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Old 02-09-2019, 02:01 PM
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Having used this site as a resource for quite a while, I finally got off my butt and joined. I doubt that I have anything to contribute to this experienced group, but sure do think I can learn a lot here. Am a longtime boater and spearfisherman, now due to health reasons I am limited in diving to shallow depths (less than 50') these days, and so am trying to learn how to fish. So far, my main achievement is that I am amazingly successful at failing! Always enjoy a day on the water. Look forward to gaining knowledge, and apologies in advance for my lack of knowledge.
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:04 PM
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Welcome to the forum. What part of FL?
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:17 PM
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Right on, what would you like to argue about first?
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:31 PM
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Fort Myers, on the southwest coast.

Thank you for the welcome.

Lol, not quite ready to argue yet, my friend. Looking to learn.

Are there any protocols that I should be aware of? I am interested in learning more about how to fish. I have spent 30 years shooting my fish around wrecks and structure, and trying to help fishermen by drawing the bottom structure when I surfaced so they could get in better position to catch theirs and stay away from break-off spots that the fish seem to gather at, but never learned that side of it. Now too old and broken to get underwater much, and realizing how ignorant I am at this side of the sport.
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:09 PM
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Having used this site as a resource for quite a while, I finally got off my butt and joined. I doubt that I have anything to contribute to this experienced group, but sure do think I can learn a lot here. Am a longtime boater and spearfisherman, now due to health reasons I am limited in diving to shallow depths (less than 50') these days, and so am trying to learn how to fish. So far, my main achievement is that I am amazingly successful at failing! Always enjoy a day on the water. Look forward to gaining knowledge, and apologies in advance for my lack of knowledge.
Welcome. I was in the same boat so to speak and am still learning each day .Been a lot of very kind members on here that have helped me out a ton grey2112 and 20biminitwist to name a couple. Read read and read some more . Lots of good info and knowledgeable folks on here.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:28 AM
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Hire a guide to take you out on YOUR boat. Sounds silly but you will save time and money and start enjoying catching instead of fishing.

Tons of great info on THT but nothing like experience to put you on the fish.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:56 AM
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You have a lot going in your favor knowing what the bottom looks like. I used to dive a lot and learned a lot about the behavior of reef fish to apply to hook and line fishing.

Tackle will be a matter of preference and what your trying to fish for.

I tend to keep bottom fishing fairly simple. Appropriate size weights and tackle will be determined by size of fish, depth, and the amount of current you will have from day to day. Numerous deliveries to present your bait and there are threads all over in the sportfish and charters section of THT.

The biggest thing is try a little of everything. The days they are biting like crazy just about anything will work. Then, there will be days you got to empty the tackle box to get bit.
One of the things I learned from diving and shooting is once you get any reef fish spooked all his neighbors get real skittish.
Get that grouper in the rock and he goes to grunting and raising hell you can shut the bite down right quick. " learn how to not get rocked up"

I always try to have live baits that are common to the area. Pinfish are the go to for me for grouper, but pilchards if you can catch them will open up the world of the all snapper specie.

I would suggest getting some buddies that bottom fish a lot or hire a charter that fishes your area. The bottom contours and specie abundance varies greatly along the west coast. I have seen the difference from Boca Grande to Crystal River offshore. There is a huge difference in depths, techniques and specie for reef fish.

Good luck!

There is a forum member on here that charters out of Ft Myers in a Contender. Viekex I believe is his handle.
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Welcome buddy, a lot of us are old guys some with knowledge some with opinions. You will definitely learn on THT. Most on here really do try to help.
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:52 PM
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Hire a guide to take you out on YOUR boat. Sounds silly but you will save time and money and start enjoying catching instead of fishing.

Tons of great info on THT but nothing like experience to put you on the fish.

I second this suggestion. You can learn more in a shorter time with a guide than any other way IMHO.

Another suggestion is to use the search function on the forum. Go to the advanced search which will allow you to search specific topics, either by thread title or individual posts. TONS of useful information there.


Welcome to THT and good luck!


PS: I venture that with your underwater experience you likely have more to contribute than you realize.
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Before we can properly help you we’re gonna need pics of your wife
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Old 02-10-2019, 01:57 PM
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Great suggestions, thanks guys.

Lol txaggie25, I appreciate the request but I said I was new, not dumb.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:27 AM
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This guys might can get you a good head start.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:32 AM
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Great, really appreciate it!
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