Tackle South Florida Backcountry Snook

Photo credit @jimhobales

Photo credit @jimhobales

Fishing the backcountry in South Florida this time of year is full of action, whether in the Everglades, Florida Keys, or bay waters. The Biscayne Rod Legacy Plug Series gives you the confidence to consistently fish mangrove lined creeks and other structures, and have the backbone to keep you in the game once a fish commits. Check out our various models and specifications, click here.

Before heading out, get some inside tips on fishing the shallows on this episode from Reel Time Florida Sportsman called Everglades Tarpon, Snook, Redfish and Trout, click here to view the episode.

Get 15 years of guiding experience when fishing the backcountry with Captain Jim Hobles of Caught Lookin Charters, pictured above.

Take the Gulf Reef Fish Survey

Red Snapper caught on a Biscayne Rod and released during off season. Photo credit: @capt.robdelph #release

Red Snapper caught on a Biscayne Rod and released during the off season. Photo credit: @capt.robdelph #release

Help @MyFWC improve recreational data for several reef fish species such as red snapper and gag so that data is more accurate, precise, timely and more in-line with what is happening on the water. #fishconservation

To read more and complete the survey click here.

Biscayne Rods – Decades of World Record Setting

Dr. Martin Arostegui with his custom built Biscayne Rod and beautiful sailfish catch.

Dr. Martin Arostegui with his custom built Biscayne Rod and beautiful sailfish catch.

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. The IGFA remains devoted to the collection of historical information and artifacts related to the history of sport fishing. Each year the Association receives thousands of applications for the Top Ten Anglers, Lines, Tackle, Etc. The Association puts out an impressive publication of world records each year. You can checkout the most past editions that are free to the public here.

Since 2002, Biscayne Rod has been in the Top Ten Fly Rods and Top Ten Salt Water Rods categories for manufacturing almost every year, leading the Salt Water category several times. Biscayne Rod has been handcrafting rods in the USA since 1948, spanning generations and technological advancements. Built locally in Miami, Florida with a firm commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and our customers Biscayne Rod continues to be an industry leader.

In addition to the acknowledgement of our quality and craftsmanship by IGFA, anglers have set World Records using Biscayne Rods since the mid 1950s. One of the earlier records set using a Biscayne Rod is still approved (according to our recent research)—set by Mrs. B. A. Garson on January 3, 1955 in The Exumas, Bahamas. She pulled in a 13 lb. 12 oz. bonefish in the W-10 kg (20lb) line class. In addition to The Bahamas and United States records, using Biscayne Rods have been set all over the world, include: Algeria, Australia, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Spain, South Africa, Suriname, Vanuatu, and Venezuela.

The top Biscayne Rod record-setting anglers are a family—Dr. Martin Arostegui, his wife Roberta G. Arostegui, and son Martini, with records dating back to 1999. While many of Dr. Arostegui catches were in South Florida, other countries include Bahamas, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, and Suriname. One of their largest records was set by Martini Arostegui—a 62 lb. Blacktip Shark, October, 28, 2007, Flamingo, Florida, USA, in the M-junior and M-37 kg (80 lb) line classes, which have since been retired. Other notable catches include a Warsaw Grouper in the M-Smallfry class at 57 lbs. 8 oz. out of Key West, Florida on March 22, 2002 (retired), and a Redtail Catfish in the M-Junior class at 57 lbs. 8 oz. out of the Kabalebo River, Suriname on December 31, 2007, which is still an approved record to date. Go team Arostegui!

Dr. Martin Arostegui with his custom built Biscayne Rod battling his sailfish.

Dr. Martin Arostegui with his custom built Biscayne Rod battling his sailfish.

Please note: research for this article may not include the most recent catches to date.

Tag a Trophy Swordfish This Winter

207 lbs. #swordfish caught with a #biscaynerod off #keywest with #secondgenerationfishing Photo credit @capt.robdelph

207 lbs. #swordfish caught with a #biscaynerod off #keywest with #secondgenerationfishing
Photo credit @capt.robdelph

With multiple line class options, choice of AFTCO Unibutt or straight through one piece models, and three different guide categories – you can stand up and deliver with our #LegacyStandupRods. Click here to shop now!

Check out this article from Florida Sportsman called Warming Up to Winter Swordfish for all the latest inside tips from #southfloridaanglers and #expertfisherman!

South Florida Cobia Fishing

Cobia caught on a Biscayne Rod and Gaff by @gmandrish

Cobia caught on a Biscayne Rod and Gaff by @gmandrisch

South Florida’s relatively warm winter waters — with Florida Bay in particular — provide for some of the most exciting Cobia fishing opportunities in the United States.

Cobias seek out the warmer waters of South Florida and Florida Bay as their winter migration destination, resulting in concentration of schooling fish over structure and close to productive feeding grounds.  As the fish tend to move around a lot, a run-and-gun strategy can pay off, especially if the bay waters are disturbed and make it difficult to spot fish cruising along at the surface.

A good approach for locating Cobia around structure is to employ a mix of live bait, artificial, surface, and bottom presentation.  A typical set-up from a small bay or center console boat may include a live mullet, free-lined at the surface, with a live pinfish before a sinker trailing at the bottom.  While drifting the structure, two anglers can then scan the surrounding area by fishing two jigs of different weight and color; one fished bouncing off the bottom, and one covering the middle and upper water column.  If a few drifts do not produce, move on to the next spot and repeat.

A word of advice: Always have one road rigged and ready to go –whether with live bait or an artificial lure so that you can react quickly to sightings of cruising fish, often showing up unsuspected only feet away from the boat.  You may just not have enough time to reel in 50 yards of slack before the prize fish of the day disappears.

Our 20lb Legacy Light Offshore Spinning Rods paired with 20lb to 30lb mono or 50lb braid are the perfect tools of the trade, allowing precision casts yet provide the backbone needed to steer the fish away from the structure they frequent. Size up to a Legacy Light Offshore Trolling Rod of 20lb or 30lb for the bottom live bait rig, depending on the size of the expected fish and proximity to structure. Fluorocarbon leaders of 50lb to 80lb are recommended, with a length of 4′ to 6′ being just fine.

As bringing a Cobia alongside your boat is only half the battle, our lightweight 2”-3” Legacy Gaff will be a tremendous help in getting the Cobia under control at — and in — the boat.

Don’t forget to send us a photo of your cobia caught on your Biscayne Rod – we’d love to share your prize-winning catch with the Biscayne Rod family!

Cobia caught off shore in Key West by John Olivera with Second Generation Fishing Charters. Photo credit: @capt.robdelph

Cobia caught off shore in Key West by John Olivera with Second Generation Fishing Charters. Photo credit: @capt.robdelph