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Friday, August 26, 2016

From The Crew @ Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

The Snook and Tarpon are still being caught in the inlet in Ft. Pierce and there have been many Tarpon caught at the power plant. There have been a few nice Reds caught pitching the mangroves with mirrodines and super spooks in the morning around Little mud. Reports of a big school of Finger Mullet have been spotted in Stuart.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

It certainly has been a wet week for the Treasure Coast. It was a challenge some days to get out and beat the storms. Looks like that will be the norm this week again. Plan your adventures carefully and check the weather before you get out. It's still hot as August always promises and will be that way for a while.

With some low tides, the best bite has been around the inlet and turning basin. Bonito, mackerel, jacks and ladyfish are following the glass minnow schools in with the tides and it's been crazy. You can bet there are sharks around as well.  I enjoy this month with all different fish that you can catch.

The snook bite has been good at night and early mornings. Top water, DOA Bait Busters and live bait can get you a good bite. There have been quite a few tarpon coming in with the tides. First light is a good time to try for one. Try the mangroves for a chance at a redfish or try a top water lure on the grass flats in early morning. It's great living on the Treasure Coast!

Keep hydrated and use plenty of sunscreen this time of year. The heat can sneak up on you and knock you for a loop!

Sebastian Inlet Report




We have added a new feature to our web site. Under "Useful Links" we've added the Sebastian Marine Forecast. Northwest winds are blowing at 10 mph this morning. Hurricane Gaston in the Atlantic is beginning to stir up the wind and will bring us some needed rain. Right now he is predicted to weaken before gaining strength again, and then veer off to the Northeast. That is good news for us although local showers can develop quickly and pack some high gusting winds.

Mangrove Snapper remain the draw for our jetty anglers. We've had a real good Mutton Snapper run this summer too. C/R Snook are hitting, oversized Reds, Blue Runners, a few Spanish Mackerel and Whiting are in the surf. 

Our photos today are courtesy of George Olmo of St. Cloud. George reported when he was out with friends over the weekend, the Mutton Snapper bite was on fire. George agreed to tell us where he is from and that he was free-lining live shrimp but he won't disclose his secret spot and we can't blame him! George lost three Mutton Snapper; the first was devoured by a Barracuda. After that, four nice ones were landed along with a Porkfish. 

Photo one is of George with one of the Mutton Snapper and photo two is of his catches that day.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area

     There is great action in the surf along Jensen Beach throughout the day, although early morning and evening are best. There are big schools of jacks and a big number of whiting and croaker. Tarpon and a few snook can also be snagged.
     The inlets of the Treasure Coast are still filled with snook, and there’s a great trout bite in the Indian River. A few tarpon can be found out in front of Little Mud Creek and Big Mud Creek, and there are mangrove snapper around the docks and seawalls.
     Jacks and snook are biting during the early-morning hours in the surf along Jupiter. 
The expected storm this weekend will likely force the finger mullet south and into the area, which should improve the beach fishing in the area.
     Snook, snapper and jacks are all holding in and around the Lake Worth (Palm Beach) Inlet, and small numbers are also showing up in the surf. The occasional tarpon can also be spotted rolling in the surf along Palm Beach.
     In the Intracoastal, there are snook cruising around but not in big numbers. If you’re fishing inside in and around central Palm Beach County, the best bet is targeting snapper and jacks around the bridges.
     Anglers fishing around the Boynton Beach Inlet are reporting big schools of snook. There are tarpon around as well, along with snapper, jacks and permit. These may also be spotted along the beach (the snook bite has actually been excellent in the surf early in the morning), but inside the inlet seems to be the hot spot.

     The south end of Lake Okeechobee has been great for catching big numbers of bass, especially early in the morning. The offshore islands are still very productive, and live shiners and topwater artificial lures are both working well.
     For best results, be on the water by first light and back on land by 10 a.m. Once the sun is up and the temperatures rise, the bite is pretty non-existent.
     Crappie, bluegill and catfish are also being caught.
courtesy of Palm Beach Post

Sebastian Inlet Report



We had a little bit of rain early this morning and we could see more throughout the day. Winds are blowing out of the North at 9 mph, gusting to 10 and there is a moderate chop on the water. NOAA is calling for 3 - 4' seas with a dominant wave period of 5 seconds. The Gulf Stream will build to 5 - 6' by tonight, creating hazardous conditions. 

The bite has been decent, particularly for summer. We've seen a good Snapper bite, Mangroves and Muttons, C/R big Reds, big Jacks, a few Spanish Mackerel, a few Bonito, Lookdowns, Blue Runners and C/R Snook. The bait situation is changing; greenies have thinned out, glass minnows are scarce but there are a few mullet in the water. 

Our first photo today features Charles Nuduba who made the drive over from Winter Park. Charles was fishing the south side using small greenies on light tackle when he landed three C/R Snook and three Mangrove Snapper. Charles reported many Eagle Rays in the water that day. For the record, Charles has never landed a Snook in season, the proper size in the past six years. You are not alone Charles, many of us know that feeling. All the Snook were released unharmed.
  Our second photo features Jeff Loveday of Palm Bay. Jeff was fishing near Coconut Point on the south side of the Park when he landed the C/R Snook using a red and white diving bomber. The Snook was released unharmed. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

How To Choose A Fishing Rod

Fishing poles are an important piece of the puzzle to catch fish. In its simplest form they are used to throw the line out with a hook at the end of it. Rods have been used ever since man has figured out it is a better way to fish than just holding a line ... technology advances and we now have more options than ever for us to pick.

Fishing rods will vary in length, taper, action (also known as flexibility) and power. The basics run down to this: You want a rod stiff enough to not break when you are fighting a fish, but flexible enough that your line doesn't break if you put to much tension on the rod. Above all, pick a rod that you feel comfortable with, one that will suit your needs for the fish you will be targeting.
Rod Length
Pretty self explanatory, the longer the rod length, the longer cast you can make. Rods generally range from 6' to 8.5'+ but most rods are made from 6.5'-8', most common being the 7' rod which is a good all purpose rod. If we were to fish from a pier a longer rod 8'+ will give you that extra distance that could make a difference, where as if you were fishing in tight mangroves a 8' rod could make it hard to cast. Choose your length based on your needs. 
Rod Action
This is where many get confused. The action of the rod is simply how much of the rod bends when you put pressure on it. There are three generally accepted types of rod action 

The more the rod bends the slower action. A fast action rod will bend about one fourth the distance between the tip of the rod to the butt (very bottom of the rod.) Where as a a slow action rod might bend as much as 2/3rds of the total rod length. The girth or taper of the rod will also play a role in the action and power of the rod.
The taper of the rod is the diameter of the butt (bottom) of the rod in relativity to the tip. The point where the rod shows a strong difference in thickness is where the taper begins. The taper also determines the rods action.
The old saying of, "there is no such thing as too much power" does not apply here. Rod power like the action of the rod goes by 3 steps -- Heavy, Medium and, Light. Rod power is based off how much weight a rod can lift, power is closely related to line strength. A heavy rod is good for heavy line, and light rod is good for light line (its not rocket science.) Understand that there is some leeway, however a light line can get snapped by a heavy rod and a light rod can get snapped by a heavy line.

A couple of things to keep in mind. Like anything else there are tradeoffs and no single rod will do everything.
The action of the rod — where the bend starts — affects the casting process. Slower rods bend more, which means you can throw a lure or bait farther. But the greater bend also means you have to pull back farther to set the hook after a fish bites.
Fast-action rods offer an advantage when setting a hook; since the bend happens farther away from the butt (in the top one-fourth), more of the rod is stiff — which means you don’t have to pull back as far as with a slower-action rod.
Casting something very light needs a little “snap”; too much snap, however, and you’ll throw the hook one way and the bait another. The right combination of action and power should match the line weight, bait or lure, and conditions you’re fishing at any given time.
A topwater lure might require less setting power than a live bait fished on the bottom near a bridge, or near oyster bars in three feet of water. (This is at least partly because of the sheer weight of water.)
How to Choose the Right Rod Blank
This is the framework for the entire rod, consider it the skeleton of the rod. If we think of the blank in this sense we can see it is the most important aspect when choosing a rod. It gives us the power needed for a solid hookset and it gives us the action needed to cast light lures and baits. There are 3 parts that make up the blank.
Graphite (or fiberglass) - Graphite is the most common rod building material today. The graphite is made in extremely hot 2 stage process, one to create tensile strength and one to create the stiffness of the rod. The more heat put into the material (3000+F) the higher the modulus. The modulus is the relationship between the rods stiffness to the weight ratio of the fibers used to make the blank. This is why we have ratings such as IM-6(six million modulus per part), IM-7(seven million modulus per part) ect. NOW the important thing to keep in mind is that you should not compare rods of different manufactures using this rating system. There is no industry standard on the IM rating system to be able to use it as a benchmark between different blanks and each manufacture uses their own type of graphite. However when comparing rods of the same manufacture a blank with a IM-6 rating will be heavier than a IM-7 blank. Since the IM-7 has less material and a tighter molecular compound it will be lighter and more sensitive. There is a tradeoff though, a rod with high modulus will have a lower strain rating, making it more brittle. Some manufactures like G-loomis and St. Croix specially engineer their high modulus rods with a high strain rating (best of both worlds)
Scrim - After the main layer of graphite is made a second layer of composite is put on perpendicular to the fibers of the graphite. This layer is called the Scrim, the purpose of the scrim is to hold the lineal graphite strains together. Most of the rods use fiberglass for this layer of the rod however some manufactures will use other composites like carbon fiber or kevlar. The idea behind using carbon fiber or kevlar is again to create the strongest and lightest rods.
Resin - The black magic "glue" of a blank. This is how the different layers of the rod are held together. Not to much is known about the resin as each manufacture will have their own. I know that rod manufactures use different formulas of resin as it can reduce weight and make a more durable rod.
Single piece vs. multi - A multi piece is easier to travel with but when looking at them remember that you want it to feel like a single piece. You don't want the rod to feel like it is in multiple pieces (or have them become multiple pieces) when you have a fish on the line!
Most rods built today have a single taper from the butt of the rod to the tip, but we are starting to see an increasing amount of manufactures who are building compound taper rods. If the taper is adjusted in different places of the rod they can effectively change the action and power of a rod while keeping a smaller blank.
Most of the guides today will be a metal frame with a ceramic insert. The most common coating companies will put on the ceramic in the guide is SiC or Silicone Carbide. This coating allows the line to easily slip through the guides, it is a super smooth surface that reduces friction on the line, less friction equals less heat, which can deteriorate line over time. The general idea is the more guides the better (more expensive), the line will cast better and bend more constant through the length of the rod allowing it to use all of the power available in the rod blank for longer more accurate casts as well as more power when fighting the fish. The only downside is the slight increase in weight, but honestly the difference is negligible. For example a decent 7' rod should have about 9 guides on it where as a cheaper rod might only have 6 guides over the same length. There are also double footed guides (attached to the blank at 2 points) and single footed (just attached at the bottom point of the guide) The double footed guides are generally nicer because it have more contact with the blank as well as more strength against abuse but a well built rod does not necessarily have or require double footed guides.
Some rod manufactures have started to use a new type of guide made of titanium-nickle called Recoil by REC, they resist deformation and cannot corrode. These guides are still fairly new but people that use them seem to like the amount of abuse they can take without breaking as well as the sensitivity the design gives to the fisherman. The only downsides are that they are noisy when using braid (some feel that the noise can be heard above and below the water via transmission of vibration in the line) and that casting distance is reduced slightly due to the design

The Seat
Not the one you sit in, but the one that holds your reel to your rod. Most of todays high end and mid range reel seats will be graphite with a cutout to the blank to give you better feel of the rod. Though handle construction is a must in todays age. Back in the 20th century (haha) rod manufactures made rods by gluing the blank to the rod seat, most all of todays rods have the rod seat that sits at the bottom of the blank, but is still part of the blank. Cheaper rods will use non padded metal reel seats that can rust over time (not a good thing) try to stick with graphite or other composite reel seats when choosing a rod.
The only other thing to keep in mind when choosing a rod is that each rod is still hand made, when you find a rod you like check each part for quality even though you might find 2 of the same rod one might feel better to you than another. Choose a rod that suits your specific needs and your price.
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Scouting Around Sebastian Inlet

We have a warm summer morning at the inlet. Winds are barely moving out of the Northeast with an occasional gust of 2 mph and the water is calm. It looks like we will have nice boating weather over the weekend. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating as conditions can change very quickly. 

We have seen a decent Mangrove Snapper bite that was confirmed by Bob Green of Vero Beach. Bob fished the north jetty yesterday afternoon and landed a total of 10, keeping his limit of 5. He kept throwing the smaller 10 - 11" Snapper back, hoping for some bigger ones. He got his wish with five in the 12" - 15" range. Bob said one nice Mutton Snapper came over the rails and one Summer Flounder was landed. 

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported all the glass minnows are gone, the greenies have scattered and there's not many in the water now. A few finger mullet are swimming around. Blue Runners, Jacks and Spanish Mackerel round out the catches. 

Our is of Bob Greens Mangrove Snapper he landed yesterday afternoon.