This post is a mixed school of fish, fishing tips and report.
This post is a mixed school of fish and it starts with the photo to the port side. It is my understanding the young man in the photo, Will, caught this fine tripletail offshore while fishing a weed line with his family. Nice catch! I have tripletail envy because I have never caught one of those. 🙄 Way to go Will!
Every now and then I get time to surf some of my favorite fishing forums. It was on one of those forums I saw a post that caught my interest with regard to storing items on a boat. This fisherman found a dry bag at Walmart that was inexpensive and he decided to use it to store his castnet which I thought was a GREAT idea! I have kept mine in a plastic bucket in a compartment on my boat’s bow. It works ok its just that I imagine that hard plastic bucket bouncing around in that compartment on rough water days and don’t care for that thought.
I went and bought one of these dry bags at Walmart to give it a try. It works GREAT! I rinse the cast net off, let it dry and put it in the dry bag. It fits nicely and is a soft package in the storage compartment. I liked it so well I bought two more. One to store my wading shoes in because I keep those on the boat at all times. It works great for those as well. No mold on them! 😉 The other I use to store our rain gear in which is always on the boat. In the past any metal parts on the rain gear, the the darn zippers have corroded over time. So may be dry bag storage will slow that process down.
These bags are just $6-$7 and can be found in the camping section in Walmart. The ones I purchased are the 20 liter bags.
I just came across another product that for me is going to be VERY handy. Its called the Robocup. It is a plastic cup-holder that will clamp to round tubing or a flat surface. The springs are stainless steel and what is really pretty neat is the bottom of the cup-holder unscrews so you can use it as a rod holder as well!
Check out the video!
I have been wanting…well actually Vivian has been wanting a cup-holder for some time. I have been dragging my feet because I have not wanted to mount anything on my center console or cut any holes in it since I just had it redone last year. Its portable and it will mount to the round tube on my center console’s grab rail! The best deal I have found on them is at iBoats.com. You can get the black or the white here.
Since having written the prior paragraph I learned an expensive lesson. I keep all my plastics mixed together in a Plano Waterproof Stowaway bait tray. To it I add some menhaden oil to give the plastics some scent. I keep this tray in our condo in the air conditioning and when I take it fishing I am careful not to let it sit out in the sun. The other day after a trip to Bass Pro to get some Z-Man plastics I added those plastics to the bait tray with all the other plastics. That was a HUGE mistake. In 24 hours the Z-Man’s were ruined. 😳 Its like they were melted, like they had been sitting in the sun all day. I have since found out that this is fairly common occurrence and that there may be a chemical reaction between dissimilar types of plastics. 🙄
If any of our readers have any wisdom or experience to share on that subject please do post here…while I go spend some more money on Z-Man plastic lures and a separate container to keep them in!
Continuing on the fishing front…I was able to get out for brief trips in between storms. Just short runs from the house to stay close in case the weather turned bad. The bite was pretty good. The redfish when I could locate them, were on a falling tide hitting my green Aqua Dream spoon with aggressive bites. You can see the spoon in some of the photos below.
The trout when I could locate them were biting my Z-Man PaddlerZ. It was weird. The only way I could get them to bite was to fish like it was the winter time. Fish very, very, slowly dragging along the bottom, the PaddlerZ rigged weedless on a Capt. Joe’s Edje Hook, with a lot of Pro-Cure scent on it. Periodically, give it along hop by lifting my rod tip from 8 o’clock to 11 o’clock, drawing the lure toward me, letting the lure fall and just sit. The trout would pick it up off the bottom. I think I missed some smaller trout because the PaddlerZ is kind of a big bait and the smaller trout may have had a hard time with it. The trout I did catch were bigger in the 22 inch to 26 inch range. You can see this rig in the photos below.
This post is a mixed school of fish! Have something you want to share? Please comment below!
That’s all I got for now. Gotta go!
Light winds, calm seas and good fishing to you!
Mike and Vivian Foate