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02-26-2008, 06:43 PM
Man these guys picked up a couple of monsters. I like browsing the Florida stuff this time of year. The IR always throws a few in the 30 inch range each winter. I'm not sure exactly where these guys were, but it must be in the southern portions of the lagoon because the picked up quite a few snook as well.
02-29-2008, 06:00 AM
I like when I was going down to S. Tampa area I asked the FLA FF guys about waders and they said: "O' you'll freeze your butt off, the water has dropped to 70 degrees - bring waders)
03-02-2008, 06:53 AM
Ya, there soft down there. Right now I think we should be so lucky. :lol:
03-02-2008, 07:59 AM
Wow that looks like a fun (and relatively inexpensive) way to do some sweet inshore fishing. I've always considered trying kayak fishing for stripers at Joppa, Great Bay, etc, but haven't been convinced to spend the $1000+ to get equipped properly. Maybe someday. For now I'll just walk the beaches.
03-02-2008, 09:06 AM
You don't need to spend a lot to get started. Keep an eye out for someone upgrading. For the last few years all the kayak guys that only fish hardware are swaping over to peddle kayaks. Most of them are selling there paddle rigs to help defere the $1500 cost.
Everybody will have there own opions, but if I remember correctly you're a big guy so stick with a sit on top. Easy on easy off and all the foot room for that sized 13 wader boot. I'd say keep an eye open for a used 12'-16'. The better fishing models are Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120, 140 or 160. Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 or 15, Ocean Kayak Drifter, and Heritage Redfish 12 or 14. You should be able to find one of these rigged for fishing in the $500 range.
They other thing is just get anything you can to get your feet wet. But if you do this remember some models fish better than others, so if the entery level yak isn't cutting it upgrade and the other one becomes a guest model or for when you take out the 'wife'.:lol:
If anyone is interested I'll start posting links to good deals on used gear. It would be great to get a plastic navy going here. There are a lot of times I think this would be better if I knew more people with the guts to do it.:wink:
03-03-2008, 02:39 PM
Just returned from Florida, west coast. Captured on video. A 40 inch Cobia. Never saw one before but that's what the locals said it was. Filets are in the freezer. One of the three longest fishing battles of my life. Can I put photos on AOL's "pictures" and then from there put them on this forum? Otherwise, I haven't figured out how to put pictures in.
Fishing in the Tampa Bay area is poor in February but fantastic compared with NH. I may have retained part of my sanity for another year, I think; that is if spring shows any sign of reappearing.
03-04-2008, 08:50 PM
Cobia are awesome, they get huge, and are one of the best eating fish in warm southern waters. I think I heard somwhere that they started a hatchery in Texas to increase the numbers in nature and start an aquaculture industry.
I'm looking forward to seeing those pictures. Did you run into any snook down there?
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