving you the feeling of a coastal jungle paradise. Located just minutes from the St. Lucie Inlet the resort features a large outdoor pavilion, deep water access dock, swimming pool and white sandy beach. For those of you reading this report, there is no need to travel thousands of miles and spend thousands of dollars to escape to a tropical paradise, simply book a few days at the River Palms instead (

River Palms Cottages

River Palms looking east

On my first day of fishing, I had the pleasure of spending the day with Captain John Irwin form Charleston South Carolina and Captain John Young as our guide. Our plan was to start out fishing for big trout just south of Fort Pierce on the IRL but only landed several smaller trout and mangrove snapper on a 3 inch DOA Golden Glow shrimp. Next we ventured back to the St Lucie River and I caught a nice 30 inch snook fishing the bridges on the old reliable brown dog (rootbeer Terror Eyz). Although the bite was slow and we didn't catch a lot, we had great fun and there were some larger snook caught by other boats.

Captain John Young with a St Lucie Inlet Sunrise

Captain John Young with a St Lucie Inlet Snook

On my second day I fished again with Captain John Young and we targeted the south jetty of the St Lucie Inlet, catching several smaller male snook before sunrise, again on the Golden Glow 3 inch DOA Shrimp. The remainder of the morning was the same old story you hear from snook fisherman, missed two big fish, one came unbutton at the boat and the other cut me off on a dock.

Although my escape was quite and enjoyable, strong easterly winds made fishing conditions tough, but with the support of the DOA Pro Staff Guides and some hardcore anglers, we still managed to catch quite a few snook over 30 pounds. The big females were holding up in the inlet near the "Hole in the Wall", as they fell victim to the big Terror Eyz in the rootbeer/gold glitter color bounced on the bottom during the falling tide. For me, I managed to catch four snook from 18 to 30 inched fishing docks, jetties and bridges.

In closing, I would like to also thank Hobie Kayaks, Minn-Kota, seagar fishing line and Eagle Claw, for co-sponsoring the event and my guide, Captains John Young() for putting me on fish despite the blustery conditions.

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

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report
June 8, 2012
By Captain Tom Van Horn

Captain John's Respectable Sea Trout

This Week's Fishing Report
As many of you who live here in the sunshine state know, our sunshine this week has mostly been in the liquid form, with squally conditions dominating our forecast. Although it's been a little wet, the fishing has still been very good on the inshore flats and on the St Johns River for those willing to venture out into the rain, and God knows he's doing us a favor as we really need some relief from our extremely dry conditions.

My first adventure last week was a trip to the Banana River Lagoon No-Motor Zone with my good friend Captain John Kumiski. The winds were from the southwest at about 5 knots, so we selected to fish the area I refer to as the middle bar. John was throwing fly (popper bug) and I was fishing with a shallow running DOA Bait Buster, and we commenced to wear out the sea trout. Between us, we caught at least 30 trout with a good number surpassing the two foot mark. I know you have already heard me say this, but I'll say it again, this has been the best sea trout action I've experienced in years with not only good numbers coming to the boat, but also sizable fish as well. The trick is the same as always, find concentrated mullet schools and you'll find trout.

My next adventure was a trip on Sunday with Les and Denise who were one of the winners at the Orlando Predators/Fish on Fire giveaway, and we decided to fish in the North IRL near Titusville. We started early to beat the weekend crowed, but the bite was very flat because of the full moon. For some reason, flats fishing is always tough for me during the full moon. I think the fish are very active, feeding all night, and them they are fat and lazy during the day. Although the bite was tough in the morning, it turned on around 1 p.m., and we ended the day with some very respectable fish. Most of our fish were caught on top water Skitterwalks and Chug Bugs, and Denise also did well on 3 inch DOA CAL Paddle Tails.

My last adventure was on Wednesday, where I fished the First Annual Catfish Challenge on the St Johns River. The recent rain has the river water levels rising and the catfish moving. The challenge was between three boats to see who could catch the most largemouth bass and catfish, and I was teamed up with Mark Blyth, sports editor for the Orlando Sentinel. Well to make a long story short, we won the event catching 17 channel and blue catfish, with two over 10 pounds on fresh dead shrimp. I love catching the larger catfish on light tackle, and I look forward to the first significant rainfall of the year to get these fish moving.

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

Good luck and good fishing,

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Amelia Island Fishing Report 6-10-2012

The Redfish were spread out in May but the ones we caught were in the Slot. We were also catching hungry Seatrout on artificial grubs with red head jigs and every once in a while there would be a keeper sized fish. Flounder were biting at the Fort Clinch finger jetties. Keep up with all the fishing action at the Amelia Island Fishing Report. In June expect to be fishing with the manatees! They ought to be showing up in herds. Almost everything will be biting -Redfish, Seatrout, Flounder and Blues, Ladyfish and Bonnethead's. We'll have a good shot at Slot Reds fishing with jigs and the Seatrout, Blues and Ladyfish will be nailing the shrimp under floats. So if you want to Get Away From it All, give me a shout and we'll go fishing!

Capt. Lawrence Piper
The Anglers Mark

Amelia Island, Florida

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Tampa Bay Fishing – June 3rd, 2012

Although tarpon season is in full swing, many quality snook and reds are being caught. This 31″ fish was caught after we spent the first few hours’ tarpon fishing. This was Matt’s biggest snook to date.

With the weather warming up it is important to get an early start. Often we have a tarpon hooked up before 7am. That means pulling away from the dock between 5 and 5:30 am. In this case, the early bird gets the worm [tarpon]. Being courteous and working with other boats is important while tarpon fishing. I wish that I could say that I have been perfect in that, but I still make mistakes. Do not worry, if you make a mistake, the other boaters will help you out and set you back on the right track. Hopefully, they will be gracious as they do.

When we hooked up with this tarpon, I got excited and started my motor while the pod was underneath my boat. I should have let the fish string out and swim out of the pod before following it. Thankfully, the fish kept biting and another boat was able to hook up. We fought this tarpon for 30 minutes or so until our line broke.

Tarpon fishing definitely presents a unique set of challenges, but that is why we love it. The tarpon bite in Tampa Bay has been very good. It brings me a lot of joy to see clients catch a tarpon for the first time in their life. Most all of my tarpon bites this year have come on threadfins. Getting out and catching bait while it is still dark is key. The bait is everywhere this year. When I am catching threads I am also catching greenbacks. These are a welcome site because that means I will have good baits to snook and red fish with.

So after we fought that tarpon Matt and his wife wanted to fish the mangroves and while chumming in front of a creek mouth we caught this red:

If we had caught a keeper trout we would have had a grand slam–tarpon, snook, red fish and trout–all in the same trip. Tampa Bay fishing is really good right now. Fish are everywhere and biting real well.

Captain Rick Reddick
Tampa Fishing Charters | Tampa Fishing Guides| Tampa Bay Fishing

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 6-2-2012

Sarasota Fishing Report
by Capt. Rick Grassett

Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout and snook on CAL jigs with plastic tails and top water plugs during the past week. Although a persistent west wind all week long kept us from tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf, we found protection from the wind on the west side of Sarasota Bay and had some action.

A group of 8 anglers consisting of Keith McClintock and Barry Slee, from Lake Forest, IL, Paul Browring, from the UK, Dave Kinnamon, from Milwaukee, WI, Dan Kinnamon, from Miami, FL, Greg Short, from OH and Steven Liska and his friend, Matt, from NJ, fished all week long with Capt. Andy Cotton, Capt. Kelly Stilwell, Capt. Jack Hartman and me. The week started off with west wind from tropical storm Beryl and with an approaching front the wind continued out of the west all week long. Some of the group spent some time tarpon fishing in a couple of areas in Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay and had a few bites on live crabs and pinfish but no hook ups. Capt. Jack’s boat caught and released a 24” grouper in Tampa Bay one day. Capt. Kelly ventured out onto the beach the same day off Anna Maria with Barry while the rest of us fished the inside waters of Tampa Bay. Although conditions were tough, they doubled on tarpon with a threadfin and a crab and landed one of the fish. The group also caught and released snook, trout, bluefish, jacks and a red on jigs, flies and top water plugs during the week in Roberts Bay and near Bishop Point and Buttonwood Harbor.

Although a normal weather pattern this time of year is an east wind in the morning switching to an afternoon sea breeze, occasionally the wind will shift to a westerly flow. Usually this is the result of a tropical disturbance or a late season cold front. However, when conditions aren’t good in the coastal gulf to tarpon fish, we can usually find some protected waters to fish for other species in Sarasota Bay.

When conditions allow us to get back into the gulf to tarpon fish, they should be hungry. Look for schools of tarpon at first light in the morning in deeper areas along beaches. Spin anglers may hook up with live crabs, pinfish, DOA 4” shrimp, Baitbusters and Swimming Mullet. Fly anglers should do best in shallower water with baitfish fly patterns such as Lefty’s Deceiver and EP flies in dark colors fished on intermediate sink tip fly lines.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Rick Grassett
FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis- Endorsed Outfitter Guide
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters-2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
(941) 923-7799
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