Nice effort by my friend Steve Gibson.
Rob Halupka and I experienced a very slow day in Sarasota Bay.
It was the slowest day I’ve encountered in my 10 years as a professional kayak fishing guide (www.kayakfishingsarasota.com).
Things picked up considerably the next day when we drove south to The Everglades.
Halupka booked three days of fly fishing with me while he and his wife were visiting from Toronto and staying on Longboat Key. One of the days was in The ‘Glades.
Good story on how to fish for reds in the creeks.
“I could fish these creeks every day for the rest of my life and never cast at the same redfish twice,” Capt. Rick Ryals told me as the rising sun lit the expanse of grass along Jacksonville’s Heckscher Drive.
“Besides Sister’s, there’s Dunn’s Creek, Brown’s Creek, Simpson, Nassau Sound, Mill Cove–mile after mile of grass laced with tidal creeks. I’ve fished here most of my life, and I still get lost from time to time.”
Tim takes a break during a long day of fishing the flats.
Just started another book: Fly Fishing St. Augustine. Hope to have it done by early summer. I’m looking forward to this project. St. Augustine is one of my favorite places on the planet — so much art, history, scenery — and yes, the redfishing ain’t half bad, either.
I fished St. Aug. last weekend with Tim Boothe of Old City Guide Service. The reds were scarce — a south wind delayed the tide — but we did manage to find two in the shallow marsh. Neither ate. However, I was glad we got shots. We persevered under difficult conditions and found fish. Sometimes, you have to celebrate the moral victories.
Before that, we fished the deeper holes around the oyster bars for bluefish and trout. Since I’m a sight fishing snob, I usually don’t blind cast to structure, but this time I made an exception in the name of research for my book. After a few fish, I was pleasantly surprised: Casting with a sink-tip line wasn’t half bad and we each caught a handful of fish, which saved the day.
Ideally, it’s more fun to sight fish. The thrill of the hunt followed by the eat can’t be beat. The adrenalin rush is incredible. But I’m learning that you have to adjust to the conditions and do what you have to do to bend the rod. So I bought an extra spool and an intermediate line, perfect for the surf or the deeper water on the flats. What a revelation!!
Aaron Adams talks about the mission of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, which is hosting a fundraiser this weekend in Naples. Chico Fernandez is the guest speaker.
Below is a video of Ron Doerr, a guide from Jupiter. Notice how he keeps everything LEVEL. The entire stroke stays on the same plane. This is VERY difficult to do. When my stroke gets long, I tend not to stay on plane. Ron, like Lefty Kreh, recommends pretending as if your casting elbow is on a shelf, so that the butt of the rod — and the tip — stay on a straight path.
Also, notice how Ron keeps his hauling hand in line with his rod hand to maintain constant tension during the haul. I tend to pull downward as opposed to outward, which means less tension and a shorter haul. Needless to say, there’s always something to work on in fly casting. Everything is a work in progress. Enjoy.