Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Our Beloved Toadfish

By RON “WRANGLER” SMITH I have a theory that more toadfish are left to waste than any other fish in Tampa Bay each year. The hardhead catfish ranks a close second, but it’s the toadfish...

Seeing Red: Oversize Red Drum

Seeing Red Can Be a Good Thing By MERRY BETH RYAN, Sun Herald - Waterline Edition Last week, while I was out king mackerel fishing, I happened to notice a huge, surging, wake full of tails...

Shore Birds

Our Fine Feathered Fishing Partners By Ron Smith ("Wrangler") Successful offshore fishermen have learned to watch for diving pelicans, terns, and frigatebirds. Diving birds indicate schools of bait and/or feeding fish. To a lesser extent inshore...

Snook In Rivers

Snook Might Still Be Up in Local Rivers By Ron Taylor, Florida Wildlife Research Institute  Most of us have always assumed that when the weather begins to warm, snook populations make a bee-line from the back...

Summer Snook Soiree

By Capt. Fred Everson  Snook season may be closed, but the opportunity to catch and release big snook on artificial baits on the flats is seldom better than it is during the summer months. I...

Summertime Snook

Summer “Snook” Bliss  By  Capt. Charles Wright, www.ChokoloskeeCharters.com   I am often asked, ‘What is the best time of year to be here?”. That is always a difficult question to answer. We have a year round fishing...

Sunny Smiles: Women on the Water

 By Merry Beth Ryan    The sky was blue and you could barely feel the wind. There was no doubt it was time to head offshore in search of some deep water action. Captain Travis Ormond,...

Tackle Up For Spanish Mackerel

 By CAPT. FRED EVERSON Since the inshore net ban was passed in Florida more than a decade ago, Spanish mackerel have made an incredible comeback in the waters of West Central Florida. There are Spanish...

Theory on Flats Fishing

By Mike Stubblefield, yakfisher Having become, after several years of pain, sweat and frustration, something of a "veteran" flats angler, I've turned to the serious study of elements that effect fishing productivity or lack thereof....

Understanding Fish Behavior

 By Patrice Cayré, Sea-River.com What is it that motivates pelagic fish to move around in the oceans where topographic landmarks are, for some species, nonexistent, food is difficult to find because of its haphazard distribution...