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  1. No where for a guy like me to go being in the FloraBama region so starting this up and hoping for other Alabama and Florida panhandle folks to show up. Lower Alabama piling pigs taken today, suffered a broken rod to the fatty on the right.
  2. Hello folks, I need a little help with some equipment. I'm still new to the Gulf, and I've learned multiple times to upsize my gear which I've been working on. I have a couple of st croix mojo conventionals with Penn squall 20s, 65# braid and 80# mono, and what I've learned is even with the drag at one hundred percent if I'm fishing near substantial structure and I hook into something sizeable, I have no chance. These set ups did me very well live lining stripers in the north east and they are great for triggers/beeliners/smaller snappers but live lining big baits and they are not so good. Anyone got some recommendations? Fishing 100-400' of water primarily. I was lead to believe what I had would work but I don't think so at this point. Thanks boys
  3. I’m going on a much needed vacation down to St. Petersburg Florida in a week and was wondering if anyone had some ideas on what the fishing is like and if they had any tips for me? Me and my pops aren’t from the area so we’d love to know if anyone has any ideas on where to go. Also if anyone has a guide they’d recommend please also let me know. Looking forward to it and hope everyone is doing well. -Ben
  4. There is a few small groups of two-handed spey rod fisherman fishing the surf, inlet and intercoastal and Florida and it seems to be growing. There is a guy in Orlando, Florida named John Grasta who is from New York and did a lot of fly and spinning fishing there when he was younger. Now he is hard core into 2 handed spey and is making a wave down here. They have been going to Sebastian Inlet every weekend fishing the North side. Their group is growing the style of fishing and I think it will become more popular in the future with them pushing it. He had me build him a Sage Igniter 10150-4 15' 4 piece rod. It was my first fly or spey rod and it urned out very clean. He prefers eva to cork because of the way you can hold the fly line when fighting a fish in saltwater and has had me switch his other spey rods to eva.
  5. So I have some Tax return money and considering treating myself. I currently have a pair of Carolina Cast Pro 13' 3-6 Gen1 paired with a true Surfcasting distance reels, Shimano Power Aero 14000. I know you can target Pompano with a broomstick but I love a light set-up for a swift cast and to enjoy the fight. Below are my key points. I would love opinions from rod builders or from actual experience on the rods/blanks to be recommended. -Thank you! Rod weight: I want a rod that is 15 oz max, fully built. It will be on a spike after the cast but I love light equipment for a sweet cast. Sweet spot for casting: Will cast 3-4 oz sinkers plus small bait (sandfleas/shrimp on double dropper rig). Reel: Considering a 9-10 oz reel. Daiwa Certate LT or a Shimano Stradic in 4000 size to keep the set-up light and strong Rod action: I like how my cast pro rods load, very easy and they are not stiff. As a comparison I had the Tiralejo 12' 2-6 and I did not like it, it was too stiff and I felt a recoil down my shoulder when putting some power on the cast. Targets: Will target Florida Pompano and whiting (max 5 lbs) 90% of the time but sometimes you hook a fierce Permit or Drum (8-20 lbs) Looks: I like beautifully crafted equipment, the Legend Surf and the CTS Studio Vapor trail look gorgeous online... My experience level: I am no Pro but I have been surf fishing with my 13' rods for 3-4 years now, have had a casting lesson and can get my rods to load enough for my needs. I can get 120 yds and honestly that is the max I need in the beaches I frequent.
  6. Wife and I just started surf casting. Went to Indian Rocks beach and caught two small catfish. Looking for other recommendations for shore fishing spots in Tampa Bay Area. Thanks
  7. We are new to surfcasting and live in the Tampa area. Our first trip was to Indian Rocks beach. Looking for anyone familiar with this area if there are recommendations for additional nearby beaches or inlets?
  8. I have a question about braided line on VR and VSX reels. Is there any reason why you would not recommend deviating from the published line recommendations? For example, will 15# braid cast better than 20# on a VR50 with marginally less strength? On the other end of the spectrum, will the small cup of the VSX150 be a problem for 40# or 50# braid when throwing artificials for snook or tarpon. I normally wouldn't care about experimenting, but braid is expensive and there's a ton of smart anglers who can answer my question and save me a few bucks. I just moved to FL so there is a lot of different fishing going on, not just surfcasting (who knew).
  9. I am taking a trip to Jupiter Florida in January. I was wondering what flies/colors/hook size people like to get on Jacks, Blues, and maybe Spanish (or other fish that would be in the area in January). The water I plan fly fishing is the surf from the inlet to the pier. Thanks!
  10. Newcomer here. I've been catching a lot of sharks and rays from the surf and I always release them. But I was on a party boat recently and saw that people were taking them home (one of them was a Blacktip, I don't know what the others were). Do all sharks (that we can take home) taste similar? I'm 50/50 on trying it... But I guess I won't know unless I try it? I read that it's best to gut it right away and ice it to prevent it from getting too much of the ammonia scent. I guess I'll start with that.
  11. So... This is a new one for me. I went surf fishing this morning and saw a random person picking up a gun and shooting it into the sand. I had my GoPro and was able to capture it. Unfortunately, the sound of the gun going off isn't as loud as I heard it in person. There are two angles that I was able to record. Second angle might be better... Anyone else ever have a gun going off while fishing on the surf? It's open carry in Florida for people who are fishing, hunting, or camping. Still, I never considered bringing a firearm. I recently bought one, but it will stay inside the house. Whoever left the gun on the surf needs his license taken away. It's like leaving kids and pets in a hot car. Negligence. Anyone, including kids, could have picked up the gun and shot themselves or others and caused harm. Drama starts at 4:30 minute mark.
  12. After two weeks of borderline losing my mind trying to tempt one of these grass carp in a local lake here in Boca, I finally succeeded to get one to commit to eating a fly. These fish are damn difficult to target on a fly rod. I was hiding behind trees trying to cast, crawling on my hands and knees to get close enough to a fish, climbing trees with a pair of binoculars to try and spot the next target, and probably looking like a crazy person in general to anyone watching. The other issue was the flies. In the past two weeks I managed to get a good number of accurate casts to multiple fish, but they wouldn't pay attention to anything I tried, and obviously there's no shops open to stop by and pick anything up, so I had to do my best to tie some flies that resemble grass with whatever materials I could scavenge around the house. I cut up some cat toys and the pull chain from the ceiling fan for bead chain eyes, and was able to put together a few flies that eventually caught the attention of the one fish I landed. If anyone can recommend any flies or tactics I should try out I'd love to hear them. But yea, happy to have landed my first carp. Here's some photos....
  13. Hello all, I've been stalking your forum for several years. Usually when I'm looking for advice and I google your forum pops up in the first few results. I've got a question that I've been battling with for a while now. I'm primarily a Kayak angler in the Summer/Springtime when the offshore bite is on fire. But come fall/winter I transition to Surf fishing. I say all that to ask. What rods in the 9ft - 10ft 2oz-4oz rating would you recommend that's easy on the pocketbook. Unfortunately, I broke 2 of my surf rods this last winter and I'm looking to replace them for this coming season. I am looking in the price range of $50-$130. I've seen some reviews on the Okumas and Tica rods and they're very hit or miss. Specifically the Rockaway and the Tica UGSA rods. I've been looking at the Tsunami Trophy II but I'm not liking how the break is 70/30 now and the break is at the butt section of the rod any input on that? Also, I know Academy has the H2O express series surf rods does anyone have any input on those? Anyone have experience with the Penn Squadron surf rods? These rods will be used primarily as pompano/whiting rods with the occasional bull red or black drum. I fish light line usually in the 20lb range of braid and smaller reels in the 3000 - 4000 series.
  14. Hey everyone, Longtime lurker, first time poster. I've managed to negotiate a half day of fishing in Jupiter when the wife and I go down to see my in-laws on the weekend of the 13th of April. I was planning on doing a morning kayak rental somewhere down there, does anyone have any tips? I was going to fly fish, have an 8 wt and a spool of floating line and intermediate and a fly tying bench with enough materials to add me to a PETA watch list. My plan right now is to rent a kayak at Jupiter Outdoor Center on Indian Town Road and paddle around there. Thanks in advance.
  15. Hey all, I’m an experienced fisherman from the northeast traveling to St. Pete Beach in early April. I will be fishing from the surf and am looking to hook into some big Jacks. I’m not too aware of what is around this region of Florida during this time of the year but I’m hoping to see some big Jacks. If Jacks will be running the beach during this time, how should I target them? Thanks
  16. Hey all, This question go out to all who have experience or intel on fishing the south beaches of Florida. Within the next few weeks I will be traveling to the beaches of southern Florida. I am looking to surf cast off the beach for just about whatever bites! I have every piece of fishing tackle a striped bass fisherman could want, however I am extremely ignorant on what to fish down south to target the sport fish of Florida. I plan on bringing a selection of lures to cover the water column but I was curious as to what you all would recommend to bring with me. Thanks
  17. My wife and I are going to the keys in Sept. Looking for a good capt/guide to go with for tarpon / snook. I don't want to troll for anything.
  18. This could get out of hand for Tim and Otter in a hurry. How do you think they got the Herpes? July 11 (UPI) — A Florida man who installed a deer feeder and a game camera in his back yard captured photos of something unexpected — dozens of monkeys. Brian Pritchard said he camera he set up at his Ocala home has been taking photos during the past few days of about 50 rhesus macaque monkeys eating from his deer feeder. He said the monkeys climb the feeder and spin the plate to make corn shoot off in multiple directions to feed the whole group. “They’re vicious. They’re extreme. I mean, they get extremely nasty,” Pritchard told WFTV. He said the monkeys have taken about 250 pounds of deer feed in recent days. “Obviously the monkeys have it down pat. They don’t have to wait on it. They climb up the poles and they just sit there and spin it off the plate,” Pritchard said. Pritchard lives about four miles from Silver Springs State Park, where an estimated 200 rhesus macaques live after a group of the primates were brought to the park as part of a river boat attraction in the 1930s. Researchers said many of the monkeys carry the deadly herpes B virus. Two areas of the park have recently been shut down due to increased monkey presence after a family visiting the park last week captured video of their encounter with an aggressive family of macaques. Pritchard said he and his family are scheduled to move into a home on the Ocala property next week. He said he does not currently have plans to take measures against the monkeys. “As long as they don’t bother me or my kids, I’m not going to bother them,” he said. He said he is prepared to take drastic measures if there is any sort of “incident” involving the monkeys. “I’m not going to let a bunch of monkeys make me move,” he told CBC Radio.
  19. Went out the other day in search of the elusive clown knife. Was highly disappointed with no clown bites despite seeing over 20 of them gulping on the surface. Did manage this nice toad, my biggest so far this year.
  20. Quadratrack Q9000 9,000 pound winch new in box. I should never of bought this for my boat trailer. Cost was $300 plus shipping. I can't afford to ship it to anyone, this is heavy. It is in Key Largo, FL as am I. I could bring it up to Homestead or down to seven mile Bridge, no sweat. I will let go for $245. Peace
  21. Hey everyone, My wife and I are headed to Melbourne Florida and we were wondering if anyone had some tips on fishing gear to bring and maybe some hidden gems to check out. (not secret spots of course as I respect the locals) We will be there for 6 days and we would love to cast a few lines. Cheers Neil
  22. A brief note, then a shower and to bed. We are back in Long Island, breathing damp but temperate air, as opposed to the thick goo that Floridians whimsically call "air." The bride is of Sicilian descent and would love to retire to Florida. She can discuss that with her next husband, not with this one. Bleah .... we'll go down in February or maybe March, when the rates will be up and the temperature will be down a bit. I have not managed to see the Ding Darling reserve when it's full of winter migrants, I'd like that. Fish. I had two trips with Capt. Dan Andrews, who I like a lot. We'd planned more, but he and I were both sick, and then he had an engine problem. Redfish were impossible to find. Snook were in good supply but very, very spooky. Little ones took live bait, one small snook was finally credulous enough to take a fly (a Squidley, tied by a gent who works at Norm Zeigler's shop) but the bigger fish wouldn't bite. He could see the damn fish, but neither scaled shad nor Squidley (his preferred fly) sufficed to interest a good snook, and it wasn't for lack of bombing the area with live scaled sardines. Miscellaneous trout, mangrove snapper, etc., but other then that one stupid snook, the only other fish on a fly that was new to me was a small amberjack. The fish we both really wanted was a damn nice tarpon that cleared the water just to get out of the way while we were tooling through Pine Island Sound; he estimated it at 80 - 100 lbs. The fish was totally out of season, in this area. We spent some time idling around, hoping the fish would show again .... nope. A fish that size would probably have needed heavier tippet and tackle then the flyrod at hand, an 8wt with 10' tapered fluoro leader ending in 8" of 30 lb. flouro as a tippet for redfish, but it would have been fun for as long as it lasted. More on the next post.
  23. I'm looking to get a heavy snook rod. I fish inlets and throw flair hawks and heavy swimbaits most of the time. Needs to be 8' with enough backbone to turn the head of a big snook. I've looked at the Stellar Lite SG1525FT80 and the Tidemaster TIS80HF, but I'm not sure if I want to push the budget that much for the tidemaster. Is it that much better? One more thing, it needs a tip soft enough to throw occasional live baits. But, before that, it needs to throw the artificials because that's what I use 90% of the time. I've also considered the Falcon Lowrider Salt LSS-8XH and the Teramar TMSX80XH, if anyone has any opinions on them as well. Edit: Does anyone know how the backbone is on the SG1525FT80 compared to the SG1530S80? Both stellar lites, but one is fast taper. Thank you.
  24. In my last post I introduced myself, but for those of you who missed it.... My name is Joey and I live on the central east coast of Florida. During this time of year the mullet run is underway so we usually have some awesome fishing. I went out this morning before work and held my camera in one hand and my rod in the other. I ended up getting some nice action shots of Snook and Redfish blowing up on all the bait and even caught a few fish too. *
  25. for selling golden tickets to heaven. This is Tito and Amanda Watts. Yes, his name is Tito. Tito and Amanda Watts, a Florida couple pictured below, were recently arrested for selling several hundred "golden tickets to Heaven" for $99.99 a pop. As you might have discerned, the items were later discovered to be fraudulent. The duo, who sold their divine product on the street, told buyers that the tickets were made of solid gold and guaranteed the purchaser a spot in heaven. Yep. Simply present the golden ticket at the pearly gates and you’re good to go. How you would take said ticket with you, we have no clue, but this wasn't how Tito and Amanda Watts crossed the line from ridiculousness into illegality. “People can sell tickets to heaven,” a Jacksonville police spokesman said. “But the Watts' misrepresented their product. The tickets were just wood spray painted gold with 'Ticket To Heaven - Admit One’ written in marker." "You can’t sell something as gold when it’s not," the spokesman added, and "that’s where the Watts crossed the line into doing something illegal.” You learn something every day. Police said that upon arresting the Florida duo, they also confiscated $10,000 in cash, five crack pipes and a baby alligator. Tito Watts, who is clearly 100 percent of sound mind, said in a statement: "I don’t care what the police say. The tickets are solid gold." "It ain’t cut up two by fours I spray painted gold. And it was Jesus who give them to me behind the KFC and said to sell them so I could get me some money to go to outer space." "I met an alien named Stevie who said if I got the cash together he’d take me and my wife on his flying saucer to his planet that’s made entirely of crack cocaine." "You can smoke all the crack cocaine there you want… totally free." "So, try to send an innocent man to jail and see what happens. You should arrest Jesus because he’s the one that gave me the golden tickets and said to sell them." "I’m willing to wear a wire and set Jesus up…" Good to know, Tito. His wife, Amanda Watts, said in her own statement: "We just wanted to leave earth and go to space and smoke rock cocaine. I didn’t do nothing. Tito sold the golden tickets to heaven. I just watched." There you have it. More profound words have likely never been spoken.
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