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Question: "I’ve been told soft crayfish are excellent fish bait. Is this true? Can you tell me where, when, and how to catch them, and the best method of fishing with them?" —Kim parrott, via outdoorlife.com
My Answer: As with most things fishing, you’re not likely to ever find two anglers who will agree on the effectiveness of soft-shell crayfish over hard-shell crayfish. Each has its proponents.
First, a bit of biology. Crayfish (aka crawfish, crawdads, crawls, ditch lobsters, and mud bugs) are common in streams and lakes throughout the country and live a rather short life—usually less than two years. They have a hard exoskeleton, which is great for protection but must be shed in order for the crayfish to grow. [ Read Full Post ]
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Tampa’s Debbie Miller is the real deal when it comes to sport fishing, and she's earned her crown as the "Queen of Kings." She’s put the brakes on some of Florida’s toughest fish and just completed a double header of “royal” accomplishments.
She caught the largest king mackerel during the 20th annual Old Salt Fishing Club King of the Beach tournament at Madeira Beach on Nov. 9. While the trophy and crown (literally) for the team event was awarded to the boat’s captain, Billy Miller, her son and a Tampa Bay guide, everyone knows it was mom who laid the smack down on 44.5 pounds of hell-bent kingfish. [ Read Full Post ]
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When the nights turn cool and the leaves change colors, trout start to feed more aggressively, often abandoning their notorious wariness. The major insect hatches of the year are about over, and the long winter is coming. Add charged-up spawning behavior to the equation, and you’ll understand why trout fishermen come to think of mid-fall as the best time of all to fish and the ideal time to break out the streamers. [ Read Full Post ]
Score one for the Sunshine State's marine resources. Florida's inshore net ban -- the one approved by 73 percent of voters way back in 1994 -- has survived the latest, and possibly the most egregious assault on this constitutional amendment.
As we reported on Nov. 5, Circuit Court Judge Jackie Lee Fulford dismissed the net ban's 2-inch stretched mesh limit as a "legal absurdity" and ruled in late October that the use of mesh size could not be used to define the difference between an illegal gill net and a legal seine net. [ Read Full Post ]
Australia’s Lake Kununurra has glowing barramundi and the aussies are just fine with that. In fact they planned it that way.
Captive bred barramundi fish stocked in Lake Kununurra undergo an unusual process prior to being released. [ Read Full Post ]
One of the biggest misconceptions about outdoorsmen and women is that they don’t care about wildlife. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Hunters and anglers love wildlife. They support the land and the waters with their passion -- and their money. They are animal lovers in the truest sense of the term.
A beautiful example of this came on September 30 when three Alaskan fishermen spent nearly four hours doing all that they could to free a stranded killer whale that had beached itself on rocks. [ Read Full Post ]
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Florida's heralded inshore fisheries — currently in their best shape in decades — face a potential threat previously vanquished 19 years ago.
Commercial netters have made many legal challenges to a fishing net ban passed in November 1994, which prohibited gill nets and entanglement nets in all state waters and set a 2-inch stretched mesh size limit on all other nets. Each attempt has failed — until now. [ Read Full Post ]