dedicated to river & lake fishing.Talk ice fishing to fly fishing

Posted by Lauren Yanez on Mar 31, 2011 is a fishing micro-blog dedicated to lake and river fishing.Members talk fly fishing to ice fishing.Locate fishing reports from around the worlds

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Get Surf Sponsors Top HS Surf Coach Tells All!

Posted by Lauren Yanez on Mar 31, 2011
Listen to Top High School Surf Team Coach Jake Blackburn talk about getting Surf Sponsors!

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Lake Anna Fishing | Fishing in Lake Anna

Posted by Lauren Yanez on Mar 31, 2011 Lake Anna Fishing: Lake Anna offers great fishing from shore or boat for large mouth bass, crappie, hard charging stripers, bream, catfish and walleyes. Lake Anna is a year round fishery, and one of the best large mouth bass lakes on the eastern seaboard. Dockside Realty offers homes and land available for purchase or rent on our 250 miles of shoreline and 13,000 surface acres. Home rentals available by day, week, month, year. For more information on fishing in Lake Anna visit us below:

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4H Youth Fishing Rodeo

Posted by Lauren Yanez on Mar 29, 2011

Annual 4H Youth Fishing Rodeo – West Feliciana Parish, St. Francisville, Louisiana

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SURF: Tassie Devils & Untouched Waves…

Posted by Lauren Yanez on Mar 29, 2011

THE MOST NORTHERN, THE MOST SOUTHERN, THE WILDEST, THE COLDEST & THE MOST CLASSIC SURF CONTEST ON THE PLANET… This is stop number one in Tasmania of the Coldwater Classic Series, where Jordy Smith took out the epic event ahead of Damien Hobgood.

Duration : 7 min 48 sec

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Fly-In Fishing – Canada Fly In Fishing

Posted by Lauren Yanez on Mar 29, 2011 | Fly In Fishing in Northern Ontario. Canadian fly in fishing. Have the whole lake to yourself. Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout and more.

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should i use a steel leader for little shark fishing when surf fishing?(2 to 5 feet sharks)?

Posted by Lauren Yanez on Mar 28, 2011

I am going to myrtle beach to surf fish and wanna catch sharks, little ones that wont require much equipment. I have a penn conventional reel with 20 pound test line. How should i rig it?

Yes, shark is shark, they still have sharp teeth. I use the pretied wire leader hooks in a #1 these also need less sinker weight to get the bait where I want it.

Virginia Billfish – White Marlin, Blue Marlin and Swordfish

Posted by Lauren Yanez on Mar 28, 2011

These three magnificent fish are found in practically the same areas and it’s even possible to catch all three fish on the same trip, although triple headers of billfish are rare events.

White marlin tend to weigh around 30-60 pounds and feed on a variety of smaller baits. They are very intelligent fish. When hunting prey, white marlin display neon colors and change to an aggressive posture. A hungry or agitated marlin will charge and bat its bill at a baitfish or trolled lure.

Blue marlin are much larger, up to 1000 lbs, feeding on larger baits. Blue marlin are brightly colored and are known for their dramatic leaps and deep runs. Most local blue marlin are over 100 pounds and feed on fish such as small yellowfin tuna, false albacore, mahi mahi and other fish. A sign of potential for blue marlin fishing are pods of skipjack tuna. Skipjack tuna are the smallest of the Virginia tuna, ranging from about 3 to 18 pounds. The fish are sought after by fishermen because they are among the favorite prey of blue marlin.

Marlin migrate into Virginia waters in early summer with peak fishing usually occurring in late summer through early fall. The fish may be widely scattered but when conditions are right, marlin congregate around sources of food. Ideal conditions occur when Gulf stream water moves into the area, bringing weedlines, temperature breaks and pods of small fish on which marlin feed.

Virginia anglers fish out of Chincoteague Island, Wachapreague, Oyster, Norfolk or Virginia Beach. Chincoteague Island charter boats may travel about 40-70 nautical miles to reach marlin, While boats from more distant ports may travel as far as 100 miles to reach the fish. Anglers search for marlin and swordfish in deepwater areas such as the Baltimore, Poor Man’s, Washington or Norfolk Canyons.

These structures have amazing features which produce conditions that attract several types of fish and other ocean life. West of the canyon walls are shallower but still productive areas. Near the canyon walls, the bottom becomes steeper and rockier. Fish congregate along the dropoffs to catch food that is caught in the hard running current. Along the edges are lobster traps which are marked by orange buoys or “lobster balls”. The buoys attract mahi-mahi, also known as dolphin fish. Not only are the mahi-mahi excellent fish to catch, but they also attract the larger marlin which feed on them heavily. A trip by a buoy can be uneventful, or one or more lines might be attacked by mahi mahi, tuna, marlin or other fish.

Swordfish complete the trio of billfish that swim off the coast of Virginia. These fish have tremendous strength and stamina, testing the limits of the most experienced anglers. Swordfish may vary from perhaps 4-10 feet in length, reaching weights of several hundred pounds and rarely exceeding 1000 pounds. Swordfish are found in the deeper offshore waters, feeding in extreme depths during the day and coming near the surface at night. Like marlin, swordfish move with temperature changes, becoming most common in late summer and fall.

One of the only predators of swordfish are large mako sharks. Several cases of shark attacks on swordfish have been documented of the Virginia coast. Makos seem to be skilled at catching swordfish basking on the surface. The shark attacks from behind, biting off the tail which leaves the swordfish disabled. The shark then eats its fill and leaves the rest of the fish to scavengers.

Swordfish are caught mostly at night, in the deeper areas of the Virginia offshore canyons. On overnight trips, anglers typically set one or more lines at various depths. Nighttime swordfish rigs usually consist of a large circle or Southern tuna hook on a cable leader. Swordfish baits include whole squid, mackerel or other small fish. A glow stick is added to the leader a few feet above the bait. Inline weights may also be added on the line to control the depth of the bait.

Anglers fishing the waters off the coast of Virginia almost always release both blue and white marlin. In fact in some areas the arrival of a dead marlin to the dock is considered highly offensive. As for swordfish, the decision to kill or release a legal sized swordfish is usually a matter of personal preference. The American swordfish fishery is one of the few fishery management success stories, with a recent comeback of the fish after their stocks plummeted due to overfishing. Hopefully future harvests will remain within reason and Virginia will enjoy good fishing for all 3 species of billfish.

J.C. Banks

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Exploring The Gulf Coast

Posted by Lauren Yanez on Mar 28, 2011

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater is located in Pinellas County on the west coast of Florida in the US. We are on the Pinellas Peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico on the west and Tampa Bay on the east. This beach is popular with younger people and is the perfect base for day trips to Tampa, St Petersburg and Orlando.

Clearwater boasts an average 361 days of sunshine per year.

Sand Key Park

Sand Key Park has a lovely, large beach which is popular with families. Sand Key Park was opened in August 1984. Ninety-five acres are located on Sand Key, which is a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida mainland. Clearwater Pass (which leads from the Gulf to the Intracoastal waterway) separates the park from the resort area of Clearwater Beach.

Indian Rocks Beach

This beautiful beach offers a rare chance to surf on the gentle Gulf waves. Indian Rocks Beach is located on a barrier island on the West Coast of Florida, 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport.

Madeira Beach

Madeira Beach is located halfway between St. Pete Beach and Clearwater Beach offers a quieter alternative to these more populated beaches, making it an ideal vacation spot for the entire family.
You can see fishing boats unload their catches at nearby Johns Pass.

St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach is located directly on the Gulf of Mexico on the western edge of the Tampa Bay area, St. Pete Beach is only 45 minutes from Busch Gardens in Tampa and 90 minutes from Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando. This beach has excellent water sports facilities


Pass-a-Grille beach offer visitors a glimpse of ‘Old Florida’. Visit for great views of sunsets and dolphins.

Do not miss…

– Biscayne Bay Boat Trips

Take a relaxing cruise between downtown Miami and Miami Beach. Cruise along Biscayne Bay covering the downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Brickell Key, Fisher Island and the celebrity filled islands of Miami Beach known as ‘Millionaire’s Row’.

– Cedar Key

This remote island off Florida’s northwest coast makes an enchanting getaway. Cedar Key is a quiet island community located among many tiny keys on the Gulf Coast of Florida. This area is admired for its natural beauty and abundant supply of seafood. It is a tranquil village, rich with the almost forgotten history of ‘Old Florida’.

– Snorkelling in Key Largo.

Considered by locals to be the diving capital of the world, but the island is nearly as famous as a sport fishing destination.

– Canaveral National Seashore and Merritt Island

The area near the Canaveral launch site has an astonishing variety of fauna and a wide range of habitats – watch out for the alligators! Canaveral National Seashore: This national seashore boasts 24 miles of undeveloped beach on Barite Island off the coast of central Florida. The weather is semitropical with average year-round air temperature of 79 degrees and 295 days of sunshine. There are three beaches: Playalinda, Klondike (for hikers), and Apollo.

– Jackson beaches

This beach is 12 miles east of downtown Jacksonville. There are around 6 beaches stretching 28 miles north and south along the Atlantic shore.

Tim Burton

Fishing Vice Not So Evil

Posted by Lauren Yanez on Mar 28, 2011

Fly fisherman are taking over the craft world by storm. Sure, no one wants to decorate his walls with flies, except maybe a fisherman, but with their creativity in gear, fly fishermen are genuinely creating tiny, functional works of art that literally bring dinner to the table.

Fly fisherman have been engaged in tying their own flies for years. They do so for a couple of reasons, both practical and creative. At times, tying your own fly can really save you some money. In the end you have to ask yourself if the time spent tying a fly is worth the money saved. Additionally, fly tying will give a fisherman his needed creative fix as he can use whatever colors and materials he deems necessary to lure a fish unto his hook.

Fly tying requires very few but important tools, primarily among them, a vise. The vise, also spelled vice works almost like pliers in creating the fly. You can find the necessary fly tying tools like thread, scissors, a whip finisher, and bodkin, at specialized fly stores, outdoor stores, and even, now, online suppliers.

As you consider your vise, try not to fall into the trap of searching for the cheapest one. Because like many things, you will get what you pay for. And you need a good vise if you plan on creating some beautiful and functional ties. Typically a vise can run you anywhere from $20 to $400. Avoid your $20 vices. They will not last you nearly long enough, and they will even malfunction and possibly ruin the good work youve done on a decent fly.

Make sure that your vise can accommodate all kinds of hooks. For example, saltwater and freshwater hooks are much different. Freshwater is smaller, and thus not all vises can work with this type of hook. Always asks questions as you shop, because after all, if youre planning on putting a few hundred dollars down on a small device, you want what you pay for.

One of the more interesting devices available on the market is the vice that can rotate a fly 360 degrees, so you can literally work on any part of it thanks to this big holder. These kinds of vises have the potential to empty your bank account, though, so novices should consider a less expensive device before investing in this hobby.

In the end, you only need a few tools to create a great fly and a lot of imagination. But the best imagination in the world can easily be hampered by sub par tools, so look for the best that you can afford, and start creating.

Yuki Shoji