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Mullet Runnings

Mullet Runnings
Fall as we know it is here and many anglers have turned their attention to the nearshore waters along the east coast in anticipation of the fall mullet run.  Despite what the name implies, the mullet aren’t actually “running,” nor are they the species people are trying to catch. Rather it’s about the fall baitfish migration and the predators that follow them south.

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X Marks the Spot (Or Does it?)

X Marks the Spot (Or Does it?)
How many times have you heard “Where’s your favorite spot to catch big (insert fish name here)?” I’m willing to bet it happens regularly if you’ve been fishing for any length of time or have a reputation of being a somewhat “fishy” angler. How do you handle these questions?

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Why I Fly Fish

Why I Fly Fish
At one point in the not-too-distant past I assumed that others who fly fished were doing so largely for the same reasons I was and that their values related to fly fishing would be similar to mine. This assumption has since been dispelled, primarily by fellow fly anglers who clearly have different ideas about what fly fishing is and what they want out of it.

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South Florida Exotics: Part 4 - The Tactics

South Florida Exotics: Part 4 - The Tactics

South Florida exotic fish behavior that leads to a strike and hooked fish can be broken down into two distinct categories:

  1. The fish sees something that looks like food and must eat it.
  2. The fish sees an enemy that may be a threat and must destroy it.

Pretty simple if you ask me.  The trick is being able to tell the difference, selecting the appropriate fly, and presenting it in a manner that will trigger a strike. 

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South Florida Exotics: Part 3 - The Equipment and Flies

South Florida Exotics: Part 3 - The Equipment and Flies
We’ve talked about the fish and the places you can find them in previous blog posts so now we’re going to dive into the equipment and flies you might want to have on hand when chasing some of our resident exotics.  They can be fished with a wide variety of gear, so it’s likely that most freshwater and saltwater anglers already have equipment that will function perfectly well.

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Hero Catches

Hero Catches
I have several friends who are firefighters. They have done some pretty amazing things, including prying apart upside down vehicles to rescue the passengers and pulling people out of burning buildings. What they don’t do is start fires. 

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Leverage

Leverage
 Levers are basic tools that have been in use for millennia. They are important to fly fishing, specifically in playing and landing fish, in ways that many anglers don’t fully grasp. By understanding how levers act when fighting fish, in relation to your fly rod and the hooks you use, you will become a more effective angler.

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Kayak Fishing Part 6 - Going Fishing

Kayak Fishing Part 6 - Going Fishing
Kayak fishing is something that takes a little while to learn and perfect. Once you find the fish you will need to learn how to control your boat while you cast, play and land your fish. And you will need to do this quietly. You will also need to figure out the best place for you to put your rod, paddle and other items so you can get what you need when you need it. You will develop your own technique as you paddle and fish but here are some general ideas to get you started.

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Kayak Fishing Part 5 - Kayak Storage

Kayak Fishing Part 5 - Kayak Storage
One definite benefit of kayaks is that they take up much less storage space than a traditional boat. If you have a garage or a small area outside your house you should be able to find room to store your kayak. If you live in an apartment you might have to be a little more creative. People have been known to store them on apartment porches, on living room floors, or suspended from the living room wall or ceiling.

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Kayak Fishing Part 4 - Transporting a Kayak

Kayak Fishing Part 4 - Transporting a Kayak
One very nice thing about kayaks is that they are very easy to transport and can be put into the water almost anywhere. That said, 50 or 60 pounds is still a fair amount of weight and a 14 foot kayak does tend to be a little bulky and difficult to manage. With the right equipment and techniques however, you can easily get your kayak from place to place and into the water.

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