SHORE FISHING

Return To Don Pedro State Park

byline: Kimball and Les Beery
By KIMBALL AND LES BEERY Columnists

February 14, 2024 at 8:30 a.m.


Shore and Kayak Fishing

A while back, driving to Sarasota on Honore Avenue to avoid I-75, we noticed construction at the Scherer Thaxton Preserve. We drove by this park again and noticed it was open and featured a new kayak launch on an unnamed, clear, deep freshwater lake. Since then, we have looked for …
January 11, 2024 at 10:20 a.m.

Shore and Kayak Fishing

Oscar Scherer State Park: We reserved the coldest days of this fall so far to camp and fish somewhere local that we could go to without a lot of driving. Oscar Scherer State Park was a good choice. While most camping spots are full of visitors from the north all …

By KIMBALL AND LES BEERY Columnists |

December 14, 2023 at 2:53 p.m.

Mistakes Beginning Kayak Anglers Can Avoid

We like to keep our advice on the positive side of the discussion. That being said, here are a few thoughts we wanted to share with beginners when they start kayak angling.

By KIMBALL AND LES BEERY Columnists |

December 5, 2023 at 4:33 p.m.

Shore & Kayak Fishing

Rods, Reels, Lines and Leaders The first trip to a tackle shop can overwhelm a beginning kayak angler with the selection of tackle available. Every tackle choice has its following of anglers. We would not presume to tell anyone that our choice of tackle is the best for everyone but …
October 25, 2023 at 12:26 p.m.

Shore & Kayak Fishing

Try A Fly... If you’ve never tried a fly rod, the early morning beach is a good place to figure out how it’s done.

By KIMBALL AND LES BEERY Columnists |

September 26, 2023 at 3:57 p.m.

Kayak & Shore Fishing

During these sweltering summer days, bass and other gamefish find shade and shelter under dense patches of lily pads.

By KIMBALL AND LES BEERY Columnists |

August 29, 2023 at 3:40 p.m.

Shore & Kayak Fishing

Looking for new launches and those that are new to us leads us to spots we haven’t visited for a while. This is especially true of those launches affected by Hurricane Ian. In spite of this summer’s extreme heat, our need to be on the water paddling a kayak and …

By KIMBALL AND LES BEERY Columnists |

August 2, 2023 at 3:20 p.m.

Shore Fishing

Recently, after avoiding one of our favorite launches for outstanding kayak water all winter, we ventured back to Stump Pass Beach State Park.
BY [email protected] | July 6, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

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Shore Fishing

Daylight Savings Time for AnglersAs the heat gets turned up towards those summer temperatures that make outdoor activities problematic during the middle of the day, anglers should take advantage of the benefits of Daylight-Saving Time. There are some folks that feel it isn’t worth the hassle of changing clocks twice …
BY KIMBALL & LES [email protected] | June 15, 2023 at 11:56 a.m.

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Shore Fishing

Angler's Guide To Deer Prairie Creek One of our favorite spots, one we tried to keep off the radar for years, has reopened after an extensive closure for repairs and upgrades post Hurricane Ian. The grand opening event was March 28, 2023. We are grateful to Sarasota Parks for the …
BY KIMBALL & LES [email protected] | May 5, 2023 at 4:51 p.m.

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Shore Fishing

Windy Days For Shore FishingIt doesn’t take much wind to blow kayaks off the bay. We are cautious about kayak fishing on days where the wind is from the north or south and whitecaps take over Lemon Bay and most other north/south oriented waters...
BY KIMBALL & LES [email protected] | April 7, 2023 at 11:40 a.m.

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Shore Fishing

Return To Fisheating Creek Forty-six years ago, we began a two-day canoe trip down Fisheating Creek with our 7-year-old daughter. With only a basic tent, some food and fishing rods, no first aid kit and a rented canoe, we were dropped off anticipating a comfortable 2-day float, drifting and fishing …
BY [email protected] | March 17, 2023 at 11:39 a.m.

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Changes Coming to Deer Prairie CreekA long-time favorite launch of ours and one we tried for over a decade to keep off the radar to preserve its wild nature is being “upgraded” and changed...
BY [email protected] | February 10, 2023 at 2:34 p.m.

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Shore Fishing

Basic Fly-Fishing Gear If you’ve seen anglers fly fishing and thought “that looks like fun,” you’re right! Fly fishing is popular with anglers chasing both freshwater and saltwater fish all over the country and its getting popular here too. There’s a tool for every job and a fly rod for …
BY [email protected] | January 17, 2023 at 10:11 a.m.