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Fishing Forum Just To Much Teeth Fishing Today!


Barracudas, Sharks & Moray Eels! Oh My!

With my truck down i haven’t fished for awhile. Today i had the chance to go Spin-Casting & Chunking Baits using Bait Bags. I first tried a new prototype grub from Completely Hooked Lures today, the “Hīnālea” on my Okuma T40X rod & Shimano Stradic 3K spinner. This grub mimics the color of the Saddle Wrasse. On my 5th cast spin-casting i had a Barracuda tear into the grub almost destroying it all the while avoiding the hook. I only had 1 more proto-grub but decided not to use it because i only had the 2 prototypes, and with a hungry cuda around i wasn’t going to waste it.

So i broke out my Daiwa 13’3″ Ballistic with a Shimano Ultegra 10K for chunking whole frozen shrimp using Big Vic’s Bait Netting to form bait bags. After a hour passed the rig took off for 5 fast seconds. A powerful hit that looked like someone was hanging on the rod’s tip! Then it seemingly let go. I reeled it in to discover a mutilated bait bag that was shredded. I deduced it must’ve been s large shark as this area is famous for large females giving birth to their pups there. For years i’ve used these bait bags but never seen a bag shredded this badly, it was falling apart in my fingers.

This day ended badly with no more strikes. I just felt blessed to be out on such a beautiful day. When i walked out on the flats to reel my line in i felt something soft on my toes. I looked down to see a large Greenhead Moray Eel just swimming over my toes. At least he came back to get his picture taken & i never moved since it appeared non-aggressive in nature.

Some days you catch, other days you just enjoy the view. Just wanted to share my day. Thanks.

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Fishing Forum : Saltwater Fishing Forum: Saltwater Fishing General: SW FL-Bonita Beach: June wrap-up


It’s slow season here in SW FL, and also rainy season, so fishing trips are less frequent, but still productive for gamfish and food fish.

On Tuesday morning, 6/5, I fished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with Rick and Patty Mason. They used live shrimp to catch four keeper mangrove snappers and released eight short mangs. Patty also released a 24-inch crevalle jack, and got broken off a couple of times by larger fish.

Friday morning, 6/8, I fished with brothers Ashton and Noah Lockhart and their friend, Joey Beech, in southern Estero Bay. The guys used live shrimp to box a 22-inch redfish, a 14-inch sheepshead, and a keeper mangrove snapper. They released a few short mangs and a 16-inch crevalle jack.

Photo: Joey Beech with a 22-inch redfish.

Logan and Keely Foley fished offshore with me, 22 miles west of New Pass, on Sunday, 6/10. The couple used cut-bait and squid to catch a dozen keeper lane snapper to 13 inches. They released two mangrove snapper shorts, twenty-six red grouper shorts to 18 inches, and ten sharpnose sharks, all 35 to 40 inches long.

Peter Halunen and son, Clayton, fished 24 miles west of New Pass with me on Monday morning, 6/11. We had to head out a couple miles further to get away from the abundant, fish-stealing sharpnose sharks! We used cut-bait and squid to catch and release ten of those, all between 35 and 40 inches long. The guys also released over thirty red grouper shorts to 18 inches, along with one short mangrove snapper. They were able to load the fish box with fifteen lane snapper and a few grunts, and released six additional lanes that were short of keeper size.

Gregg Runge and his son, Jacob, fished in spots ranging from 25 to 36 miles west of New Pass with me on Wednesday, 6/13. The guys wrestled and released a 9-foot sandbar shark that bit on a blue runner. They also caught and released a few more blue runners, including one big one at 4 pounds. A nice king mackerel followed that, at 29 inches. Red grouper were biting well, but all were short of keeper size, so we released about thirty of those, which bit on cut-bait and squid. The guys caught a dozen yellowtail snapper, including one 14-inch keeper. They added to the fish box eight keeper vermillion snapper and fifteen keeper lane snapper to 15 inches. They released twenty additional lanes that were smaller keepers since they had no need for that many fish. They also boxed eight of the eleven porgies they caught.

Photo: Jacob Runge with a 29-inch kingfish.

Mike and Sheryl Polite, joined by their daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Brady Marburger, fished is southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with me on Thursday morning, 6/21. The family used live and frozen shrimp to box three keeper sheepshead to 16 inches, along with two keeper mangrove snapper, out of twenty snappers that bit. They released 16-inch crevalle jack and an 18-inch snook.

The next time I got out fishing was on Tuesday, 6/26, with Mike Piascik and his two sons, John and Chris. We fished in spots 18 to 22 miles west of New Pass, using squid and cut-bait. The guys boxed fourteen keeper lane snapper to 14 inches, along with a dozen good-sized grunts. They released fifteen red grouper shorts to 17 inches, and battled two sharpnose sharks and a big sandbar shark.

On Wednesday morning, 6/27, I fished offshore, 20 miles west of New Pass with Alan Chud and Nigel Hollidge. The guys used cut-bait and squid to catch and release fifteen red grouper shorts to 18 inches. They also got into some Spanish mackerel, and boxed seven of those, all around 24 inches long. They added to the box ten keeper lane snapper to 12inches, and released eight additional lanes that they had no need for.

Saturday morning, 6/30, I fished offshore with Sherri Kemp, her son, Lane, and his girlfriend, Haley. We started out fishing about 18 miles west of New Pass, but the dolphin showed up to compete with us for fish, so we moved out to 22 miles, where the family used cut-bait and squid to box twenty keeper lane snapper. They also released fifteen red grouper shorts to 19 inches.

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Fishing Forum Deep Sea Fishing Fort Lauderdale Topshotfishing Happy Day Today


 
Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

Chris and Christy Done, along with their son, Kevin, and friend Katherine Humpreys, all locals, chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The family was looking for good fishing action, and that is what we set out to accomplish.

We left the marina, and once we got out past the jetties, I made a right and headed to the south of Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We headed out to about four miles to the southeast of Fort Lauderdale, where there had been some decent fishing action the previous day, and started fishing. We put out our best spread of four surface lines, which included three Ballyhoos and one surface chugger bait and two deep plainer lines – one with a 3 inch blue spoon and the other with a sea witch in front of a double hooked Bonito strip.

As we started trolling the reef, we soon started getting action. The long plainer rod started pulling drag and fish was on. Kevin was our angler – he grabbed the rod and started reeling in a Kingfish. Kevin brought the Kingfish to the side of the boat – Joe, our mate, wired 80 feet of leader line, while reaching over and grabbing the gaff. He gaffed the Kingfish, pulled him into the boat and into the fish box. This action was repeated over and over for the rest of the trip.

With a total of 10 Kingfish, two Bonitos and two big Blue Runners, it was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316. At the dock, Joe filet out the fish for the anglers to take home and enjoy for dinner.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. – 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com.



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Fishing Forum Winter/spring puget sound beach fishing


Hi,

I have been in Seattle for a few years, but since I didn’t grow up here, I don’t know many of the fishing opportunities, especially in the winter or spring. I was wondering if and how salmon can be caught by casting from the shore in Puget Sound during the winter and spring. I had also heard about sea-run cutthroat fishing from the beach. What type of lures would you cast for them, and when and where can they be caught?



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Fishing Forum Contour Action Cameras For My Fishing Videos!


Contour Action Cameras For My Fishing Videos!

Since i started making fishing videos i’ve always used Contour Action Cameras. These light-weight easy to use units were highly recommended by fellow YouTube creator Joe Olivas of WWJ “Whipping With Joe” of Kauai. For years i’ve been asked if i use GoPros or other outdoor action camera brands and how i rig them to make my videos.

I’ll show how i’ve adapted these units to be used day or night above & below the water. I use a combination of Contour’s Roam 2 & 3 for my filming needs. Latter this year the new Contour 4 will be released. So Daniel T of Contour sent me a few new additional Roam 3 units to help me keep filming with additional switches to upgrade my older units.

To properly use these units for my fishing videos i do need the following accessories to help make this happen-
Neutral Density Filter (day shooting)
Contour Headband
Extra micro sd cards (class 10 up to 32gb)
Selfie stick (for C&R’s)
Headlamp(s) for night usage
Filming tripod (if needed)

Contour’s Roams are extremely light weight and very easy to use. A popular unit for skiers & bikers to hunters & explorers. To set the internals (ie Video, Audio, Lighting & Lights) you need to first download Contour’s STORY TELLER Version 3.6.1 (Mac & PC) at-
https://store.contour.com/pages/story…

There are many “How To’s” on YouTube on operating & trouble shooting your Contour unit. There are many action cameras out there for the outdoorsman or woman. For me you can’t beat the cost or ease of operation of Contour’s Action Cameras. Now go & have fun!

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Fishing Forum Atlas Mike’s Miracle Thread vs Anglerdream Bait Thread!


Which Nylon Bait Thread Is The Best To Use?

For years i’ve used Atlas Mike’s Miracle Thread for securing soft baits like fish & shrimp for chunking baits from the shoreline. It prevents the bait from being dislodged from the cast & limits the “little critters” from chewing the bait off before something big comes along. Just tightly wrap the stretchable nylon thread around the bait several times & pull the last wrap to dig the line in before snapping it off. Easy peasy.

Recently i found another similar brand dubbed Anglerdream Bait Thread. It also does the exact same thing that Miracle Thread can do at a fraction of the cost. Both nylon threads stretch & is invisible underwater. They both also come in supplied plastic tubes. So what are the differences?

Miracle Thread comes in a 100ft spool while Anglerdream length is 100m (328ft). Also the price of 8 vials of Anglerdream Thread is roughly that of 2 vials of Miracle Thread. The only difference in the actual product is the thread diameter of Miracle Thread seems to be slightly thicker. I used both products in the field and found nothing wrong. Both nylon bait threads held up extremely well during casting.

I still have a few vials of Atlas Mikes Miracle Thread that i got from Walmart so i will use them up. I’m sold on the newer brand Anglerdream Bait Thread simply due to the price difference & that the box i bought will last a lifetime (providing my fishing buddies don’t watch this video & start asking for vials).

It’s just a matter of personal preference which bait thread you prefer. No right or wrong answers here. For me handling & using these 2 products my mind is made up. Good luck to all out there!

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Fishing Forum Shark, grouper, lots of lanes & lots of rains!



Winds and seas have been erratic, and the NOAA forecast has often been unreliable recently. I canceled a trip based on a small craft caution and 4-foot seas prediction on Tuesday, 5/1/18, and I believe it would have been quite calm offshore, from what I saw of the wind action that day. On Thursday, 5/3, seas were predicted to be calm, but they were choppy when I headed out with Dave Carey, George Siambones, and Steve Wanner. We stopped at the near-shore reefs first, hoping for some action there so we would not have to venture into choppier waters, but there was little to no action there. We ventured out to about 6 miles and caught one short mangrove snapper and one short lane snapper. After releasing those, we headed out to 12 miles, where we caught three keeper lanes. Our final destination, 15 miles west of New Pass, yielded a couple more keeper lanes to 13 inches, along with four nice-sized grunts. So the guys ended up with enough food-fish. As for thrills, they battled and released two sharks: one five-foot hammerhead and one 35-inch sharpnose.

Jayne Muschett and friend, Neil, fished 23 miles west of New Pass with me on Friday morning, 5/4. They used cut-bait and squid to catch thirteen keeper lane snapper to 13 inches, and they kept two 13-inch grunts of the nine grunts that they caught. They also released thirty-two red grouper shorts.

Vince Rosetti and his son, Mike, fished 19 miles west of New Pass with me on Friday, 5/11, and did well using frozen squid for lane snapper. They boxed 26 keeper lanes to 14 inches, along with a half-dozen 13-14-inch grunts. They released a dozen red grouper shorts, along with a 4-foot blacknose shark.


Lots of rain moved into the area over Sunday and Monday, 5/13 and 5/14 and, though the rain is desperately needed, it did cause my offshore trip to cancel on Monday.

Tuesday, 5/15, remained unsettled, and Wednesday began with rain, but had some clearing mid-morning. So, on Wednesday morning, 5/16, Tom Maby and his girlfriend, Allison Smith weighed their options for fishing offshore versus inshore, and decided to give the gulf a try, near-shore. The couple used squid and cut-bait to catch and release four sharpnose sharks to 40 inches, along with 22 red grouper shorts. They boxed six Spanish mackerel to 24 inches, along with five of the fifteen grunts they caught.


Tom Maby decided to fish again on Thursday, 5/17. Allison had her fill of choppy seas the day before, so Tom went on his own this trip. We dodged rainstorms a good part of the morning, and got out to 22 miles from New Pass, where we used squid and cut-bait to box fifteen keeper lane snapper and a half dozen grunts. Tom released a few red grouper shorts to 17 inches.

After several days of rain and stormy weather, I got back out fishing on Wednesday, 5/23, when I headed offshore 21 miles with Phil Marcianati and Reid Wisniewski. The guys used squid and cut bait to land a dozen keeper lane snapper to 17 inches. They released two dozen red grouper shorts to 19 inches, along with five 14-inch triggerfish and a 36-inch sharpnose shark.

John Teichgraeber and his mom, Heidi, fished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with me on Friday morning, 5/25. They used live shrimp to box a 21-inch redfish, three keeper mangrove snapper, and a 13-inch sheepshead. They released four short sheeps.

After another couple of rainy days, I got back out offshore on Thursday, 5/31, when I fished 22 miles west of New Pass with Fred Gettelem, Jerry Wolper, and their friend, Chip. The guys used cut-bait and squid to box twenty-four keeper lane snapper to 16 inches. They released eighteen red grouper shorts and a 35-inch sharpnose shark.

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Fishing Forum Charter Fishing Ft. Lauderdale Topsh0tfishing Happy Day Today Shark


 
Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

Chad, Randy, Pete, Ramon, Anthony and Tyler from South Carolina, chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started the morning trolling the reefs with three surface lines and two deep lines. We had nice conditions with light easterly winds but there was a lot of sea weed. It was a little difficult to fish because of the large weed clusters.

We started working the reef from shallow to deep waters searching for fish from 100 feet of water to 300 feet of water. We got our first bite on the deep plainer line. As we were bringing in the fish, something larger got the Tuna and we only brought in a Tuna head. We will never know what got a hold of it, but it was probably a Shark or Barracuda.

We continued trolling, and got a nice bite on the plainer rod in 150 ft. of water, which turned out to be a Bonito. Lines went back in the water, and we worked the reef going over wrecks and rock structures off of Fort Lauderdale. The deep plainer rod went off again, and we got another Bonito.

The guys wanted to try some Shark fishing, so we brought in our trolling spread and went out to deeper waters. I rigged three baits and set them out in different depths – surface, midrange and bottom. All of a sudden, drag started ripping out of the bottom rod, and a Shark was on. Chad was the angler and started fighting the Hammerhead Shark. After an awesome fight, Chad got the Shark to the side of the boat – we took the hooks out and released the Hammerhead. Great job on catching that Shark, Chad!

It was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. – 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com.



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Fishing Forum Whopper Plopper Lure vs a Hungry Bird!


Whopper Plopper Lure vs a Hungry Bird!

Years ago i had a seabird pull my tuna jig out of the water behind my boat but he dropped it back. Today a large Heron type of bird dive-bombed my River2Sea Whopper Plopper 90 surface plug and got stuck on it. Luckily a father & son was fishing off to my left and it took all 3 of us to safely release this angry fowl. He even came back to either stare me down or thank me.

It was a weird day for birds. I took my sandwich out for lunch and a bunch of ducks attacked me, biting my feet & toes. Then a goose chased me as well. I was whipping/spin casting this canal that my buddy Mark Gates showed me this month. Earlier i found a sandy beach that had sardine schools being chased by predators but decided to return in the evening because nothing was hitting.

I left home at dark, returned at dark. No fish or “fish stories”, only tall bird “tails”. Lol! When i returned to the area where the sardines were, there was no activity. The 2 guys next to me did catch a Trevally & a Barracuda. My legs are sore from walking through the sand at night to parking aways from this area as well. Also hungry as i gave half of my food to a homeless guy.

Not one of my better days but it was nice to be outside.

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Fishing Forum POP “Pacific Ocean Producers” Marine Expo 2018!


POP Kicking Off National Safe Boating Week!

What a way to kick off 2018 by attending POP’s “Pacific Ocean Producers” Marine Expo 2018 in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii! Inside the massive store had sales going on. Outside had local & international vendors showing this year’s newest items before it hits the shelves. So what companies were present?

APPAREL
AFTCO/Guy Harvey, Anetik, Costa, Finn Addict, Grundens, Hawaiian Style, Helly Hansen, Hinano, Local Motion, Pelagic, Peter Grimm, POP, Salty Crew, Sunlines Eyewear, & Xtrastuff.

FISHING
AQA, Ande, Berkley, Black Bart, Cousins Tackle, Cressi, Daiwa, Fenwick, Fin-Nor, Mustad, Nitro, Okuma, OPI, POP, Penn, & Shimano.

BOAT CARE
ACF-50, Blue Sea Systems, Corrosion Block, Dutton Lainson, Interlux, Jabsco, Nautical Paint, New England Rope, Polyform, Racor, Rule, Salt Away, Seasense, Sikkens Paint, Starbrite, & Volvo.

OTHER COMPANIES
Aussie Box, Big Green Egg, Bradley Smoker, Dexter Russell, RH Forschner, Kershaw Knives, Kiawe Hawaii, Liferaft & Marine, Leatherman, Pelican, Smith Sharpeners, Texsport, Worksharp, & Yeti.

(Also 50 More Misc Vendors & Products)

For the kids there was a snow pool of powdered ice. Fishing games. Free hot dogs & bottled water for all. Beautiful breezy trade wind weather all day made this Expo a big hit! Also you had Uncles Fish Market & Grill & Nicos Pier 38 across the driveway for lunch.

The best part of the show for me was meeting Mr Jeff Robles of Okuma Fishing. Jeff explained the NEW releases of the “Hawaiian Custom Rods” coming out this year to meet the demands of Hawaiian anglers! The 2 new Ulua GT 13′ casting rods (Heavy & Med Heavy) & the 3 new Menpachi rods at 10’7″/12’/13′! Can’t wait to try them out.

A huge “thanks” goes out to the staff of POP “Pacific Ocean Producers” for hosting this popular event. A special thanks goes out to Danford Hong & Sukil Suh for taking time off their busy day to educate me on the Expo.
http://pop-hawaii.com/

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