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General Discussion / friday tugs
« Last post by icthus on Yesterday at 09:59:10 AM »
Took the day off friday, a king tide and light winds.  Went out fished a pretty familiar sport.  Missed two reds off the bat, went 20 min and no hits.  Worked the mangroves into a sandy spot.  I had a good feeling, 3rd cast and hooked up  with a rat red.  Pushed further north, landed a 26" red, and 10 minutes later got another 22" red.  Glad the wife was on the boat, able to keep a couple and have a tasty dinner.

The water is starting to cool, mackerel should be pushing through soon,

Enjoy the week Pals

Pal
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General Discussion / Pal Jr shallow dropping
« Last post by icthus on September 18, 2023, 06:39:53 AM »
Took Pal Jr out Saturday and went to a ledge 3 miles out.  From the time we got there to the time we left it was non stop action.  I love hearing his laugh and seeing his smile when the rod is doubled over.  On the water at 6:45 home by 11:00.  I could have stayed all day, but a wise man told me to leave when they donít want to, it will have them wanting to go back again and again.

Pals have a great week!
Pal
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General Discussion / Re: negative tide fishing
« Last post by grumpy on August 04, 2023, 03:31:35 PM »
keep baiting him along :D great trip in my book.
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General Discussion / negative tide fishing
« Last post by icthus on August 04, 2023, 10:31:27 AM »
Took Pal Jr out to Caledsi island the other evening.  Negative tide, hot, and a shower to the west of us.  I am not a live bait kind of fisherman, I usually throw artificials or a fly.  Well, now that he is getting older and watches people catch fish with live bait I have started to learn more about it and have had moderate success.  I say all that to say, he broke off a 28-30" red, lost a decent snook, landed a 19" trout and finished the day with a whisker kitty.  Got back at the ramp at 8:30.  He gets in the car and said, "Dad, we should use live bait more often."  He's probably not wrong.

A blessing to have a son who loves to fish,
Have a great weekend pals,

Pal
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General Discussion / Re: Never thought I'd retire my Sage SLT
« Last post by icthus on July 06, 2023, 10:17:02 AM »
I remember the ole Brown beater... A few of the pals liked to cast that rod.  I was a fan of the red sage.... can't remember what kind it was...bought it for the Colorado trip I never went on.  As for the best sage out there...I still say the Xi2 8wt hands down the best casting rod.  Stiff enough to punch through the wind, and enough back bone to keep a red out of the mangroves.  Either way... Sage makes a great product, and they know they do by their price.  Glad you found a new stick...

Cast on Pals,

Pal
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General Discussion / Never thought I'd retire my Sage SLT
« Last post by MikeA on July 03, 2023, 02:35:12 PM »
But this new R8 Core from Sage is hands down just pure casting perfection. I've never cast anything so nice. People who fish with me know I fish Redington most of the time. They are great rods and get the job done. So when I was out fishing last month and throwing a Vice 5wt with an indicator I decided to cast my new R8. I'm being honest when I say I love my Vice rods. But the difference between it and the R8 is almost hard to believe. The Vice is a rod I've fished for years when I want a little faster rod than my SLT. I use it in a 5 and an 9 wt and have been totally happy with it, and recommending it to people. If you can cast, you can make any rod work. But,,, it's not until I picked up the R8 right after casting the Vice for a few hours that I really felt the difference. I was blown away at how light in the hand the R8 is and how little effort it takes to put a fly, a fly line length away from you. I don't post on here much anymore because it's been hell finding a place to fish without hordes of assholes. I don't usually post tackle posts,, but this rod is deserving of some praise. Might be the best Sage rod I've ever handled. I have a 5 and a 9 now.  ;)
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General Discussion / friday fishing
« Last post by icthus on June 19, 2023, 07:48:33 AM »
Took a dad and son out fishing on Friday.  When I left the house it was glassed out, by the time the boat was in the water it was blowing 15 knots.  Went to   island, and couldnt see anything.  Went to the Coast Guard flat and they both missed a few fish.  Ended up at the back side of Eagles Nest and landed a stud trout and a 24" snook.  Would of had more, but the boy on the boat didnt understand the value of not beating on the deck.  A great evening, polling a family around.

Happy Fathers Day to all,
Pal
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General Discussion / Re: Tarpon
« Last post by MikeA on June 12, 2023, 08:24:02 AM »
Saw a few people looking for them at Cape San Blas last week. The water there was gin clear also. I didn't see any tarpon but saw plenty of other fish. Mostly Sharks, Specks and Reds. Oh and Sailcats which I found that I prefer over Redfish to eat. I've always been told that you don't eat sailcats. Wrong, they are delicious. 
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General Discussion / Tarpon
« Last post by icthus on June 11, 2023, 05:19:56 PM »
Went out SaturdayÖ blacked out well; went south, one rolling tarpon.  After a hour went north and found numerous schools well over 300 tarpon spotted. Casted a fly and they didnít eat, tossed in line bait and they ate, or at least one did.  Broke off 65lb test.  Fish was a beast, Crystal clear water, great eat.

Travel next week,
More to come

Pal
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General Discussion / memorial day
« Last post by icthus on May 26, 2023, 09:16:16 AM »
Remember the day's you would be on the Caney early before the canoes came floating down causing all sorts of ruckus.  Even on Memorial Day, get out at daylight put in at the carthage ramp and paddle up to stonewall.  Get lucky and hit a caddis hatch behind the factory, fish low water with some pals until 2 or 3 and float out with the generation.  Those were some good times.  Trust me when I say I hope to never leave this state and the area I live in, but that was not a bad way to live either.

Happy Memorial Day Pals....
Pal Out

PS-in two weeks Pal Junior should complete his diving certification, so that should be awesome
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