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Damn it’s HOTTTTTT!

Man it’s that time of year. You need to be on the water before sunup, at sundown or at night to enjoy yourself fishing. With heat indexes everyday for the last week in the triple digits, you are a real gluten for punishment if you do any midday fishing. Plus the fishing is always slower during the heat of the day.

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If you must go midday find areas of shade and cooler waters. It seems crazy but all you need is a few degrees temperature change and it creates a world of difference. I like to fish under deep water dock ends, skipping deep into the shade, or even a good tree lined creek can make the difference. It doesn’t change the fact though that it is hot as can be. When you are sweating profusely and you have only just taken the boat off the trailer it’s going to be a long hot day.

I really like to fish the early evenings after our afternoon Florida thunderstorm has rolled through. All is right with the world for both angler and fish at this time. If there is a such thing as a happy place in the middle of August in Florida it is at this time. Sometimes it gets hot and just nasty on shore after a rain but that is due to the asphalt jungle we all live in anymore, steaming up our world like the hot rocks of a sauna. On the water though the temp drops a few welcomed degrees, for both angler and fish alike. It is also that quintessentially overplayed, so here it goes again, “calm after the storm.” Nothing quite like a big trout or maybe a tarpon blowing up on a top water or inhaling a fly in the after storm grey sky background. It really wakes you up to see a hole open up from the sometimes vicious eat of a tarpon on the waters slick after rain surface.

The night time bite has probably produced, pound for pound, the most memorable bites of my life. Four of my top ten experiences on the water have come at night. Couple the chance for an insane bite with your bodies heightened sensory perception, due to your lack of good vision, and you will find yourself falling in love with night fishing. I highly recommend that every fisher person spend some time foregoing a little sleep and getting on the water. It is way better than all those lost nights of being in a drunken stupor till the wee hours of the next morning i had as young whipper snapper, and a heck of a lot painful of a hangover.

Morning on the other hand, compared to the long hours of cool night fishing,is typically a quick trip. Here in the good ole sunshine state it will be mid nineties by mid morning and the fish tend to shut down. It can though be a great time to fish, especially if you have the right spots. My knees tremble just thinking of that little pod of tarpon rolling in the light of the suns first rays as you wait for them to get close enough to drop a fly in their path. With a little luck, maybe just maybe the fish gods will smile on you with a hook up. After that though you better be praying to a higher power if you actually plan on touching said tarpon and getting that extreme ego boosting tarpon photo op.

Just because its a scorcher don’t park your ass in the ac. Get out and do something…. A little hint too….if you actually get out in it every now and again you can get used to it.

Capt Sean Abbey
Native Angler Guide Service
Overboard Fishing Rods, LLC

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Mountain Goats

At Native Angler we love to do guided trips at our home away from home, the Greater Smoky Mountain National Park or the GSMNP for the rest of this article. The GSMNP is one of the most incredible places in the world. We all owe a great deal of gratitude to the sacrifice that was made by its one time residents and the founders and creators of the park for bequeathing it to us for our enjoyment.

I found myself mesmerized by its beauty many moons ago and have read almost everything ever written on the park, totally immersing myself in its history. When you hike it’s trails most people miss all the history you are walking by while staring at the beauty of the forest and streams. I love to explain to everyone what they are looking at when you look past the obvious. It is truly amazing to realize that people actually farmed this land at one point and raised their families here. These truly had to be some of the toughest people around. If you ever have the privilege of visiting the park do yourself a favor and read a trail guide and blogs about an area you want to visit before going. You will be amazed at what a little insight will point out to you as you hike a trail, tombstones, stone walls, maybe even an old chimney from a home long since gone hidden in the woods.

While we love the history, that’s just talk to make your hike seem less lengthy and strenuous. When it comes to the park you can make a trip with us as extreme or pampered as you would like. You can camp and fish in areas that trails have long since disappeared or stay in a cottage having steaks cooked for you every night and fish all day. It’s all in how adventurous you want to be. Regardless of which you choose we know the park and will work very hard to make sure you have a good time.

On our most recent trip we had the pleasure of having Andrew, Patrick, and Robert (all brothers) as well as their good friend Matt. I was met by my fellow guide, and brother in law, Max, from Knoxville, at the trailhead to our campsite Thursday afternoon. Max and I then hiked up a goodly, old mountain term, portion of our equipment for the trip and set up camp for the evening. After setting up camp we decided to do a little leisurely fishing to get a feel for the mood of the fish. The stream seemed to be pretty healthy and had a great flow for mid summer in the park. We caught a few decent rainbows and kept one to go with the steaks I had brought with me for that night. If you freeze them they will stay good and thaw that first day of the trip till your ready to eat that night. Nothing better than a little mountain surf and turf. After a few hours of camp fire chat between brother in laws that have known each other for damn near 20 years it was time to call it a day so we could get up early the next the next morning and hike down to bring the fellas up to camp.

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The next morning we emptied our packs the rest of the way and hiked down to meet the guys at 9am. I must say downhill sans 65 pounds in your pack is much easier on the body. After reaching the trailhead we poked around for a few until the brothers Weaver and Matt arrived. I could see in there eyes they were all excited, all a little tired, and that the passengers who were experiencing the dragons tail for the first time were a little car sick. You are lucky to hit 20 on the tail as it winds for mile after curvy mile. We talked for a few about the hike into camp, only 2.4 miles but straight up with no level spots and not easy going by any means, and I loaded Max and my packs with the food for the next few days.

Fortunately there is a nice little detour spot on the way up to camp for those cool group photos and just the spot to shoot the obligatory for the wives and family photo shot. Other than that its just a walk uphill loaded down wondering how anyone ever lived out here. Then you realize why, you just look and listen. You hear the sounds and sights of pure nature; streams, cascades, frogs, birds, grasshoppers and even the wind blowing. The only sound you will hear that doesn’t belong is the sound of the feet and voices of your party. It is in one word, incredible!

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Reaching our campsite after a solid hour of uphill climb, everyone jubilantly dropped their packs to the ground. We scouted out the tent sites for the guys and set up the rest of camp. After getting everything ready for the weekends stay it was time for a little debriefing, if you will, about water filtration, camp etiquette ( bathroom etiquette ), and a little refresher on what to do on the stream; we hold a intro to fly class with the group before we go but nothing is better than on stream instruction. Now it was time to fish. Generally it is better to strike out in different directions broken down into two man groups with a guide for each group for better fishing success, but this was a group of old friends and brothers, they wanted to experience it all together. Besides you can’t rib your brother or lifelong friend when your miles apart on a mountain stream, so off we went.

That first day we actually had a some success. Not a lot of fish were caught, but the GSMNP truly is an area where the old saying “if you can catch fish here you can catch them anywhere,” actually is the gods honest truth. I’ve always said you hear of plenty of people from this area heading out west to Montana or the like to chase trout, but you never hear of someone out west heading to the park to fish. A fish caught here on a little 3 or 4 weight fly rod, whilst jumping around from boulder to boulder, fishing small pockets of water that you can barely dabble a fly in due to the thick rhododendron canopy is quite the accomplishment for beginners to fly fishing. It is an even more impressive feet when your brother decides to tromp through the spot you ever so sneakily crawled into just to be a wise guy.

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Fishing these small streams is also quite taxing. It is honestly the most fun you can have while physically exhausting yourself. So after four or five hours of fishing it was time to head back to camp and get some dinner. For meals on our trips I like to prepare good food that is high in carbs, no Atkins going on in these hills, and flavor. I will gladly weigh my self down with unimaginable hiking weight, I am a mountain goat, in order to not feed my guests and friends disgusting high sodium backpacker meals. So we had homemade chili mac for dinner that night, followed by a little ribbing around a camp fire and bed.

Even in August it gets cool enough in the mountains to slide in your sleeping bag at night, so to warm our chilled bones I prepared hot pancakes for breakfast Saturday morning to get our bodies fueled for the days fishing. I am glad we did fuel up cause the fellas really charged it this day. We worked into some impossible pockets and slid down the side of mountains to reach perfect little pools at the base of a small fall or cascade and it paid off with everybody getting into fish but Robert. I typically wouldn’t call out the name of anyone who didn’t bring a fish to hand but I can honestly say Robert was the best fisherman of the group, yeah I said it, deal with it you guys. Robert put in tons of effort and made great casts and presentations with a great positive attitude but it just didn’t happen. Damn you trout! I really think he took it with the best attitude though and truly understood that it really isn’t about the catching up here. Catching is a bonus, getting out of you comfort zone and truly immersing yourself in the experience is the part you’ll never forget.

After a successful days fishing we went back to camp and munched on a late lunch and packed up for the hike down. In true Florida boy style I put on my flops, hoisted on my every bit of an 80 + pound pack,
and started the glorious down hill march to the cars. I truly enjoyed myself on this trip, as the company was perfect. You really can’t ask for a better group of guys to share in this experience in one of Gods true wonders, the GSMNP. Thank you!

Our new website is just about done but if you would like to book a trip similar to this or one to many areas in the state of Florida give us a shout at…..nativeangler3@gmail.com

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Belize!

Well surprise, surprise, my wife surprised me with a dream trip for my 40th birthday……BELIZE! Not only is she an incredible mother, wife, and friend, but she apparently is also great at keeping stuff hidden from me.

We left Jacksonville at 4 am and headed to Belize city after a short layover in Atlanta. From Belize City we had to take a puddle hopper over to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. This flight was almost the deal breaker when Sally booked this trip, as she hates little planes. She was good though because the view was incredible on the short fifteen minute flight with nothing but blue water everywhere.

When we disembarked the plane in San Pedro a representative from El Pescador was waiting on us to shuttle us by boat to the resort. El Pescador is incredible, the staff is on point. We boarded the boat, which had ice cold Belizean beers waiting on us and took off on the 20 minute ride to the dock of the resort. There really are no roads on Ambergris Caye so all shuttling is by boat or you can rent golf carts and ride in the power line right of ways. You can also ride bikes on the beach into town or various dive bars.

When we arrived at the docks of El Pescador the fishing director and staff were there to great us and get us settled in. The resort is older but beautifully nestled into its little beach front home, and is as cozy as it gets. They have a small building that has hotel style rooms which are very comfortable for two, and then they have villas which are perfect for larger parties and families.

The food here is incredible with breakfast served from 5am till 10 am everyday with lots of stuff to choose from and the best breakfast burrito ever. It is a handmade fresh to order flour tortilla stuffed with eggs, full fat real cheddar cheese, and some of the best thick cut bacon even this old southern boy has ever had. Lunch is served from noon till 1:30 and is chock full of great fare. Get the fried chicken! Dinner is one of my favorite parts of this resort. It is family style with everyone eating around large tables outside under the stars right on the beach. Dinner is different every evening and is to die for and always includes an incredible dessert. It is fun to meet people from all over and talk fishing and shop.

We fished with a guide, Raton, for two days and ventured on our own one day in a tandem kayak in the back lagoons. We went out on the kayak first and it was an incredible adventure. It looks like you are enclosed in a mangrove Forrest from the little dock on the backside of the property until you paddle through this 36 inch wide canal for a few minutes and come out in paradise.

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We saw a ton of bonefish on our paddle as well as lots of other marine life. Didn’t catch any as I was just happy to be here in this incredible place and never really gave catching the fish much effort. Had an incredible time just paddling around and taking it all in with Sally.

El Pescador has the best guides in Belize hands down. They have been doing this their whole lives and some are second and third generation. The resort does a great job putting you with a guide that fits what you want to do, but you can’t go wrong with any of them. Our guide, Raton, was no exception. Raton had us on fish right away and kept us on fish regardless of the conditions.

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Literally lost count on this trip of the bonefish seen, caught and just missed shots. Sally even got a bonefish and she doesn’t care much to fish. She did read three books though on this trip, and the adirondack chairs on the panga made for an extremely comfy reading station. Highlight of her trip was not only seeing but walking around on Leonardo Dicaprio’s island, Blackador.

We didn’t get to chase tarpon as the conditions weren’t really great for sight fishing the deeper flats and I can blind cast flies at tarpon here at home. I can’t however sight cast bonefish here in Jacksonville, Florida so I was more than happy bolstering my all time bonefish on fly count.

I could go on and on about this trip from beginning to end but with my typing wpm, it would take forever. I would just like to finish by saying if you even think you want to go, GO!

Thank you to the greatest wife and friend in the world. It is extremely cliche to say you make my life complete, but when you are my wife, mother of my children, best friend and you fulfill all my bucket list dreams you literally do make me complete.

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Get off that Video Game

It starts with those of us that are parents, and grandparents, and aunts, uncles and just true stewards to the outdoors. We all fight for ours and the next generations right to fish and hunt and the like, but we need to start in our own homes. The fight starts with that text happy gamer on the couch with some sort of non fish catching device in their hands.

We need to get our kids out of in front of the brainwash box, and on the water or in the woods. A lot of you have it right. Your fighting the fight. Some of us though need to slow down and grab the kids for that quick fish with you instead of sneaking it in by yourself. Even if they are young it’s never too early. My love of fishing runs very deep. I learned to swim, fish, surf and walk at the same time. I spent countless hours outdoors with my dad and other family members and now I try to pay it forward to my girls and the other children in my life.

It is imperative to grow our sportsman base with the next generation and our very own. Always encourage people to get involved and become members of great sportsman organizations. We need the numbers to keep our sports around and fight the politics that are invading our ways of life.

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Offshore from a kayak?

Yep it can be done and it can be done quite successfully. Overboard pro staffers Eric Kaiser and Barrett Fine are proof that it can be an incredibly productive way to fish. They regularly catch tons of offshore species, snapper, grouper, kingfish, Bonita, sharks and Barrett has even caught a sailfish from his Hobie pro angler.

Both Barrett and Eric have put great numbers of snapper and grouper in the boat this year with their Overboard, Soul Pole Series, spiral wrapped bottom rods. These rods make cranking up big bottom fish a dream by minimizing the torque you get from your typical conventional set up bottom rod. Eric, being a bit on the crazy side, will also put his Overboard Bobber Series floating rods through there paces by using his light weight inshore models!

They have setups that you will see in much bigger boats from electronics on. The big boats though are green with envy at the ease in which the Hobie pro angler can just hover over bottom structure without the need of getting on the hook.

Kayaks evolve more and more every year with the passion of the anglers in this sport. So get out there and try something new, but try it responsibly.

Capt Sean Abbey

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Fishing report wk of 4/29

Wow could you get an overall week of worse weather? RAIN, WIND, GREY SKIES, INSANELY HIGH TIDES, and then some. Still caught fish though 🙂 and still put clients on fish.

Thursday trip on the boat with Ben Cleghorn. Never, ever, ever ,ever, have I contemplated Dramamine in my life and especially not inshore but it was two foot and rolling in the river! At one point we were doing 2.8 miles per hour just being pushed by the wind. Very tough and way to short of a trip. But when your with good company it can make misery easier to deal with.

Friday night had the captains meeting and our booth for sponsoring the Jacksonville Kayak Classic. Great to get everyone in one place. Hell of a show and well supported. Probably 5- 600 people in a room supporting Jacksonville Downs Syndrome and 400 plus of them going to fish in utter slop on Saturday.

Saturday, tournament day. Ever have one of those mornings when you probably should have just stayed in bed. Welcome to my Saturday. I’m never not prepared when it comes to fishing. As anyone can attest I generally have way to much stuff. My first aid kit, while chartering, is bigger than most people’s tackle bags and my tackle bag…. Well lets just say my wife couldn’t fill it with all her stuff for a weeks vacation.

Now When in the yak I don’t take it all with me but I look at the situation and grab the selection I need and leave the rest in the truck. But not today I left it all at the house in a hurry to get there and be ready to make my first stroke at safe light, not still be packing. Luckily the launch is 2 miles from the house so I went back and got it. Crisis averted until I get back to the launch and realize the gate is locked still and a gentlemen, police officer, informs me I won’t be getting in there for another half hour. This has never been an issue before but I’m to old to argue with the law any more :).

So there goes my go to spot for the morning. There have been very large trout and upper slot to barely over slot reds less than a half mile from that launch for weeks. Oh well got plenty more spots but now I’m running behind. I Don’t even get unloaded till after safe light and have a twenty minute paddle just to get to start fishing. The trout are on fire despite the wind, rain and two foot chop on the water, they are fish the don’t care or notice any of it. Caught 20 trout, all 18 inches though, none of them are close to what I’m looking for by 830 and realize the docks I need to pitch for my reds are unfishable because they are all underwater due to a flood tide, coupled with a east wind and on top of that 6″ of rain in three days.

Knowing that I need to get to another spot and starting to contemplate calling it a day realizing I’d rather go home and get some work done than get rained on and blown around for one more second I start working my way back. Nothing like rounding a corner for your homestretch and realizing you have to paddle 1/2 a mile directly into a 30 mph steady wind with higher gusts. Yeah! This turns to be the deciding factor for me. While I’m extremely competitive I’m also not a glutton for punishment anymore and call it a day.

Sunday is large multi family charter day. Guiding two moms, three dads, two teenage kids and Sydney, my 7 year old coxswain for the day, with Bart of Action Kayak Adventures on Guana Lake. Weather was iffy and the wind was of course howling so this was gonna be an adventure all right. Luckily the family was running a little late because unloading and preparing eight kayaks to fish for the day is work in itself.

After a 30 minute debriefing of the day we headed off. Found out real quick Sydney, who was riding with me, was quite competitive. She wanted to be first kayak to each spot and since I like that idea too I am willing to oblige. I will say though we were lucky everyone was novice because paddling a Jackson big tuna loaded down with gear, a 7 year old and 20 knot winds will kill you.

Then I made by biggest and only mistake of the day. I explained to Sydney what a coxswain was and what their job entailed on the skull. Lets just say over the next five hours I heard the words row, row, row more than McDonald’s has customers served. I will say she was a pleasant paddle partner and I couldn’t have gotten a better boat mate for the day.

Sydney caught a few fish including a nice trout and was happy to try anything including paddling. Pretty much the whole crew caught fish including Syd’s mom who got a nice redfish. The fishing was tough though coupled with getting a large group on the same page but all had fun.

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Fishing is Hot! Weather is Not!

Weather permitting, the fishing has been fantastic here in Northeast Florida. “Weather Permitting” being the key words. For the last month the weather has been downright miserable; rain, excessive winds, cold, or a combination of all three. If you get a window to fish it is never much more than 36 hours and sometimes far less.

When the fishing is doable though it has been fantastic. I have been on as consistant a trout bite as you can get anywhere. They haven’t been big but they are consistantly 16 – 19 inches with a few bigger and a few smaller thrown in. These trout are all extremely healthy too, with most being fatter than their brethen from other areas.

The redfish bite is nothing short of stellar with multiple trips recently catching 8 to 10 redfish all in the upper slot range and some over. The reds though know about as much of what is going on with the weather as the local weathermen so they don’t react well sometimes to the consistent changes.

There are your typical late winter early spring runs of fish happening all over also. With Blackdrum, big ones to 90 pounds, cruising our area waters ready to be had, especially around full and new moons. You need a stout Overboard rod and the patience to jig a quartered crab slowly with the current in your yak and they will come. Also around are sheepshead, and all the 1-3 pound bluefish anyone could ever want to catch.

We have also had an incredible triple tail bite this year. For those of you that don’t know, triple tail are top 5 eating fish in the sea if not the best. they will be followed very shortly by the Cobia, thick center cut porkchops of the sea, moving in closer to the shore for our residents coupled with the migration north from the transients.

With tarpon not far behind and redfish getting more and more agressive with each rising degree of water temp. The weather may be sucking but the fishing is hot and only gonna get better in the next two months.To book a trip give us a shoot at nativeangler3@gmail.com or phone at 904-556-0049, and go check out our facebook pages and webpages at

Capt Sean Abbey
Native Angler Guide Service
Overboard Fishing Rods, LLC

Max Piet of Knoxville, TN with a nice trout in some fairly rough waters.

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What to do when the wind has been honking for days and its either pouring rain or frigid?

Need your fishing fix and you just can’t justify going out in miserable weather, there is plenty to do that will curb that itch and make you better for it when the weather clears.

Turn on some of those dvr’d fishing shows and try some of these:

Tackle maintenance: There is nothing you can do to have you more prepared to fish than readying your gear. Clean your reels and lube them, from deep cleaning to just a good surface hit, take care of your reels. Also a great time to get your tackle box back in order and organized, maybe even change out some treble hooks, or at the very least, give them a good once over with a sharpening file.

Tie some flies: Tying flies in miserable weather while watching the Spanish Fly or Flip Pallot or pretty much any fishing show is a right of passage for a fly fishermen. So stock up on those flies for the next trip and maybe tinker with a new one.

Catch up on your Journal: As I have gotten older I wished I would have kept better records of my fishing adventures. A fishermen’s journal is an incredible tool, especially to those of us that may not have the sharpest minds anymore 🙂

These are just some of the many things you can do and all will help you to be a more prepared fisher person. As Captain and working guide it is a must that I am prepared at all times. Nothing can ruin a trip more than a guide who is not prepared and readied for what the day may have in store.

Capt Sean Abbey
Overboard Fishing Rods, LLC.
Native Angler Guide Service

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Bottom Fishing with B. Fine

Bottom fishing for reef fish. Reef fish are going to be present around
structure. There are two types of structure close enough to shore for
kayakers to get to; natural anomalies, and man-made structure. The
coordinates to these structures can be considered public and private.
If you surf enough on line you can get a bunch of coordinates to bottom
structure, but then again so can anyone else, the private numbers are
fished much less but also lead to some etiquette infractions. If
someone gives you coordinates to structure they found it’s not a good
idea to share them without the original person knowing. Paddling up to
someone bottom fishing and marking the spot on your GPS is also a huge
foul. So first step to reef fishing is finding some bottom spots to
try. Either from friends, online, or the old fashioned crisscross the
gulf until you see an anomaly on your depth finder.

Once you find a good spot you have to drop the bait down. I prefer a
conventional reel with a good heavy duty bottom rod. The smallest line
I typically use while bottom fishing is 50lb test. I usually run braid
down through a 8oz doughnut weight and to a 100lb+ barrel swivel, and
from the swivel I tie on a 4′ fluorocarbon leader and finally a 5/0
offset circle hook. The 8oz helps get the bait to the bottom fast,
which can be challenging on windy days or when the current is moving
faster. The primary baits used are cigar minnows or scaled sardines
either alive or frozen doesn’t really make a huge difference. Some
people hook the bait through the eye sockets or the tails, it’s all a
personal preference.

There is usually nothing subtle about a reef fish hitting your bait, so
make sure you’re holding on. The circle hook will set itself, the thing
you want to remember is you need to win the early fight so have your
drag set a little to the heavier side, (Not enough they make your kayak
lean!!) if you win the early fight you can keep the fish out of
structure, if you lose the early fight you’re going to lose terminal
tackle. The only reef fish I’ve found that doesn’t immediately bend
your rod over is triggerfish. If you are feeling bites, but not hooking
any fish and you’re bringing up very small pieces of what’s left of your
bait, chances are you’ve found triggerfish. Since they’re good eating
I’d suggest going down to a 2/0 hook with some frozen squid and you can
have a pretty tasty dinner collected pretty fast.

When you’re bottom fishing it’s not uncommon to end up losing your
terminal tackle to a mackerel that slices through your line or even end
up tangling with one of the numerous shark species, but if you play your
cards right you could very easily end up with red or lane snapper,
grouper, or even cobia.

Enjoy.
Barrett Fine

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Weather has us all confused!

This week has been no exception. Froze our cajones off at the Boondoggle and come home to a freeze, now today two days later I was sweating. The weather events of the last few years have us all wondering what is going on, the fish included.
This entire winter the fish in my hometown of Jacksonville, Fl have never completely gone into a winter pattern. Typically this is the only time of year that we get larger schools of cruising fish, roaming the flats in numbers over the dark mud bottoms staying warm. This pattern has been all but non existent except for the rare occasion and as soon as it starts it seems to be over.
This used to be my favorite time of year, next to the flooded grass spring tides, to fly fish for reds. High sun, low tides and small meal offerings are generally exactly what the reds are looking for. Much to my dismay I haven’t even found a school worthy of stalking with the buggy whip this winter.
Until recently I also used to follow the rule of small meal offerings for redfish religiously this time of year. I preferred small lures and flies over everything else in my tackle box. My favorites to give you an example of the size were the Yozuri flat crank to be worked slowly over just covered oyster bars, or an even smaller offering for those lowwwwww water cruising reds, with their backs half out of the water, of a Tiny Torpedo. You can sling this little morsel a long way on a 7’6″ med light with 6 to 10 pound braid and it lands lighter than a mayfly falling to its death on a trout stream. Place it in front of a cruising fish and give it a slight twitch engaging the prop ever so slightly and “its on like Donkey Kong.” Thank you Si Robertson for bringing that one back.

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Its amazing what competition will due to even the snobbiest of lure snobs. Thanks to Kayak Wars I have started to throw cut bait at some of my old honey holes, a technique usually saved for novice clients and children. Then the extremely unusual happened which threw my marine biologist friends theory into a crumbled up piece of paper, that rimmed off the trash can onto the floor. You see he was convinced, and myself too, that a reds metabolism slowed so much in winter that they only needed to eat once every week or so because it took some time for them to need the energy from the food source. Then I caught this guy the other day on a large chunk of cut mullet, who proceeded to puke up a 8 inch mullet which was freshly consumed within the previous few hours. So not only did he eat a large meal, but he was eating again, throwing to waste 20 years of fishing knowledge on winter redfishing.

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Leaving me to wonder if any of us truly know what we are doing, fish included!

Capt Sean Abbey
Overboard Fishing Rods, LLC

Native Angler Guide Service.

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