Monday, November 28, 2011

11/27 - Gone Shallow...for loads of fish.

You're missing it!

Headed out on Sunday, with a "VACANT" boat ramp. First spot went through 6 dozen live shrimp. Visited the Jetties and it was nasty. Got 6 more dozen live shrimp and continued on till almost low tide.

NEW MOON tide still, so we dealt with screaming current, even in the shallows. But it all worked out for Doc Miller and I. Catching so many fish, it was rediculas.

The video only represents a small portion of the action we had!!

CALL and book your private charter.....ASAP!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

11/26 - Days are a wasting!

NOVEMBER #1 month of the year for me, I love it.

Because it is the start of "DAVE TIME", which equates to "TROUT TIME"...and much more. Ask any local die hard fisherman. They live for this time of the year too.

Now we're on the verge of December, ALREADY?????

So, with each person I see sign up for these blog reports, jus' remember.

You could have your report seen here, for all to read also.

8am - 8pm call to reserve your day. Always consult with me about best tide dates.

C'mon and get yours.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

11/22 - Different all day...

Had Peter D. and his son on board today. They were visiting from Washington. And were even familar with the town my boat was built in. Peter's a biologist for NOAA out there, that works on the Salmon populations.

I was very excited about our day, coming off two really great weekend days. But, the skies were dark over the river with just patches of blue sky. So as we started, I went up in a creek at the first of the falling tide. Which turned out to be kinda the opposite of what I did on Saturday.  Had the guys on spin tackle pitching Clicker Corks up along the grass near a few oysterbeds and "Redfish" highways coming out of the flooded marsh.

They caught some small "nursery" Trout and "pupper" Redbass. But something was really O-F-F. The action should have been alot better....

After awhile, it was very evident that the tide's strength was a real problem, when Trout fishing. The falling tide even up in the creek was a real screamer.  According to my Florida Sportsman tide book, it was going to be a ebb tide nearing SIX feet!  The "NEW MOON" is on Friday. So we're building up to it today, and the rest of the week won't be much different.

Mayport High tide:  5:30am  5.7 feet
Mayport Low tide:  11:30am 0.2 feet

We struggled doing any kind of Float fishing with tides like this. But I wasn't about to give up so easy. Peter's son got the first "keeper" on the third spot we tried.

A 16 incher. But I also had plans for them to get slammed by the Redbass that frequented this same spot on Sunday. So we kept working it.

The clouds came and went, and I saw what usually happens when a "front" is coming. The Trout don't bite, but the bait stealers are having a field day! The guys were constantly attacked by Pinfish, and the Pinfish are chewing, because the Trout aren't there!!  It's all...Jus' that simple!

We pulled up and headed to another spot. To let this tide go down, and and come back later. And, to take a break from the bait stealers. I ran pretty far, to a completely different fishing zip code. On the way, it started raining. Ahead, we could see the rain hitting the water as the cloud came toward us. I quickly made a U-turn and headed under a bridge that was close by. The rain went right on by us. So, I continued to the spot.

Upon arrival...."there was hardly any tide!"  Yep, get out and away from that deep, channalized St. Johns, and the current was barely moving. Crazy, crazy stuff.....

Since we were here now, we fished it.  Pulling only one Trout out of the spot.  But it was a decent 18 incher.

Okay, the were really darkening again. Here comes more rain. Time to scoot!

So I ran back to where we just left, and the current was perfection.

A nice "walking speed" as our floats drifted along behind the boat.

But NO bites. Again, just plenty of thieves.  As Dr. Phil, the large and in-charge, blow-hard, on TV always says, "This ain't my first Rodeo!" Good gawd, have I seen this before. I grumbled to myself and my crew.  It's as if my hands are completely tied.  What else can I do?

So we picked up and went back closer towards Mayport. And pulled into a rising tide spot, because now in Mayport the tide was pouring in, and HARD!

Yep, either direction today, the current is gonna be a rippin' screamer. We gave it a try and the Pinfish made a deal with the Devil. They were possessed!!  Make your float-rig really short, keeping the bait 8 feet off the bottom....... and you still had them attacking your shrimp!

Cast away from them, and another neighborhood of pinners would find your live shrimp and pinch it off the hook as past as it hit the water!! 

Die - Pinfish - Die, is what I was thinking!

In frustration I asked "biologist" Peter......."Hey Pete, what's the deal here?"  "What kind of fish activity would ya call this?"  He just laughed. "I call it, no predators around. So the litl' stealers are on the war path!!  Huh??" 

The skies weren't looking any clearer, and we were running through live shrimp like cord wood during a N. Dakota winter. So we packed it in, and headed back to the dock.

I cleaned the two keeper trout we had in the box and bid Peter and his son a farewell and Happy Thanksgiving.

I was astounded between the difference of Saturday and Sunday, versus today. The guys caught fish. But it was more fishin' than catching, while working through Mother Natures temperment, today.

And as I got home and backed the boat into her shed. The rain cut loose big time. I'm glad I was at home for when that happened.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 21, 2011

11/20 - Day two with Brian & Kelly, the fishing duo.

Brian knew how to do his home work. Heading out for day two, on his birthday. This time of year is so nice, and Brian and his wife Kelly so far got a perfect weekend. The forecast, at first wasn't super appealing. But as usual, it had to be taken with a "grain of salt". Being a very avid angler, Brian studied websites. Looking for updated reports on Guide websites and choose "yours truly" to book his weekend with, because of what you read here!

Sunday, I had plans to mix it up a bit. Head to the Jetties, bottom fish around. Show Brian and Kelly the "wild, wild west" of Jacksonville's inshore fishing.  Well, Saturday's east breeze later in the day and night did a little damage out at the jetties. There was some serious "swell, slop, and chop" out there early in the morning as the last of the falling tide pushed against, Mother Ocean.

I could tell while sittting at the dock, before Brian and Kelly arrived. If it's got some serious roll at the jetties. My boat tied off to the dock will go up and down slightly...."yes, you can notice it, even 2 miles inland."  But, we went to investigate anyhow.

The jetties lately (the last 2-4 weeks) have been tough to get too. But as we rode on out, and then spun around and pulled up where I'd want to drop anchor. Kelly, didn't think this was all too appealing. And I kinda knew it. It would have taken some serious sealegs to sit inside the rocks this morning. Evidence was, we were the only boat out there even thinking about it!

The "wild, wild west of inshore fishing" was rearing up it's ugly head, one more weekend!  So, we headed back down river in search of calmer waters. We stopped along the little jetties and tried fishing a certain spot looking for a Black Drum or Redbass. But instead the bait stealers, small Seabass, Croakers, and the ever present Pinfish were wearing us out.

I pulled anchor and said to Brian, "what ya think about going back to the trusty Float-rigs and catching BIG Trout?"
As if he cared if we just bottom fished all day or not.......after seeing what the float can do yesterday. He replied, "IT WORKS FOR US!"

I picked up the anchor and we blasted to the next locale. As we pulled up, I gave them the low down on the shoreline that we'd fish, and what to expect. We got into position, and I took a rod baited up and said, "this is what I want ya'll to do exactly......."
When the float disappeared and I handed the rod to Brian, "here ya go!!!!!!!!!!"

I.G. - instantaneous gratification!  First drift of the float-rig, and 15 feet behind the boat, first Trout!  Brian worked the fish expertly along side the boat and it was a nice big fattie. Much larger than those "creek trout" we had yesterday.

"YEAH, now that's a beautiful river Trout", I yelled. Big water, big fish. That's how it sometimes works out.

And from here on out, it was time to box some fatties! And in between the Trout, the Reds were chewin, too.

I told Brian and Kelly that the Reds here will be larger and meaner than the "creek" Reds. And they were. As Kelly wore her arms out on a her's.

The action was pretty steady. But as the morning wore on, the cruising motor yachts, and Tug boat wakes started to really KILL my beautiful spot....which par for the course in this river. CALM WATER and steady current, is what keeps these fish catchable here. NOT, giant wakes, ghetto cruisers, tugs and ship traffic. But this is our river. Not know for it's easy, calm water fishin'. Especially on a weekend.

We finished up on this spot, after the fish SHUT DOWN, and moved on boxing a half dozen and letting the rest go, to catch another day.

We worked on more spot as the falling tide died. Didn't really get any action there. So we headed back to the dock. Brian and Kelly were catching a plane home around 4:00pm, back to Chicago. Kelly said, "back to the cold weather".

They both sure had a action packed weekend, with perfect fall N.E. Florida weather. No high winds, never hot, and filled with bright sun.  Sometimes you can get lucky like this.

But, as Brian did. He did his home work. Read my reports, asked question via e-mail and made quick decisions, then booked his charters during the absolute best time of year.

He was the, "Model Charter Client!"  And I really hope to have them back aboard the JETTYWOLF again in the future.

Thanks Brian and Kelly, it was MY  pleasure.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

11/19 - DAY ONE, of two.....

Had Brian and Kelly M. aboard the Jettywolf this morning. As I will tomorrow for day two, of their visit. Well, weekends.....what can ya do. I went straight as fast as I could to where I wanted to fish, turned the corner. And bam...there was a boat sitting slap on the spot I usually fish.

Further investigation..."I know these two guys, and one even did a charter with me on a heinous windy day, and this is where we "had" to fish because it was out of the wind."

Just a few minutes earlier and we would have the spot.  But it really didn't matter. The Jettywolf is flexible. We sat just the other side of the creek and caught TROUT, like they were going outa style, boxing twelve, and tossing back several small ones. On float-rigs.  And even picked through a few Blues. And lost a bunch of fish that could have been Sheepshead bites. But Brian and Kelly were just getting used to what we were doing, so it was okay. They quickly figured the float-rig fishing out with my expert coaching.

At one point Kelly was catching nice fat Specks just a rod length off the side of the boat. The fish were thick. I liked that.

As the tide died, we only had a short period of falling tide this morning. We "all" picked up and headed else where. The fellas in the other boat left and so did we. I was gonna go to the jetties, but figured we can do that tomorrow. So we  went about 1200 yards away from spot one anchored up in shallow water and immediately Kelly had a fish on but it came off.   This spot I broke out the spinning gear and my home made, "mega-loud" Clicker Floats.  Fishing real shallow and letting the wind and the current drift the live shrimp around a tight cove and across the front of a small patch of oyster bed.

Again, it was Trout after Trout. REALLY nice fish.  Figure that, the Jettywolf fishing up in a creek!! And everyone was wacking them on almost every drift, on the spinning gear.

I came back here to spot #2, because I wanted them to catch Redbass. But the action was so good it almost didn't matter. A slight adjustment, and while studying the banks contour, I told Brian, get you float to drift that section of the bank. So he re-cast his Clicker Float, let it drift perfectly and I said "RIGHT THERE!". And like clock work, his float went down and he set the hook.

The drag was peeling on the light tackle and here comes the first keeper Redbass! 

Hmmmm, I haven't lost it completely!  I've spent my share of time shallow water fishing in all these creek on two of my "past" 'glass" inshore boats. Only difference now is if I pay a bit more attention, in my 26 footer now...."she floats WAY higher than any Glass boat of her size". Which is why I had her built, she does everything I ask of her.

Then it was Kelly's turn. She got to the right spot, the hooked herself a nice Redbass too!

A good portion of the rising tide was Red after Red, and Trout after Trout!  Kelly even had a whopper trout hooked up that came off the edge of a oyster bed, that she lost at the side of the boat, and that fish went at least 5 pounds!!!!

We finished up the day of this addictive fishing with no less than 30 Trout, boxed our 3 person limit easily. And at least 10 Redbass, keeping two for my mom.  Brain and Kelly weren't keeping fish, so I cleaned them all up and have many a debt to pay to my Momma. And fresh fillets usually helps pay it off.

It was a great day, not even a mile and a half from the boat ramp!

Sunday, I'll mix it up and the three of us will head to the Jetties for some Float-riggin' and bottom fishing.

This is the way to do it. Brian and Kelly came down here for Brian's Birthday (Sunday) and booked two days in a row. By the time they head home, they will have fished the BEST TIME OF THE YEAR, and seen all what the Jettywolf does.

Friday, November 18, 2011

11/18 - the weekend




I know today, "Friday" seems to be reminding me of weekends past where it was blowing a gale. B-U-T, at least Sunday's forecast isn't all that bad.

I'll be out Saturday and Sunday with the same crew from the Chicago area, I believe. Yeah EAST, sucks for this Jetty-Jockey. But as the saying goes here in J-ville, Fla.

"you must remain, rigidly flexible!  There isn't a single constant"  That's what makes it interesting, huh?

Check back, reports to follow I'm sure.......

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Learning to tell her....."off"





11/17 - MORE info on new Redfish & Trout regs.

Additional info pertaining to the latest FWC meeting in Key Largo:  (see other posts further down my blog page.)

On its first of two days of meetings in Key Largo, the seven-member Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted on three marine fisheries topics that drew plenty of interest from the angling public, professional fishing guides and commercial fishermen, as well.

"What we are trying to do is be fair in a fishery that is in abundance, and in some cases, way in abundance," said FWC Chairman Kathy Barco. "We are dealing with a success story."

Touting robust stock assessment numbers for spotted seatrout, the FWC voted to make six changes in trout rules, upping the take for recreational and commercial fishing sectors.

Beginning in February, there will no longer be closed seasons for harvest for recreational anglers and anglers in northeast Florida will have a bag limit of six per person instead of five.

The state will be divided into four management zones for trout — instead of three.
Commercial fishermen will have a trip limit of 150 trout caught by hook and line if two licensed fishermen are on board.
They also will be able to sell trout for 30 days following a closed season, not throughout the year as was one proposal considered.

There will be no allowance for using beach seines or haul seines to catch trout commercially nor will there be a 75-fish bycatch allowance.

The choices were praised by groups such as the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida. Recreational anglers were concerned ambiguity in proposals would open the door for future regulation changes that might allow drift gill nets in state waters.

The FWC also voted to double the bag limit for redfish in north Florida from one to two per person per day.

(personally, I was hoping for a change in the keeper sizes, for NE Florida to more like Georgia and have multiple Redfish, just smaller as in 16" to 23". Larger Redfish aren't worth keeping in my book.)

Tiger sharks and three species of hammerhead sharks also received protection from harvest in state waters. The state now prohibits the harvest of 25 species of sharks.

-want to read more about Florida's Speckled Sea Trout stocks, and more?

Here's the latest edition of "SEA WATCH" pulished by the CCA (Coastal Conservation Assoc.) in a pdf.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

11/16 - Float-rig building & tips

11/16 - NO SEINE NETS! Thank goodness...

Wow, the ruling came thru via this email from the CCA. 


     The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed the very controversal proposed seatrout rules during their Wednesday meeting in Key Largo.

The Commission voted to remove the closed months in the recreational sector and extend the commercial fishery while not allowing beach and haul seine nets.

The action taken by the Commissioners keeps good conservation measures on the fishery while providing additional access to the recreational fisherman.

“It was extremely important to keep the by-catch and the beach and haul seine nets out the seatrout fishery” said Don Roberts, CCA Florida Chairman.

"The impact from the regulations that were adopted by the Commissioners will be great for the jobs and economic value associated with the recreational fishery."

Your son or daughter may still be able to catch one of these!!
This smile is "worth" how much. More than $1.90 per pound, I'll tell ya that!

Throughout the process CCA Florida has worked with the Commission and their staff to help develop proposed rules for the Commissioners consideration to help this fishery thrive.  We applaud their efforts in their work with the stakeholders and continued success in managing the state fisheries.

     “We greatly appreciate all the work that the Commissioner’s and their staff have done” said Ted Forsgren, CCA Florida's Executive Director. "It is great for fisheries conservation of seatrout and the recreational fisherman."


Sunday, November 13, 2011

11/12 - Brrrrr....chilly morning Trout.

Had me a "solo" angler today, Jason C. from up in Georgia.  Jason's usually an offshore angler, but this time wanted to dabble in some river fishing.  We left out early, and it was quite chilly. But there wasn't hardly a breeze, so it wasn't all that bad.

I'll take what we had over GALE FORCE winds on a weekend any day! With this being the first Saturday without GALE FORCE winds in the last two weeks. The boats/fisherman were out in force.

My idea was to take advantage of the early morning 9:30am high tide and go hit some shallow areas. Areas that in the GALE FORCE winds, we even caught Trout in past weeks.

(A "gale" as defined by the National weather service is 34–47 knots, or 39–54 miles/hour of sustained surface winds.)

But, it's really unusual that the Trout bite was better when the winds were honking. So bad I couldn't stay anchored in 3 feet of water.....compared to today, and this past Wednesday at high tide. With light to no wind.

Go figure, huh?  Must be a barametric pressure thing....

Between Jason and I we caught Trout. And many were small ones. Little skinny "buck" males.

The nice ones caught were beautiful fish:

As the tide flood tide slowed, we headed straight for the jetties. In search of a Black Drum or over sized Redbass.

I have not seen the end of the jetties for weeks, because of the winds. So I was really excited to get anchored up and fish hard out there. This should be the time when my Drum friends start showing up really good.

Well, Jason and I were in for a BIG suprise. Anchored up perfectly, in a great spot (at least it used to be) we fished "cut ladyfish" on the bottom for a big Redbass, and also fished LIVE shrimp at the edge of the rocks looking for a fat Black Drum.

Of course because of the full moon tide conditions, we had to be patient and wait it out till the brown water at least flushed on through. Hours went by, and we never had as much as a SNIFF!  Yeah, Jason caught a few small Seabass. But right there was a "HERE'S YER SIGN".  When you're not even getting bit by small Sea Biscuits, SOMETHING is w-r-o-n-g!!

I believe that the quick drop in water temps, the extreme winds, and water roughness of the last two weeks has had the jetties all messed up. About every boat that was even near the end of the rocks, left after awhile. We used the power of observation to determine, they were probably having the same action we were. And that was NIL to NONE.

I've experienced this before after weeks of 10 foot seas out at the inlet. So after waiting for the brown water, and fishing really hard for a few hours. We also took off, and headed up river. Back to Float-rig fishing for Trout.

We pulled up on a spot, and right away the Trout had Jason's shrimp jumping across the surface. Trout were jumping out of the water for his shrimp. Then he caught two nice 17 inchers back to back.

But, that quickly ended. It became a "flats boat" parade coming by us, as the sun got low in the sky and the tide became dead low. It must have been a parking lot of boats up in the marsh behind where we were with all these little boats coming by. And as they did.....our bite of Trout stopped as fast as it started.

I've never ever seen a bite of Trout start so good, and end so abruptly, because of boat traffic. The Trout were jumping out of the water, chasing Jason's shrimp on his float-rig. He and I looked at eachother and thought..."we're in the meat!!!"  And then after two nice fish it ended.

So we too packed it in. Jason had a 4 hr. drive home ahead of him.  And I think I may have a new and future "Float Freak". Jason enjoyed the ANGLING aspect of fishing a live shrimp on the float-rig. As most people do. No having to feel a bite, just pay attention to that float, and it'll talk to ya.


Saturday and Sunday with the same husband and wife fishing team from Chicago.

So that means "weekdays" are wide open. And hopefully devoid of heavy winds.
Let's go Float-riggin'.

Friday, November 11, 2011

11/11 - These people are nuts!

The rule makers are out of their minds!!!!!!!!!!

You might want to email to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission about the spotted seatrout haul seine netting fishery and the proposed rule amendments. The Commission values public comment about Florida’s fisheries.
We have already seen a decrease in our Sheepshead fishing because of seine netting here, this would impact our local Seatrout fishing.  With the SAMFC arbitrarily closing our offshore fishing for various species, there is now increased fishing pressure on our inshore fisheries, this would be a bad time to allow Seine fishing commercally.

The Commission considers the spotted seatrout population in Florida a success story. (REALLY??) Over the past twenty years, the regulations in place helped spotted seatrout rebuild from low population levels to abundant and healthy levels. The most recent spotted seatrout stock assessment showed that the stocks are exceeding the Commission’s seatrout management goal. (REALLY??)Because of this, the Commission is looking into relaxing both commercial and recreational regulations in order to increase fishing opportunities for fishers in Florida.

The proposed regulations could expand the commercial and recreational fishery and therefore will likely increase the number of spotted seatrout harvested in Florida. However, the proposals are made after careful considerations of many aspects of the seatrout fishery, such as projected changes in fishing effort and harvest levels. One aspect considered is that commercial landings of spotted seatrout in Florida are very small relative to the recreational landings. For example, in 2009, the commercial harvest made up only 2% of the entire spotted seatrout harvest in Florida. (BOO-HOO)

Although our scientific data and the models we use in the stock assessment cannot predict fishing behavior, based on calculations by scientists at FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, we believe that the proposed regulations are precautionary and should not harm the overall spotted seatrout population in Florida. In addition, a new spotted seatrout stock assessment is planned for 2014 and if it shows reasons for concern, regulations can be adjusted at that time. (LEAVE IT ALONE.....N.E. Florida doesn't have enough to scoop up with nets)

The proposed regulations will be discussed in a final public hearing at the November Commission meeting. You can see more details about the spotted seatrout recommendations that will be discussed as they are added to the meeting website:,-2011/.

Again, thank you for your interest in one of Florida’s premier fisheries. Your input is very important to the Commission and has been added to the public testimony we have gathered. If you have any further questions you can either contact Carly Canion by email at or by calling (850)487-0554 (850)487-0554    

This will open NET/SEINE fishing again for Trout. Have ya seen the Sheephead slaughters out of Nassua Sound with seine nets? If not, you'll wanna PUKE, because I have.

I know this alot to read but if you want to learn, it's worth it.


The long awaited arrival of seatrout to reach its minimum management goal of 35% Spawning Potential Ratio (SPR), due in large measure to the support of the angling public and its voluntary adherence to size and bag limits, is to be celebrated. But it should not be taken as a green light to expand the fishery, additional take must be done with caution in mind. Increasing the commercial take of seatrout with large increases in the number of months of the commercial season, the use of beach and haul seines, the allowance of huge amounts of seatrout take as “by-catch”, and the rest of the amendments being proposed for the commercial fishermen are all simply bad ideas, not only from an economic/jobs perspective but also from a policy perspective.

From an economic/jobs/recreational viewpoint, the better course in the long term would be to expand the allowable season for seatrout - and perhaps expand size and bag limits – for the angling public, rather than allowing increased significant take and sale by commercial fishermen.

CCA Florida has received an economic study that compares the value of the commercial seatrout fishery to the recreational seatrout fishery here in Florida. This study provides substantial evidence using MRFSS, NMFS, and FWC data that shows that CCA’s concerns over a directed commercial fishery on seatrout are valid. The value that the recreational directed fishery brings to Florida is just over $81 million compared to the value of the commercial fishery brings which is less than $300 thousand. The numbers of jobs and economic value associated with recreational seatrout fishing in Florida – from guides, to bait and tackle shops, to hotels, restaurants and gas stations – clearly indicate that promoting more recreational angling for seatrout, and not more commercial take of seatrout, is the wiser course.

Next week, on November 16th in Key Largo, FL the FWC Commissioners will have the opportunity to vote on several proposals that would expand the commercial seatrout fishery. These include, but are not limited to the possibility of adding beach and haul seine nets for a “by-catch” fishery and allowing year around sale of seatrout. CCA believes the FWC Commissioners should take the better course of action and do the right thing for the fish and the economy and keep the seatrout fishery as is. To view the full economic report, please see the attached document from the Gentner Consulting Group.

For more information or if you would like to attend the FWC meeting please contact –
Trip Aukeman, Deputy Director Advocacy CCA Florida at (850)559-0060  (850)559-0060 or email

Thursday, November 10, 2011


NICE DAY, and by the looks of the traffic and boats around, it looked like a Saturday morning!

Guess, day after day of 20kt to gale force winds, makes people not go to work.

Oh, the Mayport Jetties were nasty. The north side of the north rocks were "Kawabunga", with monster waves breaking, and pouring over the rocks.

Had Chris M. aboard, a "Jettywolf" veteran. I quickly said, "damn I'm getting too old to fish the jetties on days like this." So I turned around and we headed for dead calm waters and no wind, instead.

The action was kinda steady, but amazingly enough I had better action on the first spot about two weeks ago when the wind was blowing GALE FORCE, then today.

LOTS of dinker Trout. Had to sort through them, and even the keepers were just 15-16". No big whopper Trout, or "kicker fish", IE: Sheepshead, Drum or Redbass.

But we did have around 20 plus Trout caught on just a few quality spots.

So after Trout fishing and weeding through them to get some in the "box", we tried some bottom fishing at a Croaker hole. Boxed one big one, and the rest were small. Moved on.....

The full moon mid-ebb tide had no current in places I wanted to try Trout fishing again, and plenty where we ended up trying some more bottom fishing. But still didn't find a Redbass or Drum, which is what we were wanting.

I haven't fished my "beloved" Jetties in weeks, because of the high winds and seas.

The Black Drum have to be out there!

And of course the Flounder is all anyone is talking about....But, I want (personally) Monster Trout, cause it's also that time of year. Or should be!!!

Guess, I'll have to give in and get me some damn mud minnows.

Hope I can hit the jetties Saturday. I have one "solo" angler, aboard.

Monday, November 7, 2011

11/7 - FROM THE PAST..."ye ole back when"

Remembering this past week 2009......

(I kinda miss those lit'l Snappa's. But now, they've went away. Either all died, or hauled ass, during the mega-winter freezes of 2010. When water temps locally got down to 42 degrees. Just like any Snook populations we had built-up over the years of warmer winters. The smaller Mangrove Snappers were a real irritant up in the river, but as fall approached and they headed out to sea. We'd catch big one's up to 16" along the jetties rocks, along with a rare but super cool fish called a Black Margate. Also a fish that we built up populations of over the years of warmer winters.  The winter of 2010 is when we had alot of below 32 degree temps. And several absolute bone chilling mornings. I actually recorded 17 degrees at 8am one Feb. morning as me and a buddy headed out to fish from his Kayaks. Wow, we were crazy!! And we only lasted 3 hrs. Hopefully, no more winters like that for a long time.)


Saturday, October 31, 2009

10/30 - Is this really two days before November?

Had John G. and Jay aboard today. From Ohio and N.Y. They came down to J-ville for just a bit of messin' around and for a day of fishing. Well, we fished alright. Fished our tails off. Especially float-rigging, looking for some Speckley bastards....that's what I call them Trout when they're making me mad.

We fished and fished, moved around, sat in monster current, you name it. And never got the first Trout bite or Trout to the boat. It wasn't for a lack of trying or working hard. I know I worked hard on my end. I pulled my Achilles tendon behind my heel and it was throbbing with each step I took, and each time I yanked and cranked my giant length of chain and anchor back into the boat.

I swear it was noon or later, and we couldn't even give away a live shrimp to anything more than a Pinfish or tiny Jack. Which, this all started back last Tuesday when I was out with George and Tom, progressively got worse on Wednesday, with Mike and Phil, so it was no shock, that now by Friday, with the due east breeze and up coming full moon, that it may be a bit of a struggle finding quality Trout like species.

So I basically had to just give up. I was at the end of my line, by 1:00pm. So we sat on a spot, using 1 oz. egg sinkers, a real long leader, tiny hooks and light rods and the smallest live shrimp and pitched out behind the boat as it swung back and forth and caught about 20 Mangrove Snappers. With some really decent ones going into the fish box. We boxed 13 good fryers, 2 shy of our boat limit, before they shut off as the tide changed. Along with a Sheepshead and a small Black Drum adolescent Ladyfish.

I didn't want to attempt the jetties this morning, with the east wind and I'm sure, sloppy seas. But now as the tide changed and the wind laid down, I had no choice, but go look at it out there.

So we saved just enough live shrimp to go give a spot a try. We soft peddled our way out there. And once on the spot, it seemed we could easily fish.

With not a whole lot of sea legs, John and Jay could at least lean into the boat as we rolled in the swell, and froth. On the second anchor attempt, I was dead on where I need to be. We pitched out float rigs up to the rocks, and it didn't take long before John was hooked into something really nice.

Turned out to be a good size Redbass, that ran him straight to the bow. After a long day of no big pullers. Just the twitch, twitch of one pound Mangroves under his belt, he was a bit taken by the slam dunk and "see ya" attitude of the jetty junk yard dawg he had hooked up. It looked to be a Red anywhere from 26-30", it was hard to tell as it came near the surface....ONCE! Then, pop the hook let go and we had to quickly chock this one up to a "fishing experience".

Back at it we went. And again, it didn't take long before John was hooked up again. This time the fish went toward the stern, and then under the boat a few times. Coaching as much as I could, we really needed this one, "in the boat!"

After a good slug fest, John guided the Red to my waiting dip net. Unfortunately, depending on how ya look at it, the fish was 28-1/2 inches long. And a real beaut, with loads of spots.

Not a keeper, but a good catch none the less. Jay was ready to pack it in, or was a bit uncomfortable with the seas out there...."it was undetermined".

So we headed back to the dock to clean the Sheepshead and Mangroves.

Because John and Jay's fish had a date with the fryer at Singletons Seafood Shack. With 28 fillets they had almost 4 pounds of cleaned fish. And in my opinion, I'll take them nice small crunchy along the edge's fried fillets of Mangrove Snapper over a Redbass, any day!

So, the higher water falling tide in the morning has been a genuine struggle all week long. It's still so damn warm, and this weekend isn't going to help. Be it the backside of an El Nino year, no hurricanes, no tropical storms, or whatever it was that "didn't" happen this year. I'll take the latter, any day.

Because there's no way I should be out tracking Trout all week in the last days of October and not be able to find them where we fished. Last year at this time sure was a totally different story.

But no matter what, if you're willing to stick with me. We'll put fish in the boat, even if I have to anchor us up in the chop & slop, or take up Mangrove Snapper fishing.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

11/5 - More wind.

Damn, what's going on with this wind? This is now weekend #2, with gusts to gale force. Was out on Saturday morning. Had a "two hour kids trip". Had Sean, his wife, his 4 year old son, and his 6 year old daughter. Who looked to be the future angler of the group. From what I saw at the boat ramp, I was the only "charter" out there, today.

We deaparted at 9am. Yeah it was windy, cold and as the tide fell against the N.E. winds the river got good and choppy. The kids caught some Croakers, Seabass, Pinfish, and Piggy Perch at the first spot. But the wind was whipping the boat back and forth really good. So we ran to Atlantic ship yard to get out of the wind, and and there we couldn't get a single bite, with just plain ole dead shrimp on small hooks.......which seemed impossible.  So I moved around quickly, as time is of the essence with these trips. Still nothing. So we finished up the trip driving by the mega-yachts that are sitting along the docks there. The kids jus' made it, before starting to whine.

My biggest worry was for Sunday. Have had it booked with folks from out of town for weeks now. And of course they had one day and one day only to fish.

I watched the NOAA forecast intensely.......and yeah it changed from N.E. 20K for Sunday, back to what it was earlier in the week. Morning rain, and gusts to gale force!  Given the chance, my Sunday clients decided to postpone the trip to a later date.


I keep looking ahead for a day during the week that I can go up to the St. Marys river jetties and trout fish. I certainly don't want to go to a new area with any wind over 10 knots. I want a decent day with the only challenge being "fish a new area".


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

11/1 - Gale Force Gusts?.....are back!

I'm almost thinking that today, the wind is worse than when I was out with two folks on Sunday, actually catching Trout.

With not much to do in this weather. I've been checking out Moore Boats. And yes, I'm in love. Not to say I don't love my boat. But the things that you can do with aluminum boats is just so vast. That's why I love them!

Either way, here's another installment of education about aluminum alloy boats. If you have been a frequent visitor to this blog, you know I have a real facination with JET BOATS.

But the problem has always been, they're usually low to the water, having not much freeboard, are not all that large, and if they are they're made to run rivers in Idaho.

And they look it!

My friend Jay who I bought my boat from, found this new company in Maryland that's building large East Coast style hulls. Aluminum of course, adding Jet Drives coupled to none other than, DIESEL ENGINES.

If I was able to do it all over again, this would be the boat for me. A 28 footer like the patrol boat shown below. A single jet, connected to a diesel engine, configured for coastal fishing! No sand bar, no mud bar, would stop me. Plus, a turning ability second to none.

Watch this boat "slip" right into it's "lift" after coming to a real fast stop.

JETS, plus diesel, plus 5086 aluminum..... Holy smokes!

Look at that innovative bow design!