Long before I had a bass boat or fished a bass tournament, my wife and I spent a few days each year somewhere along the gulf coast. It started in Fort Morgan, Alabama and we worked our way East each year until we stumbled across this quiet little beach town called St. Joe. July of 2016 will be 3 years that we have called St. Joe Beach, Florida our home. I have seen a lot of sunsets in my travels but none quite like the ones here on the Gulf.
My obsession with fishing started on freshwater rivers and lakes throughout the Southern U.S. This obsession has been going on now for 15 years. The last 9 years, I have been fortunate to make a good living from my fishing business and the tournaments in which I compete. The same obsession that started it all for me in freshwater is exactly why I am now drawn to the salt.
I didn’t start fishing because I had visions of big paychecks or Championship trophies on my mantle. I started because I love the art of angling. You can constantly challenge yourself and never learn enough. You can always improve and grow as an angler. That’s why I have chosen this place to call home. It’s the very best place I have found to feed my obsession! I am excited about the road ahead.
BASS FOR SALT
I was not aware of some of the laws currently in place that affect our rights as outdoorsmen in this country until I moved to the coast. When I started bass fishing regularly in Alabama, I fished and could fish every day, 365 days a year. I had no complaints.
Now I live on the gulf coast, next to what’s possibly the best snapper fishing water in the world, and the federal government only allowed us 10 days this year to go out and catch them. 10 days…and trust me when I tell you there is no shortage of snapper in the Gulf. I am usually home, on average, about 2 months out of the year. The odds of good weather and that I will even be home during those 10 days are not good odds at all.
Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation is a program that was developed to give all anglers a voice and platform to fight for the preservation and growth of recreational angling. I want the next generation of anglers to have a greater opportunity to enjoy fishing than we have had. We need to come together as a whole so our voice is heard. I am asking for your help and together we can make a difference.
You can go to BassforSalt.com to send a prewritten letter to your legislator. It only takes a minute.
Thank you, Randall
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Posted by admin on November 20, 2015
By: Rob Newell, WorldFishingNetwork.com
When reds disappear into flooded grass, try this bass fishing approach from Bassmaster Elite Series pro angler Randall Tharp
Several years ago I ran into a redfish problem during high tides. I could catch plenty of redfish on a rising tide, before the water reached the marsh grass. And I could catch plenty of redfish on a falling tide as the water drained out of the grass. But when the tide reached its peak and flooded the rushes and cordgrass for a couple of hours, I struggled.
The reason for this slow period was pretty obvious: the redfish followed the rising water to the grass and then shimmied right past the grass line into the thick marsh grass with the tide. For the entire top of the tide period, they would disappear into the newly flooded shallows and root around for anything they could get their snoots on. I knew they were back in the thick stuff because I could hear them popping and thrashing back in the grass, eluding me the whole time. >>> read more