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Fall red fish schools have been a little harder to find this year. We are suffering from massive amounts of polluted water in Tampa Bay. This is the result of dumping raw sewage, dams over flowing algae into our sensitive estuaries and just the shear volume of vessel fishing our limited resource. Conservation should be the number one goal of all recreational anglers and charter captains or we will not have much of a fishery left.
I have chosen to fish areas that most people avoid in the hopes of finding something special for my clients, but even so I am followed around by recreational fisherman and even other charter captains at times. I understand the zeal of other fisherman to catch fish, but a certain amount of etiquette should be observed..
On this day, I went to catch bait at my normal fall spot. When I got there a yellow bay boat was there. Not a big deal, I don't own the water and he was there first. He was not catching bait properly. I knew bait would be harder because this spot is a one boat bait spot. So I was late to pick up my charter and then once they were on the boat, I delayed the start of their trip to catch more bait because I wanted to make sure we had enough bait to chum heavily.
I proceeded to a fishing spot that I found all by myself. I do not cell phone fish or share my secrets. The day before we caught nearly 50 snook in this spot, but the largest on was only 26". On this day, I trolled up quietly, parked the boat and proceed to chum. It took about 20 minutes to get the first fish, a 30" red. While fighting this fish a 40" cobia showed up, but we were not able to get a bait to him. Then a school of red fish moved in on our chum and we caught them one after another for 3 hours. Four fish into the bite, the yellow bay boat showed up again. He put his trolling motor down and eased his way to within a stones throw of our bite. He kept moving around and stared at us the entire time. It was so bad that my clients from up north were agitated by this boat.
While this fisherman was encroaching on us the bull sharks stared to eat our red fish. Then 10 porpoise showed up and began to feed on the school. Eventually the yellow bay boat started his engine and planned off away from us. So we continued to catch fish in spite of him, the bull sharks and the porpoise. About 30 minutes later the yellow bay boat comes by us again. This time on plane within 100 yards off us...waking us out. Then he stops on the other side of us and proceeds to troll towards us, ending up within 100 yards of us, now on the other side of our bite. He quickly gets frustrated and jumps back up on plane, blows our spot up and we do not get another bite.
When I return to this spot, I expect this yellow bay boat to be sitting there. I have never seen anyone fishing it but me. Problems like this in our fishery need to come to an end.
My family has been fishing this area since the 1920's. They are old tug boats captains and commercial captains. The stories they tell me about our fishery from their childhoods are nearly unbelievable. We have already lost so much, we want to make sure not to lose it all. The first step to fix a problem is to be aware that it exist. Fisherman are waking up, but lets not pretend our fishery is in good health. From my perspective, a 4th generation professional fisherman from Tampa, FL, we are rapidly seeing the destruction of our limited natural recourse. Lets stop polluting our waters and practice catch & release for our most pressured species: snook, red fish & trout!
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Friday November 4th, 2016 - 11:00 am
Brooke Ashley BeallAnna Banana thinks he owns this water,probably him not that it matters but everything you just said is exactly right and I'm sorry that happened to you.
11 months ago
Joe BeardThats what happens when you have too many guides and thousands of normal fishermen pounding the fish stocks . Same problem in South Texas . Not enough fish , too many hooks !
11 months ago
Fall red fish in our brands new Hanson Skiff.
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