FISHING REPORTS FROM AROUND FLORIDA

11-4-2003
And Summer Finally Leaves

Man! What a sumer and fall!. The heat has been bad, the fishing has suffered some as a result, but things are looking up now. The edge is off the heat, and the Bass are tearing it up around the state as a result.

We are hearing lots of reports about major increased activity in Tampa Bay and inshore waters around the state as days become shorter. Mack's, Kingfish, Bluefish, Reds and of couse the Snook are all doing great now.


Hey, take some time to take a kid fishing!

Mike Lott



Florida Keys Fishing Report By http://www.IslamoradaSportFishing.com

Offshore: The nearshore edge of the Gulf Stream will be more difficult to find come November. A good Dolphin catch will be hard to come by. "Offshore" this time of year will be relatively shallow compared to the depths fished in summer. Blackfin Tuna and King Mackeral will frequent the 200 foot depth.

Reefs: Sailfish action will pick up in November. Also the King Mackerel will provide plenty of action. Fish two live baits on top for the Sails and fish two baits on lead to go down for the Macks. Snapper will bite best on a moderate north east current. A few Cobia were caught last week.

Gulf and Bay: We are all chompin'at the bit, but the cool weather is still to come. Spanish Mackerel have started to show up. The Spanish "get in the way" while Mangrove Snapper fishing in Gulf waters. The small Blacktip Sharks will invade the chumslick and provide sizzling action.

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo: Small Tarpon remain in good supply in the channels around Flamingo, with the not to occasional Snook. Early morning up on the flats west of Flamingo will provide action on Trout , nice Jack Crevalle and Ladyfish . Keep the Shark rod ready.



FISHING REPORTS FROM AROUND FLORIDA

11-1-2002
Inshore Action Improves

Inshore reports from around the state are that the slight drop in the water temperature and the shorter days are having a real positive effect on fishing.

Snook have been reported running up in the rivers real strong, and the reports I have had on Trout and Reds have been great as well. As usual for this time of year, Spanish Macks and Kings are on the feed, if you can get it through the schools of Ladyfish and Jacks to reach them.

I had a Wednesday Report that Captain Larry Fowler had a client out that caught an 80 lb. Tarpon, 2 18-20 lb. snook, and 4 giants reds. (East Coast-Central area)
Bass Reports are coming is as well, and we have had many reports of Speck limits now being caught in the Central Florida lakes. I got a report on Monday this week of many big bluegills and shellcrackers being caught. That one was from North Central Florida.

Hey, take some time to take a kid fishing!

Mike Lott


Keys Report.........11-1-2002

Florida Keys Fishing Report Courtesy of: www.IslamoradaSportFishing.com

Offshore:
Bluewater fishing has slowed somewhat this week with just a few Dolphin
(mahi-mahi) being brought back to the docks and  Tuna fishing has also been
somewhat slow, but they are there to be caught with a little effort.
Kingfishing is starting to heat up a some, but it is a little early for
them, look for the kings to start showing up in good numbers in November .
Kingfish can be caught just offshore of the reefline which is good news for
those on a gas budget for their boat.

Reefs:
Captains around the area are reporting good bottom action on the reefs.
Mutton, Mangrove and Yellowtail Snapper are all being reported. There are
some keeper grouper out there for those with live bait and patience.  Some
captains like to try for Cero Mackerel this time of year, they can be found
on the reefline from 20 to 50 feet of water. Not many reports have come in
about Cero's this year mostly because there aren't many boats getting out
due to our slow season.

Gulf and Bay:
Bridge fishing around the area has been heating up with dawn, dusk and night
being the most productive fishing times. Tarpon are chasing the schools of
mullet, find them and you'll likely find the Silver King. Snook season is in
full swing; your best bet for these tasty fish is at night around the bridge
pilings.

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Out back, bonefish are available throughout the day this time of year
because of the slightly cooler water temperatures on the flats. A good bet
in the Backcountry right now is Trout fishing. Some of the deeper grass
flats on the gulfside are holding good numbers of big trout right now. Catch
the falling tide around cape sable and Flamingo and you could get into some
nice Snook. Nice catches of this great eating fish are being reported in
that area.

Big Reds Show Up



10-17-2002
Redfish reports from around the state are that the big reds are appearing in inlets and passes, as well as heading up into the bays and flats for the spawning season. We have been hearing lots of reports of big bull reds being caught at the mouth of the Suwannee, Tampa Bay, on the East Coast at Sebastian Inlet (which is hard to fish right now due to bridge construction)and Port Canavaral.

Snook season opened last week, and the reports I have had so far are for a great season. As usual, night fishermen are reporting best results in the early season, and with the shrimp being around it is hard to beat a big shrimp, pinfish, croaker, or pigfish drifted near the pilings.

Bass Reports are slow to come in, as the water is still hot and the bass are sticking near to the cover, buried in the grass. For fishermen willing to flip in the grass, there is a payoff waiting. Specks will be coming a little bit shallower this month, and we have had lots of reports of bluegills and shellcrackers being caught.

Get ya' some sunscreen and go get 'em!

Mike Lott


Keys Report.........9-17-2002

Florida Keys Fishing Report Courtesy of: www.IslamoradaSportFishing.com

Offshore Offshore action in the Florida Keys is still pretty good this week. There are still some Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi) are still out there for the taking but they remain quite scattered offshore. Wahoo, Tuna and Bonito are all being caught around the area mostly from 5 to 9 miles out and at the area’s offshore humps.

Reefs: The reef is a good bet in the Florida Keys. The current and water clarity have been right for good reef action, and hopefully it will continue. Yellowtail snapper have been biting well but they have been somewhat small and there are reports that the Mangrove Snapper are still around in good numbers on some of the deeper drop-offs.

Gulf & Bay In the gulf, there are still reports that the Cobia season, although winding down, is still going on some of the gulf wrecks. Also on the wrecks are a few Permit and if you’re really looking to bend a rod, drop down your largest live or dead bait and it might be snatched up by a Jewfish (Goliath Grouper) reports are that they are Jewfish everywhere out back.

Flats, Backcountry & Flamingo Redfish, Trout and Snook have all be biting pretty well in the Flamingo area this week. Redfish have been especially productive in the early morning hours. Bonefishing is a tough prospect unless you’re out there early; the bonefish seem to make themselves scarce when the water is as hot as it is right now.


Kissimmee Weighs In....

Captain Don Brown of Trophytime Bass Guide Service has guided clients to hundreds of big bass in the past, including 31 over 10 pounds this year alone. Don's biggest bass ever was weighed in on 3-16-2002, a 15 lb, 11 ounce bass that was weighed and certified by State Wildlife Officers at Overstreet's Landing directly across the lake from Thomas Landing.

The bass, which according to State Wildlife officers, had already spawned for this season, is the largest officially recorded bass weighed in the State of Florida in the past 12 years. There have been numerous reports of bass weiging 15 to 17 lbs. in the past few years, but this is the first time such a bass weight and measure session has been witnessed by State Wildlife Officials on certified scales during that time.

The bass was kept carefully uninjured during the time it was held in the live well, and was taken out in the lake and released at a secret location. The bass was caught by Mike Daniels from Wisconsin, who was fishing several days with Capt. Don Brown. Mike caught and released several big bass during this trip, including one over 8 lbs. on Friday.

Water levels at Lake Kissimmee and Kissimmee River (C38 Canal) Marker 9 are 50.32 Holding steady where it was for the past two months. For the past few years the water level was dropped before the spawn was quite finished. This year looks awesome for newborn bass to survive.

This is the time Ya'll better come catch some!

Mike Lott



3-7-2002


Turn Off Heater, Turn On A/C...



Not to be sounding like a weather man, but for sure in the past couple of weeks it has been one of those "if you don't like the weather, wait until tomorrow. It will change by then." First we had highs near 80, then record cold in the 20's overnight for 2 nights. Then we had winds near 30 mph for a few days, then some rain and more cold. Nice.

Meantime, we have caught lots of fish. The Ranger-Mercury Redfish Tour tournament in Titusville, held March 2nd, had 81 boats weigh fish. Details here.

Captain Don Brown reported on 3-6-2002 that the bass were still co-operating on the South Kissimmee Chain, and the numbers of bass this year have been up from last year. Seems there are a lot more bass in the 3 lb. class than in recent years. Nothing fun like a young bass with some weight to back up that aggressive attitude.

Water levels at Lake Kissimmee and Kissimmee River (C38 Canal) Marker 9 are 50.29, and a fraction higher at Hatchineha at 50.38.

Earl Thomas at Thomas Landing reports that you can still find plenty of specks up around marker 8 and 9, and the bass are to be found all over the north end of Kissimmee. They have plenty of bait most of the time, but call to be sure. Weather affects those shiner suppliers too!

Ya'll better come catch some!



Good Fishin to ya!

Mike Lott


Saltwater Spots

Florida Keys Fishing Report

~ Florida Keys Fishing At A Glance ~

Offshore:
In like a lion they say about March and it's sure proving true here in the
Florida Keys this week. Strong cold fronts stir things up offshore and
present you with many opportunities for catching some fish. Sailfish seem to
like the cold and windy weather, especially if there is a good number of
baitfish moving through the area. Kingfish also seem to like the cool
weather. The Blackfin tuna bite is still being reported as excellent at the
area's offshore humps and deep bottom structure with some large fish
reported by charter Captains venturing offshore.

Reefs:
The dirty water that follows a frontal passage, while not great for diving,
usually makes for some excellent snapper fishing provided the current is
right. If the seas ever lay down, head out to your favorite bottom fishing
hole and give it a shot. Mutton snapper have been caught in good numbers
this week on some of the deeper reefs and wrecks.

Gulf and Bay:
Shark city continues to describe the situation on the wrecks back in the
gulf. If you can find a wreck without a visiting Jaws population, you will
find Cobia in good numbers, Mangrove Snapper and the occasional Grouper.
Spanish Mackerel are always a good bet this time of year.

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Windy weather conditions make for difficult fishing, and the backcountry
might be the only refuge for those dying to wet a fishing line. Scope out a
large basin in the backcountry (you don't have to travel all the way to
flamingo either) and cast some bucktail jigs tipped with shrimp as you
drift. Sea trout will likely be the result of your efforts. Another method
is to anchor to the side of some of the deeper channels between the basins,
set out some chum and drift whole live shrimp with the current for Mangrove
snapper. There have been reports of a good bite of Mangroves by local
Captains.

Number One In Florida Key Fishing Action!
www.IslamoradaSportFishing.com



2-12-2002


Orange Blossoms..and NASCAR



And, did I mention hundreds of bass on the beds? Yup, that magic time is here, when a shiner has a 5 second life expectancy. Dragging a topwater across a bass bed can create sore muscles. Actually, we have been catching them on all kinds. Bang-O-Lures, Rapala, Devil's Horse, Torpedo, Lucky 13 (remember those?) even an old Dalton Special.

We have caught bunches on plastic worms, and many on small crank baits. The fish we have been catching have big ol' football bellies where they have been eating shad like crazy. Bet that's why the little crankers have been working so well.

Haven't tried a shiner this season, but you know those are the best for the monsters. We have, on 2 consecutive trips, had a very big bass on and lost it. Just part of the game.

Water levels at Lake Kissimmee and Kissimmee River (C38 Canal) Marker 9 are 50.28. This is exactly where it was on January 21st, the last time I checked it. Very Nice. Hope they hold it there until the spawn finishes.

Earl Thomas at Thomas Landing reports that you can find plenty of specks up in the grass, and the bass are bedding all over the north end of Kissimmee. They have plenty of wild golden shiners, and keep them most of the time. They also have minnows for the specks. Ya'll better come catch some!



Good Fishin to ya!

Mike Lott


Saltwater Spots

Florida Keys Fishing Report


Offshore:
Sailfishing has been red-hot off of the Florida Keys this past week. Some
boats have reported releasing as many as 15 fish in a day! The fish are
following the bait moving through the area, with the hottest bite this
week being off of the Caloosa Cove area. The Captains report that the fish
are concentrating and "balling" up the bait (mostly Cigar Minnows) with
numerous fish working as a team to get a meal.
 
Reefs:
The reef fishing conditions remain somewhat difficult this week. The
combination of the wrong current and water clarity are hindering a good
bite. The deeper wrecks are still holding Grouper and Mutton Snapper,
along with the occasional Amberjack.

Gulf and Bay:
Cobia fishing remains strong with good numbers of this tasty fish being
brought back to the docks recently. Good numbers of Grouper and Mangrove
Snapper have also been taken back in the Gulf. Spanish Mackerel make for
some exciting action, hit some of the shoals and banks around the area and
you might get a cooler-full. They respond well to chum and jigs tipped
with shrimp. 

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
With the weather still undecided as to whether it wants to be summer or
winter, the bonefish don't seem to care; they like the warm, summer-like
conditions and have been responding well. Bonefishing has been excellent
up and down the Florida Keys Island chain and in Everglades National Park.
There has also been a good bite of Sea Trout, Jacks and Ladyfish out back.
Although the latter two aren't good table fare, they can sure put a bend
in an ultra-light spinning rod.

Brad Harding
Florida Keys Fishing Online
http://www.FloridaKeysFishingOnline.com
Info@FloridaKeysFishingOnline.com 




1. Atlantic Side-Mosquito Lagoon-Indian River Lagoon
Snook and Redfish Specialist Capt. Larry L. Fowler
Reports: On Redfish in the year 2002

Redfish?


2-12-02

I am happy to say that I finished in the top ten in the 2001 Redfish Tour, and plan to compete for the Ranger Cup this year. The addition of the Ranger 19.1 Cayman Flats boat to our equipment brought a new level of comfort to my client's trips, and the extra space, storage and stability are something I have wanted since my first trip in a Ranger Cayman. Fishing in Mosquito Lagoon has been very good, as long as the weather has cooperated. As most fishermen know, wind in shallow water can really unsettle a school of reds, and that happens some when those fronts blow through here. Still, on good days the sun feels great, and the fish are happy! As a member of the prestigous Ranger Pro Staff, I will be fishing most of the Ranger Mercury Professional Redfish Tour Tournaments in 2002. I will also be appearing at boat shows for Ranger, and working on catching some giant reds with my clients.

Don't Miss Your Chance,

Capt. Larry L. Fowler

You can contact Capt. Larry L. Fowler at:

Phone: (407) 568-7777
Or Toll Free at 1-888-257-8863
E-mail: mrsnook@bellsouth.net
For a selection of Redfish Photos be sure and check out our Redfish Slide Show on our
Web site: http://www.fishflorida.com/lagoon/show2/index.html
10-29=2001 Offshore: Not many charterboats have been venturing out recently due to our slow season. Most captains use this time of year to spruce up their boats and make repairs. Those that did get out report that dolphin are still out there under the birds and debris, Tuna are biting at the Islamorada hump and Kingfish are hitting live bait drifted along the reefline. Why not try all three? Troll for Dolphin and Wahoo on your way out to the hump, re-rig and give tuna a try, troll back in and slow troll live bait on the reefline for Kingfish. Reefs: Snowy Grouper have been biting on some of the deeper drop-off's and the area's humps. The Yellowtail Snapper bite has been hit or miss recently. The difference between hit and miss? The current situation, water clarity and chum, chum, chum. Some captains suggest that it's nearly impossible to over-chum when snapper fishing.. You are basically ringing the dinner bell for any snapper in the area. Here's a tip: try some kind of bottom chumming device to get your chum below the baitfish. Gulf and Bay: Bridge fishing around the area has been heating up with dawn, dusk and night being the most productive fishing times. Tarpon are chasing the schools of mullet, find them and you'll likely find the Silver King. Snook season is in full swing, your best bet for these tasty fish is at night around the bridge pilings. Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo: Great bonefishing action can be had on both sides of the Keys this time of year. Good numbers of fish over 10 pounds have been reported by local guides after last week's wild weather calmed down. Permit are also making an appearance on the flats, so have a crab ready for action. Number 1 in Florida Keys Fishing Action! http://www.FloridaKeysFishingOnline.com Info@FloridaKeysFishingOnline.com
1. Atlantic Side-Mosquito Lagoon-Indian River Lagoon Snook and Redfish Specialist Capt. Larry L. Fowler Reports: On Redfish in the year 2001
Wind, Wind, Wind!


5-09-01

Well, I guess it is about time I did a fishing report. Honestly, there has not been a lot to talk about except WIND, WIND, and more Wind, until now. Finally, Mother Nature is beginning to settle down and the flats fishing is quickly becoming awesome. The best news is that this summer will be an exceptional fishing summer and will more than make up for the slow year so far. There are schools of Redfish everywhere and they are aggressive and actively feeding. They too seem to know it is going to get a lot better.

By the way they are feeding. Yesterday with one of my regular clients John McClain we released 28 Redfish, with 5 of those being in the 20# range. We had 7 double hookups. What a great day.

I have been also busy fishing the Professional Redfish Tour this year and we (The Team of Capt. Larry Fowler and Capt. Rob Hollander) are at the time of this writing 3rd in the Team of Year standings. With a second place and a fourth place finish out of 120 or so boats per Tournament we are very pleased to be where we are. You can look up the results yourself at :

www.redfishtour.com

The bad news has been that, due to the wind, I have had to cancel about 25 trips already this year. I will not take you out if I don't think that I can produce a good day for you. I also am the only guide I know of who will guarantee Redfish or no-pay. So you can be sure that when we go fishing you will be catching Redfish. Try to find that with any other Redfish guide.

The good news is that the redfish schools might benefit from an occasional lack of pressure. The water is very clean also this year and should help to make this summer the best in many years.

As of this report, there are still many dates left available for the summer. As the word gets out they will fill up fast, so give me a call and reserve your Redfish fishing trip.

Ready to rip some lips,

Capt. Larry L. Fowler

You can contact Capt. Larry L. Fowler at:

Phone: (407) 568-7777
Or Toll Free at 1-888-257-8863
E-mail: mrsnook@bellsouth.net
For a selection of Redfish Photos be sure and check out our Redfish Slide Show on our
Web site: http://www.fishflorida.com/lagoon/show2/index.html

2. Atlantic Side-St. Augustine Conch House Marina

57 Comares Avenue
St Augustine, Florida
32080
Phone Toll Free- 888-463-4742
Local at 904-829-6989
http://www.conch-house.com
 
 
Amanda McManus
Conch House Sportfishing 
 
Just to back track a bit...
January: 1 Yellow fin, 16 Blackfin, 12 wahoo, 3 cobia, 1 dolphin, 
12 Grey Grouper, 5 gag grouper, 37 scamp grouper, 9 amberjack, 
97 red snapper, 5 mangrove snapper, 169 b-liners, 80 vermillion, 
5 sea bass, 1 king mackeral, 7 triggers.
 
February:  3 yellow fin, 54 blackfin, 8 wahoo, 6 dolphin, 11 grey 
grouper, 6 gag grouper, 41 scamp grouper, 15 amberjack, 85 red 
snapper, 5 mangrove snapper, 260 b-liners, 11 sea bass, 28 triggers.
 
March: 7 yellowfin, 28 blackfin, 35 wahoo, 3 cobia,14 dolpin, 2 grey 
grouper, 11 gag grouper, 11 scamp grouper, 23 amberjack, 71 red smapper, 
11 mangrove snapper, 323 b-liners, 23 vermillion, 22 sea bass, 1 king 
mackeral, 7 trigger, 26 pink porgies, 2 red grouper, 
5 sailfish (1 white marlin).
 

-Amanda
Editors Note: I recently visited the Conch House and there was a happy group of sunburnt fishermen from the Carolinas just coming in off the water with a good Wahoo catch. St Augustine is a cool place.


3. West Coast

Captain Dave Cassidy 
Naples, Florida 
941-352-7292 
casacass@aol.com 


Last week's windy weather and muddy water has finally given way to more 
Spring like conditions.  The winds have laid down, the waters have cleared up 
as well as warmed up and the bait has reappeared.  Both the offshore waters 
and back bays are seeing an increase in fish movement.  Freshwater fishing is 
hot right now too. The weather forecast for the weekend is calling for good 
conditions, so with any luck, the fishing should continue to improve. 

Chokoloskee/ Everglades City 

Guides and recreational anglers alike are reporting good action on Snook and 
Redfish.  Passes and river mouths are holding fish.  Live baits are working 
best, with good action all day long.  Plugs and plastic lures are doing best 
in the mornings, especially at the start of the incoming tide. Tarpon are in 
the passes.  Big Pinfish are a good bait choice as are Mullet and Threadfin 
Herring for these big Tarpon.  Laid up Tarpon are being sighted in the back 
bays, top water plugs will work well here. Pompano are still around in good 
numbers.  Look on the grass flats and passes down to Highlands Beach.  Tube 
jigs tipped with shrimp are the ticket.  Offshore, the wrecks are offering up 
good action on Permit and Cobia.   

Marco, Goodland and the 10,000 Islands 

Clearing water has made huge difference in the fishing in this area.  Kevin 
Leightner, while fishing with Captain Lee Boyd earlier this week, had a great 
morning of Tarpon fishing.  Using live bait, they had 9 fish on and managed 
to land three.  All the fish were estimated at 100 pounds or better.  Captain 
Jeff Brown echoes that report, throwing flies earlier in the week saw a trip 
catch a couple of nice sized Tarpon and 9 Snook.  The next day, a party that 
fishes with Brown about 10 times a year, proclaimed it the best fishing they 
had ever seen.  Fishing with live bait, the anglers landed large Redfish and 
Snook at about every stop they made.  Offshore waters, towards the towers, 
are yielding good catches of Permit, Snapper, Gag and Red Grouper and King 
Mackerel. 

Naples/ Gordon's Pass 

Captain Will Geraghty reports great Permit action on the wrecks off Naples.   
Lots of fish with some good sized ones mixed in. While fishing with the 
Bennet Family from London, England, they landed Permit, Grouper, Kings up to 
25 pounds and lots of 3 to 4 pound Mangrove Snapper.  Captain Gene Luciano 
reports the "Lady Brett 45" is bringing back good catches of Mangrove and 
Lane Snapper.  The backwater areas between Naples and Marco and Gordon's Pass 
are good spots to look for Snook.  Captain Pat Gould had Frank Potestio and 
Dave Baker out one morning this week.  Fishing with live shiners they caught 
over 20 Snook with several being keepers. 

Wiggins Pass 

While fishing offshore this past week, the Sharp Family caught mangrove 
Snapper up to 20 inches as well as lots of short Grouper and  "schoolie" 
Kings.  Other anglers are reporting much the same, with the 40 foot depths 
being the place to start looking.  Rocky bottom near the beaches is holding 
Spanish Mackerel.  Captains Mike Griffith and Steve Simpson both fished a 
Snook tournament this past weekend.  While working areas in Estero Bay with 
live baits; they had catches of Snook up to 12 pounds and a few nice sized 
Reds too. 

Freshwater 

With the water levels in the Everglades so low due to the drought, the Bass 
fishing is pretty much a "no-brainer" these days.  Head east from Naples, 
find a canal with a fair amount of water in it, put your boat in, catch Bass. 
 Captain Lee Boyd, when he isn't Tarpon fishing, has been taking his airboat 
out to these canals and catching upwards to 40 Bass in a morning.  Plastic 
baits and topwater plugs are producing fish up to 5 pounds. 






Here's this week's fishing report.
 
Tight lines,
Brad Harding
Florida Keys Fishing Online
http://www.FloridaKeysFishingOnline.com
Info@FloridaKeysFishingOnline.com 
 
~ Florida Keys Fishing at a Glance ~
 
Offshore:
Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi) are still your best bet offshore of the Florida Keys 
this week. Bigger schoolies, and "heavy lifter" sized fish are 
being taken from 8 to 15 miles out. Just look for that magic 
piece of debris or a weedline and you should find the fish. 
Congratulations go out to Betty Brown for winning the Original 
Ladies Dolphin Tournament with a 37.9 pound fish. This tournament 
marks the end of Dolphin tournaments in the Keys for this season.

Reefs:
Along the reef, Yellowtail Snapper are biting quite well provided 
you can find the right current situation. The Mangrove Snapper 
are still spawning on the reef but mostly on the deeper drop-offs 
and wrecks. Captain Kerry "Yellowtail King" Price has been bringing 
some spectacular catches back to the docks at Whale Harbor.

Gulf and Bay:
The gulfside wrecks have been producing a nice bite of Mangrove 
Snapper, as well as the occasional Jewfish. Along the bridges, 
smaller "summer" tarpon are still hitting a well presented mullet 
or pinfish.  The snook bite out back is still happening although 
you'll have to wait until next month to keep one of these tasty critters.

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Trout are hitting just about any jig you can throw at them right 
now, a bucktail tipped with a piece of shrimp should get you your 
limit.  Redfish are biting on the flats surrounding flamingo, 
especially productive has been the flat between snake bight 
and tin can channels.
Info@IslamoradaSportFishing.com 
Florida Keys Fishing Online

The Lake Kissimmee Fishing Report



5-9-2001


No Need For A Rainsuit...



At the end of the driest month of Central Florida's longest drought, at least we can take advantage of the nice dry weather and go fishing. Fishing reports have been fine, with lots of bass and bluegills coming in. The panfish scene has been awesome with reports of big shellcrackers now switching to reports of above average sized bluegills. Of the 3 big ones I have caught on plastic worms this year, the smallest one was 12 inches long. Bass fishing has been excellent, and with the bass coming off the beds thay are hungry, for sure!

Captain Don Brown's records for 2001 so far indicate his clients have caught 31 bass over 10 pounds., with 2 of those over 13 pounds, and one over 14 lbs! Captain Don has been on many artificial bait trips this year, which often results in higher numbers of bass. Shiner fishing trips often result in much larger bass, but of smaller numbers. Captain Don fishes Kissimmee, Hatchineha, and Lake Cypress most of the time, has a Triton Bass boat and also fishes with a pontoon boat at times. You can read more about fishing with Captain Don Brown at:
Fishing with Captain Don Brown- Camp Mack Guideor also Crappie Fishing with Captain Don Brown at:
Crappies on the Edges

The other top notch guide at Camp Mack, Captain Bill Whiting has also had success. Captain Bill mainly fishes with shiners during the winter and spring, and has a long track record of catching many trophy bass year after year. Captain Bill's latest report is the he has fished almost every day since mid-January, and usually catches 25+ bass per day. Captain Bill fishes mainly Lake Walk-In-Water, Kissimmee, and Hatchineha. Captain Bill has a nice bass boat as well. You can read more about Captain Bill at:
Interview With A Master Trophy Bass Fishing Guide- (Captain Bill Whiting) Or Also at:
Fishing with a guide on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes (Article by Mike Lott)

The public ramp at Lake Walk-In-Water has now been reopened, and some reconfiguring of the bottom right at the ramp was done. I understand they have now put up signs to the effect of "launch at your own risk". (wasn't it always?) The current Lake Kissimmee and Kissimmee River water levels are: Lake Kissimmee and Kissimmee River (C38) Marker 9 48.31 feet (this is the marker you can see as you enter the lake from the north. The Regulated Summer Pool Level is 49.82. So, we are a bit more than 1 foot below normal for this time of year.

On the topic of water levels, use caution on launching your boat. Many of the ramps have drop-offs at the end and it is possible to damage your trailer by backing in too far.

Water clarity still isn't quite back to normal after the dredging mess, and the lack of hydrilla this year may be slowing that process down as well. Us fishermen can always find something to complain about. (no grass, too much grass. etc.) Bottom line is, we are glad to have a great place to fish, and nice weather to do it in. Lets go get 'em!

Good Fishin to ya!

Mike Lott

Last Update 5-09-2001



FISHING REPORTS FROM AROUND FLORIDA

Saltwater Spots
1. Atlantic Side-Mosquito Lagoon-Indian River Lagoon
Snook and Redfish Specialist Capt. Larry L. Fowler
Reports: On Redfish in the year 2000

A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME!


Well I guess it is about time I did a Year 2000 fishing report before the year is over. The truth is this year has been so awesome I really have not had time to sit and work up a report. We started early in the year with the Redfish fishing getting better and better as we came into the spring. Every School of Redfish that I was ever aware of seemed to show up at all the normal places throughout the Indian River Lagoon and especially in Mosquito Lagoon.


I caught my first big Redfish in late January with clients Chris Harris and Brian Brewer at a one of my favorite Mosquito spots. We caught a 30lb. and a 25lb. while following about 200 Redfish around for about three hours. Crystal clear water, at times seeing all 200 Redfish at once, something told me it was going to be one of those years and maybe a sign of things to come.


In mid February I had a trip with two very important clients, Ed Dinkins, Vice President of Bass Pro Shops and Dean Snelson, Divisional Manager of Bass Pro Shops. They brought along Manufacturers Representive Marc Cullerton and we put together a two boat Charter with my good friend and fellow guide Captain Troy Perez on the second boat.


With the winds blowing 25 knots out of the Northeast, we found about 150 giant Redfish on Tiger Shoals early that morning. After visually tracking and staying with that school for over four hours, we landed 18 big Redfish all over 20 lbs., topped off by a 31 lb. by Dean on my boat, the largest that day. A great day anytime, but in those conditions? Awesome.


Again a sign of things to come?


Starting in late March at one of my and Capt. Troy's favorite big Reds spots we began to catch these big Reds every trip. On one extremely awesome day in April when again on a two boat charter with Capt. Troy and myself, our clients boated 41 Redfish between the two boats all from 18lbs. to 34lbs.


A sign of things to come.?


From that April charter to the day of this writing I can honestly say that I have NOT caught a keeper Redfish. My boat and all my great clients have caught over 700 large Redfish all over 18lbs. with seventy five percent between the 20lbs. - 30lbs. range. It has been awesome and memorable. I have taken some 30 rolls of film (24 exposures) of this amazing year so far and have compiled quite a file of Clients grinning and holding Big Redfish.


A sign of things to come?


I keep wondering when this great fishing year is going to suddenly disapear and El-Nino or La-Nina is back.


How long can it last???? Well, the answer at this time is it is still AWESOME.


I have been in this business now for some 11 years and figure there are probably not too many record breaking days left in my guiding career. That is because there have been some amazing days in that time, but today there was a day that after I try to tell you what happened you certainly will think it is a tall tale. I assure you this did happen and will be a memory that I will cherish for a long time.


Starting about a week ago I began to venture away from my money school of Big Redfish after sore lipping them for some 4 months. While the school was in part still there, they had began to get a little fickle about their eating habits. We were only getting 3 to 5 or so fish a trip for several weeks now. While 3 to 5 or so 25lbs. and up is no bad day, it was definitely slower and more and more fishermen were invading this turf.
So I felt it was time to begin to move to a new arena and begin the tedious search for new big Redfish schools that are beginning their annual spawning ritual. This arena as I call it, is much, much bigger than the Mosquito arena and one can spend hours and hours just running around looking for schools and never seeing anything. I was not looking forward to this change in scenery.


But this is the Year 2000 and a sign of things to come.
On my first trip to this new turf I immediatly found a school of 200 Giant Redfish and proceeded to boat 12 Large Redfish to 31lbs. with client John Longmeyer. Five of those on top water plugs. One of the trademarks of this spawning ritual is much more aggresive Redfish. Great visual effects. 30lbs. Redfish crashing plugs. AWESOME!


Five trips later I still have been consistently finding one or two big Redfish schools per trip. Two days ago with my long time client John McClain we got 15 Big Reds to 32lbs., with six on top water plugs.


A sign of things to come?


Well this finally brings me to today. Im not sure if I can with the written word describe what happened but I assure you this did happen.


We started out this great Monday morning with perfect calm conditions and not one boat at the ramp at first light when I and my clients Brian Parker and his wife Katy from Waxahachie, Texas got the boat in the water. We headed out and into the Indian River Lagoon to one of the schools I have been fishing this last week. We found about 50 or 60 Big Reds lazily finning on the surface. Not a big school but these Big Reds were just hardly even moving. Brian's first cast was an instant hookup with a 28lb red. Katy also hooked up shortly after Brian when the school moved by the boat but hers broke off with the other fish bumping the 12lb. line.


We continued to fish that school to about 9:00 am and had boated three big Reds out of six fish on. The school began to bust up and I decided to go and look for this other school I had been fishing all last week. It too was right where I had been seeing it and was about 100 large Redfish. We carefully positioned on the school and Brian again got one on the first cast. 25lbs. on 12lbs. test- nice fish. We got two more out of that school before it too broke up. By now it was about 10:00 am and close to ending our half day charter. By any measure it was a good trip with 9 big Reds on and boating 6 to 28lbs.. I decided to look around this huge arena for another school that is the hardest to find because of its tendency to stay in deep water and rarely show itself.


I began my tedious running of known areas this school has been over the years and was not optimistic about finding it after looking for some 10 days previous with no luck. After about only 15 minutes all of the sudden this school of about 1000 Giant Redfish flared up 100 yards away and began to feverishly crash bait. What a sight, 40 or so Giant Redfish tearing the surface up chasing mullet and anything else that moves. We quickly got out two top water plugs and Brian threw in their general vicinity and within 2 seconds, 10 Giant Redfish were franctically trying to assasinate that plug. BOOM he was hooked up. The other plug was on the way into this 20 yard square war zone and it too was immediately crashed and Katy too was hooked up. Awesome double hook-up.


While hooked up the school continued to move towards the boat and crashed mullet right up to and through the boat and out the other side. What a sight to see 200 or 300 giant Redfish near the surface aggressively feeding 10 feet from the boat. We boated those two fish and without even moving turned to the other side where the fish had just gone and casted again. BOOM-BOOM double hookup again. After 6 or seven fish in a row Katy was exhausted and made it clear to Brian and I that she wanted no more of this assault. Her arms were like rubber and she was crying uncle. NO-MORE Redfish.


Brian too was tiring after over an hour of constant battling with Giant Redfish to 35lbs.. Brian and I began to try and reel the plug as fast as we could and NOT let the Reds get the plug. What a sight to see 10 or so Giant Redfish leap frogging over one another to chase this plug. We began to play a game that if you got hooked up you lose. The one who could reel the fastest and keep the plug away from those crazy busting Reds but slow enough to make them chase it but miss it won. Strange game???? The penalty if you lost was that you now had to fight another Giant Redfish for ten minutes or so with drags heavily tightened and rubber arms or hope he would shake off as a lot of them did. Please dont eat my plug Mr. Redfish. What a game. What a visual memory.


We ended up at best count boating 24 Giant Redfish to 35lbs. with another14 or 15 hooked up that got off because we were not setting the hook on purpose after the first 15 or so. My Rebel Jumping Minnow top water plug had only about ten percent of its paint left on it and the front treble hook had only one of the three hooks left and all the rear hooks had been broken off.


At about 1:00pm with the 20 yard by 10 yard school still in sight we all were totally wore out and grinning from ear to ear at what we just witnessed and participated in. It was my very best Redfish trip ever and was in my top 5 of all fishing trips ever had been on personally. For Brian and Katy it was beyond anything they had ever heard of or had witnessed in the fishing world. We took almost 2 rolls of film to forever remember this day and at the time of this writing I am still tingling thinking about it. If I could just somehow win the Lottery it would be a great memory to retire on.


I wonder if it is a sign of things to come.



LETS GO FISHING,


Capt. Larry L. Fowler

You can contact Capt. Larry L. Fowler at:

Phone: (407) 568-7777
Or Toll Free at 1-888-257-8863
E-mail: mrsnook@bellsouth.net

Back to the Schools


Capt. Dave Cassidy
Naples, Florida
Light Tackle Sport Fishing Adventures, inc.

Naples, Marco Island, Ft. Myers Beach, Florida fishing report and guide 
_______________________________________Fishing Report



Having taken a lot of time off to travel, see the Formula One race at Indy 
and any other excuse to stay off of the water in Septembers heat, I figured I 
should get down to business once again.  Schools back in session folks and 
the redfish are attending!

In Estero Bay the usual influx of redfish is going well.  Granted I haven't 
come across any monster schools yet, but groups of 10 to 20 fish can be found 
on the grass flats at the start of the incoming tide.  There are some big 
fish around right now too!  Lots of fish are right at the top of the slot in 
the 28 to 30 inch range, but there are some whoppers cruising with them.  
We've had a couple of 30-pound class fish on this past week only to have them 
spit the jig after about 2 minutes.  Got to watch them take and everything.  
That's not to say the water is particularly clear, even dirty water has 
decent enough visibility when its really shallow.  That is a problem in some 
areas lately.  The 10,000 Islands in the northern area are particularly 
dirty, still we've been finding reds around grass flats and open oyster bars 
here too.  South of Round Key and the water clears some.  There's good action 
on Snook down to the South and baits are easier to find as well.  Still 
plenty of Tarpon, I've been finding them in the middle bays.  I fished the 
Naples Bay/Gordon's Pass area the other day for a little mini tournament. In 
4 hours we boated 15 Snook, fought a 50 pound Tarpon, probably had the guys 
pull the hooks on another 15 Snook and caught a bunch of nice eating size 
Mangrove snapper to boot.

Offshore action is not to be scoffed at either.  When we get a series of 
Hurricanes and Tropical storms pass by here in the gulf, it tends to push 
fish in towards the shore, grouper in particular.  We've seen good catches of 
Gags and Reds the last couple of weeks.  Lots of big Mangrove snapper, Lane 
snapper and some nice Yellowtail too.  Cobias are starting to come around in 
some better numbers.  Spanish Macks are here and there, but the fish, when 
you get into them, are big.  The gulf water temps are still holding high but 
as so as we start to see them drop we'll get some Kings to move down this 
way.  I don't expect that until the end of the month though.  Out a few miles 
are huge schools of Threadfin herring, which will be the enticement for the 
Kings.  Let's hope bad weather doesn't blow them away anytime soon.


Capt. Dave Cassidy
Naples, Florida
Light Tackle Sport Fishing Adventures, inc.
Captain Dave Cassidy
3037 44th. Terrace SW
Naples, Florida  34116
941-352-7292
casacass@aol.com
capt.davecassidy@worldnet.att.net



Atlantic Side-Mosquito Lagoon-Indian River Lagoon
Snook and Redfish Specialist Capt. Larry L. Fowler
Reports:NOVEMBER
11-14-1999
 Well, it has been quite a while since any so-called reports have come
out of the Redfish capital on fishing and or "catching" from the
Mosquito Lagoon area. Probably due mostly to the fact that there has not been a
lot to talk about since our two close calls we had with first Hurricane
Floyd and then Hurricane Irene and all the rain, rain, rain. And then
and up to just recently the wind, wind, wind. 

Finally as we edge closer to Turkey day there seems to be some let up to the constant Northeast winds we have been getting since those two storms. The runoff from all the rains has ever so gradually continued to subside to where now almost all water levels in the Mosquito Lagoon area have returned to normal levels. During these high but very dirty water conditions the Redfishing has been on and off again. Fishing has been very inconsistent at best. Part of the problem is that even in very shallow water less than 1 foot it is very difficult to see bottom and tell where the sandbar is. Likewise the drop-off, or the big sand patches we all throw to in the fall and winter months for Redfish and occasionally a nice Trout or two. As I relate to my clients from time to time , " Its always a tough day when you can't see the bottom of the livewell or the bait because the water is so dirty".


Pair that with rough windy conditions it can become an effort in perseverance and patience. Such describes the conditions for much of the last couple of months. And also to add just a little more challenge to all this it has been overcast or mostly cloudy along with these other tough conditions. Speaking as a guide these are the worst possible conditions to have to go out on fishing trip without any of what I call the BIG THREE in water conditions especially flats, sight type fishing.


#1 water clarity


#2 surface water conditions (calm , choppy, etc.)


#3 and finally probably the most important SUN !


If I start out on a fishing trip and I have all three of these conditions I should be able to find Redfish quickly and consistently through most of the year.


If I have only one or two of the Three I should be able to find fish sometime during the trip and can potentially still have very good days.


When I start out with none of Three I know it is going to be a tough day. Maybe still productive but still tough casting. The only way to produce effectively with windy, cloudy, dirty water days is to efficiently blind cast in and around known good areas and try to as quickly as possible determine if there are fish on the flat or not and continue to move until you can find fish. This can be tedious and time consuming and as on all paying guide trips, fishing time is very valuable. I usually try to get my clients to cast downwind as far as possible ahead of our drift direction and work a consistent, thorough grid pattern for several hundred yards until you have hooked up a few and go back around for another drift or no hits or hookups and move on to the next area and do the same. You must be careful though to make sure you did have a broad casting pattern as you drifted and fished it thoroughly or you might leave not knowing there are 50 to 100 Redfish scattered across this flat and you just did not fish it well enough to know. This probably happens more than you think. Be Thorough always but especially on days when the "Big Three" leave you wondering where the fish are.


Such was the case on a trip last week.


On Sunday we went out with 0 of the Big Three conditions existing. It was constantly cloudy, mostly overcast. The wind was blowing 15 to 20 mph at dawn from the East and the water was a cross between rust and gray color. Tough day. I had Three young teenagers from North Florida on a full day. We first went to East side of the Lagoon to see if we could find fish in the calmer areas along far eastern edge.


All three of the boys casted very consistently and thoroughly and with four fishing rods laying down a 20 to 30 yard wide pattern after about an hour or so we did not have any hits, nor did we see any fish movements, wakes, etc.. I decided to move more North in the Lagoon and get out in the wind more and drift an area North of Tiger Shoals. Then out in the wind more we could cast even farther ahead of the drift and we were again fishing a wide pattern as we drifted. About 100 yards into the drift we hooked the first Redfish, about an 8# and shortly thereafter another about the same size. In about 250 yards of drift we had two redfish by being thorough and consistent with our casting pattern. We had identified that there were Redfish on this flat and we ended up drifting that flat 15 times through that whole day and boated 14 Redfish and had another three or four spit the lure. I thank my clients for the effort they gave. Most trips in these conditions can be productive but you must pay your dues by casting, casting, and casting.


Finally though, Mother nature seems to be letting up and the winds are less and less each morning. The water is cleaning up and the Sun has been out cloud free for several days. Maybe we finally can get to the great Fall and Winter fishing we have here sighting and casting to Tailing or Finning Redfish. The Redfish through all of this have continued to feed well when found. They too are probably more than ready for easier feeding conditions and bait pods, crustaceans burrowing in the sand etc..


LETS GO FISHING,


Capt. Larry L. Fowler 2.From: "Dennis Royston" To: "Mike Lott" Subject: 11/10/99 Report Date sent: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 10:37:57 -0500 11/10/99 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. By Capt. Dennis Royston A FULL TIME FISHING GUIDE The winds have been blowing and the waters are dirty. There is some clear water up the creek and inshore bays. The upcoming weekend forecast is for Calmer winds and temperatures ranging from lows of 58 to highs of 82 degrees. Clear to partly cloudy. The fishing has been below par. I was off the water this past week due to weather cancellations and the flu. Other guides and friends found the fishing poor. The live bait Pilchards) that is normally here until late November seems to have moved on. Jacks seem to be supplying what action there is. These fish have been chasing Glass Minnows around the subdivision channels and the mouths of the rivers. Some large Trout have been caught up inside the creeks and rivers. As the days go by the water should clear and the fishing return to normal. Good fishin - For more information call - Capt. Dennis Royston A FULL TIME FISHING GUIDE 3. Naples, Marco Island, Ft. Myers Beach, Florida fishing report and guide information Captain Dave Cassidy 941-352-7292 _______________________________________Fishing Report "The Bluebird of Happiness?" After all the tropical storms and Hurricanes earlier in October, the weather took a flip flop with the first cold front of the year blowing through Florida. Cool mornings and blue, blue clear skies for a week now. Unfortunately, those blue skies brought a daily 15 to 20 knot winds that blew all the water out of the backcountry and roughed up the offshore waters. At least the days were pretty and some them pretty good fishing too. The backwaters were not the place for the inexperienced boater this past week. The full moon and the winds conspired to make for some abnormally low, low tides. I discovered the shallow water limits of my fairly new Pathfinder 2200 Tunnel Hull. The ultra-low tides made for some go hard falling tides, good conditions for snook fishing. We were able to live bait with some good success on numbers of fish, but most were smallish. We'd get one or two keeper sized fish a day though. Redfish for some reason are scarce. No doubt due to the still impressive fresh water run-off coming out from all the rivers in the 'Glades. Hurricane Irene had dumped over 20 inches of rain into the 'Glades watershed and it is still pouring out. We would find a few fish each day, but most were "rats". Jigs tipped with shrimp caught the reds more consistently. Trout, and some good sized ones at that are in the far backcountry. Look for them in the deep cuts with jigs or free-lined live baits. Tarpon took a vacation swim towards the Keys after the cold front. We were able to jump some 30-pound class fish here and there. Offshore has not been the place for the weak of stomach. The first mile or two wasn't too rough with the wind direction, but the seas would build rapidly after that. Gag grouper are back in close to shore again. Ledges, wrecks and artificial reefs from 3 miles out are holding fish. Plenty of Spanish macks here too. Kings, now that the water temp is in the 70's, should be here too. Snapper have been biting well in the areas you'll find the grouper. There is plenty of bait along the beach still and if you fill up your live well you'll come back with a nice dinner. Capt. Dave Cassidy Naples, Florida SEPTEMBER 1. Atlantic Side-Mosquito Lagoon-Indian River Lagoon Snook and Redfish Specialist Capt. Larry L. Fowler Reports: Big Reds are still around, but the weather has been real nasty, and the water is high and dirty. As the temperature cools a bit, the schools are breaking up. Spawning is over for this year, and now we are concentrating on catching big singles. On the other hand, Snook have been great, and they are continuing to cooperate for those who really understand the tides. LETS GO FISHING!!! Capt Larry L. Fowler. You can contact Capt. Larry L. Fowler at:(407) 568-7777 Or Toll Free at 1-888-257-8863 E-mail: mrsnook@bellsouth.net Web site:http://www.fishflorida.com/lagoon/show2/index.html 2.Sebastian Inlet-Snook season is well underway, and the big girls are there this year as usual. The season got off to a strange start as the Labrador currents kept the snook out during a lot of the summer. Surf fishing as almost always, has been producing well over there. 3. SW Florida Report Captain Dave Cassidy _9-12-1999____Fishing Report "Change of pace…" I don't know if you've noticed it, but there are a bunch of subtle changes in the weather that marks the start of the really good fall fishing. The shadows are getting a little longer just a bit earlier. The breeze in the late afternoon is more cooling instead of just adding stifling heat. These signs mark the other changes that I look forward to at this time of year. The biggest, is the return of the redfish to the backwaters and nearshore structure. In the backwaters, of both Estero Bay and the 10,000 Islands, the reds can be found moving in with the tide. The reds can fished at most any part of either tide, with the start of the incoming good for tailers in Estero Bay and some of the back bays down in the Islands, and the higher stages around the mangroves with oyster bars in both areas. Estero has good supplies of white baits for you live bait fisherman, in the Islands that a little tougher still. Don't fret though, you can get yourself a couple dozen shrimp and do just as well with a popping cork. Quite a few fish are over the slot, with most running in the mid 20 inch range. Snook are pretty active too. From the beaches to the back bays you can find action on the points with deeper water around them. Shrimp, jigs, white baits, or if you're an early riser, plugs will turn the trick. Sea trout are doing well, they are on the grass flats and in the deeper cuts in the back bays. Mangrove snapper continue to be strong with many keeper-sized fish on a daily basis. Tarpon, at least the mid sized ones, are popping up everywhere. They may not always be interested in what you're offering, but if you're in the right place at the right time… Offshore is a good place to be, provided the seas aren't kicked up. That's been the only hindrance to fishing the deep lately. Gag grouper are in close, with keepers coming from as shallow as 15 feet of water. Pinfish will get you action on the Gags. In the shallower water are cobia, they too will eat your pinfish. Moving out to the 5 mile reefs and beyond are more grouper, an occasional cobia, plus Mangrove snapper, Lane snapper, Spanish macks, permit, sharks and bonito. You can find schools of baits outside of the passes and about a mile out from the beaches, gold hook rigs will fill the well quickly. An interesting note, this past Friday, in some rough conditions, we had a mini Sailfish of a whopping 24 inches or so come into the chum slick and chase some Balao around. This was on one of the 5-mile reefs to boot. Captain Dave Cassidy Naples, Florida 941-352-7292 4. West Central Florida-Tarpon Springs to Crystal River Captain Dennis Royston 9/22/99 Fishing Report Boy have we had weather lately. Lucky for us hurricane Floyd stayed well offshore on the east coast and tropical storm Harvey, that was predicted to come ashore here in west central Florida made a U tern and crossed over south Fla.. around Naples. We received minor rains and no wind. The official water temperature in Tampa is 82 degrees, down from 90 degrees. The arrival of fall finally got here. It has been a long HOT summer. With the decline in water temperature the fishing will improve week by week. Cooling water and shorter days will start the fish into a fall pattern. Snook will start to feed up in preparation for winter. Look for these fish to be around points, river and creek mouths as well as along Mangrove shore lines. This is a great time to cast noisy top water plugs like the 5-m Mirror-O -Lure, Bagley-SP-5, Devil Horse, Pop R or any other plug that makes a splash when retrieved. Top water plugs are worked best this time of year when fished early in the morning , late in the evening or at night. During daylight hours when the sun is high I like to cast light jigs in the 1/8 to 1/4 once heads with root beer, dull green or motor oil colored grub and shad tails. All of the above will work for Trout and Redfish as well. With the water being off-colored from the high temperatures and the winds, this is a good time to use the gold spoons to attract any of the above. Trout will start to show up in greater numbers as the water cools. Larger Trout from 18 to 24 inches will start to be common place. Look for these beauties to be holding anywhere good grass is located. Last spring we had good results with 1/4 oz. Jig heads with a 6 inch floating worm attached. Allow the bait to settle to the tops of the grass and retrieve in yo-yo up and down fashion. Spanish Mackerel are showing up all along the coast. Move out to 6 - 10 foot depths and again cast jigs with bright tails. When quality fish are found, try anchoring and placing a chum bag in the water to hold the fish. Jigs, Live or cut bait should keep you busy. The best is yet to come. Good fishin - For more information call - Capt. Dennis Royston A FULL TIME FISHING GUIDE 5. Panama City, Florida, Fishing Report Whoooooo....they catchin' em!!! Good Luck, Capt. Charlie Miller Real Time Charters 6. Northeast Florida- Atlantic Coast- St. Augustine Conch House Marina No Report from Brad this week. Brad Grace Conch House Sportfishing conchhouse@staug.com Freshwater Central Florida 1. Camp Mack-Kissimmee Chain My Life as a Worm... Well, it's Gator hunting season again at Camp Mack, and along with Snook season on the coast, there'll be a lot of folks heading out this weekend looking for some of that action. Camp Mack always has some big bull 'gators come in during the early part of the season. For Labor Day weekend at the Camp, they had a Karaoke on Saturday, and plenty of cold Beer around the campfire. On the fishing front, we hear that a pair of fishermen got 2 tens and an 8 lb'er this past week, as well as one of our friends "a Camp Mack resident", catching an 8 1/2 pound bass while dozing off. "Yo! Wake up and check your line!" Tony and Sandy E. (guide and reservation clerk at the Camp) caught 20 bass on artificials one day this week, at various locations around the Kissimmee River. There is a current there at present, and that draws the bass to the points and edges of the river. Reports of big numbers of Bluegills are still coming in, and locals are loading up on most every trip. It's that time of year. Capt. Pate Snively reported a 27 lb. Channel Catfish being caught by a man who was speck fishing. Bent that pole over, I'd guess. On my personal note, on Sunday this week I put up "The Braggin' Rights Trophy" against Bob Sauer of Tampa, and managed to "whup him again". The trophy went home with me again, for the third straight month. I caught 4 keeper size bass, to his 1. All were caught on worms, in the 8 foot of water range. I have slowed down, and also dropped my line size to 12 lb ( Berkely Big Game) and a 6 inch worm. 1/8 ounce sinker - texas rigged, with an Owner 3.0 Lazer Hook. Bob says that I have an advantage, because "I think like a worm" a comment that about caused me to choke. (That's because of my past experiences with my ex-wife....My life as a worm) All seriousness aside, I do kinda' enjoy swimming and hopping a worm. I plan to write an article explaining some of the pros and cons of the different methods of fishing worms. Hey, ya'll take a break and go catch some! see http://www.fishflorida.com/campmack/index.html SEND YOUR REPORTS TO BIG MIKE at stardot@cyberspy.com West Central Florida-Tarpon Springs to Crystal River Captain Dennis Royston 6/2/99 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. by Capt. Dennis Royston A FULL TIME FISHING GUIDE Weather over the holiday weekend was about as perfect as you could ask for. Calm mornings and breezy afternoons. Scattered showers late in the day. The up coming week end appears to be the same. Summer weather patterns seem to be here now. Morning - light winds from the east and westerly sea breezes in the afternoon. With this in mind it can help you plan your days fishing. Start out very early in the morning, even before daylight. Plan on being at your fishing location at or before the sun starts to come up( the magic hour). If you are inclined - this is the best time to look for those rolling Tarpon or Cobia swimming on the surface. As mentioned last week, this is the time to have that rod rigged with 20lb. line and a top water plug to toss at that Tarpon or Cobia. There is know guarantee that you will see one, but if you due you will An hour or so after daylight rig your casting rig into a drag line to be used behind your drifting boat. Rig with a Pin fish or other small bait under a float . Again this can be the rod that makes the day. Fishing the last couple weeks has been good, not fantastic, but consistent. There is no question about it Trout have provided the most consistent action through-out the day. Early in the morning and again late in the day top water plugs in shallow water ( Redfish seem have become more numerous this past week. A number of fish were landed around Oyster bars and areas of hard bottom. In clear water casting 1/8 to 1/4 oz. jigs works wellas does slow worked D.O.A. shrimp or Slug-o type baits. In cloudy or dingy water a gold spoon is hard to beat. Snook - will be out of season for the next three months (June, July and August) These fish will be out on the beaches and in the passes spooning on the new and full moon tides. Snook are a tough fish and survive better then most for catch and release. If you do plan on some catch and release fishing I wold urge you to use heavier tackle to land the fish faster with less stress. also you might consider using jigs or other single hook baits with the barb mashed shut with your pliers. If you decide to use live bait and the hook is to deep - just fish. Trying to remove a deep hook will do more harm then cutting the line. Capt. Dennis Royston For more information call Capt. Dennis Royston (727)863-3204 From: "Dennis Royston" 5/11/99 Fishing report Capt. Dennis Royston Its Monday May 11th. and the winds have been blowing 15 to 25 knots for the last 5 days. A weak cool front passed through north Tampa yesterday. The winds are forecast to drop. On the positive side, the few brave soles that did find a spot to hide fro The full moon of the 11th. will produce extra high tides and fish will move back up into the creeks and bays. Fish from before day light to late morning and again early evening up to mid-night or later. I like to cast top water plugs like the Cotee Reel Magic or the Mirr-o-lure 5M. Any bait like these will produce strikes from Trout, Redfish, Snook and even Cobia. Remember this is the time of year to start carrying a rod and reel with 20lb. line and any good top water lure. For additional information please call (813)-863-3204 Good Fishin Capt. Dennis Royston

The fishing report



5-17-1998


Where they biting today? In the water!

That's about an accurate statement, since fishing at Kissimmee and Hatchineha is about a can't-miss situation right now.
We have had many reports of limits come in from all over the north end of Kissimmee, including Lemon Point, Grassy Island, Philadelphia Point, North Cove and others of good concentrations of Shellcrackers, Bluegills and a mixture of those, as well as Specks and shellcrackers feeding well in Hatchineha.

Bass, in large schools, are chasing bait in deeper water, having come off the bed and now being ready to get serious about eating for the fist time since last fall.

This week saw 7 bass weighed at the Camp Mack dock from 8 to 11 pounds, caught on a combination of shiners and artificials. Artificial baits including crank baits, topwaters, spinnerbaits, and plastic worms are all taking nice bass.

Hey, you can bet I'm going this week. Tight lines!

Big Mike


Saltwater Spots 1. Northeast Florida- Atlantic Coast- St. Augustine Conch House Marina No Report from Brad this week. Brad Grace Conch House Sportfishing conchhouse@staug.com 2.Sebastian Inlet-Whitey's Bait and Tackle Fred at Whitey's reports that catches of Snook have picked up this week with water temperatures finally begun reaching levels that are comfortable for the Snook. Good thing, since Snook season is only open another month! Reports of Snook to 20 lbs on pinfish and live greenies have been coming in, as well as the usual reports of Reds. Surf fishing, as nearly always near Sebastian, has showed some good fish, especially Pompanos. 3. SW Florida Report 04-22-98 CAPTAIN DAVE CASSIDY NAPLES, FLORIDA _______________________________________________________ "Tired of the same old Hum Drum?..." Well try some Red Drum or Snook for that matter. Back water fishing continues to improve even with the tough conditions. The snook are definitly moving to the passes and beaches. The problem is that you just can't see them. The water is still stirred up from the incessant wind. As I said last report, the snook should be coming as the bait is starting to move in. This past week found us hooking up with 1 or 2 keepers a day in the Estero Bay area. We would use hand picked shrimp under popping corks that we worked HARD! All the noise seemed to pay of as we got fish up to 35 inches. All that popping payed off with 3 to 5 keeper sized reds most days too. All the reds we hooked have been between 19 and 25 inches. Small Blacktip sharks are showing up on the flats some days. They seem to be taking advantage of the cloudy water to ambush trout and mullet out on the grassier areas. Trout and pompano have been hard to come by them selves, probably put off by the dirty water. Conditions are much the same to the south in the 10,000 Islands areas. 4 days of hard south wind has stirred the back bays into a giant milkshake. Hopefully these last two days of westerly wind will start to clear it up a little. Tarpon are still elusive for the most part. I haven't seen any myself, but I hear of the odd sighting here and there. Some Captains have been running to the southern river mouths, like Lostman's, and doing well on them there. A pretty long haul with some of the sea conditions of late. The front that moved through SW Florida last night seemed to knock the fishing down some today, but it should pick back up tomorrow again. Offshore has seen equally tough conditions. Wind is making fishing difficult. I got out Tuesday for part of the day and we hooked up 8 Blacktip sharks up to 6 ft in length. They were hitting free-lined shrimp, chunk baits and live blue runners. There were cobia around too. I found the fish attacking schools of small pilchards about 8 miles out. Plenty of Spanish mackerel are out there hitting the pilchards too. No sign of Kings this week. Hopefully the weather will improve by the weekend for some good snookin'!! Captain Dave Cassidy Naples, Florida 941-352-7292 4. West Central Florida-Tarpon Springs to Crystal River Captain Dennis Royston Capt.Dennis Royston (813) 863-3204 4/30/98 Fishing Report Well it finally arrived ( good weather) the last week has had calm winds and no rain. The water clarity on the flats is still dirty. Tea color from tannic acid caused by past heavy rains still exists although it is improving. Silt in the water from past White Bait (pilchards or Green backs) have have arrived with some dependability. This has increased the catch of Snook. Numbers of Snook up to 10lbs. are being caught on artifices as well as live bait. The numbers of anglers have increased due to to 3' of water early and late in the day. Top water lures are my favorite. Cobia in good numbers are showing up on the flats. Difting with live pinfish under a float or small balloon or anchor the boat and set a chum line. both methods are productive. Good Fishin - For additional info. call (813) 863-3204 Capt Dennis Royston 5. Panama City, Florida, Fishing Report Whoooooo....they catchin' em!!! Good Luck, Capt. Charlie Miller Real Time Charters Freshwater Central Florida 1. Camp Mack-Kissimmee Chain Bass are chasing bait, and starting to school up nicely. On a recent trip Big Mike and partner Bob Sauer from Tampa, caught and released a double limit of nice Kissimmee Largemouths. We've seen few of the big bass expected this time of year, with Max Hartzler weighing in an 8 lb and 10 lb+ bass, John Vanderkolk weighing in an 11 lb + bass, Greg Patton with a dandy 11 lb 4 ouncer caught on a Banjo Minnow. Also, Jeff Flanders with a 10 lb. 6 oz.and an 8 lb. 2oz.caught on the same day(4-7-98),as witnessed by Larry Bryant and Lake Kissimmee guide Don Brown. (hope we have this story straight, but if not, we'll get it yet.) An 11 lb 4 ounce caught by someone fishing with Mr. Sandifer from Milton, Florida (email me your name if you see this), and a great catch by Joanna Ortiz. Seems Ms. Ortiz was merely taking a break from sunbathing, and casted a Junebug worm just for fun to see what would happen. Of course, she caught a 12 lb, 3 ounce largemouth bass. All these big bass were caught within 4 miles of Camp Mack. According to many reports, Kissimmee Rock Crushers (Shellcrackers) are getting ready to go crazy, and Bluegills are already biting well. Specks are still biting, and last year they continued right on through the summer, feeding on deep hydrilla beds on minnows. On the wierd side, Merita Williams caught a South American Armored Catfish that weighed 7 ounces and was 8 1/2 inches long. It was turned over the the Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, who are studying the fish. Pictures should be available soon.
anyone who catches a fish matching this description (scaled catfish) should not return the fish to the water, but contact Camp Mack or the G&FFC in Florida, as they would probably love to know if this is an isolated incident.
FISHING REPORTS FROM AROUND FLORIDA 1-22-1998
Saltwater Spots

1. Northeast Florida- Atlantic Coast- St. Augustine
Conch House Marina
The week of 1/11-1/18 we had about a dozen
wahoo in the 30 to 45 lb. range and one beast at 96 lbs! 
Each boat was bringing in 3 to 4 blackfin tuna weighing 
in around 10 to 25 lbs. Bottom trips were showing cobia 
averaging at 30 to 45 lbs. and one tipping the scale at 72 lbs.
Brad Grace
Conch House Sportfishing
conchhouse@staug.com
 
2.Sebastian Inlet-Whitey's Bait and Tackle
Fred at Whitey's reports that catches of Snook 
have picked up this week but the season is closed. 
Reds and flounder are being caught again, with some 
nice flounder coming in on 1-21.

Sheepshead on Fiddler crabs and Sand fleas,
and black drum on various baits are being caught, as well as some 
trout and on the jetty and in the river. 

Surf fishing, as nearly always at Sebastian, has produced some 
good fish, especially Pompanos. 


3. SW Florida Report   01-20-98
CAPTAIN DAVE CASSIDY
NAPLES, FLORIDA
"Wreck and Roll..."

Yep, that same old windy weather is hanging in there.  
There's a pretty definite pattern to it these days.  
Strong fronts blow thru on Fridays.
Saturdays can be iffy, Sundays thru Wednesdays 
are pretty good, with seas building each day 
towards the next front.  Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are your
best days either offshore or in the back waters.  
Both areas have plenty of action these days too!!

In the back waters, everything is hoppin'.  Snook, 
Reds, Trout, Tarpon, Ladyfish, Pompano, Jacks, 
Snapper, you name it, it was hitting the past 4
days.  Curiously, the outside points are barren, 
even with the water temp staying up there.  
The middle bays are where most of the action is.  Smaller,
wind protected bays have water in the upper 70's 
some afternoons.  Find ones with grass or a nice hole, 
and you find Trout.  Points with good current have
Snook and the oyster bars have Reds.  Find these same
 kind of bays further back that have creeks or rivers 
emptying into them and you'll find smaller
Tarpon in the vicinity.  Blackwater Bay, Santina, 
Faca Union and Fackahatchee are good places to 
look, so is Blue Hill up inside of Marco Island.  
Jigs, plugs, flies, live shrimp, all are working well.  
You can find some pretty clear water in some of these areas.  
Quiet approaches are needed, there have
been tons of boats out there and the fish are spooky.

Offshore the Snapper action is really heating up.  
Mangroves are dominating the scene, but everyday more 
and more Yellowtail and Lane are showing up.
Live shrimp and cut baits are working well. Some 
Mangroves are getting over 20 inches!  On Sunday I 
had 4 guys from north Jersey out.  We didn't keep a
Mangrove unless it was 16 inches or longer.  
We limited out, and we probably threw back at least 
ten 15 1/2 inchers!  Gags are mostly a 1/2 inch too short,
although we caught a couple of keepers.  The last 
2 days saw pretty much the same action, although there 
were mostly 12 inchers today.  The Kings have been
the biggest disappointment so far, we manage a "snake" 
here and there. but thats it.  To the south, the markers 
for Everglades National Park are starting to see some 
Cobia on them. Get on out there and get some!

Captain Dave Cassidy
Naples, Florida
941-352-7292



4. West Central Florida-Tarpon Springs to Crystal River
Captain Dennis Royston
1-15-98

It's mid January, the DRY season. Only we have had over 
20" of rain since Christmas. Over 3" today as I write 
this report. On the positive side the gulf water 
temperature has moved from as low as 60 deg. to the 
upper 60s , that is high for this time of year. The 
inshore waters are stained tea color from 
tannic acid (leaf rot) flushed from inshore bogs. 
This influx of fresh water and high winds
has left fishing on the slow side.

Some Trout have been caught on the grass flats in 
the Port Richey area. In the residential canal, 
Sheepshead and mangrove Snapper have been the main target.

On the bright side - if we get a few days of clear 
calm weather the fish should go on the feed.

In the meantime, this is a good chance to get your 
tackle in good working order for the great fishing
that's just around the corner.

Good fishen
For up to date info. contact me at (813) 863-3204 


Freshwater Central Florida
1. Camp Mack-Kissimmee Chain
GET YOUR TACKLE READY!!!
The news at Camp Mack and the South Kissimmee chain is that 
speck fishing is terrific at the present, with fish biting 
all over the north end of Kissimmee and Hatchineha since 
monday, this week. Due to the recent rains in the area north 
of the chain, the locks are still open below Lake Kissimmee, 
and the water level is around 51.5, just about perfect.

This usually means great fishing, for bass and specks, provided
you do your homework on how and where to concentrate
your efforts. (channel points, edges, etc.) 

Reports of large concentrations of specks around Philadelphia Point, 
Rabbit Island, Bird Island, Marker 8, and Lemon point, 
as well as many other spots are common.

Bass reports are becoming stronger, with 2 weekend 
tournaments producing winning strings of bass at 20 lbs,
and 16 lbs, with both tournaments having a big fish winner over 6 lbs.

And here's a good one: A guest from the Chicago area, (Mr. Wycoff),
who happened upon Camp Mack on the internet was at Disney this week, 
and decided to forego another day of Mickey for a day at Camp Mack.

He headed down to Camp Mack, and went fishing with Bill Whiting, 
local big bass specialist and well known guide at Camp Mack.

His fishing trip brought him 15 keeper bass to be released, as well as an
11lb, 6 ounce trophy bass. Congratulations, Mr. Wycoff. 
11 pounds is a serious bass!
We'll get a picture on the web site for you.
11-06-1997


Saltwater Spots

1. Sebastian Inlet. Whitey's Bait and Tackle Fred at Whitey's reports big catches of Snook on the jetties, some in the 20 lb range, Tarpon and large Jacks in the inlet.

Spanish Mackerel, Blues, Pompanos and whiting in the surf.

Redfish and permit on the jetty and the surf. Also a 20 lb smoker kingfish was caught yesterday on the north Jetty using a live greenie.

2. Glades- Tarpon, Snook and Reds being caught in the Glades region, as well as grouper off the west coast. High winds in recent weeks have been keeping anglers inshore a bit more.

3. Upper Tampa Bay Buddies Bait and Tackle-Courtney Campbell Causeway reports; QUOTE" Dude, the fish are biting in the WATER!"


Lots of Spanish Mackerels and Jacks in the bay, and Tarpon and Reds up in the creeks. Trout while wading the grass flats.

Looks like the Cobia are pretty much done for this year as temperatures have dropped in the bay.

Look for Snook near the big bridge on the Courtney Campbell Causeway on the big full moon tides.


Freshwater Central Florida


1. Camp Mack-Kissimmee Chain
Specks biting very well in Hatchineha, and around marker 8 and 9 in Kissimmee, as well as Gator Cove, North Cove anywhere around Hydrilla banks.
Action has been increasing steadily for several weeks.
Sales of minnows at Camp Mack have gone from 3 pounds per day to 40 pounds per day over the past few weeks.

Shiner fishermen have been reporting 25 to 40 bass per day, and the bass seem to be feeding on the winter pattern. A certain fisherman from the Carolinas has been using up 60+ shiners a day.

The Guides have fairly consistently produced throughout the year, both on shiners and artificials.

Tournament anglers have having a rougher time lately, due to a couple of cold fronts and the bass relocating to different areas.



Reports From Here and There


For a nice report from South Florida by Mike Delaney, see A Yankee's Report.


A trip north to Lake Jackson near Tallahassee this week brought back fond memories, and sure enough, Lake Jackson still has large Bass in it, though it may suffer some from the traffic it often has to bear in the form of Jet Skis and skiers near the State Capitol.

I saw some nice pictures of some 7 and 8 lb bass caught in the past few days. Red and Sam's fish Camp, a famous spot for lunker hunters, will now be a regular contributor to these reports.


Lake Talquin, also in that part of the state, is being readied for a 10 foot drawdown in an effort to stimulate next spring's spawning season. Hope it works out. Look for big bass action there to be great in about 5 years. (cool place to fish topwaters like the Devil's Horse)

Lake Kissimmee reports typical late summer action in morning and evening. As the days grow shorter and water cools a bit, look for big bass action to increase a lot in the next few weeks. we'll be making a series of trips over there starting next week on wednesday.

Keep your lines tight!

Mike Lott


Artificial Picking up


9-10-1997 Capt. Bill Whiting at Camp Mack reports departing from his usual "School chasin" and fishing for Bass in the edges of cover with artificails. His catch yesterday with 2 clients was 28 keeper bass. All were released to be caught another day. This is a change from the usual fishing methods, and is an indication that fall bass fishing at Kissimmee is about to start big time.

OTHER FISHING REPORTS FROM AROUND FLORIDA
Saltwater Spots
1. Sebastian Inlet.
Whitey's Bait and Tackle
Fred at Whitey's reports lots of big redfish being caught on the low slack tides, with the only problem being catching one small enough to keep. Sizes to 42" are common.


Snook have slowed down just a bit due to the crowds at Sebastian inlet, but are still being caught. Be prepared for lots of company if you are going Snook fishing at Sebastian Inlet.

A reader reported that even though they caught a limit at Sebastian this weekend, it was not much fun since they were competing with more than 50 other boats for fishing space.


Tarpon are being caught in model large at Sebastian Inlet, along with nice numbers of Pompano in the nearby surf. Sounds like fun to me!

2. Glades

We're still hearing about lots of redfish and Tarpon, and a lot of smaller snook being caught, but not many keeper Snook.

3. Upper Tampa Bay

Reds and Tarpon doing great.

4. Offshore in the Pinellas Gulf

Grouper and snapper doing fine on bottom fishing. 5. Lower Tampa Bay-Skyway

Smaller schools of reds on the flats, Tarpon finding plenty of mullet to feed on. September tides helping tha action near the Skyway.

Freshwater Central Florida

1. Camp Mack-Kissimmee Chain Pate Snively reports lots of artificial action this week with the Bass picking up nicely, Specks doing well this week on the northern end of Hatchineha, big catfish in Cypress canal, and shellcrackers near Lemon Point, Philadelphia Point and marker 8.


It's just ANOTHER one.

Funny thing happened. I have been telling my regular fishing buddy about "Extreme Snook" fishing with Capt. Larry Fowler, and my friend Chris knows that I am not prone to lie too much about fish, but I think he was sceptical.

After all, we keep hearing about dwindling Snook stocks, and yet we have been catching 20-30 Snook over 10 lbs per night. When I offered to take him fishing, he expected that it going to be another one of those "you shoulda' been here last week" stories.


Sure enough, we didn't catch a 10 lb. Snook for the first 30 minutes. But then, we steadily caught Snook for 3 hours, non-stop. There came a time when we both had to quit from exhaustion. My left arm was aching. My biggest "Snook Record" fell again, for the 6th time in two months, when I boated a 19 pounder.

At one point I was lying on the front deck of Larry's Maverick Master Angler laughing my head off. What fun! Chris had caught about 10 or so, when he hooked another fish over 10 pounds and I asked if it was a big fish. He replied, "It's just ANOTHER one!"


We caught 30 Snook, all over 10 lbs, in 3 hours. I only got beat by one fish, and he broke me off on structure. Simply amazing action.

See photos at "Extreme Snook" Now, would someone tell me again the part about how there are few big Snook around? I just don't get it.

Mike Lott



8-30-1997


Schooling Bass Make For Fast Action


Whether you decide to use artificial bait or shiners, the schooling Bass in the Kissimmee chain of lakes are providing some great fishing. Those who get up and hit the lake early find some bigger fish, and the schoolies get going not long after sunrise, when the bait gets moving.


Tony at Camp Mack reports non-stop activity on artificials, while Capt. Bill Whiting has been getting big numbers of bass on shiners. This weekend should find lots of good fish cruising the edges of the river channel, as long as there is a bit of current in the river. Moon phases are right for big bass to feed, but water temperatures are high, so they are not going to chase bait that is moving at high speed.


Capt. Scott at Camp Mack reported limits of panfish being caught as well, mainly on crickets and worms.


Anyone interested in checking out the Gator hunt action should call Camp Mack for details. The permits are already out for this year, but it should be a fun time at Camp Mack as the hunters come in with their 'gators. There are some monster 'gators in Kissimmee this year, and it won't hurt to thin 'em out some.

Mike Lott



The difference between a fairy tale and a fish story...


8-11-1997


A fairy tale starts with "Once upon a time...."
A fish story starts with "Now this ain't no Bulls..T"

I asked my friend Joe if he realized how special the trips are that we have had this year Snook fishing with Capt. Larry.


Sunday we nailed them so bad it wasn't even fair. The usual bet is, "I'll bet $100.00 I will get a 10 lb Snook on the first cast." This week the first cast brought a 12 lb'er.

My first hookup was around 20 lbs, and I wasn't even ready. I let her jump while I was trying to get her out of the mangroves. Goodbye Snook. She was one of 5 who beat me Sunday, 2 of which broke 30 lb test, 2 pulled the hooks out, and one cut me off on structure.


I boated seven up to around 15 lbs, and Joe had 7 or 8, with 2 of them in the 19-20 lb range. Again, he had the monster of the trip on, and lost her. (he had to hit the freespool button as we turned the boat, and then the snook buzzed the reel so bad it burned his thumb and when he released his thumb it backlashed) Of course I can say he should have just loosened the drag, but when you have a giant Snook on it's hard to think clearly.

Another time we had a double on and my snook jumped and crossed his line in midair, and then reversed direction, tying a nifty loop around his line, causing him to lose his fish. I got mine.:-) Next time we got a double we both landed the fish, mine a 12, his a 18. So, yep, I got my 12th snook over 10 pounds, and Joe now has caught something around 200 10 pounders in 14 months.


Sometimes I am the rattlesnake, and sometimes I become the bunny rabbit, but I know there's gonna' be a predator on one or both ends of the rod on every cast.

«»Mike«»



On 6 Pound Line??

8-1-1997

I got my Radical Redfish when I went fishing with Capt. Larry L. Fowler this week. Now, I can cast a spinning reel well enough under most circumstances. My regular fishing buddy often comments on the accuracy of my casts, pitching a jig under mangroves or casting a plastic worm into 1 foot holes in weed beds from 30 feet away, but somehow it just wasn't the same when I was out there with Capt. Larry.

First, we were using his great tackle, which is a bit longer rod than what I am used to. Then, we are casting a very light bait a long distance. Most of my casts were bad, and none were perfect. Thanks to him, I was able to reel in a 25-30 pound redfish on 6 pound line, as well as another smaller Redfish. The big one took me about 20 minutes to get into the boat and I was ready to sit for a bit after that one.


The most enjoyable part of the trip to Mosquito Lagoon was the ride in Capt. Larry's Maverick 18.6 Master Angler Flats Boat and the hunt for redfish. We found a big school of large reds right away, and we saw some "model large-industrial strength" redfish in that school, but they passed right over our baits without a strike. What size redfish has a 6 inch tall dorsal fin? An "incredible hulk" redfish, I'd say.

I always ask Capt. Larry why people don't hold those redfish up higher for photographs. Now I know why. After catching one of those big boys, I wasn't ready to hold him up very high either. My Red

We met up with Hank Masson of Trader Bay lures the other morning, and Hank showed me some of his wooden fishing lures. Pretty good looking stuff, they are available at Bass Pro shops and other better Bait and Tackle shops.

After fishing the Titusville area, be sure and drop in the "DOGS-R-US" grill and bar at 4200 S. Washington Avenue in Titusville. Great wings and burgers, an extensive menu (over 90 items, including 10 different kinds of hot dogs) under $10, and nice people. Their specialty is hot wings...


Next trip I have scheduled...."Extreme Snook" again! Can't hardly wait...

Tight lines to ya!

Mike Lott





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