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Tampa Tarpon Fishing

It’s that time of year in Tampa where the Tarpon begin to show up in numbers. Starting in May and usually lasting most of Summer, Tampa anglers flock to Tampa Bay for some epic battles with the “Silver King”. Continue reading “Tampa Tarpon Fishing”

Marlin Fishing NC

When it comes to fishing in North Carolina, many types of fishing may come to mind, but did you know that this state has a killer billfish fishery? It sure does. This is due to the position of the coastline in relation to the Gulf Stream and the continental shelf. While this does bring the ingredients together for an overall epic offshore fishery, the Marlin fishing is what we want to talk about today.  Continue reading “Marlin Fishing NC”

How Hurricanes Can Be Disastrous for Near- and Inshore Fish

Charlotte Harbor fishing charters explain how Florida’s most common natural disaster affects popular gamefish nearshore

For us Charlotte Harbor locals, August 2004 and Hurricane Charley will forever be etched into our memories. This particularly strong Category 4 hurricane packing 150 mph winds hit us pretty much spot on. Forecasters were expecting the hurricane to hit farther north around Tampa, but at the last moment, it veered northwest and hit Captiva Island and communities around Charlotte Harbor.

Charlotte Harbor fishing - hurricane landfall
Image courtesy of NOAA

For fishing charters and other community residents, the storm left a lasting mark in our respect for the power of Mother Nature.

The storm and others during that infamous hurricane season made national and even international headlines. Scenes of destruction were seen by millions on TV, but what most of the networks were not talking about was the storm’s impact on popular gamefish.

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Understanding the Fascinating Process for Making High-End Fishing Coolers

If you’re over the age of 30, the advances in technology for a host of things has been astounding.

When we were kids, we still had to find a land line to make a phone call. Some of us even remember having to use a rotary dial phone. Today, telephones are pretty much like mini-computers and allow you to do so much more than just talk.

Amazingly, fishing coolers have also undergone incredible advancements.

In the past, basic Styrofoam or plastic/foam coolers were the best you could do. While they would suffice in most circumstances, they weren’t exactly the best for long-term storage. On a hot day, the ice could melt over the course of day, requiring you to refill it daily.

What makes today’s high-end fishing coolers so much more durable?

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Identifying the Fins on a Fish and Understanding their Function

Fishing charters around Mosquito Lagoon explain the types of fins commonly found on a fish and their function

Fins are by far the most readily identifiable part of a fish’s body. If you were shown a fin and nothing else, chances are you will know that you’re looking at one of a fish’s most valuable body parts.

While fins are easily recognizable, their function for the fish is not that well known even among the most experienced anglers.

As we’ll show below though, taking the fins off of a fish would be like taking the nose off of a bloodhound – they just won’t be the same. The fish’s fins serve a vital purpose for helping it move, navigate, stop or remain stationary. They can still swim without them, but the fins help the fish maintain stability and direction.

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Forty Mile Trail

I pulled into the little store just outside of Copeland fl, once an old house I know it had gone through the storm of twenty eight. A cardboard beer flat was nailed to the fade white wash cypress planks. The sign read “boiled peanuts” painted in black paint.  The humidity was thick and engulfing as the saccades singing their first daylight song. The screen door was bowed and awkward to open because the wood was sop full of what they call “liquid sunshine.”

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