was unusually productive for redfish sight-fishing. We
found good numbers of fish regularly in both the Gulf of Mexico and
our inland waters. Warmer water
the fishing more "technical", but most of our intermediate and expert
casters caught fish. We even had some beginners catch their first redfish
The jack crevalle sight-fishing was outstanding. We don't land a lot
of big jacks on fly, but many of our fly clients experienced the
these "gangsters of the flats". The summer false albacore run was disappointing,
but they will most likely return in the fall and winter. A big THANK
YOU to our clients who came to fish during these COVID-19 times. We feel
safe in the open air with no more than two anglers on the boat, and
we have hand sanitizer
available at all times. Check
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We begin the summer
gallery on July 6 with Jimmie Wright and a 28" redfish
caught on light-tackle in 2 1/2' of water in Santa Rosa Sound.
son Jay was
on the bow with the fly rod when we saw this nice fish out of
flipped the Sidewinder spoon in front of it, and the redfish
nailed it. The barbless hook slipped out easily, and we released
the fish unharmed.
TIME BOAT RECORD JACK CREVALLE ON FLY
Robert Lockwood from
Huntsville was on the boat July 7, and we had battled the
and a 105 degree heat index all afternoon.
It was the last hour of the trip, and we were poling the
Big Sabine looking for redfish when the school of
big jack crevalle arrived. The first thing we saw
were a dozen big wakes coming toward shore like torpedos
couple hundred feet up the beach,
and then the water exploded when the jacks found the mullet.
were going off all around the boat as the mullet
flew through the air. The jacks got into water so shallow
that half of their backs were exposed. Robert and I had discussed
the plan earlier, and he quickly cranked in his 8wt as
I grabbed the 10wt and stripped out some line. We switched
and I stowed the smaller rod. When the fish were
and closing fast Robert
dropped the big popper into their midst and hooked up instantly.
Fortunately the Tibor Gulfstream has an excellent
drag and over 400 yards of 68# Hatch backing, because the
big fish was over a hundred
yards out in about 10 seconds. After some panic poling
3' water depth and put the 115 horses to work
following the fish. We came close to losing it and breaking
the rod numerous times especially when the jack doubled back
on us and rocketed under the boat. Robert plunged the rod into
all the way to the cork and scrambled around the bow to keep
with the fish. I've never seen a big man move so fast. After
40 minutes of adrenaline-enhanced
excitement (okay terror) we got our hands on the leader
and netted it. The jack crevalle
weighing 29# on the Boga and beating the all-time
boat record by a half pound. I learned later that Robert
is a top level tennis player. Maybe that's where he gets
all that speed...
Way to go, Robert! Hearty
is Louisiana resident Cole Miller and perfect "bonefishing"
conditions on the afternoon of July 8. The water
was calm and clear, and the sun
was high and at our backs as we poled to the east on the north
side of Santa Rosa Island. We immediately started seeing fish,
and they were
interested in the fly. The first fish Cole hooked was a very nice
lost it in a most bizarre fashion. The water was only two feet
we watched every move the fish made...from the take to a couple
runs. The trout was on the surface circling the boat when a 6" lizardfish
shot up from the bottom and snatched the barbless fly out of the
mouth. Talk about a bad break! We could not believe our eyes...
Cole landed the lizardfish which didn't exactly get the skunk out
boat, and we continued poling down the beach where he hooked and
landed this nice redfish. Both fish ate a 2/0 EP pinfish.
A couple days later
blue-water fishing convert Paul Moore came down
from Birmingham to try his hand on the flats. Paul was a tournament
angler who used to think fly-fishing was for sissies until one
friends landed a 9# redfish on fly. The friend showed Paul the
told him "You can't do this". That challenge was all
it took, and Paul has
become addicted to our sport. Paul said watching this redfish
charge and eat his
fly was one of the highlights of his fishing career. He could
wait to send his friend the photo!
Lanier landed his first-ever redfish on fly July 17. We had good
sun and clear water, but the wind was
howling out of the north. Jaime had not mastered the
double-haul, and casting into that wind was impossible. We spotted
this fish 100'
upwind holding in the current like a rainbow trout, and poled in
a circle around it giving Jaime a 50' down-wind shot. He cast the
EP baitfish high into the air, and let the wind float it out
to the fish. The fly landed like a feather right on target, and
let it sink to the bottom. The redfish saw the fly and cruised
over to investigate. As Jaime gave it a long strip the fish
flared it's gills and sucked it down...easy peasy! Jaime's
son and expert
caster Jay Lanier just shook his head. Jay had been on the bow
for the previous hour and had made numerous perfect casts to redfish
that had no interest in his fly. Maybe this was just Jaime's day...
spent another fruitless hour on the bow until the wind shifted
to the south and we made our way across
Santa Rosa Sound to a favorite flat east of Pensacola Beach.
The water was like glass, and Jaime once again took the bow.
been poling about a minute when I saw a big dark shape 30'
from the boat sitting motionless along the edge of a grass bed
in 2 1/2' of water. I held our position as Jaime
tried unsuccessfully to
through the mirrored surface. He just couldn't see it, so he
started working out some line and we communicated on direction
and distance until
The fly once
again landed right on target 3' in front of the fish, and
Jaime let it sink. He couldn't see the big fish like I could
as it came to life and swam in the direction of the fly. I
to start stripping which he did until he felt the line come
tight. It was a perfect blindly executed
strip-strike...easy peasy again! Turned out the fish
was a beautiful, female speckled trout in the 5-6 pound
range. Biggest trout of the year so far on my boat. We gently
extracted the barbless hook
and released her unharmed. Jay was once again just shaking
it all came together for Jay Lanier a little farther down the
beach when he delivered a textbook-perfect 70' cast to this terrific
flats redfish. And once again all is right in the universe...
Skip Dalton and his
son Bale were hoping for some redfish sight-fishing in the Gulf
of Mexico on August 5,
and the weather gods cooperated. It was a spectacular, bluebird
with gin-clear water, light breeze, and virtually no shore
break. What made it even better was the school of bull redfish
we found cruising inside the inner sandbar too shallow for all
the center-console boats to reach. Bale and Skip landed fish after
fish on light spinning tackle. We use St Croix AVS70MF rods,
Shimano Stradic 2500 reels, and PowerPro 15# braid. The St Croix
weigh just 4.1oz. and handle these magnificent redfish beautifully.
Here's Bale Dalton with his first catch.
Skip Dalton with his first catch. All these
redfish were released unharmed.
Nice to have the sun come out for this nice
shot of Bale. Check out the emerald green water. Florida's Emerald
Coast on full display...
Skip landed the biggest fish of the day. Huge fish...no spot.
Got a nice belly though...
Could not pass up sharing yet another of Skip's
redfish. The emerald-colored background around this fish makes
a nice contrast.
Connor Hogan on a breezy August 6. The Gulf
was blown out by a SW wind, so we confined our sight-fishing to
on the north side of the Gulf Breeze peninsula. This trout took
a yellow/white clouser minnow.
The Gulf settled down enough the following
day to take Skip Dalton's other son Brenden and grandson Peter
back out there looking for the redfish.
Robert Parker was back in town
and took a casting lesson from our Certified Casting Instructor
Jonas Magnusson on August 11. The next day he and I were stalking
one of our favorite flats, and Robert coaxed this redfish to
eat his EP pinfish. Congratulations to Robert for his first saltwater
fish on fly! We spent the rest of the day catching ladyfish, and
Robert got to practice his strip set.
in the day when the jack crevalle showed up Robert picked up
the big spinning tackle. This fish crushed
a Storm 4 1/2" Chug Bug and was off to the races. For the big jacks
prefer St Croix's Tidemaster TIS80MHF rod with
a Quantum Cabo 60
40# PowerPro braid. The rod is sensitive enough to throw the big
topwater plug accurately, plus it has the power to stop these beasts.
The reel holds 300 yards of line which can be helpful when you
hook into a really big jack. The boat record weighed 40 pounds...
Robert was hoping for more jack crevalle action
the next day and hit paydirt...again...when a big school came by.
This is a 30# class fish. Released unharmed.
16 I had new Dallas client Lee Spencer on the boat, and we began
the day "staked out" at a favorite jack
crevalle spot. Lee is a good caster, but his saltwater fly-fishing
experience was limited to redfish fishing around Charleston.
I was determined to put him on some jacks. We were set
up by 0815, and the first school showed up within fifteen minutes.
It was overcast, and I didn't see the fish until they
were on top of us. Lee sent a Hail Mary in their general direction
as they sped away, but we never really had a chance. You
can imagine his excitement at just seeing them. I repositioned
the boat, and soon another school came along out of reach for the
12wt. I had the big teaser plug ready and brought them
to the boat as Lee made the cast. One of those monsters inhaled his fly 20' from the boat, and Lee snatched that rod tip
back like he just got off the
BassMasters tour! Of course the hook fell out... I motored well out
ahead of the school, but in the low light we never found
them again. We had one more missed opportunity before the boats and
jet skis started showing up, and I decided to head to the gulf.
There was good intel that the false albacore
were out there, and sure enough we found them just east of the
sea buoys. These were small fish in the 2-3# range...perfect for
Lee's 6wt. There were large schools of fish all the way past the
3 Barges, and half a mile farther we found schools of mahi mahi
in the mix. Lee had a great time catching numerous FA and mahi
mahis, and then we ran west for more fun with the bluefish. After
about an hour it was time to head back to the dock.
Sam Lewis and I had a blast on September 10
catching and releasing ladyfish and bluefish on fly off Johnson
Beach in the Gulf Islands National Seashore. We kept all the fish
of the boat and never took a photo...except for this cool shot
of Sam with a surprise visitor. The next week Hurricane Sally hit,
and the game was over for a few weeks.
a great day on the water with Gulf Breeze Guide Service!
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Gulf Breeze, Florida 32562-0251 (USA)
Tel: 850.934.3292 or 850.261.9035 (cell)
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