Archive | June 2014

Lucky just Lucky day

Lucky day! I am eating my lunch, a Gryo type sandwhich. all of a sudden it leaks, the with sauce and stuff pour out the bottom of the wrapper {hate that} and low & behold right between my leg, My favorite jeans on, I look and not a drop on my pants. Hey that just never happens Yeah I usally look like I have bathroom issues

BUT NOT today. I think I will play the lotto

Beach snook!

White bait has returned to Englewood area beaches! Get your cast net ready & watch for the schools of bait as they swim through the shallows.

Today I was using my penn conflict 2500 and free lining live green backs. Tackle is 30lb fluoro carbon and 10lb Invisabraid. Cast out just past the breakers and hold on!


A-eb-eb-eb-that’s all folks

That is it, Over Done . asta la vista baby, no mas/more. bitter & sweet, a large loss of income, doing the right thing, all good, like putting down an old pet, thanks to the ones who fished honest fun & true, Boo’s to the baddies, caught & uncaught, Never be another like it, good & un-good, brilliant moments, worse dumbest decsions ever! all in all 29 years of life’s up & down, humble, embarrassing, proud..
a-eb-eb-eb- that’s all folks. S.S.S. is history now

The last Shark, Cat-fish & Sting-ray Tournament

the rules are if you are in the Tournament you can not be with people or have help from people who are not in the tournament, this is a by the person tournament not the boat or group, this allows you to fish by yourself or with other people. But no-riders or people hangin with ya. We did this so you could decide how many people you wanted to fish with. the fish must be caught on hook & line. regular rod & reel fishing. the fish must be caught after you sign out, which starts at 3:pm in the regular time of the tournament. no frozen fish. sting rays must be caught on hook & line, this is a fishing tournament not a gaffing tournament, Sting-rays do not have to be iced. Rays are measured from wing tip to wing tip. Cat-Fish must be gutted and icing is up to you. Slice the belly take out the white bag and you are done, the cats are weighed. Sharks must be gutted and iced so the meat stays edible, Sharks are measured from the tip of the nose to the fork of the tail. All Sharks must be 54″
You pay $28.04 plus tax = $30.oo per person, and you fish from the time you sign out until Sunday morning. we weigh & measure the fish from 8:am until 9:am at 9:00am when my phone say 9:00 it is over your must be in line for the cat or have your shark or ray on the measuring deck, not driving up or walking up, 9:00am sharp. We give out the money at 9:15 unless there are protest then it could take longer, we have a polygraph person here for any issues.
this should be fun, it is only $30.oo dollars to enter and 1st for Sharks or Cat-fish is an average of $1000. prize. we hope you enjoy the last Shark, Cat-fish & sting ray Tournament.
As they say fish now or forever hold your peace

tonight & tomorrow

Evening are really a great time to fish, Cobia, sharks, even Tarpon have been right up here next tot he 41 bridges. which makes it tuff to get to the meeting. But tonight there is Robert master Shark-er , and he will be there with Capt. Cayle and myself to explain How to ctach handle and even clean and cook your catch. So interesting meeting, and by the by we will have Cat fish recipes as tips on how to clean sting rays as well. So to night call (941) 625-3888 for seats or just stop in tomorrow night “Wednesday”

Fishin Club

Robert will be teaching the Shark fishing part of tomorrow night’s meeting at Luigi’s we still have 10 seats left. 6:30 there will also be Sting -ray and Sail -cats who to
getting ready for the last Shark-Cat-fish & Sting ray Tournament
Which is Saturday June 19th

National Cobia Day on Charlotte Harbor


Top: My June 4th, 2013, cobia. Bottom: This year’s June 4th fish. Both photos: same lucky hat. Go Gators.

Man on the Pier

I’m declaring June 4 National Cobia Day.

Exactly one year ago on that date, I caught my only cobia of 2013 from the U.S. 41 bridge on a live sand trout. History repeated itself Wednesday, this time with my second cobia of 2014.

Cobia season is winding down in upper Charlotte Harbor, so it might be now or never if you’re still looking to land a brown bomber. So far I’m batting 2 for 5 (a .400 average for all you baseball fans). Of the fish I’ve hooked, two got away due to the hook popping out – before I switched from circle hooks to j-hooks – and the other escaped underneath the bridge. Both cobia I’ve landed in 2014 came from Bayshore, were caught on whiting toward the end of a strong incoming tide and measured 35 and 34 inches, respectively. The first came on May 8.

While neither of those fish were big by cobia standards, both were keepers that provided some fine table fare. I might keep one more fish if I get the chance this season, but I try not to get greedy when it comes to cobia. One thing I learned about cobia is that even if you do a hack job of filleting them – been there, done that – you still get plenty of meat. But a little practice will go a long way.

The biggest fish I saw caught this year was Austin Phelps’ 44-inch cobe that weighed over 25 pounds, a trophy by pier standards. That one was slightly bigger than my best cobia, a 43-inch, 23-pound fish caught on a DOA soft plastic in October of 2010.

June’s passing usually signals the end of the cobia run as far as the Charlotte Harbor piers go. By the end of the month numbers tend to taper off dramatically, with the rest of the summer yielding a few fish here and there. This season got off to a fast start in early March, much earlier than usual, but that didn’t last. The steady numbers started showing up on cue around late April/early May.

My rant: Two disturbing trends stuck out like a sore thumb this year. The number of anglers fishing the U.S. 41 bridges has skyrocketed, and this is bound to create tension with the runners and walkers. The last thing I want to see is fishing getting banned up there. So please be careful and courteous, clean up your crap, and if there are already a bunch of people up there find somewhere else to fish! It’s not like there are a shortage of spots. What really gets me is seeing guys up there who are fishing five or more poles at a time. Besides being dangerous and irresponsible, it’s just not necessary. Fish bait with one pole, and cobia with another. That’s all you need.

Also filed under the category of “on my nerves” is people using gaffs on cobia at the bridges. Stop gaffing these fish, you are killing the ones you “release.” And no, you can’t “tell if it’s a keeper.” Really? From 15 feet up you can eyeball a cobia and know if it’s 33 inches or bigger? Give me a break. Pier nets are not that expensive and they work. There are no excuses.

Cobia quickies: Rumor has it that the biggest cobia caught on the Gulf Coast this year officially weighed in at 101½ pounds. It was caught in Cocodrie, La., and was thought to weigh 137 pounds – which would have made it a world record – before making its way to certified scales. … The IGFA all-tackle record for cobia came in July of 1985 with a 135-pound, 9-ounce fish caught by Peter Goulding in Shark Bay, W.A., Australia. … The Florida state record is just over 130 pounds and was caught near Destin. … Cobia may be harvested with a castnet. … Good luck with that.

Until next time, hook ’em up and fight ’em hard. Fish on, fellow anglers.

Drunk & Elderly!

Ok so hardly ever I write a rant blog! Tonight is cause for one. Today I set out on a beautiful private access beach on north beach road. About 1/4 mile from englewood public beach. We were fishing with an amazing and fun group of people hoping to catch a big toothy critter and teach them about tag and release land based shark fishing!

Couldn’t of asked for a more perfect evening! Beautiful moon and a sky full if stars. No need for a lantern under this sky! (Remember that). A huge part of land based sharking is the wait. It’s horrible but we try to pass the time happily. As were minding our own business a guy walks up and starts talking to my friend about the sea turtle nests.

He then starts complaining saying I was shining my light and that’s illegal during turtle season. I tried to explain my headlamp had modes and I had to press the button and flash white light to turn the red light (which is allowed during turtle nesting season) on or off. He wasn’t hearing it and started throwing a stink, shaking his finger in my face, grasping his natural light beer can tight with his other.

I explained that open containers aren’t allowed. They frown on that even more than white lights during turtle season so he could call the sheriff but he would likely be ticketed before me. He got even more irate and after a shouting match he stormed away towards his friends on the beach.

On their way back to their I assume rented beach villa it got worse. The woman of the group walked right up to me. Touches her nose to mine and kept saying “hit me hit me” We asked them loudly to please leave us alone. Call the cops on us or go home! We had permission from the landlord of the access we were using. We were not breaking any laws. They kept yelling at me to go back to Minnesota .. Because my avet 80w’s work great there?! Nope I happily stated that I was indeed from Cleveland.

I then shined my white light on them for our safety! I wasn’t sure if they had weapons or what they were up to. I indeed also had my 7 year old son on the beach as well as my 4 month old niece! This obviously bright light enraged him more. He sure loves turtles!

As he continued to provoke myself and my friends to “touch him” he eventually gave up and ran into his rental area not to be seen again. This disgusts me. Why can’t I have a safe peaceful evening with my closest family and friends on the beach?! I honestly would feel safer in the roughest neighborhood in Cleveland Ohio than on any of our local area beaches.

If the people who harassed us read this I hope you apologize to myself family and friends!

Jigging For Bull Sharks

I headed off shore with Captain Larry Smith of Bucket List Charters early last week!  Our plan was to hit a few reefs about 9 miles out of Boca Grande and see what was waiting for us!   We set out about 8am with some beautiful conditions ahead of us!  This was going to my very first time jigging trying to bring up some amber jacks!    We stopped halfway out on a large school of threadfins to fill up the live well with the sabiki rig.  These are great and durable reef baits that any fish just cant resist!

We arrived on the reef location and as we slowed down we were quickly surrounded by many barracuda they seem uninterested in my jig.  Striking it a few times but soon realizing it wasn’t what they were after!  I was using my new Cabo 60 that I bought a few months prior and I had yet to catch a fish on it!  The first bite I had was a bit un expected!  WOW this fish hit like a train and was taking me to the rail pretty quickly pulling serious drag and trying to dive into the wreck!

Here is a short video of our awesome trip.  We didn’t expect to catch sharks, especially not on jigs!

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