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jflynn Offline
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Posted: May 25 2006,09:51

Well I bought my first kayak (OC Drifter Angler) in early April and I am very happy with it. I live in Sarasota and I have now tried all the popular local inshore fishing areas. So far I have only caught two catfish from a canal. I did hook a large Snook from under a dock but it got away. I am an experienced and successful bass fisherman, but I am obviously doing something wrong in my attempt at saltwater fishing. I have tried many of the lures recommended by local captians in their fishing reports, but I am just not catching any fish. Any suggestions as to what I should be doing would be appreciated. If you can relate your recommendations to what I know from bass fishing it might make it easier for me to grasp. My next step is to try live bait, but I would prefer to fish with artificials.

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Posted: May 25 2006,11:32

Hi John, I'm sure you'll get a lot of good advice from some of the experienced FLYCr's here.  

Question:  can you tell us more specifically what, when, where and how you are fishing, what lures, how you are using them, etc.?

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Posted: May 27 2006,09:02

I started using the same baitcasting rods/reels that I use for bass fishing but they just didn't hold up in salt water and I also felt I couldn't cast far enough with them to get to spooky fish. So, I switched to a spinning rod/reel and am finally getting fairly good at casting with it. I have been using DOA shrimp (white), Berkley Gulp shrimp and crabs, and several other snook and redfish lures. I have been casting under mangroves and to spots on flats. I have also tried trolling while paddling. I ran into a fellow kayaker fishing with live shrimp and he caught several nice red fish. I tried fishing the same area with Gulp shrimp and never got a hit. I have also tried spots where the birds were actively diving into the water after bait fish - again with no luck. Every time I go out I think my luck is sure to change, but so far I'm just not catching any fish. I went bass fishing on the Myakka river on Wednesday just to check if I could still catch bass. I had great luck and caught several very nice bass using plastic worms. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Posted: May 27 2006,12:29

jflynn
I truely hear your pain. What I can tell you is that the move from fresh to salt can have a learning curve. For example fishing fresh is not tide dependant, where salt can be, and depending on where you fish, finding holes or drop offs and ambush points is just a learning curve.
You don't need bait,artificiales are very effective...hang in there buddy!!!!
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Posted: May 30 2006,05:28

The transition from bass fishing to salt can be a challenge but you need to start by fishing for stupid fish first. When I first took my trton all fiberglass bass boat into the salt it was all about snook, not a stupid fish! Luckily a friend took me to some flats in Flamingo where the trout hang out. Now trout are dumb fish that will bite anything that moves. Also in the catagory of stupid fish I would include Jacks and Ladyfish. If you target these fish you will have all the action you want in your Kayak and will probably stumble into a snook or redfish. I like to use hookup jig heads with chartrueese or electric chicken plastic mullets for the trout. The chartuesse terror-eyze also work good.  Both of these lures will also catch jacks and ladyfish. BTW: If you catch a ladyfish cout it into chunks put it under a popping cork behind your kayak and you will hook a snook or tarpon if they are in the area. That is why ladyfish is called Tarpon candy. Good Luck
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Posted: May 31 2006,09:20

Quote (quirkster1 @ May 30 2006,08:28)
The transition from bass fishing to salt can be a challenge but you need to start by fishing for stupid fish first. When I first took my trton all fiberglass bass boat into the salt it was all about snook, not a stupid fish! Luckily a friend took me to some flats in Flamingo where the trout hang out. Now trout are dumb fish that will bite anything that moves. Also in the catagory of stupid fish I would include Jacks and Ladyfish. If you target these fish you will have all the action you want in your Kayak and will probably stumble into a snook or redfish. I like to use hookup jig heads with chartrueese or electric chicken plastic mullets for the trout. The chartuesse terror-eyze also work good.  Both of these lures will also catch jacks and ladyfish. BTW: If you catch a ladyfish cout it into chunks put it under a popping cork behind your kayak and you will hook a snook or tarpon if they are in the area. That is why ladyfish is called Tarpon candy. Good Luck

Good info Quirkster, I too have been having a hard time catching anything good. I have caught a catfish, small jack & a cuda. they were caught on a DOA shrimp, a 3/8 Wht. DOA jighead with a rootbeer gulp shrimp and a wht gulp shrimp. I have fished Little Munyon, Palm Beach ICW by Trump's House & Delray in the ICW. I think the Indian River in Jensen Beach has been going off well from reports with snook, redfish, trout & lady fish. Anyone want to go up there some weekend and give it a try, let me know.  :cool:

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Posted: June 02 2006,18:48

I would be up for that trip. I live in Wellington, near West Palm Beach. Give me a shout anytime 561 635 1168 (Marc):D

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Posted: June 09 2006,21:11

G'day Flynn,

Mate, i reckon you answered your own question. The guy who was catching fish was using LIVE SHRIMP.

I know nothing about your fish or the envirenment you chase em in but what works for me out here is to get live bait, be it shrimp, small crabs or fish - whatever.

I drift along a sheltered bank and cast the unweighted bait at structure and let it sink slowly - naturally. if a fish is there, it won't be able to resist a well presented live bait.

Hope this helps a bit mate.

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Posted: June 20 2006,01:35

Two inch silver spoon, with about an inch or so of mullet belly on the hook.  Bounce it off the bottom slowly.  God only knows what you'll catch with it.

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Posted: July 20 2006,19:40

Try to fish either sunrise or sunset.  For some easy fishing that will get you a meal hit docks with live shrimp.  You hit enough docks you'll eventually find some snappers and grunts.

Also drift cast into docks near submerged power lines the motor boaters won't anchor up there so those are usually good spots.

There will be signs saying "Do not anchor or dredge submerged power lines"

Drift cast into docks near those signs.

At night free line a shrimp under a lit up dock you may find a snook.

If you insist on using plastic bait cast lures into the mangrove roots there are usually fish there.
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