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Friday, August 1, 2014

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

As summer continues to bring the daily chance of afternoon rains and thunderstorms, fishing will take the usual second seat to the opening of lobster season. It could be a challenge this year with all the fresh water run off flooding into the area. Visibility might be minimal in lots of areas. Expect lots of boats on the water each day as they head out in search of the spiny critters. Practice safe boating tactics and don’t be in a hurry to get out there. Those dog days of August will continue with hot weather, so take the normal precautions while on the water. Have a great August this year!
Trout and snapper will continue to be the best bite around the river. Top water lures, like the DOA Airhead, fished early, followed by a DOA shrimp or CAL jerk bait will be productive on the grass flats. Water quality will be the key this year on where to fish. Queen’s Cove, Bear Point and Harbor Branch are usually active with trout. South of Fort Pierce has held up well with all the rains we have had lately. Fish shallow early and move to the edges of the flats as the sun warms thing up each day. Look for sand holes on the grass flats. Trout love to sit in them and wait for the tide to bring their food to them. We have enjoyed lots of big trout this year on the flats. This month will provide great weather in the mornings for fishing the river.

Head out to the docks along the river for snook, snapper, sheephead and redfish. Some big fish will be hanging under the shady areas around many of the docks along the river from Vero to Stuart. Fish your lures slowly. If you use the tide in your favor, the lure will remain under the dock longer and give you a better chance at hooking up. Snook will be active around the jetties, bridges and docks of the river. Live baits, Terror Eyz and Bait Busters will all work well for you. As the rainy season continues, try some of the spillways when the water is actively running over them. A root beer Terror Eyz is a great lure around those areas.

Bridges will hold some nice snapper during the month along with some sheephead and black drum. The turning basin should become alive with glass minnows and a variety of predators to feed on them. Again the fresh water runoff will play a part in determining where to fish this month. Everything on the water loves to eat those glass minnows. Fish the edges of the bait pods and you should find some predators hanging out there waiting to feed. The edges of the channel will also be holding lots of snapper around any of the structure or rocks. It’s a great time of year!

Make it a point to keep hydrated and lathered up with sunscreen. Take those precautions early so that the end of your day will be as enjoyable as the beginning. Sunburn or sun poisoning isn’t any fun and can become dangerous to your health. Drink plenty of water or Gatorade. Have fun in August and good fishing!

Sebastian Inlet Report

08-01-14 FRIDAY: FISHING IS SLOW....... 

We have another toasty morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 8 mph, gusting to 13 and there is a light chop on the water. Over the next few days, we'll be keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Bertha that is predicted to be headed our way; hopefully she will stay offshore and just crank up some waves for our surfers and stir up the fish a little bit.

The fishing remains on the slow side off the beaches and jetties. A few more fish were landed yesterday than Wednesday, but it was still very slow. The morning hours brought us about 5 Snapper and an inlet regular landed a 24" Flounder, but that was it for the morning. Tommy Turowski of the Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop said the big Reds were still hitting on the outgoing tide, but they seemed to have caught onto the poppers many were throwing and have been refusing them. Better try something else like live or dead baits as they tend to be scent feeders. Cut bait works well as it is usually pretty stinky, along with dead or live shrimp. Reds can be found on the flats as well, particularly with the heat, you can find them under mangrove shade, docks or pilings.

Our photo today is of a huge 45" C/R Snook caught by 
Alex Torres. He landed it off the north jetty using a baby blue crab to land this huge Snook. After a quick photo, Alex released the fish unharmed. 

From Todd / Eric @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE- Mangrove snapper fishing around area bridges has remained fair.  Small live pilchards, live shrimp, or small chunks of sardines are a good choice for the mangroves.  Keep leaders light and terminal tackle to a minimum to avoid spooking the snapper.  Catch and release snook fishing has remained good, and a few more tarpon are showing up inshore to keep things interesting.  It' still a little early; but a few trickles of finger mullet are showing up.  Won't be too terribly long before the big schools of mullet will be showing up inshore.  Some ladyfish have been showing up at night around the bridges to feed on the small pilchards as well.

SURF/PIER- Lots of bait along the beach, and predators are not far behind.  Lots of snook cruising the trough right now.  Get out early and late for best action on the snook.  Work parrallel to the shore, and don't be surprised to find snook in just a foot or two of water.  Lots of snook in Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets right now.  Mangrove snapper have been being caught at Jupiter Inlet, with the best luck coming at night.  

Thursday, July 31, 2014


10 Common Mistakes In Fishing Line Care

Everyone knows that your fishing line is the most critical link between you and the fish. The slightest imperfection can mean the difference between landing that big fish or being spun into a fit of foul obscenities. After all, is there a more empty feeling than breaking off a big fish, especially on those days when the bites are few and far between?
But caring for your line is probably more about lacking laziness than anything. We get in a hurry, racing from spot to spot, and we often just try to get our rods strapped and ready to run as quickly as possible. Those few seconds of haste can really damage your line and cause a weak link in the chain between you and the fish.
So we thought we should give guys a heads up on some of the common ways fishing line is damaged. Here are 10 things we commonly find anglers guilty of when it comes to compromising fishing line.
1. Missing an eyelet – This seems like such an easy one to overcome but we’ve found with the emergence of microguides that the frames have small gaps between the frame and the actual eyelet. And the eyelet itself is very minuscule. The combination has lead to several rods we’ve seen over the last few months actually have the line running between the frame and the eyelet rather than through the eyelet. We don’t have to tell you how scraping on the sharp edge of those frames can damage your line.
2. Lures strapped too tight – Adding a hook hanger to rods really gave anglers a way to store their rods neatly with baits already attached. However we’ve seen a lot of rods stored in this manner with big kinks in the line. The reason is they attach the lure to the rod and then ratchet down the reel as tight as possible. The top eyelet is pinching a groove in the line as the rod is stored. The longer it is stored, the worse the kink can be, and now there is a weak spot in the line. The solution is to simply not fasten the line down so tight. With the advent of Rod Gloves you really don’t have to tighten everything down so much. Even if the lure pops loose, the Rod Glove keeps it in place.
3. Bird’s nests – we all get them, even professionals. If you fish enough, you’re going to get that “professional overrun” on your reel. It’s no big deal, but as you pull and pick it at, it often pulls loops in the line into points, and the pull against them again creases the line and makes a weak spot. It also will lead to further backlashes as that crease has a tendency to resist as it goes through the line guide. Obviously reels have a lot of mechanisms to control backlashes, but nothing works better than your thumb. The tendency to let the reel handle the line is what leads to backlashes. Train your thumb to be more sensitive and be mindful of changing situations like turning into the wind when casting to avoid more overruns.
4. Rushing knots – This is one place a lot of compromises in fishing line occur. A lot of anglers will get in a hurry to get a new lure tied on or the same lure retied (which is good practice) that they don’t wet the knot and cinch it down quickly causing a friction and burning that can break down the strength of the line. When tying your knots, avoid twisting or overlap in your knots, pull them tight slowly to avoid friction and always wet your line before cinching it.
5. Not retying often enough – We have a tendency when the fishing is fast and furious to just keep casting without ever checking our line. That can be a real problem when the bigger fish are biting. The deeper a fish takes a lure in its mouth, the more the line has opportunity to rub on the rough teeth. Just pinch the line between your fingers and run it from the lure up a foot or two and check for nicks after every fish to avoid that errant break off.
6. Not changing enough – Fishing line doesn’t last forever. That mono from last season is not going to be as good as it was last season. The cheaper the line, the more you need to change it too. Today’s more advanced lines like braid don’t have to be changed as much as fluorocarbon and monofilament. The weather, heat and light can all have effects on the line. If your line is feeling brittle, breaking easily and not casting smoothly you need to put fresh line on before you have a costly mishap.
7. Stored under lights – heat can have effects on fishing line, but studies have shown that light seems to do even more to breakdown fishing line. If at all possible, try to store all your fishing line in a cool dark space. That will prolong its life and keep it fishing like new.
8. Hooking lures to your reel – This is another one of those quick fixes we do when we’re running around on the lake. Not only will the lures scratch your reel, but they digs and nicks in the reel can compromise fishing line. Not to mention a hook swiping back and forth against your spool of line and line guide has the potential to knick your line as you bounce down the lake. Use the hook hanger on the rod. A scratched rod is better than a nicked line.
9. Reeling lures into top guide – this may be one of the biggest pet peeves we have with anglers not caring for their equipment. Nothing will damage a top guide more than reeling a lure into and running down the lake. With advances in weights like Tungsten, a very hard object like tungsten rattling against ceramic as you run down the lake is a recipe for cracking, chipping and breaking of the top guide on your rod. And nothing cuts line like a damaged top guide.
10. Overlapping line – this is a little less common, but we’ve seen instances where line spooled on a reel has been a combination of loose and tight spooling and actually spooled on lopsided so that the line had a tendency to crisscross on top of itself. Then when you wrench it down under the weight of a heavy fish or snag, the line digs into itself making creases and kinks that compromise the line. Try to keep even tension on the line when spooling and keep your tension centered on your rod to get a nice even spool on your reel.
Obviously there are other ways that fishing line is compromised, like fishing heavy cover. It’s imperative to check for nicks, creases and imperfections in your line. If it starts behaving differently like not casting as smoothly or backlashing more, it’s time for a fresh spool of line.
What other ways have you found that line gets damaged?
                                        Catch 365

                     "Think a little bigger..."

While the idea of "matching the hatch" has a long proven fish catching history...sometimes a bait just a little bigger than the prevailing food source will trigger a bite faster.
For Example...When predators have glass minnows packed tightly along the beach a DOA Lures Baitbuster is often the answer to grabbing the attention of hungry tarpon.
Great photo from D.O.A. Fishing Lures

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have another beautiful summer morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 5 mph, gusting to 7 and there is a moderate chop on the water. The NOAA forecast is calling for 1' seas today, which is also the last day of lobster mini-season. 

We received and update from Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty yesterday morning and reported a very slow, hot morning. Arriving at the north jetty at 6:15 a.m., Mike had no problem securing greenies for the morning activities. Unfortunately, there were no activities! Out of 8 or 9 anglers, two people landed one Snapper each and that was all. Mike fished for three hours and left empty handed, which tells us that the fish just aren't biting, Mike rarely leaves without a fish. The hot weather affects the fish like it affects us; they get lethargic with the heat. The bite is usually better during the summer during low light periods or night time. 
Shaun Vasey sent in our  photo today. Shaun was fishing the south beach in the A.M. when he hooked up with this nice 36" C/R Snook. Shaun reported this fish was a lot of fun to catch on light tackle. After a quick photo, it was put back into the ocean and it swam off strong. 

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

   Photo courtesy of Hai Truong @   lure the "Sebile Ghost Walker"

Inshore the red have been up to the north around Harbor Branch with a few trout mixed with them.The beach fishing has slowed down a little with everyone diving but should pick up Friday.