Cobia in the Keys with
The Gale Force Twins / GFT
Family Fishing with Lewis and Cherlyn Arnold
On The Cover - Kellie Bisson
Inshore Adventures with Skye Burkhardt
He Shot his friend to save his Life - By Capt Bo George
Dogtooth Tuna in
FFM Family - Shawn and Laura Thompson
On The Cover - Kellie Bisson
Fishing with Kellie and Keith PG 3
He Shot his friend to save his life - Capt Bo George PG 7
Dogtooth Tuna in Indonesia with Stephanie Lynn PG 14
FFM Family Shawn and Laura Thompson PG 28
Family Fishing with Cherlyn and Lewis Arnold PG 34
GFT - Gale Force Twins PG 42
Freshwater reports with Southerland Outdoors PG 47
Inshore Adventures with Skye PG 52
Lauren Euverman PG 68 Readers Features PG 76
Hubbards Marina Reports and More
In This Issue
When did you start fishing?
I started a little later in life, about 6 years ago at 25. My boyfriend Keith (who is now my husband) was curious to see if I would be interested in fishing so he brought me on the Sailor’s Choice Party Boat in Key Largo. Despite the rainy and windy conditions that day, once I caught my first fish (a nice size Margate) I was instantly hooked. The next day I made him take me on both the morning and afternoon trip on the same boat. We have spent nearly every weekend fishing since.
What is your favorite way to fish?
I love bottom fishing for Mutton Snapper and Grouper on the reef. Initially you need to fight the fish hard to keep it from rocking up, so it is always a fun challenge.
Where is your favorite place to fish?
I love the versatile fishery of the Florida Keys. Every year, weekends from May through November we travel to Islamorada. Whether running offshore for mahi, tuna, or even swordfish, going shallow water backcountry for snook, trout, and tarpon, or hitting our favorite shallow water lobster spots, there is always something that you can target based on how you feel for the day.
What is your favorite thing about fishing?
My favorite part about fishing is definitely the people you meet and the bond you share from your experiences. I never had many girlfriends growing up, I was always one of the guys. But being part of the fishing community has introduced me to so many respectable women that share a passion for fishing and have become lifelong friends.
What is your most distinguishable catch so far?
My first billfish, a 250lb Blue Marlin that I caught in Quepos, Costa Rica. It took me 45 minutes to bring it to the boat. Although he was so excited for me, it was probably Keith’s biggest “first fish is yours” regret.
What is your dream fish? Black Marlin
What advice do you have for anyone who wants to get in fishing?
Patience, patience, patience. Nobody wakes up an experienced angler. Getting into the sport can be intimidating, but as long as you are always ready and willing to learn you will be successful.
What advice do you have for anyone who wants to get in fishing?
Patience, patience, patience. Nobody wakes up an experienced angler. Getting into the sport can be intimidating, but as long as you are always ready and willing to learn you will be successful.
He shot his friend to save his life
Captain Bo George
As a Captain and one who has heard many stories and seen many things, I think the one thing that amazes me the most is the ability of “sacrifice”we as humans have for one another.
I know that sounds crazy in a world and generation of self- centeredness, but is it really that crazy?
If your friend was dying, would you sacrifice yourself to save them?
Take for example the story of
Cameron Kirk Connell
And his friend Steve Bennett.
You may have heard of Cameron before, he is a very successful spear fishermen around the world, but we’ll get into that later.
I had the privilege of speaking with Cameron today, we are trying to plan a spearfishing episode with him on our up coming series,
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During our conversation this story was brought to my attention.
Its a story of fast thinking
Heroics, and determination with a lot God’s grace to pull it together, here it is in Cameron’s own words...
We Were diving in 180 ft of water with a friend Steve Bennet who is a 21 year old from Tarpon Springs. We were diving on an area of broken bottom in strong current from an anchored boat. Making one dive down and getting swept away each time before swimming back to the boat and resting to make another,
he dove to down and was on his way back to the surface, I watched and he looked fine and regretfully, left the surface myself and headed down. I dove and while I was down at 75 ft his gun floated past me,
I immediately looked around and saw my friend upside down drifting unconcious and convulsing about 60 ft away at that same depth.
With a strong current and no one else in the water, I had one chance, so I ditched my weight belt and swam hard towards him extending the gun to shoot him. I was well past my breath hold limit and knew that there was no point of us both dying but there was only this one brief glimmer of hope to even get his body. I knew I couldn’t get close enough to be confident in penetrating the meat in his leg so I wound up shooting him in the fin, I
headed for the surface and was as close as I have ever been to blacking out in my life. Before the dive, by pure luck we had secured my gun to a huge fishing reel on the boat in anticipation of me shooting a 100 lb Cubera snapper which we had seen at depth.
I screamed for the boat to cut the anchor line and to reel up my gun because it had my friend Steve on it.
Suffice to say and despite my yelling trying to get them hurry because Steve had drown and we were about to have to perform CPR on him they continued at a normal pace having no idea the gravity of the situation.
We pulled him to the boat and he was completely limp, bleeding from his eyes, nose, mouth and ears and was completely blue.
I put him on the back of the boat and checked his vitals immediately found a faint pulse and no breathing. From freedive and medical training, I opened his airway while talking confidently and softly to him and blowing lightly across his cheeks, which triggers the breathing reflex like a new born. within the first minutes and just before I was going to start rescue breaths, some foamy blood leaked from the side of his mouth and I turned him on his side and supported him, so as to ease the flow of fluid from his lungs.
A short while later he sputtered a bit and was able to take in what I would estimate was a 1% capacity breath.
20 seconds later he made another one and expelled more foamy blood from his mouth and nose.
With each sputter, he expelled more and more, within 10 minutes he could take about a 15% breath, but was still completely unresponsive and from what I could see, in a comatose state with only his body barely functioning.
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During this whole time we are on the radio with the coast guard and are still 70 miles off shore.
After 15 minutes he started to slurr and for the first time was able to squeeze my hand slightly, letting me know that he could hear me.
From there I sat him in my arms and over the next 20 minutes as we sped in as fast as the boat would go, he regained more and more motor functions and was able to talk more and more. Forty five minutes from the time it happened and still 55 miles off shore we rendezvous with a coast guard helicopter, which airlifted him to Tampa General hospital.
He had severe lung damage but is alive and has no noticeable brain damage. He is stable and will live a lot happier having not been shot in the leg or having sunk to 180 feet never to be seen again.
This was the best shot I have ever made...
This is the single heaviest thing that was ever happened to me or any diver I’ve ever talked to.
Throughout the ordeal, if I was looking at it from the outside I would have told anyone with a 99% certainty there was no chance he would ever regain conciousness or be able to be recovered from that depth, or the fin would have stayed on, or the second diver would have been able to get him, or the fin would not have split.
Once in the boat… the worst sight I’ve ever seen. NO one should be able to live through that, but the human body is an amazing thing and that he was able to came back, is a miracle.
Thank your lucky stars tonight because it is possible for everything to align perfectly and work out sometimes.
Told you it was an amazing story...
As time passed Steve made a full recovery and continued on to play football for the University of Florida. Today he owns his own insurance company and resides in
Tarpon Springs, Fl.
As for our friend Cameron, he hasn’t slowed down at all.
After receiving the Silver Lifesaving Medal from the U.S. Coast Guard for the rescue, it was presented with an award. Senators, Congressman, Admirals and Generals stood while they read the story, the presenting admiral said in his 35 years of service he’d only presented the medal twice, both posthumously..
Today, he is the owner of Spearfishing with Cameron Kirkconnell, he has worked with the National Geographic and the Discovery Channel and has set 18 personal World Records Spearfishing, 30 World Records for clients, he has Unlimited tonnage Master Mariner, he the coach/captain of Team USA Spearfishing which is sponsored by Saltlife, Papas Pilar, Yeti, BubbaBlade, Plantation Ford, and Mercury Marine and runs guided trips worldwide putting clients on the fish of a lifetime...
How’s that for a resume?
The most exciting thing...
You can dive with him and go Spearfishing yourself...
Don’t know how? He can train you here’s how you make it happen.
You can contact Cameron at
Or email him at- firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget to follow him on Facebook and Instagram
Be watching for our episode and interview with Cam in the near future.
I’m Captain Bo
I’ll see ya out there !
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Scratch One off the Bucket List
Dogtooth Tuna - Stephanie Lynn
There is no better feeling than crossing the #1 fish off your bucket list!
Sometimes people give me a hard time because I have been spearfishing for a less than two years. They say that my goals are too big and my bucket list is too long for someone so new to the sport.
My response to them is "dream bigger."
Since I started spearfishing, a whopping 1.5 years ago, the #1 fish on my bucket list has been a Dogtooth Tuna. I quickly became borderline obsessed with the idea of shooting one of these fish and started doing my research on location, habitat and seasons to best position myself for success. For me, Dogtooth Tuna are the ultimate bucket list fish for a number of reasons. They are notoriously one of, if not the, hardest fish in the world to spear. Dogtooth tuna swim deep, in waters with ripping currents and are found in some of the most remote places of the planet. The risk factors when targeting these fish are very real. Long days of deep diving with surface current, down drafts and limited visibility can be a recipe for disaster if you are not prepared physically and mentally. On top of that, they are known to be one of the strongest fish. Easily pulling down your floats, wrapping your shooting line on the reef and disappearing off a deep ledge with all of your gear in a matter of seconds. However, once you land them, they provide some of the most delicious meat there is. Big risk= big reward.
To shoot a Dogtooth tuna it takes months, if not years of preparation. Preparation in terms of diving ability, travel ability, and equipment. First, you have to be able to get to where they are! After doing my research I decided to join Cameron Kirkconnell, one of the worlds best spearfishing guides, on a trip to Indonesia. After 30 hours of travel, and 6 days enjoying Bali, I jumped on a live aboard boat with 4 other divers and our guides Cameron Kirkconnell and Chad Bagwell. We spent the next 7 days traveling to some remote islands in search of Dogtooth Tuna. Once we got to the spot where we thought there might be tuna, we then had to dive deep enough to get to them. In this case, most of the tuna were hanging out between 70-80ft of depth. The four other divers and I took turns in teams of 2-3 divers dropping to depth for anywhere from 1-2 mins at a time. One diver doing the dive and the other diver at the surface for safety. Each diver had a big 120cm+ tuna gun attached to an 85 ft bungee floatline with two 30L floats at the end. We would dive from sunrise to sunset stopping only for the occasional meal or drink of water.
The first day, two divers got a shot on tuna but both ripped off and we ended the day with one nice mackerel on the boat. The next day was another day of long, deep diving. After the morning dive, the currents picked up and the down drafts were too dangerous to dive. We all took a break to eat some breakfast, rehydrate and wait for the currents to change. After about an hour, we got back to the diving. This time, the current was perfect and the tuna were home! After a couple hours, our first and second dogtooth of the trip were landed! The first tuna went straight to the cooler for fresh sashimi served later that night. The second tuna we donated to one of the local fisherman. We were miles from the nearest village, with our very comfortable/high end live aboard boat, diving with the best gear and landing huge fish. Next to us were local fisherman in their dugout canoes and hand lines hoping to catch a couple small reef fish to feed their families. It put things into perspective and it was extremely rewarding to be able to put a tuna bigger than the width of the fisherman's canoe into his boat and thank him for sharing his local waters with us.
The third day we again started diving at sunrise. On this day we had no current and no fish. We dove deep and hard all day long with not a single tuna sighting. After a late lunch break, we all decided to go out one last time before the sunset. The current had picked up and it was getting dark fast. Immediately we started seeing the fish. On the second drift my dive buddy dove and landed his second fish of the trip. Now it was my turn to dive. I held on to the rock face and could feel the current ripping past me. I tried to relax my body as much as possible as the swell pushed me up against the jagged rocks and tried to pull my gun sideways. I knew that the fish were there and day light was limited. This would be my only shot of the day.
I slowed my heart rate and took a full peak inhalation as I kicked away from the rock and started my dive. As I dove down past 70ft, I kept my head on a pivot looking for the silver flash of the dogtooth tuna. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted three tuna cruising past me. I evened out, lined up, and took my shot on the closest fish. It connected and the tuna sounded straight down. My floatline went tight as the fish tried to pull my 30L float under. I made my way back to the surface, grabbed my floatline and began the battle! Hand over hand I pulled the fish towards me, being careful to get tangled in the slack floatline. Once I got the fish to about 40ft, my dive buddy dove down and successfully landed a back up shot to secure the fish. I was now able to pull the fish to the surface with ease, grabbed the shaft and bear hugged the 50ish lb dogtooth tuna. Once I had the fish by the gills, we all took a moment to celebrate the successful hunt! On the very next dive, my other dive buddy landed a dogtooth, making it the 3rd tuna we landed that night within a 30 minute period at sunset.
The next day, it was my turn to catch the stomach bug that eventually made its way to every person on the boat. It was 24 hours of nausea, stomach pain, and the inability to function as a human. However, I was able to stay upright long enough to admire the fish of the trip! My dive buddy, David Fritch, landed a solid tuna weighing in at almost 100lbs! It showed us that the legends of monster fish in Indonesia waters are very true!
The remainder of the trip we spent diving reefs, visiting local villages, and enjoying the breathtaking scenery. On the very last day, one of the divers who had not yet landed a fish wanted to give it one more try. After a couple trips a single swimming tuna in about 50ft of water crossed past the diver and he was able to put a solid shot in the fish. Success! He landed his first dogtooth tuna and we ended the trip in celebration!
The things in life that are the most challenging are also the most rewarding. Crossing the Dogtooth Tuna off my bucketlist was my most rewarding spearfishing experience to date! I am excited to continue to add challenging fish to my bucket list and even more excited to hopefully cross them off!
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Shawn and Laura Thompson Testing Tsunami Reels
Shawn Thompson is with Laura Thompson at Fernandina Beach Historic District.
March 15 at 9:16 PM · Fernandina Beach ·
My reel of choice has been the Shimano Stradic. But, yesterday I had the pleasure of field testing the newly redesigned Tsunami Guard series reels. Broke it in on some backwater reds. I have to say I was impressed. Smooth casting nice drag and quiet. I’d advise anyone looking for an entry/mid-level reel to really give them a look. At this price point you can’t go wrong. #Tsunami #Biminibay Tsunami Lures Laura Thompson
Laura Thompson is with Shawn Thompson
What a glorious day we had on the water and it felt so good to be back in action after what seems like a forever hiatus. We also had the pleasure of field testing the newly redesigned Tsunami Guard series reel. As you can see by the pics it didn’t disappoint. Very smooth casting and a quiet drag and definitely for the price one that I’d suggest adding to your arsenal collection! Special shout out to Knotty Tails and Hooked Soul for providing me with some new lucky fishing apparel! Tsunami Lures
Tsunami Forged 10 Working on some Reds
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Meanwhile these are not saltwater or even Florida fishing pictures I’d like to share what us “Northerners” like to do during the cold months of winter. Steelhead fishing. As much as I’d rather be in Florida my schedule only allows for a couple weeks throughout the summer and fall to take part in the amazing fishery Florida has to offer. Once November hits up here in New York it’s full on steelhead mode for a lot of us. It can be very difficult and humbling all at once. Braving the elements of minus temperatures just to feel that tug. Hope you guys enjoy and I’d love to be featured in your magazine. If you decide to use any of my photos I would love to have a copy of it. Nobody up this way carries your magazine but I’d be more than happy to share with you my address. Thanks a lot guys have a wonderful day and TIGHT LINES!!
Family Fishing with Cherlyn and Lewis Arnold
How exciting can it be that the flounder are making their way back inshore? Pretty darn exciting for my family and I! Flounder not only are a tasty fish, they are fun to catch. We have found that if you want to catch a flounder you must be in the right place. We look for moving waters and sandy bottoms. Sand bars and oyster bars are great places to fish for flounder. We use artificial lures, shad tails or jerk baits. Move your bait slow. I've caught most of my flounder dragging my bait along the bottom. It's always a nice surprise to catch one and when we get one on the boat, the Arnold's are pretty happy!
Mackerel are showing up early this year and we have TONS of white bait around the pass. The snook are in the passes and on the beaches too. This past week some big snook were caught from the north Jetty of Johns Pass by Mahlon Washington and his buddies using swim baits and flair hawks on the outgoing tide just before sunset. The birds, bait, dolphin and fishing action around the pass and just off the beaches right now is very active. This past Tuesday night I was on the beach watching the sunset with my wife and I witnessed multiple guys catching snook and a few nice jack crevalle while the bait flushed out of the pass being chased by fish, dolphins and birds. Our bait guy Brian Harris from Pinellas Park has been filling coolers with nice sized mackerel just past the surf working the bait schools past the swim buoys. The big speckeled trout right now are pretty active inside the pass around the flats hitting the plentiful shrimp and white bait that are moving through the passes on this recent new moon tide. The sheepshead are still around the passes too with plenty being seen caught on fiddler crabs and pieces of shrimp around the structures of Johns Pass and the jetties. It’s a great time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, clearer waters and great fishing going on right now at most any pass including our very own Johns Pass.
Kingfish are back in town for spring break and it’s making our half day and all day party boat fishing even more exciting for passengers and crew alike. We are seeing nice 10-30lb kingfish smoking the flat lines and smashing our trolling plugs and spoons on the way out and back offshore. Plus, the hogfish bite has been great this week this past week on the live shrimp and fiddler crabs. We caught one of the largest hogfish I have seen on a half day trip this past Wednesday with Capt Dave Singletary using a live shrimp with a 4ot hook and 30lb fluorocarbon. The grey snapper or white grunt action has been a little hit and miss, we are having to travel further to 12-14 miles on our half day trips lately since that red tide at the end of 2018 the fishing near shore from 6-10 miles really hasn’t recovered well and were still having to go further than normal to get into the quality action we were used to pre-red tide. However, once you get deeper past 40ft of water beyond 12 miles the fishing has been great recently on lane snapper, hogfish, mangrove snapper, and MORE!
The 39 hour fishing really improved this week for us at Hubbard’s Marina, we had quite the epic trip this past Tuesday with Capt Joe Drew! They only had 21 fisherman on the boat and they all nearly limited out on mangrove snapper, vermillion snapper and they had plenty of porgies and yellowtail snapper too. Plus, they had a good amount of fat red grouper as well. The HUGE kingfish were very plentiful on the rapala Xrap trollers too but one nearly 50lbs got eaten at the back of the boat by a monster mako shark that had to be over 10ft reported Capt Joe. The other kingfish barely escaped the big shark with one having some battle wounds to prove it’s hard fought tug of war with the monster fast swimming shark. We didn’t see the blackfin tuna this recent trip or any scamp since we were fishing shallower water up in the grounds. However, it was great to see the red grouper and mangrove snapper bite was improving so well inside the grounds in the shallower waters since the waters are warming up and fish have started to move! To hear a full report from Capt Joe and First Mate Will McClure and see the bountiful catch from this Tuesday 39 hour check out this YouTube video
Lots of new trips have been added back into our schedule for our upcoming spring and summer season. Starting March first we have added back in our 3 hour shelling trips, daily Egmont key ferry trips, daily sunset cruises, 12 hour night snapper trips starting, 5 hour trophy shark trips start at the end of this month and lots more expanded hours and offerings at Hubbard’s Marina! Plus, we have gorgeous weather this weekend and into early next week, great time to come out and join us for some fishing, cruising, shelling, or sunset touring at Hubbard’s Marina! Keep in mind we are coming into our spring break time of year so trips are filling very fast and we highly recommend advanced reservations and always give yourself some extra time when you plan to arrive if you’re coming for an afternoon trip! Book your trip today at our website – https://HubbardsMarina.com or call us at (727)393-1947
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Last week we ventured out to the Gulf of Mexico in pursuit of a Cobia, also referred to as ling or crab eater. Cobia feed on crab, squid and other fish. They have a broad flat head with an elongated body and are known to travel far distances. They spend the winters in the Gulf of Mexico passing through Florida around March. According to one Mississippi study, a fish tagged off the coast of Louisiana was recaptured two and a half years later in South Carolina! Cobia are exciting to catch and always give a good fight!
Cobia In the Keys with GFT
The Gale Force Twins
First, we checked the tides in the area we would be fishing. We learned the best time to catch Cobia in the Gulf is during a slack tide. On this particular day slack tide was at 2pm, the perfect time for an afternoon fishing trip. We loaded the boat with chum, frozen shrimp, frozen squid and live pinfish, along with plenty of ice and food.
We took a 20 minute trip to our favorite spot in the Gulf to catch cobia just to find another boat fishing the same area. We were bummed but a good captain always has a backup plan. We headed to the second location carefully dodging all the stone crab traps scattered around the back country. Once at our “plan B” spot, we caught our drift and set anchor in 20 feet of water over a small wreck. Not wasting any time, we put the chum bag out and got some baits in the water. Our go-to rig for cobia includes a live pinfish on a knocker rig or a 1/2 oz jig with 40lb leader, then we eagerly waited for a bite.
We fished with at least three lines in the water at all times, one pinfish on a knocker rig, one on a jig, and one on wire. Almost Immediately we hooked up juvenile grouper, grunts, and small sharks.
Then our pinfish on wire had a bite and the drag started to scream. Emily ran to the rod hoping it would be anything but another toothy shark. To our delight the fish surfaced and I started yelling what Emily already knew, “Cobia! Cobia! Cobia!" She directed me to put the camera down and help get the fish in the boat. It was a team effort and we had our cobia! The fish was a nice size but we weren’t sure if it was a keeper. I grabbed the net and pulled the fish into the boat. Success!! We caught a cobia! Emily picked the fish up and measured it at 31” which was two inches shy of a keeper. After a quick picture the fish was released and sent home to the sandy bottoms of the Gulf.
In a short 4 hour afternoon trip we succeeded in catching our cobia and had a great day catching many other species
Did you know that in 2017, 45% of new anglers were women, and 42% of new anglers were youth ages 6 to 12? Stephanie Vatalaro, VP of Communications at RBFF, says that “New anglers are more likely to be young and female, but this isn’t reflected in advertisements, media and equipment. It’s no wonder that fewer than 20% of women and girls think a fishing participant looks like them. We’re working to change that and are challenging the industry to do the same.”
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Oh Florida!!!! One weekend is nice and sunshine the next is cold and raining.
So, what does that do to the freshwater fishing?
The first week of March we went out on beautiful Lake Harris on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Central Florida. I was fishing a tournament, so I knew that I had to find the fish fast. I used the wind as my guide, and found a cove right past a point where the water was breaking. There was hydrilla mats everywhere!!! As we pulled in the middle of the mats, my co-Angler pointed out that there was a lot of activity. I immediately grabbed the Storm Rattling Chug Bug popper. Second cast by the mat...FISH On!!!! A nice 2lber!! I casted a couple more times around in the open water between the mats. Nothing. So I threw up against the mat again, BAM!!! Another nice fish. I found a pattern!!! Within two hours, I had my five fish limit in the livewell.
Following current flows and baitfish will help you hit the numbers quick. The largemouth bass are staging for spawn, or in post spawn stage. I continued to find them real shallow during the afternoon and about 4-6 ft in the morning around vegetation.
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March fishing report,
With spring getting closer the weather is warming up. This is one one the absolute best times to get out in the Outdoors!!! The weather has been beautiful!!!!
I went to pre-fish for a tournament on Big Lake Harris in Central Florida. Lake Harris is heavily pressured with fisherman from the Bassmasters Open to the Big Bass Splash. With all the pressure, I was anticipating on the bass spawn to be a little stunted.
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I started out searching with a top water popper in the Venetian Gardens cove. I use this Lure as a search bait. Several boats were in the area, but they were Crappie “speck” fishing. They were having a lot of action in the eel grass in about 6-8 ft deep. With little action myself, I trolled right outside the bay to some Kissimmee Grass. BOOM!!!! My first largemouth of the day!!! A nice 2 1/2 lber!!!
I caught two more along that stretch.
As the sun came out, I wanted to see if there were any fish on beds. A largemouth spawning bed is a cleared off sand patch in shallow water. Normally circular in shape, and require a pair of polarized lens to help break the glare of the sun. I targeted some beds near some cypress trees. As I looked over the beds, I spotted two bass on a bed!!! Being in shallow water, you have to be real quiet and stealthy. I used a Wave white grub with a ribbon tail. I always use white when fishing for bedding fish. Remember, they aren’t trying to eat your lure. They are trying to protect their beds. In other words, they are just trying to move the lure off the bed. That is when you set the hook. The male (or buck) is normally the aggressive one, so first I concentrate on getting him off and away. Always cast past the target zone and reel back to the zone. First cast and the male grabbed it.
Now it’s time for the female. She was very skittish, so I knew that I had to be patient. On the third toss, she picked up the grub, but then dropped it. I casted back onto the bed again, and again she grabbed it. I set the hook, but missed her. She moved off the bed, so I knew I had to be quiet and patient. She came back and I tossed it at her again. She grabbed it again, but this time I hooked her!!!! A nice healthy female!! They were the only ones I saw on beds, so I started searching with a top water popper again, but in shaded shallow water. BAM!!!! A nice 4lber. So, if you’re not having luck seeing them on beds, fish a little deeper. I had lots of success in the 4-6 ft range.
The weather is beautiful this time of year in Florida, so get out in the outdoors
V🎣 Spring Has sprung and we are starting to feel those warmer temperatures I spent the past February in mosquito lagoon playing with tailing reds in solo swimmers.
As far as the water clarity goes, I must say it is looking great! We should start to see more improvement in the water quality. During this month of March fishing can be a but challenging, with using the breaks in the weather to your advantage you should score some nice action!
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As you all know I am all about my artificial! But being prepared when hitting the water is important, you never know what the fish are biting on that day, I always have live and artificial baits. Live bait can be a little scarce in March so I find myself typically using artificials more so than often. This month you can find me in the grassy flats tossing a D.O.A paddle tail and jerk baits rigged weedless.
This month may be a little thing when targeting Redfish as you will find them moving around more. During those cooler and windy days you will find them up against the leeward banks basking in the sun. I suggest looking for those large grassy flats where you are sure to find some Reds roaming around waiting for you.
Such a fun and simple species to target. Sheepshead is one species that's typically overlooked in the lagoon. With the water clarity they are easily spooked due to them seeing you before you see then on the run, those Convicts! You want to target them along oyster bars with deep dropoffs, pilings along the channel and docks are the main places to target this species.
I mainly use live fiddler crabs and live shrimp, to increase your bite action peel back your shrimp before baiting.
Inshore Adventures with SkyEe
March is a great month for catching Trout. I drift the grassy weedlines and mangroves edges in the morning lower light tossing a top-water. However in the day I switch to soft plastics, hitting those sandy pot holes with a live shrimp and a popping cork Trour cannot resist it.
🐟Remember fishing can be a little more challenging this month with the warmer temperatures. So step out of your comfort zone and try new tactics, lures and approaches to help you grow and become a better angler. I urge you to study the waters you fish. Study your tide charts, learn you moon phases and when the fish are feeding, fish new areas to expand and grow to be the best angler you can be.
If you're an early bird a too water makes for a fun bite. Poppin corks, Bomber Lures, Bodonk a donk, D.O.A Shrimp and paddle tails, gold spoons, those are just some of my favorites to target these species. You never know unless you try, so get out there and fish!
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This week was a very good week finally. Kings showed up in good numbers all over the place. The reef and ridge were both doing well. Spinning minnows worked just fine. In the mix of kings were sailfish, Blackfins and Mahi. Was a beautiful ocean to us finally. I feel we deserved it! Ajs were good too. The deep wrecks and 27 worked just fine. The larger the baits the better it was. Red snapper continued to keep clients very happy. They eat anything. Nearshore shark fishing was great all week as well. All in all it was a 10/10 and now here comes the wind.
Capt. Chris Cameron
726 Scallop Drive, Cape Canaveral FL 32920
Capt. Chris Cameron
407 222 3573
Today’s Date: March 29, 2019
Water: Sea of Cortez 70 – 74 F / Pacific 70 – 72
Winds: 5-7 mph
Fish Available: Striped Marlin, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Yellowtail, Roosterfish, Tiggerfish, Red Snapper
Inshore fishing has had significant improvement this month. Los Gringos Charters' Surf Fishing Guide, Martin has had luck with red snapper, jacks, and mackerel both in Cabo San Lucas and near Todos Santos. If you're interested in avoiding the seas and prefer sand between your toes, I recommend trying your luck inshore.
Call 415-758-3474 (FISH)
The marlin fishing continues to surprise us. We're finding striped marlin in various spots but we've had the most luck 10–15 miles around the lighthouse and Golden Gate Bank. Most of the Captains' success was with trolling live bait. The marlin fishing conditions will continue to get better with warmer and clearer waters.
We've been finding tunas on the Pacific side by San Jaime Bank around 20-35 miles out. It can be hit or miss but it's worth it when you find a school full of 40 pounders. Your luck will continue to improve as the water warms into the summer. Most fish are weighing between 15 and 40 pounds. Cabo boats are getting between 3-7 strikes per day.
Dorado and Wahoo
We were also starting to see a few dorados and some wahoos. Most boats are getting a single strike of these species in various location. Both dorados and wahoos are coming in weighing between 10-20 pounds. They are attaching both lures and live bait.
What do you want to fish for?
We get asked all the time by our first-time clients. "Do I have to fish for marlins?" I emphatically say to our clients that we fish for what is biting and what they want to catch. Let's make a game plan. We discuss where the fish are at, what fish were caught the day prior, what fish you have not yet caught in Cabo, and what you would like to eat for dinner. From there, we make a calculated decision on which direction we head and what rigging we use. The rest is left up to the sea.
My name is Lauren Euverman and I’m an avid female angler from Northern Bc Canada.
I grew up in a small little town in the Buckley Valley surrounded by mountains and amazing rivers. I have always enjoyed being outdoors, as a child I grew up fishing with my dad wether it is on a lake and river, however my passion for river fishing didn’t start until I was in my 20s. My husband is an active angler and thank goddess he got me back into the sport! This is something we do not only as a couple but as a family. Teach them young, teach them right!
Lauren Euverman - British Columbia Canada
My favourite time or the year would have to be steel head season, which runs mid August until freeze up mid December. Each Steelhead is unique and different, but absolutely beautiful. Our watershed is strictly catch and release which I love because this allows these beautiful fish to be released and be caught again by our future generations.
Fly fishing is huge up in northern bc, there is absolutely no greater feeling then hooking a steel head on the fly! I do both Spey and center pin. We have a bait ban on our local rivers, so with experiences found that float fishing with beads worms and jigs are extremely effective as well as a basic hobo Spey, intruder and glo bugs on the fly.
Early season steel head will be chrome silver bullets, as the season goes on they will colour up. Females tend to get beautiful blushing cheeks and the males get a bright red strip down their belly. These fish put up such a epic fight, it truly is an addiction to feel that tug or watch you float get sucked under the water. The feeling of my adrenaline pumping through my body is something that I crave! I think every angler can relate to that feeling as well!
I think for me the release is probably the most rewarding part, Knowing you have hooked it fought it landed it and Safely released it to be caught another day! So rewarding.
I have such a huge respect for the sport, and I am truly blessed to live in such an amazing place that offers some of the greatest steel head fishing in the world!
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