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  1. Hey guys I just started a blog and would love for you guys to share your opinions. I know with fishing you can never get it 100% right but I just wanted to share my love for fishing just as all of you do. http://tampasaltwater.com
  2. I'm back my TOF family! Completed a short scouting trip in Upper Tampa Bay on the 24th from around 9am (low slack tide) till about 1pm. The fishing is no where what it's been like past Decembers! Was mainly fishing topwater, mirodine, and select shrimp. I caught 6 snook and 2 reds all identically sized. Not great but definitely beats getting skunked. I was not seeing as many fish in the water as I usually do. Saw a few guides out there also making it rain whitebait but not much action there either. I'm planning on going back out tomorrow but will try my luck much further south. I will keep you posted. Feel free to drop me some odd December weather advice via message. Good luck and tight lines out there!
  3. Nice steady bite on the Reds on a grass-lined magrove shoreline last weekend. Slack tide and all caught using a bone spook or free-lined shrimp.
  4. My buddy and I hit up a popular spot that we new a low tide would produce. We got there early with great chance of rain, and we got lucky as we never truly got hit by it . The tide was dumping, so we drifted a flat just to get our bearings and to see if we could see any fish. All the while we threw some early morning topwater, and managed to find some very aggressive trout! None of size, just small aggresive fish! We then reached the far west side of this flat and Alan managed to find a small redfish in a sand hole, that he drifted over, casted back at, and it still ate! We searched for the next two hours with no redfish or snook to show for it. By this time the tide was completed dumped and a dead and dreadful low. We had to drag our yaks for quite some time. As we were dragging our yaks, Alan then spotted one redfish tail 20 yards away, and we rushed over there to see who could get the first cast at it! I was busy trying to pull our my fly gear as it was the perfect shot, but I failed ha ha and Alan stuck it with his Monster 3x. We then made it back to where we began and with a dead low tide, finally found the motherload of tailers mixed in with Mullet! Big bright white-ish looking tails. We made a few casts, and we were both hooked up to very solid 26 and 27 inches. I then lost what I belived would have been my personal bed redfish as one of the hooks in my weedless set up broke mid fight! Challenging but great day on the water. Just one of those days were you have to put in the work!
  5. I haven't posted in a while but I've been having some luck at pass-a-grille beach in St Petersburg. This is the report from my latest trip. Location: Pass-A-Grille Beach (St. Pete) Time: 5:45am – 6:30am Target: Snook Catch: Redfish(1), Ladyfish Tide: Outgoing Lures: Red and White Clouser Minnow (fly) Action: No snook this trip but there were plenty swimming around. This trip I used a clouser minnow (fly with lead eyes to get it down in the water column) to increase my chances of hooking up with a snook by getting below the ladyfish that were hanging out higher in the water column. I am new to fly fishing but I think beach fishing is a great way to get acquainted with saltwater fly fishing. I know there are fish around and I don’t have to make a 100 ft cast and land the fly perfectly on the fish’s nose. I would cast up tide and let the fly come drift back to where the fish were hanging out. As the fly drifted with the tide I kept the line tight and gave a short sharp strip every so often to make the fly hop. After some hook ups with ladyfish I was able to hook up with a smaller redfish ( first on a fly ).This is the second redfish I’ve landed at this spot. Its good to know that reds are around and they seem to be a little less snooty about taking an artificial lure. On a previous trip I caught a redfish on a D.O.A 3” shad tail in glow with a white ¼ oz jig head. The action at st pete beach has been pretty good especially pre-dawn around the tide changes. If you are looking for some snook before they head off the beach i recommend checking out this area. If you want to see posts from my previous outings please check out my blog at www.linesidelogic.com
  6. Hit a popular spot with a couple yak buddies. We didnt have the best tide, but we set off in seach of redfish hoping for a good day. An hour on to the water we got completely drenched and fished in a huge morning storm that actually turned on the top water bite as we each caught a couple small snook. After the rains quit, we moved into a quiet bay with a ton of finger mullet. If you know anything about redfish, find the mullet=find the redish, is usually the mindset. I began drifting near a mangrove shoreline, and I realized there was an oyster bay right in front of the mangrove roots, and I saw 3 red figures casually hanging on it! Redfish, finally! And I was only about 10 feet from them, and I knew I had a limited time to make a move before they would spook. So I tossed my Z-Man Scented paddlerz in there, no hook up, surprisingly they didnt spook. I tossed it back in one more time, and immediate hook up on a strong 25 inch Redfish. I let the area cool down, but I figured the fish would return to that spot, so I anchored up 30 ft from it, and began throwing some flies at them. I then hooked into a little 20 inch snook. A surprise, and was one of the times i've caught a snook and wanted it to be a redfish instead. Relatively slow day, as the tide was very high and mad it hard to find the fish.
  7. Join the Club! Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers Club - Sarasota August 25, 2015 - Jeff LeMieux, Kayak Fly Fishing Guide Join the Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers Club! http://mcff.club/ August 25, 2015, at their regular MCFF meeting, Jeff will give a talk on back country fly fishing from a kayak. The Club will hold a silent auction for a Kayak trip for 1 angler with Jeff LeMieux: 4 hours back country anywhere in the estuary system from Bradenton to Port Charlotte area. A Native Ultimate Kayak is provided, bring your own flyfishing gear, but Jeff will bring back up gear. He will provide his favorite flies, but bring your own if you like. Redeemable within 6 months.
  8. CHRISTMAS IN JULY! Friday, July 24th - Wednesday, July 29th From Friday, July 24th until Wednesday, July 29th Tampa Fishing Outfitters will be hosting CAN'T MISS DEALS on apparel and tackle! Below is a full list of all deals running: - Purchase $130 or more of St. Croix rods and receive a FREE St. Croix t-shirt - Purchase $200 or more of St. Croix rods and receive a FREE St. Croix t-shirt and hat. - 30% off all remaining Skinny Water Culture apparel. - $15 off all Stradic FJs - Half off Power Pro or Ohero braided line with the purchase of any Red Tag reel.
  9. I knew the weather was going to be bad but Tuesday was the last weekday I was going to have off for awhile so I explored a backcountry area I'd been wanting to hit for a long time. It was drizzling rain all morning and I hit a deep area looking for baby tarpon. I found them, lots of them, but they weren't eating. I casted to several good sized rollers with no strikes. I did get fooled one time when I casted to a roller and got a strike. Almost immediately though, I knew what I had, a catfish. Knew it was time to make a move after that, so I went back out on the flats but the tide was super high and it was overcast so I couldn't see fish in time to make a cast. Then, the real rain came, a 2 hour downpour, but I stuck it out (I had raingear on) and just explored a little. After the rain stopped, I came across a channel, with light colored sand flats on both sides. Even with overcast and drizzling rain I knew I'd see fish here so I staked out and just watched for a few minutes. Sure enough, I started seeing every kind of fish you could possibly want to catch. Redfish, black drum, huge snook, and tarpon all on the same flat. I could see a fish in the distance and made a cast with a huge pinfish fly thinking it was a snook, slowly twitched a few times and it got hammered, it went straight for the groves just like a snook should and I kept it out and got it closer and saw stripes - it was a decent black drum that ate a 5" baitfish fly. After that I saw a good size poon coming towards me, I had thrown on a little black and purple baitfish fly because they wouldn't eat anything I was throwing. I stripped it as fast as I could past its face and it absolutely crushed my fly. Probably the most savage strike I've ever seen. After several jumps, good runs, and tail walks I got it in. My first ever fully sightfished tarpon (i've casted to rollers many times in deep water and caught them but never had a shot on a crystal clear shallow flat). After that, I caught some smaller reds including one lower slot and lots of little snook, all sightfished. I could've thrown on a crab fly and proably slayed blk drum because they were EVERYWHERE but I really wanted a good snook or another tarpon. The sandy areas were key to me seeing the fish and I had a strong outgoing tide and it was right before dusk. It was an epic couple hours of sightfishing, can't wait to hit it again.
  10. First my hats off to Dave aka Bassin Assassin for his wind report which gave me the strategy and strength to push forward in a kayak into 20mph winds and create an epic red fishing day. Now for the report.... After work launch into a perfect high tide turned into a difficult launch into heavy winds. Even with my Hobie Mirage drive I had to struggle to move forward towards the mangroves. With the excess of water I decided to push into an area that is typically shallow with exposed oyster bars. Headed towards the outer mangrove islands and began working the sandy holes with the scaled sardine lures. First cast at the outer edge of the grove with heavy water movement resulted in an instant hookup with a 20" snook. As I am reeling in the 20" snook there is a 25" red fish following the snook to my yak. I quickly release the snook and work the same area and hook the red fish on the 3rd cast but I had the drag set to tight and the hook pulled. Disappointed I moved on to another mangrove island and cast into the sand hole next to a mangrove with fast moving wind pushed water. Instant hook set and I land a nice 23.5" red after a few minutes. Moved to some mangroves with oyster bars, a good channel cut and fast moving water and cast into another sand hole. As I am reeling in the lure I see a red surface and inhale the LIVETARGET sardine, the fish looked large. I loosened the drag a bit so as not to have the hooks bend or the fish pull free. After 3 minutes of getting no where with the fish it finally came into view and knew it was a new personal best red. Now the pressure was on me to land the fish for some pictures and entry into the 30" club. Continued the fight for another 4 minutes and finally she submits and I then capture the memory and officially measure her out to almost 31" with pinched tail. Worked the same area and landed an array of reds ranging from 18" all the way up to 25" and left the flat early before sunset. Fishventory * 1 31" New Personal Best Red Fish * 6 Reds between 18" and 25" * 3 Small Snook
  11. Hello TOF Friends, Wanted to share this mornings adventure with you, got out on the water this morning around 6:30 just as the tide began to push in. Joining me was my good friend and NBJ Pro-Team member Bryan Holton.he is an 8th generation Floridian and as today would prove a great choice for a partner, We got set up along one of our favorite St Joe Sound beaches and began riding the drift parallel to the beach. Throwing 1/4oz Hot Pink, Chartreuse Yellow & Polar White NBJ's, it wasn't long before I had the first strike when a jumbo ladyfish greeted us with several big jumps and then off she goes. It was Bryan's turn next, and again and again, well you get the point. He was on a roll, species after species came over the rail as he put on a beach clinic. It was fun seeing him hook up one after another and the best part was we were just getting started. Every time we reset to begin the drift again, Bryan was on them...Pompano, Trout, Jacks, Whiting, Silvers, Ladies and even a remora joined the parade. Bryan has been a Major supporter of NBJ from the very beginning and with his help and Jeannie's, I have been able to take Nekid Ball Jigz from out of the garage to around the country. Thanks Bryan & Jeannie, Cheers, TK
  12. I've been getting great redfish reports from a buddy of mine, so I decided to change it up and pursue reds on the flats of south St. Pete. Got off work at 4, loaded up my yak, and was on the water by 4:45. Love the simplicity and efficiency of a yak! Being my first time fishing the area with only an hour of the incoming tide remaining, I wasn't too hopeful. Launched my yak, peddled to the location, and I was immediately greeted with tons of happy mullet. Also saw a couple redfish tails waving at me. I started by throwing my trusty ol' Lil John on a worm hook, but couldn't get a bite. Then I switched to the new AquaDream pinfish spoon I just purchased. Saw a red chase my spoon, but still didn't hook up. 30 minutes later, I switch to my RedBone PaddlerZ with a jighead, cast it out past a big oyster bar, and immediately hook up after a couple cranks. Set the hook twice and I'm on! This red felt solid and made some real good runs for a few minutes before it gave up. Brought her yak side and knew she was an over slot fish. She went around 27.5-28 inches, but was extremely fat!! Definitely one of my fattest redfish! Afterwards, the tide went slack and all the mullet frenzy essentially died. I haven't caught many redfish on lures, but hopefully that'll change soon! What a great start to the beginning of Spring!
  13. I went out in some backcountry in my kayak yesterday. Didn't really expect a whole lot, I went to a spot where I normally see tons of overslot snook and didn't even see a mullet. So I went to some different spots for last part of outgoing tide. I found redfish and some good snook. I caught everything on my 8wt fly rod. Sightcasted the red cruising some mangroves with a big black and purple polar fiber minnow, it missed it twice and crushed it. I thought it was a snook until I finally got it close to kayak. Then I saw a decent snook cruising and sightcasted it. Caught several upper 20s snook blindcasting too. Then I saw some small ladyfish going crazy so I casted to it and got slammed by a lower 30s snook. Then I headed towards the launch and saw some surface action. I caught jacks until my arms were tired and called it a day. On a kayak, with nothing but a flyrod, it was a pretty epic day. Most of the fish I caught were in mudflats in a 1-3' of water. A few snook were were caught in a deep mudhole adjacent to a shallow flat.
  14. Hit Sanibel and Captiva Islands for my 45th birthday and got my birthday wish, a nice upper slot red fish. Took a while to find her but it was well worth it and she put up quite the fight. I always enjoy the challenge of fishing new areas.
  15. Wanted to post in here for my first time so figured I'd give it a shot, went to Weedon today and saw tons of reds hanging close to the mangrove line. Got the yak in the water around 8am and hooked a snook but spit it really quick. Also out toward tampa bay hooked on to something really big and lost that as well (been having some crappy luck lately) Didn't have much luck with anything other than live shrimp but I lost two and landed one that ended up being 26in. So, I guess it was a success overall kinda disappointed I didn't catch anything on jerk bait but oh well. I did see a school of Snook as well that appeared to all be really good size but they weren't in the mood to eat. Anyways good luck and as always Tight Lines!!
  16. Was fishing a spoil island yesterday, started at sunrise. Sightcasted 2 lower slot reds on a foxtrot mullet. Then the bite died (except for lady fish) until the end of the day. Forecast was calling for 3mph winds and it was blowing 15 by 9am. Cody s came out and joined me. We caught more lady fish that were destroying my flies. I had on a Mayan cichlid fly (looks like a pinfish too) for gator trout and I got a solid 21" trout that I kept to eat. I then saw some huge boils and bait getting chased so I threw to it and got my pb red on fly -30" and super fat. After that I got a solid upper slot doing the same thing. It was dark after that so I headed home. Glad I stuck it out in the wind, I almost went home!
  17. I won’t say the number of fish I caught so I don’t have to read all the posts telling me that my fishing report is just a fabled “Fish Tale”. But I will say this, I lost count of the number of fish I caught in the mid-twenties. Sometime thereafter, I caught 5 fish on 5 consecutive casts. Additionally, at another point in the day, I went 3 for 3. I don’t have a good set up for taking pictures when fishing alone, so I am posting the GoPro footage. The GoPro went dead just as I got into the upper slots which will certainly fuel some fish tale allegations by itself J http://youtu.be/irsq84fptg4 Here is a video of me missing a fish. http://youtu.be/AfotAZHDZSk So, the day started with me planning on my wife fishing with me. As usual, she backed out as we were about to pull out of the driveway. You know, just late enough that I cannot invite anyone else. I got to the lagoon late morning. I planned on fishing inside the clinkers from Haulover to WSEG because of the forecasted wind. As usual, the weather “experts” were wrong with their forecasts, but this time it was to my advantage. NO WIND. As such, I headed straight to where I saw a bunch of black drum that my buddy could not get to eat last time we fished J I figured that I could get them to eat. As I approached my spot, I was looking forward and east scanning the flats for fish. For some reason, I was not paying attention to my right. A few minutes of trolling go by when I just happen to look right. As I did so, I see that I spooked a large school about 5 seconds or so before I finally looked that way. Knowing that spooked fish are tight lipped, I just kept trolling along. As I continue to troll, I sneak up on a school of probably 30-50 overslot reds. My heart starts pumping and I try to hit the off button on my trolling motor. Only problem was that I hit the max speed button and send the fish into a race off the flat. As I am laughing about how terrible I am at fishing, I finally arrive to where I was going. I start seeing fish right away. As I make the first cast of the day at a red about 20 yards away, I hear one of my guides bouncing around. I laugh at that as well because the last time I went fishing, I fished for 6 hours, broke a guide on my favorite rod and had an issue with my favorite reel too. Needless to say, I didn’t do a report for that trip. As such, when the eye on my backup rod broke on my first cast this trip, I could only laugh and thank God for all my other many blessings J So, in summary, 2 spooked schools and a broken rod, so far. Anyways, I keep on keeping on. Eventually, I see about 5 large over slot reds. I get a couple shots at them as they snub me in each case. As many of you know, I like to get out of the boat and wade fish from time to time. So I decided to mix it up and give that a try. I hopped out of the boat and wade fished for a little while with no luck. Around 12:00, I decide to start working the banks while heading south planning my route home. While doing so, I finally catch my first fish. A nice mid slot red. I get her back in the water and then start picking off red after red after red while trolling down the bank blind casting at mullet action and pot holes. Eventually, I pick up a 22 inch trout. That bank eventually went cold, so I decided to cross the flat and fish the back country headed south back to Haulover. Another boat was headed in the same direction, but they were poling (ah the joys of fishing with friends vs. the wife who cancels last minute). In order to beat them to the exit runway I wanted to fish, I jacked the TM speed up to 10 to get far enough in front of them that I would not effect their stealth. As I was crossing the flat, I spooked gator trout after gator trout. I was already committed to crossing the flat though, so I didn’t stop to fish that area. Hopefully those fish are still there the week after Christmas. As I got to the next spot, I quickly picked up another nice red in the mid to upper slot range. This fish was much heftier than the earlier ones. The problem was that the GoPro was now dead. Oh well, no more proof J After I released that fish, I caught 4 more just like it on my next 4 casts. Now I am pumped. As I release the last one, I make some more casts and keep moving south. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I see some tails. I try to keep my distance, but cant reach the tails with my casts. I don’t want to move any closer because I don’t want to spook them. I found myself wishing I had those new microwave guides that I tested out the day before that gave you about 10-20 more yards casting distance. I eventually moved the boat to within casting distance and eventually went 3 for 3 on some really angry reds. They hit the lure so hard it was just funny. In fact, it kind of reminded me of fishing for jacks because you could just toss the lure in their vicinity and reel it back fast and they were destroying it. After wearing out that school, I decided to look for the elusive 3rd species to complete the slam. Well, I didn’t find it, so I didn’t get the slam. Well, the wife had demanded that I be back home around 3 to hang out with the in-laws prior to going to see the Singing Christmas Trees at First Baptist of Orlando at 5. In protest, I “unintentionally” lost track of time and did not get home until 430. I was able to flush the motor, shower, change and make it to the singing Christmas Trees only 5 minutes late, so I did not have to sleep in the dog house. The problem was that I don’t know whether my stomach or the actual Christmas trees was singing louder for the next two hours. Usually when I am fishing and not catching anything, I remember to hydrate and have a sandwich. But I guess it slipped my mind due to all the catching.
  18. Hello all, It's been a while since I've been on, or posted to TOF. I've fished a bit but I've been very busy with work and projects around the house. I can't say that I'm loving the new forum layout and the changes. Many of our screen names are gone and it seems awkward to navigate. I feel like it's a step backwards. On to the report... The wife (Tammy) and I hit Fort DeSoto with the kayaks Saturday and launched just minutes before sunrise. I tried the mangroves along one of the islands without any luck but noticed a lot of activity on one of the grassy flats. I quietly paddled up to the activity and saw a large school of mullet and baitfish with a bunch of tailing and rolling redfish mixed in the school. I managed to get a little video of the action before attempting to pull a fish from the school. I wound up pulling a 20" out of the school before it broke up. I then met up with Tammy on our favorite flat. It took a while for things to heat up. Tammy wound up landing a personal best Redfish of 29" along with another at 28 1/2" and a 20 incher as well. I didn't have the same luck. I caught a couple of short speck trout, and a 21" Jack Crevalle. We took two 20" reds home. I've added video and a photo below. On another note...For the second or third time now, I've seen a large and girthy, 6 to 7 foot, Black Tip (I think) shark on the deeper flats behind shell key. I saw it for the first time from the boat last month while fishing that area. From a distance I thought it was a smaller manatee, but as it got closer, I realized it was a big shark. Has anyone else seen that shark out there? Several months ago my wife had, what I estimate to be a 26" redfish, bitten in half by a shark. It may have been the same one.
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