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 Sep 30, 2006; 09:23PM - St Johns River
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: This past week we decided to mix things up a little bit and spent some time back out on the St Johns River and Lake Monroe. We had great weather all week long which made for great fishing conditions, water temps starting the day out in the upper 70ís an ending the days in the very low 80ís, what a nice change of pace that has been. Thursday we saw some schooling action, but other than that the waters had been pretty much calm.

Wide range of baits were used, from Sweat Beavers to rattle trap, only thing the traps got, were a few mullet that got snagged. Most action and fish caught were on the Beavers, Senko type baits and Fluke type baits. Lake Monroe itself fished pretty good, working grasses, hydrilla, and reed yielded some descent bass, but no aggressive hit, all the hits we got were very light taps, almost as if it were dinks hitting the bait, these bass were just picking up the bait and holding onto it, only reacting once you set the hook.

St Johns River itself looked pretty good, with a good flow, we were able to set a shoreline drift without having to tap the trolling motor, allowing us to be very stealthy closer to the shoreline, and flipping very tight to cover, again the bass were just very lightly tapping the baits, so you didnít know if you were setting the hook on fish or weeds, so every tap you felt, you set the hook, although several bass were missed, with most coming unbuttoned close to the boat, they were showing good size, and very scrappy fighters. The big key to fishing the river, was finding submerged trees with scattered grasses around or very close by.

Till my next report, tight lines and great fishing!
 Sep 22, 2006; 01:33PM - East Lake Toho
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: Today I hit East Lake Toho for a few hours, My old tournament partner wanted, for some reason to tackle East Lake and get away for a few hours. Normally East Lake is pretty much a last resort fishing spot, as it has not really been producing that great as of late.
We started the day out searching the deep water brush piles in hopes of finding a good bite, managing 3 nice crappie on a drop shot, now this is an awesome lake for crappie.

Making the move to shallow water and working Gitem KOís in baby bass color, and Shads in watermelon red we did manage to pick up a few here and there in and around the reeds and scattered grasses. Bit was very soft, so you really had to pay close attention to your line. We had one very solid, hard hitting bite, and I mumbled it was a mudfish, and after a few minutes of a good fight, it was a 5 pound mudfish!

From there we made a move to check out Boggy Cove, a few weeks back it was tough going to get in there, if at all, but with the rains, the lake is up atleast a foot, so we ventured back there and tried our luck. Using the same baits, we slammed a bunch of bass, a total of 28, but the sad thing is, of the 28, only 3 were of keeper size and just barely at that, as you can tell in the pictures. Lake levels are looking good, and the waters are very clean, have not seen the waters this clean in a long time. Water temps started out at 82.4 first thing this morning and when we pulled off they were right around 83.9, cooler temps have made the bite a little better, with more schooling activity going on around the offshore hydrilla beds.

We did manage to spot several good bass, in the 4 to 6 pound class cruising in and around the scattered reed, but as you know, generally if you see them, they have also spotted you. Other than the small size, it turned out to be a fairly good day. If we get the waters to cool down maybe another 10 degrees this lake should really turn on good.

Till my next report, tight lines and great fishing!
Capt Tim Fey
 Sep 17, 2006; 09:56AM - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt. Chris Myers
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: A short report this week as I only fished two days, Monday and Friday.

Monday I started out in some deeper along the edge of a flat hoping to see some tarpon or bigger redfish. It was a bit windy and the chop on the water made it tough to see anything in low light. I could see trout popping the schools of mullet. A lot of floating grass made it difficult if not impossible to use a topwater plug. I rigger a DOA Chug Head on a five inch green CAL tail with a 5/0 worm hook. This bait is totally weedless yet still spits water like a topwater plug and allows me to enjoy surface bites. I spent a few minutes using that rig to catch some trout and ladyfish before taking off to find a shoreline out of the wind.

With the extreme high water we now have in the Mosquito Lagoon, I was able to go into areas that I have not visited in many months. I fished close to the shore using a green jerkbait and caught several slot reds in and around sand holes. As I moved away from the shore, I began to see more slot sized reds in about 15' of water and landed several more with the same green jerkbait. Around mid morning, I went in search of some bigger reds. I located a nice school of 27-35 inch fish and switched over to a gold flake DOA baitbuster. Some of the slot sized reds have been very picky lately about what they will eat but the large fish have been very receptive to a mullet imitation. The first cast yielded a nice 32' redfish which was quickly followed by another similar sized fish. Working the Baitbuster on or just under the surface with a slow steady retrieve resulted in some voracious strikes. After catching two fish, I switched over to my 7wt flyrod and caught one more on a black and copper fly with beadchain eyes tied on a 3/0 circle hook.

Friday, the first few spots I checked yielded no reds but did produce a few trout on the DOA Chug Head/CAL tail combo. Again, I went closer to shore to an area I had not visited in over a year. The flat was full of redfish but many of them were lying motionless in the grass as if they were sleeping. Presenting a lure to them only served to startle them and send them fleeing. The fish that were not sleeping did not seem to have much of an appetite either. Cast after cast resulted in the fish running away or totally ignoring the lure. I moved out to some deeper water and located a school of about 75 fish all upper and over slot size. Using the gold DOA Baitbuster, I was again able to quickly catch and land two reds. When targeting these fish, I smash down the barb to not only make the hook penetrate easier but to provide for a quick and easy release with minimal harm to the fish.

After I caught and released two fish, I called my buddy Mike Pollock who was on a nearby flat with his girlfriend Jackie VanLooven. They had been experiencing the same thing I had seen earlier in the day with the reds not wanting to eat. I told them I had found some hungry fish. I met with them and they hopped onto my boat. We found the school again but we were unable to get close enough to them to get a shot. We stayed in the same area and began to see some single reds cruising the flat. I tied the gold Baitbuster onto Jackie's pole. She made a perfect cast to a lone redfish and landed a top of the slot fish.

We saw a few more reds, a couple giant trout, and a tarpon in the 50lb range but did not get any other decent shots at fish. By mid afternoon, the wind had picked up and the fish thinned out so we called it a day.

Capt. Chris Myers
 Sep 9, 2006; 05:28PM - East Central Florida Report
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt. Chris Myers
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Report Description: Last Sunday the seas had calmed after having been roughed up by a tropical depression. Paul Huffman joined me for what we hoped would be a tarpon and kingfish catching adventure out of Ponce Inlet in New Smyrna Beach. Although we had perfect weather, the fish were nowhere to be found. We covered about forty miles of ocean and saw neither gamefish nor baitfish schools. We never even put a line in the water.Tuesday, I went to both Sykes Creek and the Banana River to search for tarpon. Although there was clean water and baitfish, the bigger tarpon were nowhere to be found. I did find some smaller tarpon and had several bites but none were landed. While fishing along some mangrove shorelines for the tarpon, I did catch several redfish, a trout, ladyfish, and a black drum all on a rootbeer DOA TerrorEyz and a Tiny TerrorEyz in the same color.

Wednesday, it was back to the Mosquito Lagoon to look for some fish for an upcoming charter. The morning began with some ominous clouds and wind making sight fishing difficult. I ducked into a secluded spot and landed two juvenile tarpon on the Tiny TerrorEyz. A short time later, I was able to find some slot sized redfish along the leeward shoreline. After trying several lures which were totally ignored, I moved on to look for some more cooperative fish. The skies cleared and the wind calmed by mid morning. As the weather improved, so did the fishing. During the next several hours, I caught five reds and five trout. All the fish were located in clean grass flats less than two feet deep with an abundance of mullet. A gold DOA Baitbuster, a gold Capt. Joe's shredder, and a gold DOA CAL jerkbait accounted for all the fish.

Thursday turned out to be a day I will not soon forget. After a fish less morning checking several spots in the north Indian River, I went back to Mosquito Lagoon to see if the redfish were still in the same spot as the previous day. After finding that they were, I left to look for some more. My next spot held some upper and over slot redfish. As I was getting out my flyrod, I saw a huge tail sticking up out of the two feet of water I was in. The fish was cruising slowly towards the boat. To my surprise, it was a tarpon in the 100 lb class far from any deep water. With a 7wt flyrod and 15lb bite tippet, I didn't even bother casting at the beast. I did, however, get out my bigger rod I keep on board during tarpon season just in case an opportunity presents itself. I watched the tarpon as it cruised the flat, occasionally stopping to demolish a baitfish. To my delight, the fish decided to make a u-turn and began swimming back in my direction. I quickly picked up my bigger rod rigged with a DOA Baitbuster and 50lb leader. I cast it out in front of the fish and kept it moving so that it was just in front of its face. The tarpon tracked the lure until it was less than five feet from the boat. Just as I was about to give up hope of getting a bite, I watched as it opened its mouth and engulfed the small mullet imitation. Within the next 15 seconds, the huge fish stripped almost all of the line from my reel. With no deep water around, all the fish could do was make run after run. I was able to get the fish boatside and had the leader in the rodtip several times. As I was alone, I was unable to handle that fish without having to fight it to total exhaustion. I finally popped the leader leaving only a hook in the top lip and followed it for a while as it cruised away looking no worse for wear. This was, by far, the biggest fish I have ever caught in less than three feet of water.

Friday did not yield any spectacular catches and I was again disappointed that the space shuttle launch was canceled when I would have had a spectacular view. I did, however, have an enjoyable day fishing the Mosquito Lagoon with the always entertaining Capt. Joe Hebert. We saw a few tarpon in the morning but got none to bite. We saw even more redfish but only caught two. Most of the reds we saw were buried in the grass and would run off when we got near. They clearly had no interest in feeding. It could have been the full moon or the five degree drop in water temperature from the four inches of rain that fell there Thursday afternoon. Capt. Joe caught several trout using his shad tail and I caught one using his chartreuse Beavertail lure. A pearl jerkbait accounted for my only red.

The flats of all three lagoons are filled with mullet of all sizes. Water levels are much higher than they were a month ago. Although this is a great time for topwater baits, much of the flats are covered in floating grass making topwater fishing impossible. I found some of the redfish to be very picky about what they would eat. If you are being met with refusals, try using a small bait. If I present a lure to three fish and none of them eat, I change it out.

Capt. Chris Myers
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters
 Sep 7, 2006; 03:30PM - Butler Chain
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
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Report Description: Today I had a good friend out on Butler Chain to help him scout out a few areas for a tournament he has coming up soon. We had started the day out in Lake Pocket working schoolies for about 20 minutes when they settled down, from there it was pitching docks and working shoreline with deep drop offs close by. With a move into Lake Sheen, the pattern had pretty much stayed the same, working shoreline that had deep drop offs close by and grass beds set up in waters 6-9 feet deep. Baits used in these 2 lakes were Mepps Minnows and Gitem Shads, with a small screw in weight.

Lake Isleworth, as usual was a good stop off for some drop shot action for about 45 minutes before making the move into Lake Louise, where we worked spinner baits and lizards thru the Eel grasses managing 2 descent bass in 12 foot of water.

Lake Down and Little Lake Down produced some good numbers using Gitem KOís and Shads with no weight, and worked extremely slow in the 4-8 foot depths. Once again fish were just picking up the baits and moving slowly, so line watching was a big key to catching today. Fish were very scattered other than the schoolers on Lake Pocket. Total fish today was 16, with the best 5 coming in about 14 pounds. Not bad for numbers, but trust me on this folks, we had to work hard for the ones we caught, 16 fish with probably 20 moves around the lakes.

Hopefully the weather starts cooling down some soon, with the rains we have been getting, the water temps have come down a good bit, starting the day out with 83 degree water temps is a lot better than the 89 degree we had been seeing before the rains. Water levels out on Butler look great, and waters are still very clean with visibility in areas roughly up to 4 feet, we did hit a few areas where water depth was 9 foot and could clearly see the bottom, which makes for long casts and 10 pound test line.

Till my next report, tight lines and great fishing!
Capt Tim Fey
 Sep 6, 2006; 02:46PM - Johns Lake
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: Johnís Lake September 6th
Today we did some more exploring on Johnís Lake. Waters are still looking great out here, with water temps starting the day out at 85 degrees. Very light if any real breeze to speak of. We started the day in the cut to the Horseshoe, working the Gitem Drop and picking up 3 very quick bass before heading to the shorelines and doing some flipping.

Schooling activity was pretty much non existent this morning with only a few blows here and there but very small schools. Hitting the grass beds away from the cut to the horseshoe produced 2 descent bass on the Gitem Shad in watermelon red tight to the grass bed, before making another move to the main lake area.

Hitting the main lake grass beds was the key for the day, and fishing very slow was the only way to catch anything. Flipping the grass beds and just bouncing your bait around the holes produced a couple more bass. I did manage to flip a few of the docks out there and you had to work extremely slow doing so, pitching all the way under the docks and boats, and letting your bait just sit there, giving it an occasional twitch to get a strike. None of the hits today were by any means aggressive in nature, so paying close attention to your line was very important, as they would pick up the bait and slowly move, if at all.

Till my next report, tight lines and great fishing!
 Sep 4, 2006; 08:43PM - Butler Chain
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
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Report Description: Today I went on a scouting trip on Butler Chain. I have received a few e-mails from people asking where the bass are hiding and what they are hitting on. I started the day in Lake Louise, simple and basic pattern was running the edges tossing a Baby Bass colored KO from Gitem Baits. Working the shallow water grass beds in 4 to 6 foot and tossing directly at the cypress tress, and letting it fall to the base of the tree yielded 3 descent sized bass. The bite was real soft, as they seemed to pick up the baits and just hold onto it with moving so you really had to watch your line very closely.

I did stumble on 2 different schools in Lake Louise picking up another 12 on a Little George. Although the schooling fish are generally not very big in size, ranging from 1 Ĺ to 2 Ĺ pounds, I did manage a 3 pounder from one of the schools, always fun nailing schoolers though.

From there I made the move back into Lake Isleworth and started tossing the Gitem Drop, working it slowly along the grass edge with mixed in pads, picking up 4 more descent sized bass before calling it a day.

I did notice that the deep water bite had slowed down some for me, as this time of year I am usually getting them in 10 to 20 foot of water. Today they seemed to be suspended on the drop offs somewhat and always close to some type of cover or structure, the big key was to fish VERY slow and pay close attention to your line, and if you were around the grasses, watching for grass being moved around by fishing moving thru.

Till my next report, tight lines and great fishing!!

 Aug 27, 2006; 11:30AM - East Central Florida Report
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt. Chris Myers
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: Fishing in east central Florida the past couple weeks has been hot, if you find the spot. Inshore, the redfish action has been steady. The schools of oversize redfish have been tailing along the deeper edges of flats early in the day. If they are not subjected to excess pressure, they will eat a well placed offering.

Last week, Paul Fondo of Orlando, joined me in the Mosquito Lagoon with his friend, Don Mathis. They both caught their biggest redfish ever with Paul taking the largest fish of the day.

In the Indian River Lagoon, big tarpon were providing us with consistent action. We jumped and caught fish from 50-125 pounds using a rootbeer colored DOA TerrorEyz with 40-60 lb leader. On several days, we fished near other anglers using live baits and the TerrorEyz produced much more action.

This week, most of the tarpon moved on, but several in the 100 pound class were jumped on the same lure.

Tuesday, Dennis and Brad Prokopowicz fished with me in the Mosquito Lagoon. The brothers wanted to catch some big reds and the fish cooperated. Dennis caught the big fish of the day, a red af about 30 pounds, but Brad was not far behind.

After leaving the reds, the brothers used a DOA shrimp under a cajun thunder float to catch over a dozen trout in leass than an hour. Fishing around schools of mullet was the key .

The next two days, I fished nearshore with friends. Capt. Tom Van Horn and I searched outside Port Canaveral. We found the water to be quite cool and the bait along the beach was scarce. After finally finding menhaden well south of the Port, we trolled in various locations with only one barracuda to show for our efforts.

Thursday, Paul Huffman and I tried the waters outside Ponce Inlet in New Smyrna Beach. Bait was plentiful but the preadators were not. A big jack crevalle was the only fish that saved us from a shutout.

Cold water has hampered the nearshore bite throughout the summer. The next couple months, however, should bring more stable water temperatures and an increase in bait as the fall mullet run begins. Inshore, redfish will continue to provide steady action. Pompano will begin to invade the flats of the Indian River and can also be found staging around the many causeways.

Capt. Chris Myers
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters

 Jan 30, 2004; 03:01PM - The Tampa Bay Area Fishing Report
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt. Marc Noe
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: Tampa Bay Area Fishing Report:

The Apollo Beach power plant has been a busy place lately. My last two trips to fish the warm water outflow have produced some nice bonnethead sharks, black tips, and some really big Jacks. The cobia have been hard to spot on the surface due to the moderate chop we have had on the bay from all the wind. We managed to hook up with one real nice one though while tossing a gold spoon next to the channel marker at the entrance into the channel that runs back into the warm water outflow. Overall, the fishing at the plant has been okay. I think that as we head into February if we get some more cold snaps that the fishing at the plant will just get better. Over by the Gandy bridge on the Tampa side and the surrounding rip rap the sheepshead and mangrove snapper have provided some nice light tackle fun. Small fiddler crabs and shrimp have been successful in getting them to bite. On the St. Pete side of the bay around Weedon Island some nice trout have been caught in the pot holes on live shrimp and jerk baits. The shipping channel is still holding some nice grouper for those that spend the time to troll the edges of the channel. Up around the Anclote power plant loads of lady fish have been providing some nice acrobatic fights on light tackle. Some bluefish showed up as well but the trout were not to be seen that day. A couple nice snook were caught and fought well. For those of you who happen to catch snook in the winter be sure you spend the extra time needed to fully revive these beautiful fish. Snook are under enough pressure during the winter to survive with out us catching an fighting them. So, extra care with the snook is a good angling practice and not targeting them at all during the winter is even better. We are in for a windy week coming up so fishing the power plants, canals, rivers and backcountry will be the place to go to find shelter and some good winter fishing.

That is all that I have for now, so until next time be safe, have fun, and catch some fish.

Capt. Marc E. Noe
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