Schooling in the IRL between 5.4 and 8.3#. Loads of fun and fantastic "eats" on Topwater or catch'em stealth mode on a Jig..tied by Dan Thompson
15# of sweetwater Cobia on 4# UL. Too bad this pond does not have visible public access cause lots of these live there.
FW Tripltail...aka Mayan Cichlid
Chris and I out Thursday managed to get a few...up to about 72 pounds
Mini Cobia but fun with the light gear.
Nice big red snapper by the birthday girl.
Another red snapper from little man
Alexis’ 2nd Cobia of the day, just 3” too small.
That's what I love to find!!
January 31 sunset on the St. Johns
Should we call it a meeting....Fish Fry at the March North Chapter Meeting.
The Sunshine Bass have made an early appearance...Good thing Stephanie fishes with me, that way I get to eat...LOL. I did get two of the little ones today.
15" tarpon in January in the Econ River south of St Rd 46. That's probably 200 miles from salt water.
Baby Thug...7 # 14 1/2 oz
Wesley Rupe with his first sheepshead
My son, Will, first time fishing for peacock bass
Peacock bass fishing with my nephew in Miami
Back in Miami for Christmas
My daughter Elena with her first Drum. Not bad at 29.5 lbs.!
Same Drum. Thanks to Dave Robb for showing me how and where to get these!
8 Year Old Carolyn Costello with her first Drum. Nice fish at 14.5 Lbs. As you can see she's just a little excited. Lost three nice ones over two days before she landed this one all by her self.
Sunset in Chokoloskee looking at the Everglades...never gets old.
We found these in the "secret" Snook spot...seems they like white bait too. Got the entire tackle box in the background, i.e. Glow Paddle Tail, White Gulp and plenty of Jig's.
Uh-Oh! 12/20/17 at Stick Marsh
33 " 12 # 11 1/2 oz Back country is loaded.
Grabbing two hours of fishing before we had to go back and checkout...worth it!
Fairly certain that Ryan caught about 25 of these...smoked'em.
Charlie with a Peacock Bass on Fly...
Chokoloskee Stud Trout, fishing the Rips
Chokoloskee Redfish and that is Ryan under there. Cold wet day but fish were caught
We managed to find a Sheepshead hideout on Day 3
The Sheeps were absolutely on fire and really nice size. We caught them up to 4 pounds. Primary diet for these guys is Oysters and that flavor comes through in the Fillets. A real FLA Flavor, Yum.
Chokoloskee Snook at Sandfly Pass
Dave with a nice drum on fly
Zella with one of three tripletail on 4lb spin up to 8lb
Al Perez with a nice tripletail
Working the business end of a large tiger shark in the Bahamas
Bahamas Mutton Snapper from shore on artificial
Big Bahamas Trigger from shoreline on artificial
Grill size Yellowtail Snapper from shoreline on Artificial in the Bahamas
Bahamas mutton from shore
Pompano Catcher Fly. This is one my son tied for me when he was home on leave
Really Nice Drum at the Bridges
Dance Partner this morning...doing the "Tail Walk"
Pompano up to 4# in the River today
First blood on the new deck
Night shift with my friend Scott
About time I caught one of these
Paid the dues, put in the time and listen to Ryan...finally a stud Snook
Out with Chris having some fun on the Bait Pods. We found a bunch of hard pulling, drag burning players...poons and Sharks
Grandson & son with bookend big smallies caught Aug 11 Drummond Island, MI.
More fun with the silver king
Pulled this Goliath Grouper off a wreck while fishing with Chris and Elena Costello a couple of weeks ago. Released unharmed.
14lb, 14 oz permit caught on August 17
Doing work with Charlie and finding the Studs like this one that was over 2 hours of pulling.
Took my friend out for his birthday. 46" Tarpon.
Elena Costello caught a couple of these bonito on a wreck
Chris Costello's daughter, Elena, caught her first kingfish on August 3
Max Alderman with his first cobia, caught on an offshore wreck
Max Alderman with his largest cuda
48" Cobia 36.5 pounds on 20 pound test
capt.troy perez 35lb king
A good day of fishing on the 4th of July!
Chloe with 32.6 on 15lb test line
14 lb. scamp caught during FSFA tourney. One of 5 grouper we got that day.
He couldn't resist shooting one with the speargun
My son was home for a couple days. Nice mangrove off a wreck.
Catching them on the White boat too..reviving
zella with a 30lb red on a top water plug
Dave's First Cobia out with Ryan and Andre. The Cobia came boat side with the Jack...mistake.
Al Perez still bringing in the big ones
Zella Helton with a cobia
Stephanie with a beautiful 44"er ....way to go!
Off the Structure on Fly...about the most I've worked for a 36" Drum keeping it and my fly line clear.
8A Memorial Day King with my daughter
Nice 34" IRL School Drum.... with a 23" Waist...right at 21.5 pounds. Nice Catch
Glad I had to throw this one back😠
started the morning with an AJ on a wreck
Nice morning, calm seas, hungry fish
First Club "LOGO" fish, ever.
Steve's 6-14 on windy Stick Marsh, 04/29
Carol's 3-9 on 04/29. You can tell avid Bassers by weather they fish in.
Steph and her beautiful Largemouthed Bass on Gold Spoon
Stick Marsh April 25th, one of 57 for Steve & me.
Best of the very good day
Even a Chug Bug scored early
They just kept coming, from 7:30 to 3:00 PM
Stick Marsh Apr 21, nice morning before wind kicked up.
Baby girl out doing dad again at Toho
Steve Stewart with an inshore Pompano.
Lindsay Rowland March 2017 - 27.5", 6.5 LBS Seatrout on Fly
Literally ripped his Top Lip off during the fight...When fishing with Ryan "LockDown" Vetsch it is common..LOL Awesome night/morning fishing through the Sunrise.
16 lb bluefish. On the hunt to break some of the old records.
I have found these in LMB stomachs in excess of 10" long. Top-water early and a Prop on it aint a bad idea. Devilhorse or CharlieHorse lures will work for a few weeks while the Needlefish are here.
They have shown up in Force this year...leader up...
A Little better today...a few footballs.
Another Bi-Catch fall victim to the Yellow Stick Shadd a Channel Catfish 12# 8oz Spin Tackle
Bi-Catch while chasing the Crooked Striped Marauders, nice 12# Long Nose on Spin/10# - Sebile'
They tend to hit like a Freight train on 10# Spin and Weightless Plastic
The best I've found for troll (when there is enough water) Lucky Craft MR80. Did not use it this year. The next several pics are related to the Freshwater Shad/Bass/Sunshine discussion North MTG
RattleTrap but by a different manufacturer (just a personal preference)
Standard Rapala X-Wrap I use trolling
Weightless Rigged Plastic Jerk Baits that I cast at schooling fish. Rig it either way Up or down like shown...they don't care.LOL
Slow Sinking Twitch Baits...for Casting at School Fish and Searching
Ralph & I experienced a controlled burn Mar 1st at Farm 13, made 11:30 am look like twilight.
Ralph with a nice Farm 13 bass, one of 21 for the day for he and Dave
Best of the 21 fish morning for Ralph & Dave, Wednesday Mar 1st.
Carol with one of her 5lb+ bass from the Marsh on 2/25/17. This one was 5.3#. One of 21 we caught that day.
More Stick Marsh results, this from Tuesday, 28th. An average LM here.
Ralph with a fat 5# LM, one of two best of the day.
Ralph with a second 5# Bass on Tuesday.
3 # 7 1/2 oz Baby Vudu Shrimp
Ralph's back at it, just a 4.5# so far, one of 22 for the day at Farm 13
Managed a few myself at south end of Farm 13 on Tuesday morning, this chunk my best for the day.
Foggy Morning St Johns Pickerel
Zella Helton 51.8lb black drum on fly was release unharmed
6lb.8oz. sunshine bass today. True fatty.
UL spec and catfish on rattletrap
Stick Marsh Feb 8th. Very few bass, good average size.
Best of the Feb 8th morning, 21.5", Texas rigged plastic.
First speck on a rattle trap
Hopefully this is the Start...Sunshine Hybrid Bass
Captain Troy Perez
61 lb on Fly!
Big Drum Day.
55 lb on LG
49 Lb On Gen
40 More Points.
40 more to go!
Not chewing like they should yet. New Location in lieu of Econ area
Bowfin on 4lb test on a shad jig
We need to designate Tilapia a points fish. It ate a spro rattletrap
Part of a 40 point day on the St Johns!
I'll get there yet!
2lb, 4oz St Johns crappie caught by my wife, Margaret, who didn't want me to post her picture.
A 3.5er, 1 of 11 for the slow morning in Farm 13.
6#-9oz Stick Marsh pre-spawn lady, Jan 20th
14 pound trippletail 1/20/17
This shad looks like it went through some full contact sport to get here...least we can do is go catch'em.
PB Sheep 5/3. 20" Length x 16 3/4+" girth
SJR pickerel - 2lb, 6 oz.
First tarpon on fly, thanks Everglades
The Mullet doesn't have a chance
A couple shots that Stephanie got while we were out 1/1/17, this one she named: Pelican taketh
Yellow Bullhead aka Butter Cat and Yellow Belly
Last fish towards Grand Master 45" on UL 4# test.
plug tackle redfish using spooltek lure I got at the auction
Let's go Tarpon Fishing in December...12/7/16
Personal best Redfish. 37". 10 points on light general
The trip following the Club Auction...Windy Windy but we managed to get half dozen Drum and assorted Sheeps and Trout. Tarpon rolling but no takers today.
Caden w/ the best Sheep of the Day
Only took finding a school to finally get one on Fly
Pompano up over 4 pounds in the river
Might have been a 2 pound Spec if it had all of its tail... :)
Zella Helton with a nice snook 9lb on a pink jig :)
an "on the way in" surprise and a dinner guest
Charlie and I managed to get a few hours on the water Saturday...kept the smell off the boat.
Out with Chris P. today and found this FATTY. Judging by her girth, she doesn't play the "mis-a-meal" game. Not so good note, Chris messed up his Arm helping me land this dinosaur.
Ryan and myself out chasing Reds and Tarpon...found a few. More Tarpon in Rinker Canal at the Mouth than I've ever seen. They are stacked up and a lot of them over the 4' mark.
Went Red fishing yesterday and hooked Tarpon, went Tarpon fishing this morning and caught Reds...
Clown Knife Fish - Built to fight and can swim backwards to add that little extra pull and they jump like their on a trampoline
A little fun with the Peacocks in Palm Beach County with Dad and Brother
Just shy of 15 Pounds...nice Channel Cat returned to the water
The size that makes me act like a kid...8# 6oz
Final CCA Entry 3 # 10 oz
Fattest Snook to date. 38" 22.5 lbs
Another great trip with Dave!
almost a dozen are finding their way to the smoker tomorrow...Charlie is hooking them up. Really good day today
Found the bait and these big ole Bonito's causing a lot of destruction...my best to date, 13# 7oz and 35"
Found the right one at the end of my Jig...Finally
Chattahoochee river long nose gar
Three this morning, all about the same size and same Jig
Bridget with a 17lb red snapper
Steve golf with a red snapper on 15lb test
First SJR trip since June 3rd. 2 decent cats before 8am.
We had to move to get away from these little guys this morning. Anyone looking for 11" Reds, let me know..LOL
Hanging out with the Rolling Tarpon...
First Tarpon and an Olympic Jumper (FUN)....Same Jig caught a Tarpon, a Red and a Sheepshead today
Last two hours of daylight...Simple 1/8th oz Jig w/ Bucktail.
Biggest Snook to date. 39.5" and 20 lbs
He was holding my spot..LOL
Even a Sailcat is kewl with FSFA...
Finally a "Sheepie of the Day"
Very kewl to find'em in the IRL. We sited and caught five today. Best of the day, just shy of 6#.
caught about 3' from the boat on retrieve...Great Species day for Steph with, Whiting, Sailcat, Tripletail, redfish, ladyfish and sheeps all today
Steph spotted this one and made a fantastic shot on it. Great Day for us.
From the Tarpon Grounds Saturday. We managed to get one to take but only gave one Big Jump and a Spit. The Tarpon were all around us, just not eating much.
My Nephew Caden with first Tarpon..there is a big'ole smile under his wrap
25.75" and THICK but only 4.89#, SP on Gulp
Released to Grow-up and become a Club fish
Another Anorexic Flounder
nice 8a surprise while live-baiting kingfish
Nearly a Gator and only a touch over 3# @ 23"
one good one out of a couple dozen this morning
a ton of these Snappers 1/2 to 1 1/2 pound around the power plant
Steph getting in on the Littlest Jack contest..LOL
The Delaware Bay "Baby Drum" of the trip 20lbs
Del Bay Horseshoe Crab...blah
Little guys on the 3rd but a good variety
Little guys on the 3rd but a good variety
me and the Fly Rod getting along better now..LOL
C-54 by Catch up to 1 # 5 oz
HOUR JACK on Top Water popper aboard #finfactorcharters with Capt. Joe Smith and John Durkee
Bill Hendrix and I with a couple ENDANGERED RED SNAPPERS caught and RELEASED ALIVE. We caught quite a few on Saturady during the CFOA tourney aboard #finfactorcharters with Capt.Joe Smith/John Durkee
My son, Will, pulled up this 20lb ARS on May 19. Safely released, it swam back to the bottom, but apparently is counted by NOAA Fisheries as a "removal".
Econ gives up another good one
On the N-IRL for a "quick" Mothers Day look-and-see where they are... one @ 26.25" and this one @ 27.25"
largest of 7 catfish on May 6
1 of 5 channel cat for Bill & Dave from SJR near Rt 520 on May 3rd
Spotted Sunfish aka Stumpknocker
These little guys are good for big Cats
It's what has been working..Cats and Panfish
Steph with a fighting surprise, 7lb 4oz Channel Cat on White Sebile U. Nope, she don't like getting near Cats that don't have fur.
First Point Fish for Steph LMB..3lbs 14oz White Sebile U
7lbs 14oz North Lake Harney (Live Shiner)
15lbs 7oz / Live Shiner / South Lake Harney area
Football time for Ryan - one of two caught on 4/29/16
They say that someone from the past has returned to say hello if one of these visits you offshore...
Today's Lure Sebile 90mm Floating Wake Bait view2
Today's Lure Sebile 90mm Floating Wake Bait view 1
4lb 13oz, SJR North Lake Harney
I got to take a good friend out for bass this morning.
They are thick on the St Johns right now (Hwy 46 - Harney). This is the groceries to supercharge the Green Fishes.
Late April surprise 3lbs 4oz
14lb blackfin tuna on April 26
4/22 part of the 109 LMB day
4/22 part of the 109 LMB day
4/22 part of the 109 LMB day
Denny with one of the Stick Marsh Weed Bass on 'Earth Day'
'Mr Whiskers' took a 'Chug Bug' at the Marsh, a personal first.
One of 16 from the Stick Marsh on Apr 22nd.
Another nice morning on the St Johns
Red Ear Sunfish (ShellCracker)
FSFA members Owen, John, Steve, Chris with a nice dolphin catch out of Port Canaveral on the "No Fear". April 12, 2016
9 of 25 at stick marsh on 4/12/16
20 of 25 at stick marsh on 4/12/16
Lake Harney Bass on April 14. I need longer arms.
A 4+ at Stick Marsh on April 13th, one of 29 taken by Steve Collins and myself on a pretty day.
Steve took this 6-2 at the Marsh on a small plastic craw w 4# UL, a 20 point fish, bringing him one step closer to Bass species master.
Steve with another good-un at Stick Marsh on April 13th.
First time I've caught a Bowfin in with Schooling Bass, on twitch bait (P)
First Fish on Fly...and it begins
can't get much closer...trying out Carolina Rig w/ Gulp
Nice surprise while LMB School fishing. I dropped her back in the water before a proper picture...oh well, she was going back anyway.
The Werner's w nice double, Will trying to make sure his appears bigger than his dad's.
Dave's son 'Alan' with 6.5# stick marsh bass on April 1st.
Alan w 5.5# bass taken early on April 1st.
Grandson 'Will' with 4.0# bass, one of 25 for the boat on April 1st.
Dave's grandson 'Will' with 6.5 SJR catfish on slow day
Fished with Steve C. today and got this beauty...6lb 8oz (SP)
a few pictures from the St Johns River last few weeks/Month
56 lb. King. On 8A 3-25-16
Dolphin caught be Steve Goff on Bahamas trip with Richard Bostrom and Chuck Rehm 3-16-16
Bonefishing in Bahamas Feb 2016
Terry Winn with Wahoo, 03/16/16, 80# gen tackle, 42# 14oz, north Ponce @ 140', high speed lure, caught with Jon Turner.
Dave w 1 of 24 Stick Marsh bass Ralph & he got 03-17.
Dave's friend Ralph w 6# Stick Marsh bass 03-17
47" red on a white Gibbs Bottle Nose
Chris and Elena Costello with Sunshine Bass
Elena Costello with her 4lb, 15 oz Sunshine Bass
46.5# Black Drum on Plug - 3/4/16 by Ryan Vetsch
46# Black Drum on 10# Spin by Leon Vetsch - 3/4/16
Max Alderman with a 4lb, 4 oz sunshine bass
peacock bass fishing in Miami
Shad are here, keep an eye out for the Reel Time boat coming to our area soon ...
Chris Pashos with Gag Grouper 38.5 Pounds. Heavy weight 2015, caught 12/31/2015
Margaret Thompson with the first shad of the morning, which became bait for catfish
Dan Thompson with a 10lb, 6 oz channel catfish caught on Jan. 29, 2016
UAE near Fujairah 2015- Same fishery as here, red snapper, dolphin, tuna, grouper, mackerals. Our charter was cancelled due to hostile activity in the nearshore waters so we went to this fish market.
Kristine's First Sailfish- Isla Mujeries Mexico -2015
Isla Mujeries Mexico- 2015 black grouper while trolling behind a sail boat
Northern Pike from Northern Canada - 2015
Yellowtail Snapper on fly- FL Keys 2015
Redfish outside of Port Canaveral on the Maverick -2015
Jeff Cunningham on the Maverick with a slob redfish outside Port Canaveral -2015
Walleye on fly from northern Canada -2015
One of a lot of reds that day
Slot snook that went home for dinner
Overslot before the front
Wabasso Last slot Snook for 2015
Good day at the stick marsh
Another good day at the stick marsh
Not bad for a couple of hours
Valkaria, Pompano 2 # 5 oz
Valkaria, Pompano 1# 13 oz
C - 54 11/24/15 1 # 11 oz
C - 54 11/18/15 Triple Tail
20 MAHI out of Seb Inlet Nov 12. Found on debris.
A Blue Marlin Catching Some Air!
A Monster Yellow Eye (22lbs)
Debby Silva. 39" Redfish. Mouth of the Port. 6# test. Live finger mullet. 11-2-15
A good day at lake Washington
I am a believer. Thanks Dave
Wabasso Ramp at high water.
Nice ladies playing guitar.
A lotta fun on light gear
31 lb Red Grouper and mounted on my wall!
Getting ready for a day of fishing from Capt. Hiram's
A nice dolphin going airborne at Capt. Hiram's event
The start of a nice-weather day. Capt. Hiram's event
The Rowlands with simultaneous dolphin. Capt. Hiram's event.
Map of KSC Fishing area. Goes with Description under "News" section of web site
25 lb. Mahi coming to gaff
UL Barracuda caught over a wreck - 21lb, 11oz
Sebastian Inlet Redfish. July 25, 2015
May 2015 opening grouper day