Drako

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  1. Where do i start.... first off it's going to be HOT as crap when you are down here.... so early morning/late afternoon and even at nite will be better for you... Cocoa is crazy during that month...everybody is on the beach, heck they are packed right now.... and as far as lures go try to bring something to cover all zones (Top,middle,bottom)... one lure that has work for me in the surf is the rapala Xrap Ghost... also match the lures to your setup...now as far as bait goes... you can buy some dead shrimp, cut into small pieces, use a double hook setup (small hook) and try to catch any of our bait fish... use that on you 6000 setup with a simple fishfinder rig and try to use the baitfish live... get yourself a sand spike (cheap pvc pipe cut to size will work just fine) cast that out there then go back to lure fishing with your 3000 setup.... you can also fish the cocoa beach pier... or run down to Jetty park and fish there.... don't forget you also have inter coastal waterway to fish.. if the beaches get too back.. here's another tip, if you have Google earth... check out the area that you will be staying at, then look for areas that might interest you...that way you will have a starting point.. Snooks will be in the surf just like everything else... but the season will be closed on them... another things about lures... keep it simple and don't over think it...One lure can do alot of things, so don't drive yourself crazy by changing lures so much... stick to a handful of lure, and work them... look up bait shops in the area you will be in and go talk to them.... they are all pretty good at helping folks...oh almost forgot as far as the surf goes... don't worry about casting so far out with your lures, the snooks will be almost at your feet...What i do at times is carry a small backpack with a handful of stuff, and just walk the beach ...early morning are great for this...keep us updated, be safe and have fun....
  2. Nice!! and 50lb isnt overkill when you throw in the good price... i would do it in a heartbeat
  3. Mother nature is a @$# at times but you have to always roll with the punches, in others have a backup plan, if the beaches aren't up to your liking and you want to fish... bring another setup and fish our intracoastal waterways or freshwater...that's better then nothing IMO... but you can always look up Florida live cams, some of them have our beaches and that will give you some ideas of what the conditions will be like.. Check weather reports and go to Surf sites...they will also have live cams and give weather and beach reports.... that has work for me for years..and i would also try Tomkaz advise....being from up north and fishing the NY and Conn shorelines... we always had to learn to fish in chitty weather and that was hell compared to our weather conditions down here...
  4. I have said this a zillion times already and will keep doing it.... and again in no disrespect towards our forum here... you need to go to a florida base fishing forum.. "florida sportsman" has alot of opening at times.... also look up flyfishing forums and even call some of the fly shops in that area... Your guide might also be able to point you in the right direction.... One main thing to do is "Forget" everything you know and just soak in everything he tells you while you are out with him.... sometimes our ego gets the best of us and we tend not to listen... "I'v have done it" and lesson was learned pretty quick LOL...don't forget bug spray and suntan lotion ...lots and lots of the stuff... bug spray will be just incase you fish later on your own and closer to the shoreline...Good luck, have fun and let us know how you did
  5. I just never understood when using bait became a dirty word for some or like its cheating..LOL.. like i said before if that was the case everybody using bait would be slaying them all the time...hell if it was that easy i would have to take up fly fishing just to give the fish an edge... and as far as boat docks/slips most folks know me I'm one person that gets well with most common sense folks....same reason i get to hunt and shoot on private property... when i fish an area, i leave it better then what it was... unlike most now a days. I must have hit a nerve with some or something, so let me try this again> There are many forms of fishing, but in the end its all about fishing... hell i been put to shame at time when i went up against a few guys using nothing but lures, but i can only count them on one hand.. but these guys knew they were out of their element when we fish in areas that i visit... a fly rod and lure would be like taking a knife to a gun fight in this type of combat fishing..."But" what kept it fun was that we each knew it was all about fishing...not who better because of what they are using.....debating issues is good for the blood but when you start putting one style of fishing over another... well it just becomes infighting and that's never good for anybody or the sport... we call out cheaters and people who do harm to the sport we love not the way we go about it.... I hardly ever post pictures or report that's just the old school in me.... and i really don't care about my ugly mug with a fish..... but instead of someone saying something nice about my niece with one her redfish some chose to talk more about using bait ....and make an issue on that....That little girl busted her rear learning how to throw a castnet/rod and reel ... catch her first snook/tarpon/redfish/grouper/shark and a host of other gamefish and most from shore late at nite.... where most here wouldnt even dare go....and yes she even use lures, but love the feel of the line, when a snook was chasing a livebait better...even became a great shot in the four summers she came to stay with us during college break (working for us and banking money for school)..... also one of the nicest person on the pier when it came to new people....she taught me how to have patience with some folks.... but like was said real early in this topic... you can't fix stupid... now before some here say "ah i'm whining because no one said something nice about that little girl with that red fish....No thats not the point, and if that's all you see... oh well... Rod out
  6. LOL.... it seems that most of you have no clue when it come to useing bait....i guess we are all lucky and just drop a bait anywhere and Bam!!!!!!!!!!!!!! shark on LOL..it pretty easy to spot the guys that have doing this for awhile and the ones that Youtube everythightThere's a time and place for everything knowing when to use something different is what pushes most of us ahead of the pack
  7. Thanks for the nice detail report, i walk away from shark fishing after seeing too many yahoo out there and with every new crop of fishermens it kept getting more and more out of hand...Most of the newies that want to try it don't realize everything that goes into it and have no clue how to handle or clean up after themselves and that what come back to bite us in the rear....Lots of respect because i know the time you put in just to get into nice shark on spinning gear and a Tiger... Hats off on that one.. now getting back to those snook Come on man!!! LOL... you didnt try to get into one? ..... i have alway's wonder where that tip came to cut the hook off and it will rust off... i have found smaller hooks in snooks and they were there for awhile...it must also be nice to have a good group that have the same mindset as you... I believe that's the hardest thing to find, when it comes to fishing....
  8. if it isnt exciting for you then you are doing it wrong.. ... trust me if fishing with bait was easy, everybody would be catching fish.... i love the ease of fishing with lures, but in most of the places i fish.. a lure is worthless..try throwing a lure under boat slip with a boat in there...LOL... I do alot of moving in the dark and on wet rocks some times....did the same thing in NY/Conn ....but back then i was young and bouncing off rocks wasnt too bad, now forget it.. i move alot slower Those reds were caught during the day (I hate fishing daytime) and it always with new people, well except for my niece she became a little ninja and ran the rocks and docks like a champ, and at nite....Oh and there's an art to pitching a freeline livebait on a jetty at nite... and if you never done it....try it and tell me if it isnt exciting, but that would mean getting a hit.. Oh and the reason i fish livebait under heavy cover, its because i can pitch the bait in close and let him swim his way to whatever down there, plus it's more combat fishing then finesse fishing... med/light gear won't stand a chance in these tight quarter areas...
  9. I remember the Blackened redfish day's and never understood it... a burn fish with lots of spices added... and if you try to do it yourself, all you ended up doing was smoking up your whole house and setting off your smoke detector LOL....but then again i never care for red fish.. Hook l > nothing wrong with me...just having fun, now if i start using the word "Sally".... cut me off quick also you need to get over to the east coast if you want a bull red... you don't even need a boat to catch a monster red... i have caught a handful in my day... but they are great for newies cause once you get someone hook on them... they become a fishermen for life... here one that i had to bring in after my group kept breaking them off... and my niece with hers... she had landed about a dozen or so.. and i love to see the guy's faces around us when she was fighting them...
  10. I know i'm kinda stupid that way .... I mean if you say in "General" that you can't help dumb people and the only people reading this are members...hmmmm what does that suggest ... no peeing contest here...i don't try to lower myself to calling others little girls anymore... i guess i have grown LOL... but back in the day... talk about unleashing my comprehension issues ....oh lord i would have gotten a couple of warning by now...it's all good "saltfisherman" no need to get yourself all excited over your words... Al I'm not that crazy about FWC either but that's a whole other story... and as far as an inshore slam goes...i have gotten slams without even knowing it LOL...most of the day's were when i was taking new folks fishing and i was just fishing for fun/bites... i tend to target certain gamefish nowadays and imo slams are more of a tourist thing...but that's me....
  11. i use 9ft rods on piers/jetties all the time for soaking live bait, i also have a 9ft setup to toss good size lures with a 8000 reel... I also use my 7ft rod with 4000 reel setup for the smaller stuff and also on the beach to toss to snook when they are running in the surf... You can get away with the smaller setup on the beach, because all you have to do is chase it, if its a big gamefish...Most run south or north of the beach, but lord help you if they run out and all you have is a 4000 LOL... Al i quit caring what others thought, a long time ago.. and i'm pretty sure you have too.. OH i havent been out LMB fishing in awhile just got back from camping over at the cape...and we had Snook for dinner the next night..it was the first time fishing saltwater in long time... and i lost a few... my timing was way off LOL... but found a couple of new spots to hit next time....if you havent fish Cape Canaveral in awhile... alot of things have changed
  12. Kroc i never took much faith in what Guides say...they are the ones' that push the limits/slot even when the gamefish in question is in no danger.. Yes i believe they have a hard job, but they are the ones that decided on that.. Go to any of the meeting and you will see what i'm talking about...IMO if it was up to them, they would put more laws on our gamefish...Rec fishing isnt what's keeping the numbers down, but that's what they would have you believe... Do you belong to any fishing forums in your area?... Because like i said before the guys who i know on that coast are all doing well...but they also know their waters... Don't get me wrong when something come thru and brings down the numbers, I"m all in for closing the season and giving them a rest... but in saying that i also believe "Everyone" should also follow suit not just the Rec fishermen..
  13. We try to keep it simple and it's always easier to use the "Kiss System" in everything we post...I for one hate to click on any links on a open forum, but that's me... in fact i didnt click on your link... i went straight to the FWC site ..... and calling members dumb, just because you believe they should know how to click on a link>>> Come on man you are better then that... Again we are here to "Help" and there is no such thing as a dumb question... all i'm saying is to keep things simple.. heck they might be some folks that are first timers to Computers, i know a few old timers that to this day have no clue what a link/google maps or any other Computer shortcuts mean... and if you can't say something nice...then don't say it at all... and yes there were plenty of times when i said stupid things on these forums, lesson was learned and i move on...
  14. Forget any words that start with "Shark fishing" .... that's might get you thrown off some beaches.... but instead "Always" say you are fishing for Redfish/cobia/macks/tarpons... anything but sharks...Trust me if the sharks are there they will hit your bait... as well as everything else i listed... IMO you don't need to get a 12ft rod... I can catch almost anything that swims the beach with a 9ft rod or smaller...but my choice in all around rod size is 9ft ... you can fish with a 9ft anywhere (piers/jetties/shoreline) and as far as reel go, will that depends...if you are going to just soak live/cut bait then go with the biggest reel you can afford...and i would go with 40lb braid.... but again if your budget doesnt allow it.. go with mono..... Plenty of people still catching fish with mono line... don't forget it isnt the gear that makes a fishermen...hell i have seen guys catch trouts/snook on beer taps LOL.... i would also go get some PVC pipe and cut it length for a rod holder in the sand... easy to make look it up on youtube...and alot cheaper... plus you can use them anywhere... on the jetty(wedge in the rock) and the pier(bungee cords).... but above all don't get too caught up in what you need keep it simple as you can.... look up fishfinder rig.... this is where you put the sinker right in the leader with the hook/bait, what this does is load all the weight together as you cast then once it hits the water.. your bait can either swim away from the sinker or drift away (cutbait)..... i would try to fish in the early morning and later in the afternoon this way you don't have that many bathers around you... and once it get too crowed hit the jetty or pier...Yes i know you said you didnt want to be around any crowds, but trust me you might pick up some good infor ...just look for the grumpy old guy that isnt talking to anybody and watching the water and his setup... (that's mostly me LOL if i'm ever forces to fish during the day on a pier)....the hard part is getting him to talk... but once you do.. well listen and learn... good luck and keep us updated...OH before i forget if you have a smaller setup Bring it!!! you can always use it to catch bait while you are waiting for something to hit...
  15. So before anybody freaks out this is only for SW coast of Florida, here on the east coast we are still open till May 31....yes counties were posted but most don't know what areas you guys were talking about ....and as far as the snooks numbers go... i have heard from guys fishing central and northern part of the west coast that the numbers are good and size are up again....