Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Jig Rules!

By Captain Mel Berman After eons of fishing, I have come to the conclusion that my all-time favorite lure type is the common jig. They are inexpensive, come in an appealing (to fishers and fish)...

The secret to fishing success

Captain Mel Berman If there’s one comment that has consistently confronted me throughout my many years of being a sort of local fishing guru, it has to be -- “I love fishing, but can’t figure...

Hooked On Lures

  By Captain Mel Berman One of the bonuses of being “Capt. Mel” is that I get many invites from some of the areas best fishing guides. Because of the inadequacies of their novice clients, most...

Sea Trout’s Frisky Silvery Cousin

By Captain Mel Berman The silver trout is one species that shows up where and when it darn well pleases. About four years ago, these feisty fish appeared in great numbers at one of my...

Pursuing the Lowly Sheepshead

By Captain Mel Berman While others spend countless angling hours pursuing politically correct species, sheepsheaders go quietly about their business catching those playful, tasty members of the porgy family. The sheepshead is a fish that...

My Incredible Shrinking Tackle Box

By Captain Mel Berman It all started a couple of years ago on a trip with Frank Sargeant. The Tampa Tribune’s esteemed Outdoors Editor jumped aboard the waiting flats boat with a teeny, tiny box,...

Do We Really Need All That Stuff?

What is it about rods, reels, lures and other assorted gadgets that has us so mesmerized with the hardware of fishing? The other day visiting with a friend, he showed me the several rod...

Do those old favorite lures still catch fish?

Some years back an antique lure club gave me an old restored plug as a thank-you gift for speaking to their group. This old beauty is mounted on a pedestal and sits in a...

The Confidence Bait

They’re out there -- hundreds, perhaps thousands of wood, plastic and metal replicas of natural baits. They represent a massive segment of the multi-billion dollar sportfishing industry. All across the nation, anglers eagerly plunk...

St. Joseph Sound: It’s our little secret

By Captain Mel Berman It is not uncommon for a complete stranger to approach, lobbying me to “never mention St. Joseph Sound on the radio or in any article.” Why are those who fish there...