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The summer is in full swing and so is the heat. The redfish have been abundant in the South Shore area but some folks are finding them challenging to catch. I will provide you with a few tips to help increase your productivity.

Many fishermen continue with the live bait and artificial in the heat of the summer, some just find it difficult to transition from the spring and fall patterns. Live bait will work early and late, but the fish don’t want to chase their prey right now. The secret….Get ready for it, cut bait! Fresh threadfins are my favorite, but cut mullet and ladyfish will work too.

I split tested this theory on my last trip once again, cut up “fresh” threadfins and toss a handful toward the mangrove shadow line. Now with no weight and just a 1/0 Owner Super Mutu hook, toss your piece in with the chum and hold on. I let the fiancée have the cut bait rod since I knew it would produce but I decided to throw out a live fresh threadfin under and Cajun Thunder popping cork. The fish swam in circles for 20 minutes before the pinfish and heat finally killed it. I took a piece of the cut threadfin, and tossed it over, it didn’t last 30 seconds.

We sat at this spot and caught double digit slot fish; all were thrown back for another day, but talk about exciting. Try and correlate your trips around strong high tides, focus on the new and full moons. Two or three days before and after the new and full moon will be most productive. The tides are stronger; therefore more water is pushing bait around. Remember, keep one for a meal but try and practice catch and release to conserve our great fishery for generations to come.

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Awesome Underwater Manatee & Fishing Footage

February 19, 2012

This is a neat video with great underwater footage of sheepshead, snook and a very large manatee. It is amazing how such a large creature can be so graceful. Please like the video and share it on your facebook page and blogs. Thanks!

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Tampa Snook, Redfish and Sheepshead Video

February 16, 2012

Fishing the Little Manatee River in January for Sheepshead , Redfish and Snook!

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01/27/2012 Little Manatee River Fishing

January 27, 2012

More winter fishing in the Little Manatee River with great underwater footage.

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Hewes Redfisher 16

December 30, 2011

Well it has already been 7 months since I purchased my new baby, the infamous Hewes Redfisher 16. After thorough research and careful consideration my gut instinct said to choose this boat and I am happy that I did. Hewes has always had a great reputation, not only do they manufacture Hewes but also Maverick, [...]

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Little Manatee river Sheepshead 12/24/2011

December 27, 2011

Well we were lucky enough to be able to venture out on 12/24/2011 and 12/26/2011. we arrived and started chumming. Fiddler crabs were the hot bait of choice. Overall it was a great day!

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July 9th 2011 Ruskin South-Shore Fishing Report

July 11, 2011

MAJOR FEEDING TIME IS MOON TRANSIT TIME: 8:48 PM  SECOND MAJOR TIME ADD 12 1/2 HOURS TO MOON TRANSIT TIME: 8:48 AM MINOR FEEDING TIMES = Moon Rise: 3:15 PM MINOR FEEDING TIMES = Moon Set: 1:32 AM   Moon Phase: WAXING 70% FULL Sunrise: 6:45 AM Sunset: 8:28 PM TIDES: L 2:28 AM 1.0 H [...]

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March 2011

April 5, 2011

March was a slower month then I had anticipated, although the weather was promising and the water temps stayed around the magic number “72 degrees”. I expected with the mild winter that the fish would have moved in nicely. Maybe I’m being a little premature but typically from my records, there should be pelagic everywhere, [...]

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Hunting Season Just Around the Corner

September 13, 2010

I have pulled the 82nd Airborne out of the closet and have begun practicing. Anticipation has been building and I can’t wait to get in a tree, quietly and patiently waiting for a white tail to step into the kill zone. I got a new Viper stand about 9 months ago and have yet to [...]

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