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  1. I was asked how to keep shrimp alive, and why it is so hard to do. My response was.
    Shrimp are a problem, what ever shrimp, I have left at the end of the day each and every day I will lose 10% to 50% over night.
    There is no magic anything when it comes to keeping them alive.
    shrimp get dragged up in a net being pulled by a boat dumped on a sorting table, push into a live well,
    Then are netted u...p and put into a tank on a truck, then hauled to the bait shop, then picked and put into your bucket,
    So the truth is they are really tough just to survive that. and the change of water alone would kill most creatures
    different water from the boat to the truck and the truck to the bait shop tanks.
    Often Shrimp will live several days in a bucket in the canal, if it is not too hot or too fresh because of rain.
    The best way to keep them is in a bucket with holes on the sides to allow new water in, and about 2 feet below the surface.
    the water is cooler and saltier there.
    We do sell a bucket like this I believe is about $12.00 two piece, it works pretty good and last a long time.
    I hope this helps, you understand the problems with keeping shrimp alive.
    Fishin Frank


     Fishin Frank---&---      Robert's report--------- 
                       
04/15/2014
       
 The reason not every place has a report, is that we did not have currant information about that spot.

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 Italian Restaurant                            941-624-3535
 "great Food /full Bar"  Charlotte Harbor
   
 Go to Luigi's   Fish Club
 
Meeting 2nd Wednesday each month 6:30 pm
Fishin club meetings hosted by.
       
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                    both night are the same topic.
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            Reports By Fishin Frank, & Capt Greg
                Plus fishin features By Mallory

41 bridges - .....  

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Slow a few whiting, and the Cobia are here
on and off, Shark are the most steady catch

 

Robert & Fishin Frank--------- Day time some whiting, Trout ,
 Spanish mackerel and more & more sharks each day


 

Alligator Creek-....... 
Poachers Cut

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Nice Snapper and baby Tarpon
some big jacks up in the creek

 

Robert & Fishin Frank--------- a little quiet but some nice Mangrove Snappers
bunched up under the docks

                                                                        
 

Alligator creek reef "concrete reef

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- A few Spanish, big mangrove Snapper
and Cobia on a hit or miss level

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------ Sharks and Spanish, Some larger Cobia
showing up. Snapper are feeding here quite a few 14 inchers

Bay shore piers- . ..............

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14-----Cobia and Sharks not steady
But really worth a shot

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------ Some Sharks, and Cobia,
Good to give it a shot for an hour or so. not really steady yet, but better
than last week. Good sign of things to come

 

 

              
Bokeelia-
 Jug Creek Shoals
 

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Scattered Trout and some Spainsh
small sharks on the flats.

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------ Pompano, Mackerel, red fish
not a lot of Trout but the ones here are larger than normal

 

 

 



Boca pass    

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Big Mnagrove Snapper
Saome Tarpon not steady but very close to steady. Sharks larger or small
the pass has them all

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Snapper and spnaish, quite a few sharks
and the Tarpon are here in the pass, but still hit or miss, nothing steady but worth a try



Bull bay-  

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Red under  the tress and Snook all over

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------ Lots of Snook & red fish
Snapper at the mouth with still a few sheep head

 

 


Cape haze reef, -. ......

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Snapper and some Mackerel
a few gag but they are out of season

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Spnaish and Mackerel, good in harbor
place for Kings as well as Spanish

 

 

 

Cape Haze  bar-  .....

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14-----Bonnet Sharks and other sharks
Trout still holding here. Tons of pin fish

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Trout , Mackerel, Pompano, Lots of
Sharks, one of the better activity places

 

 


 

Charlotte Harbor Deep holes- .......

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Tarpon and Sharks

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Spanish mackerel And Sharks

 

 

 

East Side "keys"  the Islands which run from Alligator Creek to Pirate Harbor
    
Cormorant key    One of the islands "keys" on the east side.

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Red ifsh out by the bar or way back up under
the mangroves, Cobia on the out side of the bar,

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Lots of Trout out on the bar just north
of Pirtae Haror A good time to learn top water lures

 

 

Englewood pier "Tom Adams bridge

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Big Lady fish, some Snapper
and A good supply of Sharks

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------ During the day Trout and Spanish,
 with a few whiting. Night itme is about Snook, Tarpon, Sharks yes the fish are
working in shifts

 

 


 

Gilchrist pier-  .........

 

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Sharks and Jacks

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Sharks , whitng, Cobia

 

South Gulf cove canals- ........
Butterford Ramp
South Gulf Cove park

Locks S.G.C.

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- No reports

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------ Bass way in the back. Snook at the locks
inside more than out. out side the locks the bay is holding some reds
 

 

Gulf of Mexico bottom fishin & trolling -.

Reefs & Wrecks

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- MAngrove Porgys, grunts lots of good eating
with in 12 miles the really big Red grouper are out in 80 feet,
 Some monster king out 35 miles

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Doing really , really good
Spanish, King mackerel, Cobia, Big sharks, inculding Mayko, Tiger, and lots
others, Bonita are scattered and the amber jacks are still on the pegasus.
Red grouper out 8o feet of water but the are worth the trip, some over 20 pounds caught
in the last week
 


.

 Gulf beaches
 17th street

 Stump Pass Park.
.......

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Walking the beach for Snook is the bomb
cast a Storm twitch and hang on right along the shore maybe 3 feet of water

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------ from the beaches, whiting a few here and there
sharks every where. some Spanish, and if you are lucky a pompano or two


 


 

 

Harbor Heights park- . ..

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- ?????

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------?? Cat fish and maybe some small reds

 

Hobbs point-  ......Pirate Harbor- .

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Big Snook some nice Reds

 all toward the mouth of the canals by the deeper hole

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Red ifsh around the bushes
big Snook up in the canals, Jacks some real tackle testers out on the bar

 

 

 

I-75 bridges "boat only"  ...... 

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Red fish, a few Spanish
and sting rays, and Some sharks

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Black drum and Tarpon
the drum are big the Tarpon mostly smaller ones, some
Trout and Spanish

 

 

 

Laishley Pier -

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14-----Snook at night time

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Night time is the time for Snook here
quite a few slot fish cuaght lately, durng the day the Trout and a few other fish
but not steady at all, hope with the weather changing this will get better

 

 

 

Little Gasparilla pass  

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Tarpon and I think they are chasing the
Spanish mackerel.

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------ Big Spanish, and nice Snappers
Big over slot Red fish and even a few left over sheep head

 

 

 

 Lemon Bay ...

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Red fish under the docks and larger ones
in the ICW Spanish in the passes,. Some Big sharks in the pass and near gulf.
Snook are moving in thicker by the day

 

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14---- -

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Really good Trout fishin in the deepest channels
Snook at the mouths of the canals.

 

Matlacha  .--------  

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Some Red fish getting better all the time
lots of Sharks in the main channels

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Big Trout and a lot of reds, Quite a few fish
Sharks and Tarpon with some Cobia


 Myakka River ...

El-Jo bean pier- .....

Myakka cutoff- ......

Cattle dock
Locks S.G.C.

Tippy Canoe bay
 14 foot hole

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Somae Cobia and sharks around El-Jo
during the day. Big Snook and nice size Snapper, Tippy canoe has some nice slot Reds

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------

 


 

Peace river above I-75

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Not much Sunday but the fish are
here Tarpon and some monster Gar

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Tarpon, Red fish
and osme big Trout not a lot but the ones there are big

 

 


 

Pine Island sound ----

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Some Tarpon in the ICW,
lots of Sharks and the Red fish and Snook are around the islands but
 up under the branches

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------ Trout big ones, and nice Red fish around
 the bushes and oyster bars, Spanish and Sharks around any deeper holes

 

Placida pier //  "trestle"  

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Lotof Snapper and bonnet heads
enough Jacks to keep you busy, a few Cobia and some Spanish are still here

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Trout and Black drum. some Gag grouper
and some nice size snappers.
Spanish mackerl & the Snook are under the trestle/ pier
Lots of smaller sharks and a few larger ones

 

 

Ponce de-Leon park-
.Punta Gorda canals
.Poachers Cut ....

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Mangrove Snappers and Black drum at
ponce, Up in the canals there are some big Jacks and a few Spanish

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Some Sheep head and
Jacks , but loads of Snook

 

 


Port charlotte Beach pier- .

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- A few Cobia and more sharks
during the day time.

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------snook at night and some Cobia during
the day, lady fish and Trout

 

 


Port charlotte Canals Salt/brackish

 Spillways along 41- .......

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Slow some Snook
the Bass on the top or freshwater side are hitting scatter raps darker colors like gold

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------ Some Snook but less each day

 

Punta Rassa Sanibel Island..\

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- really fishey down here, Lots of Spanish
and Sharks

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------ Sharks loads of the near the beach
Snook on the inside of the isalnds, lots of them under the docks

 

 


 

Sharkey pier "Venice"
. ....
  & Venice Jetties- . ......

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- spanish and Snook in the Venice inlet

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Spanish mackerel

 

 

Three sisters flats and islands to the phosphate docks

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14-----  Lot of sharks and Trout
Snook up by the edge if the sand bar

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Goliath grouper, Mackerel
Snappers, sharks, Sahrks, When you get close to the shore Big trout

 

 

 


Turtle bay

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- More better Red fish
out in the sand holes, shrimp on a pink jig head, or you night try a gold one

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------ Red fish back way back,
Trout in the mouth and some of the biggest snook you will ever see
just outside the bar

 


West wall.  
Blow down creek.
 Muddy Bay   
Oyster Creek.  

Robert & Fishin Frank----04/15/14----- Red fish under the branches ya gotta look
but they are there, Cobia are working up and down the bar, So keep an eye out

 

Robert & Fishin Frank---04/04/14------Lots of Red fish out on the bar and all the
 way back up under the trees. Cobia, Pompano, even Tarpon out on the bar

 

 

 

Fresh Water- Canals, Creeks,
Ponds, & lakes,
...........
.. 

Blue gill doing well beetle spins
or best bet is wigglers on a #8 hook under a float about 3 feet


 

 

Audubon Park   .  Lake Betty     Ollie Pond     titty lake  turtle preserve   760 fishing spot  

9 mile ramp   Cecil Webb   hathaway park  .Myakka Park   Prairie Creek   Collingswood                         

Butterford ramp  S,G.C. Ramp  

Robert's report----12/06/13----- The bass are turned on in the North port canals
Crappie are still scatters but getting better by the front.
Best bet for Large mouth live is shiners,  for lures / plastics, watermelon or green color for the bass

 

 

Blue crabs, from a pier...

 

 

                   Fishin advice tips &
thoughts about the fishing conditions

 

  1. I was asked how to keep shrimp alive, and why it is so hard to do. My response was.
    Shrimp are a problem, what ever shrimp, I have left at the end of the day each and every day I will lose 10% to 50% over night.
    There is no magic anything when it comes to keep ing them alive. shrimp get dragged up in a net being pulled by a boat dumped on a sorting table, push into a live well,
    Then are netted u...p and put into a tank on a truck, then hauled to the bait shop, then picked and put into your bucket,
    So the truth is they are really tough just to survive that. and the change of water alone would kill most creatures
    different water from the boat to the truck and the truck to the bait shop tanks.
    Often Shrimp will live several days in a bucket in the canal, if it is not too hot or too fresh because of rain.
    The best way to keep them is in a bucket with holes on the sides to allow new water in, and about 2 feet below the surface.
    the water is cooler and saltier there.
    We do sell a bucket like this I believe is about $12.00 two piece, it works pretty good and last a long time.
    I hope this helps, you understand the problems with keeping shrimp alive.
    Fishin Frank

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   It would be hard to picture life without fishing.
 People who do not fish do not understand the
therapeutic value of fishing, losing yourself to
 the motion of the waves and just relaxing.
The best things about fishing is where you do it,
 and that you do not have to carry a score card.

 

In memory of Capt Angel 1975-2010

 

 In Memory of Captain Angel
Angel remains here with us,
 He was my friend, I miss him

 

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        Fishin Frank-----                 Robert's report----------     

 

  

It would be hard to picture life without fishing.
 People who do not fish do not understand the
therapeutic value of fishing, losing yourself to
 the motion of the waves and just relaxing.
The best things about fishing is where you do it,
 and that you do not carry a score card.