6 Common Mistakes that Will Cause You to Lose Fish

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.

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5 Parts or Components of a Basic Fly Fishing Line Setup

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.

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6 Nearby Protected Areas Where You Can Enjoy Your Cocoa Beach SUP Rental

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.

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3 Most Common Types of Fishing Hooks Used by Orlando Charters

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.

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Trolling vs. Bottom Fishing – Understanding Methods Used by Cocoa Beach Offshore Charters

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.

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Fishing the Continental Shelf Just Offshore from Cocoa Beach

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.

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Understanding Vital Seagrass Beds and How They Support Inshore Fishing

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.

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Louisiana Charters Target Redfish at One of Many Artificial Reefs


There are many spots throughout coastal Louisiana where charters can go searching for Redfish. If they’re staying around inshore waters because the open Gulf is a little rough, Redfish can be found around grassy areas near the shoreline.

If charters are offshore looking for more mature Redfish, they may be found around rocky outcroppings (i.e. a jetty) and around other reefs, both natural and manmade. Most of the ocean bottom around south Terrebonne Louisiana consists of sand. Large oyster beds are the most common natural reefs found in this area.

In order to help bolster fish populations along the Gulf coast, all 5 states have their own Artificial Reef Program. According to William Seaman, Jr. and the National Wildlife Federation, an artificial reef can be defined as “one or more objects of natural or human origin deployed purposefully on the sea floor to influence physical, biological or socioeconomic processes related to living marine resources.”

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How Tampa Fishing Charters Will Weigh Your Massive Catch


Although fishing regulations are based on a particular fish’s length, it’s the weight of the catch we all care about. Fishing records for example are based on weight, so if you snag a particularly large Redfish, Snook or Speckled trout, you’ll want to weigh him so you can brag about it later to your friends.

If you have a good fish story to tell, the fish’s weight will be the first thing they will ask about, so you’ll want to be ready. Now we’re not suggesting you inflate the number by 20% to make yourself look better, but in the end, how you tell your fish lies (…oops stories) is entirely up to you.

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Essential Regulations Anglers Must Follow in Alaska

Ketchikan fishing charters want their clients to have a good time but understand there are rules they must follow

When you’re on vacation, the rules are probably the farthest thing from you mind. Although you may think there are no rules for fishing and hunting the expansive wilderness of Alaska, nothing could be farther from the truth.

No, while movies and folklore may lead you to believe you can do anything in Alaska, there are rules all anglers and fishing charters around Ketchikan must follow to ensure adequate numbers of salmon and other fish are maintained.

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