Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Indian River Paddle Classic Results

The 3rd Annual Indian River Paddle Classic is now history. What another great event. Bryan Cheeks, tournament director, said "Congrats the to the 60 anglers competing in the 2011, 3rd Annual IRPC. On day made just for those fishing from a kayak. Without a ripple on the water and limited boat traffic, the fishing was surprisingly feast or famine. While some came back with stories of multiple large fish, others came back with nothing to brag about. Congrats to our "Kayak Kids" who were all given a medal and a new reel for participating!" Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka donated two Engel ice chests, Florida and Florida State colors, and Coastal Charities and Strike Zone donated the yellow Ocean Kayak that were big raffle prizes.

Paddle Classic Tournament Results.

Redfish / Trout SLAM Category

1st Richard Zaremba
2nd Dilan Arnold
3rd Mitch Roffer

RED Category

1st Steve Gibson
2nd Doug Fisher
3rd Joyce Myers

TROUT Category

1st Nick Dyroff
2nd Jose Vidal
3rd John Dobbins

Lady Angler Award Elaine Christian

Jr. Angler Award Owen Wetzel

Visit for tournament phots and other information.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Solar Shield Sunscreen Test 09/29/2011

On September 29th, I set out for Sebastian Inlet around 9:00AM to test Solar Shield sunscreen and its affect on catching fish and killing live bait. I arrived at the Sebastian Inlet State Park around 10:15AM. It was sunny with a high temperature of 89 Degrees. There was a 20% chance of thunder storms. The wind was out of the east at 5 mph. I started fishing on the north side of the inlet on the beach. I used two surf rods. I opened one of the three sunscreen sample packets, see photo to the left and applied the sunscreen to my face, neck, arms and hands. I did not wash my hands after applying the sunscreen. I started the day using frozen shrimp on a two-hook pompono rig using the small 7'-0" rod. I applied sunscreen directly to the shrimp. See photo to the left. After my first cast, I caught a 12"-14" whiting which I returned to the sea. On my 12 foot surf rod, I was using a single hook set up and 2' square chunks of frozen lady fish. While fishing from the beach side, I did not catch any fish on the big surf rod and frozen lady fish. After about an hour, I caught a small stingray on the small rod using frozen shrimp that had been coated with sunscreen. After about 2 hours of fishing, I packed up and moved to fish along the channel inlet where it opens up into the the Indian River. I started with frozen shrimp on the small rod and caught many very small pin fish which I fed to the birds. Because I was able to net finger mullet, I switched to live bait. After putting the live finger mullet in to my bucket, I squeezed a packet of sunscreen into the live bait bucket. I took a live mullet from the bucket and tossed it out into the inlet using the small rod. After about 20 minutes, I caught a small 16" redfish. I released it back into the water. I rebaited my hook and tossed it out. I fished for another two hours with out any luck. I was fishing in an area where there were other anglers. During the time I fished, I could not see any other anglers catching fish. I stopped fishing around 3:30 PM. During my fishing, I did not see any affect on my live mullet or the ability to catch fish because I had sunscreen on my hands or in my bait bucket.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hook & Tackle Solar System UV-40 Tee

Not all UV protective gear are perform equally. The new Hook & Tackle Solar System UV-40 Tee is the right shirt if you spend many long on the flats fishing.

UV 40 Sun Protection, Quick Dry Moisture Management, Odor Management. Available in Long sleeve, vented back and as a short sleeve pocket tee.

Content: Cotton-Rich Feel - Ultra Soft Solar System Fabric.

Colors: White, Sand, Sky Blue, Aqua Green, Sunrise and Banana

Size: M-2XL

Visit Hook & Tackle or your favorite fishng outfitter to get your shirt today.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

ICAST Comes Back To Orlando, Florida

ICAST 2011 has ended in Las Vegas with great success. In 2012, ICAST will return to the Orange County Convemtion Center licated on International Drive. The following is a list of the 2011 Best In Show sportfishing products.

ICAST 2011 Overall Best of Show - Pure Fishing, Inc., Berkley Nanofil
Media Contact: Hunter Cole, 803-351-1550,

Best of Show – Apparel - Frabill, Inc., Frabill Suit
Media Contact: Jeff Kolodzinski, 262-707-0856,

Best of Show – Boat - Hobie Cat, Hobie Mirage Revolution 11
Media Contact: Ingrid Niehaus, 949-235-7860,

Best of Show - Boating Accessory - JL Marine Systems, Inc., 10 Ft Power-Pole Blade Edition
Media Contact: Robert Shamblin, 813-833-0597,

Best of Show – Combo - Daiwa Corporation, Daiwa D-Shock DSH-4Bi Combo
Media Contact: Bill Liston, 704-773-6233,

Best of Show – Electronics - Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Humminbird 1158c DI Combo Media Contact: Steve Roth, 402-437-6418,

Best of Show - Eyewear – Costa, Costa Women’s Collection
Media Contact: Liza Jones, 864-270-0722,

Best of Show - Fishing Accessory - G. Pucci & Sons, Inc., P-Line Sparrowhawk
Media Contact: Stefano Pucci, 415-608-4252,

Best of Show - Fly Fishing Accessory – VestPac, DriftPac
Media Contact: Paul Cherry, 704-437-,

Best of Show - Fly Fishing Reel - Temple Fork Outfitters, BVK Fly Reel
Media Contact: Jim Shulin, 214-638-9053,

Best of Show - Fly Fishing Rod - G. Loomis, Inc., Pro4x
Media Contact: John Mazurkiewicz, 574-289-1331,

Best of Show - Freshwater Reel - Pure Fishing, Inc., Abu Garcia Revo MGX
Media Contact: Hunter Cole, 803-351-1550,

Best of Show - Freshwater Rod - G. Loomis, Inc., GL2
Media Contact: John Mazurkiewicz, 574-289-1331,

Best of Show – Giftware - 3D Picture Store, Inc., 3D “Exploring Smallmouth” Picture
Media Contact: Jason Garstecki, 847-921-0760,

Best of Show - Kids’ Tackle - Pure Fishing, Inc., Casting Game & Sound Fishing Kit
Media Contact: Hunter Cole, 803-351-1550,

Best of Show – Line - Pure Fishing, Inc., Berkley Nanofil
Media Contact: Hunter Cole, 803-351-1550,

Best of Show - Hard Lure - Pure Fishing, Inc., Sebile D&S Crank
Media Contact: Hunter Cole, 803-351-1550,

Best of Show - Soft Lure - Koppers Fishing & Tackle Corporation, LIVE TARGET Hollow Body Mouse
Media Contact: Tom Chopin, 905-327-9095,

Best of Show - Saltwater Reel - Daiwa Corporation, Saltiga SATG5000H
Media Contact: Bill Liston, 704-773-6233,

Best of Show - Saltwater Rod - Shimano American Corporation, Terez Rail Rod
Media Contact: John Mazurkiewicz, 574-289-1331,

Best of Show - Tackle Management - Plano Molding Company, 4674 Hydro-Flo Tackle Bag
Media Contact: Sean Wheatley, 630-770-6562,

Terminal Tackle – VMC, Spinshot
Media Contact: Jackie Kiklas, 952-5536,

Sunday, July 3, 2011

2011 Indian River Paddle Classic

Melbourne, Florida - The 2011 Indian River Paddle Classic has been scheduled for September 23rd and 24th. All proceeds collected from event registration fees and raffle tickets go to “Coastal Charities”.

Registration information and tournament rules can found on the Indian River Paddle Classic website or the Coastal Charities website

The mandatory captain’s meeting will be held at the Strike Zone store on New Haven Blvd. in Melbourne, Florida. During the Captain’s meeting refreshments will be served. A kayak fishing gear raffle will be held that night to rise additional for Coastal Charities. The tournament will be held on the 24th. The tournament is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. “Junior Anglers” are eligible to participate with a parent or legal guardian signature on the release form. Each entry fee includes rights to fish, post-tournament meal, 2 raffle tickets, t-shirt, and captain's bag.

Check-in will begin at 11am at The Lagoon House located at 3275 Dixie Highway NE, Palm Bay FL. Check in will be accepted for all anglers in line at the Lagoon House by 3:00pm. All competitors must check-in with their cameras by 3pm to be eligible for prizes. At check in you must indicate whether or not you are submitting your camera for review and fill out a scoring sheet. The post-tournament banquet, raffles, and awards ceremonies will begin at 4:00pm.

For further information please contact Robert J. Wiebel, Indian River Paddle Classic Organizing Committee at 4690 Decatur Circle, Melbourne, Florida 32934, 321-610-4885 or by email at

Palmetto Kayak Fishing Products

Again while posting on Facebook today, I came to know Paul Davis' kayak fishing gear website. He has designed a very cool kayak fishing light that floats. Using that here in Florida will save you a real hefty ticket by the marine patrol if you are fishing before dawn in your kayak without a light. The fine is over $200.00. PKF fishing lights and stakeout pole should interest all kayak anglers. Please visit Paulk Davis's Palmetto Kayak Fishing website.

Sustainable Fishing

While posting on Facebook today, I came to learn about GreenFish. GreenFish is a for-profit company with a social mission to build a global brand of stylish apparel and products that support a sustainable fishing lifestyle. GreenFish partners with organizations that share their vision of nurturing the sport of fishing and fisheries conservation. Their long term mission is to improve our fisheries for future generations. Please visit their website at and support the work GreenFish is doing.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Captain Linda's Kayak Fishing Charters

Captain Linda Cavitt owns and operates a great kayak fishing charter service in Panama City Florida. She can take you into the Gulf of Mexico to catch big "Snappers" or the back - country flats for "Trout" and "Redfish". Follow the link at the left to her website or to schedule a trip email Captain Linda at

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New Jackson Fishing Kayak ~ The Coosa Kayak

It looks like Jackson Kayaks has hit a home run with their new fishing kayak called the Coosa Kayak. It is a sit-on-top kakay that weighs in at 66 pounds with their comfortable seat. This kayak was designed with river anglers in mind but well suited for the saltwater flats fishing all along Florida's east coast. Professional kayak fisherman, Drew Gregory provided input into this kayak's design. For a location near you go to

Kayak Wars ~ Online Fishing Tournament

I came across this year long online fishing tournament called "Kayak Wars. Their web site is This is a Catch and Photograph tournament. You get points for the total length of your catch. There is a Freshwater, Saltwater and a Freshwater and Saltwater divisions.