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Sarasota Fishing Guide

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

We recently fished sand bars near Turtle Bay off Charlotte Harbor. The main bar is located in the mouth of Turtle Bay and usually holds good numbers of redfish and snook this time of year.

This trip didn’t disappoint.

We landed severel redfish on topwater plugs and 3-inch Gulp Shrimp on 1/8-ounce jig heads. The largest red went 37 inches and an estimated 15 pounds.

It won’t be long until waders and warm clothing will be required for those taking to the water in kayaks.

Even though we live in southwest Florida, the water can get quite chilly, sometimes dipping into the 50s. During winter, we dress for the worst and pray for the best.

Last year, the winter was so warm that we rarely had to wear waders while fishing from the kayak. We dressed comfortably and wore wading boots.

But such warm winters are the exception rather than the rule.

For a typical winter outing, we dress in layers: T-shirt, fishing shirt, sweat shirt, jacket, long-legged fishing pants (or jeans), and waders. We can take off a few layers as the air warms during the day. We wear waders for a couple of reasons: 1. They keep you dry and warm; 2. They come in handy if you want to get out of the kayak to fish and when getting in and getting out of kayak.

During winter we often experience extreme low tides. And it’s during these conditions that kayaks shine. We can often get to waters that power boats can’t reach. One of our favorite trips is to Whidden Creek off Gasparilla Sound near Placida. It’s about a one-hour paddle from the ramp to Whidden Creek. But it’s worth every minute spent.

During extreme low tides, fish are forced into any sand holes in the area. Fishing in those conditions is often like fishing in a bathtub. Often, there are so many fish in a particular hole that you can catch 20 or more fish without having to move. When one hole slows down, it’s simply a matter of moving to the next.

We either use spinning tackle or fly gear. When spinning, we employ 6 1/2 to 7-foot rods, 15-pound PowerPro braided line and 20- to 25-pound fluorodcarbon leader.

We use a variety of lures, including 3-inch Berkley Gulp Shrimp on 1/8-ounce jig heads and D.O.A. Shrimp.

When fly fishing, few flies can beat an olive-and-white Clouser Deep Minnow.

When fishing potholes, realize that the fish aren’t necessarily in the middle of the depression. They can be, but usually they’ll hold up along the edges, facing the tide. And don’t overlook any grass patches in the hole.

When fishing sand holes, you most likely encounter spotted seatrout, redfish, jack crevalle, ladyfish, pompano and flounder.

This time of year also is a good time to target tailing redfish. This is an exciting game. Imagine paddling in 12 to 18 inches of water with redfish tails all around you!

Recently, we took a busman’s holiday of sorts to fish with noted south Florida peacock bass guide Alan Zaremba of Hollywood. We joined Zaremba and Marty Arostegui (holder of 198 world records) for a day of fishing in the canals of south Florida. Our target was snakeheads, an excotic species that has found its way into the south Florida fresh waters.

Arostegui holds several fly rod and line class world records on snakeheads.

We were successful in catching snakeshead, but not on breaking any records. Arostegui and I caught five between us. In addition, we caught and released 20 largemouth bass, a trio of peacock bass, a bluegill, Mayan cichlid and a mudfish.

For information about Alan Zaremba and peacock bass fishing in south Florida, give him a call at (954) 961-0877 or visit his webisite at His email address is

Trolling For Tarpon

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

If you have decided to target the silver king that can get to be over 200 pounds of muscle, than there are many different methods of fishing for them.

Trolling for tarpon can be successful if you are using a white plug with red head.  When towed under bridges, by pilings, and near docks these artificial plugs can be extremely effective.  Keep the drag with some pressure on it, so when they hit you get a good hook set in the jaw.

Another good method is slow trolling live bait.  Mullet, threadfin herring, and pilchards are preferred baits.  Hooks the baits though the nose and troll the bait slowly behind your boat and bump the engines in and out of gear, as not to drown your bait.  Using this method you should be using circle hooks with light drag.  When the fish hits reel and get tight on the fish.  The hook will usually set in the corner of the mouth.

These are just two methods of trolling for tarpon which has proven to work for several anglers.  Get out on the water and give it a try.

Harpoon vs Flying Gaff

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

The two primary ways of securing big fish at the boat includes a harpoon and a flying gaff.  They are both very different in structure and use.

A flying gaff is made as to detach itself when hitting a fish big enough.  The hook detaches and a rope is usually secured to the boat or to a poly ball.  Which one you use, usually depends on the captain and size of fish at hand.

A harpoon uses a dart and it struck into the fish.  The dart will lodge itself and have a cable with rope attached.

Some user reviews:

– NO, the dart is very effective to control a fish of any size (47″) or above. The flyer is in the event we have to control the back portion of the fish to get it in the boat. Flyers are great but if one pulls loose or our of the fish it

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

Mono County Fishing

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Howdy friends and Sierra Drifters.  Best fishes to all for this Eastern Sierra trout season finale 2006.  The last day you may fish in Mono County is November 15th.  The Lower Owens River in Inyo County remains open year round.   The Sierra Drifters Guides are dusting off our drift boats, pitting on the sinking tip lines and making sure we have some Advil handy for those first few row-a-thons!

Road trip!  Sierra Drifters guide Tom Loe will be heading down to So-Cal on Saturday December 9th to visit his pals at the Fisherman

Sailfishing From A Kayak

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Many anglers take paddle each year and head out to 120ft of water off Miami with one fish in mind, the Atlantic Sailfish.  Anglers pack live baits via tow and make their way into between 90-120 feet of water and deploy usually 2 flat lines.

Seas are best when 2 foot or less and circle hooks are a must.  With two flat lines deployed, the bails are best to be open or a light drag.  Once the sailfish picks up your bait, simply REEL REEL REEL.  You will come tight on your sailfish via kayak and end up with a hook in the corner of the fish

Live Squid Rigging For Swordfish

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Using live squid for many big game species is extremely effective.  South Florida guys are reporting great hookups with swordfish when they get there hands on live squid.

Most of the time live squid are caught when coming into the light while swordfishing.  However, anglers in the Northeast regularly target the squid and throw them in a livewell for fishing later on.

Here one angler describes how he rigged his live squid:

I got a mongo squid the other night. It was over 22″. I don’t really see a lot of squid while out there, but when this thing slammed Glen’s live finger mullet he had out for the possible random dolphin I was stoked. Glen was able to coax it over to the side if the boat and I dip netted it, and threw it in the live well. It was a funny seine. I thought some one was going to end up like this guy. 

I live rigged with a wax floss bridle through its mantle point, about 2 inches back so as not to damage any organs. I had never live rigged a squid, so I was just winging it, and hoped to keep it live. Basically rigging it like a live runner with floss. Then I sent it back down. It lived like a champion, and couldn’t have looked any better. I dropped it down to 350″ plus and after 30 min I brought it back up and it was perfect. Then night was over for us, weekday and we all had to work in the morning. We had gone 2/2 both released pups, but Glen and Dave’s first swordfish and the firsts for the boat. So I didn’t get a swordy on the live squid, but if we had more time it would have worked. It is swimming perfectly, fully using its wings, and the tentacles were pulled in streamline then extend out, wild color changes. Very cool seine.

Here an angler describes fishing live squid in the Canyons:

When fishing the canyons up north we almost always were able to catch squid and you can

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.

The Future Of Swordfishing

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Ok guys I think some guys are doing there best to keep rec anglers and others distracted from what is going on.The question is who should make the decisions regarding our future on the sword grounds.

Lets look at the players in this game shall we.

1.Pelagic Long Liners how are represented by an organization called Bluewater.

2.Rec anglers Currently Represented by TBF,SESC,CCA and most of us.


These are the major players on the field at this time.

What they want.Bluewater wants to open part of the straights and get horsepower exceptions on there current permits.What that means is they want to be able to build or outfit bigger boats to fish distant waters.The problem with that is then all the fisheries with HP limits will want to do the same and that could cause a big problem down the road.They also want to raise the bycatch on tuna LLers from 2 fish per trip to a higher number and squid trawl bycatch to 10 from 5 fish per trip.

NMFS says the stock is rebuilt and we need find ways to catch our share of the quota from ICCAT so we do not lose it.

Rec anglers want to keep the closed grounds closed.It all seems so simple on paper or type.

This is were it gets sticky
How does NMFS increase commercial harvest with out opening the closed areas or giving the LL fleet HP exemptions?

The last time the LLers sued to get back in were the only reason the judge kept the areas closed has because the stock was not rebuilt.Now that NMFS is saying that the stock is rebuilt what will keep the judge from opening the closed zones?Bluewater is in the process of suing again to get back in and with NMFS saying the stocks are rebuilt it is likely they would win.
Now the LLers now how big the rec fishery for swords is now and they do not want to fish out front with all the boats and because they know if it becomes a more public issue they could close the area again.If it becomes a war out there and gets put in the papers and such it will be bad press for the whole commercial fishing industry.
So they came up with an idea.Lets get the support of rec anglers by only opening part of the areas and leave the biggest rec area alone.They want to open from Ft.Pierce north opened and from Marathon south opened.They also want rec support with NMFS to raise the bycatch and incidental catch numbers per trip.They would sign a letter of agreement with rec guys never to try to fish in front again.It sounds good unless you fish to the North or South.Plus the swords have tails and swim North of Ft.Pierce and South of Marathon.Not to mention as I have read the rec quota , incidental quota and bycatch quota are all wrapped together.I think it is 300 metric tons for all together.So if they raise the bycatch limits could this impact the rec fishery if the bycatch quota is met!

The funny thing is now buoy gear seems to be of such interest to Bluewater.They did not even care about buoy gear until it was brought up at the NMFS meeting.They caught on to the fact that some Representative of the rec fleet do not like buoy gear personally.Now they are using it as a bargaining point to get the rec guys to sign that letter if Bluewater comes out against buoy gear.This is unfair to the buoy guys in my opinion and they are being put up as sacrificial lambs by both sides.The fact is the reason the rec limit was cut to 3 fish per boat was because the LLers complained to NMFS about rec guys selling fish.Which some are and the 3 fish limit has not changed that and getting rid of all legal commercial fishing will not change that either.Some of the selling rec guys still boat more than 3 fish and just have them ready to pitch over the side if they are approached by another boat on the way in.Then they just go to a private dock and unload there catch.This is no secret just how it is done.None of these fish are counted to wards the quota like the legally caught fish are.

We need to work together not against each other.every time a buoy guy talks they get slammed by people and this is wrong they are on the rec side but some guys see them as the enemy and they are not.There are people that have made it a mission to get rid of buoy guys and this is playing right in to the hands of the LL fleet.Divide and conquer is the oldest trick in the book.

While TBF,CCA and the SESC are doing there best I think some of them are getting played and do not know it.In my opinion TBF is doing the best job for us rec guys at this time.The big question is who do you want representing your interests in the back door meetings that are currently going on.If some concessions has to be made with Bluewater it should be in a public forum not behind closed doors or with secret meetings.I think rec guys can reach an agreement with Bluewater but only if all rec guys have a fair say.

I would support Bluewater on opening some areas but nothing to the South at all and the North boundary would be closer to Jax!I would support raising bycatch limits but only if it does not impact the rec quota.

We must work together and stop fighting ourselves because if we do not we are doomed.

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Perch Fishing Tips Through Ice

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Ice fishing is a great experience for anyone and everyone.  Fishing for perch, which are bottom fish can take a great spot and some good angling skills to have a good day. 

Preferred baits for perch fishing are cut up minnows.  The heads and tails of minnows make great baits and will drive perch crazy to bite.

Drop your bait deep as perch are deep bottom dwellers and hang out at the bottom where they catch small baits and feed.  Presenting your bait in this territory has a high success rate for fisherman.

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