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Seasonal Changes, Regional Changes

On: Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 9:50AM | By: Captain Rich Knox

Absolute Florida Flats Fishing—a fishing guide service serving the West Central Florida Gulf Coast area of Tarpon Springs, New Port Richey, and Clearwater—reports the inshore/nearshore fall fishing season is finally here. With our first baby cool front moving through, the daylight hours growing shorter daily, cooling water and air temperatures making it the most comfortable fishing of the year, and the (baitfish) pilchards, small to full-blown size, returning to all the beaches and flats, the fishing is going to take off with all the predator species on hand.

On The Water With Captain Ron: 9-9-15 Fishing Report

On: Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 11:13AM | By: Captain Ron Kowalyk

Get your butts out there, only don't follow me. I got whipped by the youngbloods this week; well, I did have a motor problem and roasted in the heat stuck under the con of my flats and bay skiff. I'm not a jockey so I blocked out the sun fumbling around in the explosion in the spaghetti factory that's suppose to be a couple of wiring harnesses. Gotta love it! Anyway, got the mill running, livewell pumping, and the bilge A-OK!.

Snook Boogie Fever Takes Over

On: Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 9:18AM | By: Captain Ron Kowalyk

Snook madness prevailed upon most crews and every hot spot found snook hunters on the first of many a midnight ramble. 

A Mixed Bag Affair

On: Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 9:18AM | By: Captain Ron Kowalyk

For weekend warriors without a boat there’s still plenty of action to be had on the many bridges over the passes from Estero Bay entering the Gulf. There are all manner of techniques that’ll put anglers on the myriad game and food fish that traverse the passes, feeding on tidal current-driven forage. Bait fishes in all sizes, crabs, shrimp, and larval worms, fish and crustacean all flush in and out of the passes. The bridge pilings offer cover and concealment for ambush predators, lollygagging around in the current breaks provided at bridge pilings. The pilings provide sunken oyster reefs and barnacle clusters a great place to secure and grow their colonies.


John's Pass Fishing Report: From Snook to Jacks, The Fishing is Great

On: Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 10:07AM | By: Captain Mark Hubbard

John Martin (center), from Alachua County

Inshore- Victor Vizaro, from Seminole, has been fishing local flats and bridges day and night. He reports the redfish and trout to be active on the flats right now. The redfish are most common and feeding most aggressively on live shrimp, cut ladyfish, and even finger mullet. The trout love shrimp or live greenbacks. Victor reported the snook action to be best at night around the lights of docks, bridges, or passes. His bait of choice for the snook is a large live pinfish, threadfin, or grunt. 

Keying on Some Great Fishing

On: Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 9:00AM | By: Captain Rich Knox

I traveled to the Florida Keys in late July with clients Greg Pflume and Rick Nelson for some offshore Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna, and more. We set aside two weeks for some serious offshore fishing close to home. 

Gear-up for a Midnight Ramble

On: Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 9:32AM | By: Captain Ron Kowalyk

With the summer heat, daily rains, and the typical work schedule, you might want to opt for a midnight ramble. The top-rung game fish tend to retreat from the summer heat, choosing to feed and be more active in the zero-dark-thirty periods of the dog days of summer.

John's Pass Fishing Report: Cooler Water Off-Shore Makes Kings Hotter

On: Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 10:57AM | By: Captain Mark Hubbard

Will Trippett from St. Petersburg

Inshore- Brayton Ross from Dunedin was fishing with his brother and dad from Hub’s Beach behind our gift shop using live shrimp on a slow outgoing tide around sundown and they caught a few nice snook. Victor Prieto and his buddy Ramon Rodriguez were fishing from the north side of the Johns Pass jetty in the eddy of the current. They caught redfish and sheepshead while using live shrimp and also saw multiple mackerel, flounder, and mangroves swimming the area too.

Dale Crook from Seminole was fishing the swash channels of Madeira Beach, catching redfish on live shrimp. Black drum are still being hooked under the bridge, but are mostly breaking off the anglers using lighter tackle. There are still a few tarpon around the passes, but they will be heading offshore soon to spawn and then head south for the winter until their May return next year.

The Colors, Fly-wise

On: Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 9:53AM | By: Captain Ron Kowalyk

Although most fish are essentially color blind there are hues or chromas (purity of color with or without the addition of black or white) that are more attractive than others.  Value is the property of a color in terms of contrast. Contrast is generally very significant in the appearance and appeal of a fly. However, in the attempt to create a satisfactory imitation of natural forage, shape and action are considered over color, i.e. a brown, pink or greenish hue is more desirable than the flashy and pizazz of an attractor fly.

John's Pass Fishing Report: Dirty Water Inshore Means Black Drum & Sheepshead

On: Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 9:14AM | By: Captain Mark Hubbard

Jack Mastandrea, a camper with the Florida Fantasy Fishing Camp

Inshore- The inshore waters have become quite dirty due to the enormous amount of rain we have had the past three weeks. Because of the darker waters the black drum and sheepshead are the more active inshore species. The redfish also thrive in these brackish murky waters and can be found using cut bait. We love to use cut ladyfish and let them ripen in the sun before fishing. The smellier baits will help the fish find your bait in the dirty waters. The black drum love eating crabs, so in this dirty water we recommend cutting the crabs in half and let them sit in the sun before fishing, helping the scent to attract in the fish. Snook are still biting well at night and early morning on live pinfish around the structure. We're also catching them around the fish filleting tables during the day, especially when the crew is tossing in the carcasses which chum in the fish and bait.