10/18/2018 – I was just mentioning to my wife this past week about a fish that is called a Triglidae but more commonly known as a “Sea Robin” which can walk along the bottom of the ocean using its six legs in search of food. When I was younger growing up fishing in Connecticut I would catch sea robins all the time. It was considered a nuisance / trash fish that everyone hated. As for me I was always fascinated with this prehistoric looking fish and lo and behold I caught one today so I had to take a video to share with the wife, kiddos and of course all of YouTube!
On a side note “The Mullet Run” has begun in our waters inside Ponce Inlet. We scouted around most of the morning and found large schools of mullet in all areas that we searched including large pods of dolphins but interesting enough nothing was feeding on them besides the occasional dolphin. I would imagine the dolphin pods were possibly the cause for no sighting of predator fish feeding. We did see large tarpon just rolling everywhere under and around the N Causeway overpass right by our boat as we were moving from one spot to another but sadly I did not have my camera out to film this beautiful sight nor the gear to stop and try to fish for them… 😩
09/10/2018 – I have been wanting to fish the Sebastian Inlet north jetty pier for a while now and it finally happened. Had a great time out there bonding with my son (it was his birthday!) and and he chose to spend his day fishing with me – Awesome day aside from getting skunked!
08/17/2018 – Just another day out on the water with my buddy Ron enjoying the outdoors and if we are lucky… Maybe… Just maybe… We will catch some fish!
08/10/2018 – Just another leisurely day enjoying the companionship of my brother and son while bottom fishing off a party boat for whatever strikes the hook. If you have never been on a party boat before then this video may give you a sneak peek of what it is like to go out on a half day trip.
Caught this ugly critter a couple of days ago… Felt like I was pulling up an anchor… It’s called a “Cabezon” aka “Mother-in-law” fish as per the following webpage:
Scoping out for new waters to fish from my kayak. Festival Park is situated on Lake Butler Chain and was recently renovated by the city of Deltona. In my opinion, a true hidden gem and a great place to visit with the family.
A dream come true for me to catch a Mahi-Mahi, a species that has been on the top of my bucket list of fish to catch for as long as I can remember with a bonus Red Snapper to finish the day!
05/04/2018 – It has been roughly 34 years since I have fished from a jetty.
Back in the day, when I lived in Bridgeport Connecticut, I grew up fishing from the jetty in Seaside Park. I moved away to finish my education and start working in my career field while creating my new family. All has now come full circle. In this episode I return to the jetty, but now living in Florida, joined by my kids in what turned out to be a peaceful fun day of fishing. It can’t get any better than that!
Had my ups and down at Fellsmere Reservoir this past Thursday, literally. My DIY Boonedox landing gear for the Native Slayer 10 ended up failing where I suspected it would but luckily I had a fix in mind for it which I have already applied and will be testing it out again soon. Other small items like the fish finder transducer mount leg not staying in position and the location of the fish finder mount itself getting it the way when paddling – but at least these are simple issues with simple fixes. Now the biggest fail of them all came from my camera that I use behind me that points forward. That is my “catch all” camera and it failed! I never noticed that it quit working. Apparently it must have overheated and just shut down (it was a hot day). I chose not to wear the additional hat or chest camera that day, bad judgement call on my part, so sadly no forward facing video action to show. With that said I will now be upgrading to some better camera equipment (GoPro).
The lost recordings would have allowed for many top water blow-ups on a vintage lure ( heddon tiny torpedo ) that I wanted to use in hopes of at least catching one fish with it. I have owned this lure since I was sixteen years old and have never caught any fish with it. As you can imagine I was super excited to get so many reaction strikes and not only from bass but from pickerels as well. I even got to hook a gator with it! Luckily it got off and I was able to get my lure back. Hopefully the next Fellsmere trip will be a more video productive one…
Testing out of my new/used Native Slayer 10 Propel Kayak was in itself fun and a learning experience. The kayak is very stable (I can stand up and fish with no issues and the propel drive does what it supposed to do – and how about that reverse – awesome! I’m so accustomed to my hobie mirage drive, as the peddle mechanisms are quite different as to how they interact with your legs when applying force, that eventually I should get used to cranking on the propel drive system. I am very pleased with the seat riser mod that I created and the weed guard mod also worked great. The weeds will always wrap around the prop but at least it won’t wrap around the prop shaft itself. This makes the weed removal process much simpler as well as faster.
Here is the video of the few fish that I did manage to land, nothing great, but at least I did not get skunked!