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When you think of glamour fish, bluefish may rank furthest from the top of the list.
Why? I guess because they are so common in the northern states. Quite a few anglers who fish with me have said they've caught so many bluefish that they may never want to see one again.
I happen to love bluefish. They aren't choosy feeders, which means they will eat just about any artificial lure, live, or dead bait. If your bait is moving fast, blues will probably hit it.
The main reason that I love bluefish is because they are so easy to catch once they are located. Whether you are very young, older, or disabled, they are easy and fun to catch. Bluefish run out line, jump, and shake their heads, which makes them a great light tackle game fish.
Top water plugs are a lot of fun to fish, since blues are very explosive surface feeders. When using a top water plug it's a good idea to use only two individual hooks on the plug, not two treble hooks.
Bluefish tend to snap like a small, vicious dog. And opening the fish's mouth, once shut, requires lots of prying. I've heard stories about fingers being bitten and even stuck in the bluefish's mouth.
Single hooks are a must when targeting bluefish. Also make sure you have a good fish dehooker with you, so you don't even have to touch the fish.
To catch bluefish, give the Jupiter jetty a try, using cut bait on the bottom.
On the dinner table, the smaller fish are good broiled or fried. However, not everyone shares this view. I have been told that the larger fish can be smoked or made into fish dip.
Prime trophy bass season is here
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Have you ever dreamed of catching a big Florida large-mouth bass?
Well, for the next 30 days or so, when the weather is right, you may have a chance to catch the trophy bass of a lifetime.
Timing is everything.
Local lakes, ponds, and canals hold some really big fish. So does the Lake Ida Chain of lakes, which is south of us in Boynton Beach.
However, for my money, Lake Okeechobee is the place to fish. Okeechobee tackle shops have been reporting that the guides who operate out of their shops are guid-ing their clients to bass that weigh more than 8 pounds. And, each week they should be getting bigger.
A couple of days ago, I had a report of three fish weighing near 12 pounds each. The big bass are eating live wild shiners, which must be purchased from the tackle shops, at an additional cost above the guide's fee. Without shiners, your chance of catching a big fish diminishes considerably.
Once you do catch a big one, handle it with care, shoot your pictures, weigh and measure it and then revive and release the fish carefully.
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