"One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one’s fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of one’s fishing companions.” ~ John Ashley Cooper
God can make great things out of bad; most of the time, even better than we ever imagined.
When The Bite Is ON
As all fishermen know, when the bite is on, ITS ON!
As all outdoors men know, when the bug bite is on, ITS ON!
When I was asked to write this article, the first thought was a comment made by my history teacher in High School. When ask how long a paper to be written was to be, his statement was “make it like a mini skirt, long enough to cover the subject yet short enough to keep it interesting.” I will try to follow his advice here.
Mrs. Barbara ask me to write this article regarding the relationship between Bugs and Bug Stuff and environment. First of all, bugs do not like Bug Stuff. Bug Stuff is a formula of all “natural” and “organic” ingredients. The formula is proprietary to H2Outings, LLC, the owner of Bug Stuff.
HOW DID IT START? Bug Stuff started as a concept and progressed to research by Mike Williams and myself. My goal was to formulate an insect repellent that truly repelled and not have chemicals such as “Deet” that kill insects and damage the environment (such as the fishery, wildlife and humans), I particularly did not want to kill the bees as they are a major factor for food supply.
HOW WAS IT DEVELOPED? Bug Stuff was developed by studying the most economic prosperous countries’ number one natural and organic ingredients for insect relents. Then the ingredients were formulated for best results, creating a repellent, safe for humans, children and small animals. To follow the hypothesis, it had to be food grade. The original formula was then turned over to our chemist for tweaking and then on to field testing throughout the US and abroad. Next came the licensing and governmental approvals, (CDC, EPA, EPD, FDA, Fl. Dept. of Agriculture, etc).
PRODUCTION and DISRIBUTION? Currently Bug Stuff can be produced at a rate of 270 bottles an hour by running several stir tanks and bottling machines. It is distributed using several carriers throughout the US and abroad. As approved for us, August 12, 2020, FDA approved an ingredient to repel ticks and ants. Bug Stuff is the only natural and organic repellent to contain this ingredient made in the US.
Remember, the next time you want to repel an insect, please do not damage our fishery, our hunting grounds, our bees, our children or our pets. My thanks for your time in this regard and please support our Captains at River Inn and Marina.
They do it RIGHT! Tight lines to all and be safe.
Captain Jim Henley
March Madness: Nope we are not talking about basketball. It's all about the weather. One day it's summer and 85 and the next day a front moves through and we are back to winter. However, the ability to adjust on the fly can mean the difference between a great day opposed to a bad day of fishing. Of course there is no such thing as a bad day on the water fishing!
Ok, let's get started. If you are fortunate enough to be in front of a cold front you have hit the jackpot! Although winds may be elevated, the fish may be willing to eat, therefore, time your trip accordingly and trust your instincts in terms of weather. Wind is better than no wind!!! Even though it's blowing the fish will usually be willing to eat, just be willing to stay within the confines of what your boat can safely handle! Always consult NOAA to determine if safe travel is available on that particular day. Soft plastics have been the bait of choice lately. Bass Assassin , Gulp, and ZMann baits have all been effective, however nothing beats the real thing as live shrimp are always effective in terms of catching fish.
Water depths this time of year can be tricky so be careful to pay attention to the tides. There are various predictions of tides online however the eye test always works best. Be careful when traversing the Big Bend waters as rocks and oyster bars are plentiful and unforgiving to lower units! Therefore hiring a guide might be the best option if you are a novice boater or new to our coastline. Otherwise tread carefully! The captains at our marina are all qualified and accommodating when customizing trips to meet the needs of our clients. Its all about maximizing the experience of our clients to ensure they get the best day on the water they can have. Hopefully they will also learn some techniques that they can use in the future to become better anglers.
Being prepared is essential to being successful on the water. The River Inn and Marina has everything you need to have that epic day on the water catching fish. Live shrimp, got it, frozen bait, done, artificial, anything you need, as well as snacks and drinks to keep you going through the day. Therefore, March Madness continues here in terms of trout, redfish, sheepshead , and grouper closer than anytime of year! Snook, Spanish, and tarpon are not out of the question as well as cobia depending on the weather. I'm telling you it's Mad in March!!!! Come by the Steinhatchee River Inn and Marina for the update on the latest bite and supplies you will need for that most awesome experience on the water! If you need a guide they can certainly hook you up with a qualified Captain to maximize your experience here in Steinhatchee
Captain Alan Mattox