My Buddy called me up shortly after Christmas and told me the boys were heading to Flamingo for a long weekend. I immediately called my local buddy James and we hauled ass 6 hours south of the Polk County line! We got there late in the day but were too eager to just make camp and hit the hay so we went out for a quick afternoon session. There were reds tailing everywhere and for 30 mins we caught as many as we could! The rest of the trip remained consistent and we ended up having a blast. Catching fish all day and drinking beer and telling lies around the fire at night. Any angler looking to fish a little bit of paradise on a budget, Flamingo is a great time with a small group of friends. (Click the “Flamingo” link in the paragraph for more information on camping)
I got my hands on the Paul Brown’s Soft-Dine a couple weeks ago but really have not had a chance to use it much. Not that I have not been on the water but just have not been in the right situation to use it much or there was not fish around to even see it.
With falling tides and the air temperature about 40-45 by the time the sun came up the boat run was not very comfy. We eventually came to an area with some depressions that allowed me to cast down wind. With the 15-20mph winds we were not casting up wind today for sure.
Not knowing what that will eat I used the softdine and I got Krista to use a jig. At first there was no life as we drifted slowly down wind. We started to spook small bait fish and this was when I decided to power pole down. With limited work able flats once I find a good area the last thing I wanted to do was run over it.
After 2nd cast I hooked up to a redfish on the soft dine. He hits on the pause. This tells me the love the pause in the jerk jerk pause as I work its way back to me. Still staked out on the same spot I catch another redfish. This prompted me to witch Krista’s lure up to a softdine as well.
Two cast later she had an eat but lost it. Four cast later she brings another redfish boat side. After about 6 fish between us I started to hear the noise of another boat. This normally don’t bother until I saw what type of boat it was. It was a mullet fisherman’s boat crisscrossing the grass flats on full plane in the idle only zone.
After he was done the bite was over. It sucks but what are you gonna do?
After one more spot on the way in we called it a day.
Conclusion, the softdine works great. It casted very well, excellent action and for a soft plastic lure very durable.
The one I caught 3 red fish on looks to be in very good shape still. Now to try to get a big trout on one of these guys.
Yesterday was one of the coldest day in Tampa at 35 degrees lows. Since I already had plans to fish with friend Krista Tucker
In this video I install the Hobie Pro Angler bracket made specifically to mount the Powerpole micro.
The item looks to be sturdy and it is made to last in the marine environment. I fish saltwater so this is a must.
The packaging comes with all the parts needed. All you need is a screw driver and wrench. The entire install was very straight forward and took less than 15minutes.
The price I was told would be less than $100.00
I saw this gadget at ICAST last year but never paid much attention to it. Originally it came out at a much higher price but when I saw the drop in price I bought off amazon for $9.95. I figure for $10.00 you can’t really go wrong.
Instead of a blade this gadget uses heat to melt/cut the line. Using on 2 AAA batteries which is included it gets up to 1200 degrees. It cuts thin braid and mono like hot knife through butter.
Once you push/activate the tool it heats up in 1 or 2 seconds. Then for save reasons it recesses back once you release the button. The tool fits in you hand and comes with a lanyard.
In the video I tested up to 100lb mono and 100lb braid wet and dry. The only issue I had was when the 100lb braid was wet it took a bit to cut through it.
Overall for $9.99 on Amazon with free prime shipping to me it’s worth if you like a clean non frayed effortless fishing rig.
Recollections of Fish Past
As the year draws to an end, it seems fitting to dwell awhile on special fish and moments that gave me a recent past I could be thankful for as an angler with fond passionate memories. To paraphrase Thoreau, in the deepest sense, fishing has nothing to do with fish. But perhaps on the other hand, it certainly does. Here’s a small fraction of those memories that often appear on the stage of my mind.
Winter time brings about that gypsy soul in some fisherman, urging us to travel and fish outside of our realm through the cooler season. While northerners are migrating south to get away from the cold, some of us southerners travel north to find something different and some of us do it to get away from the northerners. While many options are open for catching redfish in the winter time, I always find the fishery in the Mosquito Lagoon to be one of the most intriguing ones. The tailing redfish are always willing to bite a well place presentation and the giant trout that lay up in the shallows are an added wild card to crank the difficulty up a few levels. So with a couple boxes of flies, a few spools of leader, a hand full of fly rods, and a Yeti cooler filled with beverages in the back of the Jeep; Capt. Jeremy Alderman and I drove north to meet with our buddy Capt. Willy Le, who was currently testing the new Maverick Mirage HPX-S in the Lagoon. We decided to use Mosquito Lagoon Fish Camp as our home base for the weekend and put the HPX-S through it’s paces in the Mosquito Lagoon; meeting with slick clam mornings, wind chopped lagoon afternoons, and weary fish in shallow water.
The amenities at Mosquito Lagoon Fish Camp were all you could ask for… clean, rustic feel, very scenic, and conveniently located.
R&D is always better discussed under the moon and stars.
After all the theories and a list consisting of “let’s try this tomorrow”… The next morning comes and the dawn’s blue and orange hues fill the skies that were once filled with stars.
Bronze tails fill the void between the glassy waters and blue skies, beckoning to be casted to.
And when the bite get’s “tough”… the “secret” fly comes out of the box.
A day of poling, catching, filming, and mischief comes to an end but plans for the next outing are in planning stages.
Stay tuned for another of Capt. Willy Le’s productions highlighting some of our fishing and what we put the HPX-S through. For more information regarding our home base visit http://mosquitolagoonfishcamp.com