Sunday, August 31, 2014

8/31 - BIG BAIT BIG BLACKTIPS

Had past customer Jim T. with his son and daughter aboard today.

FIRST OFF..........everyone catches. BAIT THAT IS!
We stopped by the N. Jetty and caught a livewell full of Croakers, Whiting and sand trout.

WHAT FOR?? (you ask)

BIG JUMPING BLACKTIP SHARKS, E SHRIMP BOATS WORKING OUTSIDE THE INLET.
(a summer ritual, when we're "inbetween" seasons)

We had Blacktips that were 150 pounder types EASILY today. Jumping and flipping out behind the boat.

THE LARGEST BIG GAME YOU WILL EVER CATCH AROUND THESE PARTS OF FLORIDA WITHIN SIGHT OF THE BEACH.

NO LONG BOAT RIDES. THAT'S THE JETTYWOLF MOTTO. CATCH FISH, NOT RIDE AROUND.

And that's another reason I like "fishing for bait". Because it;s FISHIN'. We had "double headers" on and lines around each other. But thats all standard fare for a day behind the shrimp boats.

Here's some photo that DO NOT give these dudes justice.





















































































Have no earthly idea how this photo showed up on my G+ list.
It says a "Google iphone awesome photo"
Where the hell does all this stuff come from??????????







Great day.....beautiful, on Labor Day Weekend

(please give me some kind of heads-up, when reserving a day. More than 18 hrs, please)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

8/28 - FALL in the air, at Mayport Jetties?






And BTW...
After catching a tagged Redfish on 8/8, I finally got a hold of the tagging agency.
The Louisiana Redfish tagging program.

I called in the info, and then received a free hat, and the info of where and when it was tagged.

Here it is:

TAGGED:  2/2/2014 - Clapboard Creek and was measured at 30 inches.

RE-CAUGHT: by my customer Terry, 8/8/2014 end of the North Jetty, was measured at 31.5 inches and 8.5 pounds.
















(it's sort of funny that Louisiana does the Redfish tagging program. Guess, Florida has no $$ for it?
Florida spends their money on paying idiots to dream up ridiculous fishing regulations instead!)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

8/26 - Surviving "Cristobal"

















OH YEAH....it was windy!

But the Jettywolf & crew prevails.

Had Dan G. aboard the Jettywolf today.



Fish Plan:

GO WEST!! 
No Jetty Fishing today. Run up river and fish places like Mill Cove and the Dames Point area.

TODAY: 1st time I've bought LIVE shrimp since May.

And with plenty of jigheads. Dan and I went  to get "Jiggy with it".
Jig-N-Shrimp combo meals for all.

High tide at 11am'ish, just coming off the NEW moon.

Plenty of fish. But with a very slow start. HECK, IT BLEW LIKE HELL! But was a nice day.
I'm sure the barometer was all over the place.

Ended up with, small Jacks, small Ladyfish, a Puffer, micro pup Redfish, a 14" Speckled Trout, 4 keeper Mangrove Snappers, on small one. and........








































We survived CHRISTOBAL!

DO YOU HAVE THE SALT, TO TAKE ON THE ST. JOHNS RIVER AND MAYPORT JETTIES?  DAN DID!

Monday, August 25, 2014

8/25 - Tropical Storm Cristobal?



WEATHER WATCH >>>>>>>Charter on Tuesday at 7am!
So I have the need to know.

I believe the Mayport Jetties won't be part of our scene on Tuesday.
More like what some call the "Back waters"...hahahahaha.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

8/24 - a bay boat that can take the oysterbeds





















I've said it a million times...a real "bay boat" isn't one with that's 28 foot, and is so glitzy you'd be so afraid to hurt it when running the shallows. But like S.U.V. vehicles, human's have a way of taking a great idea and really screwing it up.

To me, a S.U.V. is still a 1975 Ford Bronco. Boxy, powerful, high off the ground, short wheel base, and ready for mud, sand, and water.

I worked for a man when I was 16 who had this exact one. Orange and White!

He let me drive it to pick up supplies.
I was in LOVE then, and I am still in love NOW.
(can ya tell I like simple, no frills get the J-O-B done?)








But hell.....I also think Lady Ga-Ga is a total JOKE!

Bay boats and alloy plate welded together go hand in hand in my book.
-Lighter
-Float's higher
-Less power needed
-Tough
-Ready for abuse

Here's a mini - JETTYWOLF.

A 19' Pacific CC with T-top, twins and a trolling motor heading to the Gulf of Mexico area.  Where it can do offshore Grouper, and shallow water Trout and Snook fishing all in the same day.


















Twin 70 Yamaha's, (super idea!!!!!!) a live well, a big cooler, a casting deck. Some side rails, and a super tall wind, rain stopping windshield.  Do ya really need more?

I see all these "bay boats" daily at the boat ramp. And  no matter what. I'd have this one, pictured above before any I see daily that cost thousands and thousands more. Like "boat clones", they all start to look a like to me. 

I'd skip the powder coated t-top and console personally...just more maintenance.

I'll take one of these "sweet 19's" any day. Would fit fishing the St. Johns river, the Jetties, and offshore NO PROBLEM!

Just a Jettywolf...FYI.

Friday, August 22, 2014

8/22 - LESS Reel maintenance??

Oh, reel maintenance really matters when you are keeping up a arsenal of 40 reels and use them 12 months a year.




LINK TO EBAY REEL COVER SELLER I USE:
http://stores.ebay.com/Zaltana-Outdoor/_i.html?_nkw=Reel+covers+&submit=Search&_sid=262281402

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

8/20- It's better than 666

Growing....and now a member of the Hooked Up Network. A network of other Video Anglers across the country. That also helps promote each of us.

Thought I'd share





777 YouTube subscribers, just short of a 1/4 million "views".
But of course I'm not satisfied.

It's still funny, no matter how hard I work to "show" people with video, what they'll be doing, the boat they'll be on, the tackle used, the environment we fish etc.

You still can't please everyone!

-did you know I need a big cabin?
"so to get out of the hot summer sun"

-did you know I need a big cabin?
"so to get out of the cold in winter" 

-did you know that fishing isn't picking fish out of the seafood counter at Wally's World?
"many think a Guided Charter is just that"

-why do people want species that don't fit the season we're in?
"because they want to not catch, I guess"

-guess what my j-o-b is?  And why you're hiring me?
"to catch F-I-S-H...That's what we'll do!"

TELL ME IF YOU'VE BEEN TO ANY LOCAL FISHING GUIDES SITE AND HAS AS MUCH OR MORE  INFO THAN THIS SITE HAS...MY E-MAIL IS: CHARTER@CAPTDDAVES.COM

IF SO...I GUESS I HAVE TO WORK EVEN HARDER TO SHOW YOU WHAT I DO.








BTW, I wish this was from out on the water. But this is the nicest sunset I've ever seen in a Winn Dixie grocery store parking lot.






































And I never saw anyone else around even LOOK, up......(shows ya how in tune the general public is with their Earth!)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

8/19 - SHARK RODS, break it!



Between the Ugly Stik "customs" (for Blacktips & Spinners) to a custom made Vintage "solid glass", UNLIMITED class, "Monster Shark rod" (for when I get someone with enough salt that can handle 500 pounders......

I BELIEVE, I GOT IT COVERED, FINALLY. WE'LL SEE.

"DO YOU HAVE THE SALT?"

8/19 - Work horse Sale

Doing some dusting and cleaning of the tackle inventory.

Up for grabs are several DAIWA SEALINE REELS. Yes, the most work horse reel Daiwa ever made. And in the fisherman's opinion, so much better than any Penn Senator reel.

UPDATE: SOLD-SOLD-SOLD


First set is DAIWA SEALINE 400 H (4/0 REELS):

Both have "custom made" Alan Tani super power handles, plus replaced Daiwa drag washers, with  Greased Carbon Fiber drag wash kit, to include more washers and milled metal washers.

What's this do?  Makes the drag smoooooth and from a weak 20#'s of pressure to 30#'s of drag.

The reels are used. BUT I TAKE CARE OF ALL MY TACKLE. So never abused!

Matching sets of rods are also available.








































































UPDATE: SOLD-SOLD-SOLD


Penn stand-up, Star stand-up, and Strike Zone stand-up Rods that could go with these reels also available.

CHARTER@CAPTDAVES.COM

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NEXT IS.....two more Daiwa Sealine reels (used)


UPDATE: SOLD-SOLD-SOLD

ONE- "stock" Daiwa Sealine 300H in super condition 3/0
 and
ONE - "stock" Daiwa Sealine 400H in very good condition 4/0

Try to find a sweeter Daiwa 300 H. These reels are so cool. Not a heavy weight, but BUILT like one. A 3/0 size, perfect for Seabass'n to Tarpon.

Here's both:




















































UPDATE: SOLD-SOLD-SOLD

$50 each or $100 for BOTH, the 3/0 300H and the 4/0 400H.
Work horse highly desirable reels that are clean and ready to fish.


ALL THESE REELS WILL BE GOING ON EBAY AS OF NEXT WEEK IF NOT SOLD.

904-642-9546 8AM-8PM
CHARTER@CAPTDAVES.COM
FOR INFO

ALL KINDS OF STAND-UP RODS AVAILABLE ALSO.


UPDATE: SOLD-SOLD-SOLD

Monday, August 18, 2014

8/18 - COMING SOON, but not soon enough!!!!



pulled from the video ARCHIVES: (my YOUTUBE CHANNEL)

2013 First of October. REPORT on air temp, weekday fishing, and TROUT!
This will be coming around soon. And I can't wait.

I love pitchin' with super "LT", and Matrix Shads on lead-heads, so much I wish I lived in Louisiana!!!!    (where that's basically all ya need to catch F-I-S-H)

But around here, it works a lot better when the water temp ISN'T 86 degrees! 
Ran across this "video report" from last year at the jetties and thought I'd share it one mo' time.

Personally, I'd be getting ready to reserve a day ANYWHERE near a HOLIDAY.
(Labor day is fast approaching) Right now!!!!!!!!!



Sunday, August 17, 2014

8/16 - Exciting Shrimp Boat Sharkin' aboard Jettywolf



BLACKTIPS, SPINNERS, BIRDS, BAITS, BUSTED LINE, MAYHEM, YOU NAME IT.
It's called, "so much FUN!"

at: www.captdaves.com
e-mail me:  charter@captdaves.com for charter info.  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

8/14 - Take your Daughter, Jacksonville Fishing



JUST BECAUSE IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME DOESN'T MEAN IT'S NOT "STILL" FISHING TIME.  TAKE YOUR BEST GAL, FISHIN'.
www.captdaves.com - advanced reservation required.

Let's go have FUN.



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"The Video is great. It does not show how great the trip was. I have been fishing all over the greater US and Mexico and I can tell you that I have not been on a better trip then this trip. All my daughters and my needs were meet, the fishing was great. The boat and equipment were of the highest quality.  I will reschedule the next time I'm in Jacksonville. Thanks again for a fabulous trip and a lifetime experience shared with my daughter. "

TY...... Shaun 

8/14 - BIG Shark charters in Jax? LOL!!!

Yeah, as usual I had huge plans. This summer was going to be a total experiment. And the facts are in, already in my book.

I wanted to do max. two persons, with "REEL GUYS" and target the truly big sharks just offshore.
And as you can plainly see here on my reports, it's not what I've been doing much of so far.....

"Yeah me and the family would like to go out shark fishing for the big ones. We surf fish......."

"I want the biggest shark ever. How much???"

So far all summer I've had TWO...count them ONE+ONE=TWO times that we did what we needed to do to target REAL Sharks. And out of two attempts, we caught one MONSTER. Okay not bad, that's 50/50.

Let's see what else I have tried in Jacksonville during the summer...
Oh yeah, years ago I was going to run out and try nothing but "vertical jigging" aka: Butterfly jigging methods. Bought the tackle, went over board and had ONE GUY who I did it with and it was a great success. Loads of Amberjacks and Cuda's. But hell, this is J-ville, not Miami. That's for sure.
After awhile I gave it up. And sold all the tackle that was needed. Experienced Fisherman is what that took.

The morale of the story is there just isn't enough die-hards that fish Jax. I'm not running offshore with the Family Affair thing. I need just a couple "REEL GUYS", ones that have fishing experience. Someone who understands that a 500 pound Bull, Tiger, or whatever Shark isn't going to be
"I.G." - Instantaneous Gratification!!!!!!! 

We may or we may not even get a bite. Again, this is J-ville. Not 2 miles off of Palm Beach in "Gulf Stream waters".

No matter what I do, I have the best intentions. Problem is, I guess it's only what "I WANT TO DO".
I wanted to be in the Newspaper with huge Shark catches all summer. Get them to the boat, make no mistakes, not just break a rod each time out.

Yes, it's frustrating. I get e-mails, "I'm not interested in Sharks, I just want Kings and Cobia". 
Well, that's your first problem.
Fishing isn't a trip to the Walmart!  I do SPORT FISHING CHARTERS. Not, GROCERY STORE CHARTERS, especially during the summer.

When I'm anchored up on a reef. There's no telling what we'll catch. My second attempt at offshore BIG Sharkin', we didn't catch any Sharks, but we had 3 Cobia come up around the boat and caught one. Along with a Snapper and had a blast catching very willing Cuda's.....about 20 of them!

My customer Chris, that was on that particular trip said it best;
"I go fishing the way you should approach finding a good woman. Don't Go Looking, for that particular one. Just go have fun, and then all of a sudden. You'll catch the fish on your bucket list, and meet the gal of your dreams! It's all just fishing, either one, RIGHT?"



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

8/8 & 8/10 - Mayport Jetty bite, August Heat

2- days:
8/8 - Terry Hicks, Bass fisherman from Tenn.
8/10 - Mike & Phil, "regulars" from Middleburg Fl.

Enjoy, because I work hard making these and yes enjoy doing these these for you.


AUGUST DAYZ.......keepin' it close. No long boat rides. Plenty of action.
Lot's a "toothy critters", in amongst some decent "Gamers".
Hell, it's pinnacle o' summer, in Jax.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

8/8-8/10 - HOT SUMMER DAYZ

Hot, Humid and stick a fork in me, when is winter getting here?

August in Jax....probably the same as August in most of Florida. But here we have to WORK at FISHING when the water temps 86 degrees.

There's a lot of teeth out there this time of year, too.

8/8 - I'm trying to complete a video of Terry H. a Tenn. Bass fisherman out for a day of jetty fishing.
No photo's just video. Maybe someday I'll get the video done.

8/9 - Bryan and Zoey.....she was as cute as a button and a natural Anglerette! From Croakers to Sharks to Big Redbass we had it all. Amazing, smart 11 year old who was a pleasure to have aboard the Jettywolf.


























Her dad stretching a string a few times:























On Sunday, 8/10 had Mike and Phil aboard......VIDEO COMING
we float-rig fished live Pogies down the jetty rocks for two Redbass, one 27" and one 32"














































Still working on putting video together. But no days off till Wednesday. And sleep? I am deprived at the moment. So, editing video right now I just can not do.

NEXT UP:
Monday 1/2 day - 2 adults
Tuesday full day - 2 adults
Thursday 2 hr Kids trip
Saturday - 3 adults

Don't be a late comer. Book your charters before leaving your house if you coming to visit J-ville.
But then again, late comers will never see or read this. So I say it to the wind...... 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

8/6 - 1st Croaka's, 2nd Redbass, 3rd Blacktips

Let me start off by dragging this video into the report from the archival vault of :  Capt Dave's You Tube Channel                                       


THIS IS ""L.T."" - light tackle. Most of my customers are on the "charter L.T.", when pursuing BIG 100 pound ++ Blacktip Sharks, behind the shrimp boats.

In this video, I was Jetty drifting....not even behind a shrimp boat. Jus' drifting off the end of the south jetty rocks.

MORAL:  If you think what you did was hard, there's always HARDER. Which equates to LIGHTER tackle. Now, I ain't talking "lighter in weight". I hope when I talk tackle, that's not what people think. I'm sure novices do. But what I'm talking is  "lighter" as in smaller reel, whippy rod, less line, less line strength, and less line capacity.

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Because today Bruce hung a few big boys and the first one gave him a "LT" fit !!!!!!!!!!


























Then it was his step-son's turn.....






















In no way do I believe in "sitting down", because I'm all about "stand-up and take it!!!!. Sitting is what accountants and kids do. Not Me!  Have ya ever seen me sitting when going toe to toe with a monster anything? And ya never will, either. But hey, not everyone is ME.   (hahahahahaha)




















































Prior, I had my crew which consisted of three kids and one adult catching bait....CROAKERS, to keep live for Sharkin'. Live Croak's make goooooooooood Sharkin baits.

As what many times happens when dropping down small cut pieces of dead shrimp, we catch a BIG Redbass.  Yes, Elephants eat peanuts too, is the ole saying.....

















































Of course I love it, because I know it's gonna happen. Especially when I see the boat near us catch one too.....except they didn't know how to release it and it floated around "belly up" for a few hours.
Don't know why people won't release these big Reds right. Must be a dumb-ass redneck thang, I guess.



NEXT UP:  One "solo" Bass fisherman from Tennessee on Friday. This ought to be FUN.
                              Saturday, just two guys out for FUN.
                              Then, Mike & Phil some regulars on Sunday.

So NO, I don't have this weekend open. Should have thought about fishing before Friday night at 7pm.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

8/2 - Rough waters, EAST Flow

Yes, East flow means everything was coming from the East, or at least the S.E. The breeze, and the seas.  Had the Darling Crew aboard today and started out at the beach tossing the net for Pogies.
Had a plan to fish them on the bottom and not worry about the sharks. If they bit us off, I'd just deal with it.

First fish, a 20 pound Redbass. Second fish a healthy Bonnethead Shark, third fish.......SPOOLING Mike!  Yep, he hooked something that hit the surface twice, frothed  and then took off EASTWARD, as the line on my Shimano Triton 200's drag smoked off 200 yards.

We still had it!  So I pulled the anchor, and gave chase. Right up to the South Jetties green buoy where it wrapped around the buoy chain and finally popped Mike off.

WOW, and we never saw it. Had no idea if it was a huge shark that ate a "cut" piece of Pogie. And how it didn't bite thru the 50 pound Mono leader?

Was it a Shark?  Was it a Tarpon that tried to jump in the super current and didn't get airborne?
Who knows. But exciting is a calm word to describe the mayhem in the 4 foot rolling seas south of the south jetty.

-Due west winds...NOT GOOD
-Due east winds....NOT GOOD

We had neither. Just huge "SLOP-CHOPPY" seas. Of course NO ONE, but the JETTYWOLF could ever anchor in.  Other's tried, other's left out to never come back.

But it was good current. But the bites faded fast after re-anchoring up after the chase.

No video, and just one 20 pound Redfish photo today kids......
























Tried all over the around the jetties for action. Only found a few small Whiting the rest of the day.

Same "Flow" is coming on Sunday too. Have to find a different plan.    

Friday, August 1, 2014

7/31 - TAKE YOUR GAL, FISHING!



Mayport Jetties.......
















Live Pogies and 3 gallons of dead ones in the "GOT CHUM" chum chopper on the JETTYWOLF.
Brought in the Redbass. Along with some serious "ass handers" that'll eat what ever ya got.

Wanted a super Blacktip Shark on the "HDT" - heavy duty tackle. But only had 2 hook-ups. One behind the shrimp boats.

















And one on the inside of the North Jetty. The rest went for the "L.T." - Light tackle, and of course we couldn't do much about it when they ate the bait.

It was H-O-T at 9:30am even though the National Weather Service said we set a new record LOW at 68 at sunrise, versus the average temp of 74.  Whooooopeeee!
We never felt it.


A SIMPLE, HEADS UP:
DO NOT WAIT TILL THE LAST SECOND TO RESERVE YOUR DAY.
DO IT WHEN YOU'RE AT HOME!  BEFORE YOU EVEN LEAVE YOUR HOUSE TO COME TO
J-VILLE. PLANNING IS A BIG PART OF FISHING LIFE.
I HAVE EMAIL & A WEBSITE. YOU'RE ON MY DAILY REPORTS BLOG PAGE RIGHT NOW.
LIKE PUTTING ON SUN SCREEN..."DO IT AT HOME, NOT WHEN IT'S TIME TO FISH."