Notes: No more “Skool” in 2017: Kayak Fishing Skool will continue in 2018. The new set of topics is posted to the Seminars and Events section of my site. “The Academy” a new home: Osprey Bay Outdoors. Dates will be announced shortly. Skool will continue at the 8th Avenue Pub in Safety Harbor and it will grow there. I may do one at Frankie’s on Ulmerton. Great barbecue, I may work them in one month.
My first book, almost ready to publish. “Kayak Fishing.” This will be the best kayak fishing resource ever published. An off day yesterday, I put ten hours into it. It’s actually ready to publish, I’m just going to spend another month editing. I haven’t let anyone look at it yet but I have a guest editor lined up when I’m ready to show it, someone who has published their own books. I’ll learn how this goes because this is the first of three.
Out on the water, what a great time it has been for taking trips. The clients finally woke up and started calling to fill the schedule. The weather has been mostly cooperative with only one postponement.
The trout action has pretty much been good all along. It is time and we have seen the first evidence on an increase in activity with big trout, something that once it starts it will continue for five straight months. Throwing topwater lures one day this week, four trout over 20 inches. The SlamR is one of my favorite choices but the bulky topwater is a great way to excite big trout (Mirrolure Top Pup or Top Dog Jr, tough to beat)
Redfish action has been pretty good. They have not yet schooled up. If you find the school, you’re in. If you don’t, you’re shifting to something else. When they are in packs instead of the larger schools it is easier to intercept redfish. The 12 Fathom 3 inch Mullet.
Pompano? They are in the passes. Bridge action might be done for the year, they are in the Gulf passes (except Hurricane Pass, thanks to failed sand projects and “dredging” there haven’t been any fishing opportunities at that location). The Silly Willy with a pink Uncle Neil Custom Teaser is the best extraction tool. This past three weeks has been the best pompano fishing I have EVER SEEN.
So, flounder finally showed up. But they’re all eleven inches. If the big ones are in, I don’t know where they are. Next year….
Big jacks inside Tampa Bay and hordes of obnoxious bluefish “to the outside” have provided some extra action. King mackerel and Spanish mackerel are still an option but may be thinning out if we get stacking cold fronts. For now: It looks like they should be here to stay. A start to a mild winter: These species may be here way into December.
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As always: Be careful out there!
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