Award- winning Captain and Tournament Marshall, Jim Huddleston, answers your questions about fishing, logging, and prizes in the Summer's End Fishing Derby.
(above) Captain Jim Huddleston leading the World of Beer team to victory in this year's Professional Tarpon Tournament Series
One lucky contestant in the Summer's End Derby will win a fishing trip with Capt. Jim on this boat!
Q. What are the best fish to target in September?
A. As the Summer spawn comes to an end for snook, these fish will still feed
heavy on the beginning of an incoming tide and the beginning of the
outgoing tide. I find that snook are the most receptive right now.
Redfish are finally moving into our flats in the north pinellas waters.
As it gets later in Sept., many anglers will also have opportunities at
catching spanish mackerel inside the major passes.
Q. How can I win the Grand Prize trip with you? Enter the Derby and log every fishing trip you make this month. Even '0' catch trips could win you the big prize. Register here
Q. If I win the Grand Prize trip with you, what waters will we
A. More than likely- it will be my home waters in Ozona,FL (Palm Harbor), as I am on the water 5-6 days a week in the Fall.
Q. Do you have a favorite lure for big snook?
A. I would have to say that I have caught more snook on a white bucktail than anything else. Pumpkin Jigs probably makes the best one out there - as it is hand tied and has quality gama hooks. Second would be the Mirrodine in
natural colors - Black back/ white belly.
Q. In the Angler Action program we are supposed to record ALL the fish we catch. What if we are real busy and our hands are wet? A. There are a lot ways to keep an accurate log. Keeping a waterproof scorecard handy seems to be a reliable method. Some people are able to do it using the iAngler phone app. Anyone who has fished a tournament knows it takes extra effort at first to capture fish lengths. Getting used to collecting the key data (species, lengths relative to slot), is the most important habit to develop. Some Captains assign the task to one of the crew. Like anything else, logging doesn't really take a lot of time once it is part of your routine.
Q. Which West Marine stores will you be speaking at this month? (September)
I have the schedule on my site - www.CaptainHud.com. The dates are Sept. 12th and 26th, which are Wednesdays and the seminars will start at 6:00 pm at the Tarpon Springs West Marine (corner of US 19 and Tarpon Ave)
Thanks for the questions and feel free to touch base with me if you need other answers. Keep catching those fish and we will see you guys at the weigh-in at the World of Beer.