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  • "Mullet Run Mayhem" - How to CATCH MORE during Florida's fall Mullet Run

    Every fall, impressive mullet schools migrate along Florida's coast in their annual shift from North to South. While in transit, these coveted baitfish fall victim to nearly every coastal predator including snook, tarpon, blacktip sharks, and monster jack crevalle. The season transition and dropping water temperatures push the substantial schools of forage south which enable Florida anglers to capitalize on one the best fishing spectacles available within the Southeastern United States.

    As sea surface temperatures plummet, the mullet masses push their way south to warmer waters where grasses and algae grow during the winter. Almost exclusively herbivorous, these fish follow a constant growing food source, which is necessary for survival and simply travel towards the warmer environment and climate which produce more plant life.

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  • Patch Reef Plugging by Capt. Carlos D. Rodriguez

    Patch Reef Plugging for Snapper

    A detailed light tackle guide describing how to target quality bottom fish using artificial lures in the shallows.

    Summertime in South Florida brings heavy humidity, rising water temperatures, and a killer opportunity to target quality bottom fish in our coastal waters.  I have been fortunate to call South Florida home for most of my life and am blessed to be surrounded by the beautiful waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The thriving eco-system of Biscayne Bay provides volumes of excellent habitat to many hard fighting bottom dwellers and the abundance of snack-size forage doesn’t hurt your catch odds either.

    Prized mutton snapper push up into the shallow patch reefs in preparation for their summer spawn and are more than willing to load up on a few additional meals when/if the opportunity arises. Native to the coastal waters of the Atlantic, mutton snapper can be found ranging from as far north as Massachusetts and all the way down to the southern waters of Brazil. Most abundant in the deeper levels of the water column stretching from 70-180ft, the months of June, July, and August provide coastal anglers a small, but prime window to key in on this snapper species. A variety of other snappers including mangrove, yellow tail, and even the lucky lane can end up on your business end if the stars and currents align in your favor.


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  • "New" Daiwa Saltist 4000 review by Capt. Carlos D. Rodriguez - May 2017

    Recently, Daiwa Fishing Tackle's US segment re-introduced a new version of the already well received Saltist series of saltwater spinning reels and I was able to get my hands on one and see what this re-launched series was all about. I kept consistent with a size I would use over 90% of the time. The 4000 size was the perfect hybrid between line capacity, torque, and stopping power. I needed a drag system that was capable of taking a triple digit's tarpon numerous screaming runs and still have the guts to put even more heat on him without having to worry about the gears grinding down. Daiwa's digitally designed digigear system brings out the highest tolerances in precision machining and ensures for perfect meshing of the teeth providing the end user with a silky fluid spinning work of art. Since were talking fluid, I also need to mention that a huge upgrade in the series was completely sealing the main shaft and line roller with their patented magnetic oil technology. This is NASA level thinking and it's awesome that a fishing tackle manufacturer has taken their sourcing to such a level, providing anglers with absolutely the latest advancements on the market.

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  • Coastin" for Cobes

    How to target and catch Cobia along Florida's coasts with artificial lures

    Every year as early signs of spring appear, anglers across the Gulf and Eastern seaboard of Florida dust off their select lead slinging outfits for a chance to fool a prized specimen on artificial lures. Premium hand tied buck-tail jigs, synthetic hair jigs, large swim baits, and stick baits are just a few options in the spectrum of offerings that savvy Cobia hunters have at their fingertips.

    The reality is that Cobia frequent near the coastal waters of Florida year round driving coastal fishermen bat-crazy most of the time. Land-based anglers ranging from surf fishermen on the beach or piers, to a hardcore tournament team cruising the coast from high performance center consoles can cash in on these highly sought after brown backed predators. It’s a common misconception that the opportunity to land a trophy Cobia is only limited to the deeper wrecks within the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. Mid-March historically marks the beginning of mating season for Cobia as they literally invade the coastal inlets and bays to release the future crop of trophy Ling. With the Florida State Record landed near Destin, FL tipping the scales at just over 130 lbs., fish ranging from 30-50lbs are quite common and are more than willing to test your tackle and lure presentation. In the past, Cobia hunters across the state have classically favored the use of live baits such as pogies,eels, mullet, and croakers although a new breed will stalk with a preference of artificial offerings.

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  • Camo Cruisers by Capt. Carlos D. Rodriguez

    screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-11-46-39-pmDuring the fall and winter months, a highly prized, yet very "freakish" looking coastal species pushes their way onto the super skinny waters of any healthy estuary across the Southeastern United states. New Smyrna Beach,FL has been known to provide habitat to some of the largest flounders, as the nearby Mosquito Lagoon is a nearly perfect eco-system for them to flourish. Mullet,shrimp, mud minnows,croakers, and pinfish are but a few of the morsels on this ambush predator's hit list. These camouflage cruisers hover along the bottom of any healthy estuary hiding and surprising their prey, so the key is to work your natural or artificial offering through their strike zone - patiently and wait for the distinctive "THUMP" of the take.

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  • Bridge Bruisers by Capt. Carlos D. Rodriguez

    screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-11-56-04-pmALONG THE STRETCHES of tropically impaired South Florida, life is largely dictated by the low lying barrier islands that separate and protect the mainland from erosion and storm surge. During the development of Florida’s coastline the evolution of bridge and road construction was vital to the state’s growth in transportation and tourism, yet the formidable terrain with its numerous waterways and islands proved a serious challenge for builders. Engineers ultimately prevailed and numerous overpasses now link the mainland and barrier islands while also providing some of the most influential snook habitat in the state.

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  • Just Wade it by Capt. Carlos D. Rodriguez

    Snook and trout are abundant on the Treasure CoastAround Florida, promising wade fishing opportunities abound. Some are easily accessible by land, while others only by boat. Regardless, few places in the state is this fishery more established than the Indian River Lagoon. The nutrient rich eco-system is home to some of the largest speckled trout populations across the state and the opportunity to land double digit fish still exists!
    Wade fishing has been a staple shallow water fishing technique for as long as I can remember, but it hasn’t been until the last decade that the phenomenon has really emerged. I remember when I began to seriously delve into the world of wade fishing. My initial interest began out of shear convenience and cost effectiveness, but I later found many other advantages to walking with the fish.

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  • Late Night Kings by Capt. Carlos D. Rodriguez

    screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-12-53-40-amIt was an hour after dusk and the outgoing tide was cranking. We positioned ourselves up current, where to our delight we witnessed hungry tarpon aggressively feeding on the surface.

    We were surrounded.

    In the distance we could barely see the silhouette of a large disturbance on the surface, though the presence of phosphorescence created an amazing show that we will not soon forget. Similar to the increased heart rate of the party goers gyrating in Miami’s nearby nightclubs, we also felt the intoxicating effects of adrenaline rushing through our veins.

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