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Hell’s Bay “Biscayne” Review by Capt. C.A. Richardson

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My Test Drive Experience

Recently I had the opportunity to jump aboard the brand new Hell’s Bay Biscayne for a quick sea trial with Capt. Todd Fuller (HB General Manager) and well known outdoor writer Rusty Chinnis along the Manatee River and south shore of Tampa Bay.  I was thoroughly impressed with the new Biscayne and can honestly say it deserves all of the “buzz” it has created over the past few months since its debut at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.  Read More

Smart Casting

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Smart Casting is a term that I utilize in my Flats Class V2.0 seminar series to describe where the presentation has to be placed to increase the odds of a fish striking the lure.  Often what is considered a well placed cast by many anglers is occasionally too close to the targeted fish and frequently results in a negative response to the angler’s presentation.  Read More

Equipment Review: The Minn-Kota I-Pilot

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My Hell’s Bay Neptune is complimented by some phenomenal accessories but one that has really impressed me is the Minn-Kota I-Pilot. This latest addition to Minn-Kota’s trolling motor line-up is in my opinion the best yet… GPS wireless technology that gives anglers true hands-free control over their boat like never before.  Below are just a few reasons why I give the MK I-Pilot the Flats Class seal of approval. Read More

Back to School!

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It’s that time of year again; time to go back to the Flats Class V2.0 Inshore Fishing School for more great fishing tips that will give enrolled anglers guaranteed results!  This year’s Flats Class V2.0 has been revamped to include more advanced strategies and techniques with less emphasis on covering the basics.  There will be four classes during the fall 2011/winter 2012 schedule with three of them already planned for the following areas: Tampa 10/8 (Tampa Fishing Outfitters), Jacksonville 11/5 (The Strike Zone), and Punta Gorda 1/21 (Laishley Marine). Read More

Tackle Review: Mirrolure’s “Mirrodine Mini”

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The Mirrodine-Mini (14MR) is a pint size version of the original Mirrodine (17MR) but don’t let this diminutive little twitchbait fool you it packs a big punch!  At only 2.25” in length and weighing in at just 3/16th of an ounce the “Mirrodine-Mini” has a subtle footprint but it’s these physical qualities that allow this lure to land softly on the surface of the water without alarming wary game fish. Read More

Beach Tarpon Manners

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Personally, stalking tarpon on the beach at dawn has been a summer tradition for me since I was a teenager but some days it can be quite frustrating due to a lack of good manners by fellow tarpon anglers.  Prime “beach tarpon” season generally runs from April through July along much of Florida’s west coast putting lots of tarpon boats in close proximity in very shallow water.  With so many fishermen vying for shots at rolling tarpon along the beach, manners and respect often get left behind. Read More

Fish of Opportunity: The Mighty Tripletail

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The Tripletail has an almost pre-historic appearance.  It possesses a very small head in proportion to its overall body and the second dorsal & anal fins are similar in size, along with a rounded tail fin… that gives the fish its name.  The Tripletail is also camouflaged with a mottled appearance to match whatever floating debris it chooses to hunt… generally sargassum weed, crab trap floats, or pilings. Read More

Why Texas Rig?

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There are several instances when a Texas Rigged (weed less) soft plastic can be a necessity for inshore anglers; they include negotiating floating grass, reducing snags when skip casting docks & mangrove shorelines, or merely desiring to have a slower sink rate than the  typical jig head set up.  Below are a few considerations that will make the reliable Texas Rig even more effective. Read More