Another tidbit of information to know:
A good temperature rule to follow:
Use shrimp if the waters are under 75 degrees / artificial baits/lures when over 75 degrees.
Every fish with a hook jaw looks up (trout, tarpon, ladyfish, etc.) and typically attack a top-water lure.
The MirrOlure brand makes a hard lure called the Mirrodine with its trademark "C-eyes" (or clear eyes). Kyle recommended investing in a few of these (any color is fine) as an alternative to Gulp - just for a change of pace. These are sub-surface lures that are designed to be worked about six inches below the water's surface. Top water feeders, like trout, (remember how they'll attack a floating popping cork) will see this and hopefully mistake it for an easy meal. The drawback to these lures is that if a fishes misses the hook but gets enough of it in his mouth to realize it's not the soft, natural texture he expected, chances are, he won't come back to it. This is why soft-plastics catch more fish than hard lures do.
Mullet Is The Key
What About Spoons?
"When you're fishing for Pompano"
Capt. Messier's Top 3
MirrOlure Mirrodine - sub-surface lure
1/4 oz jig-head and Berkeley Gulp
(and, of course, live shrimp)
It's Knot Time
So Where Do We Go?
1. AREA: Learn how to identify a hard bottom. Kelp grass, which is long, brown and stringy, roots itself on hard bottom so start there if you happen to paddle up on some.
2. MOVING WATER: Rushing water through an oyster bar cut will carry bait fish that aren't strong enough to swim against that current. Guess who's waiting on the other side of that cut for a free meal to go by?
3. BAIT FISH: Look for mullet jumping. Look for bait fish jumping - something's after them...you might as well find out what it is.
He suggested the deeper pockets of water in and around Fish Creek and Pirate Cove. There's an area behind Mullet Key that holds a lot of kelp grass. At Pirate Cove you'll look for oyster bar. Water that 'shimmys' is usually a dead giveaway there's a shallow bottom, oyster bar, or a grass patch below it. And you'll want a lure that is designed for shallow water.
Fishing In Low Tide
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Another way they can be rigged is to be nose-hooked with a circle hook which still allows for the bait to look as natural as possible when you're retrieving it and since most fish attack at the head first, it make sense to position the hook there. Also, when looking to buy these type of hooks, look for 1/0 or 2/0 size.
Invest in Good Leader Line
Let's Revisit Fly-Fishing
The amazing thing is that every single individual has the ability to create one-of-a-kind flies that actually look like the real thing once it hits the water. Kyle really tried to convince us that fly fishing is really so much easier than most people realize and that honestly, women master the casting technique faster and better than men do. There's nothing sexier than a woman who can out fly-fish a man. Seriously, ladies!!! Want to amaze your husbands? Master the fly rod! The 'active ingredient', if you will, in flies are the different materials that react to the water in different ways. Kyle's #1 "go-to" fly is called a Redfish Slider made by Tim Borski. Another one he likes is Cathy's Crazy Legs made by a woman named Cathy Beck. All of the best fly tiers in the world are women - all the best fly casters in the world are women. If you don't believe Kyle on this one, just do a little research on a 'little ol' lady' named Joan Wulff' and see for yourself what all the fuss is about. He just wanted to drive home the point that women, even those who have no confidence in their ability to fly fish, with just a small investment of time, could really excel at this sport and surprise themselves at how quickly they can become experts at it - outdoing any man with very little effort.
Even catching a "trash fish" like ladyfish with a fly on a 4 weight rod is exciting. Try practicing in Crystal River in the winter time targeting ladyfish, trout and jacks. It's definitely on our List Of Things To Do.