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This is great fun, I love fish stories, but so far, there have been no comments on topic #1 What do you wear?  Need input, need it now, before we go on to topic #2, Snook fishing equipment.

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What do you wear?  The less the better!  I fall into the swim suit only group, when it is warm enough! If need be, I add a tee shirt.  The key is wadding shoes (or slippers) for getting out into the water off of the rocks.  You need to get into the water, experience what the fish are experiencing to catch them.  One of my favorite places to wade is right off the rocks in front of the SeaBreeze, where the old "platform" use to be.  If you go out on the T-dock side of the old platform (or where it use to be), on an outgoing tide, there is a great hole where redfish tend to hang out, when they are around.  The outgoing tide creates somewhat of a dead spot in the flow at that point and the reds are in there sucking stuff off the bottom.  Again, my favorite is the Love Lure (red headed, white body jig).  Cast it out, let it sink, and then jig and reel, jig and reel ...  then hold on, here comes "Big Red." They love to hit it when it is falling back to the bottom.  Stayed tuned for my second best fishing story at SSIR!

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I have caught a fair number of Redfish off Captiva but have never fished at your spot and have never seen anyone else fishing there either but, next time at the island I will, and appreciate the input.  I have used a lure, plug or spoon to fish for snook but have never caught anything with other than live bait.  I'll try the red-head lure for Redfish as well.

 

 

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Captivated,

It is the only lure I use, although I do use my share of live shrimp and

pin fish.  You can buy them at Jensen's Marina (tell Dave that Don from Utah sent you!)  For those of you that haven't been to Jensen's, its a must see - right out of the Keys!  The three Jensen brothers came down from Chicago many years ago and bought a dilapidated old marina and have made millions (on the property alone!) not to mention the wealth in experience and memories.  As far as the Love Lure goes, definitely give it a try.  I have caught a large variety of fish on it.  Grouper, Jacks, Lady fish, Snook, and Redfish just to name a few.  Stay tuned for my third installment of the greatest fishing tales of South Seas!

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I can vouch for the Love Lure and Jensen's too!  We have rented boats there for years, and although we usually drag all our fishing equipment over with us from Miami we have been known to pick up extra lures once we are there.  They sold my husband on those Love Lures a number of years ago and he swears by them too.

If we "boycott" the resort this year Jensen's stands to do really well!  And they deserve to!  They give free advice and they are darn nice

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DonFromSLC,  &  Susan

 

I love Jensens.  I get my live bait there and rent boats there as well...never had a bad experience and really like the brothers. 

 

Maybe I can tell you something about Jensens that you don't know.  During the stone crab season there is an old, somewhat toothless Floridian who catches stone crabs for the local restaurants and docks his skiff at Jensens. You can buy your stone crab claws directly from him at the sub-wholesale rate.  A real deal particularly if you like stone crabs.  If you do, I will send you Joe's (South Beach Miami) special stone crab mustard sauce recipe. To die for.

  

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I have a great story about Jensens.  About 4 years ago, I was trying to hook up with Randy Wayne White to see if I could get him to take me out on a guided fishing trip.  For those that don't know of him, Randy is a former fishing guide in the area, turned award winning author.  He has a wonderful series of adventure novels set in and around Captiva with Doc Ford as the leading man.  When I was in Jensens one day, I asked Dave if he knew how I could get a hold of Randy, Dave said that while Randy was no longer guiding fishing trips, he was doing natural history trips around the islands.  I asked Dave if he knew how to get in touch with Randy and Dave said sure, I have his phone number.  He then leaned back in his chair and read Randy's phone number off of his ceiling!  Seriously, that is where he stores his phone numbers!  Check it out the next time you are in there, the ceiling is full of phone numbers!  As an aside, my wife and I spend a wonderful day seeing the surrounding islands with Randy in a way I have never seen them!  A must do if you have the chance.   

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First time at SSP - rental - prior couple of years at Sanibel, now we're renting a 2 br at Marina Villas for 4 days or so. Love to fish, but I'm probably the laziest fisherman around. No boats for me - that's work - put a sofa on the shore and I'd be happy.

So first day . . . . I take a walk around the island heading towards the north end. Tee dock's kinda cool, kids fishing with rental poles. I find that very intriguing. Continue my walk past the pool, continue in front of Plantation House, on to Sea Breeze and I see more and more people fishing. These people, men and women have real "gear" and seem to actualy be fishing. This is really catching my interest. I see them pull in a few sheepshead and I'm getting really intrigued.

Next day, I look out beyond the shore, like 30 feet beyond my nose, and I see boats, a lot of boats, and some of them are real fishing boats and it looks like they're guides with paying customers fishing towards the very shore I"m standing on.

Snook. A guy on the shore pulled in a snook. Not a boat guy, not a guide customer, but a guy on the shore.

I'd discovered lazy guys fishing nirvana . . . I'm thinking, if I had a place in Seabreeze or Plantation House I could fish a guide's "hot spot" and have my refrigerator with beers and cold cuts within 100, 200 feet . . .

Well Seabreeze was out of reach, don't have a million or two for lazy man's fishing, but two weeks at PH, corner unit facing the fishing were available . . . So, here we are.

I still fantasize on removing the screen and casting directly from our lanai. I still chuckle to myself when I see the guide boats pull up right out front, couple of hundred bucks an hour to fish my front yard.

Please, oh Please Blackstone, Don't take this from me!
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reebop,

 

God Bless, that is possibly the best fishing hole in south Florida and to you and me it is free. No amenities fee, and very little competition.  So, why do you want to sell?  Boycott is a good alternative, might even work.

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Now, let's get down to business.

I have three Penn reels that I use (the black ones) two that I've got 10 to 12 pound test on, and one large one that has 18 to 20. The large one I fantasize on using with my long cast rod, but seldom do because that takes a bit of effort. My wife and I share the other two. I'm a lefty so I have to reverse the handle.

Typically fish live shrimp which I get on resort or at Jensen's depending on availability. Bait Box in Sanibel has the best but that's one heck of a drive. As I said previously, I take the barbs of my hooks because I'm lazy and it's far easier to unhook a fish and less damaging to them.

I have a nice Columbia fising shirt, short sleeve, lots of pockets, and lets the breeze through and blocks the sun. Oh yeah, I'm a 45 to 30 sun block addict. I haven't had a burn in the last 7 or 8 years we've visited and don't intend on ever getting one again.

As captivated does, swim trunks, and sandles, Tivas in my case. I own two pairs of Tivas, one a "dress" pair that's maintained in a dry condition, and another my "beach" pair. I also have a pair of "no-see-um" pants that I wear when that's a problem. Bought them on-line. Extremely light weight, the "bugs" can't penetrate, elastic at the ankles. Great addition to my wardrobe.

The shirmp in the pocket is an idea that will further evolve my lazy fishing. Thanks Captivated.
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reebop,  You are the man!

 

As a thought, the Penn reels are good equipment but sound like casting reels not spinning reels.  You need spinning reels, and spinning rods. Your snook take could double in the process. 

 

If right, buy a $30/$60 spinning reel and a graphite spinning rod for $50/$100.  Don't spend too much on the gear because salt water is really destructive.  When you buy the reel have the vendor load your line with 15/20 lb test.  Buy a roll of 30/40 lb test line as "leader line".  Use the leader line (four-ten feet) to tie to the basic lower test line.  Your hook goes on the leader line.  Use smaller but strong hooks, not larger hooks.  The smaller hooks hold the shrimp better and don't scare off the snook.  If you use pin fish for bait use a slightly larger hook, if you use shiners the shrimp hook is fine.

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Thanks for the line and hook advice. I probably am scarring the snook away.

I am using a spincaster - they're the Penn SpinFishers made for salt water and really almost salt water indestructable. I've got a couple of nice rods, break down into three pieces for travel.

The leader line is great advice. The other part I don't understand is long casting with larger hooks and larger sinkers - you know, out in the water, using fish chunks for bait. I don't know how to rig these.

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reebop,

 

You only fish with large chunks of fish after two scotch.  You do it at night and with a friend and have very low expectations.  The weight and line advice I gave you is still ok but the hook has to be a lot larger.  The T-Dock is great for shark and the area off the PH is good for Tarpon.  The problem is landing your catch, which is easy at the T-Dock but very difficult on the rocks or the platform.  Remember, if you did not land your catch you did not catch it...the fish won.

 

You do not need the big stuff, fish off the PH or the point, in early morning or sunset, and work on the snook.  As I said, pound for pound that is the best game fish there is.  Tarpon and shark is for LXR guys/gals not interval owners.  They made the rules, I just play by them.

 

 

 

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Reebop and Captivated,

 

Of all of the equipment for snook discussed above, I think the leader is the most critical.  Snook are very leader shy.  I have found that if I just tie my hook or jig directly to the my 15 lb line, I hook up with many more snook but have a really difficult time landing them, particularly off of the T-dock, where the line just has to "touch" the barnacle laden support structure and the fish is gone!  On the other hand, if I use a steel leader or a much heavier mono leader material, I don't hook nearly as many fish but have a better chance of landing them.  That is what, in my mind, makes snook the trophy fish to catch (along with Tarpon) in the waters off of Captiva.    Don

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Don, I seldom fish off the T-dock but if I do, I take a landing net for the reason you describe.  My favorite spot is to fish in the water at the rocks off the point.  If I'm fishing for snapper or trout I use no leader and usually 12lb test line and attach a small sinker about 3 feet up from the hook. 

 

If the tides are moving I fish for snook.  If the tide is going out fish on the east side of the rocks, if the tide is coming in fish on the west side of the rocks. 

 

For line I like a 2:1 rule...10lb test line/20lb test mono leader.  Most often I use 15/30.  Leader material more than 30lb I find is too difficult to tie good knots.  I usually rig 3 to 5 leaders ruffly 6 feet in length with hooks before I go out the door...gives me more time on the water and when the snook are hungry I want to spend as little time as possible rigging my line.

 

 

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