Episode 2 has now launched! I think we took hook removal to a whole new level, enjoy the new Captain K-ism "The Twist and Shake". :)
Here is the premiere episode of the Captain K Show. Hope you enjoy and be sure to suscribe for more helpful tips!
New charter video posted on YouTube.
Hey Guys and Gals,
Just had a new delivery of 1500 big, live Fiddlers. Come grab your dozen or more today and hook into the Sheepshead.
Sheepshead are moving into the passes on their way out to the gulf to spawn. I'm starting to see good numbers off of Coquina Key. We caught some nice size Sheepshead yesterday at Pass-a-Grille and Meisner's Bridge. You can start looking for schools of Drum between Meisner's Bridge and the downtown Pier.
The Spring tides are starting. Check the passes at night during outgoing tides for crab and shrimp. These tides will be good until the first full moon in June. After that date the shrimp will be too small to eat. Shrimping is a blast and I should have some video tutorials about it loaded soon. You'll need at least a pair of aluminum clamp lamps (we rig the wiring with alligator clips and bring along a charged battery.) Make sure to use a 12V bulb you can pick them up at a marine supply store. Cost Plus Marine Supplies on Johns Pass has them in stock, just ask for Ben. Long Handled dipping nets are a must and you can even pick those up at my shop. This is the method I like to use but alternatives like clamp lights on your hat, or even underwater lights work too.
Try to anchor where the current is strongest off to the side of the pass or bridge. Look at the tables for a hard outgoing tide. NOAA has a great current table, look for the ebb speed: 1.6 or higher will be a nice tide for shrimping. If the weather is nice you will want to try and anchor sideways to have a larger netting radius. If there's a wind anchoring your bow straight in to the tide always works too.
We're still catching Silver Trout off of Redington Pier and all along beaches from Johns Pass to Redington. The bait is already thick at Pass-a-Grille. Their size is still small but it won't be long. I have been catching giant white bait off the Skyway Pier.
Now quit wishing, and start fishing!
See You on the Water,
For those who didn't see it the first time around you may want to check out the trailer. We're going to have some video tutorials appearing soon too. Check back frequently.
Old Salt Fishing Foundation will be Hosting their Fall King of the Beach Tournament November 3-5, 2011. I've donated a few goodies for the raffle and will be Captain of a 17'7 Pro-lite Center Console. I love what Old Salt has done in our community and the charities they support. If you're fishing in the tournament, good luck and tight lines! If not, come on down and enjoy the food, vendors and entertainment and show your support.
See you there!
Casting a bait net is an art and having the right chum in the water can be a deciding factor between hauling in a ton of bait or coming up empty-handed. This is Captains K's recipe for fixing up a little something that the whitebait can't resist.
Here's an important part: You want to lay your slices of wheat bread out in the sun until they're nice and crispy. Make sure to flip them so both sides are done. Captain K says, don't just put them in the toaster, they need to dry in the sun. When asked why, "They like it better that way." And who can argue?
Crumble up the slices of bread and mix with cans of Jack Mackerel Tuna.
The secret: Adding some plain white oatmeal to the mix will create a hazy cloud in the water. When the bait is thick in the chum they're not going to be spooked when you cast the net. This avoids the bait swimming out of the way before the net has even hit the water.
Top off your mixture with some salt water until it's the consistency of cat food. Portion this chum into your Ziploc baggies and you're ready to roll or freeze for later.
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