Composting Worms, Red wigglers, or Red worms

Composting Worms, Red wigglers, or Red worms.

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September 8 2010


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SHOPS LONG HOURS PAY OFF FOR COUPLE

JEFF STIDHAM

TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

North Tampa- The night light shines like a beacon on the bait shop’s buzzer, beckoning to early morning and nocturnal fishermen.

At A-24 Hour Bait the workday doesn’t end. The rustic store sits off
the Fletcher Avenue ramp to Interstate 75 South. A windowless blue
mobile home and worm bed are it’s companions on a one-acre slice of
land.

The buildings are a sharp contrast to their new neighbors, Hidden River
Corporate Park rising out of the woods on the north and growing Tampa
Telecom Park on the west.

Owners Joe and Kim Brown work about 20 hours a day, occasionally
resting in “the cave”, the mobile home they live in behind the store.

The couple’s shop is well stocked with shiners and worms.

“What we try to do here is carry the best of baits,” Joe Brown said.

He’s got night crawlers from Canada, salamanders from North Dakota and
wigglers from his own worm bed behind the store. A refrigerated tank is
home to cured shiners and minnows sedated by the cold.

“Wild shiners in a non-refrigerated tank would be going crazy,” Brown
said as he peered into a tank of fish separated by size. “They’d be
jumping around trying to commit suicide. With the cold water they’re
pretty sedate, but you let the water (temperature) rise, a shiner would
be like a race horse.”

Larger shiners are selling for $24 a dozen a dozen today because the
fish are dispersed and spawning, so they’re are difficult to catch.
Normally, large shiners cost around a $1.50 each, Brown said.

Good bait, proximity to the Hillsborough River and convenient hours lure in fishermen.

“It’s all the time,” Brown said. Catfish lovers are out early to snag
popular fishing spots, and during snook season there’s a real run for
shiners, he said.

It’s not uncommon for someone to ring the bell at 3 a.m.

“I stick my head out of the door real fast and tell them I’ll be there.
It takes a lot for someone to ring a bell that time of the day,” Brown
said.

The Browns opened their shop about two years ago with a top notch but
small stock of bait and tackle. Born anglers, they knew it was hard to
get bait late at night or early in the morning, so they decided to stay
open 24 hours.

Now they think their hard work is paying off. The shop has gradually
grown to include all kinds of lures and bobbers, rods and reels.
Hillsborough River fishermen know they’re there. And others find out
every day, Brown said.

“I’ve seen this place a bunch of times, off the interstate, but this is
the first time I’ve been here,” customer Michael Walker said one
afternoon. “We got a pretty good (fishing) hole near here, so this will
suit us just fine.”

Walker said he’s been to a few saltwater bait shops that were open till midnight.

“But I don’t know any that stay open past midnight,” he said.

Although sometimes blurry-eyed when he waits on customers, Brown is never too tired to swap fish stories and other tips.

Normally when he’s fishing with a shiner, Brown hooks the bait behind
the rear dorsal fin with a Khale hook. A bass usually grabs a smaller
fish head first, so the gills and fins smooth back as the larger fish
swallows its victim, Brown said.

But during spawning season, like now, he uses a straight hook and
punctures the crease at the bottom of the shiner’s mouth, hooking
upward through a hole in the snout.

“Now bass are eating and striking so hard they take him and swallow him,” Brown said.

The shop has given Brown more than a chance to make a living and tell
stories. A former designer of conveyor systems, he gave up two houses,
boats and other luxuries to move to the woods 10 years ago.

“I had what you’re supposed to want,” Brown said. “I just wasn’t happy.”

But he loved the river, and he lived for years on the Hidden River
property north of his shop. Today he said he thinks the land
surrounding his home will become Tampa’s version of Central Park.

“I had the foresight to have bait and tackle because there’s 25,000
acres of Southwest Florida Water Management district property adjoining
the river that will always be public,” Brown said.

Lettuce Lake Park, Trout Creek, Wilderness Park, Hillsborough River
State Park and other natural settings also are permanent parts of the
landscape, he said.

As the area grows, the Browns hope their business will follow suit.
They feel lucky that they’re in the middle of a developing area minutes
from the pristine quiet of the undeveloped Hillsborough River.

Soon Joe Brown plans to have canoes for rent.

“We’re going to grow slow, we don’t believe in carrying debt,” he said.
“It takes a lot to start a business.” We’ve had to sacrifice, but we
wouldn’t trade it.”

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HILLSBOROUGH RIVER ROLLIN’ ALONG

FRANK SERGEANT

Tribune Outdoors Editor

The Hillsborough River has seen some tough times, It’s been dammed
and drained and polluted and sea-walled almost to the point of death.

But it keeps on hanging in there. Old man river just keeps on rollin’.

The upper river, above the Fowler Avenue bridge, shows fits and starts
of the sort of thing that brought the lower river to its knees years
back. But all things considered, its still got a whole lot to offer a
city-world wearied soul.

I went up there a week or so ago with Joe Brown and his fishing guide
pal Ted Sawyer, both Hillsborough River fans since they wore knee pants.

Joe asked ask me to ride along to take a look at some of the trashing
problems that are starting to peak out here and there along the shore
lines, and we saw more of it than you’d hope to.

But what we saw mostly was rich-looking black water and tall, thick
cypress dams, lots of birds and fish and turtles. And solitude.

It’s not pristine wilderness. But considering it’s within shooting
distance of the downtown towers of a major American metropolis, the
upper Hillsborough ain’t bad. Not bad at all.

The river snakes through the backyards of a number of homes and an
apartment complex or two until it slips under the Fletcher Avenue
bridge. From there on up, city turns country in a hurry. There’s a
landing at Tampa Palms, but you can’t see any buildings, and for much
of the rest of it, the river swamp spreads out all around the flow, a
lot like it must have when Tampa was a two-bit fishing village 10 miles
away.

There are lots of interesting creeks to explore, including several that Joe said were excellent bassing spots.

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Lettuce Lake, the only open spot in the river, gave us a look at the
county park tower where folks so inclined can view the swamp without
getting their feet wet. And a little further up, we found the buzzards.

They come in hundreds, maybe in thousands, Joe said, every winter. They
show up in November, they stay until March. They festoon the trees in
dozens, fight and hold discussions along the banks, bath in the river.

Yep. Buzzards bath.

Apparently they get a bit too strong even for themselves after a time.
We watched a dozen of them flutter like sparrows in a bird bath as they
washed up along a sandy shoreline near Nature’s Classroom.

The birds roost in the trees along the river at night, fly out over the
surrounding pasture land by day looking for assorted horribles to fill
their stomachs.

Sometimes they go visit the downtown towers, where they whirl for hours
on the thermals of heated air rising up the glass cliffs.

We found the trash piles, too. Heaps of plastic cups, beer cans, paper
plates, the fallout from the civilization that bustles around the edges
of this little piece of wilderness.

Joe said he can’t understand why folks would take the trouble to come
out here, to get away from the pollution and the ugliness of some parts
of the city, and then turn the shorelines into a dump wit their
leftovers.

I couldn’t either.

FISHING THE RIVER

Joe Brown runs 24-Hour Bait, on Morris Bridge Road just off Fletcher
Avenue. It’s the nearest bait shop to the river, and the only one that
operates around the clock. (Well, sort of around the clock. If you show
up at 3 a.m., you have to press the buzzer and wait a couple of minutes
until Joe rolls out of the sack and comes on down to the shop to serve
you.)

The folks who buy bait there return with stories of their successes,
and this along with his own long angling experience has allowed Brown
to put together a pretty good picture of what works, when, on the river.

Wild shiners, Joe says, are the choice offering for the river’s large mouth.

“We sell ’seasoned’ shiners that have been in chilled, chemically
treated water for a week or two. This gives them a slightly silvery
color, makes their scales a lot tougher and makes them stay alive on
the hook longer than domestic shiners or even fresh-caught wild ones,”
he says.

Brown says the way to fish the shiners is to use a Kahle-style hook
with a big bend, made of light wire so the bait stays lively. The hook
should be inserted under the skin back of the dorsal fin. The bait is
then either free-lined, with no weight or cork, or with a cork only,
around beds of floating grass and along the deeper cypress shores.

Joe says that simply putting a couple of the baits out behind the boat
and letting it drift with the current will also turn up plenty of fish.

He says the side creeks are good spots to fish plastic worms, rigged
Texas style with a slip sinker. Colors favored by river experts are
tequila shad, red shad and crawfish.

Joe says that the waters above the “pop-off canal” dam, which shuttles
water to the Palm River in time of flood, are good for top-water plugs
early and late in the day.

Brown is also a catfish angler, and notes that there are plenty of spots where big channel catfish gather in the river.

“Every major bend has a deep hole along the outside bank,” he notes. “Most of these holes have big catfish in the bottom.”

In fact, some of the holes marked nearly 30 feet deep on Ted Sawyers
LCD depth finder, and suspended dots showed there were plenty of cats
waiting in the depths.

Brown said that cut shiners were the best bait for cats. He said the
fish usually feed right on the bottom, so the bait should be weighted
with plenty of lead to make it hit and stay put.

PANFISH PLENTIFUL

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He said speckled perch or crappie have been biting well in the river for several months, and should stay active through March.

Some of the best spots, he noted, are the hole just below the Fletcher
Avenue Bridge, and the island near the upstream end of Lettuce Lake. He
said Missouri minnows about two inches long are the best bait in either
location.

The river offers good fishing year around, but water levels drop in late winter and early spring.

This means possible problems for boatmen new to the river, according to
Brown, because there are many unmarked rocks and stumps, particularly
near the Fowler ramp.

Guide Ted Sawyer suggests using only shallow-draft aluminum boats
during the low water period, and proceeding slowly until you learn the
water.

If you’d rather let Sawyer show you around, he can be contacted at 949-7517. The number at A-24 Hour Bait is 989-2248.

Joe has one request, however you fish the river: take a trash bag with you.

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