Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Not too long, not too short......which most end up over two hours anyhow.
But the point is that they are "For The Kids Only".
If the wind wasn't blowing 20 knots out of the EAST, I would have gone to the jetties fished a little, then went looking for Dolphins, which most of the time ya don't have to look far. Ran out to a shrimp boat and got behind it. Where the real action is!
But again, this isn't summer. It's SOMETHING....I just don't know what!
So instead, we went up into Chico-pit bay east and anchored up. The tide was all wrong. High and held in by the wind. But this was the only time that they could go, in the morning.
But it eventually turned and with the high water we only managed one Trout and a Bluefish for 6 year old Savannah. Cute lil girl, that's for sure. But I was on the phone alot with my mind busy, and didn't get a picture of her and the trout. I wish I did.
I was out there taking a reservation for a trip for tomarrow at 9am.
Man, some day we'll get back to normal. Let me discribe it to ya.....
Example of a charter call....
-ring...ring... Hello Capt Dave's Sport Fishing.
-Hello Dave? This is John Doe. I was hoping that you have an opening for June 28th - July 1st? I checked you web site and read your fishing reports and viewed your recent catch photos. Looks like you're still hard at it, huh?
-Hi, John...yeah I remember you. Yes, I'm hard at it that's for sure. Glad you saw what I've been doing lately. How many passengers will you have?
-Just me and my son again.
-Let me check my book and look at those days...........Ah yes, I have those days open and by the looks of the tides those days, I'd reccomend we try the 29th or 30th, departing around 7am.
-Okay, sounds good to me, we'll do the 29th.
-That's good because if I don't book the 30th we can use that as a fall back day incase of a weather problem. Keep checking the reports and photos on my web site. And as your day gets closer, you'll see what I'm doing. I'll give ya a call the day before between 4 and 8pm.
-Thanks Dave we'll be looking forward to it!
I remember those days....but either way. I'm glad to be fishin'.
And am almost getting really used to fishing in 20 knots+ EAST winds. Can ya imagine how good it can be when the east winds are not blowing??
LET ME REMIND YA OF WHAT THAT'S LIKE.
SCROLL DOWN THIS PAGE OR CLICK ON THE MONTH OF MAY IN THE ARCHIVES TO THE RIGHT, AND REVIEW MAY 21st report.....NOW THAT WAS A GREAT TRIP. WE HAD ZERO WIND 90% OF THE DAY.......AND TROUT TO 5 + POUNDS IN THE LEAST PLACE I WOULD HAVE PREDICTED MY GUYS WOULD CATCH ONE.
Looking forward to tomarrows challenges...Float Freak out!
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Please - No More Wind by Dean Panos (5/26/2007)
Monday, May 21, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
WEDNESDAY EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS.
THURSDAY NIGHT EAST WINDS 15 KNOTS. SEAS 6 TO 8 FEET.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
While I was out yesterday fishing by myself....."getting a little Float Freak on" when I got a call from Sean R. (or is it...Shaun R. on the right end in pic.) never found out.
And he had a late notice trip, and needed to take guest's from his company from Thailand, fishing.
So being open on Saturday, because most sane people would think the winds blowing too hard...(I'm one of them.) I said, "sure I can take ya'll, but the winds gonna be HONKIN'."
So we met at 8am at the boat ramp and headed again as far away as I can from Mayport.
Right to where I fished yesterday. We pulled up and there was another boat there. And they didn't seem to be catching anything, either. And right off the bat..."I.G." - Instantaneous Gratification! A nice fat Trout.
The wind was HEINOUS!!!!!!
Just as I thought it would be. 25 knots from again the ENE.......I wish my dream would come true. (see yesterdays report for explanation).
Of course I can't have 4 people all float-rigging at one time. But for first timers they all did really good. Drifting back to many oyster covered pilings where the specks love to hang out.
They all picked up the drifting of a float really fast and Sean was the super hero. Hooking his first trout within seconds of passing a piling.
They caught 7 real nice fat Trout some Ladyfish & Blues, with a few hours of sitting in the nasty wind.
One spot is all we had to go to. It was great. We did basically a half day, when there's no way in my mind that we'd do as good as we did on just one spot, and in a matter of just 2+ hours of fishing there. The ride too and from was long and windy. But ya have to go where the Trout are, if ya wanna catch any.
Not one single throw back on this spot. I didn't even have to measure them. Largest was 20 inches. Sean's guests had a ball. And everyone was pleased with the I.G. they had.
Man, sometimes ya just either get lucky, or just make good choices. I don't know what today was. But either way, I have done my homework. And that's the factor that really helps the most. Float-rigging "catches fish", and these folks have never ever fished a float rig before. And they were SOLD.
Thanks Sean. I'm glad it all worked out......next time give me 2 days heads up. And we may really kill'em. Wind or not.
Here's their recent catch page pics: http://www.captdaves.com/Catch3.htm
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I had my dad and mom out the other day (report is down page). Mom knows zero about boats. But dad was with me when I ordered mine from Jay at Black Lab Marine, up in Maine. July of last year. He's a motor cycle head, and I'm a fish head. But at least he "gets it".
Finally we have common ground!
I have this LINK on my NEWS PAGE.....but I will bet no one ever looks at my NEWS PAGE, so here ya go, this is a "real good read".
Monday, May 14, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
No, that is not an ad for Arlington Bait & Tackle, although it would make a good one. Huh? They are some really nice folks over there. It's a pic of me drifting my float down the rocks, catchin' fishez on a calm day in MAY!!!!!!!!!!
Looks like Thursday is my day:
THURSDAY SOUTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS BECOMING EAST IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. INLAND WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.
But this was also issued:
National Hurricane Center – 11:00 am – Tropical Storm Watch has been issued along the Southeast Coast from Altamaha Sound, GA to Flagler Beach, FL. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within the next 36 hours.
The center of Subtropical Storm Andrea is about 150 miles northeast of Daytona Beach, FL Andrea is moving generally toward the west at 3MPH. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 MPH. with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecasted during the next 24 hours.
So, I'll bring a rain Jacket. BIG DEAL. If there's no wind I just have to go find those Speckley Troutz again, since I haven't been since last Thursday.
FORGET ALL THAT....UPDATE.....UPDATE....
THERE'S NO WAY. AT THIS TIME THURSDAY 9AM THE WINDS GUSTING OVER 25 KNOTS.
LOOKS LIKE ITS NOT WORTH GOING TILL THE WEEKEND, IF AT ALL.
THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED WEATHER FOR US FISHERMAN IN MAY...WOW THIS REALLY SUCKS BAD.
AND AS A CHARTER FISHERMAN I'M REALLY ON THE LOOSING END OF THIS STORM! THERE'S NO MAKING THIS UP.
I HOPE SOMEBODY ACTUALLY BOOKS A MEMORIAL HOLIDAY TRIP OR TWO.....SO FAR THE CALENDAR IS A BLANK.
It's TPC time...They moved it from March, and the weather still sucks! Welcome to NE FLORIDA! WELCOME GOLF FANS! WHY DON'T WE GET FISHING FANS? Golf & Fishing are about the same deal....both of us who play the "game" hate high winds! And being EATEN by the native wildlife.
I did have a call from a past customer last night here for the TPC, I guess. And he wanted to rush out there today (Wednesday) which is very "iffy". Especially if he wants to catch anything, decent. The wind is still way up. But will call back later for a "MAYBE" Friday trip. YOU ALWAYS NEED TO PLAN. SHRIMP DON"T GROW ON TREE'S FOLKS!!! Bad weatgher for us can also be bad weather for the live bait shrimpers.
I actually witnessed boats COMING & GOING, from the Mayport Boat Ramp during the height of these Gale Force Wind attacks, the last few days.
-Who are these people??
-Are they the same ones that keep Sea-Tow in business?
-I think, so.
-1-800-ask Dave......I watch the local weather, feel it and predict it better, I think.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Man, I love my boat. (just had to throw this in) because I received this pic in an e-mail from one of our group charter participants from last month.
Alright, it's May. The weather is so far so good. The Trout are chewin' in the river, the Cobia have showed up. Pogies have been spotted behind the surf. The Greenies (aka: Threadfin Herring) are readily available at the jetties. Sharks are on the beach, and I'm sure there's some Redbass on the bait pods for a change of pace. And the Jacks are getting larger. And at the same time FUEL is getting outrageous again. Because It's SUMMER. Which is a great excuse.
I want a few of those GIANT 6" Shrimp (pictured above) that B&M bait and tackle had back in March and April. I wanna catch a Cobia on a live shrimp on a Float-rig.....sounds funny huh? That's what people think when ya tell them about Jetty Tarpon on a Float rig too. But that easily happens. IF, you're on the ball like me to be fishing with a Tarpon capable hook, rod and reel when they are around.
* G. Loomis - 9' Pelagic series, 15-30# fast/medium heavy rod
* Shimano Tekota 500 levelwind w/ 350 yards of Power Pro
Nothing going on this weekend with me.
As with most events in this town, I guess I'll get some late notice callers from when the TPC starts. It's this town, I always say. It's not like we're a real tourist destination by any means. Maybe some day...maybe.
I did do some boat maintenance, and made some "summer-time" modifications, in case I have to put some bigger baits in the live wells. And took the small cast net out of the boat and put in the bigger Pogie net.
Tides this week: are slow and there's not a low-tide that's good and fish-able, during normal human fishing hours, till later in the week. But I'll probably go Monday or Tuesday anyhow.
Friday, May 4, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Today's Mayport archive photo - Barge full of JETTY ROCKS, and how they got them out there. (photo was marked: Barge with jetty fill)
It's May...now lets see if it'll be truely like May. Although the winds with EAST in the discription was very apparent, again
Did my Group Charter with some Insurance Brokerage guys today...about the same Group as last year, I think. 10 people, 4 boats...and of course I was one of the boats with 3 guys rather than 2.
Take Note: High Tide at Jetties 9am, that was right when we departed, of course.
And when am I catching the GATORS (Trout) all on the low, of course.
Always take a low tide over a high tide. That's my theory.
So we all basically started at the Jetties. The go-to area to always catch something.
My guys caught, Ladyfish, Jacks- small and mediums about 5 pounds. Blues, and hooked two Manta Rays that were swimming down the rocks. Plus two Spiney
Puffers, one 14" Trout.
Some of the other boats had a Flounder, some Reds to 34" a few Trout. They were about the only few Game fish caught. Everyone caught Ladies and Jacks.
We all had a good time, and I always appreciate taking this Group every year.
TIDES...It's all about those, TIDES. If ya' wanna really fish for game fish species.
Yesterday, when I was catching those big beautiful Trout the salinity was a 22 parts per thousand, on a scale of 0-40 parts per thousand. The jetties are about a 36PPT.
So 22PPT is pretty low considering NO RAIN, and no real flow to the St. Johns River.
If I had my druthers here's what I'd do the rest of the summer.
*have unlimited fuel at my disposal at a good price......."That will not happen".
*fish only the river south, and keep up with the salinity day by day.
*stay away from the inlet because it's a magnet for many non-game fish species.
*when I'm down river and start catching Ladyfish, Jacks, or Blues...go further south!
*and fish on a perpetual falling tide, only! Yeah, like that will ever happen.
I go through this every single spring time, and that's wondering why when a friend of mine comes back from Venice LA. from fishing with his Guide brother-in-law, and after hearing all those Redfish & Trout stories he tells me,why is the fishing there so great? There's a scientific approach to why...and I wanna know it.
I think besides the endless marsh and waters, lack of people/pressure on the fish. It has to do with the Mississippi River! It flows fresh water ALL THE TIME. We have a river right here. But it does not flow, and flow endless Fresh water all the time 365 days a year.
This may sound obvious, but it's not. Especially, in the spring and summer when spawning and estuarine species (
Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Drum, Sheepshead etc.) want to find and live in "brackish water". Because it has a lot to do with their spawning cycle. Just as it does for our river shrimp.
So think about it....When we have Hurricanes/Tropical storms to the south, all the rain water goes where? Into the river. And the fishing is off the chart when it reaches us in J-ville.
We must have rain, hurricanes and tropical storms.
In Venice LA. they have that flow all the time. So when the fish want it, it's there. Which also possibly makes for very successful spawns, which in turn means more fish year after year.
Here's actually a quote from a fishing guides web site over there about the salinity & spawning:
"There is little doubt that Venice is an amazing fishery. In spring vast numbers of speckled trout are on the move to the south in search of saltier waters to spawn. April and May are two of the best months to catch the big sows ."
So it sounds as if the "opposite is happening there...they move closer to the Gulf to get the right salinity??" Because they are in brackish. Just the opposite here in our river.
Kinda the same deal of when the damn flows-over down in Guana River State Park...the fish stuck in the lake side (the sweet water side) rush to the salty water coming in over the damn from the ICW side.
On another note; for one second think of all the pollution that went into that river after hurricanes Katrina and Rita!
I had a native New Orleans man on my boat today. He lived through Katrina. So we talked about it naturally. He said, "I do not know where all that 'garbage' went in the river, out to the Gulf of Mexico I guess", he stated. And I was thinking, "how about all those TOXINS, SEWAGE, & CHEMICALS that went into the river and out into the marshlands and passes, Gulf??" And the fishing again is through the roof over there. Because of the constant flow of fresh water from the Mississippi River?? I guess the word "flush", means more than a good poker hand.
We have a river in name, maybe. Not necessarily in theory. The Timicuan Indians called it, "THE RIVER OF LAKES", because back then the river had a mean depth of 9 feet, the inlet was a giant sand bar, and the Timicuan's knew that the river had no real flow, so they aptly named it for what they thought it was more like. And according to anthropologists, they were dead on. A theory is that thousands of years ago, the river was a chain of lakes/wetlands. And through erosion, forces of the tide, and Ocean height, the banks broke through and connected to form kind of what we see today.
Basically, some rain would be nice.
That's the thought of the day. So I'll just live with knowing Venice, LA. is over there. And I'm over here. And I'm happy as long as I get my fill of big fat Trout, one way or another.
I just have to stop talking to that friend of mine after he goes there. Because now he's telling me he also saw a fellow BlackLab Marine Plate Alloy 26' owner over there, too. (Ya' know Louisiana is a big Aluminum boat state) and says to me every time I see him, "Dave, ya know how great of a boat that would be for fishing the passes and rigs over there?" I usually say...."No, I don't because I've never been there, but you need to invite me!!"
Rule O' Thumb: BOOK YOUR CHARTERS "TO FISH", VIA MY TIDE RECOMMENDATIONS....