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Discussion in 'Main Sports Forum' started by GatorTAG, Jun 13, 2016.
You obviously are not a fisherman. I guess you'd find it more fun to go out and not catch fish.
Nice work Ox.
Fishing is murder. Now I'm off to lunch. I think I'm going to enjoy a nice steak.
Right. Because the thrill of going to a stocked pond that allows you to catch a fish on at least 10 consecutive casts just gets that adrenalin pumping.
It's a lot more work to get a girl to sleep with you the first time than the second time, no? So you've been having great sex with a freaky girl for a month now, banging her several times a week...are you going to stop because she's a sure thing and the challenge is gone? Alex.
"I just caught too many fish today for it to be any fun." - Said no fisherman ever A "stocked pond" It was stocked probably 30 years ago, just like every other man-made retention lake in Florida. And I don't give a damn if it's stocked or not, it's a hell of a lot of fun. No fish are harmed, they go right back in the lake.
By the way, fish #40 hit the hardest all day. It was a 3 pounder that hit the fluke so hard it nearly pulled the rod out of my sweaty hands.
As someone who has fished on the flats and inshore for 30 years, and did a little guiding, I get what you're saying from the whole challenge or "purest" pov.....but, there is also something to be said about being at "The Spot" that is just a whole helluva lot of fun....I live on Lake Conway in the Orlando area for the last 10 years and the Bass fishing has gotten so bad that I pay $600 a couple of times a year to go fish a private lake in another county when I want to go catch Bass....granted, it's loaded with 6-12# Bass and an average trip usually means 30-50 fish in half a day but being the only one(boat) on the water at that spot is well worth it.
I get it.
Nice red. And it was probably a "he", as you say. I eat reds up to about ten pounds and release the bigger ones, especially the females.
Great respect for guides. Not an easy profession if you do it well.
I had my charter license and did some guided flats trips on my days off when I was in boat sales several years back. I knew right away that it wasn't something that I could do or wanted to do full time....It is one helluva lot of work and not always a lot of fun especially when you get Mr. Know Everything about Yankee Fishing who can't drop a jig within 20 feet of a Redfish that is less than that distance off the bow of your boat .....Or have his wife tell you she needs to go back to the ramp(bathroom) AFTER you've just made a 30 minute run and then spent 25 minutes poling your skiff into a 15MPH headwind through the Pole & Troll zone to get to your money spot ..... Then again I'm not the most patient person in the world....
Worse than I have seen a guide experience, but that was what I meant. Wife's nephew wants to give up business and become a guide. Don't think he knows what he is getting into, nor does he have the personality to do it.
A long time ago I had a computer T-shirt printing mail-order company. I advertised in Field & Stream. You sent in a photo of your proudest catch and I printed it on a quality shirt. My ad touted it as your "Lucky Fishing Shirt". My ad called it "Your History Fishstory Shirt". Also Tag, where you were in Sisters' Creek, if you look to your left (inland) all the shoreline you'd see belongs to my ex-wife's family. They used to own all of Black Hammock Island. Now they just own 500 acres all riverfront. ( the Oglevie clan) Anyway, I used to go into a small cut (about 15 foot wide) to your left and harvest really big clams. In 30 minutes I' d fill, fill a 5 gallon bucket with clams as big as your fist. I'd get out of the boat, in about 4' depth. I'd "wiggle" my feet to sink-anchor them in the mud. I wore my scuba booties or cheap tennis shoes That allowed me to pull-submerge my over-bouyant body within reach of the mud-bottom. I'd rummage my hand within the mud and grab 2-3 clams. Anchored in that spot, I could turn my body and repeatedly get plenty of clams. Just shifting positions 3 feet over I could repeat. You ought to try it. Hunter home with his catch. They're easier to chisel open than oysters. And the meat is 2-3 times the size of an oyster.Place a thick knife blade at the shell-crack away from the hinge. Tap-tap with a hammer and it's open. Cut through the attachment, it's about 3/4" in diameter. Consider it great adventure 'cause it's a perfect place for an Alligator to nest. Never saw one, probably the saltiness keeps them away.
Tell him to try a few trips on his days off to see how it really is. It's a little different than fishing with your friends or family once or twice a week. After doing a half dozen or so trips I was more than happy to keep my full time job and do an occasional charter for some extra pocket money...
Cool story Rog. I've actually been in that mud. It's nasty stuff and I'm surprised you didn't lose your shoes in it. I don't think there are any gators but there are plenty of stingrays. And last Saturday and saw a huge Manta Ray jump out of the water. He probably had a 5' wingspan and was in 3' of water. Wish I had the camera rolling then.
I caught a stingray bigger than the hood of my jeep about 15 years ago right upriver from there. My great uncle has a house across from the Coast Guard station and I used to fish off his dock about 2-3 times a month.
Tag, there's a similar bigger cut to your right bank. It's wider at first. It's a sure-fire cast net heaven. Don't cast 'til you reach the end - an enlarged circular area about 25 feet diameter. Keep your boat "off" the actual circle. The swirling action of the water with the in & out tides digs a deeper reservoir there. The large dominant fish lay down there escaping the sun's heat and bright light - so gotta be when it's bright and hot. Cast into the center there and let the net sink pretty far, then pull up. With each cast you'll pull in 1 or 2 two-foot long striped bass. So if your string fishing fails ya, just swing by the swirl for a haul that will make up for a bad day with your hookers. PS> You're right about mud stealing your shoes. With tennis shoes I had special humongous size rubber bands. You get 'em from toy sites they were replacements for something called moon-shoes kinda like boot stilts. Big elastic bands like that have many uses. (They're mentioned in the Bible = Elastics 3:17.
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