Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Big gator trout – showing up at a flats near you

Here in Florida, there’s rarely a time of year when we need to hang up our tackle. As a matter of fact, each season has its run of wonderful gamefish to keep lines tight...

The Fish Are Our Partners- Please Handle With Care

By Captain Mel Berman One thing is certain - most of today’s Florida fishing community has bought into catch and release. And articulate conservation minded experts like Tampa Bay guide Neil Taylor has championed that...

A Redfishing Trip to Remember

Over the years there are a few fishing adventures that trigger some great memories. One of them occurred in the mid 90s in the productive environs of Charlotte Harbor. My host that day was...

Your Basic Fish Catcher, the Jig

By Captain Mel Berman Most fishing enthusiasts are weird. They drag around gargantuan tackle boxes, packed so tightly with lures they can hardly get the darned thing closed. Yet, if subjected to a reality check,...

Speckled Trout Handling Tips

By Neil Taylor, www.capmel.com and www.strikethreekayakfishing.com Trout are great light tackle “catch-and-release” fun but they are unfortunately one of the most delicate species of fish that we encounter in the Tampa Bay area. Implementing some of the...

The Fish Are Our Partners- Please Handle With Care

One thing is certain - most of today’s Florida fishing community has bought into catch and release. And articulate conservation minded experts like Tampa Bay guide Neil Taylor has championed that concept. It’s his...

Holding big fish vertically — A death sentence?

We've all done it -- posing proudly for a photograph with that huge lunker held vertically by a Boga Grip. But have we ever considered what is the physical impact to that fish, and...

Helping Fish Survive Catch & Release

Each angler has their own unique style of hooking, playing, landing, and releasing fishes; some are more proficient as a result of much past experience or natural ability. Others are novices or are intimidated...

Guidelines for Catch-and-Release Fishing

The most important contributions an angler can make to a successful release are to hook and land the fish as quickly as possible, leave the fish in the water while dehooking, and quickly release...

Getting Ready for Tarpon on a Fly

If I was ever told I could only fly fish for one species of fish for the rest of my life it would not even take one heart beat to answer it. “Tarpon”, would...