- Grand Isle Getaway by Al Rogers
- Going Live Saves the Day!
- To some 1,500 people
who live on Grand Isle, this is a little slice of paradise. New motels,
rebuilt marinas, rustic camps and quaint beachside cottages line the island,
which stretches for seven miles. The population swells to more than 30,000
in late July when the town hosts the annual Grand Isle International Tarpon
- It's a beautiful area. But few come here to sightsee. In Grand Isle,
it's all about fishing. Anglers come year-round and in all conditions to
catch big fish. And most rely on charter captains to give them unforgettable
experiences - stories that will be told and re-told for years to come.
- Capt. Jeff Brumfield, who owns and operates Flaming Hooks Guide Service,
has to produce fish consistently. And even on the worst days he always
seems to deliver. After hearing about Brumfield from several outdoor writers
I called to perhaps learn how he accomplishes what he does. Specifically
I wanted to know how he managed to be so productive in conditions that
were less than ideal...
Low Water Trout by
David A. Brown
- Wading Tactics for Fall Trout
- By DAVID A. BROWN
- When fall brings cooling water temperatures and
shorter days, catching big speckled trout is no walk in the park. However,
a walk in the shallow bays of Florida's Gulf Coast can put you in close
proximity to loads of line-stretching specks.
- Throughout Charlotte Harbor, Sarasota Bay and
Tampa Bay, the single most important factor in locating the fall bounty
is mullet. When the march of fall cold fronts commences, mullet start gathering
in huge prespawn schools in backwater bays and estuaries. These fish stir
up shrimp, crabs and baitfish as they move across the shallows and trout
commonly run right among the mullet to pick off these easy meals.
- Anglers who learn to fish around the mullet schools
can slam the big trout. The only problem is that when low tides particularly
the extreme negative lows of late fall & winter cut off the access
to backwater holes and troughs, anglers usually cannot reach the bounty
of fish that lay in these backwater sanctuaries through the outgoing tide
- Cut Bait Reds - by Capt. Fred
- Reds Go For More Than Just Mullet
- Capt. Nick Winger introduced me to fishing with cut bait for redfish
some years ago. The bait we used then was threadfin herring, cut into half
inch steaks, and we caught the heck out of redfish along the shadow line
of the mangroves on a high tide.
- He caught the threadfins with a cast net around some bridge pilings
at the mouth of the bay. Normally, threadfins are not the primary target.
Most live bait fishermen like scaled sardines when they can get them because
they stay alive better in the live well and on the hook. But threadfins
excel as cut bait because they are oily and shed lots of scale. They will
not thrive in a crowded well, so the technique is to cull the dead baits
out as they perish and put them on ice. This helps keep the bait firm.
Threadfins also shy away from the net better than sardines, hence a large
diameter, 1/2 inch mesh net is better suited to the task than the standard
- While fishing with small shrimp on an outing for mangrove snapper recently,
a school of ladyfish moved in, and Nick threw a couple in the livewell.
- "Redfish bait," he told me as he saw the quizzical look on
- An hour later we pulled onto a flat near a rock pile and a guy in an
aluminum boat waved us over.
- "Man, there's a school of about a hundred redfish here, but I
can't get 'em to eat!" he said.
- As Nick put the anchor out, I could see big redfish milling around
the boat. "We're right on top of them," I said.
- "Just be quiet we'll be alright," he replied...
- Drifting With the Guides - by Kyle Tomek
- Baits and Technique on Texas Flats
- Days of fall approach with the first signs of
fading leaves, dying wildflowers, and falling tides. Drift fishing during
the season, however, becomes anything but dead. From the upper reaches
of the Texas Coast to the shallows of the Lower Laguna Madre, fall reigns
as one of the best times to focus fishing efforts to drifting for speckled
trout and redfish.
- Why is fall better for drifting than other seasons?
Fall brings change ranging from cooling temperatures to dropping tides.
Falling with the tides is migrating baitfish that have relaxed within protected
backwaters and saltwater marsh all summer long. Trout and redfish gang
up and attack the fleeing feasts-all within driftable waters.
- Typically when drifting for speckled trout and
redfish, keying on fish attracting structure is a great starting point...
- Gulf Coast Closeup - by Mike Thompson
- Fishing Venice, Louisiana With Capt. Cade Thomas
- On your first trip to the sportsman's destination of Venice, Louisiana
you will most likely ask yourself, "how did anyone find this place?"
The bumpy highway runs southeast towards the boot of the state of Louisiana.
Terribly ripped apart by Hurricane Katrina, Venice is slowly making her
comeback, and the fishermen are surely grateful for that!
- Once at the end of Highway 23, after a 90-minute drive south of New
Orleans, you will have the option of launching at either Cypress Cove Marina
or Venice Marina. Both will be the last place to purchase fuel, ice and
- The first time I made the journey down from the fishing village of
Venice, Louisiana along the Mississippi River to the fertile fishing grounds
of Main Pass I was amazed. Not only by the vast expanse of the mighty Mississippi
River, but of the steady commerce in the forms of ships carrying cargo,
oil field boats and construction vessels.
- On either side of the river there is marshy land spreading out into
larger bodies of water. The many bayous, cuts and passes lead to some of
the finest fishing to be had anywhere on the Gulf Coast....
- OUR DEPARTMENTS...
- Paddling Out - Dueling
Guides - by Jeff Herman
- Rod & Reel'n Offshore - Fishing Deep - by
- Equipment Notebook
Quick Tips - by David Ayers
- The Bay Naturalist
- The Controversial Croaker - by
- The Fly Guy -
The Flounder Connection - by
Pete Cooper, Jr.
- Tackle Time
- Fish Keepers
- Stringer or Net? by Colby Sorrells
- Bait Hook
- How to Fish Good...
- by Jim Martin
- From the Publisher...
- Besides all these great articles and departments, Gulf Coast Fisherman
is the only source for the Wells Daily Fishing Forecast.
Each issue carries three months of the Wells Daily
Fishing Forecast - with Monthly Fishing Calendars. Also, don't forget
about the Advance Planning Calendars in each issue that takes you out three
months past the current issue. This will provide what you need to intelligently
plan your fishing trips - hours, weeks, and up to six months in advance!
- Top saltwater guides and fishermen use the Wells Daily Fishing Forecast - shouldn't you be using it ,too?...
- "The fisherman that knows what the currents
are doing has the advantage - over fish and fishermen!"
- And remember - "Fish feed everyday, somewhere
" - Harold Wells
- Gary Ralston