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    Andrew S

    My FL. Friends

    No replies on this picture. Now I know none of my old FL. friends are on this site. Too bad, you should have been there. It was fun.
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    Andrew S

    My FL. Friends

    LOL! Remember when my FL. friends use to make fun of me for using a pink bucket. They were good times. They are probably not on this fishing forum anymore.
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    Mini stick and claw added to a grub body: Crappie Magnet Grub Joker Grub with on of the three tails removed. Slider Worm and hand poured swimbait Beetle Spin (homemade) with hand crafted lures Why do they work? because action speaks louder than words.
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    New to the game

    Hello everyone, As the title says, i'm pretty much new to all of this. I know to learn more about fishing, I have to keep practicing and dive straight into it. However, I do enjoy blogs and other websites that are educational so I wanted to turn to you guys for advice. What are the best blogs for tips and current events/news that I can subscribe to? Thanks for your help!
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    New to the game

    Depends on what you fish for. And you're right, the more you fish the more you learn - especially when it comes to lures. There is a lot of misinformation (BS) and to find out what is or isn't, you have to fish as much as you can and in different waters if possible. Fishing from a boat is a lot different than fishing from shore as far as accessing fish locations near or far from shore. Electronics (sonar) is a tool many don't use that should. Understanding why different lures work that catch fish is as important as where you cast them - and in case you're wondering - it isn't because fish think they are some prey animal. This wacky rigged stick is an example.
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    January has been a great month to fish as long as the weather cooperates. The cold fronts have about a 3-5 day spacing and usually provide 1 or 2 good days following. The strong north wind along with our big low tides that come with a new/full moon can provide some of the best sight fishing for redfish and trout we get all year. Redfish have been in large schools and will continue to primarily eat crab and shrimp imitations this time of year. Our water is abnormally clean these next couple months so dropping down to a 12 or 15 pound fluorocarbon will help get you more strikes. It's important to let the fish make the approach and strip your fly slow, NEVER allowing it to come off the bottom. Approach is everything this time of year because it seems all the fish have a para scope watching our every move. Visibility is the most important variable when targeting redfish. So in the morning, pick flats that have you looking to the north-northwest (putting the sun directly behind you). The afternoon would be completely opposite but still looking to the north. Our winter sun has a southern tilt and projects to the north. The second most important variable is your displacement. Which way is the tide carrying my sound/displacement? This is commonly over looked and can make the difference between getting into range and blowing the school. Big trout will be up shallow these next couple months, especially on the super cold days and will school up before their spawn in the spring. I've seen them feed on adult mullet this time of year but their diet primarily consists of shrimp, pinfish, and needlefish/ballyhoo. They aren't easy when they are shallow so long casts and long leads are necessary for these under rated gamefish.
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    My First Hammer From The Beach

    Southwest Florida hammer! Ate the tail end of a cuda. https://youtu.be/fZ-LwysPALM
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    It is that time of the year again .... YEP, time to fish and win at the largest and richest King Mackerel Tournament in the country.25th Annual Old Salt Fall King of the Beach presented by: Visit St. Pete / ClearwaterNovember 8-10th, 2018 • Madeira Beach, FLWhy fish this tournament?LEVEL PLAYING FIELD: Old Salt has made winning the King of the Beach possible for all levels of anglers. We implemented a 30 mile boundary to ensure boats with 1, 2, 3 or more engines can compete head to head. Also, no intimidating check outs or shotgun starts.OVER 50 WAYS TO WIN: The tournament pays 50 places deep across 5 divisions: Overall, Single Engine, Spanish Mackerel, Traveling Angler, Ladies and Youth. Each division has cash and/or prizes with $200,000 total up for grabs.REASONABLE ENTRY FEES: Anglers may fish the King of the Beach for as little as $225 which is half the cost of most Kingfish tournaments. So the risk is smaller and at the same time the rewards are bigger. Fist place overall wins $60,000 guaranteed.Get all the info at the website including rules, prizes, past results and more - CLICK HERE
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    New member from Ky

    Hey guys(and gals), about to travel to our vacation home in Clearwater on the Old Tampa Bay side for 6 days and wanted to say hi to everyone. I've used this forum in the past but never posted. I dont get to fish in the ocean much but any chance I get i take it! Love the thrill of not knowing what you might catch and knowing theres plenty of fish large enough to yank your butt in lol.
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    john martin

    Glad To Be Back!

    If you wondered where I’ve been I am pleased to announce I’m Back! I took ARS season off but have returned to just in time to get in on some Gag action and welcome in AJ season which is only days away. My first trip back was the full Moon 44-hour trip. Since this trip leaves at 10:00 AM I came down on Thursday and teamed up with my Buddy Omar to catch bait. After a couple of stops and a few hours we had enough bait so time to get some rest and head out in the morning. Tip: This time of year, in order to keep Pin Fish fresh, you must keep the water fresh and cool. I recommend changing the water just before you quit for the day. To keep it cool freeze a gallon of water in an old milk jug. Place the jug in the water. Make sure it isn’t leaking as to much added fresh water could be a problem. We started around 9:00 PM in calm conditions with a ripping current that would be a challenge most of the trip. Since I’d missed Red Snapper season I predicted I’d catch a ‘Big One” this trip. Sure, enough on the first drop I got slammed! I reeled up an ARS at least 10 LBS. It would be the first of many caught during the trip. I was hoping my fellow anglers would have done a better job of thinning them out. Perhaps they aren’t as endangered as we have been led to believe. The Mango bite was decent all night although it never would get to what I’d call chewing. The size was above average and I managed to land several in the 5-6 LB range. The best stop of the night saw not only large Goozers but some of the biggest Yellow Tails I’ve seen outside of the Bahamas. I caught one in the 5 LB range but the guy next to me landed one that had to be 8 LBS. Overall the night bite was solid and I had mixed feelings about the pending sun rise. I knew I would have a better shot at a Gag but I also knew it was going to be a scorcher. Both proved to be true as shortly after Day break I put down a Big Pin and BANG! Big fish on. After a few tense moments I cranked up a nice Gag in the 15 LB range. As predicted the day was extremely hot and standing at the rail during its height was more than many could handle. The bite throughout the day saw a very specific pattern. Either no bites or a quick flurry and then it would stop as soon as it started. One technique I use in these conditions is to soak a big live bait with the thought there might be a home steading Gag that will eventually give in to temptation. During the day I had three big hits that resulted in two break offs and one rock up. I guess I am a bit rusty. Fishing the Summer months in Florida can be a challenge but, it can also be rewarding with a little planning. I suggest if you fish an overnight trip make sure you get some rest on the way out as your best fishing is generally at night. As I like to say “If you want to catch the fish of your dreams you have to fish while others are dreaming”. Also stay hydrated and suck up some AC between stops. Time to rest up and get ready for some “Reef Donkey” Action! See you out there!
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    Post - Hurricane Question

    I am not a Captain, but I can tell you the red fish fishing off the Venice jetty was the best I have ever seen right after the hurricanes we had in, I think it was 2012. The fish are piled up somewhere If you can find them. Good luck, and hope you made out OK with the hurricane.
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    My First Hammer From The Beach

    Nice fish. You need to get a fighting belt with a shoulder harness. Much easier to handle.