Dexter in Action
One Magical Day.
Every so often a guy who fishes all the time runs into a bite that even blows his mind. Days like that are something we all should cherish because they are few and far between and for many a true once in a lifetime experience.
May was a very low water year on the Red River. I knew fishing on the home stretch of river was going to be less than great because very low water in spring does not bring fish up from the lower reaches. I knew I was going to have to travel about 50 miles downstream to find good fishing.
Knowing this bite was going on I called many of my regular guests who I know can get here fast. One group from the Minneapolis area made the trip on short notice. I knew the fishing would be great but I did not have any idea what was about to commence.
The night before it rained about an inch which made the old mud boat landing a nightmare to get into the river. It took 20 minutes of backing and cleaning wheel wells to get to the concreate ramp and into the water.
Once in we went to spot number one, a spot that had been producing a few fish each day for the previous two weeks. I set the anchor, baited the hooks and set the lines. For four straight hours we caught, took photos and released trophy channel catfish up to 26 pounds. In that spot alone we landed 55 catfish. Over the next two hours we made two short moves and the fish just kept coming, 30 in the next spot and 16 in the last. Our catfish total had reached 101 and we still had about 40 minutes left of our trip, but we had a problem. We had run out of bait.
In just over six hours we had gone through four dozen large white suckers which we had cut into one-inch steaks for bait. That is over 200 pieces of bait our Dexter 8 inch Tiger Edge knife cut in just over six hours. Model # SG142-8TE-PCP This Tool is essential for every one of my 150 annual trips with clients. If you are chunking or preparing bait there is no completion on the market. This is the best tool. Period
In the end we had landed 101 channel catfish which weighed approximately 1,500 pounds in just over six hours. By far a boat record for me and a trip that my seasoned guests will never forget. They have hunted and fished enough to know that we all experience a very special, once in a lifetime event.
Target Species – Redfish & Trout By Kimberly Osborn
Spring is finally here and that means warmer water and hungry fish. Start time for our first 2017 kayak tournament was 6:00 A.M. and we were ready and waiting at our spot to make the first casts of the day.
We targeted our redfish early and caught three ranging from 26- inches to a little over 27- inches. We had our redfish, now the hunt began for trout. The first stop for trout produced three solid ones all around the 20-inch mark using live shrimp for bait. Not yet finding our tournament fish, we headed across the bay to a shallow reef. A few more trout were caught, but still not what we were looking for. Finally, I hooked on to a 24.5-inch trout that we knew for sure was our prize fish for the day.
At the end of the tournament it’s time to lay an edge on our limit of fish.
A big innovation that has benefitted me is the release of the DexGuard coated fillet blades from Dexter Outdoors.
Dexter knives have been around since 1818, so 200 years of EDGE know how is impressive. Last year they specifically designed a line of products for the outdoors enthusiast, whether it is hunting or fishing, the new designs will be a go to knife for fileting, skinning or gutting in the field or on the water.
The Dexter Outdoors filet knife we use has the DexGuard coating that protects the knives against the harsh day-to-day conditions of a saltwater environment. I’ve been using Dexter Knives for as long back as I can remember and with this coating they sure will last a long time.
Whether I am filleting redfish, trout or flounder, our Dexter Knives do the trick for getting clean fillets with ease. You know it’s a good product when 8 out of the 10 captains and mates at the fillet stations have white handled knives laying on the table next to their catch of the day.
When fishing for Fluke (Paralichthys dentatus) or Flounder depending where in the United States you are located it all boils down to determining what techniques and baits you should use at your given location.
In NJ our waters are teeming with Fluke in water depths that range as shallow as 3 feet of water to as deep as 90-100 feet of water with water temperature playing a vital role in finding these beautiful flatfish. Contrary to what most anglers think of this highly sought after flat fish, Fluke are notoriously aggressive ambush predators. The forage on the menu is quite varied from bluefish,porgies,shrimp,small crabs, squid and even bunker, Fluke will dine on just about anything properly presented.
So lets breakdown the different seasons and techniques. In the spring these fish are making their annual trek from the deep shelf waters in the Atlantic to their temporary homes in shallow warmer waters in our bays, inlets and estuaries. I arm myself with a 7 foot rod rated 12-20lbs with a fast action matched with the Accurate Valiant 300, it is here that utilizing small Bucktail Jigs from 1oz to 2oz in weight tipped with either cut squid and or spearing will work well. But one can also use a live bait rig with a killie or minnow with a small 1 oz sinker attached to target the early season fluke in its 3-8 foot environment. Look for mussel beds in bays and slopes in the bottom that will rise from 12 or 15 feet to 8 feet. This area on an outgoing tide will provide a solid chance at hooking up with a larger Fluke especially at the top of the tide. When working a Bucktail Jig either tipped with cut bait, live bait, or with a soft plastic, one can run a teaser about 15 inches above the Bucktail. The teaser can be baited or dressed with a Plum Island Split tail and will entice the curious Fluke to strike. I personally like to keep my Bucktail constantly bouncing off the bottom throughout my drift. Never let the Bucktail just sit on the bottom without movement. The key to bucktailing is a rhythmic constant motion never in a exaggerated fashion but a constant smooth rhythmic bouncing off the bottom as you drift over prime Fluke Real Estate.
As Spring turns into Summer and the waters off our coast begin to warm start changing your train of thought from bay to ocean when targeting Fluke. The voracious Fluke will start to populate the wrecks, structures and bumpy bottoms starting in about 35 feet of water out to 55 feet. You can scale up your Bucktails dependent on what you need to hold bottom and the choice of Soft Plastics or Cut bait is yours but these voracious Fluke truly find soft plastics hard to pass up. When picking a color for your Bucktail or soft plastic think of the environment that you will be fishing. Is it a hard dark bottom? Muddy Bottom? Sandy Bottom? Dependent on what kind of bottom you have you can go with either a dark or light colored Bucktail that is in contrast to the bottom you are fishing. So if you know its a dark bottom go with a light color that stands out. If you are fishing a light colored bottom like a sandy bottom make sure to go with a dark color that stands out in contrast to your bottom. White, Chartreuse, and Glow Patterned Bucktails are always in my arsenal.
As Summer begins to reach its peak these fish will push out to deep waters, inhabiting structure, wrecks and rolling bottoms in as deep as 100 feet of water.Now it’s time to step up in size all around. I fish a 7foot rod rated 15-30 lbs with a medium action and arm it with an Accurate Valiant 300 with this set up I fish large 6-8oz Bucktails tipped with long strips of squid ad large baits. If you are searching for that double digit trophy fish I would recommend fishing a bait setup. Fish a stinger rig setup baited with a whole squid. The squid should be large in the 6-10inch range. Place your main hook through the top of the mantel of the squid and run the stinger rig 3-4 inches down from there. You can play around with the measurements as long as the squid is straight and not bent or crooked in any way. Drop that rig down to the bottom and leave it still on the bottom every once in awhile lifting it up slowly to letting it flutter back to the bottom. This technique has produced Dozens of Double Digit Fluke for me but you have to be one with the fish and have tremendous patience. Our 2017 Fluke Season begins May 21st here in NJ and we are all looking forward to targeting these hard pulling and delicious flat fish!
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Fishing in Bonita Springs and we show you how to fillet a Redfish.
This April, I had the pleasure of fishing with Captain Steve Nagy of Bonita Springs Fishing and Ray Ragolta with Dexter Outdoors. Captain Steve is a Pro staff member for Dexter, Okuma, Mustad and other brands. We started our afternoon working the shoreline of Estero Bay in Bonita Springs Florida and our target fish was Snook. Steve had us all set up with Okuma Shadow Stalker rods, Okuma Azores spinning reels using Mustad circle hooks and Pinfish for bait.
The weather was perfect, temperature and wind just right for a perfect day on the water. On our first stop Ray did a great job of catching a number of Snook and I came though with one. As we moved along the shoreline and fished some docks Ray picked up a few Jack Crevalle’s and some more Snook. Swimming along the boat was a Dolphin and her calf, what an enjoyable sight to see. On our last shore line of the day I landed the Redfish you will see in the video.
Steve uses a Dexter 7″ Coated blade to fillet this fish. Redfish have a large heavy scale and can be difficult to get through unless you use a Dexter knife. Our coated blades features DexterGuard coating that withstands the harsh saltwater environment and glides through fillets with ease. This knife has our Sofgrip handle that makes it non-slip and soft to the grip. The steel is our proprietary DexSteel which is high carbon, high alloy and stain free. We finish it with precision grinding and sharpened it to the ultimate edge. See the knife here: 7″ Coated Fillet Knife I want to thank Steve and Ray for a great day on the water. You can contact Captain Steve at email@example.com
By Richard Yvon – Twin Maple Outdoors
Good Salmon fishing in the fall depends on water flow and cooler water temperatures. This year has been dry but we have had some rain fall so fishing should be good! In September, days become short, the rain season starts, controlled release of water from dams aid in rising waters. As all this happens, Brook Trout, Lake Trout, and Salmon commence to their annual spawning ritual.
Landlocked salmon are a freshwater form of the sea-run Atlantic salmon. They are commonly referred to as a cousin of the Atlantic salmon. This is a result of the deposits of the reseeding oceans from when Maine was covered with a sheet of ice. Prior to 1868, landlocked salmon populations occurred in only four river basins in Maine: the St. Croix, including West Grand Lake in [Read more…] about Maine’s Land Lock Salmon and a Dexter Russell Knife!