Florida has been an epicenter for Tarpon fishing since the earliest of days in the sportfishing world. In this, most famously, is the fishing in Boca Grande, Florida. However, when May, June, and July roll around, Tampa Florida becomes part of the massive yearly migration that takes place up the states SW coast. When this happens, Tampa becomes one of the most busy Tarpon fisheries in the state – if not globally. Read More
When it comes to Alaska fishing, few destinations within the Last Frontier can compete with Ketchikan. Ketchikan is a mix of traditional Alaska, Gold Rush Alaska, and modern day Alaska all rolled into one. It is a fishing town, but it’s also stunningly beautiful in both architecture as well as environmentally speaking. It also happens to be the “Salmon Capital of the World”. Read More
Virginia Beach has access to some of the best offshore fishing in the country. That also makes Virginia Beach home to some of the most experienced and sought after charter fishing captains in the nation. Many are born into it and have been fishing their whole life while others move here and spend all their time on the water learning the ways. Either way, these charter fishing captains know how, when and where to catch fish, as well as weather, tides and logistics to ensure a successful and enjoyable time out on the water. All you have to do is show up with a sense of adventure and prepare yourself for some intense offshore fishing action! Read More
Charlotte Harbor fishing charters explore common errors that lead to no fish in the boat and frustration
While charters can’t guarantee you will catch fish, it is implicitly understood that you don’t want to come away empty-handed when fishing off Charlotte Harbor. After all, you have to get up real early and pay a healthy sum to be there – you want to feel like you got your money’s worth.
Again, many factors come together to determine how good a bite is going to be on a particular day – wind, tides, weather conditions, temperature, a pinch of luck and more all play a role in how things can go. Charters with extensive experience fishing near Charlotte Harbor will be able to work around these issues though and still make sure you come up with something.
However, there’s only so much the captain and his crew can do. They can take you to good spots, instruct you on proper casting and what to do if a fish strikes, but the rest is up to you.
Everglades guide discusses the 5 components that make up the core of a fly fishing rig
In some ways, fly fishing is simpler than its standard rod/reel counterpart – you only have one type of bait (…the fly) and the casting action seems simpler once you get used to it.
When you get into the thick of it though, a fly fishing rig can be more complicated, especially when it comes to its core parts, namely the line and the fly at the end of it. It’s easy to think that it’s as simple as the line around the spool with a fly attached to the end, but as we’ll explain below, it’s a little more involved than that.
One of the reasons paddleboarding is so attractive to many are the options it presents for getting to out of the way spots. Kayaking and canoeing have traditionally filled this role, but paddleboarding allows the user to stand, hence the acronym “SUP.”
Rentals around Cocoa Beach and the Indian River Lagoon are fortunate in that they can offer a wide variety of spots for paddleboarding. These range from secluded, low-traffic spots where a novice can learn, to open waters for the most seasoned expert.
The hook is probably one of the most vital yet under-appreciated parts of a fishing rig. Without a hook, there will be nothing for the fish to grab onto so you can reel him into the boat. Also, there will be nothing for you to put your bait on if you’re using shrimp, squid, pinfish or some other type of live bait.
Fishing charters around Orlando and the Indian River Lagoon will keep a variety of hooks onboard. Which ones they use will depend on the bait, the type of fish they’re targeting and whether they plan on keeping their catch or throwing them back.
To those with no experience, fishing involves nothing more than dropping a line with some bait into the water, waiting for a bite and reeling the fish in. To experienced anglers and offshore fishing charters, this is just plain crazy. Getting the fish from the water into the boat involves much more than this.
As we’ll explain below, which method you use will depend on the type of fish you’re after. Just as there are diverse species of fish in the Atlantic, so too are their preferences and habits. Some fish just hang around the bottom while others swim higher up in the water column where their food of choice is.
Florida’s Atlantic coast, especially from Cocoa Beach on south toward the Keys, is known throughout the world for its amazing blue color. Unlike other coastal areas around Florida, the Continental Shelf is rather narrow off Cocoa Beach and points south, meaning the water depth drops off pretty significantly only a few miles offshore.
The Continental Shelf and the slope that drops off a few miles offshore are pretty significant for a variety of reasons.
Homosassa charters discuss what seagrass is and why it’s an invaluable part of a successful fishing trip
While they may look like underwater grasses, seagrass is in fact a type of flowering plant that evolved from land plants millions of years ago. According to estimates, Florida has over 2.2 million acres of seagrass throughout its inshore waters. The state’s Gulf Coast is home to two of the largest seagrass beds in all of North America.
Seagrass is often confused with seaweed, but they are in fact two distinct plants that are vastly different in terms of ecology, morphology and physiology.