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  1. #22
    Capt. Ron Presley (Capt_ron) Guest

    Default Back to the Gym! Finally, a

    Back to the Gym!

    Finally, a chance to get on the beach. Low winds, light seas and plenty of bait was the recipe for some beach side action this week. This is the time of the year we expect to see some big tarpon come by for a visit. The rough seas and mighty winds of late have kept the small boats in the river or in the driveway so it was a welcome adventure to go check out the beach.

    Good friends John and Scott joined me on the “Finding Equilibrium” to see what we might hook up. In the back of everyone’s mind was the silver king. We were fortunate to spot some pogies before we left the confines of the Port. John took out his castnet and after a few throws we had plenty of bait for the day.

    As we traveled south we saw bait pods from time to time and stopped to check out one area where the pelicans were diving repeatedly. The water in this area was a little discolored and was a likely spot to find some predators. With no action from this spot we motored a little further south.

    John spotted some fish busting bait on the surface and we moved into the vicinity and Scott started casting a metal lure, the kind often used on Spanish Mackerel. It wasn’t long until he was hooked up with a hard pulling fish. As Scott brought the fish to the boat we could see it was a nice fat bonito. John had cast out a live pogie in the same general area and he too was soon hooked up with another hard fighting bonito. The bite slowed and we moved, again, further south.

    We final found an area where we spotted some rolling tarpon. We set a couple of rigs in the pole holders with live pogies pinned to a stinger rig and slowly trolled through the area. At the same time we had tarpon rigs baited with live pogies in case a rolling tarpon was close enough to cast to.

    We continued to see tarpon but always at a distance, too far to cast to. The slow trolling produced a couple of sharks and a couple of break offs that we did not identify. Then a silver king struck my trolling rig, made a lazy roll and went deep. The drag was screaming and the line was ripping off the spool as the big fish headed for the eastern horizon. It was quickly obvious we would have to chase him to retrieve some line so Scott fired up the engine and started the pursuit. When I had gained enough line to feel comfortable I yelled “ok” and Scott slipped the Yamaha into neutral and we settled into a game of tug-of-war. We repeated this process a couple of times as the drag screamed and the spool emptied.

    John grabbed his camera and climbed up in the tower in hope of some photos. Forty minutes later and the big fish had never made the characteristic jump that we all expected. John reminded me that when they jump it helps wear them down but this big guy just never did jump and never seemed to wear down. Finally, in what looked like a half-hearted attempt to become air born the fish stuck his head out of the water, made more of spiraling motion and went back down. I thought at the time the line seemed to wrap around the fish when it made the spinning move. It disappeared beneath the surface and seconds later the hook pulled loose. It was over, no breakage, just something in the roll must have changed the angle of the hook and out it came.

    After that we hooked up a couple more sharks but no more silver kings. We headed back to port with the knowledge that summer, the tarpon, the bait, the calm summer seas, were finally here. By the way, that’s why I have got to get back to the gym. You need to be in shape when you hook in to a big silver king!

    WIN A BOAT!

    That’s right, you can win a boat. Boaters Exchange at 2145 U.S. 1 in Rockledge (Next to Rockledge Gardens) is going to give a boat to a lucky person this weekend. The boat is a 13 footer with motor and trailer. They have moved to a larger location to serve you better and they want to show off their new facilities.

    There are all kinds of fun and excitement planned for their Grand Opening at the new location. Factory reps from Edgewater, World Cat, Triumph, Catalina, Yamaha & Hondo will be on site to answer all your boating questions. There will be clinics on everything from fishing to how to care for your boat. Tour their new 3 Acre facility and try some award winning clam chowder from Chowders Restaurant, or attend one of several boating related seminars by Bethel Marine Electronics, Viking Canvas, Coastal Angler Magazine, and more.

    On Saturday they are having a free family BBQ all day long. Don’t miss the boat, come by and check out the great new facility. These guys take care of the maintenance on my Yamaha and I can’t say enough about their dedication to the job and the quality of their work.

    I plan to be there on Friday and Saturday so come by and say high. I will also have some free Rip Tide plastics available. Hope to see you there at the Grand Opening of Boaters Exchange in their new location. Its June 14-17, 2007 at 2145 S US1 Rockledge, FL.

    For more information you can call (321) 638-0090 or email BoatSales@BoatersExchange.com

    As always, you can visit my website at www.inshorefishingadventures.com to view pictures of the fish we catch in the Cocoa Beach area. That’s what it’s all about. Good fishin’.

    Capt. Ron Presley
    Phone 321-454-7285
    presleyr@bellsouth.net

  2. #21
    Capt Charlie Conner (Fishtales) Guest

    Default June 8, 2007 Inshore: Wi

    June 8, 2007

    Inshore:

    With the exception of a few days of less than desirable weather, conditions have been great to get out fishing this week! Winds have died off and visions of summertime have entered into the latest fishing dreams. Look for nicer weather to continue with scattered rains. It's a great time of year. The fish have been feeding and lots of catching going on around the river. The water has come alive, so plan a trip out soon and enjoy some fishing adventures....

    Redfish have continued to reward us with some nice catches around the river. Tom Clancy boated two nice redfish in spite of a rough weather day. Ed Killer was my guest this week and in a couple hours of fishing, he boated four nice reds up to 27". Greg Schroeder landed five redfish in the 26-30" range later in the week. Soft baits, suspending baits and gold spoons gave us our success this week on the flats. Bob Bergen reported catching several nice reds including one on his fly rod.

    Snook fishing has tapered off with the closing of the season, but anglers are still out there catching them on the flats. Tom Hull reported catching several nice snook along the mangroves north of Fort Pierce. Top water lures will be great choices now that you can fish them early. Look around the mangroves in deeper cuts as the sun warms things up out there.

    Trout have also been hitting early most days. Capt. Pat Wells fished with me on Sunday and we boated several nice upper slot trout. Tom Hull also reported nice catches of trout around the 20" size. Soft baits and suspending baits have worked the best of late. Grass flats with sand holes are good areas to target trout.

    The jacks are invading the river and we found some bigger 8-10 pound jacks crashing bait this week. Lots of excitement on light tackle and they love slashing top water lures! Sand perch and some bigger snapper are around the river and the bridge and jetty anglers have reported some nice catches this week. Frozen shrimp has been the bait of choice. Along the beach, look for tarpon to be feeding along with whiting and some snook in the troughs. Watch for tarpon along the river channels and in deeper areas of the river.

    Tip of the Week:

    If you are targeting redfish this season, remember to fish your baits along the bottom. Redfish are bottom feeders and usually have their heads buried in the sand trying to stir up a snack. For soft baits, I use a light jig head when rigging. I hold the rod tip up and slowly pop it along the bottom slowly. By holding the rod tip high, it will bring the lure up out of the grass as you pop it. Let it settle back down into the grass before you give another pop. Most of us will start off fishing slow, but end up working it faster in anticipation of that next cast. Slow it down for more catching opportunities. Hope you are successful in catching a redfish this season!

    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

  3. #20
    Capt Charlie Conner (Fishtales) Guest

    Default May 31, 2007 Inshore: We

    May 31, 2007

    Inshore:

    Well, June has arrived here on the Treasure Coast and we are still battling with the windy weather out there. Offshore has really been tough to get out for those anglers and the river hasn't been a piece of cake either. The fishing has improved in spite of the conditions out on the flats. Most anglers have been hugging the eastern shorelines or drifting across the flats in search of fish. It's gonna stay that way most of this week and into next week, so adjust your plans out there and catch some fish!

    Redfish was our fish this week. Robert Strang and Laura Colon boated four redfish in the 24-28" range, with a double hookup on two of them. Nick Palladino took out Tim Keck for his birthday and each of them caught two redfish that were in the 22-28" size. Tim lost a larger redfish that would have topped the 28" one. Chris was out with me and boated three reds in the 26-28" range. All were caught on soft baits or spoons this week on the flats. The water has been churned up somewhat, but the fish are still out there. We fished the areas from Bear Point to Round Island this week.

    Trout came in number two on our catch this week. The bite has held steady and there are some nice sized trout on the flats. Nick caught some really nice trout while drifting the flats. The usual areas have been holding trout along the east side of the river. Soft baits, live shrimp or twitch baits have worked for us most days.

    Snook season closed at midnight on Thursday, May 31st. The fish will still be there after that, but bring a camera for a good photo. Handle the fish and release them carefully to keep them healthy. Most action has been around the bridges and turning basin. Nick Palladino caught his snook on the flats to end up his day with a slam.

    Bridges has been slower and less anglers lately. Look for sheephead and black drum around the catwalks. Snapper have been hanging around the channels edges. Look for some bluefish and mackerel around the jetties and if you dare fish the surf, look for some whiting and a few pompano around the beach areas.

    June will bring more action out of the redfish on the flats and trout will continue to hit early mornings. Keep an eye peeled for schooling redfish around the favorite flats. As the winds die off, look to top water early and soft baits as the sun rises. Docks will hold some a nice assortment of fish both early and throughout the day. May bought us all a challenge and I think everyone is looking forward to a great June fishing experience!!

    Tip of the Week:

    If you regularly fish the flats, here is a little tip I use myself. I keep a small mushroom anchor on the boat to hold position if I drift into an area I want to fish more thoroughly. It doesn't take up much space and is easy to use. If you are fishing an area and start catch fish, drop the anchor and take the time to fish it before going on across the flats. You can weigh it easily and start your drift again. It's a simple tool that I use often out 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

  4. #19
    Captain Dave Hanson (Fishbuster) Guest

    Default I fished the tree lines in Est

    I fished the tree lines in Estero Bay around Hickory Bay with Homer Jack Moore and wife Lorraine on Tuesday. We caught and released lots of mangrove snapper and a 14 inch sheepshead. We lost a nice redfish boatside when I turned to get the landing net and Homer’s line caught on a mangrove root.

    Wednesday’s planned bay trip cancelled at the last minute, so I didn’t get out fishing again until Thursday, when I fished Estero Bay with father and son Will and Justin Berry. We fished with live shrimp around Big Hickory Bay and caught a couple of keeper mangrove snapper and sand bream. We released short sheepshead.

    Looks like some rain and rough weather coming our way for the next several days, with what is looking like a tropical depression right now.

    The photo shown is of anglers Kurt and Brett Dargis with a 16 inch sheepshead and an 18 ½ inch redfish, caught on live shrimp in Estero Bay on a recent inshore trip.


  5. #18
    Captain Dave Hanson (Fishbuster) Guest

    Default Ben Sampson and girlfriend Jil

    Ben Sampson and girlfriend Jill just wanted to catch fish Monday morning, 5/21, so we headed out in some fairly rough seas to the 5 mile reef. We caught triggerfish and keeper mangrove snapper there, but it was pretty sloppy, and for everyone’s comfort, we moved in closer to MAY reef. We got into a lot of Spanish there, and kept seven of those, along with some lane snapper.

    Tuesday, I fished Estero Bay in the area of New Pass with George Peterman and friends Donna, Richard and Mike. We caught a couple keeper mangrove snapper and a couple of keeper sheepshead, and we released a 19 inch snook and a cravalle jack.

    My offshore trips for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday never materialized, with winds howling once again. Wind has been the main theme around here since early April, with just a few calm days during the past six or seven weeks.

    Saturday morning, my anglers who had scheduled an offshore trip were willing to try the bay instead, with winds and seas still rough offshore. Paul and Joyce Cherubino and nephew Bob Leeks fished the tree lines on the east side of New Pass and Big Hickory Pass, with live shrimp. Bob landed two 21 inch redfish. Paul followed up with a 20 inch red, and Joyce caught a 15 inch sheepshead. We released smaller sheepshead.

    The photo shown is of Cap’t. Dave with a 23 inch gag grouper, caught on an offshore trip earlier this month on a less windy week.


  6. #17
    Capt. Ron Presley (Capt_ron) Guest

    Default Wind Doesn’t Matter When You F

    Wind Doesn’t Matter When You Fish the Pit!

    I managed one day on the water with a charter this week and even it was a little windy. The Trout were cooperating on both live shrimp and Rip Tide 3 inch Mullet. The most productive colors of the day were the “nite glow” – “electric chicken” – and “silver mullet.”

    My guests were Bill and Corey from Minnesota and N. Dakota. Both were experience fresh water anglers but wanted to try the saltwater variety. The bite was slow early on, but Bill did manage to hook up with a nice trout early and then a nice snook which came right up to the side of the boat before pulling lose and escaping before we got a chance to take the picture. Turns out it was the biggest fish of the day and the one that got away.

    Both early fish came on the 3 inch Rip Tide Mullet in the nite glow color. If you haven’t tried these super lures you need to. The paddle tail on this lure gives a natural swimming action with a good vibration. Rig it carefully to make it run straight and you have a killer bait. In fact, notice the little fin on the top of the bait and use it for an exit point for the hook when you rig it on a Rip Tide Pro Jig Head. If you bring the hook out right at the fin the bait will be rigged perfectly straight and give you the natural action you are looking for.

    When the bite slowed we went to live shrimp for a while and final found some schoolie trout willing to play. Once we found them Bill went right back to the Rip Tide Mullet and caught just as many as Corey did on the shrimp.

    Fishing the Pit

    The Pit I alluded to in the opening is an operation Southeast of Orlando where you can go fish for Barramundi (an Australian Cousin of the Snook). I had heard how great the fishing was in the ponds and wanted to take my grandson to experience some no-stop catching. It turned out to be a great way to give a little instruction to an amateur angler in the fine art of landing fish on light tackle. All the fishing is from the bank, you simply walk around the pond looking for your own honey hole.

    The ponds are part of a commercial fish farm with a couple of different ponds where they conduct hook and line fishing. My grandson was the first to the water with a rod and reel and he made a cast to the waiting Barramundi. Bam! He was hooked up before the rest of us even had our hands on a rod and reel.



    And so it continued for four hours of non-stop “catching.” The fish weighed in at between 6 and 8 pounds and I guarantee you they are a blast on light tackle. At one point I switched to my Shimano Stradic 2500 but after a couple of fish I decided to go back to the 4000 for a little more control and less fear of smoke coming from the drag.

    I caught most of my fish on my old standby Rip Tide Mullet but also caught them on the Mud Minnow and the Rig Tide Flats Chub as well. I even switched over to a fly rod and caught several more. These Barramundi would hammer about anything you put out there.

    If you want a different experience of catch and release fishing you can get more information by calling Capt. Byron Hennecy at 407-908-3216 or by emailing him at bkhennecy@aol.com. His operation is called Osceola Outback Adventures and you can visit the website at www.OsceolaOutback.com.

    As always, you can visit my website at www.inshorefishingadventures.com to view pictures of the fish we catch in the Cocoa Beach area. That’s what it’s all about. Good fishin’.

    Capt. Ron Presley
    Phone 321-454-7285
    presleyr@bellsouth.net

  7. #16
    Capt. Craig Korczynski (Phlats) Guest

    Default Inshore Fishing Report May 21,

    Inshore Fishing Report May 21, 2007 Palm Beach / Jupiter






    Warm weather leads to hot fishing. The Snook fishing has been awesome the past few weeks in both Palm Beach and Jupiter. The docks and bridges have been the best spots for the Snook. The inlets are holding the bigger spawning Snook, but the weather has not been great. We have had huge swells and terrible winds making conditions unfishable near the inlets. The Snook have been taking live sand perch, live mullet, and artificial baits will work also. Top water lures work great in the early morning and late afternoon, and soft plastics with a jig head will produce bites during the day. The Snook have been averaging 18 to 38 inches. The Tarpon bite has picked up the past week with many of the bites coming on live sand perch near drop offs. These fish are in small pods and have been ranging in size from 10 to 50 pounds. The Jacks have also been plentiful around the sea walls crushing live mullet. The Jacks will take just about any live bait or lure thrown in their direction. The sizes of the Jacks have been 1 to 15 pounds.



    The Freshwater fishing has been awesome especially the Peacock Bass fishing. The Peacocks are thick and are ranging from 2 to 5 pounds. Live shiners work best but artificial baits will work also. The largemouth bass bite has been solid also with many of these fish averaging 3 pounds and up to 7lbs. Many of the fish we have been catching can be sight fished which makes for great fly-fishing. The water has been crystal clear and the fish have been lying up near the banks.



    I had the privilege to take out Florence for a Snook fishing trip and a Peacock bass trip last week. Florence was 99 years old when I first met her now she is 100 years old and is still active. Last Thursday I took Florence out in search of Snook up in Jupiter. Florence managed to catch 4 Snook, 1 Fat Snook and 3 Common Snook. The biggest Snook was 24 inches and the smallest 17 inches. Florence also caught mangrove snapper, Lane snapper and one puffer fish. On Friday I took Florence out freshwater fishing for Peacock Bass, which she has never seen or caught before. We started off in a cove were the Peacocks have been bedding, we tossed out some shiners and it was on. Florence caught 5 Peacock bass and had a double header with two nice Peacocks that weighed 3 and 4 pounds. The smallest Peacock of the day was 2lbs and the largest 4 lbs. Florence also managed to catch some nice Largemouth bass making for a great day, with a total of 5 Peacocks and 6 Largemouth Bass.



    Well that is the report for the past few weeks if you would like to experience awesome inshore fishing for any of the above-mentioned species. Give Capt. Craig Korczynski a call to book your trip. Remember the Snook spawn is here call now to reserve your dates to hook a trophy Snook. Visit www.PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, or call 561-644-4371. Email phlats1519@yahoo.com


  8. #15
    Captain Dave Hanson (Fishbuster) Guest

    Default Monday, 5/14, the winds were b

    Monday, 5/14, the winds were blowing once again. I advised my anglers, Patrick and Natalie Smith, to fish the bay instead of heading offshore for fear of rough seas out there. We used live shrimp in central Estero Bay to catch keeper mangrove snapper and sheepshead. We had a couple of break-offs that were probably nice reds, but fishing treelines is tough for novice anglers--way too easy to get broken off.

    My Tuesday anglers wanted a full-day well offshore, and with 3-5 foot seas building to 4-6 out there, we decided it would be best to defer that trip until we have better conditions.

    Wednesday, I headed out to 38 miles on a 260 heading from New Pass with anglers, Dr. Paul Martz and friend Christian. We used live shrimp, sardines and cut bait to catch a dozen yellowtail to 16 inches and a few mangrove snapper to 15 inches. We released a 40 inch kingfish, grouper shorts, with the largest gag just 1/2 inch short of keeper-size, triggerfish, jolthead and whitebone porgies, amberjacks to 22 inches, and three bonito to seven pounds (the bonito were caught on spoons.) We saw two mahi-mahi, each about 3 foot long, jump about 50 feet from the boat.

    Thursday, I headed back out again about 37 miles from New Pass, this time with Mike Cole and friend Jason. We caught some nice yellowtail and lane snapper again and kept a few of those for the guy’s dinner, then went catch and release for the rest of the day. We released more snapper, porgies, grunts, triggerfish, bonito to eight pounds, a 26 inch king mackerel, and a 3 foot sharpnose shark. We used shrimp, sardines and squid for bait. The guys had a couple of big kingfish hooked, but had their lines broken before they were boated.

    Dr. Paul Martz and friend Christian LeClerc, who fished offshore with me Wednesday, fished the backwaters on Friday. We had good tide conditions in Estero Bay and plenty of live shrimp in the bait well. We caught three keeper redfish, one 21 inches and two at 20 inches each, and a fifteen inch sheepshead. We fished until the tide started coming in too fast and the water got cloudy, but we had already caught our limit of redfish (see photo.)

    Saturday morning I returned to Estero Bay, this time with Dr. Roland Rivera, his dad Raphael Rivera, and friend Dr. John Jay. We caught two keeper redfish, 20” and 21”, a 13” sheepshead, and some keeper mangrove snapper, all on shrimp. We released a small snook, and jumped a small tarpon about 20 inches long.


  9. #14
    Capt Charlie Conner (Fishtales) Guest

    Default May 17, 2007 Inshore: Lu

    May 17, 2007

    Inshore:

    Luckily, the fish don't realize a windy day from a calm day. If you could get out fishing this week...the fish were there. Looks like these conditions will remain for a little while longer. We did manage a few much needed rain showers this week and the grass is sure relieved for now. Water conditions are cloudy in a lot of areas and remained relatively clean in others. You will have to look around to find some clean water for a few days.

    Redfish were again roaming the flats for us this week. Glen was down and boated a nice redfish this week. Dave was down from New York and boated two nice slot sized reds. We had a few get off on us, but enjoyed the hookups anyway. Look in shallow water to find some redfish cruising. Soft plastics and gold spoons worked best for us. All our redfish this week were slot size fish.

    Trout are feeding early and will move to deeper water as the sun rises in the sky. Top water or live bait usually works well for early morning trout. Clean grass flats are the areas to look for to find some trout hanging around. You can't beat shrimp on popping corks this time of year.

    Snook anglers are catching a few slot sizes lately around the inlet and bridges. Live bait is always the best choice. Most of the fishing has been at night or early mornings for snook. Larger shrimp has been scarce, so pinfish or mullet is a good choice for baits.

    Mike hooked up on a nice flounder on the flats this week. We have found a few scattered around the river lately. Ladyfish and jacks continue to patrol the flats for an easy meal. The jetties have continued to hold bluefish and mackerel along with the usual jacks. Not a lot of action lately on the catwalks. A few reports of snapper and sheephead around the bridges and structure of the river.

    Tip of the Week:

    Memorial Day is almost here and lots of boaters will be heading off on the water. Many don't get out often and this is an excellent time to check out the ol' boat and make sure it is seaworthy. It's never good for a boat to sit and there are too many things that can go wrong. Batteries go bad.....electrical problems can occur.....fuel.....trailer issues.....and many more. Don't wait until you have launched you boat at the ramp and find out you have a problem. The ramps will be super busy and it is better to find out now if you have a problem and get it fixed.....rather than tying up the boat ramp trying to find out why you can't get the boat started. Prepare now and make your holiday on the water an enjoyable one!!

    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

  10. #13
    Captain Dave Hanson (Fishbuster) Guest

    Default The calm winds and seas of las

    The calm winds and seas of last week didn’t hold too long. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday brought strong gusty winds and high seas, which caused me to reschedule my offshore anglers for later in the week. I finally headed out Thursday on a catch-and-release trip with Harry Oleferak. NOAA had predicted two to four foot seas, but I knew they would be at the higher end of that range, with the winds still blowing hard. We stayed close in at the reefs off Bonita Beach, and even there we had three to four foot seas and a steady wind of 15 knots. We used small cravalle jack and blue runners for bait. We caught and released Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, and an eight pound goliath grouper. We also had a bigger goliath cut our line, and a 3 ½ foot barracuda eat one of our blue runners.

    Anglers Eric Harper and Dave Enayert had been waiting since Monday for a day calm enough to go after goliath grouper. The two wanted the thrill of the big catches, and I knew trying to catch those in the rough seas we had earlier this week would be next to impossible. Friday we finally had two foot seas at the reefs, so we seized the opportunity to load up the heavy tackle. We released six goliaths boat-side that ranged from 75 pounds to over 200 pounds. The biggest one was 5 ½ feet long. We caught them all on blue runners and small Spanish mackerel.

    Chris and Yvette Worthington and young sons Hunter and Peyton fished with me Saturday. We started out about 16 miles out of New Pass where we caught some snapper, but before long, the porpoise moved in, so we headed further out to about 37 miles. We caught a bunch of keeper yellowtail and lane snapper for food value, but my anglers also wanted some big fish for sport value. We caught two sharpnose sharks, each about three foot, then hooked a seven foot bull shark that gave us a good fight. We were broken off by something big and fast that I am guessing was a tuna.

    The photo shown is of angler Ed Bosch with a 28 inch kingfish, caught on shrimp last week on offshore trip.


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