Amazing Peacock Bass Fishing: Gatun Lake Panama

Fishing Peacock Bass in Gatun Lake Panama

Gatun Lake Panama
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It’s no secret that American President Theodore Roosevelt was an avid outdoorsman and proponent of “masculine vigor,” so one almost wonders if he knew that completion of the Panama Canal would create a number of fantastic fishing spots in Central America. Of course we’ll never know if Teddy was thinking about fishing while sitting on that steam shovel in 1906, but we certainly know that the construction efforts resulted in what was at the time the largest man-made lake in the world.

Gatun Lake, known to the locals simply as Lago Gatún,  has an area of over 164 square miles and is dotted with small islands, the tops of hills that were flooded when construction of the Gatun Dam created the lake. The area around Lake Gatun is surrounded by thick rain forest, a natural protection for it various species of wildlife and is one of the few places on earth where species native to Central America can be seen in their natural, undisturbed state. The lake, which is roughly 164 sq miles is size (425 km), now serves as a major component of the Panama Canal crossing and is host to large amounts of shipping traffic. Even so, the primary recreational activity in the Gatun Lake area is fishing, with anglers from around the world flocking to the site for a chance to hook a few of the lake’s abundant Peacock Bass (called “Sargento” locally).

 Gatun Lake Peacock Bass HistoryGatun Lake Peacock Bass Fishing

While the Peacock Bass is the dominant game fish in the lake, it’s not native to the Panama waters. The fish actually originates from South American waters including the Amazon River, but was introduced to the lake around 1967 by a local businessman (accidentally, some say) and in less than 10 years became the lake’s dominant species. As it is this turned out very well for everyone, as Peacock Bass has become synonymous with the lake are area, are incredibly fun to catch and make for great eating. They are a very visual species and like bright lures and, if you can spot some live minnows or other natural baits, it won’t be long before you are reeling in a big one.

 Lake Gatun Fishing Guides, Charters and Accommodations

Gatun Lake can be easily accessed from Panama City, and since you’ll probably be flying into the city’s Tocumen International Airport, this makes traveling to the spot fairly simple. Car rentals are inexpensive in Panama City and there are plenty of hotels to choose from. Once you’ve reached the lake, you’ll be able to buy live bait and rent fishing poles and live vests right on the landing; locals will even filet your catch for about 20 cents per fish.

Of course, if you want to just enjoy and let someone else worry about the details, then booking one of the many local fishing guides or Gatun Lake fishing charters is the smart way to go. These guys are local, most speak enough English in case your Espanol isn’t up to snuff and, more importantly, know precisely where to take you to catch these fun and aggressive fish. And since, this is their livelihood, they are going to see to it that you come back with fish, after all their reputation and business depend on it. Rates can range from $80 to $400/day depending on the boat and size of  fishing party.

Remember to bring sunblock and a hat, because the sun will be unforgiving so close to the equator. You’ll also want to bring food and drink provisions to the lake as there is nowhere to buy snacks near the landing. We probably don’t have to tell you that bass lures will be your prime choice if you’re bringing your own gear. Maybe it’s time to check out Lago Gatun?

To learn more about fishing in Panama or Panama deep sea fishing, take a look here.

panamafishinghole is another good resource for more information on Gatun Lake and Panama fishing in general.

Baked Sole Fish Stuffed with Crab Meat

Sole fish is a light, tender and flavorful fish -without the “fishy” taste- that easily lends itself to many recipes. Though the Dover fish is considered the true Sole, Winter Flounder, also known as “Lemon Sole” and Fluke are also often sold in supermarkets and fish markets as Sole fillets. For this recipe, any of these flatfish will do.

Sole fish stuffed with crabmeat

Stuffed Crab-meat Sole

Stuffed Crab-meat Sole Ingredients

Fish:

  • 8oz of Sole Fish fillets (or any flatfish such as Flounder)

 For crab stuffing mixture:

  • 8oz jumbo crab meat (canned or fresh)
  • 1 ½ cup of Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup of finely chopped scallion onions
  • ½ cup each of finely chopped green and red peppers
  • ½ cup of finely chopped Italian parsley
  • ½ cup of red jalapeño finely chopped (optional if you like it a little spicy)
  • 1teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1tablespoon of garlic power
  • 1tablespoon of onion power
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin olive oil (This will be for you to brush on the fish, both sides before adding the stuffing inside. Olive oil lovers can use a little extra)

Preparation and Stuffing of Sole fish

In a bowl you will mix the flowing ingredients from the above list:

crab meat; Panko bread crumbs; 1tbsp of the grated lemon peel; freshly squeezed lemon juice; red jalapeno (optional) ; chopped Italian parsley; green & red peppers; salt; black pepper; garlic power; onion power; and mayonnaise.  Mixed well and place to the side momentarily.

Take your sole fish and lay flat and brush olive oil on both sides of the fish. Then lay fish on the smooth flat side, take your crab stuffing and divide it evenly among your fillet pieces, as much as you can fit.

Once all pieces of sole have crab stuffing on them, fold thinner half of fillet over stuffing and tuck end underneath to form a wrap. Then place side by side in a glass baking dish, brush stuffed sole with olive oil on top and sides, sprinkle salt and pepper the over the fillets; then brush the mayonnaise over each stuffed sole top and sides. Lastly, optionally you can sprinkle some Panko bread crumbs on the top as well.

Cooking time  ( Preheat oven for about 450 F)

Bake in oven at the top rack for about 20 minutes or until it becomes golden brown (if sprinkled on top with Panko crumbs).

When done you can transfer onto plates decorated with sliced lemon and garnished with chopped parsley and paprika (optional). There you are, a delicious and easy recipe to make – bon appetite!

Credit: Many thanks to ChefNiecey for this delicious recipe

Why Are We Seeing So Many Fishing Kayaks?

What’s Driving The Kayak Fishing  Frenzy

man kayak fishing                         creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Hobie kayak pics

Some who don’t know may ask, what is a fishing kayak? However, most have seen them, particularly if you live in a state like Florida.  Men, women and children fishing from  kayaks. But these look somewhat different than the ones we are normally accustom to seeing. Well, that’s because what you are looking is a fishing kayak – specifically built for kayak fishing, the hottest trend in sport fishing today.

the kayak itself has been around for over 4000 years and first used by the indigenous people of the North Atlantic – the Yupik, Aleut and Inuit. They were made of wood where available and, where there was none, of whale bone covered with stretched stitched seal and other animal skin to make them water-tight. The kayak, which meant “hunter’s boat” to the natives, was used for hunting seal and whale in the water as well as other animals along the shoreline.

In some ways today’s fishing kayaks represent  a more sophisticated version of the early indigenous fisherman’s kayak. The modern fisherman’s kayak It is built with one target in mind-  the sport or recreational fisherman who wants a different way of fishing. And before anyone suggests that it is the poor man’s fishing boat, let me add that I have known many recreational fisherman who own $50,000 watercraft, with all the latest technology, who prefer to kayak fish for whatever reason.  For some it may be that are looking for something that tests their physical abilities; for others it is more consistent  with the “going green”  lifestyle that they have chosen to live. Think about it: there are no gases being released into the atmosphere or pollutants spilled into our waters – you are the craft’s energy source. And how about the health benefits? What other activity lets you to build rock-solid arms while doing what you enjoy most!

Closer Look at A Modern Water Hunter’s Boat

With that being said, today’s fishing kayaks are every bit the modern hunter’s boat. They are light-weight, sleek, stealth, specialized and equipped, in some cases, with everything the recreational fisherman could want. First of all, material construction. No longer made of whalebone and animal skin, today’s fishing kayak is made of high-grade durable polyethylene (plastic), come in 9- 14 ft lengths and weight handling capacities anywhere from 250 to 550 lbs. These nimble watercraft give you the flexibility to fish just about anywhere, even areas where others cannot.  One can find an application for just about any situation, whether you are looking to do river, lake or ocean kayak fishing.

The standard kayak is the “sit in” fishing kayak where your body and legs are inside the kayak. However,  more anglers today are opting for “sit on top” fishing kayaks that allow for greater maneuverability and storage space below. There are also fishing kayaks for two if you’re looking to take some company with you. Price- wise they can cost as little as $250- $300 for budget, entry-level kayak with maybe nothing more than a couple of rod holders,  to ten times that amount for some of the feature-rich models. Also, popular on the scene are pedal fishing kayaks (vs paddle types). They come with a hand-controlled rudder for easy steering and are very useful for those who would rather use their legs for power or just like keeping  their hands free for other things like snapping photos or rigging up tackle while moving.

On the high end you have some of the best fishing kayaks, loaded with a just about every imaginable  upgrade. We are talking tons of options and accessories such as fully adjustable seats, built-in storage hatch, live well, built-in tackle storage, GPS, fish finders and so on. I have even seen some powered by small electric and gas motors, though in my opinion this is overkill  and kind of defeats much of the experience. Hobie, Old Town and Jackson Kayak (there too many good brands to mention here) make some for the best kayaks for fishing and offer good value for your money; and outdoor retailer like Bass Pro shops and Dick’s Sporting Goods are just a few places  where you can find a kayak to fit your needs.

Fishing from Kayaks Here to Stay and Growing

Considering what the fishing kayak can offer – ease of portability and use,  budget-friendly entry points, great fun and a healthy lifestyle, not to mention being  eco-friendly – it is fairly easy to understand why we are seeing so many kayak fisherman everywhere these days. The concept is still in its infancy but is quickly catching fire. Will it replace how most of us are going to fish? Probably not, but it gives the sport fisherman one more option and that means it will only continue to grow. Let us know what are you thoughts on this exciting trend in recreational fishing.

Blue Marlin – Why It Is King of the Big Game Fish

Blue Marlin – Greatest Big Game Fish in the World

For many,  the Blue Marlin is considered the  Holy Grail of sport fishing. While there are many worthy contenders to the throne – Bluefin Tuna, Sailfish, Swordfish and Tarpon are but a few that come to mind – there is no doubt the Blue Marlin is king of the blue water. Its rare combination of size, strength, stamina and leaping ability are second to none (do you hear that, LeBron James!) In fact, they have been known to leap clear out of the water and into fishing boats. When you hook into one of these giants of the blue you’d better strap yourself in because you’re in for the fight of your life. It’s not uncommon to feel afterwards like you’d been body punched  by a professional boxer for 12 rounds.  You’re not getting one of these boat-side, if you do at all, in  20 minutes. It can take up to an excess of 3 hours (or more) depending on the size of the fish and your level of experience.  So you’d better pack a lunch before you go after one of these majestic brutes!

There’s no denying that the Blue Marlin is special among sport fishermen and big game fish anglers. So prized is the Blue Marlin that the island-nation of the Bahamas made it their national fish and proudly display it on their coat of arms.  Ernest Hemingway, an avid sport fisherman, featured the Blue Marlin in his masterpiece The Old Man and the Sea, which depicts the epic struggle between man and fish – and of course,  man with himself. It is the ultimate trophy fish, the  one that will give you a lifetime of bragging rights.

The Blue Marlin is also the largest of the Billfish, if you didn’t already know, and the only predators it has are mainly Great Whites and we humans. They are a warm water species native to the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and are migratory and solitary by nature. The Pacific variant is larger than its Atlantic cousin and females are usually bigger than males.  Though Blue Marlin are usually caught in the 200 lb to 400 lb range, there have been many catches exceeding 1800 lbs and 16ft in length. The official Atlantic Ocean world record for rod and reel catches is 1402lbs.

Blue Marlin Greatest Big Game Fish

Blue Marlin Leaping

Get Ready for the Fight of Your Life

The Blue Marlin itself is a deep sea predator that likes to feed on squid, dolphinfish (Mahi Mahi). Mackerel and even small Tuna. And that long, spear-like bill it sports is not just for show. It is used to attack and injure schools fish. Follow the schools and you will find your Marlin. There are many techniques you can use to catch these trophy Marlin, but trolling with artificial lures, bait/lure combinations and natural baits are some of the most effective.  Live bait fishing with Bonito or Mackerel are also very effective.

But you will never know why the Blue Marlin is champion of the oceans until you hook into one. Then get ready to rumble! From the moment it takes your bait to when you mercifully reel it in (if you are lucky enough) you are in for a long, grueling battle. And all the while you are feeling the rush of adrenaline and a sense of exhilaration that no drug can ever provide. You will feel the ebb and flow of the battle- one minute convinced of certain victory, only to be followed by that sinking feeling of doubt as your fish makes spectacular long runs, deep dives and acrobatic moves that leave you mesmerized by a blurred canvas of cobalt and blue.

Finally, after 2 hours and near exhaustion from battling a stubborn and angry behemoth – and with arms, back and body too numb to any longer feel anything – you reel in your trophy.  Maybe like the old man in Hemingway’s book,  you soak in a moment of triumph. But you will never forget that you were in a fight with a worthy opponent – the greatest big game fish in the world , the Blue Marlin.

Swordfish Fishing

Swordfish Fishing

 

Swordfish Fishing Introduction

Swordfish, also known as Broadbill in some countries, are large, highly migratory, predatory fish characterized by a long, flat bill. They are a popular sport fish of the billfish category, though elusive. Swordfish are elongated, round-bodied, and lose all teeth and scales by adulthood. These fish can live close to shore. They can reach a maximum size of approximately 14 ft 9 inches and 1,400 pounds. The International Game Fish Association’s all-tackle angling record for a swordfish was a 1,182 lb specimen taken off Chile in 1953. When planning your next Swordfish fishing trip visit our fishing charter directory, Swordfish fishing guide or Swordfish fishing charter page to link up with the right professional fishing charter to give you that memorable experience you have been dreaming about.

Swordfish Fishing Charters

Swordfish Fishing Charters

Swordfish Fishing Locations

Swordfish are pelagic fish—living within the water column rather than on the bottom or in coastal areas. They are typically found at depths of between 180 meters and 580 meters, and are found worldwide in temperate and tropical waters. Pacific Ocean Swordwish are larger than their Atlantic counterpart, and females are generally larger than males.They are believed to prefer waters where the surface temperature is above 58°F, although they can tolerate temperatures as low as 50°F. There seems to be some correlation between larger size and the ability to tolerate colder temperatures. Few fish under 200 pounds are found in waters less than 64°F. Swordfish are summer and fall visitors to New England waters, entering the warming Atlantic coastal waters from far offshore in the Gulf Stream around June and departing in late October. Evidence suggests that such onshore-offshore seasonal migrations are more prevalent than are migrations between the northern feeding areas off Cape Hatteras and the southern spawning grounds off Florida and the Caribbean. Visit our swordfish guide and swordfish fishing charter page today to find a captain to help you find where the swordfish are at any given time.

Swordfish Fishing Charters and Guides

Swordfish Fishing Charters and Guides

Swordfish Fishing Techniques

Today, some swordfish are caught as they traditionally were using harpoons, but most are caught on long-lines consisting of a main line, up to 40 miles long, which is supported in the water column by floats and from which baited hooks are suspended. In addition, swordfish are often an incidental catch in the tuna fishery. The sport fishery normally fishes for swordfish by trolling and drift-fishing, using rod-and-reel gear. The catch rate has increased considerably since fishermen began in the mid-1970s to fish for swordfish at night using drifting baited lines. Swordfish are caught mostly at night, in the deeper areas of offshore canyons. On overnight trips, anglers typically set one or more lines at various depths. Night time swordfish rigs usually consist of a large circle or Southern tuna hook on a cable leader. Swordfish baits include whole squid, mackerel or other small fish. A glow stick is added to the leader a few feet above the bait. Inline weights may also be added on the line to control the depth of the bait. A deep sea fishing guide or deep sea fishing charter can be a great way to get on the fish.

Swordfish Fishing Charters

Swordfish Fishing Charters

Swordfish Cooking

Unfortunately for the species, Swordfish is among the most delicious in the world. The meat is tender, white and has a distinctive flavor, similar to wahoo. Swordfish is often served grilled or broiled. Once almost unsalable, swordfish meat gained in popularity during World War II and continued through the early 1970s. In 1971, the U.S. and Canadian swordfish fishery was essentially terminated following U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restrictions imposed on the sale of swordfish found to have levels of mercury in the flesh higher than 0.5 parts per million. But gradually, the U.S. fishery began to rebound. In 1979, the FDA raised the acceptable mercury level to 1.0 ppm, based, in part, on a National Marine Fisheries Service study, showing that a 1.0 ppm action level would adequately protect consumers. Finally, in 1984, the FDA switched from enforcing the mercury action level based on total mercury concentration to methyl mercury concentration. This change occurred for two reasons: (1) It was determined that methyl mercury was the toxic component of the total mercury concentration, and (2) a test specific for methyl mercury became available. Since then, both catch and fishing effort have been exceedingly high in the Atlantic Ocean, with swordfish meat commanding top prices in the marketplace. Ask your guide or Swordfish fishing charter captain for their favorite recipe for cooking swordfish and they will usually be happy to share one or more with you.

Swordfish Fishing

When swordfish are boated, the decision to kill or release a legal sized fish is usually a matter of personal preference. The American swordfish fishery is one of the few fishery management success stories, with a recent comeback of the fish after their stocks plummeted due to over-fishing. Hopefully future harvests will remain within reason and anglers will enjoy good fishing for swordfish. Fishing for Swordfish can be a true joy for the angler looking for a fight with a big fish. Fishing for this prized species in beautiful blue offshore waters provides an amazing backdrop for your next fishing trip. Visit our swordfish fishing guide and charter page today to find the right professional for your next outting. Better yet, contact us here and we’ll connect you with one of our top Swordfish charters and even help with accommodations for your next deep sea adventure.

Clackamas River Fishing

Clackamas River Fishing

 

Clackamas River Fishing Introduction

The Clackamas River is a tributary, about 83 miles long, of the Willamette River in northwestern Oregon in the United States. The river drains an area of about 940 square miles. In its upper reaches, it passes through mostly forested, rugged mountainous terrain, while in its lower third, it passes through agricultural and urban areas. It rises in eastern Marion County, about 55 miles (89 km) east-southeast of Salem. The headwaters are in the Mount Hood National Forest in the Cascades, on the slopes of Olallie Butte at an elevation of 4,909 feet, about 10 miles north of Mt. Jefferson. It flows briefly north, then northwest through the mountains, passing through North Fork Reservoir, then Estacada and emerging from the mountains southeast of Portland. It joins the Willamette near Oregon City, and forms the boundary between Oregon City and Gladstone. The river supports runs of Coho salmon, spring and fall Chinook salmon, and summer and winter steelhead. It is a popular destination for recreational fishing and whitewater rafting. It also provides hydroelectric power and drinking water for some of the Portland metropolitan area.

Clackamas River Fishing Techniques

Steelhead, Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon, and Trout are all caught by fly fishers in the Clackamas river. Eagle creek is the primary fly fishing tributary for winter Steelhead. Fly fishing for summer Steelhead and spring Chinook is mostly in the main river after the water drops in late spring. Dark colored patterns work well for coho and steelhead in the low water season with brighter more flashy patterns fished deep in the winter months. An 8 or 9 weight fly rod will cover most situations here and long casts may be mandatory on this large river so bring a quality fly line. The upper river trout fishery is as typical as it gets with most common patterns such as wooly worms or buggers, bead head nymphs, hoppers, and variations of elk hair caddis all working fine throughout the season. The first warm weekend of the trout season brings a great flying ant hatch at most of the lakes in the system but trolling a woolly worm on a sinking line from a float tube is always a good choice if nothing else is hatching. Olive or black & red wooly worms fished on a 5 or 6 weight system will do the trick. You can increase your catch by twitching the fly line creating action that will entice the trout into biting. The lakes are open all year but can be snowbound in the winter and not be accessible until April or May.
Chinook Salmon Fishing Clackamas River

Clackamas River Fishing

The Clackamas River located in Northwest Oregon Has some of the best fishing in the pacific northwest. The Clackamas River boasts large runs of Spring Chinook Salmon, Fall Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Winter and Summer Steelhead and Rainbow Trout. The Clackamas river has been through many changes and currently has 2 fish hatcheries to supplement the rivers fish runs. Eagle Creek fish hatchery currently produces winter Steelhead and coho salmon that can return in great numbers some years. Another hatchery located within Milo McIver park, the Clackamas hatchery releases spring Chinook, summer Steelhead and also contributes to the rivers winter brood stock program. In recent years acclimation areas have been created in spots along the Clackamas river. It is thought that by acclimating the fish in these lower river locations they will not swim directly to the hatchery after entering the river. This should create better opportunities for anglers.

Seared Tuna with Mango Salsa

Seared Tuna with Mango Salsa

Seared Tuna Steaks with Mango Salsa

Here is healthy and easy tuna recipe with a mouth-watering tropical kick. Packed with plenty of lean protein and big on flavor, this seared tuna with mango salsa dish is everything your body could want.

Ingredients you will need (serving for 2):

  • 1 lg ripe mango – peeled & diced
  • 1 green onion – finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro – chopped
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper – minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

(mix lime juice & lemon juice in a sm saucer)

  •  2 – 6 ounce fresh tuna steaks
  • 4 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground peppercorn

 

Now for the fun part:

Combine your mango, green onions, cilantro and jalapeno peppers in a medium-size bowl. Next, take the saucer with the mixed lime and lemon juices and pour it over it over the mixture in the bowl. Mix thoroughly and refrigerate your mango salsa for approximately 30 minutes to allow the juices to marinate.

Now, take your tuna steaks and brush on the olive oil on both sides, and also sprinkle the sea salt and freshly ground peppercorn onto both sides.

Next, heat a heavy skillet on medium-high until it becomes very hot and place your tuna steaks into it. Cook for about 1 1/2 minutes until lightly browned or seared; then turn the steaks over to the other side and sear for the same amount of time (the total cooking time should not be more than 3 minutes). Be careful not to overcook – the tuna should be pink in the middle.

Finally, take the bowl of mango salsa that you made out of the refrigerator and spread the salsa evenly over your seared tuna. Now it’s time for some gastronomical fun!

Rafting Adventures

Whitewater Rafting Fun

Rafting or, specifically, whitewater rafting is a challenging recreational outdoor activity using a raft to navigate a river or other bodies of water. This is usually done on white water or different degrees of rough water, in order to thrill and excite the passengers. The development of this activity as a leisure sport has become popular since the 1970s.

Rafting Adventures

Rafting Adventures

Rafting Adventure Locations

The Deschutes River in central Oregon is a major tributary of the Columbia River. The river provides much of the drainage on the eastern side of the Cascade Range in Oregon, gathering many of the tributaries that descend from the eastern, drier flank of the mountains. It provided a major route to and from the Columbia for Native Americans and later pioneers on the Oregon Trail. It flows mostly through rugged and arid country and its valley provides a cultural heart for central Oregon. Today the river provides irrigation and is popular in the summer for whitewater rafting and fishing.

The headwaters of the Deschutes River is Little Lava Lake, a lake in the Cascade Mountains located approximately 26 miles northwest of the city of LaPine. The river flows south into Crane Prairie Reservoir then into a second reservoir (the Wickiup Reservoir) from there it heads in a north-easterly direction past the resort community of Sun river into the city of Bend. In Bend, much of the river’s waters is diverted for irrigation, as a result, the river is much smaller when it leaves the city.

The river continues north from Bend, past the city of Redmond. As it heads north through the central Oregon desert, the river carves a gorge. By the time it reaches Lake Billy Chinook west of Madras, the river is approximately 300 feet below the surrounding plateau, Little Agency Plains and Agency Plains. At Lake Billy Chinook, the river is joined by the Crooked and Metolius rivers.

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is another of the United States’ popular locations for whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Arkansas River There is a total of 150 miles of water that extends from Leadville, Colorado to Pueblo, Colorado and contains many different classes of rapids ranging from Class II-V rapids. Activities within the area include Bicycle Trails, Fishing Guide Service, Hiking, Horseback Riding Trails, National Forest, Nature Experience, Nature Preserve, Nature Tours, River Raft Trips, Scenic Highway/Byway, Ski/Snowboard Area, State Park, Water Park, and Water Recreation. Family fun is a guarantee at this great destination!

Rafting Adventures

Rafting Adventures

Rafting Adventure Gear

The modern raft is an inflatable boat, consisting of very durable, multi-layered rubberized or vinyl fabrics with several independent air chambers. Rafts come in a few different forms. In Europe, the most common is the symmetrical raft steered with a paddle at the stern. Other types are the asymmetrical, rudder-controlled raft and the symmetrical raft with central helm (oars). Rafts are usually propelled with ordinary paddles and typically holds 4 to 12 people. In Russia, rafts are often hand made and are often a catamaran style with two inflatable tubes attached to a frame. Pairs of paddlers navigate on these rafts. Catamaran style rafts have become popular in the western United States as well, but are typically rowed instead of paddled.

 

Rafting Adventures

Rafting and whitewater rafting adventures are activities that the entire family can enjoy throughout the spring and summer seasons. Rafting is a great way to get your friends and family outdoors and physically active while enjoying the excitement of a lifetime. So get the paddles out!

Destin Florida Deep Sea Fishing

Capt. Ronald G.

Destin Florida Deep Sea Fishing

Fishing Charters Destin Florida

Call Capt. Ronald G. at: 850-835-0015

Destin Florida Fishing

Destin, Florida has some of the worlds best deep sea fishing and Capt Ronald G. knows where the fish are biting! Destin, Fla. is known as the “Luckiest Fishing Village in the World” for good reason. The fishing grounds are only minutes away. Within 30 minutes, or less, of leaving the dock, you can be fishing for Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, and other offshore species. If you’re going in the bay, you can be fishing in as little as 15 minutes for Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Spotted Sea Trout, Mangrove Snapper, and Sheepshead.

Destin Florida Deep Sea Fishing

Destin Florida Fishing Charter Services

From Destin Florida Deep Sea Fishing to a sight seeing tour of Dolphins playing, we have it all. We offer custom private charters out of Destin, Florida. We pride ourselves on being flexible to fit your needs. If you want to just fish, we are the fishing charter you have been looking for! If you would like to watch dolphins and fish also, we are the charter for you! If you want to just ride around and see the sights, we can do that. We know that you have to plan your vacation around the time you have off. We also know that the weather has it’s own schedule and does what it wants to do whenever it wants to do it. That’s why we are set up for fishing in the Gulf or fishing in the bay. With us, you can make plans to go fishing and we can take you fishing without getting beat up and being miserable. Have more fun fishing with us!

Destin Fl Deep Sea Fishing

About Capt. Ronald G.

The name of our boat is the “Capt. Ronald G.” and is named after Capt. John Gibson’s father. Capt. Ronald owned and operated the “Gibson Girl” out of Destin, Fla. for many years and raised his boys up on his boat, fishing. Our boat is a 25.5 ft. Pro Line cuddy cabin walk-around. She is equipped with radar, dual GPS chart-plotters, porta-potty, and safety equipment that meets or exceeds Coast Guard requirements. A new 225 hp. Evinrude engine sits on the stern.

For more information about Destin Florida Deep Sea Fishing Charters and Destin Florida Fishing techniques please call us directly. Thank you

Call Capt. Ronald G. at: 850-835-0015

Chinook Salmon Fishing

Chinook Salmon Fishing

 

Chinook Salmon Fishing Introduction

The Chinook salmon, also known as the king salmon as well as a number of other names, is the state fish of Alaska. This powerful Pacific Ocean dweller is among the most prized of all salmon because of its large size and excellent flavor. The Chinook is blue-green or purple on the back and top of the head with silvery sides and white ventral surfaces. It has black spots on its tail and the upper half of its body. Its mouth is often dark purple. Adult fish range in size from 33 to 36 in but may be up to 58 inches in length; they average 10 to 50 pounds but may reach 130 pounds. Need help planning your next Chinook Salmon fishing trip, then visit our fishing charter directory, Chinook Salmon fishing guide or Chinook Salmon fishing charter page to hook up with the right fishing charter to give you that memorable experience you have been dreaming about.

Chinook Salmon Fishing Guide

Chinook Salmon Fishing Guide

Chinook Salmon Fishing Locations

The Pacific Ocean and Rivers feeding from the Pacific Ocean provide some of the best Chinook Salmon Fishing in the world. Chinook salmon range from San Francisco Bay in California to north of the Bering Strait in Alaska, and the arctic waters of Canada and Russia. Populations occur in Asia as far south as the islands of Japan. The Columbia River in Oregon And Washington provides some of the largest fisheries for the Chinook Salmon. In Alaska, they are abundant from the southeastern panhandle to the Yukon River. Some Chinooks return to the fresh water one or two years earlier than their counterparts, and are referred to as “Jack” salmon. “Jack” salmon can be half the size of an adult Chinook salmon, and are usually released by sportsmen but kept by commercial fishermen.

Fishing for King Salmon

King Salmon Fishing

Chinook Salmon Fishing Seasons

In Oregon and Washington we have many different Salmon fishing seasons for many different types of Salmon. Some these buoy 10 coho and Chinook salmon fishing Guides seasons are the Famous “Buoy 10″ Salmon season at the mouth of the Columbia river which offers opportunities to fish for both coho and Chinook salmon on the Coast of Oregon and Washington at Astoria, Oregon and Ilwaco, Washington.The Spring Chinook Salmon season on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Rogue River and Tillamook Bay. In the Fall we have fishing for big king salmon or fall Chinook as they are known here in the Pacific Northwest on the Oregon Coast and Washington Coast at popular salmon fishing locations such as Tillamook Bay and Portland Oregon.

Alaska is known for its salmon fishing, and king salmon are the largest family, with individual fish weighing in at over 100 pounds. The season for king salmon fishing is in the summer, as the fish swim back from the Pacific Ocean into the rivers to spawn. King salmon season runs from the middle of May each year. It ends on July 31 in all freshwater locations. Charter fishing trips out into the ocean near Seward catch King Salmon during the early summer as they start to migrate inland.

Chinook Salmon fishing

Chinook Salmon

Chinook Salmon Fishing Techniques

Several methods are used for salmon trolling. Downriggers are a popular method to run tackle with many variations possible. In sunny conditions increase your downrigger leads to 100 feet or more. By running long leads you work water undisturbed by noise and turbulence of the boat. Leadcore is another good choice. A weighted line with a fluorocarbon leader is attached to a planer board. The planer board is run well off to the side of the boat out of the travel path. Leadcore is graduated to allow five feet of depth for every color. Five colors will run lures approximately 25 feet down 10 colors fifty feet and so on. This allows you to fish any depth you want and is a killer for huge kings. Chinook live four and a half years and it makes sense that they will be the biggest at the end of their life cycle. These monsters will be the most aggressive and easiest to get in the months of July through September. I have produced Kings over twenty pounds in April, although this is the exception to the rule.

Lures To Use

Let’s wrap this up with my favorite lures. Magnum spoons are my first choice. Big lures for big fish with a consideration to the size of the baitfish and amount of light in the time period you are fishing. When fishing in very bright conditions or with the presence of small baitfish go to regular or small lures. Magnum spoons are about five inches long, regular four inches and small three inches. For a slow 2.0 M.P.H. or slower presentation I use the Reaper. Above 2.0 speeds the Vulcan is best, it mixes well with most big plugs and flasher flies.