Thursday, May 29, 2014
The Tarpon continue to dominate the bite in the Tomoka River. The average size of our year round residents range from 5-20 pounds and can be caught on a multitude of natural and artificials baits. A few of my favorites artificials include the D.O.A. Shrimp in the 3" size and the MirrOlure MirrOdine. Your best bet is to cast at the rolling fish or in area's that you know hold tarpon. Let the DOA Shrimp sink to the bottom and slowly reel it in, its that simple. The MirrOdine can be worked slowly or twitched back, depending on the Tarpons mood that day. The Tarpon in Ormond Beach seem to have a special place in their heart for live shrimp as well. Remember to use very sharp hooks and use a strong hook set. Tarpon will fight until they literally have nothing left so don't drag things out to long with them. If you need to remove them from the water, be quick, they are very fragile at this stage. Carefully revive them and make sure they swim away safely. The Mangrove Snapper continues to stay strong with fish up to 15". Small baitfish or shrimp work very well but the mangrove will also take hard and soft lures as well as fly. The Snook have been hit or miss but when they are good they have been great. The Redfish have been scattered as well but its rare to have a trip that we don't catch at least of few. The Flounder have also made their presence known in the Halifax River. We lost a monster doormat boatside, earlier in the week. That about wraps things up for todays fishing report. Check back often for more fishing news for Ormond and Daytona Beach.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Here's an early throwback Thursday for all of you out in interspace. Back in late June of 2013, I was fly fishing in Ormond Beach. I was near Tomoka State Park in a deep water creek named Strickland Creek. It connects Sanchez Park to the Tomoka River. Anyway, I am having a blast catching these 18-24" Snook on a small brown shrimp pattern. I get on my 4th fish and as i'm bringing it in, I notice something very large shadowing it from below. At first glance I thought maybe it was big momma Snook following her man. As I pull the fish further from the depths, the shadow rose along with it. When it got closer I could tell it was no Snook, it has a rounded head, almost like a Redfish. I decide I need to get the Snook out of the water asap before this mystery fish attacks. I give a hard pull on the fly rod and the shadow attacks, right at the side of my boat. It was the biggest bluefish I had ever seen in person. It came up, grabbed the Snook, shook its head a few times, and disappeared. As a strictly catch and release Snook fisherman I was bummed to lose a Snook like that but what an amazing site. Goes to show, you never know what you'll see out in the Back Country in Ormond Beach Florida.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
...are the main game fish that will pounce on the topwater lures. In Ormond Beach there has been a steady increase in Jack Crevalle. In my opinion the Jack is one of the area's most underrated game fish species. Tie him tail to tail with any other species and I bet he will win. As a fishing guide in the Daytona Beach area, I sometimes rely on the powerful Jacks when the other fish have lock jaw and my clients want a good fight. The Flounder have also been a reliable catch lately. Just yesterday I stopped at the rivers edge after dropping my kids off at school and within 10 minutes had a really nice fish nail my crankbait. I don't keep fish very often these days but I decided this one would make a fine meal for the family (and it did!).