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Florida nighttime Gag grouper.

Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2020

When I’m fishing warm saltwater one of the fish I love to target is Grouper. In larger sizes they are a challenge to get off the bottom and into the boat. Among the groupers, the Gag Grouper is one of the most sought-after both for their fighting & eating qualities. You can target them during the day fishing over natural reefs, but one of the best times to hook-up is at night when larger predators are resting.

Recreational fishing seasons for them in Florida are usually short so anglers take advantage of any openings and fish shallower off-shore waters during the winter months and venture further off shore during the summer months.  Gags have big appetites and using either a frozen herring or live pinfish or other baitfish works well fished near the bottom. They are so aggressive that they will also “smash” a vertical jigging spoon. If you get a chance to hook-up on a good size Gag you’ll see just how hard they fight!

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Florida”pile-Sheepshead”.

Posted on Monday, January 6, 2020

For many Canadians and northern Americans southern Florida is their warm-weather “get-away” to beat the winter blues. This is a great time to enjoy the warm sunshine with the whole family, hit the beaches and if you have a passion for fishing……targeting Sheepshead right from shore.

The Shepherd family did that just that along with extended family and Jamie took a day to catch his family a great fresh fish meal.

The nice thing about winter Sheepshead fishing is that the fish come into the shallows and can literally be caught from any dock, bridge, pier…anywhere there are barnacle-studded wood or concrete piles. The one thing you will need is long-nose pliers and special care when un-hooking a fish. They have lots of spines and a hard, tooth-filled mouth!

All you need is a medium action spinning rod with 20 or 30 lb. test braid, a 30-40 lb. fluorocarbon leader, a small #4 lightweight hook, a weight and a slip-bobber. Sheepshead can be caught on frozen or fresh shrimp, but they love crustaceans like small crabs that can be caught under the mangroves or purchased from a bait shop, or sand flies that can be scooped up right off the beach! Sheepshead are fun to catch, fight hard and have a nice firm, white meat for eating!

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Italo Labignan video, spoon-feeding Great Lakes Trout & Salmon.

Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2020

Italo Labignan video, trolling spoons for Salmon & Trout.

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Italo Labignan video, 1/2 hr. Pike fishing TV show.

Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2020

Italo Labignan video, 1/2 hr Pike fishing tips and action TV show.

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YES-TV, Sat. Jan.4, 2020 7am, Canadian Sportfishing TV series, “Light-line Panfish Strategies.”

Posted on Friday, January 3, 2020

YES-TV, Sat. Jan.4, 2020, 7am, Canadian Sportfishing TV series, “Ultralight Panfish Action.”

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