APRIL & MAY 2020 FEATURED ARTICLE BY CAPT. SAM SCHIWART
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Family Fishing Fun!
Great days and good times lie ahead for all of us and I know you’re going to need a fun get-away. Kids and adults alike have been staying at home due to the coronavirus and everyone is more than ready to get out and about and do the things we love most. What better way to spend some quality time with your family and friends than getting on a boat to catch fish on a beautiful, sunny day! Sounds perfect!!
Coronavirus has brought about a renewed sense of “family” and reminded us all that our family means everything. It has taught us that life it short and the importance of living every day to the fullest is more important than ever. Putting down the electronic devices and going on a fishing trip is the perfect way to celebrate life for everyone.
When was the last time you cast a rod and reel? Or the last time you felt the tug on the line and began reeling in a nice-sized fish? Can you remember being on a boat taking a boat ride over beautiful blue water? Or went on a boat ride? Or watched the sun rise while the boat lightly rocks?! Summer indicates – we all need to have a good time out of doors, on the water – together!!
Springtime is here and Summer is growing closer every day. The fishing keeps getting better and better this time of year and the calm winds will start to laydown in summer months showing the beautiful bay water colors, dolphin putting on a show and this year it will mark the return to American normalcy – which we all are looking forward to.
Fishing keeps on getting better and better as we get into summer. The winds will start to die down and the beautiful color of the water will be revealed – it can be mesmerizing at times. Early morning trips provide pleasant temperatures and a gentle breeze that when combined, make for a fantastic day of fishing!!
Trout fishing is on fire right now! Usually at this time of year, my customers are catching their limit of trout almost every trip! There are the occasional slow days where the bite not be as explosive, but that’s when having an experienced captain helps out because he knows where the fish are!
For bait, you’ll fish with shrimp under a popping cork. Fishing over shall and mud bottoms, sand pockets as well as grass is a highly productive way to catch redfish and trout – sometimes black drum and flounder too. Speaking of trout – we commonly use a small bait fish called Croaker and when you cast-out using that bait, be ready to see the fishing experience explode with excitement as you feel a strong tug on the line and then it’s Game On! It’s exciting and so much fun – the kids simply can’t get enough.
Having good fresh, active bait is essential to great fishing and I can teach you how. If the bait stops wiggly and they’re are no longer trying to swim to the bottom when you cast your rod, it’s time for a new one. Make sure and work your baits up off the bottom in order to keep them presented in the feeding zone of the trout. Top water lures and plastic baits have been working when fished wading in the same area.
Redfish have been hitting cut bait on the bottom in sand pockets or against wind blown shorelines. Cut mullet and cut shad have been doing the trick! Again, fresh bait is key here!
So who is ready to go spend a great day on the water and catch some fish?! I am taking reservations for summer now – so don’t wait….give us a call and get the days you want booked. Remember that weekends always fill-up fast so reserve early. I can accommodate all size groups/multiple boat parties (corporate outings and family reunions) throughout the year. I cater from old to young and beginner to experienced, in fact ALL my customers get a DISCOUNT on their room rates when they stay at the beautiful Lighthouse Inn too! Just let them know you are fishing with me and receive a discount when reserving your room!
For Now, Fair Winds and Following Seas to Everyone! Be well and take care – hope to see you this summer!!
Capt. Sam Schiwart – Saltitude Outfitters
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