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Red drum & Black drum fishing

February 4th, 2013

The Redfish bite has been very steady along with the Blackdrum in the deeper channels . Trout have been on the smaller side in the runoffs ,if out west they have been good size just not many .
On the shallows site fishing Reds has been Great!! Get out and go fish!
R U Fishing Yet !!!

The Bite is on in the Gulf 11/2011

November 22nd, 2011

We are catching Spanish Mackerel ,Snapper, Sea trout,and more  in the Gulf  right now .It has been very productive and steady.In Flamingo the Redfish have been steady .If you want some great action fishing and catching ,its time to get on the water. R U Fishing Yet??

A message recieved by one of my many happy clients. 2011

April 10th, 2011

Hey Rich, 
Just wanted to personally thank you for an amazing 4 days. I had an absolute blast as did my father. My Dad is a workaholic and this was the first time I’ve actually seen him relaxed, in his element in a very long time. In my experience with him on guided trips, he’s usually quite critical of guides (I don’t know, maybe we’ve had some bad luck in the past, or maybe it’s just the New Yorker in him) but both him and I could not have been more satisfied with everything. When we come back (hopefully next year), your definitely our man! Also, thank you so much for your hard work, your patience and for sharing your vast knowledge on fishing in the Keys with us. I imagine that some people must come on these guided trips and assume they will be catching fish right and left. We understand this is usually not the case in most situations. Both my Dad and I both noticed your hard work and devotion in helping us land find quality fish. And that Tarpon fishing was truly an experience for a north-east coaster like me. Still soar from that early morning out! We will be recommending you to all our fishing buddies and will hopefully be seeing you sooner rather than later.
Thanks again and we’re already looking forward to next time!
Be well, and enjoy the peak of the season in May!
Fondly,
Zack Eidman

Tarpon are in 2011

March 27th, 2011

The tarpon are coming! The night fishing has been a guarenttee on catching a nice size tarpon. I have been lucky everynight since the beginning of March!

August 2010 Fishing Report

August 30th, 2010

Backcountry fishing in the Florida Keys has been steady this fall. This is the time of year the chances of pulling together a backcountry slam is almost inevitable. A steady number of Redfish, Snook and Speckled Sea Trout have been caught in the Everglades National Park. What a place to spend the day! In addition to the all mightly Backcountry Slam we also have had lots of rod bending action for the novice fisherman such as Snapper, Jacks and Lady Fish.    Last but certially not least, the sharks have been on the hook! Endless excitment!

April 18 Fishing Report

April 25th, 2010

 

Welcome to all who have ventured to the Florida Keys this week! At the beginning of the week the temperature had been hovering around 83 degrees although the winds were blowing strong.  These high winds made sight fishing the flats for Bonefish and Permit nearly impossible.  As the week rounded to a close the temperatures dropped a bit, in return the bonefish have been looking for the deeper waters encompassing the flats. On the upside the Tarpon bite has been strong especially as the tide changes just before sunset.

 

As most fishermen know winds can truly make or break your day in all aspects of fishing. Yes, the Tarpon were biting however netting the mullet has been the challenge.  The mud have been stirred up making it much harder to get a visual on the bait. To have a real chance of catching the “Silver King’ aka Tarpon you will need at least a dozen or more mullet to secured your chance.  After succeeding with bait we were off to the bridges.

 

Catching a Tarpon is the easy part, getting it to the boat is the challenge. My preferred set up is a 6 ½ to 7 ft medium to heavy rod.  Using lighter tackle can lengthen the fight harming the Tarpon. Catching a 100 pound Tarpon on a 6 ½ ft rod will give you a 1/2 hour of thrills. Anything over a 1/2 hour and you and the Tarpon may to too tired to go on! For the reel I prefer to use a Shimano Torium (non-level wind) reels.  They have proven to be durable, high-speed reels that cast well.  Depending on the size of the Tarpon I choose to use 30 to 50 pound braided line. Caution has to be exercised using braided line because it will cut your fingers clear to the bone.  There is no stretch so if you hand is in the way consider it gone. For the leader I use 5 to 6 feet and tied directly to my line using a Uni to Uni knot ending with a 5/0 to 8/0 circle hook.  Approximately 4 feet from the hook I secure an adjustable split cork or float.  This keeps my bait to the back of the boat.

 

This coming week you can expect the tarpon bite to remain strong during the evening hours. Make sure to be prepared because the big boys are here and what a thrill. My father in law got a taste of what it is like to fight a Silver King and I hope to do the same for you! So until next time, ask yourself this one question; Are you fishing yet?

April 25th Fishing Report

April 25th, 2010

 

Welcome to the Florida Keys! It has been a busy week for guides and lots of action to be had by all! This was the week to be on the water! The winds were light, the sun shining, the waters warming, and the bite was strong! Great action included Large Mangrove Snapper, Bonefish, Permit, Speckled Sea Trout, Redfish, Jacks, Ladyfish and of course my ultimate favorite the Tarpon aka Silver King!

 

The last few weeks the Tarpon bite has been limited to the evening hours but now it is on night and day!  They are being caught around the bridges as well as in the backcountry.  On average the Tarpon we are catching have been in the 100 pound range.  Catching monster game fish like these takes some skill and knowledge. The main point I would like to make to all my new Tarpon anglers is when these fish jump out of the water bow your rod! We have lost over 20 large Tarpon this week alone due to anglers getting too excited and forgetting the rules, ALWAYS BOW TO THE KING! As the silver king begins to break the surface you will feel the slack in the line and then you need to immediately bow your rod or the king will break it. It’s important I get more Tarpon to the boat not only for you to have the lifetime memory, but also for research purposes.

 

Limited long term research has been completed on Atlantic Tarpon however; one program that all Captains and anglers can get involved in is the Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study being lead by the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI). The research is to help biologists understand the Atlantic Tarpon’s migration patters and the success of Tarpon stocks. This kit is easy to use and puts very little stress on the fish. You can order the kit from FWRI by calling 1-800-367-4461 or e-mailing TarponGenetics@MyFWC.com.  You can also request a kit from some of your local bait shops. I have been using the kit for years and happy to help any research needed to sustain my favorite pastime, fishing!

 

If you are thinking of getting on the water your chances of catching a prize fish is high.  Find yourself a skilled guide but be aware more then 65% might already be booked for the time you want. My suggestion would to be flexible.  Many guides will go out more then once a day. This is always nice because they have already experienced what’s biting and where.

 So until next time, ask yourself this one question…  Are you fishing yet?

 

 

Easter Fishing Report!

April 4th, 2010

Welcome to the beautiful Florida Keys, where fishing is living! If you are not on the beautiful turquoise waters then you better get yourself to the nearest marina and book yourself one of the many experienced local captains.  Things are heating up as I have had some wonderful luck catching, Mangrove Snapper, Sea Trout, Lady Fish, many species of Sharks, Spanish Mackerel and Goliath Grouper,  Best of all the Tarpon are filling my evenings with some rod bending, drag screaming excitement.  

 

The best tarpon bite has been at night just before sunset as the tide is falling. The bridges are holding “silver kings” ranging from 100 pounds to 200 pounds. On average we have been catching tarpon around 150 pounds. What a fight! As soon as the tarpon bites hang on because you are in for the ride of your life. Tarpon are known to run line the farthest during the initial hook-up followed by some jumping and thrashing.  Hopefully, after approximately an hour of your captain and you working simultaneously in hopes to land this massive creature, you get to relish in the sweet taste of victory! Tarpon to the boat tagged and freed for future generation to enjoy. After the excitement you maybe too exhausted to do it all again, but we all know you will try!

 

Fishing the bridges for tarpon takes skill, knowledge and experience. There are a number of objects to avoid and rough waters to contend with making night tarpon fishing dangerous even for the experienced.  I have seen many novice fishermen put themselves at risk as well as other fisherman. I’ve witnessed novice fisherman run over the fish causing the other fisherman to loose their chance for success. I have also seen fisherman hooked through the hand while de-hooking the tarpon. I highly recommend you learn from an experienced guide and not all guides are experienced, especially at night. Your boat drift and casting is important but even more important, if you hook a silver king they will run feverishly and if you do not understand there normal movements then you are putting yourself at risk, as well as other anglers.  Please respect the fisherman and know before you go! The last thing I want is for one of my fellow fisherman to be hurt do to the inexperience of another fisherman.

 

 Tarpon produce some heart pounding action so I hope you find yourself a reliable, capable, knowledgeable guide to help you experience this thrill ride! When done right you will never forget the thrill and fight a tarpon provides. Please be careful and considerate so all fishermen make it home safely.

 

Until next time, ask yourself this one questions, Are you fishing yet?

March 27th Fishing Report

March 28th, 2010

It has been yet another beautiful week on the water here in the Florida Keys! The winds were light, the waters were clear, and the fish kept anglers of all ages grinning from ear to ear! Each angler leaving my boat had plenty of tall tails to tell their friends and family.  The most tails will be about the Silver King (aka Tarpon) we were stalking this week!

 

 

The tarpon are now showing up around the bridges. Tarpon are powerful game fish with hard rough mouths, sharp gill plates and abrasive scales.  The largest tarpon caught was almost 300 pounds but on average they will range from 80 pounds to 150 pounds. The female are larger then male tarpon and can grow to lengths of over 8 feet and reach weights of near 355 pounds, The female Tarpon can live more than 50 years. The males generally are smaller and live approximately 30 years. Tarpon will not reach sexual maturity until they are 6 years old and at least 4 ft long.  

 

Fishing for tarpon takes skill and planning. I primarily use live bait such as crabs, shrimp, pinfish and mullet. It’s important to know what the tarpon are eating for the day as their taste buds change from day to day. It’s also important to rig the live baits in the most natural way possible. You can also use artificial such as Zero Spook Plugs and any kind of plastic swimmer bait such as Silver Shad Paddle Tail and or a Jerk Shad.  

 

Casting is also very important. You need to cast cross current and adjust your depth by casting different distances up tide and down tide. The further you cast up tide the deeper your bait will go by the time it reaches the tarpon hiding under the many brides that pepper the Florida Keys landscape. When you feel the bite, resist the erg to set the hook! Let the tarpon do the work for you because if you don’t you are sure to be stomping your feet due to the loss of the magnificent fight you could have had!

 

 

In conclusion it is time for you to book a fishing trip here in the Florida Keys. There are some great game fish regardless if you decide to hunt the open ocean or venture into the Everglades. There is fun to have any which way you go. It is easy to find great guides here in the Keys, just visit the closest marina and you are sure to have your own fishing story to bring home making your friends and family jealous!

 

So until next time ask yourself this one question, Are you fishing yet?

Fishing Report March 20th

March 21st, 2010

Fishing captains are in full force as the spring breakers are here for some warmth and fishing frenzy!  The waters have not been disappointing for most who ventured out. I had some great luck with some wonderful rod bending excitement and most of the guides I spoke with also had great luck! If you are even thinking of going fishing I suggest you take a quick look at the wonderful guides listed in the Weekly Fisherman or take a drive around to the many marinas. Things are heating up and many of the best guides will be booked if you wait. Remember the early bird gets the fish, right! This coming week will be no different!

 

We had some great luck this week with lots of rod bending action!  In Flamingo the bite was mainly Speckled Sea Trout, Ladyfish, Pompano, and Redfish. The most action of all was on the patches reefs. The patches were on fire with Mangrove Snapper, Hogfish, Mutton Snapper, Cero Mackerel and Jacks.  I have to say fishing the patches takes an experienced guide if you want to have success.

 

The Florida Keys are home to an incredible system of patch reefs The Patches serve as habitats for a variety of marine life. The key to fishing the patches is to find a good spot and anchor your boat up-current to the reef you intend to fish.  Please be aware that anglers and divers damage the reefs by dropping on top of them. It is much less damaging to the reef and better for your fishing if you drop anchor in the sand just up-current to the reef. Another added benefit is you will lose much less tackle by not snagging it on the coral, sea fans and any other life at the bottom.  This week I chose to fish between the depths of 10-30 ft because my clients were under the age of 10. Shallow patches produce lots of action for small children.

 

I predict that this week will be the same as last with lots of activity on the water. The mackerel and trout are biting in full force! The bonefish are moving onto the flats as the waters are warming and the Tarpon are on their way back to fill our days and nights with endless excitement!

 

So remember, as you see all the vehicles driving our newly recognized scenic highway, these spring breakers could be looking for a fishing guide. Don’t be left on land, call a guide today to help you make amazing memories here the beautiful Florida Keys!

 

Until next time ask yourself this one question…. Are you fishing yet?