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Getting Ready for Sailfish Season October 12, 2020

Sailfish Season is Around the Corner

 It’s officially fall in the northern hemisphere which means the cold fronts should begin making their way south across the eastern seaboard. This drop in temperature means many things for different fisheries but it’s more than welcomed in South Florida as it usually kick starts sailfish season.

 

Fall brings northeast winds and a drop in temperatures that pushes bait and predators south along our coast. Our earliest sailfish tournaments don’t start until November but October is usually spent prepping for tournaments, catching bait, and pre-fishing. Local fishing charters usually start kite fishing any moment now and as soon as they have a few good days, the weekenders hit the water. 

 

Time to Break out the Kites

 With the summer doldrums behind us, fall brings more wind to which we respond with more kite fishing. Now is a great time to start rigging your kite lines, respooling your reels, and taking inventory of your tackle. Be sure to check your kite plugs for corrosion (they sometimes rust out over summer) and make sure you have a healthy inventory of kite leaders, bridle bands, kite lines, clips, and more.

 

Fall is a great time of year to rep your favorite hoodie or fleece jacket so you’re ready for more wind, spray, and a decline in temperatures. October is still a great time of year further up the coast all the way to the Outer Banks but tournament teams will soon be moving south with many of them making South Florida home for the winter.

 

Kite Fishing for Sailfish

 Kite fishing for sailfish can be the ultimate test as these finicky billfish are the target species for plenty of large tournaments during the next 6 months. These acrobatic billfish are a lot of fun on light tackle with numbers being the goal rather than size. We sometimes see double digit days fishing for sailfish from Islamorada-Stuart as early as December so it’s important to start getting ready soon.

 In addition to sails, big kingfish, cobia, wahoo, and more will be making their way south.  You never really know what to expect while kite fishing so be ready!

Thank you to our friends at FishMiamiCharters.com

 

 

 


Keep Fishing! September 17, 2020

 

If you have thoughts about picking up a rod and trying your hand at fishing, you're definitely not alone.

More people are taking up fishing as a way to get outdoors and be active.

Fishing it a great way to get outside and still maintain social distancing.

Gearing up for fishing, from the right rod, reel to the most important gear,sun protection fishing shirt, shorts and gaiter. 

Fishing is a great way to relieve stress. 


Shark Week vs Shark Nation July 24, 2020

The biggest sharks, biggest bites and most fin-credible moments ever filmed! Get Ready for weeks of SHARK infested waters. From TV channels Discovery Channel Shark Week vs Nat Geo's Shark Cano, get ready for a show down.

Hook & Tackle, a licensee for the University of Miami Rosensteil School of Shark Research offers the Official Crew Field shirts as seen on Shark Week. Now available on line at hookandtackle.com

Shark Tagging: Satellite tracking tags send a signal every time the sharks fin breaks the waters' surface and the transmitter can send the data straight to the satellite receiver. These tags are attached to the dorsal fin of a shark while the shark is held beside the boat. The shark can be followed for the life of the tag battery.

 


Hook & Tackle Attends VIRTUAL ICAST Fishing Show July 15, 2020

The world's largest Fishing Trade Show is going virtual this week. The industry  looks forward to the show where new  fishing products are shown to distributors, retailers and media.

It is definitely not the same as meeting with people in person, but the job is getting done!

 


Marlin Fishing June 17, 2020

Marlin fishing is considered by some game fishermen to be a pinnacle of offshore game fishing

These days a lot of resources are committed to the construction of private and charter bill fishing boats to participate in the bill fishing tournament circuit. The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic in Sandestin, FL is one of the richest tournaments in the world, 

Marlin fishing is one of the most exciting challenges facing any angler. Marlin are fast, they’re athletic, and they can be darn huge. The Striped Marlin is the second fastest fish in the world, swimming at up to 50 miles per hour.