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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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Kayak Fishing Part 3 - Outfitting a Kayak

Kayak Fishing Part 3 - Outfitting a Kayak
A nice kayak will get you to where the fish are. A nice kayak that is properly rigged and outfitted will get you to where the fish are and help you stalk, hook and land them. We suggest that you buy your kayak from a dealer who sells a range of kayak accessories and can install them for you. If you are unsure as to what you want on your new boat we recommend that you spend some time paddling before you decide to drill any holes. Drilling new holes is much easier than filling in unwanted ones.

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Kayak Fishing Part 2 - Choosing a Kayak

Kayak Fishing Part 2 - Choosing a Kayak

There are two basic types of kayaks available; sit-on-top kayaks and sit-inside kayaks. Sit-on-top kayaks have a closed upper deck with a seat built into or strapped onto the upper surface. Most will have scupper holes that allow any water which gets inside the cockpit or cargo areas to drain out. Sit inside kayaks have a cockpit in which the user sits. Kayaks intended for fishing and generally poking about will tend to be fairly wide and stable with room for some gear.

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Kayak Fishing Part 1 - Intro to Kayak Fishing

Kayak Fishing Part 1 - Intro to Kayak Fishing
Florida is known worldwide as a top saltwater fly fishing destination and visitors to our area will not be disappointed. The Orlando area also offers excellent opportunities for fresh water fishing. There is a wide variety of species available to target in many different types of water. A main unifying characteristic is that most of the water requires a boat to fish properly. A kayak is the ideal boat to fish the vast majority of this water.

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