Tall Tales

This is that time of year for most anglers that the transition to the super shallow waterside starting to happen. My favorite time of the year, it’s time to hunt fish! If you really take your time on a shallow grass flat on a calm morning your likely to see some tails of redfish waving at you. Tailing redfish for me is one of the greatest sporting event I have ever been involved with, it’s stalking a wild animal that does not know you are there and then delivering a none than less prefect and I mean perfect cast. Don’t line him, don’t go to far left or right. Right on him! I like
to start my false cast as he’s waving and by the time he drops his tail (to move) it is in front of his face! Like I said before perfect cast, it really helps to throw at targets on dry land.
Along with great redfish action, huge trophy snook are around bunched up waiting on this weather to change (I hope it doesn’t) I think they are slightly confused by this warm weather and cooler nights. Nice trout are available on the grass flats as well.
We look forward to fishing with you this season and if you need to brush up on your casting please let us know!
Paul
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Boca Grande Plug Fishing

SuperSpook1The term plug refers to hard body bait that is tied to the end of a line.  As we say it Plug fishing is second to none in the backcountry during the low light hours, especially top water plugs. We use certain plugs such a Lucky Craft, Rover, Mirror Lure and the infamous Heddon.  I believe all saltwater fly fishing guides are also plug fisherman. (Or should be)  It is so productive at first light and the hours leading up to sunset. It’s one of those things that you have to see to believe, the aggressive strikes that insure from the imitation of a wounded baitfish get the blood boiling early!  Just like fooling a big game fish with fibers tied on a hook, I love fooling them with plugs and they seem to be irresistible sometimes.  My consistent trophies still come from big plugs and you can cover a lot of ground with them as well. Sometimes we throw them in areas to see if the fish are active and we switch to the fly when we see the strikes occur.

All types of fish will readily eat a plug in South West Florida.  Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Trout, Jack, Bluefish will all eat a top water plug at any time.  For me watching a Redfish “shoulder” up on a plug in shallow water is the best sight there is when it comes to plug fishing. Their mouths are designed down to be grubbers and they have to bring their whole face out of the water to eat a top water bait, it is very explosive!  A top water will also get a tailing redfish’ attention sometimes when nothing else will.  Tarpon will take a plug and we have hooked them when we least expect it!

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Monster Snook Caught On A Plug

For me Snook is king when it comes to top water plug fishing, the sound a big snook makes when he strikes is like a 20 gauge shotgun going off.  There have been some real trophy snook taken while plug fishing; just come see me in turtle bay in the spring…monster snook. Snook just slam it off the top and most of the time you don’t even know they’re on it until the take. Their mouths are designed for plugs, they are designed to eat up and attack food when it swims by…hence the great plug quarry.

Plug fishing is such a great and underrated saltwater sport, I absolutely love it. It does not take as much involvement as fly fishing does and can be nice when you just want to relax with friends…or when we’re trophy hunting!   Come see us any time of year for the plug experience of a lifetime!