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Do we really need a new thread on this topic just because it's a new year? I think not.

Beautiful day on the harbor yesterday. We ran down near the mouth of the harbor, where fishing is usually pretty good. Yesterday, not so much. After about an hour I had managed to catch a needlefish and my wife caught a pinfish, which she promptly put out as bait. It somehow got off the hook, which is rare.

I got bored and flew my drone.

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That's Bull Bay in the background.

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And another angle with Gasparilla Sound in the background.

We went over to a nearby island to try some more. I got a jack about the size of the snapper from post 16. Never caught one that small before. My wife got a pufferfish and another pinfish. She put it out as bait and again the pinfish escaped. Really weird. They're usually on the hook until something takes them off and she had two get away.

But at least there was a catboat with tanbark sail to class up the place, so that was nice.

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We didn't catch anything else. Pretty bad day fishing, which is still a good day.

 

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I achieved two personal bests yesterday. Started the day by shattering my own previous world teeniness record for snapper. That's gotta be a world record, right? There were numero

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Yesterday I spent the warm part of the day on the Arkansas, caught a nice brown right away. Wading up along the bank occasionally walking across the ice shelf, fish scurry out from under the shelf, they're tough to cast to. Went into Salida for coffee and a muffin, more fishing on the way back north but no more fish. Wading is normally tricky but doubly so when everything is covered in ice/snow.

Never saw another fisherman, it was a good day.

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44 minutes ago, bmiller said:

Yesterday I spent the warm part of the day on the Arkansas, caught a nice brown right away. Wading up along the bank occasionally walking across the ice shelf, fish scurry out from under the shelf, they're tough to cast to. Went into Salida for coffee and a muffin, more fishing on the way back north but no more fish. Wading is normally tricky but doubly so when everything is covered in ice/snow.

Never saw another fisherman, it was a good day.

The determination to fish must be strong in you. I'd have been indoors near a fire, I suspect.

We did see LOTS of other fishermen.

Cropped version of one of the pics above, showing my wife's sleeveless t-shirt.

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Since I started the 2020 thread, I considered starting a 2021, but now I can go back to my last 2020 trip and plans for 2021.

I was at Englewood Beach trying a new Pompano rig.  2 hooks tied to a leader with a weight at the end and artificial Sand Flea bait.  Not getting skunked is a 6" Whiting and a Blue Crab.  But bunches of Greenbacks.  I took some of the Greenies up to the Secret Spot for a wading trip.  I put on my 1984 O'Neil farmer john wet suit.  Rubber doesn't smell like skinny legs.  When I got there some folks said that Manatees were here.  I waded along and one of the swam right up to me.  I backed up and it cruised away.  A few minutes it came back even closer.  I braced my back foot and gave it a push with my other foot  and then called it a day.

Tom and I are anticipating the opening of Redfish on May 1 for the first time in 3 years.  To increase my odds, I bought a 14', 1963 Mitchell project boat.  It is a worthy candidate for the Cruising Forum's Ugly Boat thread.  The trailer is in good shape.  It will get a 10 gallon bait tank, just a battery air pump.  You take out 1 screw on a Minn Kota transom mount trolling motor and turn the head around and it becomes a bow mount.  I am claiming by adverse possession the 8 hp Honda motor and gallon of epoxy primer and Perfection from my brother that has been in my garage for several years.  Most of the inside will get Kiwi Grip.

I won't go far with it.  Launch at the little ramp on Placida Road, get bait by the Intercoastal and fish the islands just north of Stump Pass.

Anticipation!

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55 minutes ago, Fat Point Jack said:

Tom and I are anticipating the opening of Redfish on May 1 for the first time in 3 years.

Actually, I'm anticipating another extension of the closures.

 

57 minutes ago, Fat Point Jack said:

To increase my odds, I bought a 14', 1963 Mitchell project boat.  It is a worthy candidate for the Cruising Forum's Ugly Boat thread.  The trailer is in good shape.  It will get a 10 gallon bait tank, just a battery air pump. 

I hope it doesn't have a 1963 engine! An aerator will work OK but whitebait will probably die without circulation. I made this in 2010 and still use it on the 'toon boat.

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I put a plastic grate over the overflow outlet to stop bait from overflowing. Cut out of the pic is a little bilge pump. Just toss it overboard and plug it in. I also cut a notch for the hose and wire into the lid so I can put the pump into the cooler/livewell when moving the boat and still have the lid all the way on.

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I have a large live bait well for greenies when I want to use them, it fits under the leaning post of my 19' Mako.  I plumbed in a T-intersection in the piping from my baitwell pump and ran one line up into the cockpit for the big tank and one to the port aft built in small one that I use for shrimp and mud minnows when fishing the inlet.  Its a pretty decent setup, although the pump will outrun the drain in the small built in baitwell, so I added a few inline throttle valves to each system so I can regulate the flow.  I'm quite proud of it if I do say so myself.

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The power tilt on my fishing boat quit working while we were out a couple of weeks ago. It resumed working when a mechanic appeared, then quit working again while we were out on Friday. My mechanic walked me through testing various components via text and when we'd eliminated everything else he said to remove the trim motor and bench test it. Umm... no, how about you come and do that? So he's coming tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I did manage to tilt the engine so he can get right to work.

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The procedure was a bit of an OSHA inspector's nightmare. Got it propped up on that phone pole stump, reset the strap, inserted the concrete block and wood chunks to prop it up again, reset the strap again, then managed to lift it high enough to engage the engine tilt locks.

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8 minutes ago, Polytelum Tom said:

The power tilt on my fishing boat quit working while we were out a couple of weeks ago. It resumed working when a mechanic appeared, then quit working again while we were out on Friday. My mechanic walked me through testing various components via text and when we'd eliminated everything else he said to remove the trim motor and bench test it. Umm... no, how about you come and do that? So he's coming tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I did manage to tilt the engine so he can get right to work.

 

The procedure was a bit of an OSHA inspector's nightmare. Got it propped up on that phone pole stump, reset the strap, inserted the concrete block and wood chunks to prop it up again, reset the strap again, then managed to lift it high enough to engage the engine tilt locks.

At least you were not standing on a ladder in the bucket.

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1 hour ago, Dorado said:

Have you Florida boys tried slow pitch jigging yet?

Google Johnny Jigs on YouTube if you don't know what SPJ is all about. 

Damn, that looks legit.  Might have to get some gear and try it for amberjacks and snapper when the weather gets warmer.

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1 hour ago, Jkdubz808 said:

Aaaaand I looked at the prices of the equipment.  Holy dogshit.........

Yeah, I sold a bunch of saltwater fly fishing gear I don't use anymore and then bought spj gear. Just waiting for this fucking plague to subside and then I'm going to start using it out here on the west coast. Something new and different is always fun. 

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1 hour ago, Dorado said:

Yeah, I sold a bunch of saltwater fly fishing gear I don't use anymore and then bought spj gear. Just waiting for this fucking plague to subside and then I'm going to start using it out here on the west coast. Something new and different is always fun. 

For everything I would want it was half the price of my new T-top I installed :o

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1 hour ago, Jkdubz808 said:

For everything I would want it was half the price of my new T-top I installed :o

Penn just came out with inexpensive spj rods and any conventional reel you have already will get you started. A couple of Johnny jigs and the next thing you know, you got a box full of muttons and grouper. And didn't even have to mess with bait. 

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Getting ready for a little evening fishing trip yesterday and my wife asks me if I'm ready for her to start backing down the boat ramp.

"Yes, but there's an osprey in the middle of the ramp."

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This isn't some fancy zoom lens. That's my shadow as I leaned down with my iPhone. We were thinking about calling the local bird rescue org because that left foot looks fucked up and because it's rare for an osprey to let a human get within arms reach. Also a bit weird to sit there with wings in the water.

The bird did get tired of us soon after this pic was taken, stood up on both legs and flew off. The invasive armored catfish swam away, apparently unharmed.

So the osprey wound up being about as successful as we were at fishing yesterday afternoon.

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12 hours ago, Pedagogical Tom said:

Getting ready for a little evening fishing trip yesterday and my wife asks me if I'm ready for her to start backing down the boat ramp.

"Yes, but there's an osprey in the middle of the ramp."

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This isn't some fancy zoom lens. That's my shadow as I leaned down with my iPhone. We were thinking about calling the local bird rescue org because that left foot looks fucked up and because it's rare for an osprey to let a human get within arms reach. Also a bit weird to sit there with wings in the water.

The bird did get tired of us soon after this pic was taken, stood up on both legs and flew off. The invasive armored catfish swam away, apparently unharmed.

So the osprey wound up being about as successful as we were at fishing yesterday afternoon.

I'm always amazed by the outsized talons on ospreys.  Great design for grabbing fish that weigh as much as you do.

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Fishin' Frank's Is Coming Back!

Saw the news on Frank's FB this morning.

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Yes it's true the name of this page will be changing to Fishin Franks is back.
I know for everyone it seems like forever and yes things changed a lot over the year.
But in the end I have decided along with Robert and Terry do open another store, Fishin Franks
after the store burned and then I lost the building I wanted it took the heart out of me, depression and anger , were the key words this last summer. while still not altogether whole, Thanks to Steve and Janie Duke we have a place to open, Bill Truex and Chuck Hepp along with others will be getting it done,
I have not been in touch with most of the people who have donated and or been asking about gift cards as it was overwhelming or there was just nothing to say, But YES it will be fishin Franks and Yes we will have bait and tackle and Yes Robert will be running it and no I do not know who will be working there thanks to the people who were patience,
this happened last Friday ,
Blind Tarpon tackle will Happen just not right now. For now you will have to put up with Fishin Franks

 

(There was some talk about Robert, who is mostly blind, opening a store, if you're wondering what that part at the end is about.)

 

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It was tough to find a place to open.  Most landlords don't want a shrimp tank.

The old lot is nicely graded, but Circle K has yet to put up a catch fence.

A while back I saw a car in Sunshitter's fence.  When do we get the pleasure of paying for the fixing of the road markings?

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Since yesterday was the last day of winter I decided to get one last day of "winter" fishing in. Nice warm sunny day, banks were ice free for the most part. Fishing was productive, not stellar but still a great day. A little after noon a couple people showed up,  far too crowded for me. Last fish was pretty decent but it ran at me and swam between my legs and wrapped my waders, saved me getting my hands wet again. 

Time for someone to start the 2021 fishing thread, I'm skiing today.

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35 minutes ago, burndoc said:

16B68EB7-630D-488F-9426-C103A4135541.thumb.jpeg.ab82009e8df5b2b1a81e04b9a60c9126.jpegCancun last week

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Click on it and it flips.

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1 hour ago, dolphinmaster said:

What did you get it to bite on ?

 

Rainbow and brown/silver "gulps". Landed Five in about 90 minutes with lots of spit hooks especially when they jumped

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18 hours ago, burndoc said:

Rainbow and brown/silver "gulps". Landed Five in about 90 minutes with lots of spit hooks especially when they jumped

I think the best tarpon fights are when they throw the hook on the third jump.

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1 minute ago, Shambolic Tom said:

I think the best tarpon fights are when they throw the hook on the third jump.

I was by myself on my little boat at the 41 bridge and jumped one.  He looked down at me and I said, "Please spit the hook".

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I achieved two personal bests yesterday.

Started the day by shattering my own previous world teeniness record for snapper.

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That's gotta be a world record, right?

There were numerous bait thieves on the reef. Pretty sure a couple of snappers robbed me and my wife caught a puffer and a tiny lizard fish.

After soaking a shrimp for ten minutes or so, I figured a top level snapper had somehow managed to rob me without my even feeling it. I started to reel in to re-bait and felt heavy resistance. This came up:

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At 18 inches and just shy of 4 lbs, definitely a personal best for me. Sheepshead do get a lot bigger out by the oil rigs but I've never seen one this big in the harbor before. It was delicious.

Got bored with the reef and headed over to the Myakka River mouth, where we both caught bonnethead sharks. Didn't keep them. My wife caught a nice Spanish mackerel, which we did keep and gave to my brother. I got a nice looking trout which I would have kept if they were not still under a red tide-related moratorium.

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OK one more, no time to start a new thread.

Typical early spring pre run off day in the upper Arkansas valley.

Caught a few and spen 45 minutes one good looking fish who who took a look and a swipe at some tiny bugs.

Here is a typical brown in the river.

 

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Nice brownie, B.

I got 4 trips lined up.

Slow pitch jigging for rockfish and lingcod at San Miguel island out of Santa Barbara in April. And 3 tuna trips out of San Diego in May June and July. 

I get my second plague shot on April 6. It will be good to out in the world again. 

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Went out today. Preseason. Two strikes. Nothing landed though. Only lost one fly in the brush. Very relaxing

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went out for 2o min. opening day and such...water too high and too brown.  Will try on Sunday morning agauin ...hopefully water will be clearer and lower

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4 hours ago, bmiller said:

OK one more, no time to start a new thread.

Maybe we can prevail on a moderator to add an s and just keep this thread until 2030.

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Oddly after leaving it alone for a while starting to get a little itch to pursue some salmon in the local rivers, since this is an odd year Pinks should be plentiful & in my experience that puts other species on the bite.

And my daughter is planning a visit this summer & she does like a bit of fishing, couple of nearby lakes should fit the bill for some trout action.

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