Thursday, February 26, 2009


I just don't get it.

Jacksonville's city leaders want to be unemployed next election, I guess.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

2/24 - JUST 4 MORE DAYS....

Had the pleasure of having Chris, Chris and Mike on board today, from Virginia.
It was C-O-L-D.
It was W-I-N-D-Y.
But that didn't stop this crew.
We left out at 7:30am, because I wanted to get on out there before the wind was too strong. The forecast was for 15 knots out of the North East. So we should get a lot of fishing under our belts before it really started blowing in the afternoon.

The tide was high at 8:30 so I went straight to the best high water winter spot I have. And the action was really slow. But I have learned not to give up quickly, because as the current changes things happen.....but not today.

The guys caught a few Trout, and a few small "pup" Redfish, after working the area really thoroughly.

So we moved on, as soon as the tide turned.
I headed to a great spot, not far away.
And here's where we found the "nest".

A nest of Trout that had me releasing each one saying, "I'll be back, on March 1st, in 4 days!"

Ya know, you can do a lot of reading about how larger trout don't hang with smaller Trout, the old birds of a feather, flock together theory. Well, obviously that doesn't count when the water's 55 degrees. Because the guys caught trout from skinny 14 incher's to fat 20" fish.

I anchored up on my standard position and the guys began drifting their floats off behind the boat. And hooking fish anywhere from 75 to over 100 feet behind us.

And what is the standard rule for this situation? I can answer that....."if you make a move to get closer to them, the fish in turn, move usually further away"'s a viscous cycle of cat and mouse.

So I usually stay put. But they were hooking a trout about every other drift through the area way behind the boat, and loosing some. So after awhile, I pulled anchor and as "silently" as I could, drifted back closer and let the anchor over the side. And instantly one of the Chris' hung into another trout. Looks like the Cat won this move.

As the tide got lower and lower, I told the guys "see that...the rule of thumb on this spot is when the water comes out of the marsh grass, it's game on."

And more and more Trout, a pup Redfish or two and even a flounder came off the spot, and now they didn't have to drift their floats so far back, either.

It looks all nice and cozy in these photo's. But we had a wind break where we were. And believe me it would have felt like a different day indeed, if the sun wasn't out with a practically cloudless sky.

I don't mind the cold or the wind, when there's a bright sky and lots of Florida sunshine. It can make a big difference.

Oh, each time the guys hooked a 20 inch Trout, I reminded them that I'll be out here Sunday, March 1st when the Speckled trout re-opens for harvest....and I'll be celebrating with a fish fry.

Two days ago, I just ran out of the fillets I stock piled in December and January. I eat fish at least one way or another about 4 times a week. I don't usually keep Redfish, or Sheepshead for myself.

So that leaves Trout, Flounder, Black Drum and Whiting for my table. Because they are my favorites.

My $50 (for two anglers only) discount for Sunday March 1st (Trout reopening) is still available.
The weather looks to be warm, and departure is around 11:00am. No need for "crack o' dawn" pulling away from the dock.
I'll be out breaking in my new Biscayne float-rig designed rods. Half the fun is using top quality tackle, while hunting big fatties.

Sunday, February 22, 2009




HE SAID HE RAN A BLOG TOO....(I guess he forgot to send me "his" report) BECAUSE I JUST FOUND HIS REPORT WHILE SURFING.



"I wanna ICE fish baby, I wanna ICE fish baby, I wanna ICE fish baby, I wanna ICE fish baby" ......he's got some funny fishing tunes going, so turn on your speakers.

2/21 - I had to try it....

Went and tried some bottom fishing at the jetties with Bob R. When I say bottom fishing, I mean "trying to target" some Black Drum. We tried it in two locations, at the best of the falling tide.

But we left early enough to run around the rocks a bit and do some float-rig fishing, while we waited for the current to be good for bottom fishing.

And it certainly wasn't like the Trout fishing was on fire either, out there. The water sure was cold. 54-58 degrees during the entire day. I never left the "rocks".

KEY TEMP will be when we get back to 60 plus degrees. It'll make all the difference.

We tried bottom fishing on the inside of the south rocks out in 45 feet of water. We ran 4 lines, each baited with dead shrimp and cut clam pieces.

Should have been a real "happy meal" for any fish. But we only caught small Seabass, a Hake and a Toadfish. Kinda the bottom of the proverbial "bottom fishing barrel", this time of year.

I told Bob, "when you're catching these, it's as if they're telling you....WE'RE IT."

It was one hell of a nice day out there though. A lot better than raking leaves or something at home.

We were set up perfectly. Good current, and on a good spot. So much that for some reason the inside of the south jetty was covered up with boats. And at one point had a "family affair boat" park so close to us we could have spit in it. I don't know why.....the north inside was wide open. We weren't catching anything decent. So we broke loose from the flotilla and moved over to the North Jetty.

Same deal there though, we were set up great. But only caught another "here's yer sign" fish, one of those clear nosed spiny backed skates.

It just wasn't happening out there. And of course, I was second guessing myself. Thinking, "should we have gone in the river instead, of being out here?"
But the theme was to check out the bottom fishing out here, cause we wanted Jetty Black Drum. They were the targeted species.

This soon got ridicules. We couldn't give away not one of our four bottom fishing combo meals to anything. So we changed back to float-rig fishing for Trout, and spent the rest of the afternoon in the warm sun, working really hard to catch just a few Trout and one Flounder till almost dark thirty.

We really have some warming up to do out at the jetties. So it looks like the next few times I go it won't be out there, but rather the river, creeks or ICW. Where I had good action at least, on last Monday's trip with Steve T.

I probably won't be able to not go "myself" till March 1st. But from the sounds of the weather forecast and high winds coming up this week. It just may not be till March 1st. Because no matter what, I'll be out that day.

My $50 discounted trip for two passengers is still wide open for March firsts re-opening of Speckled trout. If you want to "save" I'm giving this as an opportunity. March 1st is a Sunday.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

2/17 - Opening Day!

2- passengers max. 6 hours of fishing.....Trout fishing that is. MARCH 1st Sunday or March 2nd Monday, as a back up weather day. ADVANCED RESERVATIONS ONLY, (days in advance)

...huntin' those waskily gators,
we always catch other species too.

Discount$50 I know times are tuff, you don't have to tell me! But don't deprive yourself from the basics...and that's FISHIN'.

** with submission that policies were read & $100 advanced deposit via Google Check out.

SAVE $ and book your trip for the re-opening of Speckled Trout.

From March on out, is the start of some serious fishing. BIG Sheepshead, Black Drum... Boxing some speckled fatties, having some fish fries.

(Hopefully) By then you'll be fishing with brand new 8' Biscayne float rig trout rods, squeeky clean, smooth as butta Shimano Citica low-pro reels with fresh Suffix 30# Performance Braid.
(waiting on the rods) A mix of ole school, with high tech.

It's taken awhile to get what I wanted, but the perfectly matched tackle for what I do, has been achieved. From a 20 pound Redbass to a 2 pound Trout. and everything in between.

E-mail me: ASAP, to let me know your interested in the Trout reopening discount. Then, head straight to my polices/reservation page.

The Dave K. family from last year on March 2nd. We didn't Trout fish, but we had big Sheepshead, and Black Drum on a 1/2 day falling tide. It was a great morning!

Here's an oldie but a goodie from early March
in my old boat. What a day this was.
All Jetty -Trout!!

(note: all trip balances are cash. Dollar bills only, no checks)

Monday, February 16, 2009

2/16 - weather guessers were right.

I don't know how it was on a Walmart parking lot on the west side. Which is the usual forecast you get from the TV weather guessers. But NOAA's Marine Forecast was right about today, as I listened at 5am this morning, while I drank my coffee and ate my PB&J.

I distinctly remember the lump in my gut I used to get at 5am, when I listened to forecasts like today's when I used to do offshore charter's. I guess, I either smartened up, got older or too hungry. Because you just can't do offshore charters in a mid size center console boat around here, 12 months a year. As a full-time occupation. Like you can do inshore charters. (If you want to call it a full-time occupation.)

"Morning calm'ish 10-15 kts, cold and as the afternoon comes, expect 20-25 knot winds from the NW switching NE. " -A para-phrased forecast of what I heard on the radio this morning.

Had Steve T. from Reno, Nevada aboard the Jettywolf today. Thought I was supposed to have two passengers, but it ended up just being Steve.

We went float-rig fishing. Steve and I were open for anything. And yes, it was what I'd call cold as hell this morning. But we headed straight down river to a usually great Trout spot, during "other months". And yes, we still caught some Specks. Till the Pinfish ran us out of there!!

Hit a few more spots for a few more Specks and one Yellowmouth Trout. Then, I got this great idea. Run to the Dames Point bridge, and catch those Yellowmouth that I've caught there, in the past.

We had it perfect. Up under the bridge so we were out of the line of fire so we didn't get hit by the bridge workers throwing nuts and bolts off the scaffolding 200' above us. A perfect anchor position. Perfect current....but no bites!

By now the wind had doubled, it was still very cold and clear as a bell.

So we worked our way back east. Picked a Flounder up on one spot, after going out to look at the jetties. We got as far as the Navy Base and I could see it looked nasty. So we hit a high tide incoming spot for hopefully some more Specks a Red or a Black Drum.

We'll we caught more Specks up to 20 inches, and I think Steve lost a small Redbass.
Our largest Specks came from the intracoastal, not the river.

I told Steve, this is about a stereo typical February day. But from where he came from he said it was perfect. He has snow and real cold weather in the mountains of Nevada.

We had a good time chatting and just hopping from spot to spot.

My aching hurt foot, was doing much better than it was this past weekend, I was glad for that.
But by the time I got in my truck and heading home. I was sure glad to sit down.

I thought we did pretty good considering the wind and cold, today. But I still cannot wait till March 1st.

I just hope it's not cold windy and raining. I remember a few years back that the first week of March was unfishable due to weather like that. And just the week before I was at Nassau Sound ripping 4 pounders on MirrOlures.....oh the heart ache, I felt. Knowing where they were, but couldn't get to them, "comfortably".

By the time the weather straightened out, and I went to go get them, and they weren't there any longer. A perfect fisherman's Murphy's law....

Friday, February 13, 2009

2/13 - No Vacation this year....

Not that I ever really go on any vacations. But I usually refer to any day or two away from home a vacation in this charter biz.

Well, a few days ago I hurt my foot somehow. I have not a clue how. It was aching so bad, I couldn't step on any part of my foor except my heel.

Then, I got up on my roof and did some maintenance, then the next day went Kayaking with DOA Rob, and then I stepped in a rut and twisted the same foot, while carrying a yak to the truck. Yeah, that hurt!

Now, this morning I awoke to a swollen foot that was throbbing, all night long. So I called Pop's and said I don't think I can walk the 3-5 miles that we usually do at the Miami International boat show, for 12 hrs. We were supposed to be leaving for at 4am on Saturday, as we have so many times in the past on this same weekend. So he cancelled our hotel reservations in South Beach.

No seeing the debut of the 1/4" solid plate alloy "RockSalt 34" that friend Jay was showing in Miami. No, meeting the guys from Biscayne rods, that are building (3) more of my specialty float-rigging rods, as I write this. (for you my customers)

And no heading out of J-ville to see a different land/sea scape. And what a great way to spend not only my Birthday, but also this beautiful weather we're having, huh?

Like I say, I'm focused. I have to be able to fish on Monday the 16th, since I actually have a pre-booked, pre-paid, February charter. Can ya believe that?

To quote Mark Melnyk from World Fishing Network web site,
"So what else do you expect from Miami - 2 words - LIVIN' LARGE. This is the biggest exposition dedicated to boating I have ever been witness to... and the who's who, of the boating and fishing world is here."

I'll let ya in on a lil' secret, "it's a wee bit bigger than the J-ville boat show, hahahaha..."

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

2/10 - Guana "salty" Lake, 1st Yak trip

DOA Rob, is a big time kayaker. Armed with a 1/4 oz. dusty gray colored DOA Shrimp lure, his whippy fishing wands, and tiny spinning reels loaded with micro Power Pro super braid line. He's a student of Mark Nichols, inventor of the DOA. But has never even met Mark, or seen him "live" doing one of his famous fishing seminars.

But I have, numerous times. And Mark Nichols, "live" is not to be missed.

I gave Rob his nick-name. Because he's deadly with the DOA shrimp. Around here, it's Rob against BIG TROUT. Be it in his boat or his Hobie Kayak, you don't want to bet against him.

Our common interest is the love of catching and pursuing big Trout. And since half the time Rob's in his yak, I've been wanting to give it a try myself. Most kayaks look like they could easily be mid-evil lower back torture devices, to me. Then, you still have to paddle, cast, and get in and out of them. The "so-called" seats they have usually are nothing more than two "pads" a few straps, hooked into the yak. And I see smaller wiry guys, like Rob having a clear advantage when it comes to "NO" back support provided with these seats.

My problem has always been, that in my past life I have dug too many 3000 foot ditches by hand, pulled on too many sewer auger machines inside man holes, and lifted way to many heavy objects incorrectly. MY LOWER BACK NEEDS SUPPORT, if I'm going to paddle around all day long, and fish too.

So Rob got his hands on a 14' flat bottomed Kayak, that was a tandem model. He pulled out the second seat, and through a bit or research and development found that his old pedestal boat seat, which has a high back and is very comfortable, fit on top of the remaining plastic low back seat in this kayak. I was over at his house, and sat in it, and said...."Now this is perfect!"

Loads of leg room, stable, with a high stiff backed seat, a bit of extra height .
Rob says, "I think we have a yak for Dave!"

So for my very first adventure we planned on hitting Guana Lake on a nice windless, sunny warm day. And had high hopes of a possible trophy sized Trout, that the salty lake is famous for.

And that day was today.

Armed with a truck load of "stuff", a bucket full of live shrimp for each yak we deployed off the beach into the lake. The big yak was perfect for me. Comfortable, stable and roomy. Prior to planning our trip we put in 3 pole holders. But all I needed was one. For my float-rig rod.

The fishing has been tough to say the least in the big St. Johns river lately, due to it being February and having multiple below freezing nights down to the 20' our hopes weren't high that we'd catch anything in Guana Lake, with it's shallow depths, and very cold water. But the kayaking challenge was very low. And a really good place for me to have my first experience.

As a matter of fact, the experience would have been really good if I even lost a live shrimp to fish lips. I can say I never received even a "nibble". Rob, did though. His float went down once with what was a genuine fish, but it wasn't a good hook set and whatever it was, came off.

I had a really good set up going, so I thought.
My rod was right in front of me in a holder. So I could
drift my float out, and back paddle against the wind,
(since we forgot my anchor) and I could move around coaxing my float to different locations. Guana Lake had no current, just a light breeze.

I was really surprised to learn there is no structure out away from the dam. I constantly poked my paddle into the bottom, since it's very shallow, no more than 2-4 feet where we were.

And never felt or saw any hard bottom. It was either sand, or just dark black mud. But directly on the tidal side, what's referred to as the "saltwater side" or "ICW side", of the dam. There's all the oysterbeds you'd ever want. Maybe way back in the lake closer to the six mile boat ramp, maybe there's structure back in further? I don't know.

That's what makes the lake intriguing. We all know the place is loaded with Reds, Flounder, Trout, Drum, Croaker, Crabs, Aligators and much more. All with no "hard bottom" areas for the fish to feed and hide around??

I worked around as far as I dared to paddle, and Rob went back and anchored in front of the dam, where the only water flow is. And is usually packed with people when the fish are congregated there. When the dam's flowing either in or out of the lake it can be a fish fest. Most everyone has heard the stories of hundreds of Flounder being yanked from right in front of the dam, and then there's the Reds, and the Trout events, and shrimping, the crabbing. All because that's where the fresh "salt water" comes in and out and creates "flow", from the ICW side.

But, there's not a stitch of structure out there in front of the dam, or anywhere else for that matter that I saw. Just dips, and pot holes in the bottom.

Okay, now that I have a feel for the yak, it's time to try a creek with current and structure? And I told Rob we're going to either tote or tow two yaks to an area totally non-accessible to them any other way. To a creek with oysterbeds 20 feet tall rising out of the water like buildings. A area where you don't see anyone all day, there's no wakes, no jon-boats, no tugs, no one! And I'll use my boat as our "mother-ship" platform and jumping off point.

I will catch a big fish from a yak before this is all over.

More fishing info can be had about Guana Lake at this web site:

Monday, February 9, 2009

2/09 - Short report

Well, Nick & I went and hit it today. Poor Nick was seriously under the weather with some stomach thing going on that has plagued him for weeks on and off. And he really shouldn't have gone out with me for just R&D. But I guess it's better than sit on his butt at home. A bit of vitamin "D", may have helped him.

So we went to the jetties. I wasn't expecting alot.

We could hardly give away a shrimp at first. I knew it would probably be another day of "release fishing", due to catching Trout and probably not much else. (Trout are closed in Feb) Not much was going on, because boats were moving about, crowding around The Early Times boat as they were Ring-tail Porgie fishing, and were the only ones actually catching something.

So we kept moving on. And finally found some eager Trout, and caught a few. So we casted away from them, and then caught nothing at all! While working some rocks along a bank, hoping for a Sheepshead or pup Redbass.

Our next spot, both of our floats were side by side heading out behind the boat. Nick's float went down, and he says, "Oh it's just a stupid fish." And he pulled "what ever" toward the boat.

Then, "what ever" woke up...and his drag on his mini Calcutta reel started to spin.

I said, "I'd sure like a stupid fish like that!!"

That's when we knew it was a Redbass.

The fish was a 29-1/2 incher.
But wasn't the Red we all know and love in the spring or fall. The fish gave up easily.

Next spot, now the tide had died out, and I caught another Trout. The banks were really showing again. So we packed it in and headed back.

Tuesday: I'm heading to Guana Lake for my first Kayak fishing trip with buddy D.O.A. Rob. He has a large roomy yak, he's gonna let me try out.

Yeah, I'm taking my float rod and a bucket of live shrimp. So this ought to be fun, if not very enlightening. I need to see how the other half lives.

The other half that sits on the water in a pointy plastic bucket.

Hopefully photo's of fish will be had afterwards.

And I hope I remain DRY.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

2/7 - After the big CHILL

If you are anything like me, you just can't deal with high winds and bone chilling (for us) temperatures. And the first break in the cold, just have to get out there on the water.

I wasn't alone Saturday. Plenty of other's were obviously feeling the same way.

I was up and bright eyed at 4:00am. Just couldn't lay flat any longer, and at B&M bait & tackle by 5:30am. But it wasn't going to be light'ish till 7am. So I just hung out watching the crowds pour on in to the shop and accessed where people were heading, be it either inshore or offshore, by what bait they bought.

Heck it's been 4 whole day since I was in my boat. And if you are in love with "your" boat as much as I am mine. That's just way too long. Just being on it's deck makes me happy.

So off I headed, fresh live local shrimp in the well. It was still damn cold. And why the hell I headed westward, then northward on a full moon, high tide was beyond me. I stopped looked down at my RayMarine C-120, and saw 47.2 degrees in 3 feet of water, where I planned on setting up shop. Yeah, like it was April, or November....."I was gonna fish a shell bar where I usually see Reds move, as the sun peaks up on a high tide", at least that's what my brain said. Reality said, "Hey fool.....look at that water temp.....don't ya know it's freezing out here, and two days ago it was 18 degrees!!!!!"

Well, I was here now. And that was really reality. So I chucked out a bottom rig, and made a cast with a float rig. The only sign of life I saw was one Mullet jump along the grass. No other bait movement, no swirls, no nuthin'!

It took me about 20 minutes to say, "I'm outa here!" As I pulled anchor and headed to the river, where the tide had started to fall.

With a serious NEGATIVE low tide, this was gonna be a real belly washer. So I decided to take it easy on myself. I went to look for new possible Trout spots. Which can always be other fish spots too.

And I went to an area that has held some interest of mine for awhile. Previously, I have caught Black Drum, Reds to 45 pounds, sometimes a few keepers, loads of Croakers, but never a single Trout.

Every five minutes the tide made the landscape of the river bank change. If you don't take advantage of super negative tides just to look around. You are missing out.

Especially, if those tides come with zero wind, on a bright beautiful day. Versus a negative tide, when the winds howling from the west at 25 knots.

I learned more about this spot then I have while fishing it for the last 10 years!

And I found LOADS of school sized Trout, too. I know now exactly where they like to hang out, and why they hang there and for how long. To put it plainly, "I now have a file on them."

Come spring time, when the big GATOR Trout are on the move, following the bait. This could be an area where I could come on in, hit a few Trout, maybe a GATOR or two, maybe a Float-rig Redfish, and move on up river with the tide. That's why I like to think of myself as a "tide runner", which is also another nick-name for Weakfish, or Specks. Move when they do!!

I tried, but I never caught a Drum or a Redbass there, and then ended up at the jetties.

And believe me, it was no party out there either. But did manage some Yellowmouths, and several Specks to 20 inches........"of course I was fishing for Reds, Drum and Sheepshead", I told myself.
It just felt good to get that tug on my Biscayne rod, after watching the float go down.

It was way cooler at the jetties with a slight easterly breeze blowing.

I'm heading out Monday......this time no Crack O' Dawn departure. And this time I hope I can fish were I want too, rather then fishing where I have too. Because of so many people.

Louisiana, or even way north of this urban'ville, sure needs to be in my future before my fishing days are over.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I'm gonna post this now, for all to see.
I'm heading to the Miami Boat show Feb 14-15th, come back and have a charter on the 16th.

Why do I say this? Because every year I head down there, I get calls from "late callers" who want to book a charter at the last minute, because it's Valentines Day weekend. I loose $, but at the same time I need some advanced notice folks...It's the only time I ever leave J-ville all year long.

It's my birthday too, so we usually try and get the heck out of this burning cold, and go to the warmth like a "Florida snow bird".

This year will be special though, it's the debut of the ROCKSALT 34 and I'm sure will be the only welded alloy plate trailer boat at the whole boat show!!

I know the President of RockSalt, he's also the rep for my boat, the BlackLab Marine boats.

Can't wait to sit and watch all the "gold chain wearing, Miami go fast, crowd" come up and "knock" on the side of the RockSalt, like everyone just has to do, to my boat. Everyone just has to knock on them?

I posted pics of the Rock Salt 34 here before. It's one bad azz boat 1/4" thick solid as hell aluminum alloy plate, that does 60+ MPH. - Fishing & Military

That's not "gray" paint, that textured alloy!

*watch out, Contender, and Fountain.

Plus, I get to chit-chat with the guys from Biscayne rods, who are building all my specialized "Float-rig" rods.

These are the best rods I have ever used for float-rig fishing, period. I have used many brands in the past and all have worked, but these are "perfect". Eddie Carman of Biscayne really did his homeowork for me. From a 2 pound Trout to a 20 pound Redbass, they are's all about NOT pulling the small hooks I use, or breaking the light leader.
Old school age technology mixed together. Low profile-high speed reels, floats that weigh nearly nothing, super braid line that "floats" on the water, .....oh how I dig a combo like this!!


Monday, February 2, 2009

2/1 - Hard to get a "groove" on.

Had Peter F. take advantage of my "Super-bowl Sunday" charter I had announced earlier that I discounted....."because I'm usually out there alone, on super bowl Sunday's".
It's a serious "couch potato", party day for most folks, I guess.

So I met Pete and his daughter Nicki, and we took off to the ICW. There was one heck of a weak incoming tide today. With a SW cold wind inshore. But I gambled at heading to an incoming tide spot I fished on Friday, with good success with Dave C. just as the tide was moving in.

I went through the "everything you need to know about Float-rig fishing , but was afraid to ask" session, so Nicki knew what we were doing. Since she was the newbie on the deck, today.

The current was perfect, everything looked great. But we never lost a single shrimp to fish lips!
So I made a move, tried it again....still ZIP. Hmmmm, just three days prior this spot was a I.G. - instantaneous gratification location.

"Oh geez, it's not gonna be one of these days is it?" I thought. And in the back of my mind I figured we'd just bottom fish a few places also, since we couldn't keep any Trout. But since we didn't catch any....I was wide open to about anything.

We ended up at the jetties, caught a few Yellowmouth's, a few small sand Trout on the high tide, and couldn't get a "groove on" there either. It was cold and the winds chill was a burner. Pete & Nicki could have had on about 3 more layers on, to be more comfortable during the "on plane" boat travel.

We fished a spot on the North Jetty and caught a decent Speck, and a Flounder, then finally the tide switched. And I had a spot where I wanted to pitch some bottom rigs out and look for some Drum along the rocks. Not the best tide, I'd opt for the absolute last of the falling tide for Drum, "but I had what I had."

Used the cider-block anchor and held along the spot perfectly and pitched out some baits. A super hard area. On my color 12" bottom machine, it's solid red. Hard, like lime rock, which it probably is. Swept clean from the current. Pock marked with holes and voids that I can easily see. But I've never bottom fished we were doing some R&D on the spot.

It may have been the tide, the 57 degree water temp. who the hell knows. But we caught TOADFISH. Then, Black Seabass. I told Peter and Nicki, that Toads are the lowest on the totem pole, if they're able and biting it's because no one else is. But at the same time, you are probably fishing some serious "crag-nasty" bottom if you're away from the jetty itself, and still catching them. But, we stayed and continued to see what would happen after the current really started rolling along.

The good current came. and then nothing happened. The bites stopped completely. And it was getting late and really cold, so we headed back to the dock.

I'm not giving up on this "PHB"-patch of hard bottom. But will try it again, on another day at a lower tide. I find so many places as I work along the rocks float-rig fishing. Usually I see things as I'm slowly cruising along from Trout spot to Trout spot. And having a really good bottom machine is invaluable. This was one of those areas. When I see "RED" like that, I have to drop down on it. (bright red and thick, = a really strong signal return from my bottom scope.) Just like you see on an offshore reef. And as the saying goes;
H-A-R-D means, F-I-S-H.

Except for today, obviously. But I don't give up all that easy on an area. Give me a month or two and I'll know every square inch of that spot. I've already caught a decent Trout there. And believe it's where I'll find some Gators in the 18' of water, come Spring.

No matter how hard I tried today, it was hard to get a groove going. And now that I look back, I should have stayed in the ICW or river during the falling tide, instead of going to the jetties. But I hate second guessing myself. But we all do it.

Pete and Nicki learned a thing or two today. We went over plenty of the details.

But I'm waiting for the day I find them monster Yellowmouth Trout (up to 5# plus). And get in a rally of them, that makes everyone all smiles, and lasts for an entire tide. They're a cold February day at the jetties, "Day Saver" for sure.

BTW....the Shimano Tekota 300's casting reels, I have for sale on the side bar of this page are now on E-bay. So if you've been thinking you may want one at this deeply discounted price. Call or email me.