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.

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