Friday, October 30, 2009

First Field Test- Wave Spin System Spinning Reels

When I got my Wave Spin Spinning reels in the mail last night, I was determined to give them a rigorous workout on tarpon this morning...and indeed, that is what they got!

I released three tarpon from 30 to 40 pounds and jumped another off. While I won't get into the specifics of my tactics and hook-up ratio just yet, I fish an open bail arrangement at times---times when it is essential for the line to come off the reel without any resistance. I have never seen line come off a spinner by cast or open bail with more ease than with the Wave Cast System-never!

In addition, the drags appear to be the smoothest I have ever experienced out-of-the box!

There are more details to follow and more fishing to do on these reels!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Doug Hannon's WaveSpin System

I'm glad to announce FlatsFishingOnline's field testing affiliation with fishing legend Doug Hannon's WaveSpin sytem spinning reels.
Be on the lookout for the results!

Friday, October 23, 2009

It's Good To Be The King!

Before stumbling into the assumption that my header is a narcisisstic proclamation, I'll clear it up as a quote from Mel Brooks' "History of the World." What really applies is my honest intent that "it's good to fish for kings" (the silver ones) or that the tarpon can say in MY world, it HAS become king.

This morning I ran my skiff to a fall "transitional area" and found loads of rolling fish. By the time I saw my 100th roller alongside a zero strike record onboard, I downsized my offering by half its' size as well as dropped to 30-pound leader which is super-thin. I had 4 takes and went 2 for 4. 2 fish wore through the leader and I released 2 fish about 25 pounds each. I was not happy that the reduced pressure needed on lighter leaders created a longer fight time.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Downtown Fort Myers Images During Hours Not Fishing by Jan Maizler

There was loads to do when not fishing . I saw Thomas Edison's Winter Estate and, of course, his mounted tarpon. I checked out Clyde and Niki Butcher's great photo exhibit at the Southwest Florida Museum of History.
Later on, I took in some great meals at Vino De Notte restaurant at the fabulous Hotel Indigo, where I also had my lodgings. Their address is 1520 Broadway Avenue, Fort Myers River District, Florida.
Fort Myers/Sanibel is a very easy place for anglers and their friends and families to love!

Images Shot from Behind the Island Inn on Sanibel by Jan Maizler

After fishing with Captain Mike, I fished the beach behind my lodgings at the Sanibel Island Inn
at dusk and dawn. I caught and released loads of ladyfish. I also released 1 small snook, 1 large snook, and a plump seatrout. Mind you, if I'd been fishing 2 months earlier in calmer waters, my results would have even been higher. I've never seen such productive waters literally behind a resort!
Since I was fishing alone as well as taking any images, the results of the pictures were compromised.
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Captain Mike Smith/Sanibel Images by Jan Maizler

Miami Herald Outdoors Writer/Editor Sue Cocking and I fished with Mike this past thursday.
When the dust settled, we released over 20 snook and 2 redfish. We lost count of the missed strikes.
Captain Mike Smith

Friday, October 16, 2009

Day 2- Sanibel/Fort Myers

More ladyfish, a fat trout, and another snook as the pre-frontal winds picked up. Now, I'm off to downtown Fort Myers. Lots of pix to follow.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hello from Sanibel!

Day 1-

With Captain Mike Smith and Sue Cocking this a.m.- 26 snook released, many strikes missed, and 2 redfish released.

On my own later, 20 plus ladyfish released as well as 16-pound snook.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Looking Forward to Captain Greg Dini and Louisiana Flats Fishing...

One great trip in store this Fall is to spend some time fishing the fabulous marshy flats with Captain Greg Dini.
Capt. Greg Dini
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Friday, October 09, 2009

Hot days on the Flats..and Hotter Fishing!

Captain Ken Collette and I had a super trip on permit today. With Ken's superb guiding skills, we had three permit to 25 pounds released by 1:30 p.m. In addition, we saw a load of fish that were out of casting range, too far upwind, etc. It was another great day and another upcoming "technique story" that will appear in CyberAngler.
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