Had a great day on the water testing out a few things on the big boat getting ready for Tarpon Season. I started out on the low incoming tide so i ran over to check out some redfish that i need for Sundays charter i show up and a mullet boat was working the area but still got one on the jig none on the fly so we started to hit the trout spots and we were getting 10 here and 10 there till we hit the last place and we must have caught 200 in a hour and a half on jigs and fly. I just hope it holds out for the next week.
Winter Time Sight Casting for Redfish Seminar at West Marine
Thursday, January 19, 2012 6:30pm until 8:00pm West Marine Tampa, FL
Learn winter time sight casting with Capt. Jim Lemke with more than 25 years of fly and sight casting fishing experience as a full time guide in the waters in and around the Tampa Bay area. Capt. Jim specializes in Light Tackle Sight Casting and Fly Fishing Charters for Snook, Redfish, and Trout in the winter and Tarpon in the summer. Capt. Jim Lemke guides on the inshore waters of Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, St. Petersburg, and everywhere in between.
Capt. Jim Lemke
813 917 4989
I met up with a friend of mine and fellow Capt Harrison Hodges to take a crack at filming some Redfish on fly. We meet up at the boat ramp at 9:30am after traffic died down. I put the Maverick in and tied on a new shrimp pattern on then Harrison showed up and we headed off to the first flat i got up on the platform and stared to pole down the flat the tide was still going out and the water was a little dirty from all the mullet
that dumped off the flat. We poled down a few 100 feet and spooked up a small school of good Redfish. The reds on this flat are so spooky they reminded me of the Islamorada downtown Bonefish so we decide to get out and wade and i saw a few tailers and put the fly in front of them and one of them jumped on that Shrimp pattern and a few minutes later a nice 26 inch Redfish got released. The tide went slack so we ran down the bay to a new flat and i got up on the platform and poled down to some mullet working and Harrison put a crab fly right in front of the Redfish and H was on after a 5 minute fight Harrison released a 25 inch Red. I told him there was a good size school coming at him at 11 o’clock he landed the fly 5 feet in front of them and let it sit till the fish got to the fly than gave it a strip and fish on another Redfish about the same size. Now it was my turn to take a few shots at these fish. The clouds started rolling in making it hard to sight cast to them but when the sun would pop out you had to be ready as soon as the cloud passed bye Harrison goes Redfish at 10 o’clock 10 feet i was still out after blind casting so i striped it in made a cast to him and he ate it fish on, We landed the Redfish got a few photos and released him and decided that it was a good way to end a great day fly fishing on Tampa Bay.
Had a great couple charters on Friday with the morning trip yielding some big yellow mouth Trout and some Sand Trout along with a few nice Redfish. The afternoon charter was nonstop Trout as fast as a DOA Cal hit the water you had a Trout on. It was crazy for 3 hours straight than the guys said take me home we have caught enough. If we caught 1 we must have caught 250 plus fish. The bite is nuts. I will be chasing big Redfish on my Fly charter in the AM then off to fish for some Trout.
Capt. Jim Lemke
813 917 4989