Publishers Corner Shallow Addiction Magazine Bryan Bobbitt
It is a new year for SAM and Capt. Troy and I are looking forward to seeing everything really take off. We have decided to try to get a print issue out for all of you very soon. In the meantime you can count on us to bring you the latest news and information for our sport and of course all new SAM Girls. When I first started SAM I was not sure where I would end up but a year later it looks very promising. Our goal is to provide entertainment and information for the average angler, and that is you. Without our fans we would not be able to do any of this. As a thank you for your following we are going to do everything in our power to bring you the best. Be sure to keep your eyes out for new contests and giveaways on Facebook and www.thesamsite.com. And as always please send us your pictures and stories from the water. Until then fish hard and play harder.
Bryan Bobbitt Founder: Shallow Addiction Magazine â€œRelease today to catch tomorrowâ€?
Eye Spy SAM Eye Spy I went fishing with a friend of mine not too long ago, and in the leading moments of us leaving the dock I forgot my sunglasses on the dash of my truck. While my friend was able to see the reds and put his Impact Lure right in front of a hungry bull, I was squinting to see anything. That day he out fished me 3 to 1. It was in that moment I realized how important it is to have polarized glasses every time I go out on the water. Polarized sunglasses serve two purposes; the first is to cut out glare and reflected light. The second is to protect the anglerâ€™s eyes from flying lures and weights. There are many options to consider when you are picking out a pair of sunglasses. You need to first consider what kind of water that you will be fishing (Below are some different kinds of sunglasses)
If you are fishing offshore and in blue water you may want to consider a grey lens. The grey allows you to see deep into the blue water. This would not be the case if you were fishing inshore on a mud or grass flat with dirty water. For that you would want to look at the amber color lens. If you are one of the lucky ones who are stalking bonefish in the Florida Keys, a yellow lens will work best for the clear water. And last but not least a copper color lens is the best for all around fishing and brings out the colors of both the fish and the water. The frames are almost as important as the lenses. Although most people pick a frame that is stylish, you really want a pair that wrap around your face and block out any outside light. This is vital as when you wear sunglasses because your pupils are dilated more than what they would be when they are exposed to the sun and light from the sides can cause damage to your eyes. Protection is the other major use for sunglasses. Keep this in mind when you are choosing your pair. Some anglers prefer to go with glass lenses and some prefer a plastic lens. Both have pros
Eye Spy SAM and cons. The glass lens is more resistant to scratching however if an object came at your face they would be more likely to shatter into your eyes. When it comes down to it your sunglasses are one of the most important tools to have with you on the water. Be sure to consider all the facts and pick the pair that is right for you. There are many sunglasses manufactures out there and countless different styles. One of my favorites is the Browning Eyewear line or the Costas but make sure you find the right pair for you and the water you are fishing. Until next time be safe and release today to catch tomorrow.
Hide and Seek Bryan Bobbitt
Spot them before they spot you! Spring is finally here and you have been waiting for the water to warm up. Well the wait is over and it is time for you to dust off your wading shoes and get ready to hit the flats. However there are a few things to remember when you are out there stalking your next big catch. One of the first things is to remember that you need a good pair of sunglasses as we mention in the eye spy article in this issue. The next is to remember a few of these tips and you will have a better chance of catching the big one. The first thing is to remember that fish can see your outline if you get too close so you want to make sure you can either cast to them from a distance or make sure that you keep a low profile to the water. Another thing that will help is to wear clothes that match you environment. If it is overcast you would want to wear a shirt that matches the color of the sky, if it sunny the same thing applies. Another thing to keep in mind is that fish have lateral lines that run down both sides of their bodies. These lines are very sensitive nerves that can sense the slightest vibrations in the water such as a wader moving into a casting position. The best way to avoid being detected is to make very slow and patient moves that will not create much of a ripple in the water.
Hide and Seek Bryan Bobbitt
Safety is always something that you want to keep in mind. Shoes are a must when wade fishing. The last thing that you want is to have to cut a great day on the water short because you stepped on a stingray or broken glass. Depending on where you fish you want to always be aware of other larger animals such as alligators. A friend and I were wade fishing at Haulover Canal a few years ago and when we were focused on the fish about an 8 foot gator made his way between us and the shore. We had to wave down a boat to get us back to shore. Needless to say that was a nervous moment for us. Spotting fish is one of the first things that you will need to learn how to do when you sight cast for fish. There are a few tricks that can make this a little easier. A major trick is to read the water, look for ripples that can show you fish and where they are heading. Another is to always look at what the other animals are doing. Birds are a great way of finding fish but always be sure to look down too. Large trout and redfish have been known to shadow sting rays to pick up anything that may be reveled below the sand by flapping of their wings. Hopefully you will be able to try some of these tricks and they produce a big memory for you and your family. Until next time, Release today to catch tomorrow
Its Black Drum time!
You can always tell when the early spring is in the air. People start coming outside more, Girls are donning skirts and anglers all around inlets and rivers prepare their gear for a slugfest. Thatâ€™s right fans we are talking about spawning Black Drum making their way into our costal inlets and into estuaryâ€™s from the Gulf waters of Texas to North Carolina. The Black Drum is cousins of the highly targeted Redfish and they can be a real fight to get them to the boat. I have heard the comparison of catching them to trying to pull a rock of the bottom. One thing is for sure now is a good time to get out there and catch yourself one. Black Drum are mostly crustation eaters who favor clams and crabs. They grow to an average size of 40 pounds but can get to be over 100 pounds, the Florida record being 113 pounds. Some of the most proven techniques to catching these fish are to get an half or whole blue crab (depending on the size) and baiting it to a 4/0 to 8/0 circle hook. Then you just send it to the bottom of the channel or deep hole and just wait for the action to come to you. On occasion and during the spawn you can also find them on the flats and near oyster beds. The Florida bag limit to black drum is the limit of 5 per harvester per day with one being over 24 inches. Not only are these fish fun to catch, they make a great table fair as well. My favorite way to prepare them is to blacken fillet chunks on the stove with old bay and lemon on them. As always be sure to protect our fisheries and always release what you do not plan to eat. These fish are fun to catch and we all want to make sure that our kids have fun catching them too.
The History of Soft Plastics
Soft plastic bait, commonly known as just plastic bait, is any of a range of plastics-based fishing baits, termed so because of their soft, flexible rubber texture. Designed to imitate fish or other natural aquatic food sources, their realistic texture and versatility, combined with simple and economical production has led them to become a standard article of modern fishing tackle. Soft plastics are available in a large range of colors, sizes and particularly shapes Soft plastics found their origins in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with small worms and grubs being molded from hard rubber. The stiff rubber used, as well as the basic shapes produced, did not allow the flexible action and effectiveness of modern soft plastics to be observed. In 1972, lure manufacturer Mister Twister patented the Curly Tail concept, utilizing the flexibility of silicone-based plastic to create a rubber lure with a more lifelike action and vastly improved fish-catching effectiveness. By the early-to-mid 1980s, high sales volumes of Mister Twister lures prompted many new entrants into the market, with competition soon leading to a broad and diverse selection of soft plastic lures being made available in a range of shapes, colors and sizes. Additionally, Tom Moore created the Touchdown Lure in 1974 in the back room of his store in Indiana. The Touchdown 6" Original was born with two hooks with naturally weedless weed guards and includes a 12-inch leader with swivels and a sinker. Later a Pro version was created with two larger hooks and a 36-inch leader The diversity of soft plastic baits has enabled them to be used in many configurations, rigs and with various techniques. The original and still most commonly seen use of soft plastics is as a simple lure, using a weighted hook known as a jig head. The hook of the jig head is threaded through the lure so that only the gape of the hook, and the eye, are exposed. Methods vary according to the shape of the plastic used; however is it most often cast and retrieved with short, sharp jerky motions applied by the angler through flicking the fishing rod tip.
Experienced soft plastic anglers attempt to emulate the natural movement of the animal the soft plastic imitates, such as a prawn, baitfish or crawdad.
The History of Soft Plastics
Soft plastics are also trolled and jigged in the same method as metal or hard bodied lures, and used as artificial baits in classic real-bait rigs. The many rigs, techniques and uses of soft plastic lures are as varied as the designs, colors and sizes they are available in. Specialized techniques and rigging methods have evolved from anglers targeting specific fish species or in particular areas, such as the Texas rig and Carolina rig. Tandem Rigs are designed to avoid losing fish that "short strike" the bait. A variation of the traditional Jig Head, called a Deep Darter Head, provide a sub-surface "walk the dog" action on the soft plastic lure. The swimming tin, designed in the late 19th century to rig dead eels, is produced today to impart great action on large style soft baits like Hogy Lures 10-18 inch soft baits. Today, soft plastic lures take on many forms and hybrids. Hard body hybrid lures, with a solid plastic front half and soft plastic tail for lifelike action and appearance, are now common. These hybrids often use treble hooks, diving bibs and other features once restricted to hard body lures. Concern over the instance of non-biodegradable plastics being lost in fragile water systems has prompted the creation of organic, biodegradable lures that retain the flexible, rubbery texture and action of traditional polymer soft plastic lures by tackle manufacturer Berkley. These new baits are based on different polymers, namely polyvinyl Alcohol (PVOH), instead of the more usual Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). There is much controversy in the angling community regarding the true nature of this new form of organic soft plastic, which has led to the use of such lures being prohibited in some lure-only angling competitions. However since PVOH is still a synthetic polymer, which at the grades used in the Berkley lures only dissolve in water temperatures above 60째C, claims of biodegradability of this sort of lure are questionable. Companies like Hogy Lures are having also developed soy based, large style, soft plastic lures designed to target trophy class fish.