Feeding Stock Island Tarpon

If you want to see dozens of 100+ lb tarpon behaving like trained dogs, throw the scraps from your catch into the water at the Stock Island marina.  These fish know an easy meal when they see it. I was talking to one of the boaters there at the marina, and he was remarking on…

Fishing Report – Wading for Bonefish

After spending the day sailing and not seeing a single dolphin, I decided to wade the flat on the western edge of Boca Chica at sunset.  At sunrise two days earlier, I saw two fish tailing on the flat here while walking to the marina shower.  Foolishly, I did not run back to the boat,…

Sailing Key West

The day after fishing the reef, the weather forecast took a turn for the worse.  15-20 knot winds put an end to visions of running out for Mahi in a small boat.  Instead, we took my buddy’s house/boat out – a 35′ catamaran affectionately called the “Bay Cat” – as far as the Gulfstream.  Out…

Fishing Report – Key West Reef Fishing

After fishing the Everglades and 10,000 Islands for the last few days, I headed down to Key West via the “Key West Express” ferry.  Once there, and after a solo lunch and a couple beers at Turtle Kraals, I was picked up by a childhood friend who now lives on a 35′ catamaran in the…

Fishing Report – 10,000 Islands (Part 3)

The third and final day of fishing in the Everglades has come and gone, and while it was windy, and slow, it ended with a bang. The wind forecast was off, and a strong westerly/south-westerly breeze stirred up mud and made running the beaches impossible.  We headed inland, hitting a number of points, coves, and…

Fishing Report – 10,000 Islands (Part 2)

Another day in the books here in the 10,000 Islands.  The wind did not help our cause, but we still managed to catch some fish on fly and spin, and see some of the wildlife this area is known for. With 15 knot winds out of the southwest, the passes into the gulf were lumpy,…

Fishing Report – 10,000 Islands (Part I)

Spent today fishing with guide Aron Blaisdell in the 10,000 Islands, catching snook, red drum, ladyfish, mangrove snapper, catfish, and had one of our crew jump a tarpon (into a tree).  Not a bad first day.  Tomorrow and Friday will keep us at it, flinging flies and throwing lures and live bait under mangroves, and…

Fishing Report – North Branch, Potomac River

In Cumberland, MD for a birthday party (for a 1 year old), I took Sunday morning to go fish the North Branch of the Potomac River at Barnum.  After my previous shot at fishing the river near the paper mill at Bloomington/Luke, I was pumped to try the trophy trout waters farther upstream.  The river…

Travel Fishing – Florida Everglades

In one week, I’ll be back fishing the 10,000 islands and the Everglades, south of Marco Island.  I’ve tied flies, read books, and dreamed of getting to tangle with ‘glades snook, red drum and tarpon again. Last time around, we fished on a small, shallow draft Dolphin Skiff, sliding into freshwater rivers far from the coast,…

Fishing Report – Middle Chesapeake Bay

After the success of the last weekend, I headed out to the Middle Chesapeake with my father, again hoping to tie into big striped bass.  We arrived at our destination, and despite the slack tide, the fish were there and feeding. For the next two hours, we caught schoolie striped bass (18″-23″), releasing each fish. …