Guys, It has been a little while since I sent anything out….life has been busy! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year so far.
Florida is such a great state for fishing! With all the warm weather we are still having, the trout are still out on the flats. We have been catching them in about 3′ of water with our normal popping cork rigs. Live shrimp have been a good appetizer too. I have been rigging a jig and then putting a shrimp on too and the trout seem to like it.
Reds are scarce unless you can get back in the creeks and back country marsh. The reds move way back in there this time of year. With the winter time tides, this makes it a little tough unless you run an airboat, kayak or jet foot. I have two kayaks and plan on doing some kayak fishing soon.
I would like to close this update by thanking each of you for your support in 2018. It has been a great year and each of you have helped me make it great. I am looking forward to what God has planned for 2019.
I hope you guys are having a good summer so far. One thing is for sure, it is HOT! If you are outside much, make sure you hydrate a lot. It makes a big difference.
I’ve been on the water a lot lately. The breeze has helped keep it somewhat cool and we’ve had to dodge a few storms here or there so keep an eye out for those thunderstorms that like to pop up.
Recently, Producto Lures has picked me up as Pro Staff. Super thankful to have companies out there like this that support guides all over. These guys do a lot of freshwater baits but also have a saltwater section called 12 Fathom. Check them out online at www.productolure.com.
Scallop season is in full swing but my customers are still wanting to fish which is totally fine with me. Redfish, drum and trout are still biting. The hot weather makes us work a little harder at times but that is fishing!
Shrimp should start running soon in the St John’s River. We call this the shrimp run. I like to throw a cast net to catch some dinner and put some back in the freezer (for dinner some other time). You can keep up to 5 gallons per boat. If you have never done this before you should give it a try. It’s a blast and sometimes you catch catfish, flounder, etc. I have extra nets and can teach you to throw at the beginning of the trip. Sometimes we even mix some fishing in after we catch our shrimp.
The trout and redfish bite has been good lately. We are still using popping corks for the trout. Underneath the cork, we usually use a 1/4oz jig head and the gulp new penny color or gulp pearl color.
For redfish, cut mullet is a great way to catch them but if you are up for casting, then you can cover a lot of ground and have some fun with a Redfish Magic spinnerbait. Just keep it off the oyster bars the best you can. Once you feel bottom just pick your rod tip up and that will pick your lure up a little.
The black drum are also out there and if you can find one tailing, just get a live shrimp (under a bobber) close to him and you will have a good fight on your hands. The big black drum are not great table fair, in my opinion, but man they are fun to catch! My daughter would always make me chase tailing black drum around when I was trying to catch redfish. She enjoyed the hunt and the fight. She didn’t care about it not being on the table, just enjoyed the moment.
Today I was out on the water with my brother in law and nephew. We were after bass but the warmouth and other panfish were hitting everything we threw. We finally tied on a few beetle spins and had some fun. My nephew hooked up on a mud fish (bowfin) and had a great fight on his hands. Most of us consider this a trash fish, but Brody didn’t care one bit about what type fish it was, only that it was giving him a fight.
Sometimes we as adult fishermen and fisherwomen seem to lose sight of what is really important on the water. We often times get so caught up in the quest for that monster game fish, the “need” to load the boat with fish…..that we forgot what got us there in the first place-the love of being out there and feeling a tug on the line.
Take a kid fishing every chance you get and don’t be so concerned about what you are catching. This wll do two things right away; first, it will give them a great time on the water and second, it will help you remember why you fell in love with this fishing thing in the first place.
Here’s the new addition to the fleet. So thankful to Nate Williams and Miller’s Boating Center for being patient and working with me on this new office. Most of all thanks to Jesus for making this possible. God continues to take me to places I only dreamed of and at times, never thought possible.