The begining of a cold front (11-26-2010)

Took a trip out hoping to get out before the cold front came through. Of course we did not beat it and went out right as the tip of the low pressure  system came through. A cloudy day, drizzled for a while but was still a great day in Tampa bay.

We launched at about 7am right at slack tide. We paddled to our spot and began casting doa paddle tails in the new "watermelon clear holographic" color. We coated the soft plastics in pro cure bait sent to make the lures more enticing. We managed to catch a few trout.

We then came across some manatee that came to close for comfort. So we had to move in fear they might flip the kayaks if they felt threatened. It was nice to see so many manatees in good health but the large sea cows can be quite intimidating in a plastic kayak.

 We continued fishing a new area and came across a large redfish sitting in a sand hole in a oyster bar area with no luck, we moved on to catch more trout.

Pat Practiced proper handling techniques using a lip grip and trying to handle the fish out of the water for the shortest amount of time possible. He made sure to wet his hand before touching the fish ensuring the protective slime coating would not be removed from the trout. Please remember to practice proper handling techniques especially as it is trout breeding season, therefore season is closed on the trout. So remember to practice catch and release.

I managed to catch quite a few trout also but only took one picture of a large 18" trout.

As Always,
Tight Lines 

Happy Thanksgiving 2010

First Day of Thanksgiving Break at 4th Street

Well, I finally received some time off from school and returned home to Tampa. Of course I went fishing the first chance I could. My father and I launched a little later then normal at around 9am. We paddled maybe 50 yards and were hooked up. The first trout of the day was a little guy.

We caught about six more small trout all released in good health. The biggest being about 14". No gator trout today.

Finally my dad picked up two flounder using a doa cal paddle tail.We then moved on to a new spot and caught more small trout. They were all schooled up in the deeper areas of the flat and created quite a fun day on the flat.

 We came across some Manatee, that kept coming out of the water. The came quite close, which was quite a sight.
I spotted some lone red fish sitting in potholes in 8" of water and tried to sight cast a exclude gold slug but only spooked them. I tried on three diffrent fish, which were all over 25" some nice reds that would have made the drag scream. After some more trout we called it a day around noon. As always tight lines and go noles!

First Hand View Months After the Deep Water Horizion Spill

This video is from one of my favorite outdoor videographers at shallow water expeditions. Shows you first hand that the oil spill did not hurt the marsh as was predicted. The fishing is still great and the fish are all in good health. Some great news in this wonderful video.

Dreary Monday Fishing

I had the day off and a low pressure system came through, didn't think of looking at the weather until we got to the launch. Cloudy, windy, and drizzly rain conditions caused for less than optimal fishing conditions. Richard came out with me for some company. Put the kayaks on the car, went to lunch at the warf and we come to find out I had pick up a nice sized bolt in my tire. So a call to AAA and a slow ride home ended the day! Well here are some pictures of the day.

Great White Herons at Ft Desoto Park

I Went to the famous Ft. Desoto park to fish. Wind was bad and so was the fishing but back at the launch there were many birds to greet me. So I snapped some shots this is what I came up with. Enjoy!

Dolphins Giving Birth, Reds, And Sharks!

At the Launch at 7am and took the quick run to net some bait. One throw of the net at my secret bait spot and the live well was blacked out. We decided to run the beach to look for roaming tarpon. We ended up coming across a pod of dolphins and one of  dolphins gave birth. A very cool site to say the least. Its sad to think that baby might not live much longer if BP doesn't get things fixed fast.


We saw three tarpon roll sometime after this in around 6 feet of water by a pass. We threw crab and threadfins with no luck. I said lets go catch some monster reds. All the guys agreed and we headed off. We arrived to the spot, tossed out some cut bait and let it soak. We waited for over 45 minutes with no results. I knew the fish were there just could not figure out why they weren't eating. We all decided to give up and move on. As James was pulling in his bait his rod went off. A few minutes later he boated a nice 30 inch red fish.

This was a beautiful red. We were using circle hooks for easy removal and a fast release of the fish as the water was extremely warm.  Jeff safely released the fish, and we continued to fish.

We decided to move and try a new spot. All we could catch were little sharks. We caught about 10 this size. They fought very hard for there small stature so it made for some fun fights on 2500 series reels. Nice to here the drag screaming now and again.
We then called it a day and ran in to get a nice cold drink. Another good day on the water. Hopefully soon I can get out on the Yaks and get fish. Till then be safe and Tight lines to all!

Kayaking Fathers Day

Went out with  my dad for fathers day finally edited some photos. Had no luck as we went out mid day. We did however see reds tailing, just couldn't get them to eat.

It was flatter than flat out there, no wind to be found!

Fishing with Capt. Tyler Kapela (Tierra Verde & Fort Desoto)

This post is a little late.  5-5-2010. Tierra Verde Fl.

I went out with Alex and his friend Dave with Captain Tyler Kapela. Captain Tyler is a young but experienced guide. He knows the area around tierra verde like the back of his hand. Our goal was to catch a hoss redfish. We started the day catching bait. Capt. Tyler took one throw of his cast net to black out the live well with thredfins.

We continued on and tried for tarpon at a bridge. We had several bites. One was a hook up, the drag started screaming. Alex had no time to react and the leader snapped right by the hook. Our adrenaline was pumping from then on. We continued to try with no more luck. Capt Tyler decided to bring us to another spot near the beach to try for more tarpon. When we arrived the area near a pass the tarpon were out rolling. We casted some freelined thread fins for the tarpon, as well as a chunk lady fish for shark while we were drifting. The tarpon were rolling all around us, but no hook ups. As we were drifting the rod with the chunk of ladyfish starts screaming a pull it out of the rod holder and hold on. I start to gain line back and then a nice 4 foot sandbar shark appears.
The Hook came out right after this picture. We decided now to take a run and catch some trout and reds.
We arrived at a flat and started throwing DOA paddle tails with 1/4 oz jig heads. Caught more than 15 trout, kept three for some dinner.
After catching more than enough trout we ventured on to Capt. Tylers famous redfish spot. We anchored up on a mangrove edge and started casting out chunk threadfins. We threw out some more chunk threadfins as chum and waited. With in 30 minutes Alex's reel started screaming. After a almost 10 minute battle with a large redfish in 2 feet of water, we boated a 40" 20lb redfish!
Alex was ecstatic as were the rest of us on the boat. The fish was huge, this was a mosquito lagoon red not a gulf coast red. After snapping more than enough pictures to document Alex's largest red, we released her unscathed. After calming down and high fiving we continued to fish. 15 minutes later Dave's drag started to go off. He grabbed his rod and held on.
Dave took his time getting this guy to the boat, thinking it may be another lunker redfish. He boated the fish and it was a large 32" red. Not quite the previus fish in size but a nice one no doubt.
 We snapped some more pictures and released this puppy to grow even more. After catching some nice reds a boat came through and spooked all the remaining fish so we called it a day and headed in. As we headed back in we stopped to fish a marina's docks for some grouper. We had multiple hook ups but boated only one. A nice little gag grouper at about 20"

Overall it was a great day on the water. Alot of fish were caught. If your looking for a very knowledgeable Capt. Tyler Kapela of Tyerless Fishing Charters Inc. He can be reached at 1-(727)-421-1051. Most captains are not polite, not personable and expect you to know everything, Capt Tyler knows his stuff and is willing to teach you in a polite, professional way. You know who to call for you next inshore or tarpon charter!

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