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Dan Smith
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September 19, 2014
Dealing with the dog days of fishing - I hope you saw the report of the big mantis shrimp that was caught in Fort Pierce. Fisherman Steve Bargeron brought up an 18 -inch mantis while night fishing. I first saw that report on the national news where the reporters had no idea what it was. Mantis shrimp are plentiful in these parts and if you have ever been out dipping shrimp at night, ... Full Story

September 12, 2014
Seeking an undersized inshore grand slam - Like you, when I leave the house to go fishing I always carry along a big load of high expectation. No matter that my last two trips into the Halifax River yielded next to nothing. Striking out across the water in my Green Peanut always means I have a positive attitude on board. It was right at dawn and I could see that something was feeding on t... Full Story

September 5, 2014
An evening of surf fishing with a friend - As the sun sinks in the west, the beach cools but only slightly after a boiling hot day. The tide is midway before dead high. The Atlantic is very smooth with only a few small, rippling waves rolling in wide apart. As I walk the sand, I sidestep the purple Portuguese man of war jellyfish that have washed up onto the sand to die. The sub tropical... Full Story

August 29, 2014
Three legendary fishing holes in the inshore - Hey you know when I first dropped anchor in Volusia County nearly 50 years ago, I dove into inshore fishing like a bulldog into a meat market garbage can. All of my life I had been a fisherman and now I was surrounded by all this new water to explore. Quickly I discovered three great spots. In the very beginning I fished Government Cut in the nor... Full Story

August 22, 2014
"Cane poling" a Tomoka Redfish - As some of you know my favorite way to fish in the summertime is wading. I love being so close to nature and am happy for the low impact it has on the environment. Not long ago I was at it once more up around Tomoka State Park. It was a rare morning for as dawn broke over the east; I could see that the day would begin under cloudy skies. Unless ... Full Story

August 15, 2014
Teaching a kid to fish is worth a million bucks - Each summer one of my most entertaining assignments is volunteering to supervise a fishing trip for the kids of the Casements Enviro Day Camp. The antics of the young anglers always provide me with lots of good stories to pass on. This year when I arrived at the little pavilion over the water in Ormond's Fortunato Park, I found a serious angler a... Full Story

August 8, 2014
Critters out of their element in the local inshore - I don't know if you caught it on the tube, but a six-foot alligator recently took a swim in the surf near my home in Ormond-by-the-Sea. That made the news because it is an extremely rare happening these days. Back when I first arrived on these shores, that was a common occurrence. Years ago, gators, bears and bobcats came to the beach to eat the... Full Story

August 1, 2014
Are the shrimp running in the Halifax? - Actually I have never seen a shrimp "run." The ones I find are always swimming, but right now they are swimming down the center of the boat channel in great numbers. Anyone who owns a boat and a cast net should be after them. It is a fairly simple thing to do and the payoff is delicious. At this writing the best action is holding halfway between... Full Story

July 25, 2014
Summertime and the fishing is easy - The flounder are finally showing up at Tomoka State Park. They are very late and are not there in the numbers we hope for, but if you work hard a nice dinner can be yours. A recent morning found me wading the eastern shore of the park and, on my fourth cast, I landed a fat 19-inch flatfish. The stout flounder became a real line stretcher once it ... Full Story

July 18, 2014
All about scallops, lobsters and crab thieves - After my fun trip to Sebastian Inlet, I was barely able to limp home with my old motor home that had lost an alternator as well as the starter. With only a day to spare to make the opening of scallop season on Florida's West Coast, I wasn't sure of my next move. Luckily the good guys at Fletcher's Seaside Automotive in Ormond-by-the-Sea went to w... Full Story

July 11, 2014
A trip to gorgeous Sebastian Inlet - Just back from a quick two-day trip to Sebastian Inlet. If you haven't been there, what are you waiting for? One of the premier fishing stops in the state, it is a place that has called me since 1968. That year I made my first trip as an adult to the state and drove most of the way to south Florida on the Atlantic coast highway, A1A. As I toppe... Full Story

July 4, 2014
Mangrove snapper always welcome - I was fishing out of my 17-foot Polar just east of Tomoka State Park on a perfect morning. The day would be blistering hot, but the dawn was cool and comfortable. I had just begun when my trusty chartreuse jig was gobbled by a nice 26-inch red. The fish hit right along the shoreline, but immediately streaked into deeper water. Sometimes you know... Full Story

June 27, 2014
The frantic catch of a Mosquito Lagoon redfish - After making the long drive to Northern Mosquito Lagoon, I launched my kayak at the tennis courts just north of J.B.'s Fish Camp on A1A. Dawn was breaking and a slight breeze had appeared. Heading north and then west, I began throwing my MirrOlure around the PVC stakes, but had no takers. Continuing on across the Government Cut, I zeroed in on... Full Story

June 20, 2014
Red flagged at the end of my trip - On a recent morning I was fishing atop the Green Peanut with very little action. A couple of small trout had hit and one keeper did come to the kayak, but, all in all, fishing was slow. I had begun that morning with my usual high expectations for the weather was perfect. No wind under partly cloudy skies. If I had any excuse at all it had to be t... Full Story

June 13, 2014
New Smyrna Beach sharks on the tube? - This week I met with producers of the Travel Channel who were in the area to tape a show on shark bites. They had contacted me a while back and asked if I would assist in the catching of a shark. I agreed, but have to tell you I entered into that deal with a bit of apprehension. The Travel Channel guy told me upfront the piece would be dealing w... Full Story

June 6, 2014
Let's all have a safe boating season - If you believe there is no boating season in Florida, take a look at the boat ramp parking lots any weekend. From now until fall, our waters will be crowded and some of those at the helm will be inexperienced. Watching out for your vessel, your passengers, others in and on the water, and yourself is the responsibility of every captain. Last year... Full Story

May 30, 2014
How to land a manatee on 10-pound line - On a recent morning I went up to Tomoka State Park to try wading for flounder. There was a stiff breeze blowing out of the southeast, but, when wading, a wind is not such a bad thing. One of the hazards of early morning wade fishing is the evil no-see-ums, the world class bloodsuckers we have in abundance. Without the presence of the fire-gnats,... Full Story

May 23, 2014
Whirlybirds and fishing do not mix - As I reported a while back, fishing for me had taken a downward spiral, but happily since that column things have picked up. Not a bonanza, but a better return for the effort than the fat zero I had experienced. My last two trips have produced very similar results with each voyage yielding two keeper trout and one keeper redfish. I know that doe... Full Story

May 16, 2014
For fishing bliss, you can't beat wading - Once more it is time for that most sublime angling experience -- wade fishing. Each year I impatiently wait for the time when the water warms and I can comfortably go tromping around the inshore. For me nothing is more soothing to the soul. Recently I was out early to get my feet wet at Tomoka State Park. Reaching the water's edge just before day... Full Story

May 9, 2014
Commemorating the great sport of Florida fly fishing - You know after last week's mostly negative column, I am happy to have something more positive to report. The day after I sent that column along to my editor Cecil Brumley, I was out on a beautiful spring morning to try my luck around Tomoka Basin. As always I was on the water early. So early I was there before the no-see-ums had begun looking for... Full Story


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