Thursday, March 30, 2017

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...

Fall Bite Is Here

The summer doldrums are definitely over. Although we haven’t had any long periods of cold weather lately, the cool evenings have managed to gradually drop local water temperatures to below the seventy degree mark....

Avoiding Encounters with Alligators

According to wildlife officials, it’s not the patter of April showers, but the bellow of alligators that heralds the onset of spring in the Sunshine State. Alligators are cold-blooded reptiles whose metabolic rate increases...

Money, Women and Fishing Holes

<!-- --> Capt. Clay has fished the Tampa Bay area waters for snook, redfish, trout, tarpon, and many other species of fish for well over a decade now and he’s been very involved in the local...

Etiquette… where did it go?

<!-- --> Inshore fishing has grown in popularity over the last few decades bringing throngs of new anglers to the sport; unfortunately a by-product of this popularity is poor conduct. Pioneer inshore greats like Bill Curtis,...