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Old 10-20-2016, 06:09 PM
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Default Wanna B Inn / Stump pass, fishing?

First off, I really, really hate the search function on this site, it simply sucks. I can't find my post regarding this area from several months ago so I figured I'd try again!

Taking the wife and the boat over to the west coast Nov 11th through the 13th for a short three day vacation. Looking for idea's on fishing area's, around there. As well as some nice local dive type restaurants that the wife and I like. Looks like "Stump pass" is just south of the resort.

Are there any reefs close by that hold anything decent? Any channel markers to sibiki some live bait on? Looking for general bottom fishing and just getting general action without having to go far out. Please feel free to give me your opinion on baits, rigs, times of the day, etc.....I'll always take advise from those more knowledgeable than I, seriously, don't be shy with the fishing advise.

Also, any nice islands to explore or restaurants on the water would be nice as well.

Basically anything those of you who know the area think is a pretty cool place.

AS ALWAYS!!!!! Thank you!
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Old 10-20-2016, 06:38 PM
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Tonight I'm on fire with the search key....

Found my old thread about fishing near the Wanna B Inn. Don't think anything has changed but the time of year. If there's anything to add please do so, can't wait to get a few days off.
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You will probably find my post from your last thread...

We have had a great time the two visits we have made there.

Someone from THT posted up that site a few years back and when I contacted them they were having a military/ex-military special. The fishing was super and I already knew about the area having lived down that a way fifteen years or so ago.
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Still need some insight and suggestions on where to eat, where to fish, baits and such. Be over there for a short vac, but looking forward to some fishing from beach and river.

Mods......my apologies, been a rough painful day, this place literally keep my mind off what's happening.
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:13 PM
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I'm not feeling the love....
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Old 11-04-2016, 09:52 AM
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I haven't been fishing lately but I can tell you we've done staycations there twice and love the place. Flounders on the circle has good "bar" food and live music on the weekends at least. White elephant next door is the about the same. If it's dry, Flounders food and atmosphere is way better and a lot of fun. Most of the tables are outside so if it rains, it sucks- go to the Elephant. We love Flounders and drive half an hour to get there nights the weather is nice. Next week or two should be awesome. If you want something with a more restaurant atmosphere, Lock and Key just north of the circle is nice but you need to either get there a half an hour before sunset or at least an hour after as a lot of people got to the beach across the street for sunset then walk across for dinner and it gets packed.
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I haven't been out for while, but this time of year I've had good luck catching gag grouper trolling stretch 30s or Bomber CD30s in about 40 feet of water. Also look for triple tail under the crab trap buoys.

As far as public spots, I've had decent luck with mangrove snapper at Capt. Jeff Steele reef. Also had a lot of success chumming up yellowtail snapper a couple months ago at Bayronto (if you can get them in before feeding the barracuda and the tax man). There's a lot of pressure on the closer reefs/wrecks.
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I'm not feeling the love....
I know the area pretty well, but with your poor reputation here on the website, I'm not about to recommend anyplace.
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Ooh, this might get interesting....
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Originally Posted by First Light View Post
I know the area pretty well, but with your poor reputation here on the website, I'm not about to recommend anyplace.
LOL.......

It's all good, I've found that those who get offended easily such as yourself, tend to be the cheapest, most demanding folks on earth. I wouldn't want any recommendations from those folks anyways.

Food for thought though!

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You're banging up against the wrong tree here. Most of us who have been here for awhile know who to trust and First Light happens to be one of those
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What makes you believe I'm banging up against any tree? Also, what makes you think I don't respect or trust him either? My retort was based on what he said, not who he is! Obviously he has been offended by my stance on something here, which is his problem, not mine! My thread is asking for help! Providing someone, anyone, with assistance should never be contingent on whether or not you agree or disagree with that individuals opinion and/or stance on a particular subject.

As adults, we should be able to easily get along, even if we dislike the other person. Would you not agree?
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We stayed on Manasota Key a few months ago and loved it. Our friend owns a house just up the road from Weston's. It's old Florida for sure, very quiet and laid back. My kids loved getting sharks teeth and we took the boat up the beach to some more remote areas and found lots of teeth. We mostly cruised and wakeboarded but it looks very fishable. There are a lot of artificial reefs, do a search.
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We stayed on Manasota Key a few months ago and loved it. Our friend owns a house just up the road from Weston's. It's old Florida for sure, very quiet and laid back. My kids loved getting sharks teeth and we took the boat up the beach to some more remote areas and found lots of teeth. We mostly cruised and wakeboarded but it looks very fishable. There are a lot of artificial reefs, do a search.

Thank you very much for your feedback, much appreciated! Both the wife and I are really looking forward to the short break.

Can you give me an idea of where you got your sharks teeth? Would love to find some.
I think most of the reefs are way off shore anyways, my wife's comfort level being offshore is within swimming distance of the beach, 1 mile tops.
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The beaches are loaded with them, we were just a little N of where you will be and found them right there. When we took the boat, we went up behind the area of private homes and far from public beach access. Those beaches were loaded with teeth and other fossils. I would also second the Lock and Key restaurant. We docked one day at Founders for lunch, typical bar food crap imo, I would skip that place.

We also took a day and ran up the ditch towards Venice and ate lunch at the Old Salty Dog, they have docks and a marina, fuel, etc.
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Pro tip: the best sharks teeth are in shell parking lots. Restaurants, businesses, etc. Everybody searches the beach, but the shell areas are overlooked.

Aside from scuba, parking lots are your best bet at good teeth.
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Pro tip: the best sharks teeth are in shell parking lots. Restaurants, businesses, etc. Everybody searches the beach, but the shell areas are overlooked.

Aside from scuba, parking lots are your best bet at good teeth.

I'm completely baffled by this response. Are you telling me that there are large mounds of shells located throughout various parking lots that also hold sharks teeth?
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The beaches are loaded with them, we were just a little N of where you will be and found them right there. When we took the boat, we went up behind the area of private homes and far from public beach access. Those beaches were loaded with teeth and other fossils. I would also second the Lock and Key restaurant. We docked one day at Founders for lunch, typical bar food crap imo, I would skip that place.

We also took a day and ran up the ditch towards Venice and ate lunch at the Old Salty Dog, they have docks and a marina, fuel, etc.

That's great, thank you so much!

Is the " Ditch" the intercostal, back country, river area !
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I'm completely baffled by this response. Are you telling me that there are large mounds of shells located throughout various parking lots that also hold sharks teeth?
Many coastal residents and businesses use shell instead of paving driveways or putting down concrete. They get this shell from the ocean and the teeth you find in it can be in much better condition.
Think of it this way, teeth on the beach are polished smooth from washing around on the surf. They lose their definition. Teeth dredged from the ocean still have their ridges and don't have that smooth, polished look.
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That's great, thank you so much!

Is the " Ditch" the intercostal, back country, river area !
The ditch is the intercoastal through Venice. It was dug out to connect the intercoastal in Englewood through Venice to nokomis. You'll know when you're in it
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