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Florida 2019 TEST
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Florida 2019 TEST

Permanent Linkby kieran on Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:13 pm

Hiya all

My phone camera turns out to be £&$" so all the species caught during our boat session in the Florida Keys are coming out blurry... so I might swap in standard pics and just explain about the species and tactics. Sandballing is a new one to me, and I could see if being a useful addition to the boat anglers armoury here.

The good news is that we got better pictures from our 4 hour session on Tigertail beach on Marco Island on the Gulf Coast, and even got two of the main species from the local Grand Slam - granted not very big, but this was in 35 C and brilliant sunshine in probably no more than 10 foot of water.


More to follow...
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Pioneering New Rock Marks part 1

Permanent Linkby kieran on Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:46 am

Start online.
Webapp navionics offers free navigational data; - depths, lighthouses and wrecks. The detail can be sketchy but it is a good start.

Download Google Earth – it’s free. Now tilt the view to examine the shoreline from every angle, even from the sea. Detail ranges from brilliant to poor.
http://www.infomar.ieoffer localised maps that plot onto Google Earth and give sonar like view of the sea bed, including gullies, ravines, underwater stacks and holes – it’s so good, it should be illegal! Print all three maps. Store them in a clear plastic sleeve with a pencil for notes. Warning: Smartphone apps don’t work out in the boonies because there isn’t any signal, or certainly not enough for data! offer maps of potential wave and tidal energy. Detailed models exis...

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ballooning for sharks from the shore

Permanent Linkby kieran on Thu May 14, 2015 9:31 am


To date we have discovered, always the hard way, that match stick releases are a pain in the ass when you have to cast the whole rig out and down from the shore. They are ideal when you can drift off a boat and gently drop them in to be swept downtide but from the shore, they are a disaster. The impact of the whole Pollack bait (porgies in winter) is enough to smack the balloon off the water and if it hits an incoming wave wrong, off it floats and the bait nosedives into conger territory...

We've been trying various options. One was even a kite purchased online from New Zealand. It was launched into a strong offshore breeze, and promptly did a 180 and smashed itself to sh*te into the cliff behind us = still pulling the piss out of poor Peter - "the pilot" - this six months later.

The best we've got to date is a modified zip slider rig. Wire trace (130 lb IGFA) to choice of hook (8/0 bronzed Shaughnessy) holds the kilo pollack flapper. Swivel...

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