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Fishing

  • For a change of pace, take a child fishing--and follow these tips

    There is probably no more enjoyable fishing trip for a veteran angler than one which involves taking a kid fishing. In this age of virtual reality and game systems that seem to tie kids to the computers and TVs with an umbilical cord, it is almost a duty for those of us who love the sport to pass it on.

    If you want to introduce a youngster to fishing, however, there are some important tips that can help make the experience enjoyable for you both and perhaps hook a kid for life.

    1. Use natural bait.

  • Spanish mackerel mania ensues

    If there is one thing that comes to life in the month of August, it is the Spanish mackerel fishing. You can travel to almost any reef or live bottom in the 45- to 60-foot depth range and catch lots of large Spanish mackerel from 2-4 pounds or more. Spanish are one of the best eating fish in the sea, and when they are schooling, they don’t mind biting a hook.

  • Spanish mackerel easier to catch than king mackerel, and better tasting

    Well, I’ve never been to Spain, but I do like catching Spanish mackerel.

    Spanish mackerel are the smaller cousins of the prized king mackerel, a big game fish for which our state is widely known. Although they don’t get as large as kings, Spanish are easier to catch, more colorful and better tasting. Like kings, they are a fish of the ocean, not going deep into inshore waters, but roaming close enough to the beach so they are often in range of pier and surf fishermen as well as those with small boats.

  • August raises temperatures, causing fish to seek cooler waters

    It’s hot! No more description is necessary to substantiate that claim. Walk outside and you’ll be soaked with sweat in a matter of minutes. As a fisherman, it’s nice to get off the mainland and onto the water, where the breezes help to soften the heat. The fish thus far haven’t seemed to mind the heat too much as they continue to bite.

  • 2008 Jolly Mon King Classic: New winners announced

    As a tournament fisherman as well as a tournament operator, I feel I have the highest level of responsibility to ensure the rules of my tournaments are followed.

    As such, and with the commitment to uphold the honor and integrity of the Jolly Mon King Mackerel Classic, the tournament committee has made the decision to disqualify the boat Takin It Easy, captained by Cameron Bowers, for failure to comply with tournament rules.

    The winner of the tournament is Keith Logan and crew of Logan’s Love.

  • All about spadefish, pigfish and sheepshead

    The middle of summer is a lot like the middle of winter when it comes to fishing. It is less a question of what you want to catch than of what is willing to bite.

    Fortunately, while familiar species may be hard to find under the sun, there are several other kinds of fish that show up in the warm water and can provide an alternative to leaving a pier empty-handed. Since these fish are as great tasting as our more familiar targets, you need to know what you have if you pull one up.

  • Great weather, great fishing abounds

    As I had hoped, last week’s bad weather was balanced by incredibly good weather this past week. As a result, the fish, too, decided to balance themselves as well, and they went on the feed this week.

    The king mackerel bite turned on red-hot at many favorite locations. The Jungle and 65-Foot Hole were two of the best, but Christina’s ledge, 390/390 and Shark Hole were also producing good fish.

  • Diversify your fishing techniques

    I wish I had an entertaining and heroic story like last week, but I’m sorry to say that won’t be the case.

  • Anglers seem to be cashing in away from the bank and finding the fish in deep water

    To watch the average bass tournament, the outcome is so often decided on who finds the best stretch of bank. But what happens when the shallow bite isn’t there? Where do you go when the fish have closed the bank?

  • Live bait will snare sluggish fish even during summer heat

    It is a strange year for fishing when you can’t seem to talk about fish without talking about gasoline. Gas prices have become like the prices for a pack of live bloodworms: up and down, different in different places, but always outrageously high. If one day the price of a gallon of gas surpasses that of a bag of bloodworms, then nobody is going to be able to leave the house.