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Science and the pinnacle of big-game fishing come together in this film, which features some of the only known video ever captured in the wild of one of the world's most endangered fish, the largest fish in Florida's inshore waters and the first marine fish protected by the Endangered Species Act - the smalltooth sawfish.
The 22 anglers who journeyed out for a five-day long-range fishing adventure aboard Captain Mike Lackey’s Vagabond out of Point …
I am the first to admit that I am addicted to throwing topwater plugs. Whether I am stalking the flats of South West Florida for redfish and snook or hitting up the local ponds for largemouth bass, my hands down bait of choice is a low pitch topwater plug. Most experts will proclaim that the only time a floating plug is effective is in low light conditions.
Most fishermen think of the fly rod as a casting tool rather than a fish fighting tool. Rarely, in most freshwater fly fishing situations, does the angler have to apply a great deal of pressure to subdue a fish or lift very large fish from deep water. However, when fishing in the salt with a fly the fly rod and how the angler uses it becomes a very important part of the anglers success in bringing a large saltwater game fish to leader.
As with spring, fall is in a state of transition in all things, including fishing. Waters and weather are turning cooler, fish are changing their living habits and habitats, and where you caught them in the summer is no longer valid in the fall.
“Because that’s where the money is,” Slick Willie Sutton replied when asked why he robbed banks. Sutton, once one of America’s most notorious criminals, merely followed the logical pattern practiced by every predator since the beginning of time. To game fish searching for a tasty meal, shorelines become the treasury of our marine habitat.
One 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.
The throaty sound of Captain Gary Taylors 31-foot Lafitte skiff roaring to life signals the start of our kayak fishing adventure. With six kayaks loaded on the roof of Gary’s boat, we ease out of the Rigolets near Slidell, Louisiana as the light is just beginning to crack the horizon out to the east. We are headed for a day of kayak fishing in the remote Louisiana Biloxi Marsh.
The eighth annual Cheeca Lodge All-American Backcountry Tournament is slated for Veteran’s Day weekend, Nov. 12-14. This tournament inspired by President George Bush honors war heroes and features some of the best inshore fishing in the world out of Islamorada, Fla.