Big Game Fishing Lures Guide

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

A basic Guide to Buying Big Game Lures

There is something magical about a big game lure that works, old and trusty- that one lure that always seems to produce a fish when others can not buy a bite. Even the prospect of someone else showing you his most favorite lure can be exciting. On some days there seems to be no rhyme or reason why one lure is crushed time and time again on a fishing trip, the skirts are shredded, the head is chipped and broken and the hooks are all bent out of whack- but it still gets the hit!

So what is important when it comes to big game lures? Color? Size? Shape? How it is rigged? Where it is in the spread? Speed? Leader choice? Action? Weight & Balance? Texture? Workmanship? Cost?

The answer is that they are all important and should all be considered when buying and running a lure. With the high costs today of owning a boat and going out fishing it makes sense to do everything possible to increase the success rate once its time to drag some lures. The most common 2 criteria most anglers consider when buying a new lure are Color and Cost. Color invariably is the first consideration, what with the veritable rainbow of choices hanging on the wall of the tackle store it

Tampa Bay Flats Fishing Charters

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

With Florida being the fishing capital of the world it stands to reason that the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton and Sarasota areas would offer incredible inshore fishing action. Because its home to over 200 different species, anglers travel to Tampa Bay from around the world eager to take advantage of our unsurpassed Tampa fishing charters. Besides the relaxing aspects of a day on the water and the opportunity to commune with nature, fishing always presents an enjoyable challenge.

As one of the great activities of all time, people throughout history have benefited not just as a source of food but one of unparalleled family pastimes. It doesn’t take much time, money or expertise to enjoy your first fishing trip, and once your “hooked” there are plenty of resources to help you develop your angling skills.

While the world famous Silver King/Tarpon is a mainstay of our summertime angling activities. Tampa

Louisiana Fishing Charters, Venice, Delacroix, Hopedale, Lafitte

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Offshore Tuna Fishing Louisiana

Captain: Lance Walker

Boat: On The Prowl

Location: Port Fourchon, LA

Phone: (225) 445-1005

Website: http://www.fishcommander.com


Grand Isle Tuna Fishing Charters

Captain: Ian McGowan

Boat: Apex Fishing Charters

Location: Grand Isle, LA

Phone: (225) 803-6701

Website: http://www.apexfishingcharters.com


Venice Louisiana Fishing Charters

Captain Mike Ellis

Relentless Sportfishing

Location: Venice, LA

Phone: (504) 715-6597

Website: http://www.relentlesssportfishing.net


Venice Fishing Charters

Captain Trey Pique
Voodoo Fishing Charters
Location: Venice, LA
Phone: (504) 416-4864

Website: http://www.voodoofishingcharters.com


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Texas Fishing Charters

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Rockport Fishing Guides
Captain Bill Z
Livin The Dream Charters
Location: Rockport, TX
Phone: (361) 361-790-5166
Website: http://www.fishbillz.com


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Kingfish Fishing With Live Bait

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

All up and down the east coast of Florida has a great kingfish fishery where anglers can expect to do fairly well.  The bag limit is just 2 fish per person; however we believe this is the perfect limit to help conserve this fishery.

When fishing for kingfish the bait of choice is usually live bait such as a pilchard or threadfin herring.  You will always want to use about 6 to 12 inches of wire on a single J hook.

Generally the depth of choice is 90 to 120 feet of water although king mackerel can be caught much shallower and much deeper.  We find that the bigger fish can sometimes hold in 200 feet of water near an edge with good bait and water clarity.

Fish this rig in the rod holder with a few pounds of drag so when the fish hits, all the angler has to do is pick up the rod and start reeling.

Some professionals claim that treble hooks are the way to go, however we do not like them here at SFC as they tend to foul hook fish you would normally release and kill fish with gut hooks and such.

If the bite is not too strong you can consider going to monofilament leader for more bites, however we recommend you hook the bait fish in the nose and slow troll with drag for this method.  You want the fish to hit this bait and get nothing but hook in the corner of the mouth.

If not even a slow trolled bait with mono leader is working, than it is time to bring out the jig rod.  You can jig a small pilchard jig up and down throughout the deep depths and find the fish.  It is hard for a kingfish to refuse a bait that is working all zones.

The Jurassic Drift Swordfishing Tournament

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Fishing Headquarters Charter Information

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Ft. Lauderdale fishing has some of the best game fishing in the world.  Fishing Headquarters is a sportfishing and drift fishing company that operates out of Ft. Lauderdale.  Fishing Headquarters runs daily private and shared charters, as well as open boat drift fishing every day.  Our drift fishing boat, the Catch My Drift is the largest and fastest boat of her class in our area.  The Catch My Drift is an 85

Kite Fishing Instructional How To

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Kite Fishing Article
Written by Capt. Andy Roydhouse – Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

Many different styles of fishing have originated in the hopes of catching sailfish, sharks, and other top water game fish.  Perhaps the most effective of these types of fishing is kite fishing.  Kite Fishing is a technique of fishing that involves flying kites, and using the kites to suspend live baits on the top of the water.  This type of fishing is highly effective for sport fishing off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale, where the Gulf Stream current and the natural reef running along the coastline, coincide.  Sportfishing charter boats have been using this technique for 20 years to hook into the wide array of big game species that swim through our waters.  This article is written in order to teach basic tactics on how to go about kite fishing.

For kite fishing, live bait is required.  Start off by catching or buying live baits.  Only certain types of baitfish will work effectively in the kite.  These baitfish include goggle eyes (probably the most effective bait for this type of fishing), tinker mackerels, blue runners, pilchards, mullet, sardines and threadfin herring.  There are some other types of baitfish that can be used in the kite, but these types survive the best.

Start out by selecting your spot to fish.  When kite fishing, you are mostly immobile.  You will drift whichever way the current is moving, but as far as covering ground with your engines, you can only make small corrections.  So first thing is to select a good area or depth of water to fish.  Off the shore of Fort Lauderdale, one of the best areas is the 90

Eisenglass Replacement, Sewing, Zippers, Enclosures

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Eisenglass is a great material that can withstand most of the beatings that offshore fisherman put their boat through.  The problem with too much eisenglass is keeping it clean and functional.  

We have found that over the years that zippers and stitching need to be replaced and this is why many sportfish boats prefer to have glass.  No matter what the quality of craftsmanship involved, we have yet to see a curtain that is several years old in tip top shape.

Some fisherman will build pilot house enclosures out of eisenglass as a nice dry area to operate the boat.  This works out great and withstands speeds of 20 knots or so no problem.  The pilothouse works out great in rain or rough seas.

If you are going to be replacing your eisenglass, we suggest you get several quotes as the prices vary greatly from company to company.

Jigging With Pilchard Jigs For Bottom Fish

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

If you are the average live bait fisherman that relies on the live bait to find the fish for you, then you don