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  1. Check out this snook action from Captain Mat Haag of ‪MatOutdoors out of Charlotte Harbor! If you are looking for blow ups like this, check Captain Mat out at www.ezwaves.com in the Charlotte Harbor Market!
  2. Haven't been here in a while had lotta health problem but trying to get back in the swing of things. Went to Homosassa this past weekend to trout fish love the area for trout. While fishing for trout with shrimp under a cork my daughter caught a 34" snook. One of the fattest snook I have seen in ages. Anyone else been seeing big snook In that area. caught lotta sweet trout in 17 18 inch range had a blast between rain that is. Hope top be more active now and let me know if you wanna go fishing. Have a new partner Capt Randy Knowles that is the Goliath Grouper whisperer if you wanna catch one. Good to be back Capt John
  3. 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!
  4. Great days lately at MacDill. Caught a lot of 18-20 snook, and slot sized reds. Black drum, flounder and juvenile tarpon have been smacking hard as week as well. I was 0-5 on Tarpon hookups last week. I have to learn to bow to the silver king. 17-18 inch trout and a ton of jacks are hitting as well. Great month for variety out on the flats!
  5. 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.
  6. Went out to a popular spot that I usually frequent in the Wintertime. I was actually looking for Black drum and Tarpon. Not targeting snook as I wasn't sure if they would be in the area. My buddy and I had a busy morning, going 0/1 for poons and putting baits in front of black drums that just wouldnt eat. So we set towards a spot that we figured would hold some redfish. Landed a few small redfish, and saw some snook laid up near the mangroves. So I positioned my yak to make a few good cast and my 2nd cast in, I get thumped by a solid snook. I only had 20lb leader but this fish wanted to play hide and seek in the mangroves so I had to get down and dirty with her and pull her out from under the mangroves twice! I landed her after a couple minutes and she hit the tape at 34 inches, but really really fat!. I love these summer time snook! She was caught on a Z-Man Scented Paddlerz Sexy Mullet Color. Feel free to check out the video as well! http://youtu.be/hIm-P67bW8M
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Began my quest for the elusive slot snook extra early near low tide. With my kayak I would have first mover advantage in the super skinny flats. Worked my way over to the first pass looking for snook and only landed ladyfish so I moved on quickly to the 2nd pass. Fish finder lit up nicely and landed my first keeper fish, a 17" mackerel. Worked the same pass hard but only ladyfish hit my lures so I moved on and captured a beautiful sunrise. By now the flat started to fill with the beginnings of the incoming tide. The flat lit up with activity and the sounds of jumping mullet and snook chasing bait. I moved slowly into the fish zone and fan casted to areas with lots of bait activity. Had a few hits and misses and then my trolling rod rips with what could only be the sound of a big strong run from a snook. I quickly grabbed the rod, turned on the GoPro, and battled her for a good 5 minutes and worked her slowly to my yak. My eyes widened as a saw a really thick snook, my 2nd for the week. She even had a remora attached to her. The rest of the trip was filled with some action but nothing came close to this fish. 1 Trout 3 Fighting Jacks 4 Snook between (14-20") 2 Giant catfish and 2 smaller ones 6 Ladyfish
  11. Did a quick trip after work to hit a new area at the tail end of the incoming tide and then some of the outgoing tide. The first couple hours produced only ladyfish and puffer fish. Moved on to areas that looked good on google earth and found a very good looking corner with depth, mangroves and oysters. Worked the corner and edges hard and got rewarded with a drag scream like I never heard before. To make a long story short, a new personal best by 1".
  12. Congrats Tim! " data-width="500"> ">This one was hard to beat! Congratulations to Tim Ritter for being our Photo of the Week winner! Find out more detailed information like where and what this fish was caught on here: http://goo.gl/atsDbE Posted by The Online Fisherman on Monday, March 30, 2015
  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. Decided to get in some dock fishing Thursday night, despite the recent cold front. Launched my yak at around 7pm. Caught about 5 snook within the hour...and then the bite suddenly died. Fished the rest of the night with nothing to show...not even a bite! It's weird how the bite just suddenly dies. Still...with slow moving tides and a recent cold front, I didn't think I'd get the action I did. Left the water at about 10pm because my feet got too cold. That's the one thing I dislike about yak fishing at night...launching the yak requires me to walk in the water, which leaves my feet cold the rest of the night! Oh well...it was totally worth it. Winter snook fishing has been amazing for me. I almost don't want spring and summer to arrive! All snook were caught on PaddlerZ.
  15. A guy I met some time ago from Facebook invited me to fish docks he's been catching slob snook from--of course I say yes! Love the generosity of the fishing community I've encountered thus far (people from here, Facebook, and another forum). Definitely something I didn't get in California. I've fished these docks before, but never really caught anything. Turns out this area is only productive during low light hours because of the clear water and dense traffic it gets during the day, all which contribute to easily spooked snook. We launch at 6am and my buddy immediately catches 2 snook. Neither I nor the other guys he invited have yet to catching anything. 15 minutes later, I hear him calling my name and see him peddling right through a dock--it was a good thing the tide was low! lol. After a good fight, he pulls up a fat slot snook. Everyone else is still fishless...unfortunately, my to-go electric chicken paddle tail was failing me. A little discouraged, I peddle over to his kayak to look at his lure: a PaddlerZ! Lucky for me, I purchased some a couple weeks ago. As soon as I switch over, I start slayin' the snook. I must've caught over half a dozen within a 1 hour time frame, losing just as many or more. My biggest snook of the day, a REAL NICE drag ripper, jumped and threw my lure as I stopped reeling to turn on my GoPro . This is the 4th consecutive time I've lost a big snook due to the hook getting pulled, spat at me, or mechanical problems w/ my reel....all within the last couple of weeks. Please tell me this is normal! lol. Anywho, it's about 8:30 and the snook bite starts slowing. At this point, we've caught well over a dozen snook and lost many more. Looking behind us, we see tarpon rolling and busting bait. Taking advantage of my Revo, I rapidly peddled to the channel I saw them rolling in. By the time I get there, however, they disappear into the deep channel. We end the day by heading over to some mangroves. Tons of lady fish and monstrous snook that came unbuttoned several times. My buddy also had a nice fish that ran for a good couple minutes. It ended up breaking him off--I suggested he gets some prozac for the depression that'll ensue lol. Nothing monstrous on my part, but a good day nonetheless. Hope you enjoy the pics! I love winter in Florida!
  16. This post is a bit late but I've finally gotten around to it. I just recently edited it based off Alex's recent etiquette post Last Saturday we took the boat up to the creeks in somewhere in Tampa Bay with my cousin and two good friends. We were getting skunked in the creeks for about the first two hours. After dealing with the cold and wind for a couple hours, we decided to go over to the residential canals. There, the bite picked up a little and we managed to catch a nice sized Snook and Black Drum within the first 30 minutes. The next few hours were a bit slow. After heading grabbing some lunch at a place on the canals, we decided to call it a day and head back to the ramp.
  17. This post is a bit late but I've finally gotten around to it. Last Saturday we took the boat up to the creeks in Upper Tampa Bay with my cousin and two good friends. We were getting skunked in the creeks for about the first two hours. After dealing with the cold and wind for a couple hours, we decided to go over to the residential canals. There, the bite picked up a little and we managed to catch a nice sized Snook and Black Drum within the first 30 minutes. The next few hours were a bit slow. After heading grabbing some lunch at Bahama Breeze, we decided to call it a day and head back to the ramp.
  18. Me and cody s hit up some backcountry yesterday before the front. It was cold and rainy but we stuck it out and caught TONS of snook. Most were small but we both got some in the 20s. The main target was tarpon but we couldn't get them to eat. I need my poonani fix bad, I haven't caught one in a few months now. But it was a fun day in the kayaks, and always fun to fish with cody. Here's an almost slot fish that literally almost jumped into Cody's kayak haha. He put up a great fight for his size.
  19. After spending ALL NIGHT debating on whether or not I should fish some tried and true docks for snook, or small creeks, I settle on a place about 10 min from home yet completely foreign to me. Being my day off with cold weather, I got a later start than intended. What can I say? I like cuddling with my wife . After having launched, I proceeded to move up the creek. Skipping paddle tails and a Rapala Xrap under mangroves produced nothing but small ladyfish, which I should've saved for cut bait! The tide was essentially slack and I was fishing during a cold front, so I knew the fishing forecast of the day wasn't favorable--I didn't, however, expect it to be as slow as it was. At this point, the tide is coming in pretty strong. I find an eddy with deep water and cast my Xrap. Bam! I get a hit, but missed the hook set. 2nd cast, I bring up the smallest snook of my life. Pumped I got SOME action from my targeted species, I cast my lure around the same spot. A couple casts later, I see a BRUISER inhale my Xrap. My drag was set fairly tight, but she was still pulling drag! After a good couple seconds, the hook pulls . Unfortunately, this was the only big fish action the fish gods granted me all day. I caught two more small snook around the same area. After I left the spot (regrettably), I proceeded to catch about half a dozen snapper on my Xrap. I fished for several miserable, cold and wet hours with nothing to show. The only spot that produced fish was that area I was in. It didn't make it any better that I had to jump waist deep into the water, fighting treacherous spiders and bugs, to retrieve my Rapala deep inside the mangroves. Nonetheless, it was my day off and I caught a few fish. Win for me! I'll be definitely fishing the area again .
  20. I've heard a lot about the Boca spillway/ Deerfield locks but where is it actually located and what baits should I use and how should I fish it? Please help!! Thank you.
  21. After moving last week to ruskin I was able to get out on the water with a friend from work. We targeted snapper before the winds picked up and got on some fish but not like the ones from last week. But free lining them is always fun in my book. In this video I am going to share a couple of techniques that I have learned over the years. We started off with the snapper and explaining the free lining technique and then headed inshore and let you know what I like to look for when it comes to fishing mangrove islands for reds and snook. I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed making the video!
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