Captain Tips

Taking Kids Fishing In The Southwest Region With Capt. Ron Hueston





Most adults who are passionate about fishing were first exposed to the sport as kids. Whether it was a parent, a relative or friend, it’s usually someone else who fishes that takes you for the very first time, and that experience is key to whether someone develops a passion for the sport.

Targeting Sharks In The Northeast Region With Capt. Tommy Derringer



We have a variety of sharks in my region that you can catch year-round, but if I was going to pick my favorite month to target them, it would be July. That’s when the pogie (Atlantic Menhaden) schools are thick along the beaches and the shrimp boats are dumping their bycatch daily within a few miles of shore. At the same time, the ocean is flat calm, so you can fish just about every day.

Targeting Mangrove Snapper In The Southwest Region With Capt. Ron Hueston




June is just a fantastic month to target mangrove snapper in my region because the Gulf of Mexico is flat calm so you can run fast to the wrecks and reefs, and the fish are schooled up and feeding. What’s nice about mangrove snapper is that you can find them inshore and offshore, so the nearshore wrecks, ledges will hold fish, as will any structure inshore like downed trees or logs, or rocks and seawalls.

Targeting Dolphin In The East Region With Captain Mike Holliday



The end of May and early June are prime time for dolphin fishing in the East Region. There’s still some big fish coming over from the eastern side of the Gulf Stream, and at the same time, the weedlines are starting to stack up while the seas are calming, so there’s a lot more days you can get out on the water.

Targeting Bait In The Northwest Region With Capt. Jeff Hagaman

For the anglers that do a lot of fishing with live or dead bait, this is the time of year when it really starts to show up in good numbers, particularly the herring species. You’ll find threadfins, pilchards and sardines on the beach, on the Skyway Bridge, Potter’s Pier, Bailey Bridge, Howard Franklin and most of the other well-lighted bridges. They can be on either side of the bridge, but you’ll see them moving and flashing and flicking under the lights.

Targeting Tarpon In The Northwest Region With Capt. Jeff Hagaman


In May, the tarpon are migrating north up the Gulf Coast along the beaches from south to north and will be in anywhere from eight feet of water to 15 feet. These fish are pouring out of the keys and traveling, so they’re schooled up and competitive and very hungry because they’re burning a lot of energy.

Targeting Cobia In The East Central Region With Capt. Jim Ross

April is usually a little late for the cobia run in my region, but over the last couple of years we’ve had warm winters, which means the cobia action has been late and ran well into the month. This year is setting up to be exactly like last year, so I expect April to be an outstanding time to chase cobia in my region.


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