Archive | September 2017

Fishin up date 09/25/17

Red fish and Tarpon are the two fish that I would target and the west side is where I would head, The Red fish are holding under the mangroves wherever there is a slightly deeper pocket and they seem to be in groups of 3 to 6 fish. Shrimp with a Rock port head or just free lined,
and the Tarpon are just out from the mangroves or could be on top of the bar.
Plenty to keep you busy but you might have to look a bit, But find them you will or they will find you.

Drunk Bait contest winners 09/22/17

What a response and these lucky People won.
I had said the first ten, thinking I could give a few to others to try But I am going to double that to the first 20
There were many more, Thank you everyone for your interest. I wish I had enough for everyone.

Mark S.
Jacqueline S.
Lonnie B.
Shannon M.
Jimmy P.
David P
Sara F.
Tyler D.
Adrian G.
Bill S.
William C.
Jason T.
Woo Hoo
Christa M
Andra M.
Capt KC
Jimmy L.
Wes G.
Patrick O’C
Brett C.

There are a few color option, Choice of Colors will be first come, First Pick
You can pick up your bags of Drunk Baits here at the store,
or if out of town we will mail you your bag next week. If you need the Drunk Baits mailed to you.
Fishin Frank



Contest win drunk baits 09/20/17

CONTEST win a bag

Ok send you answer to

What country are the plastic baits from?

the first 10 people to E-mail me {not message} [not reply on F.B. ]

Drunk baits we have been testing and carry a full line of colors, I met the owner in the Shop and we have become friends.
The baits are excellent on Large Mouth bass if you are looking for a bass lure this is it!

In Salt or brackish water they are doing very well, mostly Trout, lady fish, and Mackerel, But a couple Snook have been caught and a Bonnet shark on them.

best way to rig is with a narrow head, jig head the smaller the head is the more extra wiggle you get from the popper style head and the tail is very active
all in all a very good addition to your tackle.
Fishin Frank

Answer to Question 09/20/17

I was asked about Shrimping in Placida, where the best place would be.
This Question has a multi part answer. where either you are lucky or everything has to come together.

Where to catch Shrimp, In or close to a Pass on an out going tide, Shrimp do not “Live” in The Harbor or I.C.W. they grow up here. and like many other species they leave when they get Large enough. Red Fish, Tarpon, Goliath Grouper and other do the same thing. So while there is shrimp in the Harbor and I.C.W. even the creek and Canals, How big they would be is the Question. The Smallest Shrimp of the Year, would be in June and July. Pee-Wee Shrimp. season is what this time is called as they are the hatch from the shrimp who left.

When to catch well as shrimp molt or cast off their shell outer coating each month or so to get bigger just like a BLUE crab does they get adult size late October or November and would start migrating out of the back country, Harbor and canals heading towards the gulf the Peak season for catching shrimp is January-ish and ends some time in May.

Why are they there. Well Shrimp Live in 60+ feet of water in the Gulf or Oceans Shrimp in some form or another have been found as deep as people have been able to go. and Shrimp use the bays as nursery to grow up where they can hide from the predators. Not all type of shrimp do this but many and the ones you can catch from shore are this type. So in order to catch them it has to be an outgoing tide as they leave the Harbor, bay, and I.C.W. to go where they will live as adults.

This is not to say you can not catch shrimp at this time of year, only that it would be more difficult and as they say it would be better to be lucky than good right now, We always have shrimp and you never know you could find a way ward group and have a great time. But your chances of having a night where you fill the cooler  with big shrimp, sweet and tasty as there is less Iodine, in the Back country waters, the shrimp do not have the slight bitter flavor of ones caught in deeper waters. I like them better. Your chances are much better in November to April
Hey it is early and this is my first typing of the day.
so I hope you can understand my thoughts written here. and I hope this helps
Fishin Frank



Fishin up date 09/18/17

Ok well the bad news is no one has time, cleaning yards and helping friends. or just getting back in the swing of life,
But if your stuff, House and things are ok, and you can manage a trip down Harbor there is Fish to be caught.
Red fish on both the east and west sides, If you are in Port Charlotte we have live Shrimp but some stores around still having trouble, I hope that is better soon. But if you want an easy way use a D.O.A. Cal shad 304 or 404 colors which are browns and I would suggest if you need a Jig Head buy a Pack of Rockport Rattlers 1/4 once any color with a 1/0 hook, Rock port Was ground zero for Harvey . If you have some use them.
Another thought is for you Bass Fisherman Drunk Baits which the Bass are nailing right now again browns or white colors and The owner of Drunk bait lost his house in Irma and as he had just bought it one week before had no Insurance. So you can have some fun and help people at the same time
And By the way The reds will hit better on the DOA but the Trout which are in better numbers on the east side like the Drunk Baits.
Good Luck out there and be safe.
Fishin Frank

Fishin up date 09/15/17

Hello Frank,

Decided to drop the boat in and take a look-see out of BSI down the Alligator and east side, I’m sure your familiar with the lyrics “same as it ever was” , well that pretty much sums it up except the dirty water that was just clearing a tad after the rains.

Saw two or three juvi tarpon in BSI canals on the way out, not enough to try, everything looked OK on the way out except a couple collapsed seawalls and a missing pool screen or two, not much debris in the water, even back in the nearby east side mangroves. The water is not very pretty though.

Stopped and fished the first 100yds or so of poachers cut, caught two or three peanut snook and had a couple snapper try to eat a zoom fluke tail
Ran south inside the bar about 1/2 mile and fished another 1/2 mile of points with zoom fluke and a 2/0 streamer fly, fly did best but caught several small snook on both and of course had one of the notorious follow to the boat explosions and missed, always a monster, lol
Saw one tiny tarpon roll, lot of mullet inside, no jacks or other critters seen and didn’t try outside the bar, it was just a quick look

Seems the bottom has definite humps and bumps that weren’t there before the storm. The Alligator channel has an area I marked 4.5′ during extreme high tide (went from 9.5′ – 4.5′ ) and I’m not sure if a marker is missing or not? Never paid much attention to the markers and only boating here since July

Nothing exciting to report

Looking forward to your next fishing report for the rest of the harbor and surrounding areas

Glenn in BSI

Fishin Store up date 09/15/17

We are up and open with live shrimp in the tanks.
Normal hours, here in Port Charlotte. and people have been catching fish,
We are planning a fishing report for later today, we are still making calls to find out what is hitting and where.

The Fort Myers store will open Monday. regular hours
Fishin Frank


Three CHEERS to the efforts

I do not have power yet, but it is an ABSOLUTE miracle that I will.
and Lets not forget the GARBAGE people these hard-working people are cleaning up enormous amounts of trash at a wonderful pace!!!!!
did you make a cell call 3 cheer to the men and women putting in generators so the cell towers work.

each and every one of us. when you see a power truck, Garbage truck, or cell phone worker.

Fishin Frank

count you blessings


Fishin store up date 09/14/17

We are here today until 5:pm
Tomorrow we will be at normal hours again with live bait and all just like a real tackle store.
I hope you are all Ok,
I am waiting for power at the house, like so many others,
We could have had bait today, but with Gas for the trucks still hard to come by, and if the truck got stuck at a gas station the bait would die anyway,
So it just seemed like the right thing to do. There is plenty of frozen bait, and the store is drying out nicely, the rain flooded us a bit.
But hey after Charley there was nothing here to work with, so this is annoying but not bad.
Thanks and again we hope everyone is well.
Fishin Frank

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