Winner REDFISH – Old Salt Photo of the Week

00-PW-RedfishCongratulations to Kristen Cili of South Florida winning Redfish photo of the week!  What a great catch and great smile. 

Redfish is one of the species in our upcoming Johnny Kellar Tournament. This species is photo release only for the event. To learn more about the event – click here.

Redfish in Florida …. (Thanks to our friends at the FWC)

Habitat and Fishing Tips:

Red drum, also called redfish, channel bass, spottail, red bass or reds, are one of Florida’s most popular sport fish and the state’s most widespread estuarine fish. Red drum are named after the “drumming” sound the make during spawning and when taken out of the water. The sound is produced by muscles rubbing against the inflated air bladder. Red drum inhabit the nearshore and offshore waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to Key West. Juvenile red drum inhabit rivers, bays, canals, tidal creeks, and passes in estuaries for up to four years, after which they usually move to nearshore or open ocean waters as adults. Red drum in Florida can reach lengths of 45 inches and weigh up to 51 pounds. The world record red drum was caught off North Carolina waters in 1984 and it weighed 94 pounds, 2 ounces.The oldest recorded red drum in Florida was aged at 40 years. Floating a live shrimp under a popping cork is a good way to fish for red drum. They also chase crabs, mullet, pinfish and killifish (mud minnows). Casting soft-bodied jigs, spoons and even top-water plugs will catch the attention of these powerful estuarine musicians. Redfish make great table fare. Learn more about red drum biology: Red Drum Sea Stat

State Record:

52 lb 5 oz, caught near Cocoa (1996) Florida Rule icon_external.png

Participate in a Florida Grand Slam

The Grand Slam Club celebrates the variety of Florida sport fishes and the achievement of anglers catching a particular set of three species in one day.  There is a different slam inspired by fish caught in each of the state’s four geographic regions, and red drum is included in three of them. (Note: Though named after regions, Grand Slams are not region based. You do not have to be in the region listed to acheive that regions Grand Slam. For example, you can get a North Florida Grand Slam while fishing in South Florida, so long as you catch all three North Florida species of fish in a 24 hour period.)

Regional grand slam fishes

North Florida- Red drum, spotted seatrout, and cobia
West Coast- Red drum, snook, and tarpon
East Coast- Red drum, spotted seatrout, and tarpon
South Florida- Tarpon, bonefish, and permit

The Grand Slam program is conducted in collaboration with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and requires anglers to fill out an application.  For more information on this program, visit the Grand Slam and Fishing Records page.Not a Mobile-Enabled Link

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Eric Bachnik owner of MirrOlure speaks at Old Salt Fishing Meeting

Eric Bachnik owner of MirrOlure speaks at Old Salt Fishing Meeting

Eric Bachnik
Eric Bachnik

Last night was awesome. We had over 200 people gather for our first Old Salt fishing meeting of 2015. It was a fun night with a lot of announcements of our upcoming events, a huge raffle, our monthly members only drawing and the highlight was Eric Bachnik owner of MirrOlure speaking.

A huge thank you goes out to Eric for giving us a great seminar on inshore fishing tactics.  He highlighted the 5 species that are on the catch list for the upcoming 25th annual Johnny Kellar Inshore Fishing Tournament.  He taught us that we may want to fish a little slower in the winter months taking our time pitching the baits to entice the fish to eat.  He went over many of his products and how they work and which ones to use at the right times. Being an avid angler, Eric is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to inshore fishing. His daughter Shelby was on the cover of our monthly postcard mailing this month with a nice redfish she caught using a Mirrolure.  She is following the family tradition and loves to fish.

John Kaytis
John Kaytis

The winner of the monthly members prize is John Kaytis.  The prize this month sponsored by Dogfish Tackle Company was a fisherman’s necessity kit with a bubba blade, set of 2 Yeti ramblers, Xtools Pliers and a BogaGrip which is valued over $200.

Our next monthly meeting is February 9th and will be held at Gator’s Cafe in Treasure Island, FL at 7:30pm.  Stay tuned for speaker and topic info and of course what the next members only drawing will be.


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Winner Sheepshead – Old Salt Photo of the Week

00-PW-Sheepshead2Congratulations to Capt Chris Wiggins – he won the latest Photo of the Week prize pack for the best Sheepshead! 

Sheepshead have many nicknames … sheepies, convicts and southern sheeps to name a few.  The sheepshead is a member of the porgy and seabream family (Sparidae), which is comprised of approximately 120 species distributed worldwide.

The distribution of the sheepshead in the western Atlantic Ocean includes coastal waters from Nova Scotia (Canada) through the Gulf of Mexico with the densest populations occurring off southwest Florida. Sheepshead are also found, albeit in much lesser numbers, off the Caribbean coasts of Central and South America, south to Brazil. Sheepshead are absent in the Bahamas, West Indies, Grenada, and Bermuda.


Primarily occurring inshore around rock pilings, jetties, mangrove roots, and piers as well as in tidal creeks, the euryhaline sheepshead prefers brackish waters. It seeks out warmer spots near spring outlets and river discharges and sometimes enters freshwater during the winter months. This fish moves to offshore areas in later winter and early spring for spawning, which sometimes occurs over artificial reefs and navigation markers. Juveniles live in seagrass flats and over mud bottoms. Recorded among those species that perish during periodic low oxygen fish kills, the sheepshead is not particularly tolerant of low levels of dissolved oxygen.

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