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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

April 4, 2014
Going to the beds with shell crackers - After a good winter speckled perch season, our fresh water attention now turns to others of the bream family. One of the largest and boldest is the Florida shell cracker. Bream and blue gill are found all over the U.S., but are seldom as intimidating as our shell crackers. As we all know, things in Central Florida tend to grow larger than they mi... Full Story

March 28, 2014
Going to school with the big boys - As often happens, my eyes came open well before dawn. Lying there in bed I could hear the low rumble of a big diesel engine somewhere off in the distance. With my bedroom just a few hundred yards from the beach, I can often hear the shrimp trawlers when they get in close to shore. Now I began to wonder if that meant there could soon be a shrimp r... Full Story

March 21, 2014
A conversation with Rick Kayholm of Grandslam Baits - Grandslam Baits is a soft bait company that began around two years ago in Edgewater. The following was gleaned from several conversations with the owner. Dan: So Rick how did you decide to go into the fishing lure business? Rick: Dan, I was living in Michigan while my son Brad was working in Edgewater and I was trying to come up with a way to be ... Full Story

March 14, 2014
For fishing success you must stick to it - On a pleasant, but overcast morning I launched my kayak into the Halifax from the end of my street. Paddling west I was soon clear of the boat channel and nearing the spoil islands. The soft "whoo-whoo-whoo" of an owl marked the last vestiges of night, and over in Tomoka State Park a lone dog howled at the sounds of creatures awakening in the for... Full Story

March 7, 2014
High tide fry fish -- Low tide go fish - One of the questions most asked of me by readers is which tide do I prefer to fish. That is a reasonable question from anyone, but most often it comes from new arrivals to the local fishing scene. Folks who have spent a lot of time fishing the fresh water are immediately intrigued by the back and forth movement of our salt and brackish waters. Th... Full Story

February 28, 2014
Dip up some good eats and fun in Oak Hill - As we teeter on the brink of spring, our winter visitors are preparing to head back north. But there are still shrimp to be dipped down at Oak Hill and Edgewater. Until late March or perhaps into April, the dipping brigade will be out each night in search of a tasty reward. If you are curious about the fine sport of shrimp dipping, there is still... Full Story

February 21, 2014
One fish, two fish -- redfish, bluefish - Lots of fun is available right now as the bluefish are swarming in the Halifax and Indian rivers. You may find those battlers anyplace where there is a current. Troll silver spoons around the inlet or near Disappearing Island to get folks fishing who might not ordinarily fish. Dragging a lure behind the boat and waiting for a fish to get on is so... Full Story

February 14, 2014
Oyster replenish project and the annual antique tackle show - Last month the Marine Discovery Center of New Smyrna Beach kicked off its shuck and share oyster-recycling project. All year local restaurants will donate oyster shells to be used to help restore habitat in the Indian River Lagoon. The plan is to construct 500 oyster bags and 2,500 oyster mats by Sept. 30. That is a huge but worthwhile undertakin... Full Story

February 7, 2014
A good time to do a little work on your equipment - This is the perfect time of year to consider doing some maintenance on your tackle, boat and trailer. The weather is often keeping us off the water and spring is looming right around the corner. I like to get out my artificial baits and go through them and apply a bit of oil. Removing the rusty treble hooks from my plugs and replacing them with n... Full Story

January 31, 2014
The uncomfortable art of cold weather fishing - As this year progresses, it has become clear we are having the first cold (OK Florida cold) winter in quite a while. Like most Floridians, I try to stay indoors when the temperature dips below 50 but sometimes the fish just call me. That happened recently when I met Larry Wright at the High Bridge boat ramp on an uncommonly cold morning. When I l... Full Story

January 24, 2014
The time is now for great speckled perch fishing - Florida's speckled perch go by lots of other names around the country. I suppose the most popular being crappie. When I was a kid in the Louisiana bayou country they were called sac-a-lait. That is French for white perch and is the actual official state name for the fish. Whatever you might call them, specks are fun to catch and are second to non... Full Story

January 17, 2014
A good Mosquito Lagoon trip on a bad day - Have you as a fisherman ever been skunked by the weather man? I'll bet you have. That happened to me a couple weeks ago when I went fishing based on the weather report. I was up early as usual, downed a couple cups of Joe and then checked the weather. The forecast was for exceptionally warm temps in the high 70s and almost no wind. I had other th... Full Story

January 10, 2014
Surf fishing and whale watching at the beach - This is the perfect time of year for a little surf fishing. Cooler temperatures, lower humidity and almost none of the no-see-ums that plague us during the long, hot summer makes for a better beach experience. The water temp in the Atlantic will be chilly so you won't be happy spending much time in the brine, but playing tag with the waves is sor... Full Story

January 3, 2014
Here's to good catches and wooly caterpillars in 2014 - Aah, hope springs eternal. Each time we flip the calendar to a new year the dogged optimist in every fisherman guarantees this will be the year of a bountiful harvest. Everything considered the year 2013 was a pretty fair fishing year. I suppose the big disappointment was the lack of a big shrimp run in the Halifax. With 2011 and 2012 being two o... Full Story

December 27, 2013
Small water; big fish! - Some of the most overlooked fisheries of Volusia County are the many small ponds and lakes that dot the landscape. All across the county those often ignored fishing spots can produce nice catches. Recently Ron Mustard of Ormond Beach fished a city park pond for a great 9 pound, 11 ounce. largemouth bass. Way to go Ron! That fish is a trophy no ma... Full Story

December 20, 2013
The giant redfish of the Tomoka Basin - After being relegated to shore leave for weeks due to the incessant winds of November, I was finally ready for a fishing trip on a calm December morning. As I launched the Green Peanut at dawn I thought about my previous three trips. All of those had provided action, but the red drum and trout were mostly on the small side. I had been stuck in un... Full Story

December 13, 2013
Make your fisherman smile with a guided trip for Christmas - Each year I go over my list of the best Christmas gifts for the angler in your family. Cast nets, rods, reels, lures and the like always lead the way and I hope when you go looking for those things you begin at your neighborhood bait and tackle shop. There you will find expert help in picking out the right gift. Make no mistake, finding the best ... Full Story

December 6, 2013
Answering the basic fishing questions - For the past eight years, I have attempted to dispense fishing tips in this weekly column. Most of those tips come from my own experience, but some come from my most trusted fishing friends. Each week my goal is to entertain you while dropping a bit of fishing knowledge along the way. Sometimes the fishing tips are somewhat disguised. If I say I ... Full Story


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