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What a Catch!: Captain Dave's Fishing Tips

June 3, 2020
By Capt. Dave Hanson , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Fishing Tip #1: When circle-hook regulations first took effect, there was some resistance from anglers who were used to fishing with "J" hooks. At first, I was also skeptical. But, after using circle hooks for a long time now, I find that they are very effective with live bait, even for the species that are still allowed to be caught with "J" style hooks. Circle hooks, with their turned-in point, tend to hold live baits better, resulting in fewer hooks fouling and fewer baits falling off. The "J" hooks are more likely to push through and re-hook the bait, fouling the point and missing the fish.

Fishing Tip #2: Cracked guides are hard to see, but they can do some major damage to your line, and cost you not only the line, but also your fish. Usually, cracked guides are only revealed when the rod is bent while reeling in a fish. The easiest way to discover which guide is cracked is to use a cotton ball or a Q-tip. Wipe ether one around the guides to check for snags. Even better is to place the rod in a rod holder, pull down on the rod tip, and then pull a nylon stocking or the cotton through the guides. Once you find the cracked guide, have it replaced. It is also a good idea to replace the line on the reel.

Article Photos

Angler Scott Nichols with a 15-inch sheepshead, caught on shrimp  in southern Estero Bay on a recent inshore Fishbuster Charter.



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