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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

May 2, 2014
Fishing will get better -- it has to! - As I am writing this, the inshore fishing is about as poor as it gets. My last four trips have produced next to nothing. Oh, I have caught a few stray bluefish and the odd jack, but a big zero to take home. On one trip I fished four hours without a bite of any kind. That is a rare thing, but every once in a while I know it happens to us all. Know... Full Story

April 25, 2014
Fishing on television is not quite what it once was - Those of us who love to fish also enjoy watching the TV fishing shows on Saturday morning. Down through the years I have noticed the shows have changed quite a bit. Back in the day, you had an older gentleman who dispensed angling information like a kindly uncle. Going way back there was Gadabout Gaddis; then Orlando Wilson, Mark Sosin and Flip P... Full Story

April 18, 2014
Fishing is like dancing a jig - By now you have listened to me talk about fishing with my favorite jig a lot, and maybe a bit too much. If that is true, then please forgive me, but as you may also know, I won't lie to you. Truth is most of my fish come by way of the four-inch chartreuse shrimp tail I am always going on about. I usually attach that to a white one-quarter ounce l... Full Story

April 11, 2014
The lucky fisherman is a happy fisherman - On a nice spring morning I was fishing out of Bing's Landing about 15 miles north of the Volusia-Flagler county line. Once off the trailer, my little 16-foot Carolina Skiff had taken me the three miles north to the first deep cut to the west. In the past I had fished that stream with some success for spotted sea trout, but on this day the first t... Full Story

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