Thursday, February 28, 2013

2/28 - 2 hr Kids Trip today.

Yeah....jus one 4 year old. And parents of course. Really a Two Hr. Adults trip?
Oh she finally came around. After awhile, our Junior Jr. angler got into it.

 FUN either way. Caught a bunch of Croakers, a Yellowmouth Trout, a 12" all bowed up Seabass. Then, took a ride out to the Jetties. As the tide slacked at high.

Friday: Father & son, regular day. Feb. "blog readers special offer", dropped into March because of winds and rain on the 26th.

Here comes "spring"....

-Spawning Sheepshead
-Mega Black Drum
-Gator Trout

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

2/19 - Largest ever Float-Rig caught Redfish

Check it out.......Mike was such the HOT ROD!

Interesting day. Slow with no Trout, interrupted by some pure MAYHEM!
I love it.
Plus, a Sheepshead and a Flounder, and a 25" Redbass.

2/18 - VIDEO, is always better than pictures.

Had Dave & Bob aboard today, on which turned out to the most gorgeous day of the week! Dave is a "Fishing reports blog reader", and took advantage of the "February Special" that I sent out to all Blog Readers.

So it pays to be a signed up member of these fishing reports posts.....& more.

Yeah, because it's Feb. we're struggling a bit. Water temps. ate low, but working hard gets you into the action. On this day it was something like 28-30 degrees in the morning. The bait was all comatose, and as it warmed up a bit. We felt better along, with the live shrimp in the well.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

2/16 - Brrrrr...but FUN!

Had Ray & his wife Lynda aboard the Jettywolf today. The forecast had changed three times since Ray called me asking about getting in on my Feb. blog readers discount, announced via the newsletter I sent out.

Say ya never got it......"well take me out of your spam file."

As a matter of fact 4 blog readers called or emailed me and got in on this months special. Which is over Feb 28th.

So with that said. We departed early this morn at 7am. The looming forecast was 20-25 kts by this afternoon. Gusts to gale force!

Dang we better get to fishin'.  So I ran straight to the jetties. Float-rigged the last of the falling tide there. And had NO LOVE at all. Nothing but mini Seabass.

So to grab more tide, we fished the Litl' Jetties. Ray got one under sizer Speck. Damn, what's up with this?

Time to pull a good fish outa my hat and fast. We made a move again and that's where Lynda shined.
Her first drift on the new spot and B-A-M......a sweetheart Trout.

Then, she got two as Ray caught a Sheepshead on the float-rig......DOUBLE-HEADER!

The tide slowed so we switched over to vertical Sheepshead fishing on the same spot and also had lunch. Lynda was the hot rod, putting "HARD EARNED", Trout in the fish box. But at the same time Ray was getting bit, because as I inspected his hook, it was bent closed!

He was getting Sheepshead bites. And they were closing and bending his hook!

But now, we were on the vertical thing. And oh is this a hard to master fishery for someone brand new.
Loads of bites, especially after I moved over to my favorite under water ledge and rock pile.

There we had two more Sheepshead. Lynda scoring again!

Here she is showing Ray what happens when ya get a hook into them.

This spot is a small Sheeps spot, though. A lot of those 12-14 inchers live here, that can "pop" that fiddler crab off the hook in a nano-second!

But, Ray and lynda were a blast to have aboard. Good natured folks. Out for a fun day.

And right on time at 12:00 noon here came the blasting wind. My anchor was dragging constantly. So we stayed with it. It was Ray's turn to show us he had it in him, to feel the bite and set the hook fast enough. But after awhile we opted to head back and clean the fish we kept. When the boat snatched the anchor loose for the 4th time as we whipped  back and forth in the high winds that were bucking the flood tide.

We kept enough for lunch. And Ray & Lynda were heading over to Singletons for a fish fry after fishing, but I think after warming up first.

As I write this report at 7pm, I still have a chill in my bones I can't shake. But that's a good thang!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

2/13 - what a day...

Without going into it all too deep......Wow, today sure was a struggle.

-It blew
-It rained
-Yeah, we got wet
-Yeah my sounder was acting up "again" because it gets wet (?).
-We fished our butts off.

Had three great guys from Illinois out on the Jettywolf. And our fishing success/or non-success, wasn't from a LACK of trying.

We fished for Sheepshead on rock piles, hard edges, oysters & barnacles, and then the North Jetty rocks.

Here's a little Video I did of this morning before, just before it started lightning and raining. Not long after we picked up and ran east, away from it. But it followed us.

At the Jetties we were the only boat out there......Wow, now that's a rarity!!

And we couldn't give away a fiddler crab to any fish! So we packed it in.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

2/12 - AMAZING....

Can you just imagine?

No more rubber boots?

We as a race are heading some where that's for sure. Now if we just knew how to run the USA.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

2/9 - New STUFF

 Sports-Vue 360HD, times (2) one on the landing net, and one on the console!!  Cool, huh?

Water-proof to 60'. 170 degree swiveling lens. Awesome remote control. ON/Record - Stop recording/Off means EZ usage via the remote worn around the wrist.

Rubberized, with viewing screen.


CamOne Infinity, for really dunking in the water!

Super small and light weight, with viewing screen on the back. Perfect for sticking into the water to capture fish coming to the boat, with this next item....

The iPole Stealth. I got the "standard model" that reaches out to 53" for FREE to test out.

But will be a great tool to mount the CamOne Infinity too.

If, it works good which I'm sure it will. I'll probably add the mini one, so I can carry it around with me on trips.

Wondering if I'll actually have time to fish, with all this going on aboard the Jettywolf?  Well, that's where YOU come in!

Photos are great. B-U-T, Video is so much better!

(A blog voice postingNew, yes. So turn on your sound. And hit the arrow button and listen in.) 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2/5- Change of plans....

Had "regular" Tom O. on board today. But before I even got to the boat ramp plans had changed.
At the bait shop this morning I walk in drinking my coffee and eating my BearClaw danish. And Rusty asks what I'm doing today. I said, "Float-rig fishing with one guy." He says, "with what?" I say, "shrimp of course". Rusty says, "well we were cleaned out yesterday. I might have some by 9-9:30am"

Well that isn't gonna cut it. So I ran home, dropped off the float-rig rods and grabbed the light "fairy wands" (light Ugly Stik Striper rods with Shimano Curados)  and go back to the bait shop and buy the first pint of fiddler crabs I've purchased it what seems like years!

I usually DO NOT purposely go Sheepshead fishing. And when I do, I wait till late Feb thru March and use cut clam, fishing for monster spawning female Sheeps. A couple 8-10 pounders is usually better than a bunch of 2-5 pounders in my eyes. Because I'm in charge of cleaning them 99.9% of the time.

So, today Tom and I went sheep herding. Oh it's been a long time since I "dangled a fiddler". I've pitched Fidd's and shrimp on jig heads more than ever doing the "dab down" style of sheeping.

So, at break neck speed we went about 200 yards from the boat ramp and got into what would set the precedence for the days fishing. A ton of bites. And a lot of small 12-14" Sheepshead.

As I told Tom. My number one deal for any day is A-C-T-I-O-N. So if it be nursery school Sheeps. So be it!

They were kinda small, so we kept Tom;s first one. It's not really good luck to toss back the first fish and first "legal" fish, no matter what. It's just bad mojo in my book.

So we caught a few more, and then released them. The spot was a real pain in the azz to stay on. The vortex of hell was whipping the boat back and forth. And that last time I fished this same spot must have been 10 years ago. And I remember myself and an ole buddy Joe, sat there slamming 30 Sheepshead, a lot larger than these!

But times have changed on the St. Johns in Mayport.  That's for sure. 

So after not sitting on the same spot twice, as the boat moved back and forth with each passing freighter pushing a wall of displacement water at us. I had enough. So we headed to the jetties.

On the south rocks at the tip the water was so clean and clear. I could look down in 8-10 feet and see the tops of boulders. And I remember the fishing for Sheeps being really difficult when the water gets like that. We never had a bite and never saw anyone catch a fish. So back into the river we went.

Actually looking for darker brown, real falling tide water. It wasn't hard to find. So we tried a few rock piles I know of and we caught more small "buck male" Sheepshead. And Then I nailed the largest of the day, a 6 pounder.

And after that it was more bites, lost fiddlers and some more small sheeps. But it was ACTION, and we had a good time catching them.

They gave a little tug, and after all was said and done. Adding in some Whiting I kept from yesterday's solo beach fishing trip. Tom had a bag of fish fryers.

Don't know exactly how many we caught. But it was enough, and enough kept. Because those little Sheepshead don't give up any large amount of fillet, especially after de-boning the fillet.

But, it was different and as I told Tom. "I may try this again." 

But, "I'll be dead when they pry my cold stiff hands off of my float-rig rod." 

Although I heard, "variety is the spice of life" but doesn't that just pertain to woman??? 


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Monday, February 4, 2013

2/4 - Trying something else...

Heading out again on Tuesday with Tom O.

Think we'll "hang" at the jetties and float-rig fish. But no matter what. I'm always doing R&D.
(research & development)

As I tell my customers, "I'm addicted to fishing too!"
It's all I do and work for.

Even if it means; "Giant Polish Flounder", "Dumpster lids", or 11" Whiting.

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