Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Another Beavertail On Matlacha

Congrats to my buddy George for picking up this excellent BT Vengeance with a Yamaha F70.  That makes five of these skiffs right here on Matlacha alone.  The entire lineup of Beavertails are all selling like crazy right now and at least two new models will hit the market later this summer.  This is an amazing success story for a relatively small company that is quickly becoming the dominant skiff builder in Florida. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Lizard

Nothing to do with fishing but this brown anole has been hanging out with me on my back porch recently and keeping the place bug free. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pine Island Fishing Report: Break Out The Topwaters

Good news.  The snook are finally hitting the artificials.  That hasn't happened for me with any kind of regularity yet this season but something seemed to set them off late last week.  Landing them has been a different story.  I've had a pair of monster snook in the 20lb. range bust right through the leaders and a dozen smaller ones simply blast the lures right into the air and miss the hooks entirely.  It's a riot to watch but frustrating at the same time.  Keep the retrieve slow and they'll usually come back and hit the bait a couple times until they feel the metal.  The standard Zara Spook in the photo above is a proven winner but I've been introduced to a new popper that's been drawing some explosive strikes.  I'll post some more about that one later this week. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Big Red On A Nasty Day

Steve Demaiolo and his buddy Steve Pitts braved the 20 knot winds yesterday and landed this over sized redfish on the last cast of the day.  There are plenty of these fish around right now but getting them to eat has been a constant pain all week.  Banging the shorelines with soft plastics is hard work but the most effective method when the weather turns on us like it did yesterday.