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Fishing Lines: Fishing tips from Ol' Zed's brother

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By Capt. Dennis Voyles

My typing finger is healed and I am once again able to knock out a fishing report.

I didn't get a chance to read Zed's article, but I hope his wife Angel (rightly named for putting up with Zed) did the typing because Zed's spelling is well, I would call it unique. He is certainly one of a kind...in many ways.

The redfish that came here last fall as real runts seem to have grown up, if they are the same group of fish.

Most of the reds around the Island seem to be right in the middle of the slot. I am going to venture to say that twenty out of the last twenty five that "Reel Therapy" has caught were within inches of the 23 inch mark. They just all seem to be from the same batch.

Trout fishing is the worst that I can remember for September. I have never really had to work for trout in September but this year is really the exception. The trout just don't seem to be around.

All of the conditions are right and the fish are gone. Now if you like ladyfish and small blues then you are in seventh heaven...they are everywhere. And the fall run of sand trout seems to be off too.

I truly believe its time to put some serious limits on sand trout. Any fish out here that is unregulated will get overfished. At least the FWC should put a size limit or something on them.

I have seen the numbers plummet just in the last ten years or so. They need our help before the damage is irreversable.

The shark bite is still strong, but will begin to wane as water temps continue to fall. The length of daylight is becoming noticably shorter as well and may be as big a factor in their migration as water temps.

I have heard almost no reports from the offshore types since the wind and the price of fuel both have dampered the number of trips out to the grouper areas.

Cobia continue to be in short supply after a really light summer bite. Good thing the reds have filled in for them.

The Spanish mackerel seem to be "ghost fish" as one day they are thick as thieves, then gone the next. As the bait pods gather so should the schools of big fall-run mackerel.

Capt. Dennis Voyles is a fishing guide working out of Cedar Key.