Friday, November 29, 2013

Flounder Fishing Part 5

Story courtesy of Chickenboy of

Iwould like to share with you how to catch more flounder.  If you follow my specific instructions I guarantee you, you will catch more flounder.  

Here goes:
1.  Hold your mouth right, if you ain't holding your mouth right, don't even go fishing.  If you are stressed out or under a lot of pressure from work or family or whatever - stay home - cause you ain't catching no flounder this day - it takes patience.

2.  Flounder bite 3 ways - I said 3 ways, not 1, not 2, but 3 ways.  Now pay close attention and don't think you know it all.  Just keep reading.   I am trying to help you.

3.  Flounder bite 3 ways.
Thump or
Thump Thump or
Dead Weight - Meaning it is like you are reeling in a brick or something - no thump - just dead weght

4.  DO NOT SET THE HOOK when you feel a 
Thump or
Thump Thump or
Dead Weight

5. DO NOT SET THE HOOK when you feel a 
Thump or
Thump Thump or
Dead Weight

6. DO NOT SET THE HOOK when you feel a 
Thump or
Thump Thump or
Dead Weight

7.  When you feel a 
Thump or
Thump Thump or
Dead Weight
then immediately release your bail on your reel and






for a minimum of 30-45 seconds

8.  Then slowly tighten your line to determine if the flounder is on there.

9.  If so, set the hook and let the fun begin.

10.  If the flounder is not on your hook, throw in the exact same place, because flounder don't move around that much.

If you follow the above instructions you will greatly increase your flounder catches.

It is now July 16, 2013 and I am updating what I wrote above.  I wrote the narrative "How to Catch Flounder" several years ago and I feel like it is time to update it with any new findings.  I am amazed as I travel the Gulf Coast doing fishing related trade shows that so many people ask me how I catch so many flounder.  I simply tell them exactly what you just read above.  The amazing thing is most fishermen believe if they feel a bite that they "have" to set the hook.  When it comes to catching flounder, setting the hook immediately is not what you want to do.  Thus I count slowly to 30 or 45, most times 45 or even longer.  Many times I count to 60 before I test my line to determine whether the flounder is on there or not.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Flounder Fishing Part 3

Wading For Flounder

From Billy Bones Bait n Tackle Stuart & Port St Lucie

As for fishing we all have been fighting all this wind and weather . We expect many freshwater Anglers so "RIGHT NOW " so we do have minnows at both locations. This is about the best time of year for "Live Shrimp" they are the best in size now and very lively and we have had some real nice shrimp lately.
The Drum bite is still happening at the Roosevelt Bridge but there have been some nice Sheephead n Snapper mixed in as a matter of fact I have never seen so many Lane Snapper as we have this past year in the river. I did hear of a few Triple Tail at the channel markers throughout the river for Anglers fishing the Markers . Try a Shrimp tipped Jig ( I really like the Wahoo Jigs we now have in stock the hook is nice and SHARP)  There has been some Pompano moving into the river and off the beach . I ordered Doc's "Goofy Jigs" I talked to Doc he had an accident and is blind in one eye . WE at BILLY BONES wish Doc a speedy recovery and he has some help making jigs  and our order has been already placed  !!
     There has still been a good bite on Snook but some days are slow the cooler weather will trigger a better Jig bite . As for a mixed catch  , Mike Beath reported good action north with some Snook, Trout a a few Redfish too all on swimbaits and live Shrimp 

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have a change in wind direction this morning; winds are blowing out of the West at approximately 25 mph. The change in wind direction is giving us a much needed reprieve from the erosion that has been taking place on the shoreline and is also providing a small swell for our surfers. We have some surfers in the water this morning, as always, use caution when casting into the surfing area. The wind is predicted to die down a little this afternoon and hopefully will be less into our Thanksgiving weekend.

The Black Drum bite continues to be the best action at the inlet, for our shore based anglers. Reds of all sizes are biting, a few Blues, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano and Flounder are hitting too. Snook and Tarpon have been the most active during low light periods. 

Our photo is courtesy of Sean Strahlo, owner of a new company called Salty Roots. We've been seeing the decals around, but we have been known to hang out with some pretty fishy people! They hope to launch their web site before Christmas. In the meantime, check out a couple of their fun videos on YouTube. "Tarpon Insanity" is aptly named. Sean took today's first photo of his buddies David Howering and Ryan Hambel with a huge C/R Red landed on the incoming tide using a live croaker. 

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Ft Pierce
Inshore yesterday was ok for those who could get out of the wind there has been some nice trout around Queens Cove to Round island D.O.A Cals and live shrimp have produced well. The snook fishing has been steady at night around the bridges and dock lights with live bait on the out going tide
A few pompano have been caught on the sailfish flats.  Inshore snook have been caught around Jensen causeway on the incoming tide.  Trout have been reported on the west bank near Walton road and some big redfish have been caught around big mud creek.  

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sebastian Inlet Report


Wish we had better news, but it's the same old story. High winds and rough seas. Winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 25 mph. There is a small craft advisory in effect through Wednesday evening. Waves are crashing over the jetties and we could see rain off and on all day today, so it would be a good idea to take rain gear if you head to the inlet today. 

We have a cool front headed our way, just in time for Thanksgiving. Black Drum continue to be the best bet at the inlet. Reds of all sizes have been active, a few Blues, Sheepshead and Flounder have started to make appearances. Snook and Tarpon have been active during low light periods.
 Photo one is of Glen Hanscom of Saint Cloud one of two good sized Mutton Snapper he landed. Photo two is of 
Luke Vila of Kissimmee. Luke and his brother James fished the inlet using live shrimp to land the oversized Red landed by Luke. James broke his reel trying to haul in a monster Red! Luke released the Red unharmed right after the photo. 
John Maldonado is in our last photo today. John and his Uncle were fishing the north jetty when he landed two undersized C/R Snook and his Uncle landed an undersized C/Red. 

Flounder Fishing Part 2

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierc

Well, the windy days continue again this week on the Treasure Coast. We did get some much needed rain finally. November continues to be a windy month for us, but you can always find someplace to fish. Water temperatures continue to fall into the low 70’s and that means slowing down your lures to get the best opportunities. Fishing will be good throughout the month. Have some fun out there!

With the cooler water around the area, look for trout to be in three to five feet of water. CAL jerk baits or DOA shrimp are great in these conditions. Work them very slowly for your best success on the trout. Fish the mangroves for redfish and snook with DOA shrimp or my favorite, CAL paddle tails. The 411 color in the paddle tail is a good bet on the redfish this time of year. There are still lots of snapper around the river. Most are small, but there are still plenty of keepers to be caught. 

                             photo courtesy of Eric Gates - The Freight Train Fishing Charters

Nighttime snook fishing around the jetties and bridges has been good for those using live bait, feather jigs or TerrorEyz. The pompano have started their trek into the area now and you should be hearing more about their whereabouts as they continue to arrive. The jacks and bluefish have been cruising around the river and inlet lately. It’s been a productive month in spite of the windy days!

Snook season is winding down and will close on December 15th so you still have a couple weeks to get that slot fish for dinner. The slow speed zone in the Fort Pierce channel between the north bridge and below the south bridge is in effect and you should remember that it is slow speed all winter through that area. We are fortunate to live in such a diverse fishing habitat and can enjoy the great fishing around the Treasure Coast. Do your part to keep it clean and take all your trash to a trash receptacle each time you are out on the water.

Monday, November 25, 2013

                         Flounder Week 

All this week I will be dedicating to one of my favorite Fish to catch and eat........

Sebastian Inlet Report


We're not sure what happened to our wind gauge, but believe us, the wind is howling out there! Winds are blowing out of the East between 23 - 28 mph and there is a small craft advisory in effect through Tuesday afternoon. 

Saturday wasn't as windy, but Sunday was a blow-out. Even so, there were some Black Drum, Reds, a few Snook, Sheepshead and Jacks landed. Flounder are being landed on the flats. The water temperature is starting to dip down and we should start seeing more Blues, Flounder, Pompano and Sheepshead.

Our first photo today is courtesy of Robert Pumarada of Orlando. Robert took this photo of his sons, Ivan (L) with a slot Red he landed on finger mullet and Dylan (R) with a fat Spanish Mackerel. Both fish put up quite a fight, but the men prevailed at the end. They don't mind the hour and a half drive to the inlet; they enjoy fishing the north jetty so much!

Our second photo is of Kemal who fished the north jetty and landed 10 Reds between him and a family member, all were out of the slot until late in the day when they both managed to land a keeper. They were using shrimp and finger mullet. Kemal is pictured with an oversized C/R Red. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Native Tackle - Sebastian

                                         Photo courtesy of  Mark Naumovitz -

The trout bite has been outstanding, fish the mangroves, bridges and around the spoil islands. Along with the trout, the reds have been coming in over slot size!  Some slot snook and over sized slot are being caught around the docks and mangrove edges in the evening and early morning. The sheepshead and black drum have been prominent around the docks and bridges. The snapper bite has remained good as well around the docks and bridges! A lot of anglers are having fun with the jacks and blues this past week!  
Despite the winds and rough conditions, the bite has been outstanding.  Snook, tarpon, redfish, pompano, trout, black drum, sheepshead, flounder, blues and jacks has been the catch this past week!
Spanish mackereljacks, blues, pompano and whiting has been the bite this past week! 

Sebastian Inlet Report


Conditions seem to be calming down a little, but we're not looking for a lot of improvement any time soon. Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 17 mph and gusting to 20. The water is choppy and there is a small craft advisory in effect through 4:00 p.m. today. From 4:00 p.m. through this evening, there is a small craft advisory for hazardous seas in effect. Be sure to check the NOAA forecast prior to going offshore this weekend, conditions can change very quickly out there, better to be safe than sorry.

Black Drum remain the best bet at the inlet, along with some big Reds and a few slot sized, slot and oversized Snook, Jacks, Catfish, small Sharks and Flounder are starting to find their way to the inlet. Most have been between 2 - 4 lbs., but we have seen one nice doormat (see Monday's report) landed by Ryan Roberson. 

Our first photo today features Hans Escobar with a nice Red he landed near the north jetty while free-lining live mullet. 

Nancy Tu of Orlando is featured in our next photo today. Nancy landed her 30" slot Snook using live shrimp. Nancy and her husband David also fished the inlet on the 11th and they both landed slot Snook! 

A few things are going on at the SISP this weekend. Saturday at 10:00 a.m., there will be a Ranger guided Hammock Walk on the north side. At 1:00 p.m., at the Fishing Museum on the south side, will be a presentation on flounder fishing. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

From Henry @ Snook-Nook - Jensen Beach

So this week I will leave the weather man out and talk about fishing in the wind, I will adjust.

Lets go to the beach, this north wind and north east wind means bring the twelve foot rod out, see I am adjusting. Anglers need to ready for the long cast, the cast that will get you away from the white water, I know the surfers love this wind. As the wind blows it will lower the water temp and the Blue and Macs will come with it. With the east wind the edge will be turbid, lots of sand moving around weather man, preferred bait will be cut baits. These species hunt with their nose and they will follow the scent, they will find the bait. Spoons have to be seen and in the turbid water it can be difficult thank you weather man. That twelve foot rod will put you in the zone for Pompano and there has been a few small fish but legal. So get your self a bag of finger mullet, some four ounce sinkers and come on down, our winter species have arrived. With seas running 3’ to 5’ and close together I don’t think I will adjust, young mans game and I am old.

                               Photo courtesy of Erick Thompson/Balls Deep Fishing Team

Anglers fishing east side of the Indian River and the South Fork were talking about the Reds, over the slot Reds. With overcast days we have had any time was a good time, using small gold spoons and soft rubber baits. 
Plenty of Trout in the area of the power plant, sheltered flat water using suspending lures and shrimp jigs again any time was good, over cast skies. Plenty of Blues, Jacks and Lady fish to keep you busy and then the bridges. All week it has been the location with all of the above and Drum, Sheephead, Mangroves and Snook with all the right conditions. On the north side Snook they love strong currents, on the south side it is Drum and mangroves, prefer the quiet water but in the middle of it all it is Blues, Mac’s throw in a few I have forgotten, lots of rod benders.

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Inshore the trout and reds are still around Queens Cove on the outgoing tide with a few nice snapper around the channel edges on live shrimp. 
The flounder fishing has been ok in the inlet on the incoming tide live mullet and shrimp have been the bait of choice. The snook fishing is still steady at night on the jetty and around the bridges on the out going tide.There has been reports of some pompano starting to show up around in the inlet Buccaneer and wiggle jigs in pink and yellow have been working well.

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have rough conditions at the inlet again this morning. Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 20 mph; gusting to 24. Waves are breaking over the rails of the jetties; rain gear would be a good idea if you head to the inlet. There are dark clouds hanging over the inlet as well and there is a good chance for rain off and on all day today. A small craft advisory is effect through this evening and a small craft advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from this evening through Friday afternoon. 

Tommy Turowski of the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that Black Drum are the main attraction. This morning, he heard that Catfish, small Sharks and Jacks were coming over the rails as well. 
Our first photo today is courtesy of Zeb Kinser of Kissimmee. Zeb (R) and his dad Bruce (L) have been fishing the inlet every Sunday for the past three weeks. The men managed to land two slot Reds at 24" and 27" in the midst of a mullet invasion on the outgoing tide. 
Eric Easterling and his brother Colton fished the south jetty last Saturday when they hooked up with a couple of Snook on the incoming tide, but unfortunately, they evaded capture. A group of young people started fishing and having pretty good luck, so the brothers decided to help out the next generation of anglers land their fish. The kids landed over a dozen Jacks, a Flounder and the oversized C/R Red in our second photo. Eric didn't get the young man's name, but the catch was quite impressive, way to go! Eric also sent in our third photo, of a man who hooked up and landed a 5' Black Tip from the tip of the south jetty. Eric reported that the photo didn't capture the Shark very well, it was a nice one. Thanks Eric!
Our fourth photo features Steve Bozutto of Vero Beach. Steve fished the north jetty on the 6th when he landed the 17" Black Drum in our fourth photo and the 25" slot Red in our fifth.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Ft Pierce
Inshore fishing has been good around Bear point to the power lines with some nice trout and a few snook topwater at first light has produced the best. The jetty fishing has been ok with some snook around and a few tarpon at night and some nice flounder and reds in the day time.

Snook fishing around the bridges on the incoming tide throwing bucktails has been good and should continue thru the week and could be your best bet with all the wind.  Use first light of red tail hawks in the 2 oz weight with 40-60 lb leader, cast up current and work them slow off the bottom.  Trout fishing has continued to be red hot with some gaters being caught up toward the power plant, live shrimp or doa airheads, cals, or shrimp in the rootbeer and holo patterns will work for these fish. 

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have an overcast morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the East at 16 mph, gusting to 24 and the water is choppy. A small craft advisory is in effect through Thursday afternoon, conditions are not good for boating.

Black Drum, Reds, Snook, Tarpon, Sharks, Flounder, Sheepshead, Sea Trout, Margate and Jacks are all active at the inlet. Black Drum seems to be the best bet for our jetty anglers. 

Speaking of Black Drum, check out our first photo today of 14 year old Leore Genoune and his dad, Meir of Boynton Beach. The duo fished the north jetty reported a rather slow morning, but they couldn't complain. The ended up with two good sized Black Drum, one that was 20 lbs., a slot Red that was 25" and a handful of Blues, Jacks and a few short Pompano that were returned to the water. 

Photo three features Luke Vila of Kissimmee with a C/R Redfish. Luke and his brother James fished the inlet and landed Sheepshead, Margate and Snapper in addition to the Red. The men released all the fish unharmed. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have a gorgeous morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 5 mph and the water is calm. Unfortunately, the no see 'ums are out in force, be sure to take insect repellent if you head to the inlet. 

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported a nice Red and Black Drum bite over the weekend. A lot of Jacks were in play, along with a few  Flounder and a couple of good sized ones. We are still seeing some schools of finger mullet swimming in and out of the inlet. 

Just when we said no doormats had been landed yet, we got proven wrong by one of our faithful anglers! Check out our first photo today of Ryan Roberson with a beautiful doormat and a nice Speckled Sea Trout. Ryan says they are out there; you just have to know where to find them! 
Photo two features Kathy Roberson, with a multi-spotted Redfish she landed that was 17", one inch short. It was released right after the photo. 
 Photo three is of 
Jim Slopsema with his Black Drum.

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

 Ft Pierce
Inshore the snook bite has been steady on live bait at night in the inlet also , The bridges have been good to with jigs on the outgoing tide to. The trout and redfish bite has been good up around Queens Cove with some nice trout in the 6lbs range D.O.A Cals have been producing the best. The jetty has had some bluefish and some flounder on the incoming tide.
                     Photo courtesy of Richard Gray-Snookman's Rods

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sebastian Inlet Report


We are seeing a good number of Black Drum and good sized Jack Crevalle according to Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. Blues are starting to make an appearance along with some smaller Flounder, but no doormats yet. We've had reports of Snook, Tarpon, Reds, Sharks and Pompano over the past week. Thanks everyone for sending in your photos and updates, we will be reformatting the photos today for the fishing report next week! The forecast is calling for lighter winds this weekend, we may see some rain on Saturday, but that may just help the bite. Get out and wet a line!

Our angler of the day is Jim Jarvis. Jim got out and battled the elements off the north jetty last week when he landed this good sized Jack. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Ft Pierce
The inshore fishing has been good with Trout and Redfish where you can get out of the rather stiff wind. These fish have been caught on any of the soft plastics, such as the DOA, and Gulp baits. The tarpon bite in the inlet has been good with fish caught on the whole outgoing tide. The snook bite has been getting better with some fish caught on feathers near the bridges.

 Inshore fishing will heat up over the next couple of days with this front in full swing.  Those fish that had lock jaw yesterday with the cold snap should be accustomed to the change and ready to eat.  Find a flat or mangrove line that is sheltered from the high winds and cast either doa shrimp or 1/4 oz cals in the golden holo pattern or the watermelson holo pattern.  Try the new shrimp we just got in by savage gear, they are scented and have an incredible life like action to them!  Cast 2 oz bucktail jigs around the bridges for snook at night.  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Tip From DOA

The cold fronts are starting to roll in so look for a change in fishing patterns. Try to plan your trips the day before or even the day of the front and two or three days after for best results. Also as the water temp drops, plan to start your days a little later instead of those dawn mornings and sleep in a bit and hit the ramp around 9 or 10 am. Start in deeper water and work your way shallower as the sun comes up and warms the flats. Residential canals will be one of my go to spots throughout the winter. Start in the middle of the canals early and move to the docks and sea walls that face the sun they will be the warmest. One of my favorite baits for dock fishing is the DOA shrimp. Cast the shrimp deep under the docks and allow for plenty of time for the bait to hit the bottom. That’s were the fish will be don’t make the mistake of making a great cast and then taking the bait out from under the dock before the fish has a chance to eat it. Once the sun is up and the flats have warmed, the DOA CAL curl and Shad Tail will help you find the big trout in the area. The Airheads are also a great choice especially if there is grass on the surface. Remember to be safe and keep an eye on the weather fronts can approach quickly and you don't want to get caught out in front of strong weather.

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierc

November is always a super month to catching spotted sea trout. The bite has been very good this month and should continue to improve each week for anglers. Tactics are a little different from the summer months due to weather conditions and temperature changes on the water. Water temperatures have already dropped in to the mid to low seventies recently. Fish tend to become more lethargic as the water cools down and are more apt to sit and wait for the food source to come to them with the tides. Finding the right water temps can increase your productivity as winter continues on its way. Changing your tactics and improve your success on the water. A few degrees warmer than surrounding water can make a huge difference.

                                                                         photo courtesy of casting Tails

Trout will hang out in three to six feet of water most of the time, but will move shallow to catch the rays of the sun to warm up. Watch for grass flats with lots of sand holes scattered on the area and you should find the trout. They love to sit in those sand holes and wait for the food to wash across the flats. It allows them to feed without much effort on their part. Targeting the sand holes will give you better odds at finding fish. Areas like Bear Point, Harbor Branch and Queen's Cove have always been great trout flats to target. Working your lures much slower will allow you to fish these spots longer and give the fish a chance to make a decision on striking your bait. DOA shrimp, Deadly Combos or soft plastics like CAL Air Heads are excellent choices for wintertime trout fishing. The key to success is working them slowly!
Windy days will continue this month as winter fronts move through the area. Expect each front to bring us closer to wintertime. Fishing will be good the rest of November and provide you with a good variety of fish to catch. Hopefully this winter is like the past few years and give us some mild weather to enjoy. We will see before very long. Have fun and get out fishing soon!

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Inshore if you can get up by the mangroves out of the wind there has been a few snook and reds at first light and a few big trout mixed in. The daytime snook bite has been ok  with live bait around the bridges and in the inlet. 

                                                                                          photo courtesy of Trey Waller

The snook bite at night is ok on jigs at the jetty if you don't mind putting up with the wind.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Ft Pierce
Inshore the snook bite has been good in the inlet on live bait during the day on the outgoing tide. The trout bite has been steady around Queens cove on the outgoing tide on soft plastics with a few reds mixed in. The beach fishing has picked back up with the mullet showing back up with snook, tarpon and jacks in them windcheaters live mullet have been producing the best. If your looking for a snook rod come on in and check out Phenix blanks we have them in 8ft, 8.6ft, and 9ft perfect for a jig throwing rod from the boat or the jetty.

 Inshore snook have been caught around the seawalls and docks at night, toss a live mullet against the wall and a large shrimp or DOA shrimp up under the lit docks.  Fishing around the power plant has remained good with redfish and some gator trout being reported the last couple days.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Inshore redfish were reported on the sailfish flats and and trout have been thick up around hermans bay!  Fishing will be limited the next couple days as this front pushes high winds in the 25-35 mph range and cooler temperatures, but should break and leave the weekend with more favorable conditions

From Henry @ Snook-Nook - Jensen Beach

This week was another week that fell victim to the weatherman’s scorn. Just because he can not get off work he wants to make sure that that we do not get his share of the fish.
Surf has been questionable changing from day to day and hour to hour. Yes it
is Blue Fish weather and the cool mornings put plenty of Macs in the mix. Every day being a 3 or oz. morning to get over the white water. One needed that weight in each pocket to keep from blowing away. Anglers that braved the weather found fish on cut baits, these fish hunt with their nose and the cut bait puts out the scent that they are looking for.
Heard about Whiting and Croaker and a few small Pompano but to be honest not
to many anglers showed at the surf edge, may be this week will differ. East wind gave anglers the excuse they wanted to fish the North Fork and South Fork on the St Lucie rivers.
Always a go to get away from the wind with its curves and treed shore lines and Reds and Snook tot eh south and more Reds and Snook to the north watch for the Mullet was the key. Plenty of Spanish Macs south of the 10 cent bridge and Trout in Willoughby Creek, sorry no Pompano at Hells Gate but Mother Nature is back in control this could be the week. East shore of the Indian River has been home to many including Blues, Macs and Jacks and lots of short Snook on just about any thing you wanted to cast. No special time that east wind kept a lot of water in the river. Bridges continue to be the place if you don’t mind the wind and those big and bigger Snook bending your rod and all those anglers at the Roosevelt it is Black Drum a plenty. So many you had better know the limits, the Game Warden does.
Starting to sound like a broken record maybe next week some Pompano......