West coast fishing update…

Tarpon have showed up in the eggmont channel,  Reds are on the flats, and a few gator trout can still be had on the grass as well.

Skyway piers are still holding Mackeral early morning and late evening.  Blue crabs are moving on the outgoing tide.

Anna Maria pier is holding Macks as well.  Mangrove Snapper  have started to move in, use greenies or shrimp on a small to medium hook and toss under the pier, there are many keepers to be had with a few 1 to 3 pounders mixed in, take extra hooks and leader.. you wil get broke off occasionally.

Boca Grande pass has been full of Tarpon, a possible record was just caught last week in the PTTS tournament.  Unofficially it was reprted at 210lbs caught by Jim Philleps.

I also spoke to a few of the commercial fishermen today.  The oil is still about 100 miles of f the west coast.  they have had great yields on their catches, but are having a hard time selling because of fear of tainted fish.  There was a meeting held for all local captains and anglers to look into a class action lawsuit against BP for lost revenue.  The outcome of that meeting will be made available in a few days.  Thanks for your time…


Team Finaddicts


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Florida Keys 6/5-6/6/2010

With the mangrove snapper spawn coming in a month or so, decent size snapper should still be around the bridges before they head out to deeper water.

Tarpon are still pretty abundant around the keys bridges and on the flats. While driving down on Saturday afternoon, local fishing guides were packed up on the flat before Ann’s Beach. Pulled over to the side of the road to a happy customer jumping a tarpon on fly. I wish I could say he landed it, but like most tarpon he managed to unhook himself. At this flat like many others in the keys, many wade out and fish. I wasn’t able to check out many bridges, but around the 7 mile bridge the tarpon are stacked up as if they were trapped in a fishbowl waiting for their daily meal. Pinfish and crabs should work just fine!

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Singer Island 6/6

Great weekend out on Singer island!  It was a hot one out there on Sunday, water color was clear, water temp was about 75 degrees. I’d say 5 knot current going North, wind was  about 8 knots blowing North West. PLENTY of bait. Jacks running just a casts nets throw from shore with greenies,mullet and silversides residing on the intracoastal side.

The morning started off with nice action with Mutton Snapper and some Grovers along the rocks. We perched up on a submerged rock and got started. Bait of choice was live shrimp. We released all snappers that were caught to fight another day.

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Giant Golden Arowana Snakehead 6/5/2010

Golden Jewel

Golden Pale

Dondel holding Golden Rainbow

Catching Burmese python for Giant Snake bait

10lb Golden Dragon nearly bite safeman left thumb off

It was seven AM on a nice lazy Saturday morning in Boca, so peaceful one could visualize a few cows walking across the street to my house for a milking.  Ah, all the snowbirds have escaped up north. After helping a buddy in Parkland retrofit his McMansion by half past noon,  I decide to call up my snake head brother Dependable Dondel to see what’s aching.   The minute I told him about my super secret spot for Golden Arowana Snake, Dondel was calling his traffic lawyer.  I arrived at the spot a few stone throws from Parkland at two PM and did not see a soul but me and snake head heaven.  Fifteen minutes into the oppressive humid thunderstorms I have already sweated two mountain dews and missed five bites with a white scum.  Half past two I switched to a black red scum and I hooked into a ten pound beauty that was tedious to land and worrying about when a sprite was going to kiss me since I was holding a long all aluminum landing net.  Dondel called and said he is at the school and did not see me while I was unhooking the Golden Dragon?
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Broward – Lauderdale-by-the-sea, day break Sunday Morning

As the sun came up you could see small pods of bait around, breaking water every few minutes, got me going so I grabbed a rod and headed out of a few minutes.

Sunrise Sunday June 6 2010 anglins fishing pier

As I got out and made a few casts, I started to get big goggle eyes, I was throwing a small xrap, olive green. Well after 6 or so throws and 6 Goggle eyes later I get a couple of blue runners, then bam I am on a fish that was about 3 feet long and silver because I saw it hit the lure and break water, then  take off.  I fight it for a good 5 minutes and slice it cuts me  “BUMMER”  not sure what it was , I do know, but  it fought well.

I look over and there are two tarpon sitting under me, one of them is 80lbs maybe 100lbs it looked to be a solid 6 to 7 foot.  Hum I wonder how long had they had been there?

Sunrise Sunday June 6 2010

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West Coast is now online

Macks are all over the beaches early in the morning until about midday.  Live greenies freelined or under a popping cork work best.  Occasionally Bonito are on the beaches in small numbers. Larger numbers are just off shore 1 mile or less.  Afternoon storms are helping to keep the bait near shore and tightly packed around structure, this makes them easy to catch on sabiki rigs right now.  Pompanos are also on the beaches.  Sand fleas and small crabs are your best bet for these.

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