Florida Fishing Techniques


Florida Fishing Techniques


Capt. Tom utilizes the latest tackle and techniques to pursue a variety of game fish. Outriggers, downriggers, kites, planers, wire line, teasers and circle hooks are all part of the arsenal that may be employed during the day.

Pilchards are popular Florida baits - they are also used for live chumming.Live chumming is a great way to get fish stirred up and hungry. Having a large live-well enables Capt. Tom to acquire and retain large amounts of live baits. When live chumming, small pilchards or menhaden are cast netted in the area, once at the "hot spot" these "livies" are tactically tossed overboard thus creating an easy feeding opportunity for any "sportster" in the area. The action can at times be fast and furious and total mayhem can occur when everyone is hooked up and there are still 50 fish swimming around under the boat looking for a free meal!



Kite fishing is an exciting and productive Florida fishing method.The use of a fishing kite is an awesome, specialized technique that employs the use of a special rod and reel, release clips and a kite. The kite is sent in the air attached to rod designed for the task. Once the kite is flying high, live baits such as goggle eye or blue runners are hooked or bridled behind the head and then the lines set in release clips attached to the kite outfit and then suspended off the kite-line. As the kite is let out further, it'll carry the baits out away from the boat. Keeping the bait near the surface is paramount, the leader and all terminal tackle are suspended in the air, keeping them out of site of weary gamefish. The strike at times can be slow and deliberate as a sailfish or dolphin inspect the bait, other times a wahoo or "smoker" kingfish or tuna will violently attack the bait, "skyrocketing" out of the water. All of the action takes place in full view of the boat.



Trolling with artificials is the best way to cover water and locate feeding fish. Weed lines, rips, floating debris and birds are good signs that fish are in the area. Once a productive area is located, out go the natural baits. Ballyhoo, bonito strips and mullet are preferred trolling baits once feeding fish are located. Slow trolling live baits is a productive method for the larger, weary and less aggressive fish. Trolling, then live baiting is deadly and efficient one-two-punch combination and is the goal of many offshore anglers

When wahoo, dolphin and tuna are the target. High speed trolling remains one of the most productive techniques. The use of wire-line or high speed planers allows one to present the baits below the surface where bull dolphin and the tiger-like wahoo lurk.


Circle Hooks &
Braided Lines

The use of teasers to attract gamefish close to the boat has gained great popularity in recent years. The fish-like teasers rigged in a series are fished behind the boat. Ballyhoo, squid or mullet look- a-likes will skip and swim behind the prop-wash and attract everything from marlin to cobia to within casting distance of the boat.

Circle hooks were at one time considered to be a fad, now are attached to the end of even the savviest of anglers lines. Most "pros" have switched over to using circle hooks to assure a solid hook up and prevent causing injury by gut hooking any fish. facilitating a safe and easy release. The trick is not is set the hook, just let the line come tight and start reeling. The design of the hook does all the work.

A relatively new technique perfected by local pros is the use of lightweight braided lines to deep drop jig and worm combos for large deepwater fish such as grouper, amberjack and snapper. Braided line in the 20-30lbs class has the diameter of 8-10lbs monofilament and has little or no stretch. The small diameter line is less water resistant and will allow a 4-8oz. jig to penetrate the depths to 600 feet. The no stretch factor will account for greater sensitivity and feel, even the lightest strike can be detected. This combination of the two have given many anglers the confidence and capability the catch the giants of the deep without the use of heavy lead weights and electric reels.



Captain Tom Schwier

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