Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Reef Fishing in Key West

There's nothing like fishing the reefs in Key West. With an expert guide to help fill up your box, you and your party will have the time of your lives There are many different methods for great deep sea fishing down in Key West, but nothing offers more thrill-a-minute action than fishing its many reef areas. There's no shortage of opportunities for reef adventures in the Keys either. The second largest barrier reef in the world stretches out just a few miles south of Key West, and a bountiful inner reef that's even closer. But don't be mistaken-- reef fishing is great no matter how much experience you have, but there's actually a lot that goes into it, especially if you want to do it right. That means you'll need to know what bait works best in the different reef areas, the best locations, as well as how to track the differences that mark each part of the year. In other words, you'll need a great local guide. In short, the total reef area around Key West is absolutely huge. But don't worry-- you won't have to wander the reefs alone. With the right guide, you'll be able to find the right spots for just the reef fishing experience you're looking for.

Reef Fishing with Too Lethal Charters


One of the best guides to reef fishing in Key West is Captain Scott Gordon with Too Lethal Charters. From his dock on the Key West Bight, Captain Gordon takes parties from all over the world on full day reef adventures. Depending on exactly what species you want to target, he'll use the finest boats and equipment in the industry to help you land them. Captain Gordon is not just an excellent guide; he's also a willing teacher. That means you'll learn a lot for next time even as you're filling up your box with an amazing variety of fish. Speaking of the variety of fish, the Key West reefs offer an incredible diversity of species. The sturdy structure of the reefs makes for ample hiding places and great protection, so you're sure to be able to target just the fish you want. There are abundant spots for reef fishing on both the Atlantic and the Gulf sides of Key West. This means a staggering number of different table and sport fish. Depending on where you end up on the reefs, you'll find species as diverse as African Pompano, snapper, mahi-mahi, tuna, and wahoo among others.

Memorable Thrills With Captain Pepe Gonzalez


The other top Key West reef fishing guide is Captain Pepe Gonzalez with Seize The Day Charters. With his combination of experience, energy, and innate fishing talent, Captain Pepe has a well-earned reputation for putting parties onto some of the best reef fishing in the world. Once you have access to a knowledge base like Captain Pepe has, you'll be set and ready to go. Just imagine a day spent landing sailfish, grouper, mackerel, and the many jack species.  Yep, reef fishing has it all. As you can see, reef fishing is where it's at for anglers of many different levels of experience. It'll take know-how, abundant local knowledge, and the right equipment, but Captain Gordon and Captain Pepe have all this in droves. And once all this is in place, there's no ceiling to the fun you'll have fishing the reefs.




Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Catching American Yellow Perch




Yellow perch is one of the most popular fish in North America to target, and the fact these fish often hit any lure you can get near them, make them an excellent beginners fish, it is not hard to become a master perch fisherman and this article will explain to you the basics of how to target yellow perch.

Yellow perch is found throughout the USA and Canada, they are only found in freshwater rivers, streams and lakes. Most people refer to these fish only as “perch”, they are a yellow coloured fish with black stripes, and can grow up to 15 inches in size. The reason these fish are so popular is they make for excellent eating, especially when battered with some flour, egg and water mixed together.

The term perch is applied to many fish globally, the yellow perch is true to it's name and is a distant relative of the european perch, european perch however has a grey body with black stripes and red fins, they are often called simply redfin for this reason. The european perch and yellow perch share a distant ancestor, during the times at which europe and the usa were one land mass. Since then however, the two separated and hence changes in their appearance altered, bringing the american perch it's yellow feature colour, and european its grey and red fins.

All fish which carry the name perch are fairly easy to catch on lures, and the most popular lures to catch them on are known as soft plastics, these are soft silicone baits which move around rapidly in the water from the tail section, the two most popular types of soft plastic lures are the grub style, which have the body of a thick tree grub and a long wagging tail behind, the second most popular is the swimmerbait, which has a body more like a small fish, and a wagging thick tail on the back, which sways rapidly left to right at the correct retrieve speed.

Second best in terms of lures to target perch are spin lures or spin-baits, these types of lures have a central shaft and a spoon shaped outer metal disc, when retrieved these lures spin extremely fast giving off the appearance of a 1 inch sized baitfish to any fish nearby. It is important to keep the spin happening on these lures when retrieving as the fish will quickly loose interest if the spin is stopped.

Third best in terms of lures is the hard body diving lure, these look like small fish and have a clear plastic front on them, which is angled to produce a dive effect at the correct retrieve speed, furthermore these lures have a thin tail, meaning that they will sway left to right underneath the water when retrieved, causing them to mimic a baitfish.

The best place to catch yellow perch is not in wide open waters, but rather inside weed beds, along rocky drop offs and other hidden places of water such as under piers. These fish like to wait in ambush of their prey, rather than openly hunt for food, hence the best places to catch them are in their ambush locations.

The yellow perch is also a night sleeper, meaning that you will only catch them during daylight hours, often they are most active for feeding at sunrise and sunset, however they are also active in ambush during the day, but morning and night you will find them more heavily hunting their prey.

Perch when travelling in large open waters rarely do so alone, hence when on the move on open waters such as lakes, they will often school together. They prefer to travel together with other yellow perch, but will also be happy to travel along with other fish such as bass. If you are fishing in a lake, a fish finder can make fishing much easier when targeting perch.

If using fresh live bait, the perch usually prefers to target live crawfish, which can be obtained from most freshwater streams using a bait trap and some pieces of chicken a few hours before heading out fishing. However they are not too fussy and will still hit fishing lures at about the same rate as they will attack live bait, if not a little more sided towards the lures. Expensive lures are not nessassary to catch perch, any cheap fishing lures at fishing tackle shops will do the trick.

Worms are also a good bait, but nothing beats double rigging a couple of crawfish and having two perch on the same line attack at once, this can also be done with worms, but the more active the bait, the easier it is to catch yellow perch. Crawfish are an excellent live bait as once hooked through the tail, will constantly dart around in the water much more than a worm can possibly do, this makes the yellow perch target them as preferred bait and draws much more attention to your bait in the water.



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