Sunday, August 15, 2021

VENICE, LA REDFISH WITH CAPT. KEITH KENNEDY AUGUST 9-12, 2021

 


I had the opportunity to fish again with friend Etan Zimmet of New York along with my brother, Bill for monster bull redfish out of Venice, LA.  This is a trip which matches any International Destination and I look forward to it each year.  We also are under the guidance of Capt. Keith Kennedy of Born To Fish Charters.  Keith provides everything--housing, tackle, and all meals.  The fishing for bull reds was again excellent which is becoming the norm each year.  The winds were mostly light coming out of the NE. 

Thunderstorms were in the area each day but we experienced no rain while fishing.  The top lure by far was the Berkely Havoc Sick Fish behind a BlabberMouth popping cork rigged on a 8/0 circle hook with a 1/8 oz weight.  For 4 days of fishing we landed a total of 111 bull reds and 2 Jacks.

  A few blacktip sharks were in the area each day which did cause some breakoffs.  This year my brother and I  used Daiwa Ballistic 6000 spinning reels which hold a massive amount of line, are very lightweight, and have a good amount of drag to battle these arm hurting brutes.  With covid still causing lockdowns in many International Destinations, Venice is a topnotch destination to fulfill your angling needs. One flys into New Orleans and either drives to Venice or take a Uber which is about 2 hours from the Airport.  

Bull Redfish hold second to none in terms of fighting ability so lots of fun catching big reds in numbers in a great location.  Look up Keith on Facebook or give him a call at 5049083108. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

INTERNATIONAL FISHING TACKLESTORES


Whenever I travel Internationally, I always try to arrive a few days earlier to get rid of the jetlag and to see some of the sites.  A top priority is to visit a local tackle store.  Often, these stores have lures which are not available in the United States or have colors I cannot get. Sometimes, if you are on top of prices, the International lures are cheaper than here in the USA.   On my recent trip to Panama, I found a fantastic store, Abernathy Transistmica which is located on Panama Street.  The store was huge as they offer a giant selection on tackle, rods, reels, boat, and camping equipment.  While browsing the tackle, I found Abernathy has a huge selection on Rapala lures.  I bought a few X-Rap Scoop XRSCP-14 , X-Rap Jointed Shad XJS-13 in Pike and Steel Perch coloration, X-Rap Subwalk XRSB-15 in Hot Pike, and Scaled Baitfish, a few Giant Shad Raps in Goldfish, and a few locally made jigs.  All of the Rapala lures were much cheaper than here in the States plus after talking with the owner, he gave me a 10% off all my tackle.  So next time you are in Panama make sure to visit Abernathy Transistmica or make sure to stop by a tackle store on your next International trip and you might be surprised on the lures not sold in the USA.  

Friday, July 2, 2021

PANAFISHING LODGE, PANAMA JUNE 19 TO 29, 2021

 


About 2 months ago I had a conversation with friend, Curtis Lee, about fishing opportunities.  Since the majority of destinations are still locked down due to covid, Curtis suggested I consider Panama where he has fished numerous times.  After a long discussion, Curtis said he was looking for a fishing partner for this June.  It took me about 5 seconds to tell him to count me in.  We would fish for 7 days our of Panafishing lodge

which is located in the town of Pedasi which is about 4 hrs ride from Panama City.  We would target Yellowfin Tuna, Roosterfish, and Cupera Snapper plus loads of others willing to bite.  X-large poppers would be the lure of choice as trolling and live bait is not allowed.  With my numerous trips to Papua New Guinea for Giant Trevally, I had all the equipment needed for a successful trip.  We were fishing in the rain season where the seas are normally calm. We experienced some rain during our 7 days of fishing but little to no wind.  The fishing was outstanding.  A few giant Roosterfish were caught by Curtis and myself.

  It is very exciting to see the comb of a rooster while chasing one's popper.  One day we went about 10 miles offshore and found Yellowfins jumping near a floating lodge.  The action was non-stop for about 1 hour with numerous tuna landed.  During the week we caught a variety of species such as YellowFin Tuna, Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle, Bigeye Jack, Bluefin Trevally, Sierra Mackerel, Needlefish, Amberjack (Almaco Jack), Dolphinfish, Cubera Snapper, Rainbow Runner, Barracuda, and even a shark.

  The lodge runs 3 boats and has a backup boat if needed.  The food is outstanding with the catch of the day being served the majority of your stay.  The rooms are very spacious with A/C and bath/shower.  There is a swimming pool to relax in after a day of arm bruising battles.  The staff and guides were outstanding!  I cannot wait to head back to Panafishing Lodge and hopefully go to battle with more giant Roosters!!!

Panafishing Lodge books well in advance so best to get in contact with Pierre ASAP to secure a booking.  He can be contacted at Panafishing@hotmail.com or call +507 6405 3675


Friday, April 30, 2021

DAIWA BG SERIES SPINNING REELS

 


If your heading out on a saltwater popping trip for huge Giant Trevalley, Tuna, etc.. and don't have loads of cash to buy a top end of the line reel such as the Daiwa Dogfight or Saltiga, consider the Daiwa BG 8000.  This reel can be bought for under $150.  It is a huge reel weighing around 30 oz.  It has a large spool where it can hold about 440 yards of 80 lbs braid.  It has a drag strength of about 33 lbs.  The BG is constructed out of heavy aluminum, and has an air rotor plus 7 ball bearings.  It is quite smooth when reeling and have digitally cut gears to help battle these monster brutes.  I recently obtained the 8000 model and 5000 models which I will be testing out in June.  So, more on these reels after hopefully a successful popping fishing trip!!!

Monday, February 22, 2021

DAIWA TATULA 300

 

Recently, I purchased a Daiwa Tatula 300XS reel.  I was looking for a large capacity reel with a high drag and extremely fast retrieve to buzz poppers

across the waters in La Zona.  The Tatula was exactly what I was looking for!  The Tatula 300 comes in 3 different retrieves, the H (6:3:10, the HS (7:1:1) and the hyperspeed XS (8:1:1).  Daiwa has used it's patented T-wing system that decreases line resistance and its magforce z magnetic casting system. The Tatula 300 model utilizes larger gears for handling large dorado lures and a powerful 28.7 lbs of drag while weighing only 11.5 oz.  Now, I anxiously wait for Argentina to allowed citizens from the USA to enter so I can test out the reel on hopefully 50+ lbs La Zona dorado!!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

My 2020 in review

 


2020-What a year!  Hopefully everyone, their family, and friends were able to withstand the covid issue.  I truly believe the best is yet to come, making 2021 a year we cannot wait to arrive!  

In January, 2020, I traveled back to wet a line in the Coral Sea off of Papua New Guinea with friend, Bruce Cross. 


We were under the guidance of friend, Luke Wyrsta, who operates Rock Expeditions.  We slept under the stars in one man tents positioned on white sand beaches which were located on a remote island about a 2 hr boat ride from Misima Island.  The waters are teaming with Giant Travally, Dogtooth Tuna, and other brutes.  Papua New Guinea offers fishermen the best odds of landing the beautiful Napolean Wrasse.

  Nothing can compare to the topwater strikes exhibited by Giant Travelly.  This was my 3rd trip to Papua New Guinea fishing with Rock Expeditions.  I was fortunate to land numerous Giant Trevally up to 80 pounds while casting huge poppers.  Bruce was blessed to land the fish of my dreams, the Napoleon Wrasse while jigging for Dogtooth tuna. God willing I will be returning for another arm bruising battle in December 2021.  

During February, covid put a stop to International travel.  I had to postpone trips to Russia for taimen, a few trips to La Zona in Argentina for golden dorado, a few trips to Jurassic lake lodge in Argentina for rainbow trout, and a trip to the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea for Papua black bass.  Hopefully I can get these trips in during 2021!  

In July, I traveled with a few friends to Venice, LA to fish for redfish with Capt. Keith Kennedy of Born To Fish Charters.  The fishing was good and all of us were glad to get out of the house. 


In August, I returned again to fish with Capt. Keith.  The bite was on fire and perhaps my best trip for redfish to date.  Capt. Keith knows the waters well and always puts us on the bite.  Anxious to return for a few trips in 2021!

During the covid period, I have spent the majority of time living with my mom in Wisconsin.  I still remain Vice President of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Whiting.  My dad passed away in September.  I am convinced he died indirectly of covid as the family could not visit him in the assisted living home since February. Dad was still good of mind but just gave up.  He was able to return home for 1 day from the assisted living home before passing away which I thank God for letting us see and talk to him.  

So, 2021 should be a great year.  If I am extremely fortunate, I will land a huge Napoleon Wrasse in Papua New Guinea, land a trophy  taimen in Russia, and land more monster golden dorado, rainbow trout, redfish, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna, coral trout, Papua Black Bass, and the list goes on and on.

May God Bless each of you and your families!

Have and great 2021 and hope all your dreams come true!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2020

LIVINGSTON LURES

 During the covid lockdown, since I cannot travel to some of my favorite International destinations,  I have been stocking up on lures and sorting out my tackle room.  Livingston lures has a Christmas Sale going on, so I decided to order a few of their lures.  I bought a few of their Predatory Series lures.  Each lure comes with Livingston's exclusive EBS Technology which emits an electronic replication of natural biological sounds made by baitfish and other natural food sources. 


The Bulldozer is similar to the Rapala Shad Rap.  It is 5.71 inches and weights 2.31 oz.  The Bulldozer has a tight wobble and dives to about 5 feet on a cast.  This lure should be great at La Zona for golden dorado. 

The Jerkmaster 254 is 10 inches and weighs 4.52 oz.  It is designed to dart/slash in the 3 to 8 foot range.  The Head Hunter Magnum is a triple jointed lure which has slow-swimming action of a swimbait. It measures 10 inches and weighs 5.04 oz. 

  It runs 3 to 5 feet during a cast retrieve.  Finally, the Rachel 192 is a crankbait which dives to around 6 feet with a side by side wobble.  It measures 7.5 inches and weighs 3.25 oz. 

During the Christmas Season many companies offer great discounts so stock up on some of your favorite lures such as those offered by Livingston now!