Welcome to Flats Fishing Online
Some of Florida's finest flats guides, experts and artists joined Jan to offer their technical, angling, and artistic gifts in his book, "Fishing Florida's Flats". They include Captains Bill Curtis, Tom Rowland, Greg Poland, Robert "R.T." Trosett, Butch Constable, Mike Locklear, Jon Cooper, and John Kumiski. Jan was honored that artist Vaughn Cochran, artist-writer Tim Borski and photographer Pat Ford contributed some of their best word and image-craft. Scott Heywood of Angling Destinations as well as Ranger Boats, Bass Pro Shops, and Heritage Kayaks added some great images as well.
"Fishing for Spotted Seatrout"
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"
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.
Fishing Tips, Tales and Travels
In FISHING TIPS, TALES, AND TRAVELS veteran author, writer, angler and world traveler Jan Maizler has compiled his best works for effective fishing techniques in the world’s most exotic destinations.
This book is devoted to those anglers that love a mix of fishing and travel. Jan has been to all the destinations and lodges described in this volume. Some of those places include Alaska, Mexico, Antigua, the Florida Keys, the Sanibel to Marco Island Coast, The Bahamas, Little Cayman, the Canadian Maritimes, British Columbia, and Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.
Join Jan as he visits Key Island Estate at Rookery Bay, Naden Lodge and Valley Fishing Guides in British Columbia, Phill's Guide Service in Antigua, Bluff House, Abaco Beach Resort, and Rickmon's Bonefish Lodge in the Abacos, VallartaFish in Puerto Vallarta, Mariner's Club, Dove Creek Lodge and Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys, Tropical Beach Resort in Roatan, The West Wind Inn in Sanibel, Southern Cross Club in Little Cayman, plus other exotic locations!
Flats Fishing II - A Shoalwater Handbook
FLATS FISHING II - A Shoalwater Handbook is the most modern fishing book portal to the world of flats fishing. It covers every phase of this angling specialty. The flats species include bonefish, tarpon, permit, barracuda, sharks, mutton snapper, redfish, seatrout, and snook. Other essential chapters cover flats boats, flats tactics, approaches (ocean tides, wind factors, barometer), wading, fishing tackle and species-specific characteristics, such as tailing and rolling. Jan Maizler also includes the latest info chapters for the traveling worldwide angler on travel tips and health hints.
Fishing Florida's Coast
FISHING FLORIDA'S COAST represents the culmination of Mr. Maizler's goal of creating a "how-to" fishing book that covers a majority of Florida's marine fish. Chapters include the groupers, snappers, pompano, dolphin, snook, tarpon, ladyfish, lookdown, jacks, mackerel, and more. Fishing Florida's Coast provides precise coverage on the proper fishing tactics, fishing tackle, and relevant techniques. The chapters combine to create a textbook of lucid instruction and advice on how marine anglers can achieve and maintain success for the fish species that they seek.
"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