SEA HAG MARINA
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Sea Hag Marina's Fishing Report 4-20-05
GROUPER: Offshore 20-35 miles. Bottom fishing with frozen Herring, Squid, Sardines, and Cigar Minnows or Trolling with Stretch 30+ and the NEW Imitator in the colors Sand Perch, Redhead, Red Tiger, Holographic Redhead, Fire Tiger, and Chart/Green Tiger. Folks are catching approximately 50% of their fish on the bottom and the other 50% trolling.
AMBERJACK: Offshore drifting live pinfish.
KINGFISH: Offshore surface trolling. When you see the purple and pink flowers on the side of the road, it's Kingfish time! Jim Hunt of Fiddler's Restaurant landed a 40lb. plus Kingfish this last week!
SPANISH MACKERAL: Should be inshore and at the Steinhatchee Reef very soon. Circle bait pod or anchor up and chum. Trolling mackerel rigs, mackerel trees, and small dusters. Cut baitfish in long silver slivers and add to trolling rigs.
TROUT: In 4 foot water and shallower when the water warms use a Cajun Thunder float with a 1/4oz jig head and Bass Assassin grub tail in the colors Electric Chicken, Limetreuse, and Candy Corn. Areas that are good now are Pepperfish Key to corner rack and Tater Island to Bow Legs Point. Also hot are the new Cajun Thunder Spin lures.
REDFISH: Steinhatchee has been having some excellent days of Red fishing. Large schools have been cruising the oyster beds and rocks near Tater Island, Pepperfish Key and Rocky Creek.
COBIA: Not in strong yet but a few small ones are being landed and released. Expect an increase in catches as the water warms. Use a large float to drift live bait while targeting trout and reds. Cobia like structures so the float gives you a chance to tighten the line before the Cobia wraps it around something on the bottom.
Georgia's Columbia Correctional Institute Employees Club is hosting a Spring Fling Saltwater Fishing Tournament on May 7th. Entry fee is $50 per person. Prizes will be paid for largest Trout, Redfish, or Grouper. Weigh-in will be at Sea Hag Marina. Captain's Meeting is scheduled the night before at Sunset Place with a free dinner!
The Optimist Club of Perry will have its 14th annual Fishing Tournament on May 21st. Weigh-ins will be at Sea Hag Marina and Keaton Beach Marina. An Offshore Rally to win a Contender Boat has been added with a ticket price of $200/$250 per boat. Boats win with a combined weight of one of each species, Grouper, Cobia, Amberjack, and/or Kingfish. Prizes will also be awarded for the largest Trout, Grouper, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, and Cobia. Tickets are $50 per angler and all person on board must have a ticket. Lines in at 7:00am. Children fish free.
Atlanta Falcon's quarterback Doug Johnson is sponsoring the Reeling for Kids Celebrity Fishing Tournament on May 14th. The Reeling for Kids Fishing Tournament is a one day event benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County. After fishing, you can meet former Gator football players & current NFL players at a bar-b-que held at Wood's Gulf Breeze Marina. Tickets are $150 per boat.
Optimist Club & Reeling for Kids Tournaments
proceeds will go to help kids, so let's get fishing!
OPTIMIST CLUB FISHING TOURNAMENT
May 21, 2005 - Ticket Price $50.00
Offshore Rally - Win a 21' Contender Boat - Ticket Price $200 before 4/30/05 $250 after 4/30/05!
2nd Largest Trout
3rd Largest Trout
4th - 6th Largest Trout
2nd Largest Grouper
3rd - 5th Largest Grouper
Largest Legal Redfish
2nd & 3rd Largest Legal Redfish
2nd & 3rd Largest Cobia
1st - 3rd Largest Spanish Mackerel
1st - 3rd Largest Sail cat
For more information call Sea Hag Marina 352-498-3008
or visit the official tournament site at:
Also Sea Hag Marina has made a great effort to have good door prizes this year. Even if you DO NOT WEIGH-IN a fish, you are eligible for the prizes. You just need to show up with your ticket at the weigh-in!
Sea Hag Marina's Fishing Report 3-27-05
catches of Florida Snapper, Little Tunny, Triggerfish, AJ's and Grouper
continue to be good. I witnessed one of the best catches come in that I
have seen in a while Saturday while at the cleaning table. When I asked
for details their reply was 100 ft water. If you've got the right equipment
and nerve to get out there, seems to be worth it. I would like to remind
everyone about trying the starbor line lock system. It eliminates knots,
increases lure action and attaches-detaches in seconds.
Hot? Inshore the trout and reds are warming up along with the water
temperature. Try the flats out from Tater Island and the mouths of Steinhatchee
River, Rocky Creek and Dallas Creek. Currently the water is around 65 degrees
and will continue to rise quickly as the days get longer to that magical
68 degree mark. Thunder-spin by Precision Tackle and Bass Assassin can be
changed to any grub that is working like electric chicken, candy corn and
clear gold. Also try Mirrolure's suspending twitch baits in 808 & 11.
We have all the Fishbites in the tackle shop and they are working well.
Steinhatchee Reef is on fire with Sheepshead action. Just ask the guys
from Lowndes High School
in Valdosta, Ga.; Bill Henderson, Kip McLeod, Chad May, Heath Phelps, John
Newton and his brother Joe tore them up a few days ago aboard "Miss
Chaeli". Don't forget we carry live shrimp and all the tackle you need
to bring in your limit. Offshore the Stretch 30's Hot Pink, Perch, Rainbow
Holo along with the new Stretch Plus Imitator Croaker and Beeliner are doing
their job. Don't forget we have live pinfish on hand and if you need a new
hat or t-shirt we have all new styles just arrived. Catch what you need
and leave the rest for another fun day. Check out the new pics and remember
to take the kids fish'n.
Steinhatchee Fishing Report 3/7/05
The fishing in Steinhatchee is fantastic! I'd like to send out a big "Thank You" to the Church group from Douglas, Georgia who fished with us Friday on "MissChaeli". You guys were a fun group to fish with and I look forward to your next trip with us. Over the weekend I counted well over a hundred grouper brought in Saturday afternoon to our cleaning table and in coolers for the trip home. Bottom fishing with live and dead baits have been very effective. I spoke with one group who had 14 nice grouper caught trolling the Mann's Stretch 30+'s Fire Tiger and the New Stretch Plus Imitator (Croaker). The seas were pretty rough out but it didn't deter many. In the area around the Crack I counted over a dozen boats ranging from a 19-ft. Cape Horn to a 38-ft. Donzi. Many limited out on Speckled Trout and Reds also. Live Shrimp, Cotton Cordell's Ratlin Red Fin, Catch 5's Suspending 808 and MR26 are HOT for trout. Have seen some nice catches of Sheepshead at the cleaning table also.
If you've never tried the new STABOT line locks, you should give them a try. They make it real fast and easy to tie on your favorite lures with a no fail connection. They come in several different sizes for every type of lure and hook size. Just ask Libby in the tackle shop and she will be glad to show you how to use them or go to www.stabor.com for their easy instructions. Take a kid fish'n and I hope to see ya on the water soon. Capt. Rick
Steinhatchee Fishing Report 3/2/05
SHEEPSHEAD on the Steinhatchee Reef
Yes, fishermen are finally catching Sheepshead on Steinhatchee Reef! Try live shrimp with a sliding sinker rig with a steel leader and some strong small mouth hooks. Be ready to set the hook as these fish are extremely good at stealing the bait without you even knowing. Small crabs, sandfleas, and other crustaceans work well too.
Steinhatchee Fishing Report 2/21/05
Fish are biting......Catcha some!
We're back! I'm Captain Rick Walker and it's my turn to try my hand at the fishing reports for a while. Danielle has filled my jump drive with pictures she has taken over the past year so I'll get some presented with this post. Sorry I won't be able to match names with the pictures (unless you email them to me). Captain Walt Carlson reports that some are having good luck catching and releasing sea trout. Many trout over 24" are being caught and released. As you know; next week you can keep them again! Trout are being caught using live shrimp and still others are using lead head & plastic tails along with some suspending lures. I am also getting reports of a few Sheepshead being caught on the Steinhatchee Reef. Although grouper have slowed down; with the water temperature offshore in the 58-60 degree range, good catches are still coming in. I took Garrett, Melvin, Derek (Sea Hag Marina Employees) and their guest on a "thanks for the great job you do" trip Monday the 21st. We fished on "Miss Chaeli" our Sea Hag Charter boat. Seas were 5 to 7 foot well offshore with an occasional light rain. First stop was at the Springs for some great Amberjack action. Our next destination was 6 miles away to find some new numbers while trolling. We picked up 3 nice grouper in the 12 pound range using Stretch 30's and came back with some new numbers. Lots of short grouper, Florida snapper and black sea bass were caught bottom fishing. Everyone had a great time and we were back at the dock at 5:00. See the picture below/right for some of the catch. You can e-mail me with your tips, comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org .Take a kid fishing and hope to see you on the water soon. Capt. Rick
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