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reebop

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Why would I think fish are any different than me? Good advice and I follow it.

Since we've hit on sharks . . . March/April of 2004 my wife and I were fishing in front of Seabreeze. She liked to stand on the deck and cast and get some sheepshead and an occasional sea trout. Plus one year, probably 2002 or so, the jacks were running and she was catching them one cast after the next. What a fun fish to catch. She always heads to the deck.

Well, she'd just pulled in a really nice sea trout, largest one we'd ever caught. I'd taken it off the hook and tossed it back when I heard her yell to me to get my butt over. Directly in front of the deck, no more that two feet off shore was a hammerhead, at least 7 feet long slowly swimming by. If I had my pole I could have stuck it straight down off the deck and poked it in its back. It's eyes were about 2 times the size of a golf ball and it was a light slate color grey. It was truly prehistoric beautiful and literally within arms reach.

Other than some large rays, this was the first, and the last true shark that we've seen at Captiva but it sure left a lasting impression.
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For all of ya'll that are serious about learning a little more about fishin' the waters off of Captiva at different times of the year, check out the fishing reports of some of the guides that service those waters.  They are usually very informative and often very funny.  Here is a link to one that I like but there are several others to read if you just back up on the address a little.  Tight lines!

 

http://www.cyberangler.com/reports/fl/pitz/

 

 

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kenzie

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DonFromSLC, Thanks for the fishing web site. That is really helpful. Thanks

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OK, it is now snowing (again!) in SLC and I am checking out the SSIR Forum, wishing I was there, beaching, golfing and fishing!  How about some fish pictures from Captiva to help me through this!  Here if my first entry, a pre-Charley snook shown in front of the Cottages (1501).  Not quite that much vegetation there now!


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DonFromSLC,  Nice pic, nice snook.  Your picture reminds me of an item not mentioned in the equipment category...a stringer to hold your sea trout, snapper or snook alive while you continue fishing.  As a tip, kind of gross, with snook, I generally do not use a stringer but rather cut the snooks throat and let its blood drain on a down sloping sand or grass area. In doing this soon after your catch all the flesh will be white, no dark bloody streaks in the meat. 

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reebop

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Beautiful fish!
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kenzie

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Ever wounder if you were violating the Florida codes by fishing on Captiva without a fishing license?  I have.  So, I have just now reviewed the code.

 

You do not need a license if you are a "resident fishing in saltwater from land or from a structure fixed to the land". 

 

The key question is the definition of a  resident.  Are interval  owners residents when occupying their property?  They are certainly owners, residing in their property and do own property in the state of Florida.  So, fishing on the beach may or may not require a license, I don't have a definitive answer.  Fishing off the T-Dock however, does not require a license as the resort, I believe, provides that for all guests by purchasing a group license. 

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reebop

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The last two or three times down I've purchased a license.

OK. I've got my rods and reels packed.

Any hints - How do you guys rig your line? Leaders? Hook size? Sinkers/weights?

I usually use live shrimp. I know pin fish are best for snook, but that's a hassle to locate.

Any tips would be appreciated.
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As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have found Snook to be very hook and leader shy, so the lighter the better for a hook-up.  More difficult to land, of course, but you'll get more chances at them.  My favorite way of fishing live shrimp is to "free-line" them along the rocks and seawall starting just north of Seabreeze.  Fish it on an outgoing tide, use a 1/0 hook tied directly to 15 to 20 pound test line with no swivels or weights.  Use the largest shrimp you can get, throw it out no more that 15 to 20 feet, let it sink and drift the outgoing tide, walking along the seawall with your line to keep it "sort of tight" but do not interfere with the drift.  When it stops or hesitates for just a second, set the hook, you'll have either a snook, redfish, grouper or, more often then not, a rock!   That of course is the downside of my technique.  If you don't like tying on hooks on a fairly routine basis, you can always add a float about 10 feet above the hook.  Make sure you drift your line just off of the visible rocks, no farther out.  The Snook sit in and next to the rocks, facing up stream, looking for shrimp and other food sources floating out with the tide.  Best of luck and tight lines!   DonFromSLC

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reebop

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Thanks! Damn those rocks!
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kenzie

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DonFromSLC has it right.  Try the same technique at the point fishing to the right, NW of the rocks on an incoming tide and at the left, SE on an outgoing tide.

 

Fish I have lost whether at the point or at the east side platforms have been due to a poor knot or a ragged line against the rocks.

 

To avoid both problems: 1.  Go to http://www.orvis.com  and review their videoed/animated knot tying advice.  Their knot tying advice is for fly fisherman but even better for snook fishing for tying to the hook or the leader.  If you use their knots you will never lose a snook due to a poor knot.

 

2.  Mr. Snook advises that you always use a leader line to the hook.  Four to eight feet long from your basic line.  I recommend a 15lb line and a 30lb filament leader (2/1).  You will still lose some snook because of the rocks but a lot less than otherwise.

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I agree with what Kenzie says about knots and leaders, however, I believe that you won't be "hooking-up" as often with snook if you do use a leader.  Also, don't forget the Loves Lures (red head with white body) also tied directly to your line without a swivel. 

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reebop,  This is your chance to become a real Mr Snook.

If you see shiners or pin fish on the shore go to Jenson's or any fishing shop and buy a 8-10 foot casting net and try your luck catching your own bait.  Its a lot of fun and very productive if the shiners and pin fish are near shore.  You need to be slightly coordinated and have strong teeth.  Practice helps but with one days practice your casts will be good enough to catch your own bait. You will also need a large bucket (not a shrimp bucket) and an aerator to keep your catch alive.  Try to keep no more than a half dozen bait fish in the bucket at any one time, they need room and oxygen.  Most importantly keep the bucket covered or the grey egrets, herons or pelicans will take your catch.
 
Best yet , you will be the envy of all the fisherman on the beach.  You are guaranteed to catch more snook than anyone else and you can give your excess bait fish to your fishing buddies, not recommended.  My trick is to lend my casting net to to the other fisherman so as to take them out of my water.
 
Good luck and let us know how you did.
 
 
 
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Hey great suggestions everyone! My son and I are just casual fisher-people, but we bring our gear each year and usually catch our share of Sheepsheads, and if we go out on a charter, some red fish, and misc catches, but getting a snook right off the resort would be great fun! I think we'll experiment with a couple of the ideas within, and hope to be able to post a picture of one like Don's someday!

 

Keep those ideas flowing for us relative "rookies" please!

 

Any of you folks on resort March 23-April 6th in case we are in need of some hands on HELLLLLLP?!

 

PS.....The resort was to have the fresh shrimp station up and running again, supposedly by the new check out area for the water sports....does anyone know if that is up and functioning yet?


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reebop

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I don't know if it open yet. Jensen's is a good bet, but call first.
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