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  1. Good fishing. Maybe they can get you out there offshore one of the days you are down here. Would be awesome to bring home a big grouper that you caught yourself Andy...
  2. Andy - Hope you enjoy your stay in FL and catch lots of fish at the Jetty.
  3. 2nd fish (bigger one) is a grunt (pigfish)
  4. Sorry that happened Bill. Thieves are scum. Keep an eye on Craigslist, Local pawn shops.... If you have any pictures of the stolen equipment that might help for insurance claim.
  5. Took a quick look on Google earth and saw at least 2 possible spots about 1/2 mile south of the 41 overpass on the east side of the river. 1 is close to the mouth of the 2nd major tributary/canal south of the overpass. It has 2 docks with boats stored on either side of a ramp and the Google earth shot shows kayaks lined up next to the ramp like its a kayak rental spot. (Schooner St goes right to it) The other is just a small, obscure ramp at the back of a subdivision up just a ways into the 2nd canal south of the last spot mentioned. (where Alvarado and El Rio Dr meet) Its impossible to tell or know whether these are public or private - available to use or not. But he could drive down there and scout out these or any other spots seen before he initially launches.
  6. Give it a shot. Live Shrimp is a good universal bait for saltwater. Try freelined or with a small split shot or under a cork with a 1/0 or 2/0 hook depending on the size of the bait. If you happen to catch a pinfish, put him on the hook and throw back out. The cool thing about saltwater is you never know what might take your bait. up to 20 or 30 different types of fish might be caught. Most common would be speckled trout, red/black drum, snook, mangrove snapper, sheepshead. Good luck and let us know how you do or if you have more questions.
  7. Loose Lucy says - "Thank you - for a 'reel' good time"....
  8. Welcome Justin. Where are you located and tell what kind of fishing you like to do.
  9. Very nice Reds Augi. Upper 40's?? Where were you wading - in Jacksonville? LOL I didn't know it had gotten that cold here yet.
  10. Some nice Reds. Good job. Did the Ridleys turtle get snagged on a hook or just pulled up in the hoop net?
  11. I had never heard of it either - but looked it up and its a very small town on the western edge of Bradenton and just south of Anna Maria Island
  12. Weedon is "popular" (crowded and often talked about) for a reason. Its a beautiful area that holds a lot of fish most times of the year. To me, the downside is that it IS so "popular". I'm not big on fishing areas where there are multiple boats around chumming and fishing and stirring everything up and putting most fish on a constant state of high alert. Its usually like that especially on the weekends at certain areas of Weedon. And yet - you can still go there and thoroughly enjoy yourself and feel a long ways away from the million people that surround you in Pinellas Co. by paddling your way into areas back in the mangroves and between all the islands where it will likely be less crowded. My advice for your 1st trip would be go on a weekday (like Tues, Wed, Thur) - launch from the Gandy on an incoming tide and just work your way south from the power plant - exploring and fishing back in between the islands around high tide as you keep working south towards Christmas pass and then back. Fish the potholes on the slightly deeper flats if the tide is closer to low than high. Good Luck and I hope its not too "popular" the day you decide to make the trip. I'm pretty sure you will enjoy the experience though whatever day you go. For a 2nd excursion - maybe once the weather and water has cooled, try launching from the "inside" that Barry mentioned at the official kayak launch site and there's even more to explore with all the deep inlets on the south end of Weedon.
  13. When I first saw the headline - I thought you caught a 39 1/2" snook - LOL Catching a bunch of smaller ones on topwater is a lot of fun. Good to see a report from you Chris. I will be glad when it cools off for real soon so we can go out during the day and be comfortable again.
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