An Epic bite for Adam and Earl on their first time Flats fishing ever in Tampa Bay.

Adam and Earl were very excited to get out fishing on the flats for the first time.  We went out in my 23 Hanson and had them busy with trout on top water.  I made a few cast on larger white baits that were on the flat.  I offered if they wanted to hop out and wade it would be non stop action.  They caught fish for 3 straight hours every bait that hit the water.  Gator trout,  Slot reds and a trophy snook.  They both were slammed out!PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket PhotobucketPhotobucket

One of those days where everything came together perfectly.  They asked is it like this everyday..   They are ruined..

102.5 Bone Fishing tournament aboard the Whiskey Tango with the boys! 2nd place red snapper!

We loaded down the Whiskey Tango with a good crew and chugged offshore 9 knots rigging every rod in the boat.Photobucket PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Bait was stuffed to the gills and organized in the fish box. Photobucket

Steve had us on the spot after 2:00 am and the big red snapper turned on just after the moon began to rise.  It was every bit of 6 to 8 foot and Capt Steve Doss did a excellent job of motor fishing us over the spot.  The bite continued into sunrise and then also the big gags turned on. Photobucket PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket Photobucket

We tried trolling for wahoo with no luck checked a couple other spots on the way in catching more red snapper, mangrove snapper and red grouper.  We ended with 2nd place in the snapper division.

Anna Maria island fishing on the Hells bay with Brad and his buddys from Kansas.

Had the guys meet me at the boat ramp just after sunrise.  I told Brad to have everyone bring wading booties and they showed up wearing them and beer.  I knew it was going to be a good day!  First location we get to we all got out of the skiff and waded.  I had Brad and myself throwing the spook jr and his buddies working the jigs in the pot holes.  I hear I think it's a bass because Brett was used to throwing his zebco catching bass.Photobucket

 Even some big trout on he spook. Photobucket

The tide was pushing in very good so we relocated and started catching redfish and big trout right away. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

 Had a great time fishing with them and they had some nice fish to take back to the big group.  They are already planning on coming down again next year! Photobucket

102.5 Bone Ladies tournament fishing the Hells Bay Marquesa.

Last minute decision to fish the 102.5 Bone tournament took out my girlfreind Caryn, also my buddy Eric and his wife Miechele.   We got the ladies each on a tarpon each which was actually Caryn's first tarpon.  PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Miechele hooked a big fish and we were in for a long battle.  She did a great job and got the leader release going 2 for 2 on tarpon. PhotobucketPhotobucket

We caught a few macks and went inshore Caryn caught a 30 inch red and a trout. Photobucket

Anna Maria Island Kayak Fishing with Eric.

I was making the last of my rounds distributing the Coastal Angler Magazine and decide to splash the kayak in real quick.  PhotobucketPhotobucket

It was very productive a nice close to 30 inch snook and a fat slot size red both on the sebile stick shad..  Went home did some errands and got Eric out for the low tide sun down session.  We caught a lot of reds,snook and trout on the spook.   Very action packed and the big reds actually wanted to be in a foot of water or so.. Photobucket PhotobucketPhotobucket

Tails anyone?

1st Place in Fort Desoto Paddle-Fishing tournament. was holding a low stress kayak tournament.  We met at 6:15 in Tierra Verde bridge to pay and get our indicator. They ended up having 42 anglers fish on a horrible weather day.Photobucket

My first launch I caught a rat red and a 17 inch trout.  I seen schools of big trout and they did not want to eat on the outgoing tide. I relocated to a different launch and there was a few kayakers throwing in the towel.  I was able to get to where I wanted to fish. The trout were very hungry I caught 6 trout biggest 22.75, 2 flounder at 11.50 and 23.75 fat red fish. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

With Tournament fishing everyone is on the same playing field.  So everyone has tough day when the weather is terrible. I took 1st place overall! PhotobucketPhotobucket

Results of tournament check

I was staying out in Fort Desoto campground with Capt Dave and his family.  I kept a few trout and the redfish for dinner on the grill to go with steak.  The kids were very excited to watch me fillet the fish! Photobucket

Nice weekend out at the Fort Desoto Campgrounds.  Also got Van and Jane out in the kayaks Sunday morning.

Anna Maria Kayak Fishing for reds with Jeff

I donated a Kayak Charter to Save the Gulf and Jeff Little of Sandy Paws dog groomers won it! Turns out I actually now him and we have been talking fishing.  We launched the kayaks at 10 and we had a real low tide.  I found some reds and we ended up getting about a dozen reds couple nice trout and 2 flounder all on the CAL jigs. He was happy to learn!PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket Good afternoon on the water.  If you need your dog groomed check out his site

2nd Place in Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament

The Calusa Blueway tournament was held down in Matlacha which is a cool town in Lee county. If you haven't been down there I recommend it a nice place to get away! My good fishing buddy JD and I fished together we just launched right out the back yard of the house we were staying at. We had a serious North East wind from the cold front. Right off the bat Jd and myself picked up a couple trout.  We kept moving and found the redfish in the sand holes and was able to get about reds 6 through out the day on the gold spoon.  Found some small snook up in a creek and was able to get a few to complete the slam. JD did well too he just couldn't keep his snook on the hook.  We seen a Eagle on a oyster bar which was pretty cool. Ended up taking 2nd place and getting a $500 check! Nice bonus for a weekend get away fishing!PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Always sad to leave Frank's shack down in Matlacha.. PhotobucketPhotobucket