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caloosa bug

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About caloosa bug

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    bass, bluegill, snook, redfish, crappie, whatever is biting
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    Lake Okeechobee

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  1. We had a fun few hours at a pond near our house. Caught a jaguar guapote and several small bluegill. Then the same fish I missed on the 3 wt earlier came after my sons fish. My son ended up hooking it with a cricket and landed it without a fight. It was a very poor fish. We laughed, took some pics, made memories and released it.
  2. Heck ya! $30 in tackle? Live bait, or 2 $15 plugs? I put a hurting on some Rapala X-Raps in March and April. Lost 4or 5 on fish, broke lips and split the butt on 4 or 5. And threw a few into the fence on the Army Core of Engineers side of the spillway...No trespassing.
  3. Awesome! Bet that was fun, so what if there’s a crowd, as long as the fish are biting. Good job on cleaning them cats too. 👍
  4. A little cricket bobbing this morning. Me and grandpa usually have to bring him to find the fish. He started the morning with the first google one.
  5. Stumbled on to this awesome spot thanks to youtube. Scott lived a few blocks from me a couple years ago. Watching this video I gathered landmark cues and direction. Google maps and eventually the fwc website helped me pinpoint this awesome spot 30 minutes from my house. Every time I’ve been fish were plentiful and acted as if they’d never seen a lure before. Secret is not a secret anymore. 🤭Tons of water in this area that I’ve yet to fish.
  6. Been thinking about getting one, but just never have. Mentioned it to the wife the other day. Not for fish specifically. Never ever had a problem with fish frozen in water. Then again, within 3-4 months its been eaten and replaced. Taste and texture of a thick snook fillet is the same when cooked immediately or thawed a month from now. At least what I can tell.
  7. With snook season closed, I have more evening time to tie. Stocking up on the panfish flies for the 3wt. The big bluegill should be moving in to the shallows.
  8. Well, the March and April snook season was a blast. MUCH more “slot sized” fish in the freshwater this year. The freezer is stocked to last till September. With several bags already distributed around to family and friends, and a few more since to coworkers. One particular night 7 people including me were fishing the 40ft dock at the spillway. In 45 min I saw over 60 snook landed. It was a night I won’t soon forget. Everyone on almost every cast was hooked up. Now it’s time to switch gears. Shellcrackers and big bluegill should be moving in to the shallows. Time to get the 3wt. and kids ultralights rigged up for summer fun. Here’s a few pics from an Aunt’s house with a small pond that is always a hit.
  9. Nice set up Chaising Tails. Not too may people can say they limited out with one cast. But that’s what happened last night. First cast caught a slot fish. Then fished another 20 minutes and landed a big overslot fish. Released him and went home happy.
  10. +1 on the gel for 👁 on synthetic.. then liquid fusion or Uv after it dries to make them last even longer.
  11. I’ve never fished the canals of Cape Coral, but have fished all around pine island quite a few times. Always by boat or from the matlache bridge, or a dock where we used to stay in bokeelia. Plenty reds, trout, snapper, and snook in them waters. Kayaking would open up some awesome grass flats and mangrove shorelines. Oddly enough, I’ve never fished around there with a fly rod and it’s been a few years, so I wouldn’t be much help there. Heck, it wouldn’t surprise me if the canals had Mayans and tilapia. Sanibel is a close drive and stop in Norm Ziegler’s fly shop should point you in the direction of nearby fish from the beach. I’m 64 miles from Cape Coral, but I mostly fish my local freshwater in Lake okeechobee and the far eastern portion of the caloosahatchee river. Summertime usually means big bluegills on beds around here. Let us know how it goes. .. edit here are a few of my favorites here inland..personally, I never cared for the “EP” only patterns. I’ve done really well with my zonker tail, chenille body, with flash and ep tied in front combed back. Don’t forget some spiders or small terrestrial patterns..they can pull fish out of any puddle or ditch in fla.
  12. Mike!! This is 👉freshwater👈. Lake O fresh.. not even brackish at all. It’s been a while since I did any salt fishing.
  13. Got a good one last night on a rapala x-rap.
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