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2019/11/26 22:43:26 (permalink)

Out-n-About..... Again🤗

Sitting in Oklahoma playing rock-a-bye BTDT in an RV. Danged windy here this evening with gust hitting 45 mph.

Learned a new lesson traveling in an RV today. Note to journal: Snot a good idea to park under White Oak trees when high winds are forecast.

But anyways, did a little sight seeing today and stopped by the Oklahoma State Firefighting Museum. Definitely something to see especially for younz who run into burning buildings when everbody else, is running out. (Thank-you for your service).

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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/11/26 22:51:31 (permalink)
My more favorite ones.......


Stupid text messages, just when the timer snapped the danged pic.



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Then left out of the parking lot straight out 50th. 👍


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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/11/29 09:31:51 (permalink)
Hello from Canton Texas, home of the biggest flea market in the world. At least I think that's what the sign said.

Anyways I hope all-younz-all had a great Thanksgiving and to those of younz 'having' to go shopping this black Friday.... it sucks to be you.

Ourselves, we had a wonderful time visiting with our daughter and son-in-law this Thanksgiving. We did our holiday dinner on Wednesday being served "Turducken". Thats Tur-duc-ken (or maybe, Tur-duck-en🤔) but anyways, it's chicken wrapped in duck wrapped in turkey with stuffin in between. Man-O-man what a treat that was.

Spending Thanksgiving in Canton we enjoyed a dinner of "Turducken" samidges.

Note to journal: Not wise to eat a full meal of "Turducken" a day after eating a full rack of Okie BBQ ribs. Pass the "TUMS" please?

Anyways we're leaving Canton this morning heading to Vicksburg for a night or two on the Mississippi.

Be safe all.

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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/11/29 13:56:52 (permalink)
Good stuff. Be safe. Never had a turducken. John Madden used to talk about them every Thanksgiving when announcing Cowboy games.

You heading to Gulf Shores? I hope with some fishing gear this time!!!
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/11/29 17:56:57 (permalink)
Thanks Pork, the Turducken was quite tasty including the leftovers for samidges. Cranberry sauce went very well with the duck.

As for fishing wellllll 🤔that's another story.

But FishUSA does have "gift cards" and ships to anywhere in the USA.😝

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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/11/29 18:05:21 (permalink)
I lived in Oklahoma  for awhile B.T and can tell you 45 mph winds is considered a calm night. Have fun stay safe.
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/11/29 19:06:53 (permalink)
Thanks Jigs, muchly appreciated. Sitting in Vicksburg Mississippi this evening kickin around the thoughts of seeing a casino or two. Geez, they send a limo to pick you up and a shuttle service takes you home.... no charge. I'm pretty sure, in the end, it could get costly. 🤑

Good to see you back on the boards.

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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/11/30 19:15:06 (permalink)
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Welp there she is, the mighty Miss at Vicksburg Mississippi.

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Views don't get much better than this.

But imagine those craft being from the north and having to face the likes of this.


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A very sombering experience, standing high on a river bank, now a monument to those fighting the battle in the summer of 1863.
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/16 18:27:01 (permalink)
🎄LET IT SNOW.... LET IT SNOW.....🎅



...... for now it's fixin to blow😣


muup to Penn's Woods 🎅


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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/18 21:51:44 (permalink)
How are those nights in the 30s? Ha ha. Just talked to my buddy in Destin. Said it feels like Canada there right now.
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/18 22:37:08 (permalink)
😫.....NOW CUT THAT OUT....... 😝


I'm getting really really strange looks from folks in the area. 55ish today with 15 mph gusty winds and I'm out-n-about wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

Did hit 32 degrees last night and windy as heck. Suppose to hit 32 again tonight but the wind has diminished.

Being from muup north, lower temps aren't bad to deal with. Could do without the windchill thingy though.

Sunny with temps in the mid 50s increasing to the 60s when a low pressure system returns, said to be dumping (as in dumping) rain this weekend.

Wife and I were just discussing a trip to Destin this week, for a look see of the RV parks in that area. Told my wife, if the temps don't get back to norm in these parts, we're checking the Keys for next year.


You likely saw the tornado activity in these parts the past couple days? You certainly have heard stories of tornados sounding like a high speed train comin down the tracks?

Imagine sitting in a RV under a tornado watch, seeing storm damage on your TV while watching local news, with rain and wind whipping around outside when suddenly a jet flys out of Pensacola Naval Station. 💩💩💩 in my panty's.

🤔 Did you know, there's nooooo basement in an RV?


No reports on fishing although I checked out a few deep sea charters. I don't know if the prices were good or not. Between $400. & $500. with a 20 to 25 % gratuity to the first mate.

Right now, I'm wondering maybe $30 to $40 for a fresh (caught) seafood dinner (for 2) and a 20% gratuity for the server. 🤔

Stay warm Pork and think spring fishing.

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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/23 14:08:20 (permalink)
Did you make it to Destin area?  That undeveloped stretch of Santa Rosa looks awesome.  Destin itself looks really cool, but much more developed.  My buddy lives right outside of Eglin AFB, not technically in Destin.  I need to go pay him a visit one of these years and check it out.  He absolutely loves the area.  
 
If you can find an RV park or other sort of access on one of the bayou's, that is likely best bet for fishing.  Supposedly the trout are biting.
 
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/23 18:12:41 (permalink)
Pork, Merry Christmas to you and your family

Only been to Destin by internet. I have a program that plots RV trips, RV Parks plus does reviews and web sights.

Pretty cool program uses info like MPG when towing, hrs of driving, type of RV parks, travel/fuel stops, no tolls, type of road, driving speed, ect. Plug in my present location, where we want be and it's down the road we go.

Program uses Google Maps letting me zoom into the area for a closer look and some areas use the virtual 360 tour.

After the drenching Destin area took Sat & Sun, the bayous should be running quite full I would think.

Couple guys near me have been out fishing from shore on a lagoon, with no success. But at least they're given it a shot.

Weather going to be nothing short of sweet the rest of the week and I expect some boats in the park, will be seeing action too.

I'll be watchin for those guys to return for sure (no pun intended)

🎄Take care, once again, Merry Christmas.🎄

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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/23 23:49:10 (permalink)
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Couple guys near me have been out fishing from shore on a lagoon, with no success. 




You should join 'em John, it'd be a great reminder of all your fishing trips in PA   Stupid fish!
 
Hope you and Bev enjoy Christmas in Dixie!   
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/24 00:33:48 (permalink)
Thanks Dave, Bev and I wish a Very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Enjoyed those pictures of the fishing success, you just posted. 👍

As for me... gee whiz, maybe, might, I dun't know, but should probably give fishing a try... I guess, someday.

It's just so much easier to walk into a local restaurant and order the catch of the day which I guess I'll do someday. Shrimp too😝
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/25 20:31:00 (permalink)
Fishing reports vary with some catching Whiting and others catching nothing.

Couple anglers fishing the lagoon not doing anything. Two fishers trying their luck from the pier, report Whiting with one guy being disappointed and another all smiles saying he caught enough Whiting for him to fillet.

As for me.... welp I'd probably have the same luck this dude had.

😩😡😝
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/29 16:46:48 (permalink)
Nice pics, drive safely BTDT!

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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/29 21:59:06 (permalink)
Meatball thank ya kindly..... Happy New Year to you and yours, many tight lines and good times.


OK.... so I been looking into this saltwater fishing thingy, so many of younz has been so kind (and patient) in given me pointers.

So I decided to check it out (a step at a time mind younz) by researching online, through the Alabama Fisheries webs as well as Youtube. Not so much Facebook cause ya gotta have an account annnnnd that... ain't happening with me.

Anyways, as one might expect, Youtube has boookoo "Tubers" with vids on how too's, what for's, and why not's

The 'Net' is loaded (of course) with guides and charters all set up to fix a feller up with the fishing experience of a lifetime. (sum, requiring a lifetime to pay for🤑) Call me cheap.... but ain't happening.

Wellllll, with the AL. fisheries websight available, also a recommended app (by younz back home) for fishing saltwater species, along with great advice on needed fishin equip. (again thanks to younz back home) annnnd soooooo.... I'm still thinkin about it.🙈


However, that being said, I need to investigate this thingy about some permit or registery costing $10.00 that went into effect this past August. The fee is for catching certain "reef fish" as listed in a subpart of the (fed???) saltwater fishin regulations.

Then there is that free registery too which is something different I think, but it's free..... I think.😕

The "reef fish" requiring this new $10.00 fee is listed in the regs but is not yet identified by the fishing app I have on my phone so not knowing what the hell I just caught, will take time to research and identify on the app, (provided internet is available) in addition to checking the subpart to see if, the fish is a listed species and requires the registery fee.

So.... younz see what I'm sayin here?🤔


With all that in mind, I'm thinkin, Whiting, Pompano, Sheepshead, & Striped Bass are easy enough to identify so I'll stick with those fish to begin with (if I chose to keep) and for the fish I don't know, just let em go.

Oh yeah.... Speckled Trout too. Ummm, them things taste anything like them pellet heads, back home?

OK.... gotta git back to my studies, and also learn how to catch these stupid fish... bye for now.
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/30 09:38:05 (permalink)
John, I haven’t looked it up but I’m guessing that $10 reef fish fee isn’t something you’ll have to concern yourself with.

Speaking only on what I know for MS waters, snapper seasons and limits are governed by the feds (and I believe a few other species as well) because they are most often caught in federal waters. I’m not sure what the boundary or distance is, but you don’t hafta worry about casting that far from the beach or a pier. Boats in MS that target snapper have a process they have to go through to register each trip and report on catches because the season length is dependent largely on the total catch. I would guess that reef fee is in regards to that.

Seeing lots of pics of big sheepshead the past week or two being caught in Biloxi Bay and the Bay of St Louis in MS. Never ate one, but have heard they are good. They are a bit similar looking to juvenile black drum, which don’t taste so good but a quick study of the difference in their dorsal fin and mouth structure will set ya straight.

In MS the smaller Florida pompano are a mid to late summer target of some anglers near the barrier islands. Not sure where they winter or if you’ll find them close to shore in AL in the winter.

Speckled trout tastes nothing like pellet heads. A little firmer than walleye, but very, very good mild tasting fish. I do believe I fried up some speckled trout and walleye at the same time once last summer and really couldn’t tell much of a difference.
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/30 11:35:41 (permalink)
Thanks Dave, I believe you are correct with the new reg. that took place in Aug.

My being, somewhere between dazed & confused stems with Alabama following the fed regs. Not sure if that's for all fish but I'll find out before I venture forth in my pursuit of the elusive stupid fish, here in Alabama.

Now, for that federal waters thingy. Are you saying the fed. boundary line I was shown on a map in a local tackle shop, Is not as close as the sales dude claimed it was? Annnnd maybe Zebco didn't come out with a revolutionary new 303 that can cast really.. reeeeeeally long distances?? Dam it!!! 😡 There is a sucker born every minute. 🙈
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/30 12:22:14 (permalink)
Juvenile black drum are good to eat.  They are part of the drum family, as are the speckled trout, and have a similar taste/texture as red fish.  Redfish and trout have a lot more meat on them per size of fish though.  The juvenile "slot" black drum, have large heads and ribs.  By the time you get the meat off of one and trim the red, the amount of meat per size of fish isn't the best.  The meat supposedly gets mushy in the larger ones, which I cannot confirm.  I think the largest that I have caught was 25" or whatever right under the NC slot was at the time.  The ones that I have kept have had very firm meat.  I have caught black and red drum before, fried up in the same batch and I couldn't tell the difference.  Same thing as seatrout and whiting (southern kingfish) taste almost identical when fried.  I could tell them apart by size with a subtle difference in taste.  Like all fish remove the red meat.
 
Pompano I can definitely tell the difference.  They almost taste like crab meat.  Similar to our yellow perch, they have a sweetness to them, but definitely different.  Of any fish that aren't way out, I would take them over all others meal wise.  They don't get very big, but do fight well for their size.  I have been told that warm fronts with warm southern winds will bring them into the surf in FL panhandle, which Gulf Shores should be similar?  Catch them the same way as the whiting.  Hi/low rig, or "Pompano Rig" with 1-3 oz of weight.  Shrimp, sand fleas or "Fish bites".  Toss out from the surf or pier and weight.  Not as fun as other fish if you are into the jigging and such, but still fun.  In Florida, they do catch Pompano on "Doc's Goofy Jigs".  Worth trying if they are around.  Definitely pick up some Fish Bites.  They are just a strip that you cut and put on your hook.  If fish aren't biting, then go back in your tackle box for next trip.  Just like "Gulp", they will outperform bait at times, but live or fresh shrimp likely will be your go to.
 
If you are looking for a fish dinner that you catch, most fish you will catch are good to eat.  As noted by many on many different threads, get all of the red meat out!  I have tried a few that I wouldn't eat again.  Pinfish has a very strange taste that wasn't very good, I wouldn't eat again.  I got into them one year, fish after fish, with some big ones, so thought, what the heck...  They seem to be the saltwater bluegill, but don't taste like bluegills...  Hard head catfish aren't very good either, would also pass on again (don't taste like channel cats).  Bluefish, if under 15-18" are good.  Over that they aren't the best, but do smoke well when larger.  I have had blue runners, which I thought were just fine, but also hear they aren't good when larger.  Spanish mackerel have a very distinctive taste, they are oily like salmon/steelhead.  Best smoked or grilled, IMO.  I have fried before and just a lot more "taste" to them than other mild white fish.  I would definitely try if you catch one, but be aware that they have a flavor to them, if you have never had mackerel before.  I caught a jack crevalle once, but had read that they are another to avoid eating, so tossed it back.  Fought like a tank though.  Ladyfish, I haven't even thought to eat...
 
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/30 12:57:15 (permalink)
Pork, great read, thanks a ton.

Fish bites are highly recommended by many of the Youtubers and I just watched a clip on catching sandfleas. What a hoot but no way in heck am I buying a rake. Saw a vid. on poaching and freezing the things for future use. 🤔 Nahh probably still wouldn't catch them stupid fish back home.

The app I'm using to identify what fish is what also recommends what fish is tasty and those that are not. The app pretty much agrees with your thoughts in taste. As for "Lady Fish", the app doesn't recommend🤢

Have not made it to Destin as of yet but from what I'm seeing on the 'net', the area could be a bit pricey and perhaps a tad busier than my liking. Still on the 'bucket list' but my thinkin is looking a bit more to the north within driving distance of the beach areas.

Sunny with temps in the 60s till a low pressure system works it's way back this coming Thursday, with heavy rains and maybe a few nasty thunder storms.

Weather dude says "Surfs Up" over that time period, so maybe this coming weekend could be a good time for me to get my feet wet. No pun intended, the water is dad burn cold to be wading. Say, how'd ya think I'd look standin on the beach wearin my chest waders? 😞cept they're hanging in my garage back home..... dam it!!!😩
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/30 14:04:47 (permalink)
Big black drum are notorious for being full of some type of parasitic worm, at least in MS.  I've seen plenty of smaller ones take an ice chest nap, and a few bigger ones.  I haven't eaten any.  
 
I have NEVER seen anybody keep a hard head or gaff top cat.  Even the guys that keep just about everything else.  Should you catch one, be very careful of the fins.  The one to two pounders don't have particularly sharp fins, but the little ones are like needles.  They have some type of venom or chemical that they release and they hurt like crazy.  Much worse than a bullhead or channel cat, and it will throb for a good couple of hours.  
 
Ladyfish, aka Poor Man's Tarpon, are a blast to catch on light tackle and very acrobatic.  As soon as you pull 'em outta the water, they will crap everywhere, so make sure you point 'em in the right direction should you catch one.  Most boats I've been on down there have a no ladyfish on board rule for that reason.  They do make excellent cut bait for reds though.  
 
I've eaten slot reds in the 18-28" range and bull reds up to 42" and all are delish!  Never fried, always blackened.  Dredge in melted butter, put on your favorite Cajun seasoning to taste (some like to pack it on there, I prefer a lighter coat) and put on a white hot cast iron skillet for a couple minutes on each side.  But ummm, make sure ya do that outside or yer eyes'll be burnin from the seasoning, and the smoke detectors will be going bonkers.  So I've heard.  
 
Just about anything you catch down there - flounder, reds, specks, ground mullet/whiting, big croakers - all taste great.  
 
 
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/30 14:26:25 (permalink)
Besides a buddy of mine living in the area and checking it out online, I don't know much about Destin.  Looking at the satellite view, that Santa Rosa Island, West of Destin looks pretty awesome.  Although, the part that looks the best, is part of the Air Force Base...  There does seem to be a nice open stretch with public access between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach that looks pretty cool.  Might be a good place to check out?
 
Catching sand fleas can be very easy if they are around.  Look for a bunch of "V"s in the sand at the surf wash as the water goes back in.  That is what the colonies of sand fleas look like.  Although shells and other things make similar.  Here is a video of a kid doing the same method that I use.  He uses a nicer net though.  I have had plenty of scoops like his, where they were overflowing my net.  I bought a bunch of the cheap nets in the link below at "Five Below" for my kids.  I think they were less than $5 (10 years ago).  Those junky beach stores should have for cheap or Wallyworld as noted below.  A lot easier to store than a sand rake and a lot less expensive.  I also have one on my boat as a bait net, so have a few uses.  The rakes are better when they are hanging deeper in the sand.  I have seen guys with spade shovels and sifting screens, digging 2'-3' for fleas.  Usually they go deeper in the cold.
 
Sand flea flavored Fish Bites work well when the fleas aren't around (and when they are).  Most bait shops (not sure of Gulf area) carry live sand fleas too, but I only buy when I know they can't be caught in the surf.
 
If fishing from a pier or a bridge, use some next to the pilings for the black drum and sheepshead too.  Use a different rig though, with larger hook and larger line, only one hook.  Too easy to get caught up on the barnacles and other with the two hook rig.  I always use "black fish rigs" or "tog rigs".  Which is a similar fish up north that hangs out near the pilings. 
 
Those rigs are easy to tie.  Youtube has instructions for any rig.  Same for the pompano rigs.  If you bought some 30# line as RSquared noted, that would be good for the pompano rigs.  Use different size hooks.  Sometimes they want small pieces and need to use a size 6 or so hook.  The sheepshead rigs, you probably want to do 50# or heavier.  They don't seem to be as leader shy and will run your rig into sharp things.  Connect your weight with either a rubber band or a piece of 10# or so line.  If it gets stuck, then you only lose your weight.
 
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Kid-s-Critter-Net/583731536
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5x8pFaN4mg
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2019/12/30 20:50:29 (permalink)
Pork & rsquared thanks so very much, I do appreciate your encouragement. ummm, 😕 'cept that catfish stingy thingy ya mentioned Dave annnnnnd Pork, when I clicked onto the link for the net.... the web page said "out of stock" but I could leave a "in stock" alert if I would like. Just my luck.
🤣🤣🤣

I know many local stores likely have similar nets and I'll definitly check em out. However, if ya ever see a vid of some guy, running through the surf, trying to catch sand fleas in his hat..... I'll deny deny deny.🙈

Video with the guy using the net was very cool. Experts I watched could use a few pointers from that guy.😉

Dave, Bev knows about setting off the smoke detector.😝 The first time she made toast in the RV.

NO she didn't burn it mind you. We have an 'island' with a 'pop-up' receptacle so what better place to sit a toaster? 'cept some aszhole put the smoke detector directly above the area annnnnd some dummy 🙈 didn't think to remind his wife.

No harm done, 'cept as soon as the detector went off........ welllllll, it took a bit to get the cat unstuck from the ceiling.😾

Dam I'm soooo glad I wasn't near that cat and bending over, when 😳 the smoke detector went off.

😏OK... enough about that, time to check out some more videos, this fishin thingy is gettin exciting. 👍

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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2020/01/03 01:02:01 (permalink)
  I dood it....  I did     
 
 
Ordered my brand new, never been used before, saltwater Fishin rod and reel from FishUSA.. so I did.  
 
Found me one them bait nets recommended by Pork too.  As soon as I work up enough nerve to get my fishin license I'm gonna git me one them nets and go practice catchin those stupid sandfleas......  dam just thinkin of that makes me itchy.  Anybody ever tried the creepy little critters back home?  I wonder if they'd be legal if they was dead, cause I thought I would freeze some.  Also, this multi-flavored "Fish Bites" anybody use that stuff around the local lakes?
 
Stay warm and be safe.
 
 
 
 

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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2020/01/03 08:55:53 (permalink)
Pompano fishing in the panhandle surf usually got good late winter, early spring.  I know when we were there at the beginning of May for a vacation I was on the very tail end of the surf run and only caught a few small ones.
 
Fish bites are great!  Try the different scents but I always did best with the shrimp ones.  I usually lazy man fished in TX so it was a double dropper rig with small circle hooks with a snap on the bottom for a surf weight.  We always used spider weights in TX but I think pyramid weights are more popular in FL and the east coast.  Put the fish bite on the hook first and then try different fresh dead bait on the hooks on top of that (shrimp chunks, cut mullet, clams, squid).  That way, when the little bait stealers clean off the hook you won't be fishing on credit.  We just chunked those rigs out and used PVC rod holders in the surf line.  Cast out, tighten er up, sit back in your chair and crack a beer.  Of course, we usually had 2 hrs of set-up in the AM before we ever sat down as the above set-up was just for the "bait" and we would set out 4-6 shark and bull red lines, most of which were kayaked off shore several hundred yards.
 
Easy install of pvc rod holders....you look a little goofy but no digging and they go in, in seconds......you should be REALLY good at this method BTDT!  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS8NBPOoogg
 
Gulp shrimp or live shrimp free lined near the pier pilings or if you can get to boat docks/poles or break walls on the inside water should get you some sheepshead.  They are really tasty but their skin is really tough so I hope your filet knife is sharp.
 
For the hardheads and gafftops, don't even touch them.  Just get needle nose pliers and shake them off in the surf.  Gafftop are edilble, I heard, but I never attempted.  Did use for cut bait for bull reds with success and even used live hard heads for reds.....but, we clipped all their fins before hooking them up.  Hard heads are nasty little things.  Their fins have punctured many a tire on the beach and the hurt like heck if you get hit by one.  Good chance the wound will get infected if you did get pricked by one too...on top of the poison.
For that, soak the wound in water as hot as tolerable for as long as possible.  It will neutralize the poison.  
 
My inlaws just pulled in with their RV for their 3 mo. vacay in Homosassa Springs.  They say they will be swimming with the manatees in the river there...... 
 
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2020/01/03 10:48:06 (permalink)
I would probably resist using sand fleas back home.  You have no idea what kind of microscopic disease/other they could possibly spread.  Very highly doubt that it would, but I doubt it is worth the risk.  I don't think most fresh water fish would have any glue what they are.  The smell might be inviting though.  You might also violate that whole VHS, bait transfer rule?  That said, I have used store bought shrimp before, so would likely be a similar risk (but I know channel cats like shrimp)!
 
I have tried Fish Bites in freshwater and didn't get anything.  But was also a day that I wasn't getting anything on any traditional baits.  I wouldn't count it out on working.  Basically a more durable version of Powerbait.  I wouldn't be surprised at all, if it would destroy fish at certain times.
 
Good call on different baits on each hook.  Will also let you know what they are biting on too.  If you can remember what you put on each hook...  Doubling up each hook works too (piece of fish bite and piece of shrimp on same hook).  Similar to what Eyesandgillz says about the bait stealers.  A pinfish or other might come and take the shrimp while something like a pompano is around.  I would imagine those pompano would see the pinfish eating and go check it out, possibly grabbing the left overs.  Like Eyes said, fishing on credit.
 
Here is an easy way to make your own hi/low rigs.  The knot used if you haven't already used before, is one of the most useful knots to know for saltwater fishing IMO.  Great for freshwater too, but I have found that lighter line doesn't seem to hold up as well.  I would highly recommend to wet the knots, which she doesn't do on this video.  Different videos out there for the same rig, but she is cute...  Add beads, floats, etc. to the rig as you wish.  Can change out hook sizes, etc.  FYI - She uses the incorrect names for the loops...  She calls the end loop a dropper loop, the dropper loops are actually the ones the hooks are attached to.
 
For a "blackfish/tog rig" which are good for sheepshead, I do 50# or 80# line, only about 2' long.  One dropper loop half way down.  Large enough hook for either a sand flea or part of a crab.  Regular loop at the bottom, with rubber band holding a bank sinker.  Cast near pilings or along the rocks of a jetty as Eyes noted.  If you hook into one of these, try to bully it in if you can.  They have a habit of going into the rocks or around the pilings to cut you off. 
 
If fishing next to jetty rocks, reel in as fast as you can when checking your bait or reeling fish in.  Those stupid rocks have eaten more lures/bait rigs than anything in saltwater for me.  You may think it looks funny, but once you get caught up on your 3rd or 4th, you won't worry about looking funny.  My buddies and I always joke about just throwing gear away when jetty fishing.  Be prepared to lose a lot of rigs.  Also, be very careful walking on jetty rocks.  When they get wet, it is like someone put oil on them and can ruin your year if you fall the wrong way.  Korkers are a must if you happen to get into fishing jetties.  Best advice, if wet, don't step.  Make sure you advise the wife if you guys happen to do any beach strolls and happen to adventure out on a jetty.  Walk on them, like you would if a sheet of ice outside.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmOTWYDQOcY
 
I use these dropper loop knots for lure fishing too.
 
NJ - striper style teaser rig - Put a 30# leader on your main line (I use a surgeon's knot but can use a small swivel).  The length of the leader is kind of dependent on the length of the rod.  Make it slightly longer from the tip of your rod, to what is a comfortable length to cast for you.  After you connect the leader, about 6" down from the connection to the main line, add the dropper loop about 2" loop (enough to get around your "teaser").  I always use streamers like Deceiver or Surf Candy as the teaser, but small crappie plastics or other will work.  At the end of your line, either connect directly to your main lure.  Or use a Power Clip/snap swivel for easy change out.  Usually a larger bait in the back.  This is supposed to trigger the competition response in fish to beat the other fish to the teaser.  I usually catch more on the teaser, but many times double up.  Occasionally get them on the larger lure (which often is used more for casting weight).  
 
Tandem rig style - Same rig, but shorter leader.  Make your dropper loop bigger (4"-5") and maybe about 18" from your end bait.  When doing this, I use two of the same jigs.  This looks more like fish in a small school following each other closer together.  This works really well when you see fish are harassing schools of bait fish.  Try to find out what the bait fish are and try to match the hatch...  I used both rigs in freshwater too.
 
If bluefish, Spanish mackerel or other sharp tooth fish are around, you are probably better to go single lure.  They have a habit of chopping two lures off at once, which can get expensive and double frustrating.
 
 
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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2020/01/03 16:48:43 (permalink)
Geee thanks Eyes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS8NBPOoogg

😄😂😁 Smoke it, don't chew it.😛

I'd probably hiccup and drive the dam thing clean below the surface. 😣

I'm thinkin "Pompano Rigs" with pyramid sinkers my first few times out.

I like the idea of different bait with the Fish Bites too.

Not liking the sounds of them "Hardheads" & "Gafftop" catfish. I appreciate the heads-up on those puppies. Be doin some readin up on them things.

I don't know about that swimmin wit the fishes either. I tested the waters off of Orange Beach annnnnnnd I don't think sooo. Although, hundreds of people,of all ages didn't care about the water temp. when they took the plunge on New Year Day.

Pork, I've tied lots of drop leaders for pan fishin back home. But since you mentioned 'cute' wellllll maybe I could learn sumthin new. Thanks for the link.

Thanks too for the "jetty" fishing too. I may stay away from fishing those areas til I learn a little more about this style of fishing.

As for cranking fast, the reel I bought is a 6000 seris and has a 5:1 ratio with power handle. That, being a recommendation because of the heavy sinkers and types of rigs being used. Plus, if I don't care for saltwater fishing it will be easier to sell or I got me a new trolling reel. 😁 For back home.

Speakin of back home, I think I'll just leave the Sand Fleas in the sand and if I have any "Fish Bites" left overb I'll just save em til next trip.


Raining☔ like crazy here but after today it's fixin to be nice so it's off to finding a few fishing spots...... and waitin to hear, my new stuff has been shipped.😛 Oh yeah, I gotta go learn to tie some drop loops now.


Thanks again for your help.

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Re: Out-n-About..... Again🤗 2020/01/03 17:19:28 (permalink)
Pork, is this what you mean by "jetty" fishin?

Using "Gulp" and jig but I wonder if the rod & reel is the same as we would be using around home?

I believe rsquared mentioned using that class of gear for plugs and jigs.

The set up I just bought is for chucking 1 to 4 oz rigs into the surf and quickly hauling heavy loads back in.



https://youtu.be/Xj7UrHmAJj0
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