On The Cover - Lisset Herrera
Navasota , Texas
Fishing Montana with Shannon
Slot Machine Charters
Southern Salt Charters
Salt Crazy Charters
Fired Up Charters
GFT / Gale Force Twins Makiing Waves
At The Miami Boat Show
Hubbards Marina Reports
For Our Veterans
Veterans R & R
Florida Fishermen Magazine
On The Cover - Lisset Herrera
The Joe Brooks Story and Link
Gale Force Twins Page 20
Making Waves at the Miami Boat Show
For Our Veterans and Veterans R&R
Hubbards Marina Reports
Fishing Reports with
Against The Grain Charters
Slot Machine Charters
Southern Salt Charters
Fired Up Charters
In This Issue
Meet Lisset Herrera
I started fishing about twelve years ago when I was 18 with some friends on the Brazos River. I grew up in a small town just outside of College Station, TX, but fishing was never really a hobby because I spent every extra minute playing softball or preparing myself for my next practice or tournament. When I graduated high school and went on to play softball in college, I would go home to my dad’s house on the weekends where the Brazos River was only about 10 minutes away. I told someone I had never caught a fish before, and before you knew it we were down on the river with some goldfish and worms casting lines. We weren’t there long before I got my first catfish! They tried to tell me I had to kiss it, but that wasn’t happening (back then anyway!) We released him back into the river and I set out for another cast. I immediately wanted another fish, and it was then that I knew I was hooked. I spent many nights and weekends on a flat bottom boat running up and down that river looking for honey holes. In the summer, we’d run down to the coast for a quick trip trying to catch reds and trout. However, we would somehow only ended up with baby reds, hard heads, and even a few sting rays. For the longest time, I think my best fish on a rod and reel was a 5lb blue cat out of the Brazos River.
My favorite place to fish is by far Port Mansfield or Port Isabel by the Texas/Mexico border. It is about a six hour drive for me, but that is nothing when I am wanting to switch it up from my normal fishing areas. The water is extremely shallow and clear and being able to sight cast in those conditions can be very exciting.
My buddies, Capt. Brian Barrera and Capt. Lee Alvarez, who both guide in the area, have taken me out on multiple occasions. We’ve been able to troll for tarpon in the mornings and then finish our day sight casting for red drum and trout. If we wanted to, we could wake up the next day and go after snook or even red snapper depending on the conditions. That is why it’s my favorite place to fish: there are options. Who doesn’t like waking up, checking the weather, and thinking to themselves, “What fish am I going to catch today?”
My absolute favorite, favorite, favorite way to fish (like I cannot say how much I love it) is fishing with topwater lures. I was never a girl who fished with artificials- much less topwaters- until last year.
Matagorda, Texas is a town commonly known for its fishing, and one of my very good friends, Capt. Brett Sweeny, is a well known guide, angler, and the best topwater teacher I could’ve asked for. He is also who taught me how to throw a topwater and artificial bait for my very first time. They always say you remember your firsts, and I’ll never forget my first blowup on a topwater- I was hooked!
I remember my first few casts, using a spinning reel, which I had never used before but I had just gotten my first (of many) Waterloo rods and I wanted to try it out, so I was determined to learn how to use a topwater. I remember casting a few times thinking to myself I was getting the hang of it until I asked Brett how I was doing and he said, "Not good." That gave us a good laugh. A few casts later and a “good job” from Brett, I had my first blow up. HOLY CRAP I was excited! I remember after a few landed fish (and releases of course,) Brett asked if I wanted to switch to using live bait so I could catch more fish. I replied, “There’s no turning back now!" I kept thinking about how exciting that blowup was, and how I never wanted to use live bait ever again. Out of all the plastics I’ve thrown, I will always throw a topwater when given the chance.
My most distinguishable catch would have to be a wahoo. Everyone that fishes with me and knows my passion for fishing knows that I’m a reds girl. I love to catch and release them because there’s just an awesome feeling when you have one on your line. But, sportfishing is a whole new ball game.
Joe Schiller, who owns "Team PayCzech" out of Freeport, Tx, invited me to fish a Wahoo tournament with them. I landed some amazing fish that day! We caught thirteen fish in twelve hours: eleven of them were wahoo, and the other two were blackfin tuna. They let me reel in all of them. I had to definitely take some breaks in between, but I caught some great fish. The thing about sportfishing is it can be really slow or the bite can be really hot. I’ve been offshore a couple of times, but this time the bite was definitely hotter than I had ever experienced. What I love about it the most is that it takes a team to land the fish, and while you’re waiting for that next bite, the cold beers and conversation are what make it all worth while.
My favorite thing about fishing is just being out on the water. To me, there is something about being out on the water that is just calming. After losing my mom almost five years ago to liver disease, I found myself questioning my faith and wondering, “Why me?” But when I’m out on the water, I can hear God loud and clear.
I remember not fishing for a long time and needing so badly to escape from life that I went back to the ocean. When I got there I remembered how much I loved the waves, the salty air, the beautiful sunrises, and sunsets. I remembered how much joy it brought me, but most of all it always keeps my heart and mind at peace. And, that to me is God’s work. I always make sure to remind Him and myself how thankful I am to have met so many amazing people who have taught me so much and to have the courage to set out on as many journeys as I do. Without my faith, I wouldn’t be the angler I am today, I know that for sure.
My advice to anyone who wants to get into fishing would be to get ready to not have any money! Haha! No seriously: PAY ATTENTION. The question I get asked most is, "Will you take me to your honey hole or share your fishing spots with me?" Well that’s not going to happen.
What I mean by "pay attention" is learn. People are willing to teach if you’re willing to learn. And, there’s so much to learn! I love to fish, but I also love to learn how fish work in certain conditions. It’s cool to be able to fish inshore and offshore while learning the different techniques and what lures and bait they seek after depending on the conditions.
My latest obsession is watching the fish I’m after on YouTube and how they work underwater. I ask questions like, "Why this lure or that one at certain times of the day?" It’s interesting fishing with different people and seeing their different opinions. Sometimes it’s luck, sometimes it’s hard work, and sometimes it’s a day where you haven’t caught a darn thing! But as I always say, "A day out on the water is better than any day stuck indoors."
My dream fish as of now is a Marlin. I’m headed to Cabo this summer either by myself or with a friend to meet a guide out there who’s going to help me land one. Which will be an adventure all in one as I have never been out of the country. Shocking right? A small town girl, who never did much of anything except play softball. Until now…
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For Our Veterans - Ben Trainer
Dear Friends, Family, and valued members of the community
I am very happy to announce that after a rough start to the year with mechanical issues. Veterans R&R Fishing inc. is now back in the business of serving all Veterans and their families. Our retreat house, boat and fishing equipment are all 100% operational.
Our colleagues and myself are very proud of the our work in 2017 and 2018 here in Islamorada Florida. In 2017 we housed, fished and fed approximately 75 Veterans. In 2018 we with doubled that number with housing 150 Veterans with well over 100 days on the water.
These Veterans are all in need of a place to hit the reset button. Remember these are the people who we are so thankful for them putting their lives on the line and on hold to serve this great nation. The fact that these wonderful military Veterans are taking their own lives at a rate of 22 a day is undeniable and unacceptable. For example, my platoon is shrinking every year. In 2018 we put to rest two amazing Marines and men to suicide.
It is proven that these programs work but we need the support of you to help us take on more in need of help and a place to escape the haunting thoughts of war that will never subside. Our retreat home is a cost of $1500 monthly, insurance costs are $250 monthly, terminal tackle and equipment costs $200 monthly, maintenance $100 monthly, food cost and preparation $400 monthly, fishing trip overhead $175 daily.
Please consider becoming a monthly sponsor of Veterans R&R Fishing inc. or a donation to a cause that will thank and help those who put it all on the line for us.
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The Joe Brooks Story
Joe Brooks (Joseph White Brooks) 1901–1972 was an American Fly Fisherman and popular writer about the sport of fly fishing during the mid-20th century. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1901 and died in Rochester, Minnesota in 1972. He wrote for the leading fishing and outdoor magazines of the day and was the outdoor editor for The Baltimore Sun. He also wrote ten books about fly fishing, several of which are still considered leading authorities on the subject. He is listed by a leading online fly fishing publication, Fly Fishing Frenzy, as one of the 10 most influential fishermen ever. And the IGFA and others said he did more to popularize and expand fly fishing than any other individual
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Brooks was born into a family that owned a successful insurance business. Joe worked in the business during his early life but soon realized he did not enjoy the business world and decided to become a professional fly fisherman and writer, the two passions he enjoyed most. He first began to write for small local Maryland sporting and community publications. But as his popularity gained he started writing for national publications like Field and Stream, The Fisherman, True Fishing Annual, Fishing Waters of the World, Ashaway Sportsman, and The Saltwater Sportsman. It was not long after this that he was hired by The Baltimore Sun as their outdoor editor. In 1953 he began writing for Outdoor Life, one of the most prestigious sporting magazines then and continuing today, and in 1968 he became the publication's fishing editor
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Joe Brooks was a mentor and friend of one of the top fly fishermen alive today, Lefty Kreh. Kreh credits Brooks for introducing him to fly fishing, encouraging him to start writing about the sport and getting him one of his first jobs in the fishing industry. The job was with the Miami Herald running their Metropolitan Miami South Florida Fishing Tournament.
Joe Brooks pioneered fly fishing for species that previously were thought impossible to catch with a fly. He is also one of the first to pioneer “adventure fly fishing” by traveling to remote places around the world that had never been fly fished before.
In 1964, Curt Gowdy of ABC Sports produced a segment about fly fishing on ABC's Wide World of Sports featuring Joe Brooks. The two fly fished in the Argentinean Patagonia and the segment was so popular that a spinoff show was created to focus on outdoor sports such as hunting and fishing. The show was called The American_Sportsman and the first show aired on January 31, 1965. The show ran for over 20 years and was one of the most popular shows on Sunday afternoon television often beating out other major sports programming carried in the same time slot. Joe Brooks was a regular on the show over the following years.
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Joe Brooks taught many celebrities to fly fish and became lasting friends with them, including Bing Crosby, Ted Williams and Jack Nicklaus.
Joe Brooks died of a heart attack on September 20, 1972 in Rochester, Minnesota.]He is buried in Paradise Valley near Livingston, Montana, one of his favorite places to fish
Gale Force Twins
Our Friends Captains Amanda and Emily Gale visit the 2019 Miami Boat Show
Each year in February, the Miami International Boat Show comes to town. If you love getting out on the water then this is your happy place. It’s a huge production and there is something for everyone to see. It’s the place where boat manufactures show off their latest models and newest marine technology. You can buy your safety gear, sun protection clothing, and visit talented marine artists. With nearly 1,400 boats on display and 100,000 attendees the show has a huge economic impact at $854 million! That’s more than two Super Bowls combined. The show also has a plethora of seminars, on-water training hosted by BoatUS, and a new Conservation Village hosted by Costa Sunglasses. There is plenty to see and do for all types of boaters and water enthusiasts alike.
To watch the our adventure at this years Miami International Boat show, click the link above
We were fortunate to attend this year’s show with Take Me Fishing representing the increasing number of women getting out on the water. Take Me Fishing is a non-profit organization that has partnered with The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). The RBFF is also a non-profit organization that strives to preserve and rebuild our country’s natural aquatic resources by boosting participation in recreational boating and fishing.
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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After hearing these statistics it’s no wonder Take Me Fishing has launched a new campaign called “Making Waves” to encourage all women and adventure-seekers to go out, enjoy the outdoors and create their next fishing adventure with their families, kids, and friends. We are honored to be a part of this campaign as we feel passionate about the industry and getting young boys and girls involved.
We also had time to stop by a few of our favorite booths to give you a small sample of what you can see at the Miami Boat Show. From fishing gear, lures, rods and reels the sportfishing tent has it all. We spent some time with Live Wire Tackle who craft all their high quality lures by hand. You can buy lures designed to catch specific species, or simply buy one of their trolling kits which comes with a collection of offshore lures for wahoo, mahi, sailfish, and marlin.
Aside from tackle, you will find marine products, boat and yacht manufactures, engines, and even art! We were very excited to spend time with one artist in particular. A fellow female in the industry, Kristen Cili, is a gifted artist as well as an angler and fisherman. We loved spending time talking to her about doing what she loves, both on and off the water. When she’s not spending time on the water, she spends her time drawing and painting many different species of fish.
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Fishing with Luiza
We have had a lot of people ask me why they can’t catch fish right now. If you’re not having very much success on the water right now, it’s because the largemouth are in pre spawn stage. They are staging up to come in. They are not in the shallows yet. They are not in the canals yet. They are not where you are use to finding them. They are staging up in 6-8ft of water feeding on mostly shad. That being said, use your electronics. Watch for shad breaking the top of the water, and watch for birds feeding on shad. That will give you the formula for catching these large pre spawn largemouths.
Freshwater Reports / Southerland Outdoors
Rick Southerland / freshwater editor
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Fishing Lake Eustis and Lake Harris
Today we went to Lake Harris and Lake Eustis. We started off fishing the mouth of the Dead River. No action at all, except for and the boats commuting between the two lakes. So we went to Lake Harris. The water temp was at 65 degrees, so we knew that it was still a little too early for spawn. Largemouth normally like water temp at 68 before moving up. We found that 6-8ft depth range and noticed some bird activity. Always watch the bird activity. They fish to survive. Within 15 minutes, my co-Angler Stephanie hooked one!!! A feisty chunk was sitting in the grass bed beside a boat dock. She caught him on a 10inch ribbon tail Gambler worm in Junebug color.
After fishing a few more boat docks, we decided to go to Lake Eustis. The wind was horrible, and it was raining off and on all morning. Trying to get a break from the rain, I pulled up under a bridge at the mouth of the notorious Dora Canal. I noticed a couple birds hitting the water and baitfish were jumping out of the water. I immediately grabbed my top water popper!!! First cast and I had a Largemouth slap my Lure. I realized that I may be retrieving too slow. So on the second cast, I sped up my retrieve and SPLASH!!!!! Fish On!!!! At first I thought it was a gar, but oh how I was wrong!!!! It was a beautiful 4 1/2 lb largemouth!!! So watch for your signs whether they are electronics, top water action, or birds. As always....Tight Lines!!
The largemouth bass spawn is upon us!!!! What does that mean? This time of year the largemouth bass move is shallow to reproduce. A common error in fishing for spawning bass is thinking that they are eating. They are not!!! They are protecting their beds to lay their fry. The males, or bucks, will be more aggressive in protecting the bed. I’ve even caught the male and keep him in the livewell until I catch the female. The female will just move your bait, whether it is a worm or creature bait, off the bed. When she does, that’s when you set the hook. Polarized sunglasses are a must when bed fishing because you’re using sight. Not all lakes are the same. For example, Johns Lake in Clermont-they are on beds. Orange Lake in Gainesville-they are on beds. Harris Chain between the two-they are not on beds yet. How I was able to find them right before the spawn was to fish in 3-4ft with a reaction lure like a jerkbait.
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There is this sound. It is calming, cooling and beautiful. It goes back and forth, up and down and all around. It swishes, it sways, it curls and runs too. But it never stops. It never slows. It never really ceases to exist in my head. And, I should be sleeping. I should be doing something else. However, the long walks, sand on my feet, the sounds of clear water rushing over the rocks, have me sitting up straight in bed. But it is this sound that keeps me awake at night, wakes me up at dawn and has taken me on this beautiful journey.
To this day 10 or more years later, it’s the same thing that keeps me going. A few years ago though, a tragedy struck my life. Not many know about it and I don’t share it with most, but it kept me off of the water for a good 9 or more months. When I started to come to after months of not doing my thing, I decided that in order for me to get back to myself and on the water, that my new motto was to always say “yes!” What this means? If someone asked me to have drinks at 3 in the morning……it was a yes. If someone asked me to travel 3 hours across state to fish for an hour….it was another yes……and it changed my life. Years later after having the best year of my life on and off of the water, this is why I’m writing today.
The Fly Life with Allison Hendricks
Being back in the Tampa bay area after guiding this area for years before, guiding in the the Florida Keys for 3 years and Texas for 4, I knew what I had to do. However, this area can be very difficult to actually find people to fish with. Yes, my clients came and went like usual, but it’s the fishing part that I so desperately wanted. So I made this year the year that fishing for myself was the most important. I started it off with wade fishing every second I had with friends around town or just by myself, but as the year went along, I finally found my home again here in the Tampa bay area with friends and local fishermen that fished hard like me. I told myself I would travel here, there and everywhere to get the job done, so that’s what I did.
I started traveling monthly for companies in the industry that I’d worked with for over 5 years to trade shows. I then met long standing social media fishing friends and started traveling with them. I then traveled 2-4 days a week to fish literally everywhere across the beautiful state of Florida…. and it became the most wonderful journey of all.
For the longest time, people would say, “Oh, I don’t wanna go.” “I have better things to do.” But for me, there is nothing better than walking these beautiful shorelines, casting off the bow in the deep blue sea, feeling the sand curl over my feet, hearing my heart pounding, or listening to my own screaming drag. I did have a goal though other than to just fish. This year was about big fish and tarpon. I guided for them in the keys, but I never really enjoyed fishing for them until I set this goal. Now I’m one of those addicts that fishes every hour for them. I started my journey over on the east coast with a well known guide in the industry, @flatlineguideservice.com. And boy, what a journey that has been. And I’ll be honest with you. When you are a well versed wade/land guide, these are not the easiest things to accomplish, but I got the job done. Learning the right cast and the feed to get the right eat, was priceless. And then to seal the deal with so many fish, huge fish and fun with friends…..has changed my life. So now I travel weekly and sometimes daily to find these big fish. If that means leaving @ 3 in the morning to fish the trail in the everglades all day, then so be it. If it means traveling all night to fish out of a kayak in the middle of the state…..so be it. If it meant traveling down south to find the perfect big peacock bass with @haitruongfishing.com…..so be it. If it means leaving @1 in the morning to fish all night on the dock lights…..which has become one of my very favorite things to do……so be it. And if it meant catching a 35 inch grouper on a 25 ft boat offshore……I was so there.
The Fly Life with Allison Hendricks
For me, this life is an ever changing beautiful journey. Falling off casting platforms, hooking friends in the head during 30mph winds, falling down embankments, twisting a knee jumping over trees, sun burns, wind burns, hair and face running ragged, being so exhausted from fishing literally all day, night, working and then all day….all night and then again and again….is all part of the fun. And not only have I made my dreams come true personally and professionally, but I did it all from this powerful thing called, grace. However, the other thing that I have gained this year after traveling and fishing all over the state, is a new powerful group of friends, family and people in the industry who have been with me from the very beginning. For a girl who started guiding 10 years ago and only just gave up her career in the medical field 5 years ago to guide, write, teach and fish…….this is what I’ve been working towards for over 10 years…. and I couldn’t be happier.
Do you remember the thing I was talking about? The sound, the place, the things? There is this sound. It is calming, cooling and beautiful. It goes back and forth, up and down and all around. It swishes, it sways, it curls and runs too. But it never stops. It never slows. It never really ceases to exist in my head. And, I should be sleeping. I should be doing something else. However, the long walks, sand on my feet, the sounds of clear water rushing over the rocks, have me sitting up straight in bed. But it is this sound that keeps me awake at night, wakes me up at dawn and has taken me on this beautiful journey.
It’s never been about the old guy drinking a beer next to the bayou that got me started. After all of these years, it is still this sound that brings life for me. Even after a tragedy so strong that it took me off of the water for close to a year, it brought me back, has taken me cross state lines, given me my true love and has shown me the perfect way back to me, my father, my grace and to God. And for all of these things, I am truly blessed.
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Weather has warmed up quite a bit this past week and we are starting to see the signs of spring in the area as the snook gear up to swim back into the passes and the white bait shows up to get chased by mackerel and the pompano bite picks up as the sheepshead bite slows a bit. We haven’t seen our first Johns Pass mackerel but Freddie Remante, from Tampa, did catch some at the skyway this past week and it shouldn’t be too much longer until we see them around the pass if the weather continues on this early warming trend. Pompano action around the pass has picked up slightly with Joe banes, from Illinois, catching a few nice ones using live shrimp from the north jetty of Johns Pass around sunrise early this past week. The snook are not as prevalent in the pass due to the cooler water but we are starting to see them once again, and hopefully they will start chewing well for us again in the pass. However, the bite on the smaller more aggressive male snook in the back bays on the flats has been good using the DOA shrimp for bait or live shrimp free lined reports Dave Wienman, our local kayak expert angler. Sheepshead are still biting well for now around the pass with plenty caught this past week from the docks using fiddler crabs for bait. We had a huge order of fiddler crabs come in so it’s a great time to come pick them up and get after those ‘convicts’ while you can and enjoy that great eating sheepshead
Near shore- The bite this week on the half day was a little tough with the full moon early in the week but it improved as we got further from the new moon with sheepshead and hogfish biting well and the grey snapper bite picking up and filling the gaps. However, early in the week hogfish would not cooperate in the shallower near shore waters but we were able to get them all week on the private fishing charters and ten hour all days in deeper near shore waters further from shore, but all areas improved on the backside of that recent full moon. Typically, the full moon can make the day time fishing a bit slow near shore during the peak days of the moonlight allowing the fish to feed 24 hours a day instead of limiting their feeding to the daytime. We are looking forward to the return of mackerel and kingfish to the near shore waters, typically this doesn’t happen till mid to late march but with the warming trends recently we may see that much earlier this year unless the cold fronts start back up in our area.
Offshore – We had a great 44-hour full moon trip this past weekend at Hubbard’s Marina! The red grouper really cooperated well for us along with a big pile of mangrove snapper, yellowtail snapper, vermillion snapper, porgies and a few cobia and a kingfish too! The tuna were absent during the 44 hour full moon trip but we did see a great push of cobia two times during the trip which made up for the lack of tuna. The weather was perfect during this trip too with warm temps and nearly flat calm conditions compared to what we had become accustomed too in the last few trips. The vermillion snapper were coming up huge in the 2-3lb range with some 5-7lb mangrove snapper coming up too. The big mangrove snapper love to eat the live pinfish, here’s some tips and tricks to improve the size of your mangrove snapper while using pinfish for bait. Generally, Mangrove Snapper like to kill their bait before they eat it. This means they rarely “Hog” it. As a result, many anglers reel too soon and end up either having their bait ripped off or they wind up a Pinfish in tatters. If I am consistently using live bait I go with a single hook rig instead of the typical double snell rig. It is OK to use the double snell rig but just use the bottom hook. Never put both hooks in a live bait as this limits their movement and defeats the purpose of live bait. I hook them under the chin and out the nose. The main difference between live bait and dead is when to crank. When using a dead bait you need to crank as soon as you feel them hit, but with live bait they will “Pop” it a couple of times and then swallow it. In order to hook up, you must wait for the hard pull before you wind. It also helps sometimes to feed them a little line when they pop the bait to let em eat, and over time you will master this technique!
Captain Jack’s dolphin corner
Water is super clear right now in our back bay waters thanks to the super nice and calm weather we have been having and light winds. The water is not stirred up in the slightest and the cooler temps keeps the algae down which allows for some of the clearest water conditions of the year in our ‘spring time’ when water temps are in the mid 60’s to mid 70’s and the weather is nice this time of year it gets crystal clear in the bays and along the passes and on the beaches making it a great time to do a dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour with us or our famous sunset cruise that offers FREE beer and wine!
The dolphins are in very large pods right now hunting the plentiful sheepshead, black drum and mullet so it’s a great time to catch a relaxing cruise and enjoy the playful groups of dolphins and super clear back bay waters around Johns Pass at Hubbard’s Marina. Here’s all the information on our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour - https://hubbardsmarina.com/dolphin-watching-cruises
My love for fishing started before I can even remember. As a child my family moved a lot, from the Midwest all the way down to Texas. No matter where we lived, one thing stayed the same, we fished. Mainly catfish, but we also fished for crappie, perch and bass. Panfish mostly. As I got older and my children had grown, I wanted a change, a new angle, pardon the pun. I wanted to learn to fly fish. They say that trout don’t live in ugly places, so I took on a new adventure and moved to Montana. After four years and numerous new species under my belt, I’ve learned. It isn’t easy, but it is so rewarding! Every day I learn so much more, and wouldn’t change a thing. Follow my adventures on Instagram @kizzandrelease
I have a hard time trying to decide which inshore fish is my favorite. There is something significantly enticing about catching a redfish. Perhaps it's the strong runs and their bullish ways or maybe it's that beautiful blue tail. Regardless of what draws us to them, Lewis and I hunt for these beauties every chance we get. We often target areas such as the flats, mangroves, or islands. We use artificial primarily and we focus on what bait is abundant at that time and we try and 'match the hatch'
Family Fishing with Cherlyn and Lewis Arnold
We also try to find what technique works best that the fish are interested in such as reeling fast or slow and working the lure just right to get that redfish to bite. We have been focusing on certain areas and trying to figure out the pattern of when/where these fish are holding. After all the time we put in to catch redfish the reward of catching these beauties is worth every minute. Whenever a red boards the boat, the excitement, the smiles, its just phenomenal! We really enjoy catching reds and by us releasing them we hope to see many in our future!
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finally! Finally a few days of nice weather. un-b- leav-able. Starting from near shore we have seen good numbers of smaller fish. Blues, Spanish, pompano and whiting. Despite the cold and murky water it has been decent. Tripple tail on the boys and floating debris has been good as it gets. Sharks and red drum are firing nightly! Great for the kids and the shark trips. Perfect right? well, things can always be worse but for the moment they are good. Temps have driven the kings out and forget them for now till the water warms up, as well as the Cobia. 60 degree water will not warrant those. Even though the bottom is cold the catch and release on red snapper are firing as hard as you can go. Amberjack too. The deep wrecks and the 27 area are working out just fine. The bigger the live bait the bigger the fish. the Maui Maui are starting to linger as well. Just go bobo troll in 400 feet and you will do just fine. We haven't seen any big fish but there's plenty to keep busy with for sure. You will see 65 degree temps and that's the area they are in.. Pretty crazy but thats the truth. Good Luck
Oh what a winter... Cold snaps, rain and snowmagedon?? While we've been lucky enough to haver a mild winter, other parts of the states have not. We sincerely hope that each and every one of you are taking extra care and staying warm. we also hope that this winter has not been to harsh for you.
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Brantleys First Redfish
Rochell Davis and son Brantley
Soleil Sport Fishng , Costa Rica
Lucas , Prince Edward Island
Ladies Bonefish classes
Catch U Later
Managing editor Robert Warner
Magazine editor Lindsay (Lou )Sivley
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Joseph Warner (Technical)
Charlie Rogers ( Reporting Captain )
Melanie Housh (Reporting Captain )
Amanda Gale ( Reporting Captain )
Emily Gale (Reporting Captain )
Bo George (Reporting Captain Intl)
Patrick Price (Reporting Captain)
Griffin Deans (Reporting Captain)
Danny Allen (Reporting Captain )
Writer/Editor - Lindsay "Lou" Sivley
Travel - The Chica Travelista (Amanda Bisack Caputo
Florida Historical - Rick Kimble
Diving and Spearfishing - Stephanie Lynn
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