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Frustration fosters disappointment in most of us when we watch some of the more aggressive predators refuse every offering we toss in front of them. At times, they’ll turn down frisky live baits, palate tempting dead morsels oozing the aroma of something good to eat, or your favorite artificial. Fish don’t eat continuously or chase down everything they see. Frequently, refusal can be traced to a phase of feeding rhythm in which the fish ignores food.
When you fly fish in saltwater, there will be times when you will be dealing with a toothy critter, namely the barracuda, the shark, the needle fish, the Sierra mackerel, or numerous other fish sporting sharp “ivories” capable of severing the heaviest monofilament and fluorocarbon leaders. It is the savvy saltwater fly fisherman who has learned to attach a bite-proof tippet to his fly line.
Freshwater anglers need few terminal tackle fittings, meaning the snaps, swivels, riggings, rings, wire and such that are mandatory in …
Coastal Angler Magazine’s National Ad Representative Spencer Shorr recently interviewed Theophile Bourgeois, owner of Bourgeois Fishing Charters, in beautiful South Louisiana. His charters provide fishing on the bayous of South Louisiana, just thirty minutes from downtown New Orleans, using only licensed and insured captains, and now offering a seaplane ride to the fishing grounds of specks and reds (Chandelier Islands and Gosier Island). This is a guided Wade fishing charter for specks and reds on top-water bait!
I have received many letters and calls from customers that have inquired about an alternate to the "cat's paw" connection (single strand wire) for the stinger hook on the Chin Weight. Some of the emails have been from novice anglers who are frustrated with trying to twist the single strand wire tight enough on the main hook so that it prevents it from coming over the barb, make the "cat's paw connection tighten down properly, and/or getting the stinger hook to line up 180 degrees off the point of the main hook, etc… Other calls and emails have come from some seasoned anglers, who's fingers just don't work "as good as they used to."
The southern heat envelopes me as I walk outside to the truck. It feels thick, tangible, as if air between all things is not just dead space, but a warm gelatin.
A couple of years ago, there was an undercurrent of musky fever, and then musky fever on the fly climbed to an all-time high. We read articles while tuning into the almost constant internet chatter. Everyone was talking about chasing musky for many days before even seeing one. We watched videos of anglers catching long, toothy fish, hoisting them over their heads in victory, showing shotgun poses along with new camera angles to help bring musky fever to its highest possible temperature. Musky was the fish of 1,000 or 10,000 casts—I really cannot remember.
One of my favorite places to fish is in the estuaries, also known as the mangroves. There you can troll, bait cast or use a spinning rod and reel. For me it is the fly rod. The estuaries are the nurseries of the sea. Very high percentages of fish hatch there and spend a good part of their life there. Some never leave. This makes fishing good there all year round. The mangroves of the Mexican Pacific coast have about 800 square miles of this vegetation.