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About pondfisher

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    distance caster


  • Bio
    Born and raised in Tarpon Springs, FL, moved to Land O' Lakes for five years and caught the bass bug, currently working in Tampa.
  • Occupation
    University Administration
  • Interests
    FISH ON, Photo, Disc Golf, Sea Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Location
    Temple Terrace, FL

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  1. Lowery Park Ramp

    About 10 years ago my truck was broken into at Gandy. And man they hit me HARD! Punched out both driver and passenger side lock cores (which makes me think it was two people acting like they were entering their own truck - maybe a "practice" they had refined). Stole: Citizens dive watch, Garmin handheld GPS, work briefcase - that was the killer, clothes, radar detector, big swiss army knife, all the change from my ashtray, etc.... which suggests they were in my truck for a pretty long time. There are three different forms of law enforcement at that ramp but zero presence of any live officers. I haven't had any trouble since then but I continue to hear horror stories like Troy's buddy every year, with more frequency. It ***. I live in Temple Terrace/USF area and the crime rate is through the roof. Has been for a very long time. Not at all surprised about gang presence at Lowery. Growing up in Tarpon Springs in the 70s and 80s me and my buddies launched primarily at two ramps: Anclote River Park and Sunset Beach. NEVER any trouble. Can't recall a single bad incident. Makes me want to go off the grid...
  2. New Port RIchie Area Fishing

    This was south shore in the bay on a shallow sand flat. Lots of big rays but only one fish. My buddy threw a DOA Terror Eyez at him and he inhaled it immediately! 34.5" at fork.
  3. New Port RIchie Area Fishing

    Cobia found!
  4. 76/ 65

    Wow, brave soul. I didn't even think about launching this weekend. Couldn't even keep my line under control in my backyard pond!
  5. big ones

    It's kind of a Catch-22 because yeah, we have those beautiful barrier islands within minutes of the ramp, but they are part of the reason that ramp/river/intracoastal area is such a mess. A huge number of the boats I see launch at Anclote don't have a rod holder on the boat and headed directly to N. Anclote Key Sandbar, Anclote Key, S. Anclote Key Sandbar, or 3-Rooker Bar. And of course add in about 100 plus jet skis to that mix. And then the other group are anglers both seasoned and new all trying to get to the same spots. It's just chaos. About 8 years ago I got into an argument with a guy (and his very loud, drunk wife and drunk older kids) about how you can't park your boat perpendicular to the floating docks - because it blocks others from getting in parallel to the docks, obviously. Long story short, the guy follows me and my buddy all the way to US 19 and Tarpon Springs Road and forces us into the gas station there and approaches my truck, banging on my windshield. He wanted a fight badly. To defuse the issue I simply told him I was sorry, my fault, etc., and that was what it took for him to walk away. Who knows what would have happened should I have argued back. It was something I'll never forget. And I have plenty of other similar stories.
  6. big ones

    Wow, that is hard to read. Those poor spoil island trout have been getting hammered for so long now. I can't even imagine what it's become. Reminds me of why I don't launch over there anymore (in addition to that insane ramp). Oh well, guess I'll stick to the bay. Just miss my old stomping grounds.
  7. big ones

    Love that fatty trout! Guess I need to go fish some old haunts. I promise to stay within 100 yards of you.
  8. ARS

    Hmmmm... so the FWC would be able to establish a season, limit, etc., separate from what the NMFC has in place?
  9. Sheeps trip #2

    Not when you use a good old Mister Twister electric knife!
  10. Sheeps trip #2

    Thanks. I know it. I lived in Davis Islands Apartments from 2002 - 2003 and used to watch guys pull up monsters on fiddler crabs all the time.
  11. Sheeps trip #2

    Two person limit including one dinosaur (and a 2.5 lb. grunt for good measure). Super thick sea fog early then slicked out conditions the rest of the morning. Fish fry weekend here we come!
  12. Sheeps are chewing

    Wow. Hopefully we'll dodge a bullet from these cold fronts and not end up with the disaster of the winter of 2010.
  13. Sheeps are chewing

    DC, You can use a simple knocker rig if you prefer, but, I go 20 lb. braid to lead ranging from 1/4 oz. all the way up to 2 oz depending on how fast the current is ripping across the reef. Lead-bead-swivel to 20 lb flouro to hook of choice. A lot of discussion on "best sheepshead hook" out there. Some guys swear by small J hooks but once you've got the circle hook technique down you won't go back. I switch back and forth between mutu style circles and octopus style circles but never bigger than 1/0. My hook of choice is an Owners mutu circle #1. Even smaller #2 circles work well.
  14. Sheeps are chewing

  15. Sheeps are chewing

    First sheepshead trip in the books. Not a super fast bite but we still managed to get within 6 fish of our limit. Lots of medium size fish and 5 biggins. February and early March should be on fire.