Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by fishfanmiami, Feb 22, 2015.
Slob bull red my son and his friend helped me wrestle today.
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This was my wife's first attempt at crabbing on Jekyll Island, GA. Tide was going out and she put the trap in for about 15 minutes.
Late post from thanksgiving week down in the Sarasota area with family. Was able to stock the freezer and supply grandparents and neighbors with some fish
There has got to be some more fisherman around here. Lots of South Florida folks, post some fishing pics!
Not a fisherman. But I do love eating fish!
Quiet in here :up:
OK ... So the excuse for me drinking today immediately after work is this:
Today during 10th period at school was Fishing 101 w/ "Mr Bumpus" ... Today's group was six 7th graders. We're fishing on Wheeling Creek right behind the school.
Primary target species this time of year are bass (largemouth, smallmouth, and white) and trout (rainbow, brook, brown, and golden)
So, we get down to the water. Three minutes later I hear, "Mr. 'Bumpus' I'm stuck in the tree" ... Meh, it happens. :idk:
20 seconds later, same damn comment from 10 yards to my right. :bobdole:
I **** you not, 5 seconds after that the kid 6 feet to his right did the same thing. :bobdole:
My response: "Boys, you've gotta pay attention to where you're casting."
Didn't even finish the sentence before the kid 5 feet to my left uncorks my rooster tail straight into the same tree that I'm trying to get the 1st lure out of. :bobdole:
Ever take six novice kids fishing at once?
Just discovered this thread existed. That's the thing about Finheaven: You can be here for years and still be finding new threads and parts of the site.:up:
Just got really into fishing last year. Went on a rampage in NJ and NY state catching Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. On my bucket list is going on a Mako Shark fishing expedition. If anyone has gone shark fishing, I'd love to hear your stories.
I've gone shark fishing many times but none of them were on purpose :lol:
Shark got this fish's tail as my friend was reeling him in. Any time you are catching lots of fish the sharks show up to get their cut of the action.
The average shark is boring to catch just a big tug however the makos which get airborne are a blast. I've fought a couple over the years but they are kind of rare in S. Florida and I've never landed one.
I actually prefer battling a big tarpon on light tackle. I know where they hang out , when to fish for them ( very seasonal) and how to land them . Catching a mako is just dumb luck for the most part.
Tarpon are most definately on my bucket list. I might just have to plan a trip down someday & let you school me on them!
When is the tarpon bite hot?
You know I live in GA now Bump but in S.Fla the best part of the season just ended. Usual starting in late March through May they school up under the bridges at night and can be had even without a boat. A live mullet or even a large pilchard will do the trick when you drag it through the shadow of the bridge where they lie it wait for the bait fish to come through on any tide change.
Down in the Keys where there are many bridges to choose from it's a blast and if you are in a boat you just anchor where you can cast under the bridge or put one on a balloon or float with about 6 ft of leader and drift it in the current.
This is between the old and new 7 Mile bridge just past Marathon. Caught a few nice one's here from my buddy's boat..
I caught this one I posted before drifting a large live shrimp on a white jig in the fast current of Government Cut where the cruise ships sail from.
By the time I landed him on 20 lb test the current had taken us at least half a mile off shore
This video shows almost the exact spot we were fishing that day.
Of course my fish was much bigger :brewskis:
Very cool and interesting info about the shark fishing! These mako shark expeditions are quite expensive (like $1K) so knowing it is dumb luck as opposed to a special skill is helpful if I have to decide between companies one day.
Where in GA are you? My entire family mass migrated to Cobb Country 20 years ago after the Olympics in Atlanta. -Well, my entire family except for me and my parents.
I'm in Macon GA about 1 hour south of Atlanta. Nearest ocean is 2 1/2 hours away which suks. Lots of bass in the local ponds but nothing beats saltwater fishing.
They may know certain areas where makos like to be but no way they can guarantee you'll hook one. They are loners that don't swim in groups and finding one is iffy at best however the odds are probably better up where you live than in S.Florida.
In just 10 more days ...
Bump & the boys from the local watering hole are headed up to Lake Erie on a walleye charter.
Mmmmm ... Walleye.
From Fin's weekend
Well, that blows goats for nickels.
Thought I had more time to get the $ in, but the timetable got moved up to Sunday and I didn't check my voicemail in time. Bump got bumped.
No walleye for me.
That sucks. i was looking forward to some pictures.
... And just like that, I'm back in again! I asked no questions when I got the text, just met up & pd. Erie 'eyes are in trouble again.
Life is good.
You should do good Bump. A buddy of mine had been on my *** to go with him Wally fishing out to Erie.
He goes this time of year and usually catches as many as he can catch. I'll have to ask him what charter he uses in the off chance it's the same dude. Lol.
Weather didn't cooperate. It was waaaay too calm. Very little chop (maybe 1')
Still a good time, but the bite wasn't very hot. Between 11 of us, we only boated 22 keepers. However, we were able to get absolutely ****faced.
And, with the drunken crew:
So just got back from Marathon, where it was generally hot, windy and unproductive. As some of you know, we're from Canada, so our expectations are pretty low and we met them exactly. We did however catch a whole bunch of snapper, a couple mahi and 3 dozen lobster for our freezer. And, oh yeah, this guy:
Classic case of blind squirrels finding nuts. Thank you, Florida! (Note - no permit were harmed in the making of that photo, C&R )
Truly heart breaking to see all the damage in Marathon just a couple weeks after we were there. Stay strong, Florida, we're behind you!
Marathon is one of my favorite places on earth. They will recover but it will take time. It seems like you guys did great, especially if you were beginners! Congrats.
Me too buddy. I've spent many nights fishing for mangrove snapper under that bridge at vaca cut. We had a cooler of beer and rock and roll music blasting all night and always left with tons of fish.
I actually watched Haley's comet from there one night in 1986
Had a buddy that lived there at Key Colony with a boat so we did lots of off shore fishing as well plus Tarpon fishing under the Seven Mile bridge..
Hope it's still there. These guys got the brunt of the storm.
Here's a monster grouper i snagged while fishing for Tarpon with 7 mile bridge in the background.
We used to go down to Marathon and Big Pine and fish when I was a kid. My family would rent some little house or cottage for all of us and they bring a couple boats down. I took my wife down to Marathon when we briefly lived in Florida and she loved it. I hope the little bed-and-breakfast we stayed at came through the storm alright.
That's good eating!
A couple fish sandwiches anyways
He just made the keeper list as we were fishing for the big boys and he got my bait.
Went out for a little CA rock cod adventure and ended coming home with a door matt.
Hey, nothing big, because i don't fish as much as I'd like, but here's a pic of me with a monster 6" Bass from the pond on the side of my house! LOL!
*Note the Miami Dolphins colors on my boat!
I'd put a hook in his dorsal fin and throw him back out. Big bass love to eat little bass.
Thanks for the invite to this glorious thread FFM.
My only fishing highlight this year is seeing my 12 year old catch his first rainbow trout, 1 month after striking out completely on opening day here in PA.
The kid sat there with a spinner, cast after cast after cast probably not believing it could happen. Then he had one momentarily and lost it. It was cool to see him get that confidence that it could happen. A few cast's later, I had a picture of him holding a nice 13" rainbow trout that I texted to his mom.
Fishing is great, sharing it with other's is even better.
He learned two valuable lessons that day. First being how to land a trout but more importantly when the tape measure says 12 1/8", the mouth should say 13".
I'm yearning to hit the ocean and catch some monster fluke AKA summer flounder.
We typically catch fluke, striper's, sea bass, black fish, blue fish and porgies (scup) this time of year.
I can't wait til the day I'm friends with one of you Florida guys so I can schooled in some of these Caribbean fish.
I have family in Tarpon Springs (what east coast Greek doesn't?) and I've had some nice days on the gulf catching snapper and grouper. I long for my mom's fish soup, with grouper. To die for.
It's a 100 degree's today and I'm stuck in an office. Pitty.
For the sake of accuracy, my first of back to back posts should've read my 12 year old NEPHEW. By the time I noticed the omission of the very relevant fact to my story, it was too late to edit.
My son is almost a year and a half old. I can not wait to have that first fish moment with him. I have little doubt he's going to love fishing, and the Miami Dolphins, the same if not more than I do.
And since I have the opportunity to bring it up. Is Redfish fishing as much fun as it looks? That's at the top of my bucket list right now for fish to catch/eat along with the Snook.
I love the open ocean and deep sea fishing from a boat as much as anyone. The thrill of not knowing what you might reel until you see that deep color.
That said, as a seasoned trout fisherman as well, I love the idea of casting from land into saltwater inlets, rivers and back bays. Seems like the Red and Snook are the ultimate in-shore prize down in Fl. Up north that would probably be the Striped Bass for me.
I can't believe my brother moved to Florida almost a year ago and hasn't caught either.