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We had quite a cold snap here along with the rest of the country and ended up having die offs of fish here and there. Temp a few days ago was 54 degrees, yesterday it was up to 58 degrees but now we have another cold front coming through. Went fishing two days ago and did manage to catch one trout and lost another one on the way in. Our bait now is so small being the netters are fishing in Tampa Bay instead of the gulf because with the cold water the shrimp bury themselves into the mud. Going nuts not being able to get out, hopefully it will warm back up soon.
Still awhile until the 2018 season opens but I now have a friend who lives close to where I hunted last year and he has two trailers set up in his yard and said I could use one when ever I wanted, he is still waiting for me to head up and shoot a hog. I talked to him a couple of weeks ago and he told me there is two gobblers and several hens running around his yard, I said great but he’s considering them pets that he likes to watch. I know this year in November to put in for a permit hunt for 2019, this year will be another hail mary season for me.
Should have stayed home yesterday, my friend George got the OK from his doctor to start doing things again and the weather man said “gentle winds today” but once we got out into the Gulf it was close to howling with white caps all around. It looked great when we launched at Anclote River Park but after two hours fighting the wind we had to head back in and call it a day. We only caught a baby jack, 1 pinfish, one ladyfish and one mackerel and only caught the mack because after getting bit off three times we switched over to wire leaders.
It finally happened and there is no video or witnesses, I was getting into my kayak this morning and lost my balance and fell into the water and luckly my life vest didn’t go off and fill with air. It’s freaking $80.00 for a recharge kit for them, and I hope never to have to buy one. Wind out of the northeast and more than I wanted for kayak fishing, for starters I paddled into some reeds and tossed some gulp and then some live shrimp. Pinfish and needlefish getting both baits until I have a redfish take off with a live shrimp in it’s mouth, nice two foot long fish that I should have kept for dinner tonight. Caught a trout on each bait then I had to call it the wind was too much for me to be out there. Birds were in tree by where I pull kayak out.
Went out kayak fishing on Friday and couldn’t buy a bite, tide was a lot lower than what was expected and it was like a red tide came through if it wasn’t for the hundreds of ladyfish jumping all over the place. Went wade fishing this morning getting there right after first light, there was five other guys there ahead of me plus a couple of guys in kayaks. Tide was high (but no where near a flood tide) and nothing was hitting until the water started moving out, I caught 20 plus spotted seatrout a few over the two foot mark and after a brief shower a big rainbow behind me.
Went kayak fishing Thursday the first time in awhile, I caught this small redfish (who hit like a big boy) and lost a good one when my Gulp shirmp folded over on the hook. I caught 6 spotted seatrout and a ladyfish before calling it a day. Got to be careful with those fangs on the seatrout, I lost count of how many times they jump or flop around and got me.
Got some catching up with my post here, this is from 10/23/17
Tide was going to be late so I didn’t leave until 10 AM, when I got there I could see I should have left an hour earlier. Very overcast day and decent breeze blowing with thunder showers coming in from the Gulf. Pretty good day of fishing I ended up with 10 trout, two very small jacks and four pinfish. When I got to my second spot I heard screeching behind me and turned to see an eagle land in a pine tree, he stayed there for quite awhile. Of course when I went towards shore he flew and before I knew it he was flying by about 25 yards out over the water, he went back and forth three times and tried to catch a fish twice to no avail. On the way down the trail he was sitting on top of a very dead tree.
Wind blew like hell yesterday and was suppose to do it again today so I went wade fishing again. Weather man should have said windy in the afternoon because it was pretty calm this morning. Had two guy ahead of me at the bait store and Bob (the owner) told me he was almost out of shrimp and yesterday he hardly sold any. I seen lots of blue claw crabs moving around this morning, the first time this year one actually walked into my right foot but scooted fast when I moved it a little. Fishing started slow until I moved to another area, then I caught seven trout and a mangrove snapper before running out of bait. I was watched by another fisherman for awhile but he stayed in his tree and never dove on anything while I was there.
Yes, you get two good fillets and two thinner ones, I released this one as it was only about 14 inches.
Went wade fishing this morning and was caught off guard by the extreme high tide, I tossed spoon’s, and chatter baits for over an hour without a hit so I switched over to live shrimp. I caught a couple of decent size trout before too long and then I tossed my line out looked behind me because I heard splashing (turned out to be a guy walking his dog along the shore) and when I turned back I didn’t see my float and my line was heading towards shore. To my surprise a fluke (flounder here in the south) took my bait, I think it’s the first one I caught down here. I moved about 100 yards and started having hit after hit, I ended up with ten trout, the fluke and 4 ladyfish before I ran out of bait, not bad for a little over three hours of fishing.