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Hooking 2 at a time is possible

January 23, 2015
By Capt. GEORGE TUNISON ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Catching two fish on the same lure at the same time? Sure, it's not common, but it does happen if you spend enough time on the water.

Over the years I've caught schooling bass doubles on Rattletraps and top water plugs. Same with schooling redfish, catching two sets of doubles the very same day on a large Zara Spook.

Add a five-pound walleye partially inhaled by a 50-inch musky (maybe that doesn't count as he never got the hook, but refused to let go of his dinner and was netted).

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Wednesday's trout trip was a little different. Casting soft plastics on a deep flat the angler's light trout rod bent deeply as he set the hook. At almost the same instant his wife's rod bent as well as she instinctively set the hook this time causing a four-pound yellow mouth trout to go airborne trying to shake both jigs from its mouth.

Trout fishing remains a mystery for some and an easy catch for others. Because of on and off again warm weather be willing to search for trout as they might not be where you found them last week. Toss out a medium shrimp under a float as you drift a deep flat, all the while casting small soft plastics with enough jig weight to keep them hoping near bottom.

Cover water quietly using wind power and you probably will happen upon them. When you get a bite quietly anchor or Power Pole and enjoy catching.

Bending down barbs makes releasing delicate trout easy and causes much less tissue damage resulting in much less delayed mortality.

Always handle all fish, especially fine scaled fish like trout, with wet hands, never a towel or rag.

Winter winds often limit offshore trips, but on calm days reef fish are waiting for your hand-picked shrimp, sardine, or pinfish. Gags, cobia, snapper and even Goliath Grouper are biting.

Put out a fat blue runner under a float while bottom fishing to see if it can entice a toothy 40-pound kingfish.

Spanish macs are in, around and off the passes to several miles out depending on tides and bait schools. Feeding birds are your long distance tipoff to the feeding schools. Binoculars can be your best friend to help find birds.

Unusual reports last week of anglers doing incredibly well on resident winter tarpon, in deep holes SE of St. James City.

Luckily for anglers that admire the tough-as-nails attitude, super strength and willingness to bite, the Jack Crevalle is cruising a canal or flat near you, hungry and mean as ever. A little cold water doesn't slow down this bad apple, but will cause him to relocate to warmer or deeper waters if it gets really cold for a prolonged period.

Right now, and especially if it does get cold, serious jack hunters go upriver to find the biggest jacks that swim these waters.

Unlike the East Coast where 40-pound and much bigger jacks roam, a big jack on this side is a 20-25 pounder.

Start your search upriver at the RR bridge where big boys hunt and play. Fish laugh at 40-pound leader material as they zip through the bridge pilings. Don't go under-gunned as you only will kill fish from your broken off lures.

Tip: Cast Yozuri minnow plugs in and around the pilings if you can't see the fish actively feeding on top. Start shallow and work deep along the pilings.

Also trolling big Yozuris along the pilings can be a killer method at times and easily put a surprise tarpon or jumbo snook in the air behind the boat.

Leave there and slow troll your lures all the way to the I-75 Bridge casting the same plugs in and around the pilings for the biggest baddest jacks in the Caloosahatchee River.

Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at 239-282-9434 or, or



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