Happy New Year 2021
Enero 01, 2021 Grant-Valkaria 10 fotos
Well another year in the bag and here we go for another exciting adventure. We ended 2020 with some tough conditions. The cold fronts were here, then gone, then back again and the winds have been ridiculous. One day the bite was hot then next not. Some days we were making record numbers catching bull redfish one after another then the next day we were lucky to get a bite. The inshore bite in the lagoon has been pretty slow. The cold weather causes the fish to become lethargic so they really don't feed as well during a front. The water is extremely clear throughout the lagoon. We'd pull up to the mangrove shorelines and spot schools of snook, redfish, and trout but they just don't seem to be hungry. We've been able to pull some ladyfish, trout, some smaller snook and also some tripletail here and there. Slow trolling the channel with silver spoons has produced some decent size spanish mackeral as well. The best part of the month has been big jumbo shrimp. We've been cast netting monster jumbo shrimp in the lagoon. It's a lot of work throwing a 20lb cast net all day but it has produced some tasty treats. Sebastian Inlet has been the go to spot and usually is during this time of year. We've been catching numerous amounts of spotted seatrout, black drum, mangrove snapper, sheepshead, flounder, jacks, bluefish and small redfish fishing the shorelines on the inside, west of the bridge. When the seas and winds cooperate we've been running out around the North Jetty or drifting the channel on an incoming tide for big bull redfish and snook. We started off the first two days of the year catching upwards of 30 snook and redfish within a few hours. A couple days before a cold front and a couple days after a front, normally are the best times to fish. Unfortunately snook season is still closed until February 1st. This time of year the redfish at the inlet are all way to big to keep. We will most likely still have some more cold fronts coming but it just means we'll have to work for it. We might not always catch the monsters but we do keep the rods bent. In memory of one of my best friends and die hard snook fishermen, Blayne Doyle. I now have a bell that must be rung every time someone catches a snook on our boat. That was the one thing he asked me to do before he passed away. Hopefully we can ring the heck out of that bell every trip.
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Other reports from this captain
Other reports from this captain
Hot and Rainy
Julio 1, 2022
June and July are running the usual summer pattern, hot and rainy. All through June the storms have been pretty consistent. Normally we get the first half of the day is sunny and beautiful then around 2pm the thunder storms come in. Lately we've getting a lot of scattered storms all throughout the day. Even though we get a little wet every now and then it hasn't stopped the catching. We've been back at Sebastian Inlet the last few weeks on inshore trips and the snook bite has been fantastic. The outgoing tide has given us the best luck. The snook have been big, hungry, and plentiful out around the north jetty. Go to baits have been pigs, pins, and threadfin herring. Some of the guys have also had some good luck landing big redfish on live crabs that have been floating out of the inlet as well. There was a good run of mutton snapper for a week or two at the beginning of June along the beach and big tarpon have been schooling up along the beach as well. The closer reefs have been holding numerous lane snapper which we've been able to limit out on fairly easy and some decent sized kingfish. Offshore has been excellent, catching good sized mangrove snapper and lots of triggerfish. Almost every reef has been holding at least a couple decent sized kingfish as well. What's great about offshore bottom fishing is you really never know what you're gonna pull up sometimes. Trolling for mahi has been kind of a bust this summer so far. There's been scattered weeds everywhere making it almost impossible to troll. We've hit the red snapper reefs a few times and there was no disappointment there. Those red snapper spots we have are loaded with big thick red snapper. To bad we're only getting 2 days to harvest red snapper this year (July 8th & 9th) cause man we could fill some coolers with ease. The airboat is almost done so soon adding to Whatever Turns U On Fishing Charters will be bow fishing, bass fishing, airboat rides, and gator hunts on the freshwater.
Windy Spring Break March
Marzo 23, 2022
March has been one hell of a month as far as weather goes. We've had a few nice days but most of the time the winds have been kicking up in the 20 plus mph range. This just makes it a little difficult to fish a lot of inshore spots and definitely prevents us from doing any offshore trips. Now don't get me wrong, we've still been catching a lot of fish but it's just been a little more challenging at times. Most of the fishing we've been doing lately has been inside the lagoon just trying to find cover. We're catching a lot of smaller speckled trout with a mixed bag of redfish, jack crevalle, and ladyfish. We're using some artificials but mostly popping corks with live shrimp. The sheepshead fishing around the bridges has been pretty good as well. Sheepshead are some of my personal favorite eating inshore fish and a challenge to catch. Sebastian Inlet is always a go to spot for catching something. If the ocean is to rough outside the jetty we've been drift fishing the channel catching some big bull reds and a whole bunch of jack crevalle. Local Floridians give jack crevalle a bad rap but they are pound for pound one of the hardest fighting fish around and will definitely wear your arms out. To tell you the truth, I've had many of my customers in the last couple years decide to take home some jacks. Everyone has said they are fantastic tasting so who knows maybe us Floridians are just spoiled. The snook bite hasn't been all that great for us lately, we've been in somewhat of a slump on catching any big snook ever since the season started. Hopefully this slump will end soon because I want to start ringing that bell.
Febrero 9, 2022
So far February has been a chilly and windy month. The fishing has really been hit or miss from day to day. Mother nature just makes us work for our catches during these times. The water has been chilly, some days down in the 50's. Yes I know, you northerners think this is hot weather but me being 100% a native Floridian feel the same way the Florida fish do, it's dam cold. The inshore bite has been pretty good for the smaller seatrout, redfish, Spanish mackerel, and sheepshead. The snook really get bothered by the colder water and really don't want to eat at all. We've rolled up on schools of 10 to 15 big 35" to 40" snook in 2 ft of water that just won't touch anything we throw at them. We've been catching most of the trout on popping corks with live shrimp, fishing the deeper channels near the mangroves. We're also having good luck with trout and reds throwing artificial, Slayer Inc. paddletails and Slam Shady paddletails. My favorite bait to catch those slot reds is just a chunk of mullet. It's hard to find any fiddler crabs at the bait shops for sheepshead but those little bitty live shrimp will do the trick as well. Sebastian Inlet has been pretty consistent with big bull reds while drifting on the incoming tide. If it's calm enough to get outside by the north jetty the snook have been hitting a little on the outgoing tide along with lots of bluefish and Spanish mackerel.
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