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About zcoker

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  • About Me:
    Easy going, carefree, always willing to help others, give advise to anything related to fishing, fishing locations, tackle and so forth. Florida is a fishing mecca and it's easy to get lost amid the fishing chaos. It's a big plus to know someone who is willing to share and share alike their own experiences in a friendly, knowledgeable way.
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    Fishing! I fish ALL the time ALL over the state of Florida for all kinds of fish. I tag sharks for NOAA's apex predator program. I work full time and have a wife who enjoys fishing as much as I do. I live a modest life and take the days as they come...or take the fish as they come LoL. I specialize in fishing for BIG sharks from the surf but enjoy other types of fishing as well, Snook, Tarpon, etc. I enjoy hooking up with others, going on fishing trips, doing whatever it takes to score the fish!
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  1. Minnow Run is here! Most don't know about it, else they know about it but brush it off but the annual (summertime) minnow run can be as good as the famous Fall mullet run here on the southeast coast of Florida. Plenty of fish to be had. The minnows run in thick pods tight against the shoreline, drifting along and everything in the ocean comes up after them. Of course, sharks are in the mix LoL. Playing around with the poons....they are everywhere! Wife's magic with camera. Now this is a very lucky catch....this shark I tagged almost a year ago and I've caught it 3 TIMES! Note the growth on tip of tag. Out of the whole wide ocean, can't seem to shake this gal LoL
  2. Gotta use the waves. Keep head in water. It’s like riding a small sub off the beach lol. Gotta kick off the big girls a ways out. With arms and body already wrapped around a big shark, any “fear of sharks” is a sorta foregone conclusion... no kidding!
  3. Sometimes at the beach on a beautiful south Florida day I see people splashing about with bait busting all around them or birds diving or in very cloudy water...all with the least of worries. They all put themselves right in the middle of the feast! Point is, know thy conditions. Perfect example amid the bikinis and coconut oil....jumping right out of the surf to slam the lure! Tried to tell ‘em but showed them instead lol Now when I swim these gals off in the pitch black ocean, I tend to push the limits!
  4. They'll be fine, man, as long as they are well made, which they look it. I've had older leaders last a long time; catch double digit sharks with no issues. Regardless, when in doubt, switch it out, especially when dealing with sharks.
  5. Covid Fishing going strongly, making the best of it, from big sharks to grand baby lol Ain’t no fish but certainly a keeper!!! Try swimming this gal off in the pitch black ocean lol
  6. Yep. All over the place. Covid cruisers Lol Inlets, beaches, rolling strongly. Go get ‘em!
  7. Yes indeed....when they hit top water, it’s game on! Best it gets imho.
  8. Sure, if ever in the area. Can check out lotta my lure action in the Florida forum under Sharky Weekend.....fun stuff!
  9. No boats, man, all from the sand!
  10. If you are going the Expedition route, get the 5500. I lure fish for blacktips here in S Florida with this reel and it performs very well. I use the 8000 Expedition for casted baits. Both reels are fine surf reels with no issues so far. These blacktips once hooked can put a poon to shame!
  11. Been keepin NOAA busy....lotta my finned friends out there getting tagged. Fun times with fellow SOL'er Jeffory!
  12. Don't knock yourself out, man, sheet happens LoL. Only in words can the scene be described now: I was reeling in a decent blacktip shark at the break, most of the fight over with the full leader exposed, only a few inches to go.....All of a sudden, we both look out a few yards behind the captured shark and see this massive fin slicing through the water, like a periscope, aiming directly toward us. The fin got bigger and bigger, closer and closer.....what the hell!! We then see this massive and very distinct shadow of a giant hammerhead coming right up to the shoreline to grab the captured shark, which was slapping its tail vigorously to get away. The whole area became a big wide eerie shadow, as big as a small boat. When the hammer went to snatch the blacktip --just inches from the sand-- the blacktip went mega crazy, slapping the sand and water widely to get away; finally gaining traction, it took off madly for open water. In hot pursuit, the hammer did a massive tail-spin, slicing up the water violently in turn, like a big knife, cutting up to ribbons water everywhere. Suddenly, the water exploded a just a few yards out and we both see the blacktip go air bourn like a freshly launched missile, followed by the hammer's massive head and wide open mouth in hot, hungry pursuit..... Since this whole scene played out directly in front of us, vertical to the line, the mainline got cut off quickly from the hammer's massive body. And, yes, the blacktip got away safely. The water was very clear that day, so we had full view of this incredible site. Hats off to ya Jeff for trying, was epic and we both got to see this marvel of nature play out before our very eyes......which is, at the very least, recorded forever in our memories.
  13. Jeff, you did real good, man! Had a great time fishing with you...as usual. Dedication, little foot work, right place, right time...glad things worked out for you on this trip. We had some EPIC days, man, sure did lol Now you KNOW how insane this fishery can be. Looking forward to seeing you in March!
  14. Sorry, I just saw this...I must've been busy fishin or somethin LoL Funny how these young kids today don't take to this sport like some of us fishin fanitics do....just plain lazy and uninterested....must be the day and age, who the hell knows LoL Man, do they ever lift their noses from those phones!! No need to give them up, either. Just shoot me a PM when in the area, will see how things play out.
  15. Well, you don’t need a broom stick with these fish, so I’d suggest the XH version. Got to have a little flex to get the baits out there and also to fight them (or control them) when they start jumping from wave to wave...or should I say FLYING from wave to wave lol It’s not all rod, either, but a combination of everything. Don’t know where you are fishin but these blacktips and spinner sharks down here in S. Florida during our annual migration can push over 150 pounds. And that can be like trying to tame a ballistic missile....literally!