Monday, June 27, 2016

Location:  Venice Inlet
Time: 2100-2330
Tides: Outgoing
Weather: Light southerly wind
Vessel: Gheenoe
Fish: 15 snook to 21" between 2 anglers
Notes: All fish caught on the fly. Schminnows as well as my experimental dock light shrimp fly were productive. Fish were very active through the night and were still feeding when we left. Fish were feeding heavily on small shrimp.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Venice Inlet Fishing 6-16-16

Location:  Venice Inlet
Time: 1900-2130
Tides: Incoming
Weather: Moderate westerly wind and isolated thunderstorms
Vessel: Gheenoe
Fish: 60+ snook to 22 inches between 2 anglers
Notes: Found small snook schooled up and caught them practically every cast for about 45 minutes as the sun was setting. They took flies (Schminnow, Wooly Toad) as well as DOA shrimp. Caught one snook out of the docklights after sunset before the rain chased us off.

CoCoPlum Canal Fishing 6-16-16

Location:  CoCoPlum waterway
Time: 0600-0900
Tides: N/A
Weather: Light southerly wind isolated showers
Vessel: Gheenoe
Fish: 4 bluegill to 11 inches, 3 stumpknocker
Notes: Very slow fishing day but set a personal best for largest bluegill on the fly. Got rained on today as well! 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Lemon Bay Fishing 6-13-16

Location:  Lemon Bay
Time: 0630-1000
Tides: Outgoing
Weather: Light wind out of the east, isolated showers.
Vessel: Gheenoe
Fish: 2 small trout and a small snook
Notes: Significantly less active than last time. Morning rain may have had an effect

Monday, May 23, 2016

Lemon Bay 5-20-16

Location:  Lemon Bay
Tides: Low at 0700
Weather: Light southerly wind
Vessel: Gheenoe
Fish: 11 Snook to 21", one redfish at 16", one sheepshead 14", 8 Mangrove snapper to 13"
Notes: Most snook on DOA shrimp skipped under docks on wind protected shorelines. Redfish on clouser minnow fly under a dock. Most mangrove snapper on clouser minnow under docks. Sight fished the sheepshead with a DOA shrimp while it was eating barnacles on a piling. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lunker Lagoon 5-16-16

Location:  "Lunker Lagoon"
Tides: N/A
Weather: Light west wind
Vessel: Gheenoe
Fish: 1/3 on tarpon, 1 lady fish
Notes: MirrOLure Lil Jon's for the tarpon. Lady fish on the fly. Dock light action was non existent.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Gasparilla Sound 2-1-16

Location:  Gasparilla Sound
Time: 0900-1145
Tides: Short Outgoing
Weather: Light fog early, Light winds
Vessel: Gheenoe
Fish: 19.5" trout, 18" snook, and 6 jack crevalle 
Notes: Trout took LiveTarget jointed mullet. Snook was a surprise in this area during winter. Saw numerous redfish, but couldn't get them to eat. Fished mainly around docks.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Creek Fishing 1-24-16

Location: Tidal creeks of Charlotte Harbor
Time: 0745-1100
Tides: Low
Weather: Clear and cold, Hi/Lo 55/41, winds E@10mph
Vessel: Gheenoe
Fish: 2 snook to 12" 
Notes: Both snook took flies, my first fish on the fly of 2016. Slow action as a front had moved through the previous evening.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Creek Fishing 1-14-16

Location: Tidal creeks of Charlotte Harbor
Time: 0945-1300
Tides: Last of outgoing first of incoming
Weather: Clear and cold, Hi/Lo 69/51, winds E@10mph
Vessel: Gheenoe
Fish: 19 snook to 29" Jack Crevalle, Tilapia, and two juvenile tarpon jumped.
Notes: Spinning tackle, Soft plastics on jig heads, suspending plugs. Saw a good amount of juvenile tarpon rolling. Tilapia was an interesting bycatch but we were far enough out up creek to be in semi fresh water. Spotted a manatee seeking warm water along with the snook.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Myakka 1/12/16

Location: Myakka
Time: 0930-1300
Tides: Outgoing
Weather: Clear and cold, Hi/Lo 68/47, winds NE@5-10mph
Vessel: Gheenoe
Fish: 2 snook to 26" 1 redfish 25"
Notes: Spinning tackle, DOA Terroreyz. Missed a second redfish, a lot of snags and hang ups on the bottom of the river today for whatever reason. Very low water. Most of the fish were caught in a half hour period from 1015-1045.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Alligator Creek 1-9-16

Location: Alligator Creek
Time: 0630-1030
Tides: Incoming
Weather: Heavy fog, Hi/Lo 80/60, winds E@5mph
Vessel: Gheenoe
Fish: 8 snook to 16"
Notes: Spinning tackle, Lil Jon on Jighead. Did not see the typical larger snook that inhabit this creek. Also did not hook or see any juvenile tarpon. Very slow morning in comparison to past trips.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Myakka 1-8-16


Location: Myakka River
Tides: Incoming High @1234
Weather: Light rain early but rapidly clearing skies, Hi/Lo 76/64, winds SW@5-10mph
Vessel: Gheenoe
Fish: 3 snook to 28"
Notes: Spinning tackle, suspending plugs and DOA Terroreyz. Lost a 30+" fish when the leader got caught in his gill plate.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Tidal Creeks 1-6-16

Location: Tidal creeks of Charlotte Harbor
Time: 0945-1230
Tides: Incoming High @1234
Weather: Pre-Frontal, Hi/Lo 73/55, winds E@10mph
Vessel: Gheenoe
Fish: 13 snook to 31"
Tactics: Spinning tackle, suspending plugs and soft plastics on jigheads.

The #Gheenoe52, a New Year's resolution

New Years resolutions usually suck. "Lose some weight", "work out more", "drink less". There's no fun in the typical resolutions people make, and that's why they don't stick. This year I'm trying something different, and I'm calling it the #Gheenoe52. Essentially, I'm going to try and do at least 52 trips, which is one per week, in my Gheenoe. Doesn't matter if I catch fish, doesn't matter if I fly fish, spin fish, bait fish, just matters that I get out, have a good time, and get a little picture or video clip to show for it. I'll be hash tagging #Gheenoe52 on my Instagram posts, so feel free to follow along. Hopefully this one winds up epic, and doesn't go down the drain like most New Years resolutions do!