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  1. #334
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    Cool SW FL-Bonita Beach: Hogfish, Yellowtail, Mangs, Lanes,

    Wednesday morning, 7/15, I headed out to fish fifteen to nineteen miles out of New Pass, with Paul and Debbie Szemplinski and their three children, Ryan, Audrey and Evelyn. We caught a bunch of yellowtail snapper, fifteen in all, but only one that we could keep at 18 inches. The spot that yielded the big one was overtaken by dolphin, which made catching more of the keepers impossible. We also kept five fourteen-inch whitebone porgies and released a bunch of silver porgies. We also got four keeper Spanish mackerel to 25 inches and released undersized mutton snapper, lane snapper, gag grouper to 18 inches and grunts. Interestingly, we caught and released a small bonefish that was ten inches long, an unusual catch around here (more commonly in the FL Keys), especially in the depths we were fishing. We used shrimp for everything.

    Thursday morning, I fished offshore again, this time with Chuck Mitchell, Reita Martin, and three children. We caught three varieties of porgies and kept six of those, along with two keeper lane snapper and six Spanish mackerel to 28 inches. We released about 40 undersized yellowtail snapper, along with some gag and red grouper shorts and small triggerfish. We were fishing with live shrimp, in 44 feet out of New Pass.

    Strangely, another bonefish bit our bait on Friday morning, about 15 miles offshore, where I fished with Bob and Kim Deering, their sons, Robert and Matthew, and father-son anglers Greg and Gavin Zarbock. Robert also caught a nice hogfish, 15 inches long, and the group caught a dozen keeper mangrove and lane snapper, porkfish, grunts and a mess of Spanish mackerel. We released lots of undersized snapper and grouper.

    The photo shown is of angler, Florian Kordas, with a 19 1/2 inch mangrove snapper, caught on shrimp on a recent offshore trip.
    Captain Dave Hanson
    Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
    Bonita Beach, FL
    239 947-1688
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  2. #333
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    Default South Indian River Fishing Report - 7/10

    July 10, 2009

    INSHORE:

    Getting out early or fishing late in the day will give you the best opportunities in July. Hot afternoons can slow down the fishing and also take a toll on you as well. We have found fish shallow early and moving to deeper water as the sun heats up. We just finished up the full moon, which made it even more challenging during the day. Things will improve as the coming weekend nears, so get those top water lures ready and head out for an early morning on the river.

    Trout have continued to hit the DOA Deadly Combo. We have stayed with the glow shrimp with much success most days on the water. Work them more aggressively than you would live shrimp. We fished mainly south of Fort Pierce, where the water continues to be clear on the flats. Look for the grass flats that have lots of sand holes to find the trout. We have been targeting the glass minnow schools with greater luck on the trout bite. Robert White and his bride joined me this week to enjoy the fishing on the Indian River.

    Snook are still prevalent in the inlet and along the docks of the river. We haven't targeted them much since they are out of season. The DOA 5.5 lure is now available in most tackle shops and will be a great lure for snook and trout fishing, especially around the mullet schools. Redfish have been scattered with a few nice fish being caught on the flats. Look around Harbor Branch and the Moorings in the shallows. Snapper are along the channel edges north of Fort Pierce and around the bridges as well. Lots of jacks are out there to give you some fun also. The Spanish mackerel and bonito have shown up around the inlet this week. Plan a fishing trip soon!

    Tip of the Week:

    Keeping hydrated in the hot weather is a must to keep from overheating during the day. Start early taking fluids, like water, Gatorade or PowerAde, to keep essential fluids in your system. Dehydration can cause fatigue, lightheadedness and even heatstroke. Drink plenty of fluids during your adventures on the water!

    As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!

    Good Fishing and Be Safe,
    Captain Charlie Conner
    www.fishtalescharter.com

    email: captaincharlie@fishtalescharter.com

    772-284-3852

    Fun on the Indian River this week!




  3. #332
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    Cool SW FL-Bonita Beach: Trout, Sheepshead, Snapper & Snook

    Slow season is here for sure. Seasonal residents have fled our heat and humidity until October and the economy is not producing our usual number of summer vacationers this year. On top of that, a low pressure system that hung over our area for several days was still in effect Monday, 6/29, when I fished a windy Estero Bay with Bill Maybrook and friend, Andy. We missed the rains and were able to catch six keeper mangrove snapper on shrimp. We released nine smaller snapper, two snook to 16 inches and four sheepshead that were just short of keeper size.

    The weather remained pretty unstable most of the week, with rains likely both morning and afternoon. Seas in the gulf remained rough. The next time I got out fishing was Friday morning, 7/3, in Estero Bay, with Paul Rosenberg and Cory Knight. We did well, using shrimp to catch three keeper trout to 18 ½ inches, a keeper sheepshead and four keeper mangrove snapper to 13 inches. We released 15 smaller trout and crevalle jack.

    Tim and Amy Harwood, nine-year-old daughter, Emily, and eight-year-old daughter, Abby, fished central Estero Bay with me Wednesday morning, 7/8. The backwaters are very warm and that tends to slow down the bite, but we had pretty steady action with trout, using shrimp and popping corks. We caught and released nine of those, along with nine mangrove snapper and a small permit.

    I was back in Estero Bay Friday morning, when I fished with Jerry Robertson, his son, and grandson. We again had good action with trout and snapper on shrimp with popping corks. We kept two mangrove snapper and a 16 inch trout.

    The photo shown is of anglers, Bryant and Gary Click, with a pair of redfish and a 23 inch trout, caught on shrimp on a recent inshore trip.
    Captain Dave Hanson
    Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
    Bonita Beach, FL
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    Default Fort Lauderdale Swordfish Report - 300 lb'er

    Lady Pamela II Sportfishing Charters

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    www.ladypamela2.com

    954-761-8045



    On Saturday night, David and his son set sail with Captain Paul and me for an all nighter Swordfish trip. A bit ironic, there was a Swordfishing Tournament taking place offshore. We left Lauderdale Marina around 5 PM and arrived to our destination around 7 PM, trolling our way to Swordfish grounds. As soon as we hit our spot, lines went in the water and the night began for us. Not even an hour after deploying our baits, David reeled in a 90 lb Broadbill. It was a pretty instant bite so lines went back down immediately. Before we knew it, we were hooked again. David’s son grabbed the rod, got situated in the chair and started reeling. A 46 inch’er came alongside the boat and we released him for a future fight. At this point in the game, we weren’t necessarily catching big fish, but we were getting the bite and we weren’t complaining. Two long hours went by before we got another bite. After a 30 minute battle, David won with the Broadbill Swordfish at the transom. Three times a charm, right? David’s son landed a beefy 300 lb’er to top off the night. Captain Paul and I haven’t seen the Nighttime Swordfish bite go off like this in a long time. Too bad we weren’t fishing the tournament; we probably would have won with that guy!

    Attachment 767

    Now’s the time to venture offshore to catch Broadbill Swordfish. The seas are flat calm and the bite is on!


    Tight Lines!

    Captain David Ide

    E-MAIL: Ladypamela2@bellsouth.net

    954-761-8045

  5. #330
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    Default Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island Fishing Report

    D.O.A. Lures Sweep CCA Tourney

    The River Palms Cottages in Jensen Beach was the site of the 2009 CCA Inter-Chapter Challenge. A record ninety-one anglers gathered for the catch and release tournament on June 26 and 27. The tournament is a team event where local chapters compete against other chapters from around the state.

    The event is an all-artificial lure tournament with Spin, Cast and Fly casting allowed. Rules require the anglers to place their catch on a measuring stick along with a numbered token assigned to each angler. A digital picture is then taken to turn in to the committee at the end of the tourney. In this catch-photo-release event all fish must be released.

    The team winner is determined by the CCA chapter that catches the most inches of three fish. The categories consist of an East Coast Slam of Snook, Redfish and Trout. Each species has a minimum length for entry into the contest. Snook must be at least 22 inches, trout at least 15 inches and redfish at least 18. There are also winners in the Team Snook, Team Redfish and Team Trout divisions based on the total inches of three fish in each category. In addition to the team event there are individual awards for the largest fish in each category.

    When fishing the Jensen Beach area the redfish is always going to be the toughest to find and catch. This year was no exception. Nevertheless, Capt. Chris Myers tempted the oversize red shown below with a D.O.A. C.A.L. series jerk bait in silver mullet color. It was rigged as a weedless worm to catch the red that won the honor of largest redfish. He also finished his personal slam by catching a snook on the same C.A.L.



    This beautiful 28 1/2 inch specimen of a red was good enough to give Capt. Chris the individual championship in the redfish division. Capt. Chris also caught a huge gator trout on a 5.5 inch D.O.A Big Fish Lure. Measuring in at 28 1/4 inches, the fish was runner up in the largest trout division.



    Jerry McBride, associate editor of Shallow Water Angler Magazine won the individual trout division with a 30 inch gator caught on a D.O.A. shrimp. Jerry has a passion for fishing from a kayak and that is exactly what he was doing when he caught the winning trout. According to Mark Nichols, owner of D.O.A. lures, “Jerry is a master when it comes to using the D.O.A. shrimp.”

    The individual snook award went to an angler from Martin County, the host chapter. Fishing his home waters Jay Honan caught a 33 inch snook on a D.O.A. C.A.L. Series Paddle Tail lure. The snook pictured below is not the winning snook but gives you the idea of how the measuring stick, numbered token and digital camera are used in the catch-photo-release event.


    The “home” team from Martin County, last years winners, only managed runner up this year for Grand Champion, but won the Team Snook and Team Trout divisions. Orlando won the Team Redfish division.

    In the Grand Champion competition the Orlando Chapter, led by Capt. Myers’ big red and gator trout, took home the hardware and earned the bragging rights as the best chapter in the state - but it only lasts until next year where they will have to prove themselves again.



    Every person that travels to the tournament and fishes is considered a team member for his local chapter. There is no limit to the number of people that can come and represent a chapter, but everyone that fishes must be a CCA Florida member. So, if you are a member start planning for next year and if you’re not a member sign up so you can take part in this fun filled tournament. Oh, did I mention the food and fellowship is always great too!

    That’s what it’s all about. Good fishin’.

    Announcement: I want to take this opportunity to announce my upcoming book entitled Secrets From Florida’s Master Anglers. It is a book intended to provide many tips and pro secrets to fishing success. It is based on interviews with 20 of Florida’s top guides on various fishing topics. The book is being published by University Press of Florida. It will be available in bookstore across the state, on Amazon.com or from the publisher directly, sometime this fall. Regardless of your level of fishing skill this book will have something for you.

    Here is what some early readers of the book say:

    "Ron's highly privileged interviews with many of Florida's top guides expose lots of secrets that are sure to improve fishing success."--Phil Chapman

    "A great peek into twenty of the finest fishing minds of Florida! No matter your current skill level, this book will improve your confidence on the water."--Brett Fitzgerald

    "Unique in that it includes a variety of approaches to inshore saltwater fishing, provided by a broad selection of some of Florida's finest fishing guides. There is something for almost everyone who fishes the Florida coast."--Richard A. Davidson

    If you are interested in the book send me your name and mailing address and I will send you a pre-publication order form that is good until October and you get a 20% discount. Send to Capt. Ron, 516 S. Plumosa St., #19 Merritt Island, FL 32952.


  6. #329
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    Default South Indian River Fishing Report - 6/26

    June 26, 2009

    INSHORE:

    So the song says.....Feelin' Hot - Hot - Hot! That sorta sums up the weather around the Treasure Coast this week. Getting out early in the mornings or late in the evenings has a more profound meaning lately around here. Look out for afternoon thunderstorms this time of year, too. The best bite will be at first light or late evening as things ease off a bit. It's summertime!

    July brings hot weather, afternoon rains and Fourth of July parties. Oh....and lots of great fishing out there,too! Mornings on the river will bring action at first light on top water lures for snook or trout on the flats. They will seek deeper water as the sun rises. I will be fishing along the mangroves for snook with jigs, twitch baits and spoons where the water will be 2-3 feet deep. Trout will move to deeper flats in 2-6 feet of water and will most likely hit pinfish, pigfish or live shrimp. Redfish will continue to hold up on the flats, but more scattered. As the water heats up, move to deeper cuts on the flats for them. Gold spoons, soft baits, like DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baitsor cut bait will work best for them. Search along the docks during the day for snook or redfish hanging around there.
    Bridges will be producing snapper, drum and sheephead during July. Live or dead shrimp will be hard for them to resist. Watch the tides and fish the slower sides of them for best results. Whiting will continue to be in the surf with the occasional bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Sharks will be patrolling along the beach also.

    Areas to fish in the river for July: Bear Point, Queen's Cove and Round Island. South of Harbor Branch will be a great area to work for trout in the mornings before the sun heats up things. The flats in front of the power plant taper off to 3-5 feet and will be holding trout during the day. Live pigfish are the favorite food for trout this time of year. Try a DOA Deadly Combo during the day also for trout. The west shore down there will be good areas to search out redfish. Channel edges will be yielding snapper on structure. Tripletail should be around channel markers and pilings to the south towards Jensen Beach. Don't forget dock fishing during the mid-day hours.

    Tip of the Month:
    With the heat of summer upon us, make sure you have a plan for an emergency. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion is always a possibility when out on the water.

    SIGNS:
    Heat exhaustion:
    Cool, moist, pale, or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; and exhaustion. Body temperature will be near normal.

    Heat stroke:
    Hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid, shallow breathing. Body temperature can be very high-- as high as 105 degrees F. If the person was sweating from heavy work or exercise, skin may be wet; otherwise, it will feel dry.

    TREATMENT:
    Heat exhaustion:
    Get the person out of the heat and into a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths, such as towels or sheets. If the person is conscious, give cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Give a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes. Do not give liquids that contain alcohol or caffeine. Let the victim rest in a comfortable position, and watch carefully for changes in his or her condition.

    Heat stroke:
    Heat stroke is a life-threatening situation. Help is needed fast. Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the body. Immerse victim in a cool bath, or wrap wet sheets around the body and fan it. Watch for signals of breathing problems. Keep the person lying down and continue to cool the body any way you can. If the victim refuses water or is vomiting or there are changes in the level of consciousness, do not give anything to eat or drink.

    Check out the Red Cross web site for more information: www.redcross.org

    As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!

    Good Fishing and Be Safe,
    Captain Charlie Conner
    www.fishtalescharter.com

    email: captaincharlie@fishtalescharter.com

    772-284-3852

    Howard Watson proves that early mornings with a top water lure can coax a hungry trout into striking.


  7. #328
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    Arrow Ninth annual Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World

    Ninth annual Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship
    July 7 – 9, 2009 - Islamorada Fla. USA
    Qualifying Anglers and Representative Tournaments

    Fly Tackle Division

    Angler Hometown Tournament Tournament Location

    Cal Collier, Jr, Atlanta Ga. Redbone @ Large Deep Water Cay, Grand Bahama Island Fall Tournament
    Dave Collier, New York, N.Y. Redbone @ Large Deep Water Cay, Grand Bahama Island Spring Tournament
    Robert Collins, Islamorada, Fla. IGFA Inshore Championship 3-time Grand Champion, Islamorada, Fla., USA
    Mark Cooper, Aurora, Colo. Redbone Celebrity Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA
    Alex Cruz, Miami, Fla. Backcountry Fly Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA
    David Dalu, Charleston, S.C. Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA
    Charles Duncan III, Houston, Texas Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Fly Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA
    Leslie Duncan, Houston, Texas Ladies Invitational Tarpon Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA
    Warren Hinrichs, Jacksonville, Fla. March Merkin Permit, Key West, Fla., USA
    Kathryn Hoar, Hanover, Pa. Women's Fly Tarpon Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA
    Rand Holstead, Houston, Texas Islamorada Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA
    Ed Liccione, Queenstown, Md. Islamorada Sailfly, Islamorada, Fla., USA
    Sue Moret, Islamorada, Fla. Redbone @ Large Marsh Harbor Marsh Harbor, Abaco Island, Bahamas
    Jared Raskob, Key Largo, Fla. IFACT Red Ghost Stalk, Islamorada, Fla., USA
    Mike Rempe, Windsor, Colo. Redbone @ Large Deep Water Cay, Grand Bahama Island
    Bob Rich, Islamorada, Fla. Redbone Celebrity Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA


    Light Tackle Division

    Bonnie Christ, Alexandria, Va Mercury Baybone Celebrity Tournament, Key Largo, Fla., USA
    Mike Gallops, Naples, Fla. IGFA Inshore World Championship, 2003 Grand Champion Islamorada, Fla., USA
    Rich Gorden, Brooksville, Fla. Red Snook Catch & Release Fishing Tournament, Collier County, Fla., USA
    Tony Horsley, Glen Allen,Va. Islamorada All Tackle Spring Bonefish, Islamorada, Fla., USA
    Bill Hurst, Cutler Bay, Fla. Mercury S.L.A.M. Celebrity Tournament, Key West, Fla., USA
    Larry Leszczynski, Bradenton, Fla. Sarasota Sportfishing Anglers Club Tarpon Tournament, Sarasota, Fla., USA
    Mike McDonald, Sarasota, Fla. Sarasota Sportfishing Anglers Club Tarpon Tournament, Sarasota, Fla., USA
    Wayne Meland, Naples, Fla. Gene Doyle Catch and Release Tournament, Naples, Fla., USA
    Peter Politis, Nightcliff,NT Australia Northern Territory Barramundi Classic, Northern Territory, Australia
    Troy Pruitt, Naples, Fla. Lucerne-Grossman Memorial Fishing Competition, Key Largo, Fla., USA
    Barry Shevlin, Bay Harbor Island, Fla. Lucerne-Grossman Memorial Fishing Competition, Key Largo, Fla., USA
    Ron Silverman, Daniel Island, S.C. Lowcountry Red-Trout Celebrity Classic, Charleston, S.C., USA
    Marty Smalley, Tampa, Fla. Mercury Grand Slam Celebrity Fishing Tournament, Tampa, Fla,, USA
    Chris Turner, Naples, Fla. Red Snook Catch & Release Fishing Tournament, Collier County, Fla., USA
    Nick Cardella, Delray Beach, Fla. IFACT Red Ghost Stalk, Islamorada, Fla., USA
    Aledia Tush, Sarasota, Fla. Int'l Womens Fishing Assoc. Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA
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  8. #327
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    Thumbs up Elite anglers focused on FKO/IGFA Inshore World Champio

    For Immediate Release

    Elite anglers focused on FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship

    Men and women champions from nine U.S. states and Australia competing July 7 - 9

    ISLAMORADA, In The Florida Keys, USA ---They’re 32 of the top fly and light tackle “sight-casting” fishing champions from across the U.S. and as far away as Australia, set to converge on Islamorada for the ninth annual Florida Keys Outfitters / IGFA Inshore World Championship, July 7 - 9.
    Anglers and the media have described the event as the “super bowl of inshore fishing.”
    The field of anglers – 16 in fly and 16 in light tackle -- was invited from a variety of 36 qualifying tournaments held in 2008 in the U.S., the Bahamas and Australia to compete in the three day all-release championship. They include 26 men and five women from nine U.S. states and Australian Peter Politis, winner of Northern Territory’s Barramundi Classic.
    A grand champion will be crowned in each division.
    New to the format will be a drawing to pair each angler with a premier Keys guide, fishing all three days as a team for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish.
    Three-time winner and current defending champion Robert Collins of Naples and Islamorada said, “The thing I like most about the new format is that your guide will now be much more important in helping you plan your overall strategy. The continuity will be a positive for both the angler and the guide. It should be much easier to execute one three day plan, as opposed to three one day plans with three different guides.”
    And for the first time Collins who is known for his remarkable accuracy with a conventional rod and reel, will be focusing his skills solely casting fly.
    “I'll approach it the same as in past years,” he said, “deciding which species I can get in the least amount of time and then go from there. A lot of that decision will depend on the conditions and who I will be fishing with. It usually takes catching and releasing a slam of all five species to win and that's going to be difficult with the fly rod, but someone will probably do it.”
    Collins who is also a member of the defending IGFA Offshore World Championship team said, “I fished a pretty heavy offshore schedule this past year but when I’ve been inshore it's been all flyrod. I know I don't have all the skills that some of the others do, but I feel pretty good about where I am with it,” adding with a smile, “plus I’m hoping for a lucky break or two.”
    He and the other competitors may get those opportunities.
    According to tournament director Sandy Moret, owner of Florida Keys Outfitters who spent several days fly fishing the Florida Bay waters, “Tarpon fishing is off the chart right now.”
    “I have had great reports on the snook and red fishing too. Some bonefish and permit are being caught, but most anglers are so focused on tarpon, that the other species are getting a break. The weather has settled into its late spring/early summer pattern and if it holds, fishing should be gangbusters!
    “These anglers and guides have wholeheartedly embraced our new light tackle/fly tackle concept and this should be one of the most outstanding competitions of the year,” he added. “Looking ahead to next year we’ll have more international competitors from the 38 current qualifying events representing tournaments in US, Bahamas, Belize, Australia & Sweden.”
    Fishing and daily scoring takes place from the World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina. The Islander Resort serves as the event’s headquarters. Both are located near mile marker 82.
    The IGFA remains the inshore championships’ sole nonprofit benefactor. A fundraiser and auction for the IGFA will be held at the event.
    The championship is partnering with ESPN Outdoors and its televised Saltwater Series. Daily tournament coverage will appear on ESPNOutdoors.com and on IGFA.org.
    Tournament sponsors include Bacardi, Islamorada Fish Co., The Islander Resort, King Sailfish Mounts, Rapala, Shimano, Stiffy Push Poles, Reel Life Art by Pasta, World Wide Sportsman, Mercury, Zane Grey Lounge, Bayside Marina, Tibor Reels, Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, Diamond Fishing Products, Kaenon Sunglasses, Sage Rods, Patagonia, Green Turtle Inn, Rich Products Corp, Cortland Line Company, Ocean Dawn Suites, Vineyard Vines, Nautilus Reels and "High Roller" author Bill Bishop.
    For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments for 2010 please contact Sandy Moret at 305-664-5423 or flkeyout@bellsouth.net or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com .
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    6/25/2009 FKO/IGFA IWC PR counsel - Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications,
    Scottsdale, Ariz., USA
    480-951-3654 (ph) -- JohnsonCom@aol.com
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  9. #326
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    Cool SW FL-Bonita Beach: Inshore & Near-shore Report

    This week was challenging in terms of weather, for sure.

    Monday morning, 6/22, was the best weather of the week. I fished Estero Bay with the Matt Stanford family, including Matt, his wife, their two young children and the children’s grandfather. We had a good morning, using live shrimp to catch seven keeper mangrove snapper, three keeper sheepshead to 14 inches and a keeper whiting. We released two small snook, each about 16 inches.

    Tuesday morning, Julie Brady, her son, Nick, and Nick's friend, Colby, had planned to fish offshore, but with stiff winds out of the west, we changed those plans to fish inshore instead. Using live shrimp in central Estero Bay, we caught keeper mangrove snapper and a 14 inch sheepshead. We released smaller mangs and sheepshead, along with a 15 inch snook.

    After two consecutive days of strong, westerly winds and rough seas, the offshore forecast for Wednesday calmed down significantly, with predictions for two-foot seas out to 20 miles and two-to-fours from 20 to 60 miles offshore. Robert Smith and son, Walker, were pleased to awake to calm winds that morning, and we optimistically headed out. But, even at the near-shore reefs, seas were sloppy, with a leftover swell and seas on top of the swell higher than predicted. We fished there until it wasn’t fun anymore, dared not venture out further, and retreated to the relative calm behind Ft. Myers Beach for the final hour of fishing. We caught keeper mangrove snapper and grunts, and released Spanish mackerel.

    NOAA continued to forecast calming seas, with predictions for two-foot out to 60 miles for the rest of this week. But the low pressure system that stalled over us had other ideas. Thursday morning, I was back to the dock by 10 AM with Mike Weber, Bill Carlson, and their wives. There was a stiff 20 knot wind and seas rough enough to be border-line unsafe. We released a couple fish and decided to head in before it got any more uncomfortable or dangerous.

    Needless to say, with unstable, rough conditions and lots of moisture still around on Friday, I advised Chris Morrow, son Alex, and Bob Snyder and son, Zack, to fish inshore, rather than risk gulf fishing. We dodged a few rainstorms throughout the morning but we ended up catching ten keeper mangrove snapper and a keeper sheepshead. We released smaller snapper and sheepshead, and returned to shore just as the skies were letting loose with a heavier shower.

    The photo shown is of six-year-old angler,Tyler Guthman, with a bonnethead shark, caught on shrimp in Estero Bay, on a recent inshore trip.
    Captain Dave Hanson
    Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
    Bonita Beach, FL
    239 947-1688
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  10. #325
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    Default Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island Fishing Report

    When the Kids Grow Up the Fish Will Too

    Try your best when fishing with kids to have them catch something. In my book puffers and catfish count too! As long as the fish are biting and the kids are catching, they remain interested. Plan your trip in short time frames to begin with to find out how much your kids will tolerate without getting burned out. If the bite is slow take a break on a nearby island or shoreline area and let them explore a little. You want to make every trip a fun trip if at all possible.

    I know, in the real world the fish don’t bite every time, but if you bring along some shrimp you are likely to catch something. I think that is the key to getting the kids hooked on fishing. It doesn’t take anymore than a nice little pinfish to make a kid happy.



    Keep it simple. Live shrimp or cut bait presented under a bobber is a great way to introduce kids to fishing. There is no doubt about when the fish bites, and there is a certain thrill to seeing that bobber go down. I always use circle hooks and instruct the angler to just start reeling when they see the bobber go under. This also makes release easier as the fish is likely to be hooked in the corner of the mouth.



    Talk to the kids about conservation and catch and release fishing. They normally think they want to take everything they catch home with them so take time to explain why you might put some of the fish back to grow up and fight again. There’s nothing wrong with taking some fish for dinner, but it doesn’t have to be everything. Even the flounder pictured below was willingly released by the happy angler. He realized the real fun was in the catching



    There’s no way of knowing what you might catch next, so the key is keeping the kids interested and sooner or later they will catch some quality fish. The point is, it doesn’t have to be on every trip. Just take them with the idea of having fun and the catching will take care of itself. As the kids grow up the fish will too!



    That’s what it’s all about. Good fishin’.

    Announcement: I want to take this opportunity to announce my upcoming book entitled Secrets From Florida’s Master Anglers. It is a book intended to provide many tips and pro secrets to fishing success. It is based on interviews with 20 of Florida’s top guides on various fishing topics. The book is being published by University Press of Florida. It will be available in bookstore across the state, on Amazon.com or from the publisher directly, sometime this fall. Regardless of your level of fishing skill this book will have something for you.

    Here is what some early readers of the book say:

    "Ron's highly privileged interviews with many of Florida's top guides expose lots of secrets that are sure to improve fishing success."--Phil Chapman

    "A great peek into twenty of the finest fishing minds of Florida! No matter your current skill level, this book will improve your confidence on the water."--Brett Fitzgerald

    "Unique in that it includes a variety of approaches to inshore saltwater fishing, provided by a broad selection of some of Florida's finest fishing guides. There is something for almost everyone who fishes the Florida coast."--Richard A. Davidson

    If you are interested in the book send me your name and mailing address and I will send you a pre-publication order form that is good until October and you get a 20% discount. Send to Capt. Ron, 516 S. Plumosa St., #19 Merritt Island, FL 32952.

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