Fish Caught: Redfish - Trout, Sea/SpeckledThe salt water Syclops is an amazing all species lure. The 8 gram and 12 gram lures in both gold and silver are my go to bait on the Tampa Bay flats. Throw along the mangroves to catch redfish and snook. Cast in 3 to 5 feet over grass and use a steady retrieve to catch speckled sea trout, blue fish, Spanish mackerel, jacks and more. Jig the small syclops to catch pompano and snappers.
Lure: Aglia Long
Fish Caught: Bass, LargemouthAs a kid over 40 years ago, I started using Mepps spinners, joined the Master Angler Club and collected many chevrons. For most of my adult life, I lived in an area not particularly known for bass, but recently relocated to Florida. I still have some of my spinners that are over 40 years old. While all the locals swear by their plastic worms, I pulled out my number 1 Aglia Long to fish in the little pond behind my house. The bass absolutely love it. I mostly catch 10-12 inchers, with a few 12-15 thrown in, but the action is always fast and furious. The other day though, something hit me really hard. I couldn't believe it when I brought in a 26 inch bass that was 20 inches around. I don't have a scale, and I'm a catch and release guy, so I got my wife to take a picture and I released it quickly. The internet calculators say it was probably somewhere between 10 lbs 6 oz and 11 lbs 2 oz based on the length and girth. I've seen pictures of bass like that, but never one in real life, let alone in my hand. It blew away my personal largemouth record of a little over 6 lbs. I just want to thank Mepps for being my go to lures, and to let anyone know that if you have something that works, stick with it. I probably wouldn't be catching anything if I followed what the locals do.
Lure: Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught: Bass, LargemouthAfter fishing soft plastics for about a half hour my friend who had been bragging about this lure had given it to me to try, saying "if this don't catch fish theres somthing wrong with your lake" so about 30 casts later, boom 8 lbs of fury!
Fish Caught: Mackerel - Redfish - Trout, Sea/Speckled - SnookI never even heard of Mepps until a friend of mine showed me his collection of Saltwater Syclops'. We took off one morning/afternoon and launched the boat at the local boat ramp down the street hitting a few of the bars/flats near the house and caught multiple keeper size Speckled Sea Trout! After about an hour of non-stop trout action, we decided to motor up to the backside of Clearwater to a popular night time snook hole of mine to see what we could find on the flat out back the hole and we were catching keeper spanny macks....in the intracoastal waterway!
Fish Caught: Bass, Largemouth - Bluegill (Bream, Brim)When I recently got the Panfisher Kit, I couldn't wait to tie one on and give it a try in the golf course lake behind my house. Within two hours, my daughter and I had landed (and released) about 30 fish, including Bluegills, Mayan Cichlids, Tilapia, Largemouth Bass and even a Catfish. We've been hooked up non-stop ever since. Thanks Mepps.