Ladies First
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 639 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: September 26, 2013
Last week’s early morning high tides created an opportunity to use square bill crankbaits. I like the Mann's Baby X. Fat body and loud rattles add to the effectiveness. The trick was to make long casts and to keep the rod tip up to barely allow the lure to touch the top of the submerged hydrilla carpet! When feeling for the grass, a pause allowed the lure to float up and trigger strikes. But catching the grass and an upward snap to release the lure from the grass also worked, sometimes better!
For the last few years, Field & Stream Magazine has conducted a drawing to award a fishing ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts, Sept 26, 2013
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 376 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: September 26, 2013
Attention Snowbirds:
Fire on the Waterfront in Historic Georgetown, SC:
On Wednesday morning, September 25, 2013, fire destroyed seven adjacent buildings on the historic waterfront in Georgetown, SC. There were no reported deaths and no fires at the marinas. The South Carolina Maritime Museum suffered damage to the upstairs portion, but the museum itself was spared. Check http://www.gtowntimes.com/local/A-BLOCK-OF-HISTORY-DESTROYED2013-09-25T08-42-35
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources...... Read More

Snakehead Safari
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Posted: September 17, 2013
Another hot week with water in the mid 80s again! Fishing was tough again. Fish were buried up in thick hydrilla grass. While fish werecaught on poppers, Mann's Baby 1-Minus, drop shot, tubes andspinnerbaits, the best pattern was punching grass mats at high tide in the sunniest part of the day. We use 1-ounce tungsten weights with 60 pound braid and 7'6" rods! Fish live under mats and are hard to locate,but it’s a blast to fight them once hooked!
I spent two days fishing for snakeheads. Trying to catch these toothy critters is unreliable to say the least. The best way to target them...... Read More

East Coast Alerts, Sept 12, 2013
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Posted: September 12, 2013
Attention Snowbirds:
Sampson Cay Club and Marina Closed (to the Public):
Sampson Cay Club and Marina (24.208913°-76.473448°) has always been one of our favorite places in the Bahamas. It is a safe and easy-access protected harbor and marina, as well as a social center for cruisers. The improvements under its present ownership have made it a destination marina. According to the article below, now that owner is turning it into a private retreat for his family and friends. Check http://www.thenassauguardian.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=41586&Itemid=...... Read More

An Oldie But Goodie
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Posted: September 10, 2013
A much better week of fishing last week. The topwater bite was much better, thanks in part to a "new" lure. More about that in a bit.
Lucky Craft G-Slash poppers and walking Gunfish worked too. Topwater bite was good until high tide around 9am. As that bite faded, Mann's Baby 1-Minus and chatter jigs worked. After that, pitching Texas rigged stickworms with a 1/16 ounce weight on 8-pound test GAMMA Copoly line to pilings was effective.
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Keeping The Water View For Everyone: Boaters And Residents Alike
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: September 06, 2013
Several days ago we idled very slowly along one of my favorite rivers. I first knew it around 55 years ago. I had come there in an old wooden skiff that I'd "remodeled" to give it a cabin where I could sleep. I was exploring. This day I was in my old Mako, still exploring, but over familiar yet vastly changed waters. On the shores of the rivers when I first came here were mostly beautiful green trees. Behind the trees there were more trees and farmland. Here and there I could see from the river a farm field, and even less here and there I could see a farm house peeping out from a fore...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Our Wakes
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Posted: September 06, 2013
1. Some talk about leaving clean wakes, which is good. But it's also important to leave gentle or no wakes when we can.
2. Wakes made by boats are often different from the wind waves to which banks have been "accustomed" for eons.
3. Wakes made by boats also, depending on your location, more frequently impact the shoreline than natural wind waves.
4. Some boats are even designed to throw extra wakes for wake surfing; these should be used in appropriate areas where their wakes do no harm to persons or property.
5. It will benefit us all if we're mindful of what our wakes ca...... Read More

Lake St. Clair - B.A.S.S. Elite Series Event #8
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Posted: September 06, 2013
After some disappointment at the St. Lawrence my wife Rhonda and I had a week break between events… we spent that time at my in-laws in Pittsburgh, PA. It is very nice to have a place like that to wind down from the event and get some work accomplished prior to the next one. Besides, my mother in-law is a great cook and I really feel relaxed when I am with my wife’s family. It’s almost as good as going home to Texas or being with my family in Virginia. The Saturday 2 days before the Detroit Elite event was to begin we made the short 5 hour drive to Detroit. I am rested and lo...... Read More

Dog Days
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Posted: September 04, 2013
With thick and thicker hydrilla, fishing remains tough, but shorter days and cooler nights will slow the growth and the dieback will begin making fishing better. Last week, depending on cover, topwaters worked a bit, along with Baby 1-Minus and chatter jigs. The best bait was the weightless stick worm on a 1/0 Mustad weedless wacky rig hook, dead sticking.
This was a fun week. I took a mother and her son out for fishing lessons...quite different expectations than most trips. Catching was important, but learning how to fish was their goal. I taught them how to tie knots, work a topwater poppe...... Read More

Pre-fishing for Guide Trips
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Posted: September 04, 2013
Again, another tough week of fishing, but no shutouts! We were able to get a few fish daily by having a thought-out game plan based on the tides and weather. Adjustments were made during the day. We caught fish on poppers, Mann's Baby 1-Minus, chatterbaits, stickworms and drop shot.
I try to work in one free day a week during August so I can catch up on writing my columns and to take a break from the heat. I also use it to book last minute trips. Last week, I found time to fish with my friend, Art Edsall. He understands it's not a guide trip and he's there to help me visit a lot of spots to tr...... Read More