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Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Whether you have been inshore fishing all your life or just this year, these are three lures redfish love and you want to consider adding to your arsenal.
Probably the all-time favorite of inshore anglers for catching redfish is the gold spoon. It’s a classic, has been around for years and works wonders. However, these three lures redfish love will perform in areas the gold spoon cannot and, above all, you will have a blast smashing redfish on them!
These spoons are a classic but had their time. Today I use different lures to demolish redfish.



This is my go-to in all situations. The claws have a great action, the bait is durable and is capable of being skin-hooked. A lot of companies say their baits are cooked with pork fat and embedded with salt, but not like these. They are literally tasty, like eating salted peanuts. Try one. Seriously, put it in your mouth.
This Wild Thang Craw is tough, durable and can be skin-hooked in order to make it ultra-weedless. This color is Sapphire Junebug.

There are many different colors to be had but I have found that Sprayed Grass is my general purpose color.
I retrieve this lure like a spinnerbait, usually on a 1/8oz swim hook for shallow water with grass and a 1/4oz for deeper water. I like to use Owner hooks but also use Gamakatsu. The best thing about a setup like this is that I can speed the retrieve up or slow it down, and even bounce the craw across the bottom. You just can’t do this with gold spoons.
This lure is great for fishing areas with heavy grass. You can let it sink and retrieve it through the water, but it does best going across the top of the water like a buzz bait.
This Rage Shad is rigged on an Owner hook. Notice how the tip of the hook is under the skin of the Rage Shad. This is called a “skin hook” and improves weedless ability.
We got the idea for this lure from a bass angler who fishes tournaments in Louisiana and abroad. Terry Jones took 1st place in the Dockside Marine Tournament Trail last year and suggested we use the Rage Shad to fish thick grass that not only bass populate, but also tournament-winning redfish.
When grass is too thick to properly present lures, using a weedless topwater becomes an effective method to get fish out. Be advised, this technique requires patience!


Redfish are pound-for-pound some of the hardest fighting fish in the marsh. Slot redfish can get pretty big, weighing from 8 to 10 pounds and it’s not uncommon to land bull reds that are well over 40lbs. Redfish of this class will wreak havoc on an ordinary spinnerbait and that is why we employ heavy duty spinnerbaits hand-crafted by redfish tournament angler, Josh Hall.
Josh Hall’s HD Spinnerbaits are made of heavy duty materials (like 1.6mm thick gauge wire) that can stand up to the brutality of a redfish fight over and over again. Take a closer look below and you will see why.
  I prefer to use a black or purple soft plastic on my HD Spinnerbait. Pictured is a Vortex Shad in Purple Haze.
Add these three lures redfish love to your tackle box and be ready to catch those pumpkins in ways you have never done before! 
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From The Crew @ Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

The snapper bite to the north has slowed a little with some cool water moving in but should pick up when it warms back up. Inshore there snapper fishing has been good around the bridges in Ft. Pierce with a few flounder mixed in live shrimp and white baits have produced well. The inlet has produced a few snook and tarpon at night on live bait with the dock lights holding snook and trout to on the outgoing. The water in Ft. Pierce seems to be cleaner than down south where the beaches are closed and cant go in hopefully it dose not spread up this way.

Sebastian Inlet Report


It's a beautiful morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 5 mph, gusting to 7 and the water is calm. Winds will shift to the Southeast this afternoon and we have a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. There are no NOAA advisories this morning. 

We have a good amount of bait in the water, particularly running along the beaches. The water clears up a little more each day but the outgoing tide is still on the murky side. The incoming cleans it up and that seems to be when the Mangrove Snapper bite turns on. We aren't seeing a huge number of fish but we are seeing variety. Catch and release Snook, oversized Reds, Lookdowns, Margate, Sand Perch and Whiting in small numbers have been coming over the rails.

Our angler of the day is Don Welch of Sebastian. Don fished the north jetty when he landed his 14" Mangrove Snapper using mojarra. The wind was so still that morning, it was a scorcher! Not much came over the rails until the tide switched to incoming, when Don landed this nice fish. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Easy Bake Fish

2 -3 pounds of fish
Spring Onions (Green onions) x 4 Copped into slices
Chilly x 1 deseeded and chopped small or add cayenne if desired
Ginger -2 tablespoons grated
Garlic-3 big cloves peeled and crushed
Shallots  x 3 or medium onion sliced and chopped
Vegetable oil or canola
Corn Flour  x2 tablespoons
Soy sauce x 3 tablespoons
Vinegar  x 1 1/2 tablespoons
Sugar  x 1 tablespoon
2 x large tomatoes finely chopped or a can 1/2  to 3/4 can of finely chopped tomatoes
Lemon Grass x 1 stalk finely chopped (can be bought at asian stores, fresh market etc.)
Cooking Instructions:

  • Fry in oil the onion or shallots ,lemon grass, chilly, ginger and garlic. Add 2 cups of water or use the juice of the canned tomatoes to make a thin sauce.
  • Add the tomatoes, soy sauce ,vinegar, sugar.
  • Stir up and pour over the fish which should be placed in a baking pan in the oven
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 300 degrees.
  • When cooked remove the sauce and  thicken the sauce with corn flour and water. Replace the sauce by pouring over the fish.
  • Sprinkle the chopped green /spring onions on top .
  • Serve with white Jasmine rice and vegetables such as broccoli, snow peas  or Bok Choy.
  • Some people also like to chop up fresh cilantro and sprinkle over the finished dish.
  • courtesy of Beach Fishing Adventures

From David Ronald Hartwell @ Big Dave's Slay City. Land based lessons.

Multi species 101
I love meeting new friends and teaching them to be better fisherman. As you know, teaching people to fish is my passion. I love the chance to broaden somebody's horizons and change how they see things. Seeing somebody making the transition from a bug stinky skunk to regularly catching and not just fishing thrills me to no end.
Getting to the point where you're catching fish on a consistent basis is not something that happens over night. Education and a nudge in the right direction are fantastic tools when learning to fish on a higher level but there is no substitute for time spent on the water. Experience is the best teacher. I learn something new every time I hit the water and that fact is what keeps me coming back for more.
During the endless process that is learning to fish on the same level as the big boys means maximizing your time on the water and doing your homework. Every fish requires different strategies and techniques to target and though the basics can be taught, it is the intricacies and subtleties involved that cannot. These must be experienced first hand.
Now, I have a few tips for you all and they are what I live by. These may seem basic and simplistic but to build up a strategy for targeting a specific species means starting from the fundamentals. Here we go folks.
1) To catch a certain fish you need to have a basic understanding of its biology. Google is a great tool for furthering your knowledge. Researching your target fish's habitat, diet, spawning behavior preferred temperature range and feeding behavior will serve you well in the long run.
2) When you get to the water with some newfound knowledge in hand, use it to make enlightened observations. This means that things you may have overlooked before will begin to affect how you approach targeting specific fish.
3) Fish with the understanding that most fish are only available with consistency during certain seasonal periods. Simply put, you can't do the same thing day in and day out and expect to stay on the fish.
4) Think, "outside the box," experimenting with various baits, lures and unorthodox strategies can break you out of a slow spell.
5) When you do inevitably skunk, instead of just feeling sore and disappointed, try and figure out why you struck out. Sometimes it's only a very small observation that can put you back on the fish during seemingly poor conditions.
6) Remember to be patient, attentive, persistent, level headed and goal oriented.
Hopefully these small tips will help you get on the bite and keep the ball rolling!

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have another beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South at 7 mph, gusting to 10 and there is a light chop on the water. Winds are predicted to switch to the Southeast and increase this afternoon which will feel pretty good with the temperatures reaching the low 90's today. There are no NOAA advisories this morning but we have a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

The water is clearing up a little more each day. The incoming tide has been more productive during the daylight hours for Mangrove Snapper. Early morning and evenings have been producing quite a few catch and release Snook. Lookdowns, Jacks, Blue Runners, Sand Perch, a few Margate and Reds have been coming over the rails in ones and twos. We have good conditions forecasted for the rest of the week, get out and do a little fishing. Try the beaches! 
  Our photo today features Jake Patterson. Jake was fishing the beaches about 5 minutes south of the inlet when he landed and released the 76" Nurse Shark in the photo. 

From The Crew @ Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Inshore the redfish  bite has been good to the north of Ft Pierce around Harbor Branch with a few trout mixed in.The Beach fishing in Ft. Pierce has been good with a few snook and tarpon in the glass minnows and mullet schools.The  Martin County Beaches have been closed do to the  Blue Green Algae washing ashore there is a Beach clean up and save our river clean up July 2nd at Stuart Beach at 10am for those who would like to come help its sad that a Holiday weekend is coming and the Beaches in Martin Country are closed and they are telling people to stay away from the water.Hopefully we can start getting this stuff cleaned up soon before we destroy our pretty beaches and river.
                                               photo courtesy of Capt. Michael Conner