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YES-TV, Sat. Dec.21, 2019, 7am, Canadian Sportfishing TV series, “BC Tributary Coho & Steelhead.”

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2019

YES-TV, Sat. Dec.21, 2019, 7am, Canadian Sportfishing TV series, “Tributary Action, Kitimat Lodge, BC.”

You can watch most of our TV shows and video tips by going to our Italo Labignan YouTube channel. If you enjoy our TV shows and tips make sure to subscribe and receive notifications each week as we release new videos

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Jigging Gulf of Mexico Grouper & Snapper.

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2019

I love to fish vertical jigging lures both in fresh and saltwater. In freshwater I usually fish a 1/4 or 3/8 oz vertical jigging spoon for walleye and smallmouth bass. But, in saltwater, when I’m fishing over 50′ in depth I use a minimum of a 1 oz. vertical jig.

Tides always make jigging a challenge and using the right weigh jigging lure is a must that enables you to jig within 3′ of the bottom even in 80′ water. While many saltwater anglers prefer to use frozen or live bait for both Grouper and Snapper, I have a lot of confidence just using a jigging lure because it produces consistently!

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Florida Flats Redfish.

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2019

I love to fish the South-west Florida flats and mangrove shorelines speed-casting/jigging using a 1/4 oz. jighead rigged with a Lunker City 3″ Shaker along the mangrove shorelines.

Redfish use the tides and move right underneath the over-hanging mangroves looking for small crabs, shrimp and baitfish that use the mangrove roots for cover. My goal is to hit as many “pockets” that have 2-3′ depth trying to intercept a feeding Redfish. Man, when a Redfish senses your jig it’s automatically on,…very exciting trying to get a hooked fish away from the barnacle covered mangrove roots!

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Nighttime Gulf of Mexico Snapper.

Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Saltwater Snapper can be very nocturnal predators and they especially feed heavily during a full moon phase. Similar to Walleye in fresh water, during a full moon it’s easier to catch Walleye at night then it is during the day.

Recently we shoot a www.thecatchtvshow.com with our good friend Tyler DeGraff that operates Always & Forever Charters in south-west Florida. We were not disappointed, 5-of us fished all night and had non-stop action catching some really big Mangrove Snapper, some Lane Snapper and also Yellowtail Snappers.

The presentation that worked was fishing frozen Threadfin Herring on a double-hook rig, 3′ fluorocarbon leader/4 oz. sliding sinker rig.

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Raymarine/Sabiki Baitfish.

Posted on Monday, December 16, 2019

Most anglers will agree that having the right, live baitfish can really produce big-time. This isn’t more true then in saltwater fishing for large predator fish. Only challenge is that saltwater baitfish are tough to keep alive and aren’t sold at bait shops. This means you have to have a good baitfish live well and either use a cast net or a Sabiki Rig to catch your bait.

Challenges #1 is locating baitfish. It’s a big Gulf of Mexico, but with my Raymarine Axiom it’s “easy-peasy”. I just cruise at a low speed on plane and as soon as I see a bright ‘blitz’ on the screen I slow down and go over the same are under planing speed.

That’s when I can clearly mark the baitfish, drop our Sabiki lines down and we usually catch multiple-fish on every drop and then it’s off to our fishing grounds.

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