Fishing the Controlled Depths While Drifting or at Anchor

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

[dropcap1]O[/dropcap1]ne of the most effective baits of all is fresh dead or frozen bait presented properly at the correct depth. Fresh dead bait is really effective, however tens of thousands of tuna, dolphin, wahoo and kings have been caught on frozen minnows free lined out the back of the boat while bottom fishing.

How to “Float” Your Trailer, Rather Than Damage it, if You Ever Get “Hung-up”

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Many years ago, A (very wise) older gentleman at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center Boat Ramp showed me how to get my trailer “un” hung, rather than go swimming in 45 degree water and/or destroy my axel(s) trying to muscle it up, and over, the end of the concrete with the power of the truck.

This is something that I have meant to share with the public for years now, but never have. I have seen the results of people getting aggravated and just give the truck more fuel to force the trailer tires up and over the corner of the concrete at the end of the ramp, and it’s not a pretty picture. (more…)

Know Your Way Around a Boat, And How to Operate It

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

There is more to fishing then just fishing

We talk so much, in fly fishing circles, about how to cast into the wind, fight fish and what types of flies to use, but we rarely cover the importance of being able to operate a skiff if called upon to do so.

It’s about safety

It’s simple. If you’re on the water in a boat, and or skiff, miles offshore or somewhere on the flats, and the guide, captain or fishing buddy for some unforeseen reason is unable to run the skiff due to illness or injury it’s a good idea for you, as the angler, to be able to run the skiff back to shore and safety. This may be a seldom experienced scenario, but it has happened to me, and I am relieved and thankful that I was able to operate the boat and perhaps avoid a tragic ending to a fishing trip. (more…)

Sword Fishing is Hot in the Keys This Time of Year

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

In the last several months, a number of huge swordfish have been caught in the Florida Keys. These big swordfish are a result of banning long line fishing practices from the East Coast all the way down to Florida many years ago. (more…)

Riggin’ and Jiggin’

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Stinger Hook Assembly For Grouper & Snapper

By: Tim Barefoot

To begin, cut a piece of 200- to 250-pound braided line approximately 12 to 16 inches long and fold in half, making a six- to eight-inch-long doubled line. Insert the point of the doubled line through the back of the eye of the stinger hook. The stinger hook size and length of the stinger is variable according to the size bait to be used.

cam-fig-1Figure 1: With approximately 1.5 to two inches of doubled line extending forward from the eye of the hook, make a loop around the shank of the hook and index finger (with the braided line) to form a loop on the shank of the hook. Remove index finger, leaving a loop of the braided line.

cam-fig-2Figure 2: Tie a standard (three loop) Uni-Knot on the shank of the hook with the braided line.

cam-fig-3Figure 3: Using a de-hooker or a nail to secure the doubled line in front of the stinger hook and a pair of pliers for the two tag ends of the braided line, tighten down the Uni-Knot on the shank of the hook and pull the Uni-Knot tightly up against the eye of the hook with the front loop of doubled line. Trim tag ends of braided line off within 3/8 of an inch of Uni-Knot with a sharp knife. Be careful!

cam-fig-4Figure 4: Insert the stinger hook through the loop of braided line around the main jig hook and tighten.

Note: This can be used with many sizes of J hooks or circle hooks and also with several sizes and brands of braided lines.