Whether on a boat or dry land, one common mistake anglers with pups forget is a supply of fresh water. Water bowls ensure your dog stays hydrated during a long day of fishing.
If they run off into a wooded area to do their business, you might want to follow them in case they stumble upon a snake or other wild animal. Before you start backing up the boat during a fishing trip, make sure you know where your dog is located.
You dog deserves multiple treats for staying by your side and following the rules throughout the fishing trip. Treats also come in handy to reinforce good behavior as you train your dog to become the perfect fishing trip companion on your adventures.
Castaways on the River offers boat rentals and lodging accommodations in beautiful Astor, Florida. You might end up with a wet, smelly tired out dog at the end of your trip, but they will simply love the experience, not to mention the opportunity to spend some quality time with you.
For the best experience when fishing with your dog, make sure you take some simple precautions to ensure you all have a great (and a safe) time. But remember, dogs are curious animals and will naturally gravitate towards any interesting items they might happen to see sticking out of your tackle box.
It is therefore extremely important to avoid hooks getting stuck in your dog ’s mouth by keeping all your fishing equipment and safely inside a secure tackle box. As soon as you get back to town make sure you get your dog some immediate medical attention.
A long day of fishing in warm weather could quickly see your dog getting dehydrated. Raw fish can contain a dangerous condition called salmon poisoning disease which can be extremely harmful to dogs.
You will all really enjoy the experience and it will be well worth that little of extra preparation beforehand. Anglers catch hundreds of brawny, beautiful and delicious species in teeming estuaries, off gorgeous beaches and in the deep blue oceans surrounding the Florida peninsula.
So close that you giggle as a pod of dolphins plays in your bow wave in the Indian River Lagoon, near Stuart, Sebastian or Titusville. Or, catch bass species that thrive only in North Florida rivers such as the magnificent Suwanee, where class III rapids add serious excitement to a fishing trip on the river between White Springs and the Town of Suwanee, where the river passes through the Lower Suwanee National Wildlife Refuge, pouring out into the Gulf of Mexico.
Whether it’s a red snapper caught off Destiny, speckled trout from Tampa Bay, or a mess of crappie from Tallahassee ’s Lake Alcuin, there’s not much more satisfying or delicious than eating fish you caught yourself. Most places you can find a restaurant that will cook your catch to order.
Florida ’s the place to fire up a young angler’s inner fishing fanatic. Spring break or summer vacation are both great times for feisty, delicious easy-to-catch fish.
The biggest sea trout on record came from Fort Pierce. That's, you know, August, September when it gets really hot out, and fishing can be tough.
And guys that are wonderful at deep water structure fishing do really well catching fish in that deeper area. What sometimes happens is you get in the later part of summer, those dog days, and suddenly, the fish seem to have disappeared, you're not catching as much.
And the misconception is the hotter it gets, the deeper it's going to drive the fish. Thermohaline, what happens during the summer is the water that is cooler is on the bottom of the lake and the hotter water rises and it stays that way.
They can go down for short periods of time, but they can't stay down there. You've got this cold layer down below, you've got this warmer layer on top, it's got the lot of nutrients, oxygen-rich, relatively speaking, and this is where a lot of the fish are.
It's a denser layer of water that usually collects a lot of debris and, you know, like weed particles and algae and other things in there. You need to go out on your lake, check your depth finder, turn up the gain and sensitivity.
If you see a solid line anywhere between the bottom and the top, that's your thermohaline. And this is what can happen, is these people have been fishing deeper water in the early and mid-part of summer.
Also, as the temperatures warm, that thermohaline will tend to move up. If a thermohaline is set up in your lake, you have three options available to you to keep catching fish.
Now, the first thing you want to do is in those areas where you were catching fish before in deeper water, just move up to the shallow areas closer to it, and cover water. So logs, stumps, rocks, docks, weed edges, those type of things.
Once you get bit, then slow down and cover that area more thoroughly with like worms and jigs and that sort of thing because the fish have schooled up, they're going to congregate more, the thermohaline tends to concentrate fish. Then, speed up again, pick up that crank bait or spinner bait and just keep on going down the bank and cover more water until you connect with another fish, rinse, lather, repeat.
Now, there is an exception to fishing these schooling bass, and that is the big ones. So you can go down this little creek channel, breaking the creek channel and you're fishing rocks and stumps along there and you'll catch a big one.
You may have to go another 500 yards down that creek channel or maybe even a mile before you catch another big one. So it can be a little tedious, a little slower, but you can end up with a huge bag if you want to target big fish.
So just keep on going and keep fishing that structure where you caught that big one off of and you'll probably catch some more. It brings in cooler water, it brings in oxygen-rich water, and that current positions the fish behind anything that breaks that current.
Be it rocks, logs, wing dams, it could be bridge pilings, what have you. And so, it makes it a little easier to find those fish.
You've just got to fish those eddies and those breaks where those fish set up in that slack of water area ready to dart out of that current and grab a meal and go back in there. I know a lot of guys have won tournaments that way.
A bunch of guys out there fishing deeper structure and deep weed lines and having a hard time catching a limit and these other guys go up in the shallow water areas and just crush them, you know. You know, I'm talking about drill, micro algae, milfoil, coon tail.
These type of things grow up, they're straight stalks and in the middle of the late summer, they canopy over, and they top out, and they can form this thick canopy. These areas can be really, really productive because the canopy, it has shade underneath, so the water underneath is a little cooler, so it holds more oxygen, the weeds themselves produce a lot of oxygen.
So the area around that water would have less oxygen than right underneath that canopy. Plus those weeds, they attract and hold a lot of, you know, algae and zoo plankton and, you know, little bugs and insects which attract the bait fish.
So it's a great little ecosystem in there where the bass can be congregated in there feeding heavily. Let's say a frog or, you know, a top water type lure like a toad, something like that, throw it out over the top of it and just and just reel it in at a steady pace.
The bass will be able to track that disturbance, and they'll blast it, a lot of times right through that canopy without warning. If you're not getting bit that way, you can go to the edges of those weeds and you can fish those with, you can probe the edges and the depths with crank baits, with spinner baits, with worms, with jigs, with soft plastic stick baits.
I like to fish soft plastic stick baits myself, they're nice and slow, has enticing fall. The idea here is to get these fish to come out underneath that canopy to attack that lure.
Crank baits work really well if you can prevent them from getting snagged in those weeds. And what I do is I'll take a jig or a plastic creature bait, for example, a Rage Tail.
So anything that's got a lot of appendages on it or a big, long tail like a sickle tail worm or something can get hung up in those weeds and it won't get through. And you want to put a heavy weight on it, like a half ounce to an ounce and a half weight bullet sinker.
And the idea here is you take it and you throw it up in the air and let it come down and it will punch through that canopy to where those fish are waiting. It's just a reaction strike, something suddenly appears right before them, it looks like something that's alive, and boom, you get nailed right away.