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Learning to flyfish can take days, weeks and maybe even months of preparation and practice. But once you are out on the water, what do you look for? You are basically thrusting yourself into an environment that is completely alien to humans. We rule the land, but fish rule the waters—the advantage is with them. However, nature and the fish we are seeking can provide us with some hints and clues that can help the angler be successful on the water.
1. Keep a journal. Success in Saltwater is being at the right place at the right time. The best way to increase your chances of being at the right place at the right time is to keep a record of your past successes and failures. If you found a school of reds feeding on a certain oyster bar an hour before low tide at first light for instance, then that same set of circumstances is likely to happen again in two weeks.
Coastal Angler Magazine recently caught up with Daniel Diez, a/k/a DJ Dan Decibel, who lives in Miami and fishes the backcountry waters of the Everglades and the crystal clear waters of Biscayne Bay in his kayak. Diez, a noted photographer and videographer sat down with us for a brief interview.
In the pre-dawn twilight it was difficult to see the fish, but they were there. Just barely perceptible was a little slick that just did not look right. “Get ready” the captain whispered, “they are going to pop up right in front of us.” Several anxious moments passed before the fins and tails of a couple dozen hundred pound tarpon broke the flat calm surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
Much has been written about the best bass lakes in the country and they all include one of the biggest and most diverse, Kentucky Lake. Spanning from Kentucky through the entire state of Tennessee, this lake has it all, from accessibility of ramps to tremendous fishing to small towns dotting the shorelines with charm and hospitality. It is truly an outdoorsman’s paradise and a great family retreat.
It was late August and I still remember the phone call like it was yesterday. My pal Capt. Corey Pietraszek called me up with an invite to fish the following day. Corey runs Plug n’ Play Charter Group, and since both of us are usually very busy and rarely have free time to get out on the water together I readily accepted the offer, especially since the plan was to target the bonito that had been giving his charter customers their money’s worth in the preceding few days.
The deep rumble of the engines aboard the Double Trouble made me realize that one of my long-time kayak fishing dreams was finally coming true. We were headed out for two days of kayak fishing at the Chandeleur Islands. Located 35 miles off the coast of Biloxi, Mississippi, this fast disappearing chain of barrier islands has attained an almost mythical reputation for fantastic fishing.
The 16th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival in Brevard County, FL, scheduled for January 23-28, 2013, has long been an event supported by Coastal Angler Magazine. Rodney Smith, CAM founder and Anglers for Conservation advocate, will be doing classroom presentations from his new book, Enjoying Life on the Indian River Lagoon Coast with book-signings to follow.