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The redtide is finally clearing up and the fish are biting. The Seatrout are biting in Gasparilla Sound. The Sheepshead and Snapper are biting by the pilings in Boca Grande Pass.

If you want to spend a half-day in the backwaters of Boca Grande kayak fishing give me a call.

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How to patch a hole in a kayak. If you get a hole or crack in your kayak don’t get rid of it, it can be fixed.
Find a piece of plastic that’s similar to the plastic your kayak is made of and use a heat gun to melt the plastic into the hole or crack. You can smooth out the patch with a spackling knife before it hardens if you want it to look nicer.

I have repaired two kayaks using this method and they never leaked again.

If you have any questions about this repair reach out to me and I’ll try to help you.

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My last client, an 81 year old man caught a redfish that pulled him around in circles in the kayak.  After a good battle he finally landed the 18″ keeper for dinner.  he caught several smaller fish that day but this one was his trophy for the day.

A few days later I went back to Gasparilla Sound to hunt for some seatrout, hoping the red tide had cleared up.  The water was dirty from all the rain we’ve been having and there was evidence of red tide still hanging around; we saw some dead catfish floating on the surface.  

My client this day only caught one small trout and a strange creature I’ve never seen before.  It turns out it was a mantis shrimp.  If you ever catch one don’t handle it with your bare hand it can hurt you.

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Fishing for fish close to the mangrove trees in SW Florida can get a little tricky.  Especially when you hook into a Snook or Redfish.  This past week I hooked into a Snook about ten feet away from the mangrove shoreline.  After a few jumps he proceeded to pull me in the mangroves.  My fishing line got twisted around some branches as I was trying to keep a tight line on the fish.  I finally managed to free myself from the branches and pushed my way back to open water.  To my surprise the Snook was still on my line and I managed to get him to the kayak.

After a quick picture, I gave the fish some time to recover in the water by moving him back and forth.  Once I felt him trying to pull away from me I released him to be caught another day.

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