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Fishing is as hot as the weather

June 30, 2017
By Capt. GEORGE TUNISON ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Red and mangrove snapper, grouper, sharks and cobia are waiting for you on your no-rain morning near or offshore trip.

Fishing in the passes for variety or early morning along the beach for snook is hot.

Ever had that long-awaited trophy on the line, saw it jump, got it close to the boat when suddenly the line goes slack in a moment? You reel in to find that end of your line curly-cue? Talking about taking the wind out of your sails!

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If you have vision issues, fumble fingers or stiff hands, knot tying can become a big issue. Fortunately, there is a great solution to your problem.

Ask your local tackle shop dealer for a "Tie-Fast Knot Tyer." This small stainless steel tool has been around forever and is still an important tool in many anglers' tackle boxes.

They come in two sizes for use in tying mono (or braid) up to and over 100-pound test with ease.

Small, inexpensive, and very easy to use this tool ties a basic non-fail knot to attach lures or hooks, a shank or Snell tie for offset eyed hooks, nail knots, needle nail knots, nail knot splices, and for making tapered fly leaders as well as line-to-line or line-to-leader connections for general fishing.

It makes factory perfect knots every time and is highly recommended.

During the dark tannin stained water days of summer, bottled scents dipped or sprayed on your lure or pre-scented lures like Gulp products can help predators better find your lures.

Adding a fluorescent tail to your plastic grub choice, or going from your chrome MirrOlure to a darker choice, especially gold, can save the angler's day.

Taking a razor blade and making tiny slices in a soft plastic bait or poking with a large needle, then soaking these plastics in your favorite liquid scent overnight allows them to retain the scent juices and appeal much longer than simply being applied to the outside of the plastic surfaces.

Using noisy topwater plugs and upping lure sizes also help hungry snook find your offering.

When using topwaters for snook, don't get too caught up in the "walk-the-dog" retrieve habit. Break it up with a fairly fast paced, noisy, erratic, splashing retrieve, even causing the plug to leave the water. This is a turn on for a hungry snook or redfish in shallow water.

I've never seen a baitfish doing that slow side to side walking motion, especially when it has a hot predator on its tail.

This summer when fishing rain swollen mini-dams or weirs along local roads, try keeping stealthy by moving very little.

If it's not crowded, standing nearer the roadway and making long casts up to the dam allows a bit of distance between yourself and the fish giving you a better chance.

Often we see folks fishing right on top of the fish at the edge of the dam. Not a lot of tarpon or trophy snook are going to feed in three feet of water with you standing on top of them six feet away.

Casting un-weighted soft plastic jerk-baits above the dam, letting them wash over and naturally hitting the surface below. Give a few sharp twitches and it's deadly

Coat yourself with your favorite repellant and hit all the dams at night. You will have them to yourself and that's when the big boys come out to play.

Before you go, figure out how you are going to get a trophy fish or lift a trophy fish up to you for release. In most roadside situations you can't reach down to the water. Dead lifting it will break your line. Something many anglers don't think about.

When done, take a few minutes to please pick up after yourself. Sadly, these roadside easy access areas are constantly trashed by the slob-angler, giving us all a bad name.

Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at 239-440-1621 or



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