Sunday, May 23, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
In conjunction with writing reports of my kayak fishing and exploits here I will also be posting them on an all new web site at http://www.theonlinefisherman.com/ . A new site that will be taking fishing and all things related to another level. I will also be contributing articles in the future about kayak fishing and related subjects.
A quote from founder Gary Poyssick about the magazine:
"The team at The Online Fisherman is a widely-varied collection of outdoor writers, professional fishing guides, conservationists, fishing club members, and just plain fishermen and fisherwomen (and fisher-kids, our personal favorites) whose love for the sport and the environment in which we enjoy it is one of the primary blessings of our lives. A site like The Online Fisherman is far from being the work of a single person - or even two or three. Rather it's a community -- a community that grows and evolves with the people who read the content, contribute to the forums we provide, send us pictures, and share their fishing -- and life -- experiences with each other.We're glad you're here -- and in the months and years to come we hope to provide you with the most interesting, educational, meaningful, and entertaining copy about the sport of fishing you'll find anywhere".
Friday, May 14, 2010
There were some east winds that picked up through the morning and I noticed tarpon rolling around me at a couple of spots. Smaller ones to juveniles probably around 30 lbs. They stayed around and maybe because of the choppy water they didn't see me and didn't spook or they just didn't care as they were feeding. In between fishing the mangroves I would cast to them and hook up just about every time. I had fun with them but they also managed to throw the hook using those mustads I had been rigged up with. I ended up tying on one of my go to Rapala 'Twitchin Raps and caught 3 small guys before calling it a day. There was a persistent gator around and I probably could have caught more but I was afraid that sooner or later he would get lucky and get to one before I landed it. It was a fun morning!
Friday, May 7, 2010
(5/09 I decided to check out the bay again and went from the National Park launch and headed to the more northern parts of the bay and check out one of the egret and pelican rookeries. The water in the area was less muddy in a few areas so I’ll be heading back there this coming week to concentrate on fishing only. I fished top water plugs for awhile and I picked up a nice size trout and 1 decent snook. Catching me off guide after casting back where I just caught the snook I immediately had a very large fish crash and attack my zara spook. I couldn’t see what it was in the splashing and it immediately tore off a lot of line before straightening out my hooks and breaking one hook off ( I’m using Owner 3x trebles). My first thoughts were a large shark but it didn’t damage the plug or cut me off, so maybe a tarpon... very large snook.... I’ll never know….)
5/08 After the crappy conditions around Chokoloskee I went back up into the backcountry to do some fishing and a little exploring and check out the rookeries there. Tri- colored herons are nesting. The fishing was a bit better and I had fun with the snook. I hooked up with three larger snook but only managed to get one in the boat, the smaller of the three around 32”, the only one I could coax out from the mangrove roots. I caught maybe another dozen or so smaller snook. Knock on wood but the bugs haven’t been that bad in the backcountry yet and I’ll be going back in there again later this week while the conditions hold up.