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Hey TOF Crew, Just got this near shore report from Todd Randa.. "Hello, I have to report on this amazing lure. Yes, I said amazing. I went fishing with 2 friends of mine about 16 miles out of Clearwater in 65 feet of water. I have fished with the nekid ball jig, but only the smaller version and was sold on it.. I kind of made an assumption that it was great for smaller reef fish, but not grouper. so I never pulled out the larger one and tried it. My bad.. Boy was I wrong. It caught 4 to one with your regular knocker rigs for reef fish which includes grouper. Yesterday, I pulled out the large jig that was given to me by the designer of this rig and let me tell ya. I am going to go out and buy a bunch of them. I caught many grouper, and even a large Spanish mackerel. I was chumming and got lucky enough to lure in a large school of sardines, which must have felt the shadow the boat cast was a safe place to be cause they pretty much stayed under the boat all day. I believe the nekid ball jig was getting hit by large Spanish mackerel but those critters are hard to hook. I also free lined live sardines and set them on balloons and the mackerel were pounding them. I could watch them swoop in and grab the bait but they would hit just below the head thus avoiding getting hooked. The sad part is I could have filled a cooler with those guys, but couldn't hook them. I know in the past I have been told a hook with a stinger works great.. Not sure, but I thought I remember hearing that's not legal.. but I could be wrong. Can someone tell me how what would have been the best way to get these guys keeping in mind they were swarming the sardine bait ball and would attack any sardine we through in the water.. Any help would be appreciated.." TR Hey Todd, Thanks for a great report. Regarding stinger hooks, they are legal in Florida, but be sure to check your local regulations. Spanish Mack's can be tricky, try a quick, erratic jigging retrieve, the action of the NBJ will drive them crazy. Cheers TK
Hello TOF Friends, It's been a while since I posted a report, have been very busy filling Nekid Ball Jigz orders, but today was one of those special trips that reminded me of why I love Florida Spring Fishing. Invited our neighbor Ohio Jack to join NBJ Pro-Staffer Bryan Holton for some inshore fun. Jack had never fished NBJ and was mostly a freshwater angler. We hit the crab traps at dead low tide, as soon as the incoming began the action was amazing. Nice sized Speckled Trout joined some Bigger Mack's to begin the day along with tons of ladyfish and about a dozen different species. After we had enough of the tasty speedsters to fill the smoker, we decided to try some of the Island passes of St Joe Sound for some Pompano. Didn't know if they would be there, but sure enough within a few minutes of getting into the drift along the beach...Bang - Pomp On! These weren't little Golden Nuggets, but full bodied bruisers who gave all three of us a work out. Hit after hit, the Pompano kept coming over the rail, hitting on all three colors - Hot Pink Flash, Yellow Flash & Green Flash. Every time I looked over Jack had a Big Smile on his face, as he scored time and time again. Jack will be heading back to Ohio next week for the summer, but as of today he was our newest NBJ All Star. Have a safe trip home Jack and we will see you in the fall. Cheers TK