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    Off Shore Fishing Topshotfishing Happy Day Today topshotfishing 03/19/20 07:30 PM
    A group from North Carolina chartered an all-day fishing trip with the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team for a private deep-sea charter boat sport fishing trip in Fort Lauderdale, FL aboard the Happy Day Today. We had nice deep-sea conditions out of Fort Lauderdale with a light easterly wind, a two-foot chop, north current and 80-degree temperature.

    We started the fishing charter catching a half a dozen Bullet Bonitas in 80 feet of water, using a light feather jig with a bird, and trolling on and off the reef structure. Bullets make great baits for all fish species, and we decided to fish them on top of a wreck structure. We headed south for a few miles and came across Frigate birds, which were circling over a deep-sea wreck, with some diving into the baits. On the surface, Ballyhoo baits were showering on the surface - always a great sign.

    The first baits went out on wire with stinger rigs. Wire rigs are the best when it comes to fish with sharp teeth, such as King Mackerel, Barracuda, Wahoo and Sharks. We sent one bait down 50 feet on a down rigger ball and had three baits on the surface. The first fish caught was a nice King Mackerel that smoked the deep bait, hit hard and pulled a lot of drag. Our angler from North Carolina did a good job working the fish up, and the first mate gaffed it and put it right in the box. The next bite we got was also on the down rigger, a Black Grouper. He put up a great fight, but with them being out of season (January through end of April), we released the Grouper.

    I was making turns around the wreck, when we saw a big Smoker King Mackerel try to feed on one of the baits and completely missing it, leaving a hole in the water; it jumped 10 feet in the air with the surface bait in his mouth. Line snapped out of the outrigger, and we had fish on. The line smoked off the reel, and our anglers started working him up. After a good fight, we got the Kingfish up, and the first mate gaffed him and put him in the box.

    Next, we decided to kite fish using two kites with live Goggle-eye baits. In addition to flying two kites, we also sent down a Shark bait. We used circle hooks with #19 wire and a two pound weight. I was positioned facing the boat to the east, and the current was moving us at one knot to the north. A Sailfish came up on the live bait and fed the fish, then reeling right and hooking up the Sailfish. What a great show - This Sailfish jumped a half dozen times making big runs. The angler was on point, easing the fish up, and after a battle on light weight tackle, the Sailfish was up alongside the boat. The first mate reached down, removed the hook and after a quick photo, we released the Sailfish back into the water.

    Time for trolling, so we got out a couple deep planner lines with sea witch lures running about 50 feet down with 4 surface ballyhoos. In 175 feet of water, there was a subtle color change. I trolled up the drop off, going from 150 feet of water out to 250 feet of water, concentrating on the color change in 175 ft. Suddenly, the deep planner line went off, ripping off the line. The mate backed off the drag, and our anglers started fighting this one. We all had the feeling that, with such a big hit and as much drag as it was pulling, it was probably a Wahoo. We call Wahoos head shakers, and this one was doing that exactly. We got him up on the wire, and it turned out to be a nice Wahoo. When bringing him up to the boat, he gave us a couple of scary runs, losing some line on the wire and slowly gaining it back. The first mate reached out and stroked the Wahoo in the head and brought him into the boat.

    It was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon watching the plasma TV and enjoying the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.

    For a successful and adventurous deep-sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. - 954-439-8106 or email us at Website:
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    I have read that Purina tropical fish food is a great baitfish chum. I will be coming down from Wisconsin the first week of May to Placida and am looking to buy some of this to help me catch some bait. The problem is I will have to drive to Ft Myers to buy it in anything less than a 50 lb bag. Are any of you aware of any place north of Placida and close to I-75 that sells this stuff in smaller quantities?
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    Palm Beach Jupiter Saltwater and Freshwater Inshore Report PhlatsInshorefishing 03/11/20 02:39 AM
    What a windy week! Fishing has been like a roller coaster here in south Florida, hot then cold then hot. Luckily the fishing has stayed consistent.

    Snook fishing has been great along mangrove shorelines and drop offs using DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tail and DOA Terror Eyz. Four different species of snook are being caught by anglers. Top water bite for snook has been fantastic using the Rapala skitter walk along drop offs and docks for best results.

    Tarpon fishing has been better along deep channels as they ambush bait schools pushed around with the winds as of late. Live mullet or DOA Terror Eyz have been the best baits to entice the silver king.

    The flats have offer a mixture of species for anglers, jacks, mackeral, snapper, triple tail and sharks. Live shrimp or jigs tipped with shrimp will keep the rod bent.

    Freshwater action has been tough at times do to low temperatures and high winds. The peacock bass are hanging near drop offs waiting for warm weather to start spawning. Largemouth bass can be targeting along shorelines and docks for best results.

    Well that is the report for the past week, hope you all enjoyed. Remember you can’t catch them from the couch, so get out there and get hooked up. Tight Lines!, 561-644-4371 visit us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. 561-644-4371
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    Off Shore Fishing Topshotfishing Happy Day Today topshotfishing 03/07/20 01:59 AM
    The Black Fin Tunas have started to show up for us here in Fort Lauderdale. The size of the Tunas are smaller, weighing 6 to 12 pounds, but still are a lot of fun to catch and are great to eat. We look for birds diving, as well as the fish crashing on top of the surface, and we are finding the Tunas anywhere from 150 feet of water out to 400 feet of water. It’s not hard to mistake - once there is a school the size of a football field, it looks like the water is boiling with activity. As soon as you spot the birds, they start diving on the school of fish - be sure to keep your eyes on them, as they will disappear as quickly as you spot them. Mixed in with the Black Fin Tunas are Skip Jack Tunas and Bullet Bonitas, and we’ll catch them all when we troll past the school of fish. The best part of working a big school of fish is when you get multiple hook ups getting 3 to 4 fish on at once.

    We have also been getting shots at Wahoos, which have been in and around these schools of fish (feeding on the Bullets and Tunas) anywhere from 150 to 400 feet of water. Most of our Wahoo bites have been coming on the deep lines or wire lines. We’ll fish a deep planner and get the bait down 50 feet - trolling them at a higher speed also helps with the reaction bite. I have been getting Wahoo on the surface lures and the Islander Ballyhoo lures. I recommend picking a direction and heading that way, working the area and staying on top of the best water color and/or rip currents you can find. The size of the Wahoos have been ranging from 15 to 50 pounders.

    Another fish we have been catching mixed in with the schools of Tunas are Mahi Mahi. Searching for the Tuna birds and trolling your spread close to the area will pay out some decent fish. The size of the Mahi Mahi range from chickens (less than 3 lbs) to gaffers. When catching your first Mahi, be sure to circle back since there’s a good chance there will be more hungry fish.

    When the current picks up, I use two kites with live bait fishing up the reef. Kite fishing is a great way to present live baits and, when done right, it’s hard to beat. Everything from Sailfish to Tunas will feed on live bait, and the hook up ratio is higher than most other methods. I have had success with Sailfish, Kings, Wahoo, Tunas and Sharks when kite fishing.

    It’s most important to keep an eye on the conditions, and based on the water color, current, and wind direction, we will decide where to fish and what to fish for.

    For a successful and adventurous deep-sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. - 954-439-8106 or email us at Website:
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    Power-Pole presents the 2020 Bassmaster Classic "By The Numbers" FFF Staff 03/04/20 02:26 AM
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    The Bassmaster Classic will be celebrating 50 years when competitive bass fishing's marquee event kicks off on March 6 on Lake Guntersville. As always, Power-Pole Total Boat Control will be a big part of the festivities in Alabama from opening launch to the final weigh-in.

    To get you charged up for this year’s event, here is a look at the 2020 Classic by the numbers:

    1 – No matter which competitor hoists the trophy for the 2020 Bassmaster Classic, it will be their first time doing so. This year’s field has no previous champions so someone is guaranteed to have a life-changing experience on the big stage.

    3 – Scott Canterbury, Clent Davis and Matt Herren all call Alabama their "Sweet" home. If last year’s Classic is any indication, home water advantage plays a big part in deciding the winner. Good luck to you and thanks for sharing that famous southern hospitality with the fishing world.

    – Out of the past twelve Classics, ten of the champions have utilized Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchors. Last year’s champion, Ott Defoe, broke a streak of nine consecutive Classic victories by Power-Pole-equipped anglers.

    16 – For the first time ever, sixteen Classic competitors will be using the new Power-Pole CHARGE Power Management System in their boats this year. The chances are good that we will see our first CHARGE-equipped boat pull through the BJCC and into the winner’s circle.

    23 – This year’s Classic will mark the 23rd time Lake Guntersville has hosted a major B.A.S.S. tournament event and the 3rd time it has been the venue for the Classic. Rick Clunn (1976) and Randy Howell (2004) were the champions for those previous Classics.

    35 – Of the 53 entrants in this year’s Classic, 35 of them will have Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchors rigged on their competition boats. No other marine accessory company is as universally accepted on the tour.

    50 -- This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the biggest event in competitive angling. It is only fitting that this year’s event will take place in the state where it all started back in 1971. Congratulations B.A.S.S. for reaching this monumental milestone as we look forward to 50 more.

    150,000 – The total attendance for the 2020 Classic, including weigh-ins, morning launches and the Outdoor Expo, is expected to rival the all-time record of 153,809 that attended last year’s event in Knoxville, Tennessee.

    300,000 – This year’s winner will take home a $300K prize purse with over $1 million in cash awarded overall.

    If you are planning a trip to Alabama for this year’s event, don’t forget to stop by our booth #524 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex to check out the latest innovations from Power-Pole -- including the new CHARGE – and get exclusive deals on official Power-Pole apparel and merchandise.

    For Power-Pole’s complete Classic 2020 Preview, including storylines to watch and exclusive insider videos:
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    HOBIE: Records Fall! FFF Staff 03/02/20 06:39 PM

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    Your winner, Rus Snyders, with a Lake Fork lunker.

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    Snyders Posts Strong Win; Scotch Breaks Hobie B.O.S. Single-Day and Big Bass Records

    The highly anticipated second leg of the 2020 Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S.) held on Lake Fork, Texas promised to be a slugfest and it certainly was for those at the top of the leaderboard. It was also a challenging event that humbled many anglers as a double-digit temperature drop rolled in for day one of the tourney, while day two saw warming weather with more wind and heavy overcast skies. The changing conditions seemed to put the fish in some areas of the lake off their feed, but that wasn’t enough to keep the largest B.O.S. field ever assembled from digging in, taking up the challenge and bringing it to this awesome fishery as they tallied 511 fish caught and released.

    “Those colder temperatures and dark, gray skies really threw everyone a curve ball,” said Hobie B.O.S. tournament director A.J. McWhorter. “While some participants were able to catch well during practice, that didn’t necessarily translate to fast fishing on the tournament days as the fish were feeding in very defined areas and focused on very specific patterns. Overall, the lake fished small, which meant some waters had to be shared. But the determination and cooperation of our 155 entrants highlighted what it is to be a part of this great sport and spoke volumes about the competition level as the top anglers unraveled the puzzle and climbed up the leader board.”

    Indeed, looking at the big picture, it’s hard to imagine overall catches were off as three B.O.S. records fell on day one with plenty of drama, huge leaderboard shifts and some real lunkers rising to the occasion over the course of the two-day event. There was even a third-place tie that had to be decided by the largest bass between the two participants.

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    (L to R) Ron Champion (2nd), Rus Synders (1st) and Matthew Scotch (3rd).

    A little after 10 a.m., while punching some grass mats, Scotch realized he was working a big fish area and called over one of the camera boats. Within five minutes he hooked the biggest fish of the tournament, a 24.75” whopper that he hauled out onto a grass mat and then laid full out to grab as it flopped on the surface. As the largest bass ever checked in for a Hobie B.O.S. event, Scotch was awarded Bassin’ Big Bass.

    “I can’t tell you how good it feels to pull a big fish after calling over the camera boat,” recalled Scotch. “I was absolutely stoked! I’ll always look back on that fish and smile.”

    Rus Snyders, meanwhile, was pleased with his day-one performance. Punching alligator grass matts using an iRod 775 Air Series and a Quantum Smoke reel spooled with 65-lb. braid and a 25-lb. fluorocarbon leader to present 1-ounce jigs tipped with Reaction Innovations Spicy Beaver trailers, he covered eight miles each day.

    “The grass mats I was looking for were pretty spread out, so I might find three or four in one area, then have to paddle a quarter-mile to get to the next set,” explained Snyders. “Early on day one I dropped a big bass that might have weighed 8 or 9 pounds. I was flipping near a big laydown when she swallowed my jig. I set the hook and got her pinned against the top of a tree, but she was thrashing and managed to slip free. I didn’t let that get to me though, because I knew there were other big bass in this lake, so I just put my head down and kept grinding.”

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    Snyders was getting the bites he needed on the fall throughout the first day and he steadily put together a solid limit of 98” with a top fish of 22.5” that slammed his jig with an hour to go. That left him eight inches behind Scotch going into day two.

    “I knew Matt was hot,” revealed Snyders,” so I was comfortable sitting in second at that point.”

    While Scotch and Snyders were piling up the points on Saturday, Ron Champion was doing his best to fish consistently and work toward a top-10 finish. During practice sessions he located a group of fish in the 12- to 16-class toward the end of a creek channel and was targeting that area as his numbers spot. He also found some deeper, bigger fish on his graph holding off a point that spilled out into 15 feet of water where he planned to cull once he scored a limit. By 9 a.m. he picked five fish on Texas-rigged soft plastics from the 150-yard stretch that featured a mix of boat docks, wood and brush piles.

    “Once I hit my limit, I headed over to a spot where a long, sloping point spilled out onto a flat with a creek channel nearby that had plenty of trees and structure,” said Champion. “It was a perfect place for females to pull up and stage before spawning. I drilled a 22.5-inch fish there in practice and lost one about 8 pounds, so I figured that would be a good place for a serious upgrade. I was alternating a Rapala DT 6, Strike King #5 Series and Spro mid-range Little John in that spot when I drilled a 23” beauty. That left me in seventh place at the end of day one.”

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    Matthew Scotch (2nd overall) with big fish of the tournament, measuring 24.75".

    Despite being approximately 10 degrees warmer, day two proved tougher on most of the field, even some of the leaders. On day one, Scotch caught 14 fish and had tons of bites while many others struggled. Day two was totally different.

    “I just couldn’t get bit,” he lamented. “I just couldn’t close it out. I lost an 18” fish, and missed a 5- or 6-pounder at 2:15 p.m. I didn’t fish clean on day two, and I didn’t make as many good decisions as I did on day one. I’m still proud of my performance, finishing third, but it just goes to show you how important it is to keep fishing hard. You never who might fall off the pace ahead of you.”

    Champion also pointed to Sunday as a lesson in persistence. His goal for day two was to secure a top ten finish. With that point in mind, he aimed his Hobie PA14 toward his shallow water numbers stretch and posted a limit by 8:45 a.m.

    “I stayed shallow for a while longer and began to really pick apart that stretch, upgrading with 18-, 17- and 22.25-inch fish,” said the Hobie regional team member. Then I went deeper and got a 22-incher that they filmed on Facebook Live. That was pretty neat. I spent most of the day in first place. I made some good decisions on Sunday, so I’m happy with how it all worked out.”

    Snyders started day two by tossing a red crankbait and managed a few bass in open water around the grass before getting back to punching the mats.

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    “Day two was tough at first,” he revealed, I hit a lot of promising areas but couldn’t get bit. Finally, I found the fish stacked up pretty good and hit about six bass in an hour-and-a-half. That was the feeding window I needed. I never changed the type of cover I was working, I just made some small adjustments like trying a crankbait to see if the fish had come out from the matts with the heavy cloud cover or letting my jig sit on the bottom for four or five seconds once the bass stopped hitting it on the drop.”

    Snyder, it should be noted, is on a real kayak bassin’ hot streak. Including the Hobie BOS on Lake Fork, he’s won the last four major tourneys in which he’s participated, and his victory on Lake Fork was by a substantial 10-inch margin.

    “It just pays to keep casting and working until time runs out,” Snyder stated. “If you’ve been considering entering a Hobie B.O.S. tourney, I really think you should give it a try. Each event is held on a prime bass lake and the season is scheduled so you are fishing each water at a real productive point in the season. The prizes are great, but there’ also plenty of camaraderie, friends to make, opportunities to learn from the best, plus the chance to see how you stack up against the top kayak bassers around. These events are very well thought out and a whole lot of fun.”

    Next up on the Hobie B.O.S. schedule is Lake Norman, Mooresville, North Carolina, March 14-15.

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    Feb 2020 Daytona New Smyrna Beach Orlando Capt Michael Savedow 02/29/20 01:37 PM
    Water temperatures have ranged from the mid 50’s to the upper 60’s as we have had a chilly week then a warm week through the winter, colder water schools up the fish while mild temps spread out the fish. Winter fish like Sheepshead and Bluefish are usually every trip catches here in the backcountry, and year around fish also, Redfish, Snook, Seatrout, Black Drum, Mangrove Snapper, and more. During the warmer weeks we see signs of early spring, tiny schools of tiny newly hatched fish hiding around the Mangrove roots, and a few spring fish biting like Spanish Mackerel, Jacks and Ladyfish. Water level is down low as is normal by late winter with prevailing north and west winds after the cold fronts and the dry season we are in now. A good recent trip with lots of variety and repeat clients from Indiana had a few good Trout, Black Drum and the best Redfish caught by Courtney ……………

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    Paul from Indiana with the best Spotted Seatrout from their trip ………………..

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    Black Drum are one of our staple back waters rod benders, Mike from Connecticut with a fun Drum…..

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    Repeat client Nicky from Maryland with another nice Black Drum ………………

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    Paul again with a fun size Redfish making for a backwaters “slam” of multiple game fish species ……

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