"FISHING FOR SPOTTED SEATROUT" by Jan S. Maizler
"This is the latest book from Jan Maizler who is a past world record holder and has many years fishing inshore light tackle around the world. This writing is a complete summary on sea trout. The book goes in depth on the habits and the types of tackle. There is a section, more of a clinic on line to line connections and the various artificial and natural baits used. Well suited for the novice or veteran fisherman and should be part of a tackle bag inventory for everyone".
-Captain Karl Gloeckner
“Despite having fished seatrout for years, I hadn’t any idea how much I didn’t know until I read Maizler’s definitive new work on the species.”—Doug Olander, editor in chief, Sport Fishing Magazine
“Maizler’s name has been inexorably linked to seatrout for decades. This book is an overdue, welcome, and essential addition to our angling literature. Kudos to the master!”—Glenn Law, executive editor, Salt Water Sportsman Magazine
“From seatrout habits to state-by-state seatrout fishing techniques, Maizler covers everything one needs to know with regard to becoming a successful angler for this popular species.”—Tommy L. Thompson, author of The Saltwater Angler’s Guide to Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida
Known as “everyman’s fish,” the spotted seatrout is one of the top ten species for recreational fishing in the United States.
In Fishing for Spotted Seatrout, Jan Maizler, a world-renowned light tackle expert, shares more than 30 years’ experience and innovative tactics for catching this popular fish in its range from the Carolinas to Texas. For beginners, he offers an overview of the unique characteristics and habits of the spotted seatrout. For more seasoned fishermen, he presents an in-depth analysis of the different tackle, baits, techniques, and tidal conditions for achieving the best catches. A chapter on weather and season will help ensure angling success, regardless of conditions the calendar brings.
Maizler discusses chumming—a technique widely applied in other fisheries but mostly unknown for seatrout—and recommends the paddleboard, the newest vessel for hunting the spotted king. He also explores region-specific practices like wading, prevalent in Texas, and trolling live shrimp, common in Biloxi Marsh, and argues that their use can and should extend beyond these regions. Moreover, he demonstrates how to apply these new techniques on your next fishing expedition.
Covering every aspect of angling for this magnificent gamefish, Maizler’s comprehensive guide belongs on your bookshelf and in your tackle bag.
"FISHING FLORIDA'S FLATS" by Jan S. Maizler
FISHING FLORIDA'S FLATS: A Guide To Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit And Much More. Shallow ocean or "flats" fishing is one of the most popular coastal activities in Florida. No other place has such a large combination of different shallow water species. In Fishing Florida's Flats world-champion angler Jan Maizler draws on the expertise of numerous "flatsmasters" who share their wisdom on how to land a trophy catch.
Their advice--suitable for a range of first-time and experienced anglers--includes tackle selection, techniques, and directions to “hot spots” for each flats species. From habitat, biology, and feeding patterns to spotting tactics and state records, each flats fish is covered in detail. Maizler offers invaluable knowledge of the many vessels available, the different kinds of flats and the best ways to wade them, and important weather safety information. Maizler also reviews the recent technical and electronic developments in flats fishing, such as websites, software programs, and Global Positioning System devices that are now necessary additions to the Florida flats angler’s arsenal.
For the large and growing number of anglers who have chosen flats fishing as their sport, this is the ultimate guide for catching bonefish, tarpon, permit, barracuda, sharks, redfish, seatrout, and snook in the state. Get hooked on Fishing Florida’s Flats.
CONTRIBUTORS OF IMAGES & STORY CONTENT
Jan is a past IGFA world record holder for bonefish on two-pound test line (8 pounds, 4 ounces) and permit on four-pound test line (23 pounds, 15 ounces). He has caught and released over two thousand bonefish and one thousand tarpon in his angling career. Jan has been fishing in salt water since 1962.
In 1977 he published his first flats fishing book entitled "Flats Fishing". Since then, he has written eight books, which include “Flats Fishing II: A Shoalwater Handbook”, “Fishing Florida’s Coast”, and “Fishing Tips, Tales, and Travels.” His newest book is “Fishing Florida’s Flats” by University Press of Florida.
Jan has published hundreds of articles on light tackle angling and angling travel in many leading magazines, which include "Florida Sport Fishing Magazine", "Florida Game and Fish Magazine", "Destination Fish Magazine", "Center Console Angler Magazine", "BoatU.S. Trailering Magazine", "Saltwater Sportsman", "Gulf Coast Fisherman", "South Carolina Sportsman", " Marlin Magazine", “Wave South Florida”, “Angler’s Guide”, “The Fisherman” and "Florida Sportsman". He has an upcoming article on flats fishing rod techniques in “Sport Fishing Magazine” (Doug Olander). His major web site affiliations are with basspro1source.com as well as Amazon.com through his AmazonConnect blog.
He has been a long-time angler and resource of Miami's Biscayne Bay, a fishery that offers some of the largest bonefish in the world. Jan has traveled the world over in his angling pursuits. Besides residing in Cozumel, Mexico and Ocho Rios, Jamaica, he has fished in Alaska, British Columbia, Baja California, Pacific Mexico, the entire Yucatan, Panama, Patagonia/Argentina, Roatan, The Cayman Islands, all over the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, the British Virgin Islands, and many other West Indian Islands. Jan has fished in far-off Fanning Island atoll in the South Pacific and continues to have an active involvement on that island through Fanning fishing and surfing guide Chuck Corbett.
As a traveler, Jan has journeyed through a huge swath of the globe, including every country in Western Europe, and the entire Mediterranean from Lisbon, Gibraltar, and Barcelona in the west all the way to Istanbul and Israel.
Jan is an active member of the Florida Outdoor Writer’s Association (FOWA) and the Southeast Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA).
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAN
Additional stock photography by Jan can be viewed for purchase at Fine Art America and on two Facebook pages: Jan Maizler (photo section) and Jan's Fishing Florida's Flats (photo section). Contact Jan directly for specific prices.
"Few places on earth offer better opportunities for "flats," or shallow ocean fishing, than Florida. But to be successful, shallow water marine angling requires training and discipline, traits exemplified by Jan S. Maizler, a world champion angler who has already penned several books on the topic. Fishing Florida's Flats proves his modesty. Though he himself has more than 45 years of flats fishing experience, Maizler draws generously on the expertise of numerous other "flatsmasters. Peerless fishing wisdom."
Captain Ted Lund, Editor of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters Magazine says, "Fishing Florida's Flats" is perhaps one of the finest books on regional angling nuances ever written. Jan Maizler has put together a talented stable of writers willing to bare their secrets to success in the Florida Shallows. It is a worthwhile addition to any angling library even the least bit concerned with Florida's flats environment."
World-renowned shallow water angling expert, author, writer, and columnist Frank Sargeant of the Tampa Tribune says, "Fishing Florida's Flats is a book loaded with information on the fine points of flats fishing for bonefish, tarpon, and permit, among other species. Author Jan Maizler taps the expertise of some of the nation's top flats guides and adds his own decades of knowledge to it. Whether you're a beginner or expert, you'll find lots of tips, tricks, and knowledge here."
Veteran outdoor and travel writer/ photographer, the legendary M. Timothy O’Keefe is the editor of UPF’s Wild Florida Series. Here are some excerpts of his introductory comments on this book. “Fishing Florida’s Flats” is… the most thorough body of work ever assembled about Florida flats game fishing and all of it is provided by the top experts. “ Fishing Florida’s Flats”…deserves to become a classic reference…never presented before with such impeccable authority.”
"Jan Maizler's book offers plenty of detail on the fishing and makes you want to get out on the water to put that knowledge into practice."
Jimmy Jacobs, Editor | Florida Game & Fish
From VisitFlorida.com, the state's official source for travel planning: "Meanwhile, Jan S. Maizler’s Fishing Florida’s Flats (University Press of Florida, 2007) takes readers from the days of outdoors writer Zane Grey to today, all in search of bonefish, tarpon and permit. It’s filled with juicy information; who but a veteran fisherman could describe the tarpon’s hunger for the tasty palolo worm, found in coral reefs, thusly: “It sips the worm in; it is so delicate to see a hundred-pound fish do this.”
"An extremely detailed and thorough book that no serious shallow water angler will be able to pass up." --John D. Brownlee, Editor in-Chief, SaltWater Sportsman Magazine
"Excellent. . . . Maizler has compiled a world of interesting detail." --Jim Hardie, freelance writer for the Miami Herald, Stuart News, and Florida Fishing Week