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  • What type of fish can my son and I catch in the intracoastal from Hobe Sound to Jupiter, and what kind of bait should we use?

    "Dear Captain, What type of fish can my son and I catch in the intracoastal from Hobe Sound to Jupiter, and what kind of bait should we use? "

  • Have you ever used braided line on a spincasting reel? If so, how does it perform?

    "Dear Captain, Have you ever used braided line on a spincasting reel? If so, how does it perform? "

  • What are the boat restrictions for fishing Lake Manatee? I have a 17-foot Pro Guide Bass Tracker with a 90hp motor.

    "Dear Captain, What are the boat restrictions for fishing Lake Manatee? I have a 17-foot Pro Guide Bass Tracker with a 90hp motor. "

  • With the winter settling in and the water temperatures starting to drop, what’s your advice for consistently catching Redfish, Trout, Snook, etc. on the flats?

    "Dear Captain, With the winter settling in and the water temperatures starting to drop, what’s your advice for consistently catching Redfish, Trout, Snook, etc. on the flats? "

  • Can you provide details on your line set up when fishing for Crappie using Missouri minnows?

    "Dear Captain, Can you provide details on your line set up when fishing for Crappie using Missouri minnows? "

  • What are the best times of year and the best water temperatures for catching Tripletails in Tampa Bay?

    "Dear Captain, What are the best times of year and the best water temperatures for catching Tripletails in Tampa Bay? "

  • Can you give me some ideas for fishing the Intercoastal Waterway from Ormond Beach to New Smyrna?

    "Dear Captain, Can you give me some ideas for fishing the Intercoastal Waterway from Ormond Beach to New Smyrna? "

  • What types of artificial baits work best this time of year? Are there any colors that work better than others?

    "Dear Captain, What types of artificial baits work best this time of year? Are there any colors that work better than others? "

  • Is it true that many Florida lakes and ponds are being polluted with weed killer that has an adverse effect on the fish, especially Bass?

    "Dear Captain, Is it true that many Florida lakes and ponds are being polluted with weed killer that has an adverse effect on the fish, especially Bass? "

  • Has red tide lessened in Ft Desoto Park or is it time to take a break from that area?

    "Dear Captain, Has red tide lessened in Ft Desoto Park or is it time to take a break from that area? "

  • What is the Best Bait for Catching Crappie?

    "Dear Captain, What is the Best Bait for Catching Crappie? "

  • What’s the Best Lure for Catching Largemouth Bass in Ponds?

    "Dear Captain, What’s the Best Lure for Catching Largemouth Bass in Ponds? "

  • How can I locate Grouper offshore in the Southwest Region while not using the overfished chart locations?

    "Dear Captain, How can I locate Grouper offshore in the Southwest Region while not using the overfished chart locations? "

  • Can you give me some ideas as to where to fish in the Matlacha area for redfish?

    "Dear Captain, Can you give me some ideas as to where to fish in the Matlacha area for redfish? "

  • What are the recreational fishing regulations for tuna?

    "Dear Captain, What are the recreational fishing regulations for tuna? "

  • On average, when do winter fishing conditions end and spring conditions start in south Florida?

    "Dear Captain, On average, when do winter fishing conditions end and spring conditions start in south Florida? "

  • Will playing music on my boat scare away the Reds when fishing the flats?

    "Dear Captain, Will playing music on my boat scare away the Reds when fishing the flats? "

  • Where is the best place to find Pompano biting in the spring and summer in the south Pasco & North Pinellas area?

    "Dear Captain, Where is the best place to find Pompano biting in the spring and summer in the south Pasco & North Pinellas area? "

  • Is it better to have your chum bag float at the back of the boat or sink it to the bottom?

    "Dear Captain, Is it better to have your chum bag float at the back of the boat or sink it to the bottom? "

  • How Do You Properly Freeze Fish for Bait?

    "Dear Captain, How Do You Properly Freeze Fish for Bait? "

  • What is backing as used as a filler on a baitcasting reel and where can I purchase it?

    "Dear Captain, What is backing as used as a filler on a baitcasting reel and where can I purchase it? "

  • Can I Run Two Transducers Simultaneously On a Boat?

    "Dear Captain, Can I Run Two Transducers Simultaneously On a Boat? "

  • When you fish a spring tide with the best flow in the late afternoon, when should you get your bait fish?

    "Dear Captain, When you fish a spring tide with the best flow in the late afternoon, when should you get your bait fish? "

  • Where should I be fishing to catch Trout in the winter? What type of area and baits would you recommend, and what water temperature do they prefer?

    "Dear Captain, Where should I be fishing to catch Trout in the winter? What type of area and baits would you recommend, and what water temperature do they prefer? "

  • What is Dead Sticking?

    "Dear Captain, What is Dead Sticking? "

  • I fish my docks at night and often see Snook, but I haven’t been able to catch any - Can you give me some tips for catching them?

    "Dear Captain, I fish my docks at night and often see Snook, but I haven’t been able to catch any - Can you give me some tips for catching them? "

  • I'm Going to be Fishing From Shore With My 6-Year Old Grandson - Can You Recommend a Good Place Near Lighthouse Point, Florida?

    "Dear Captain, I'm Going to be Fishing From Shore With My 6-Year Old Grandson - Can You Recommend a Good Place Near Lighthouse Point, Florida? "

  • What Brand and Pound Test Fishing Line Should I Use on a Shimano Sahara Model SG3000FE Reel?

    "Dear Captain, What Brand and Pound Test Fishing Line Should I Use on a Shimano Sahara Model SG3000FE Reel? I Fish in Freshwater and Saltwater. "

  • What's Happened with the Fishing in the Peace River and Shell Creek Area?

    "Dear Captain, What's Happened with the Fishing in the Peace River and Shell Creek Area? "

  • When do the Kingfish Start Running in the Clearwater Area for the Fall?

    "Dear Captain, When do the Kingfish Start Running in the Clearwater Area for the Fall? "

  • I was planning a trip to Stick Marsh and ran across references to Fellsmere Lake and Fellsmere Reservoir. Can you point me in the right direction?

    "Dear Captain, I was planning a trip to Stick Marsh and ran across references to Fellsmere Lake and Fellsmere Reservoir. I can't locate maps or directions - Can you point me in the right direction? "

  • I am going to Palm Island, just North of Boca Grande. Any ideas where to fish for Trout in that area?

    "Dear Captain, I am going to Palm Island, just North of Boca Grande. Any ideas where to fish for Trout in that area? "

  • What is the Best Way to Clean a Saltwater Spinning Reel and Free it Up?

    "Dear Captain, What is the Best Way to Clean a Saltwater Spinning Reel and Free it Up? "

  • What’s the Best Lure to Use for Catching Largemouth Bass?

    "Dear Captain, What’s the Best Lure to use for Catching Largemouth Bass? "

  • Is it Dangerous to Rinse a Cut in Saltwater?

    "Dear Captain, My friend had an open cut and placed his hand into the saltwater to rinse it off. Isn’t this the wrong thing to do? "

  • What Lure Should I Use to Avoid Short Striking?

    "Dear Captain, I use a Zara Spook most of the time when I fish in the morning, but so many times the Seatrout short strike it and I miss a lot of fish. What lure should I use if this keeps happening? "

  • What is a Sabiki Rig?

    "Dear Captain, What is a Sabiki Rig? "

  • How Fast do Redfish Grow?

    "Dear Captain, How Fast do Redfish Grow? "

  • What is the Best Bait to Catch Grouper and Kingfish?

    "Dear Captain, What is the Best Bait to Catch Grouper and Kingfish? "

  • Many Bassmaster pros use a stringer that doesn't puncture the flesh of the fish. Where can they be purchased?

    "Dear Captain, I see many of the pros on Bassmasters using a stringer that doesn't puncture the flesh of the fish, and that uses a large plastic clip that grabs hold of the lower jaw of the bass. Can you advise where they can be purchased? "

Most Popular Question

  • What is the Best Knot for Joining Braid Line to a Mono Leader?

    "Dear Captain, What is the Best Knot for Joining Braid Line to a Mono Leader? "

  • Where is the Best Place to Bank Fish in the Tampa Bay Area?

    "Dear Captain, Where is the best place to bank fish for reds or any other decent fish in the Tampa Bay area? "

  • What is the ideal way to hook live bait fish, shrimp and fiddler crabs when fishing from shores and piers?

    "Dear Captain, What is the ideal way to hook live bait fish, shrimp and fiddler crabs when fishing from shores and piers? "

  • What is the Best Bait and Method to Catch Tilapias?

    "Dear Captain, What is the Best Bait and Method to Catch Tilapias? "

  • What are the best lures for snook and redfish?

    "Dear Captain, What are the best lures for snook and redfish? "

  • What Can I Do to Prevent Live Bait-Shrimp from Dying?

    "Dear Captain, What Can I Do to Prevent Live Bait-Shrimp from Dying? "

  • What is the Best Bait to Catch Grouper and Kingfish?

    "Dear Captain, What is the Best Bait to Catch Grouper and Kingfish? "

  • How Should I Rig and Bait for Surf-Fishing in St. Augustine?

    "Dear Captain, How Should I Rig and Bait for Surf-Fishing in St. Augustine? "

  • Where is a Good Spot for Kayak Fishing?

    "Dear Captain, Where is a Good Spot for Kayak Fishing? "

  • Does My Black Drum Catch Have Worms?

    "Dear Captain, I have caught Black Drum, and I have eaten my fair share. Is there a way of determining if the fish has worms without cutting him open first? "

  • Are There Drawbacks to Changing Treble Hooks on Lures to Circle Hooks?

    "Dear Captain, Are There Drawbacks to Changing Treble Hooks on Lures to Circle Hooks? "

  • Where and How Can I Catch Pass Crabs for Bait?

    "Dear Captain, Where and How Can I Catch Pass Crabs for Bait? "

  • How Do I Keep Line from Twisting When Bottom Fishing at 30 Feet?

    "Dear Captain, How Do I Keep Line from Twisting When Bottom Fishing at 30 Feet? "

  • When Baitfish Are Jumping How Do I Catch the Fish Chasing Them?

    "Dear Captain, When Baitfish Are Jumping How Do I Catch the Fish Chasing Them? "

  • Is Tilapia (Nile Perch) the Same Species I'm Buying at the Grocery Store?

    "Dear Captain, Here in Tampa, I frequently hear what I call Nile Perch called Tilapia. They look more like carp to me. Is this the same species that I am buying at the grocery store? "

  • When Do Spanish Mackerel Arrive in Large Schools?

    "Dear Captain, When Do Spanish Mackerel Arrive in Large Schools? "

  • What is a Good Rig Set-up for a 10' Surf Caster?

    "Dear Captain, What is a Good Rig Set-up for a 10' Surf Caster? "

  • I fish a canal in NW Cape Coral. I use lures and live bait, but few Bass are biting. Any suggestions?

    "Dear Captain, I fish a canal in NW Cape Coral. I use lures and live bait, but few Bass are biting. Any suggestions? "

  • Is Leather Jacket Poisonous

    "Dear Captain, Is a Leatherjacket Fish Poisonous? "

  • What Is a Carolina Rig?

    "Dear Captain, What Is a Carolina Rig? "

  • How Do You Look for Fish on Flats?

    "Dear Captain, How Do You Look for Fish on Flats? "

  • Where and How Can I Catch Mullet as Baitfish?

    "Dear Captain, Where and How Can I Catch Mullet as Baitfish? "

  • Where is a Good Spot to Catch Summer Flounder in Tampa Bay or Along the West Coast?

    "Dear Captain, Where is a Good Spot to Catch Summer Flounder in Tampa Bay or Along the West Coast? "

  • Are saltwater catfish and/or tarpon edible?

    "Dear Captain, Are saltwater catfish and/or tarpon edible? "

  • Should I Chase Jumping Baitfish?

    "Dear Captain, If You See Baitfish Jumping Should You Pull Anchor to Pursue the Gamefish Chasing Them? "

  • When casting lures that have two treble hooks, my line often gets tangled in one or both of them? What am I doing to cause this?

    "Dear Captain, When casting lures that have two treble hooks, my line often gets tangled in one or both of them? What am I doing to cause this? "

  • What is a Good Quality Tarpon Fishing Setup?

    "Dear Captain, What is a Good Quality Tarpon Fishing Setup? "

  • Is it better to have your chum bag float at the back of the boat or sink it to the bottom?

    "Dear Captain, Is it better to have your chum bag float at the back of the boat or sink it to the bottom? "

  • What Do Fishing Lights Do and What Are the Best Colors?

    "Dear Captain, What Do Fishing Lights Do and What Are the Best Colors? "

  • What is the Difference Between a Buzzbait, Spinner Bait and Chatter Bait?

    "Dear Captain, What is the Difference Between a Buzzbait, Spinner Bait and Chatter Bait? And Why is it Used More so in Louisiana Than Here in Florida for Red Fish? Which One Seems to be Better for Red Fish? "

  • Where is a Good Spot for Summer Flounder in Tampa Bay?

    "Dear Captain, Where is a Good Spot for Summer Flounder in Tampa Bay? "

  • What is the Best Technique When Using a D.O.A. Shrimp Around Snook Lights?

    "Dear Captain, What is the best technique when using a D.O.A. Shrimp around snook lights? "

  • What Are the Purposes of a Fishing Bead?

    "Dear Captain, What Are the Purposes of a Fishing Bead? "

  • How Would I Catch Snook, Redfish or Bass in Brackish Water?

    "Dear Captain, How Would I Catch Snook, Redfish or Bass in Brackish Water? "

  • On a Small Boat How Do You Keep Live Bait Fresh?

    "Dear Captain, On a Small Boat How Do You Keep Live Bait Fresh? "

  • Are Wrecks off Manasota Key and How Far Out to Bottom Fish?

    "Dear Captain, Are Wrecks off Manasota Key and How Far Out to Bottom Fish? "

  • Where is the Best Place to Bank Fish in the Orlando Area?

    "Dear Captain, Where is the Best Place to Bank Fish in the Orlando Area? "

  • What Type and Size Cast Net Should I Use for Baitfish Near the Skyway Bridge?

    "Dear Captain, What Type and Size Cast Net Should I Use for Baitfish Near the Skyway Bridge? "

  • What Are Good Baits and Lures for Flounder in Florida?

    "Dear Captain, What Are Good Baits and Lures for Flounder in Florida? "

  • What Time of Year is the Best for Mahi-Mahi off St. Augustine?

    "Dear Captain, What Time of Year is the Best for Mahi-Mahi off St. Augustine? "