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CEO deckhand Brian Timmons with a winter flats permit.

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It has been pandemonium all over again aboard the Bounty Hunter. Snook, redfish, trout, jacks, snapper, sheephead, Spanish mackerel, grouper, pompano, permit, bluefish and tarpon all found their way to the baited hooks of our anglers with innate nobility.

Over the past few weeks, we experienced periods of warm days and light winds only to be rudely interrupted by the stone coldness of Old Man Winter. The species and techniques changed with the willingness to adapt to the weather for good fishing. Fish know of no social structure between the aroma of a Habano savored in the lips of an Isaac Waltonian or the hand line of Hemmingway’s Old Man of the Sea, “Santiago”.

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Florida winter conditions look eminent now with the cool fronts starting to do their 4 to 5 day ritual. The species and techniques will continue to change in order to accommodate the bounty of outdoorsmen wishing to test their mettle in the “Fishing Capitol of the World”.Enjoy the images!

Screaming Drags and Tired Arms!

Robert McCue


Left: Brian assists guest Matt Liniham in posing with a few of the pompano and permit taken on a recent flats trip.
Right: Fran Baltmiskis jumped a school of jumbo reds and trout that I had so frenzied, they were free jumping in less than a foot of water.


Left: Adam Bresovits and "Jungle Jim" were back at it again! Here posing with a double header tarpon catch.
Right: And the rest of the story. Multiple pompano, permit, redfish, trout, mackerel, tarpon, and sheephead were taken.
 Did I miss anything fellas?

Top Left: The Overstreet men (Sean, Kyle, and dad, Michael) with a sample of the day's catch that included, tarpon, snook, redfish, trout, permit, pompano, mackerel, snapper, ladyfish, and cobia.

Top Right: Sean with a juvenile tarpon right before release that he hopes to one day day beat his person best of a 140 lbs. I had the tarpon in such a tizzy, Sean was hand feeding them off the bow.

Bottom Left: Herbert Hoover once said "In the discipline of men...all men are created equal before fish". Kyle fits among this small circle of outdoorsmen. A day before the trip he sprained an ankle and cleanly fracture his wrist in a fall. That was not to stop him from going fishing. I am not sure if it is a smile or a small grimace of pain, but here he is just prior to releasing a tarpon.




Left: Long time friend Scott McPherson and I took a busman's holiday to catch up on old times and a limit of grouper.
Right: As I have been reporting since the first week of October, the shallow water grouper bite has been on. Our plush
waters are being discovered in a speed and manner that has put a lot of  reef fish under unprecedented pressure. With
many spots now harvested and the likelihood that the water will drop/sustain into the 60s during the next week, the bite
will be well offshore in those famed triple digit td's. As chief Brody said, "you're going to need a bigger boat".

Screaming Drags and Tired Arms!

Robert McCue



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