Winter Shark Fishing On Tampa Bay

When cold fronts rip across Tampa Bay during the winter months, my attention turns to sharks. Many anglers regard sharks as summer targets, but shark fishing is a very reliable winter alternative on the flats and around power plants. Blacktip and bonnethead sharks are the targets, and both are great game fish when approached with appropriate tackle.

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Jersey’s Behemoth Blackfish

In New Jersey, blackfishing has taken on a revamped personae from the past. It has elevated into such a passionate fervor, that the winter months of December and January signal a fever pitch for boat owners to keep their boats docked for bottom fishing in the frigid waters, — all in the pursuit of a meaty, thick bucktoothed fish.

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Cobia: A Freight Train With Fins

Cobia fishing from the Eastern Shore of the lower Chesapeake Bay in Virginia can be exciting and loads of fun. They pull with such force that you probably have never experienced anything like it. We anchored in about 20 feet of water, and after rigging up for smaller fish, we dropped down to see what can be found. It didn’t take long. Within five minutes, Vaskys had a powerful hit and the cobia came flying out of the water before it was gone.

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Beating The Drum To Sunset

The season was a bit young for drum, mid-May. However, in the occasional year, we had taken a few of these behemoths even in early May. But it was a pretty night, so we decided to give it a go. It didn’t take long before the ratchet on Ruta’s reel screamed with that wonderful urgency that is music to an angler’s ears.

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Fishing The ‘Other’ Louisiana Lake

My son, Steven, and I joined Captain Kent Carlson to see if we could break the Sabine Lake speck record. Anglers caught trout weighing approximately 12 pounds in Sabine Lake in the recent past. Carlson spotted some birds working a couple miles away. We were in for a fun morning of fishing!

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A Dirty Dozen Marlin Tournament Winner

The big Blue Marlin takes the “live” bait and slowly swims under the stern of the 20-foot boat, hooking the line around the outdrive unit. The monster fish just stops, 15 feet from the skiff and sits there, to the amazement of the three fishermen. The line could snap, so one of the anglers risks injury to free the line and catch the monster!

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Sizzling Gulf Coast Redfish Action

Two rods hit at just about the same time. Caleb and Austin grabbed hold, fought, and boated our first redfish of the day. For the next 50 minutes, our baits never had a chance to hit the bottom! We were catching 25-pound to 35-pound redfish on EVERY CAST!

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Fly Fishing Opportunities Abound In Tampa Bay

Many people visit Florida for its sun and fun, particularly during the winter when the northeast and much of the heartland is covered with snow. For many, fishing is a part of such a trip because Florida teems with excellent spots, such as Tampa Bay, for saltwater fly fishing.

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False Albacore On A Fly: Part 1

Several years ago an ardent fly angler said to me, “I haven’t any respect for a fish unless it is capable of taking line off my reel.” One such fish is the false albacore, a small tuna roaming the eastern seaboard from the south side of Cape Cod to the Carolina’s. When you get a fish on you are in for the fight of your life!

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