Thursday, November 25, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
My son and myself took a short trip to the Skyway bridge fishing pier, on the west coast of Fla. We had planned to spend a few nights on the bridge, and do some night fishing. I’ve heard a lot of good things about fishing there, but The COLD weather allowed us to only spend Fri. night on the bridge. We left West Palm Beach it was sunny and about 78 degrees. Skyway was in the 50s doing the day, and 40s at night with winds 15-20mph, we were in shock. Sat. finely warmed up to the 60s and sunny.
We were told about a place called Fort Desoto, just a short drive away. What a “Wade Fishing Paradise”.........
By it being my first time there, I found the local bait and tackle shop --- “The Bait Bucket”--- One of the best tackle shops that I’ve ever been in, not because of their selection of merchandise, (they had everything you could ever want) but because of the people who work there.... Ms Jackie, Kevin, Joe, Les and the rest of the staff treated us like we had been coming there for years. They told us what was bitting, Hot spots and what to use them. We had a great fishing trip, we caught grouper, flounder, redfish, and trout, (Good Eaten Slam), all THANKS to The Bait Bucket. I can’t wait to get back over there.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
I was up at Lake Worth Pier today, some blues, macs and a few REALLY nice “pompanos”. There was one that had to be about 14-15” to the fork of the tail. I may need to go to Lake Worth more often. There was only two guys fishing for pomps using fleas that they caught the evening before.
If your out for a good fight there has been a lot of “GOOD SIZE” macs and bluefish, at Juno Pier and on the beaches up that way. They seem to be hitting everything in sight. Whiting, Pompano and a few Cobs there to. I had a nice flounder on at the pier, while fishing live shrimp for the snapper that have been hanging around.( I did say flounder and “HAD” it on ). I was so surprised to see it I set the hook, forgetting I had a circle hook on and the flounder let go about 5ft out of the water.
For you “ NIGHT OWLS ” Juno Pier is open 24hrs, threw the middle of Feb. I will check out the night action and let you know whats going on there..........
There have been a lot of big drum at the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart, a hunk of crab or shrimp should do the trick. Snook are still being caught there to, some big ones I’ve been told. The Roosevelt is also a good place for sheepshead fishing, they should be showing up soon.
There has been snook caught at the Flagler and Lantana bridges at night on live mullet. Take a jacket, it’s been a little chilly out there, also check the tide chart out, snook like moving water.
I should have more info. on whats going on down south in a day or so........
Monday, November 8, 2010
Bah, humbug, I want to be warm not cold. Yes, I know it is good for the Sail fish, Pompano, Blues and Mac’s but I live in south Florida.
This week it was weather, north wind bringing in fifty degrees and six foot seas, great for surfing but I want to fish. All this cooler weather had effects on the anglers but not the fish, the bite was on. In shore and off if you could get bait in the water you had a fish. These cooler temps tell the fish it is time to put on some weight for winter now you just have to be there to feed them.
Off shore the bite was close but as the week move on so did the wave heights of course it will lay down and you need to be there. King in 20’, lots of nice fish, plenty in the 20lb class eating any thing that comes their way. Sail fish were at the 100’ mark and there was plenty, boats were going four for ten or six for eight, trolling ballyhoo a really good push following these cooler days. Dolphin were in between, fish in the fifteen to twenty pound class and you guessed it, Ballyhoo was the bait of choice. Then as quickly as it turned on the weather man turn on that wind weapon, now the fish are still there just that we have to wait till we can get there. Mutton snapper bit was outstanding from forty feet to sixty, now if we can just figure out how to anchor in six foot seas, and yes the Spanish Mac’s are back.
>From the surf it was Blues and Mac’s, Pompano, Whiting and Snook, that was early in the week, those cooler temps move a lot of fish in.
Wind did slow some anglers but most found it work able till the week end then the waves were just too much. Kast Master makes a spoon that is designed to cast into the wind, two shapes and plenty of differing weights for wind and equipment sizes and they work, that is the cool thing. Blues, Mac’s and Snook top catch list biting all day, Pompano and whiting moved in when the above moved out the cycle worked all day. Now I am more than sure they are still there when the seas settle. Spoons or cut bait for the fish with teeth, shrimp, clams and sand fleas for every body else and I will sit here and wait for the weather man to turn off the wind weapon.
The worst the weather the better the Snook fishing leave the boat home and come on down to the bridge, any bridge. Anglers found to many fish, how about multiple hooks up and many were in the slot Red Tails Hawks top the list and if you are going take several because you are going to loose a few. This bite out lasted the anglers but it will change as the weather gets back to normal. Pompano are arriving, the area just north of Sail Fish and the bridges have had some excellent runs, and pesky Trout are every where. Good Red Fish bite and then the wind came and no anglers to take advantage of these poor fish. More and more Flounder on the catch list, oh no winter must be here, change of seasons. Plenty of Blues, Jacks and Mac’s to make you crazy, just that north wind keeps on blowing, look to the flat water. So I guess we will just have to Snook Fish under a bridge, don’t you just hate when this happens, see you there………………………………………………………..HENRY
Monday, November 1, 2010
Starting at the beach, it has been a great week with a long catch list and the best part is any time you showed up there was fish. Plenty of Blues, Whiting, Croaker, Pompano, Mac’s and a few more were there and this was all day. Blues were there through out the day, spoons and cut bait top the bait list and the Mac’s and Jacks were there if the Blues missed the bait. Anglers that preferred the Whiting and Croaker found plenty at their toes, the Blues kept them on the edge most of the day. With all the sand fleas on the beach you know the Pompano would be there. We reported lots of small Pompano over the past few weeks and now here come the keepers, do not forget the ice. Most interesting was the time, any time, depending on your location at some point they would be there, lots of fish all week and a seven foot rod kept you in the game.
In shore the Trout season is closed, so they will be hitting any thing thrown. November and all of December the Trout will get a break, one can still catch but you can not keep, time to take the barbs off the hooks because you and I both know it will be all big Trout, have your camera ready. Red fish, slot Snook and Flounder will be the target if you can keep the pesky Trout away. Red Fish just seem to like the west side of the Indian River, yes you catch them on the east side but the west, around the docks is their favored location, along with some slot size Snook, early is the prime time into mid morning, top water, gold spoons, live shrimp and soft rubber will find them if you can keep those pesky Trout away. Flounder anywhere you find a hole in the grass or the drop of a channel edge, fish the drop, almost to the rise. Shrimp on a jig head, just slide your bait across the bottom, they hit hard so do not loose you grip.
This week end in Ft Pierce is the SKA nationals, lots of boats, lots going on, stop up………………………..Henry