This is a video shot a the Fly Expo last week of John Geddes tying the Seabass Herring fly. The fly was originated by Barry Ord Clarke and it looks like it will work very well here in the bay area for reds, snook, trout and if you beef up the hook tarpon that is keyed in on small baits.
I’ve spent the last few months on many of Tampa Bays flats throwing a Monster 3X X-Move shrimp. Like many anglers soft plastic shrimp lures are my go to bait when trying to catch the bays’ super spooky reds. This has lead to the never ending quest of finding the BEST artificial shrimp.
3 3/4 in. Shrimp
Application: Flats Fishing, targeting Redfish, Snook, and Trout.
I set out with a goal of seeing how many fish I could catch with one bait. After about 6 trips out, generally 35-40 hours of fishing, I had caught 12 reds, 4 snook, 2 trout, and a few catfish and ladyfish in-between. After all these fish I only had a partial piece of the tail missing. Unfortunately in preparation for the next fishing trip I had the bait out, investigating it for it was really sticky…. With not much of a pull one of the tail segments broke, leaving my results somewhat inconclusive.
While I didn’t get my 3 month long story about how this bait lasted 100’s of fish, I did learn a lot along the way!
Hands down, this has been the strongest plastic i’ve ever fished with, no other performed as long as these baits consistently do. Especially without compromising presentation along the way. so I broke it down to some positives, negatives, and improvements that could be made.
Durability – it is among, if not the best, plastic in this category today.
Action – Tail segmentation allows for extreme action and control of the bait
Non slip – I mainly fished with T&A weedless hooks and these baits never fall off which saves you a tremendous amount of time when blind casting for hours.
Weedless application works great for larger, stronger fish on grass flats (Snook, Redfish) but I hooked fewer trout because it almost stays on the hook too well, not sliding down to hook the soft mouth of a trout.
High Maintenance – you can’t store this bait with any other plastics or it will melt. To prevent the bait from getting sticky you must purchase a silicone bait spray.
This bait could be more detailed, shrimp legs and antennas would truly make this an outstanding product.
Perhaps when I gained the most confidence in this bait was when I drifted over a redfish on a flat in very clear water, he spooked a few yards in front of me so I threw out the bait not 5 feet away from my kayak and the fish actually turned around, came back, and ate. Which was very odd for me because Tampa Bay redfish are known for being incredibly spooky.
My experiences with this lure has landed it a secure spot in my tackle box, and I can’t wait to see what Monster 3X has in store for the future!
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IFFF Florida Council Presents The 6th Annual Fly Fishing EXPO, in Ft. Lauderdale Fl. Oct 23 and 24th 2015
If you are into fly fishing, wanting to learn more, starting out, fly tying , fresh water, saltwater, learning how to cast or improving your cast here is an event you will probably want to check out.
The IFFF has an expo in the IGFA office this weekend Friday Oct. 23rd and Sat Oct 24th. They will have the latest greatest in fly gear and there will be plenty of seminar to learn from. The list of speakers and subjects speak for themselves.
IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum300 Gulf Stream WayDania Beach, Florida 33004
A Passion for Peacocks- Part 2
In the last couple of months, I’ve fished with Hai Truong twice. While the first time in September was excellent, my trip with him last week was superb. We released twelve fish in two hours and left them biting.
Many of the fish were absolute studs and glowing with radiant aggressive color- totally lit-up ! All the fishing took place in urban Miami and truly satisfies my previous burning desire to make an otherwise expensive trip to remote Brazil.
The first five images are from last week.
The next three are from the prior month.
At 26″ this Carbon fiber polecam by TFO is very compact. If extends to 70″ and is made out of carbon making it very stiff and light weight as well.
It is long enough for offshore and plenty long of inshore. The joints telescope and connects using similar to a fly rod. This is great because there is no metal joins to rust or get stuck.
The ultimate in bling selfie stick(Pole Cam) is available at TFO dealers at $79.00