My good friend Capt. Scott Lum of Outcast Sportfishing Charters invited me aboard his 23′ Contender in search of the hard fighting, prehistoric looking Tripletail. Scott knows his stuff when it comes to catching these tasty fish which by the way is my favorite fish to eat. Joining us was local fisherwoman, surfer, and surfboard shaper Jessica Stern. We headed out of Port Canaveral in search of floating debris that the rough seas and high winds pushed closer to our coast. If you find anything floating offshore from a 5 gallon bucket to a small broken piece of ply wood or even a small patch of Sargassum seaweed, most likely there will be a Tripletail lying underneath it. Scott was throwing a Hogy Swimbait called the bunny, I was throwing a D.O.A. Shrimp in gold glitter, and Jessica was tossing large live shrimp. While Scott and I caught a few using artificials, Jessica caught the most fish using a live shrimp with a small pinch weight. We saw over 50 Tripletail this day catching a bunch of undersize ones and a few nice ones to take home. Maybe if the seas lay down next week, I will be targeting these fish on a fly rod to see how they respond to some new patterns that I’ve been tying.
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Got out on the water yesterday with long time friend Spencer Goodwin(Tampa Kayak Charters) and his friend Trent to do a little Kayak fishing. With these low tides and the north winds to make the tide even lower its much easier to target reds and trout when they concentrate themselves in pot holes.
Spencer stuck with his Lil Jon on a jig head and I used a variety of things of lures. Yo-zuri Crystal Shrimp(still testing this for a full review), Doa shrimp, DOA swim tail and even pulled out the fly rod.
The bite was excellent with very quick action. We caught 20+ trout, 12 or so redfish and two flounder by lunch time.
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Spencer probably caught the most fish out of us three since most of the fish has hunkered down on the bottom of the holes. Trent caught a few nice reds and a good trout. After a few fish on the swim tails I pulled out the fly rod and caught three small red fish to cap off a successful morning of fishing.
Photo note: used the DSLR but forgot the lens wipe today. Had a cause of smudgy lens. Must remember this especially when kayak fishing.