Category: saltwater

Hey there, Im looking to invite you along on a fishing charter with me on the Bay or fundy for stripe bass. Ive spent my life on the bay and made the jump to a charter company. I will not waist your time. Im a long time business person and an extremely passionate fisherman. I have a totally outfitted 43′ boat and loads of experience. Over 30 years on the water. I wont disappoint you and would gladly put you and your crew up in one of my rental cottages. https://www.reeldealboatcharters.com/

Posted on May 10th, 2020

Hi Charlie, thanks for reaching out to us. I have never fished the Bay of Fundy. I am already booked this year to film for Stripers out of Miramichi, New Brunswick in a few weeks. Not sure if we could include 1 or 2 days to also film with you. You have a nice boat but I am limited to shoot with boats that I’m sponsored by. For the Here’s the Catch! TV series we work with Seabreeze Boats and one is being delivered to Miramichi. For the Canadian Sportfishing TV series I will be trailering a Team Boats. Leave it with me and I will try and get back to you over the next week…God bless you.

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I am a novice, fishing in the Caribbean off Roatan. I am in Houston trying to buy for some of the locals., so cash is scarce. What reasonably priced trolling lures like Honu or Ilander can you recommend please.? Is there anywhere can get used?Many thanks BarryPS your name given to me by Mike Atkins.

Posted on April 12th, 2020

Hi Barry, you are better off ordering the lures from AliExpress, https://h5.aliexpress.com/wholesale/saltwater-fishing-lures.html  that includes Honu & Ilander knockoffs. I would also get some https://clarkspoon.com/collections/original-clarkspoons that work well for trolling all species and a few sizes of the Saltwater Rapalas #9-#18. Fish with a Passion, God bless you.

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Hi Italo, My wife and I are big into all sorts of fishing. Salmon, steelhead, bass, musky, pike you name it and we fish for it. We are planning a trip down south to Florida. We don’t have salt-water gear or much idea of how to get started with regards to where to fish, what type of fish to target and what techniques are successful. I am open top renting a boat, as well as pier fishing. Would love some foundational knowledge about how to get started fishing in Florida and any logistical details you could suggest. Thank you & God bless.

Posted on July 14th, 2019

Hi Andrew, I will try and give you “nut-shell” info. for your Florida trip. If you go there during the winter you will be able to catch Sheepshead off the bridges and piers as they feed around the abutments. Best presentation is to use a #4 bait hook, a couple split-shot sinker/float, or a sliding sinker rig with either a live, small crab, piece of shrimp or a sand flea. You can find all three at local bait shops. If you cast a 1/4 oz. spoon in any inlet/outlet when the tide is moving you have a good chance of catching a bluefish or Spanish mackerel. You can also fish a float and live shrimp over the eel grass flats in the inter-coastal and lastly you can cast a 1/4 oz jig/3″ paddle tail plastic grub around the mangroves and over the grass flats for redfish, snook and spotted sea trout….God bless you.

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What part of Florida were you catching the sheephead on your tv show? Wife loves pan fishing with a float. Would love to take her to Florida to let her catch those.

Posted on November 4th, 2018

Hi Donald, we shot that show fishing  old concrete piles off the beach about 1 1/2hr south of St. Petersburg, Fl. The sheepshead fishing there is excellent in the inter-coastal waterway bridges and Gulf piers in the winter time.  Hope you get a chance to have your wife catch a bunch. One of my favorite shore-fishing spots that you can walk to is the old railway bridge out of Placida, Fl. Best bait to use is definitely small fiddler crabs that you can purchase at El Jobean, FL about 20 min. from the bridge…God bless you.

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Heading to Florida soon, wondering what lures I can bring for some shore fishing on the inland coastal waterways. Hopefully for some snook etc. St Petes Beach area. Thanks.

Posted on January 16th, 2018

Hi Ed, I suggest you take a variety of  “flats” lures you can cast by wading the shallow sand flats and some lures you can cast in the passes where the Inter-coastal Water Way goes into the Gulf.  Good flats lures for Redfish, Spotted Sea Troutt and Snook are; 1/4 oz. jighead rigged with 3″ paddle-tail swim baits like the Lunker City Shaker,  a couple of topwater lures like a Rapala Skitter Pop and Skitter Walk, especially in silver or chrome color and some 1/4 oz. casting spoons.

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For fishing the passes you can cast the same casting spoons and especially a Gotcha’ lure in the 3/4 oz. size (silver in color). You can purchase these in any Florida Wal-Mart. You cast the Gotcha’ as far as you can and retrieve it very fast using a jigging stroke as you reel it just below the surface…works great for Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel off the beach and in the passes. Hope you have a great trip….God bless you.

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I just watched a show about roosterfish in Mazatlán Mexico and I am trying to research the hotel. the one I found was at least a kilometer from the water. Could you provide info on the resort or a website for it pleaseThank youBarry Weller

Posted on October 8th, 2017

Hi Barry, we had a great time fishing out of Mazatlan, Mexico, both for saltwater fish and a short 1 1/2 hr drive to El Salto reservoir for big largemouth bass. We stayed at Serena Marina and Golf Residences right on the water. They rent out condo units.

AddressMarina Mazatlán, Avenida Camaron Sabalo 50, Marina Mazatlán, 82100 Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Phone+52 669 913 3940

 

Great place to walk out the door and either tee-off or get in the boat and fish!…God bless you.

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Hi Italo we just watched Canadian Sportfishing where you were fishing for rooster fish in Mexico. Could you tell us where in Mexico you were, what time of year it was and what outfitter you used.We love your show and watch it whenever we can.Thank you

Posted on March 25th, 2017

Hi Shannon,  thank you for your kind words. Glad you are enjoying out TV shows. We filmed that program around mid-Dec. on the west-coast of Mexico while we were staying at Serena Marina Golf Residences, Mazatlan, Mexico. They overlook a 9-hole golf-course and a beautiful marina. We really enjoyed the Roosterfish fishing since it’s done just off the shorelines, no need to go out many miles at sea….God bless you.

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Hi Italo …. love your show!Can you recommend a place to go south in the winter for good fishing trip, maybe play some golf. Can’t be that complicated but it is. Recently watched you fishing in Mexico. Thank you Brian :)

Posted on January 14th, 2017

Hi Brian, thank you for your kind words. When we were in Mexico last we stayed at Serena Marina & Golf Residences in Mazatlan, Mexico. It was a great location for golfing and fishing, but is a distance from Ontario.

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My suggestion would be to head to southwest Florida. Book your accommodations either in Punta Gorda or Englewood and either fish from shore, rent a boat for day use or go out with guides and charters fishing Charlotte Harbor for redfish, snook, and more, or head out in the Gulf of Mexico to larger open-water fish. There are lot’s of accommodations to choose from and endless number of golf courses….God bless you.

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I use Rapala since over 35 year and now i past the winter in Florida i Want to to now what is the best lures to fish in salt water , from shore and pier Thank You Alain Ps excuse my english French SpeakinkName: AlainE-mail address: alainbeauchamp@outlook.com Phone number: 450 280 0096

Posted on July 25th, 2016

Hi Alain, Your English is good. I wish my French was as good as your English!! I also enjoy fishing in Florida throughout the year. There are many Rapalas that work well in saltwater for a variety of fish from shore and from piers. If you are shore fishing I would encourage you to try the following:

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-beach/outlet-inlet casting for Jack Cravelle, Snook, Spanish Mackerel & Bluefish. Best lures to cast there are: Rapala Skitter V in chrome color (work it fast on the surface especially if the sea is calm will work well for all above species and especially for snook on the inter-coastal side of inlets/outlets), & the X-Rap Long Cast deep & shallow minnow in the 4 3/4″ length. By the way, the best time to cast for big snook from shore is at night.

-walking out from shore on shallow falts to reach 2-4′ channels or grass beds for Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout, Snook, Jack Crevelle, Spanish Mackerel & Bluefish. The top lure to “twitch” is teh new X-Rap Twitching Mullet in the 3 1/8″ size. You can also do well casting the C-Rap Long Cast Shallow Minnow and the Skitter V in the red ghost color.

As you know, timing is everything and in saltwater tides are important. You will have the best fishing on the first 3 hrs of a “flood” tide (water coming in from the Gulf), and on the first 3hrs of a “Ebb” tide (water going back to the Gulf).

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what is your favourite lure for striped bass

Posted on April 6th, 2016

Hi Ethan, I have only caught striped bass fishing the Hudson River, NY near New York city and did well catching them on jigs and Fin-S-Fish plastic minnows jigged suspended and near the bottom.

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Stripers feed aggressively & you can catch them on everything from top-water lures to jigs right on the bottom.

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