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…and it’s time to get out your shallow-running and slow-sinking hard baits for both seatrout and redfish.
As the flats come back to life at the beginning of spring, the redfish and seatrout venture away from their wintertime hidey-holes and head away from shore. That usually happens in early March in our part of Florida, giving boaters less willing to take chances on our rocky shoreline a better chance of catching a limit of fish for dinner. While many anglers prefer to fish live baits for springtime fish, the majority of trophy trout (known as “gators” to locals) and redfish are taken with artificial baits that mimic the look and action of small mullet or sardines.
Good choices of hard baits include the Live Target Scaled Sardine, the Rapala X-Rap or Flat Rap, the MirrOlure 7M, the Yo-Zuri 3D Minnow and the Heddon Swim ‘n Image. These plugs naturally sink slowly and are designed to run just under the surface of the water when retrieved. Your ability to make long casts is important, as is your stealth. Springtime trout and reds can be spooky, so no “hootin’ and hollerinl” is allowed when fishing. Just make long casts and make a big smile when you hook up to big fish!
Most of the above named lures are available at specialty tackle shops like Captain’s Cove Outfitters (Inglis), Mangrove Creek Outfitters (Chiefland), Gary’s Tackle Box (Gainesville), Alachua Farm and Lumber (Alachua), The Sea Hag Marina (Steinhatchee) and Big Bend Outfitters(Perry).
by Capt. Tommy Thompson on Apr.22, 2011, under Cedar Key, Chassahowitzka and Homosassa, Horseshoe Beach, Keaton Beach to Fenholloway, Ozello to Crystal River, Steinhatchee, Suwannee, Yankeetown and Waccasassa
Everyone was worried about what would happen when The Tackle Box in Gainesville closed. in early 2011, after over 50 years in business. Initially, everyone wondered what they were going to do to find fishing tackle locally without going to the ‘big box’ stores. And of course, everyone also worried about the future of Judy Clark, the owner, and longtime employee Gary Simpson. Right now, Judy’s taking it easy, but Gary’s entered into an arrangement with Wally Grant, owner of L&S Trim, that will bring another professional quality tackle shop to the area.
The front room at L&S is being transformed into a full-line tackle shop and with Gary’s knowledge and leadership, will certainly be welcomed by the fishing community in Gainesville. Gary is a professional fisherman and writes the weekly (on Fridays) fishing column for the Gainesville Sun. The shop will be stocking a full line of Lew’s products, as well as those from Shimano, Daiwa, St. Croix, and Abu Garcia. Gary’s Tackle Box will also be a Lew’s Service Center, offering warranty repairs on that line. A full service rod and reel repair shop is also a big part of the new Tackle Box.
Merchandise is arriving daily and Gary expects the shop to be fully stocked and operational by May 1, 2011. It’s located at 5721 NW 13th Street in Gainesville. That’s just up US441 from the 53rd Street intersection. The phone number is (352) 372-1791, the same as the ‘old’ Tackle Box. Stop by and visit any weekday from 9 ’til 5!
After 57 years, Gainesville’s Tackle Box is closing its doors FOREVER! We hate to see it happen, but with the economy, low water levels in the lakes and weird fishing regulations, it’s no big surprise.
They’re having a Wall-to-Wall Store Closing Sale beginning on Thursday, March 10 and lasting until only the walls remain. Expect to find discounts on gear that was never discounted (Loomis?) and some great buys on collectibles.
The Tackle Box is located at 5902 SE Hawthorne Road, Gainesville 32641.
I wish the very best to the Clark family, Gary Simpson, and all the Tackle Box team.