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Got another invite for black powder deer/hog hunt and a hog hunt which the guy said he will film, actually he wanted me to do it yesterday morning before he went to work but I had no camo, gun or ammo so make it for next month.
Went wade fishing yesterday for the first time in ages and ended up catching 8 spotted seatrout, I was a happy camper. This morning I took the kayak and managed to catch another seven two of them over 20 inches, when I got back to shore horseshoe crabs were mating all over the place, a couple went for my feet.
Out again one week later and we can’t get any live shrimp for bait, we aren’t happy campers. We go to the end of the channel turn south for a little bit and start our first drift, the tide is just starting out going which is great for us as we start catching fish right away on jigs baited with Gulp shrimp. George throws on a piece of squid and had the rod drifting while tossing lures with another one, soon the rod is bending over and after a decent fight on a light rod he boats a bonnethead shark. I’m catching trout after trout then something big hits my jig and my drag is screaming as line peels out I’m excited until George says it’s a big sail catfish, a hell of a fight but not what we want to catch. We caught a lot more trout this week than last week when we were using live bait, mixed in the bag was black seabass, snappers, pufferfish, mackerel and a few others.
We just started a new drift when a good size boat heads out way, I give a wave and then lights go on and it’s the sheriff’s and game wardens together checking out our safety gear and if we had any fish on the boat. Some of the fish have worms until the water cools down so we are keeping nothing right now but will in another month or so. The police boat pulls away and we take a break from fishilng for a snack and drink, when I’m putting on a new bait I look up and a dolphin is two feet away giving me the eye, it blows air as I go for my camera I just wasn’t quick enough for a picture. We have another streak of catching trout until we run out of gulp bait, I’m sure we caught over 50 fish between us. We hope to get out again this week but mother nature looks to be against us with four days of winds creating waves up to 4 feet.
After a month of restrictions and almost a week in the hospital I went out in the kayak this past Monday and Tuesday. Nothing caught the first day but way too many catfish were caught on Tuesday before I finally caught a trout. Will be fishing again this Monday and hope to report better results.
Sundays wade fishing was kind of a bust, only catching croakers, pinfish and small snappers until the tide was almost high, then I caught three small trout before running out of bait. This morning it was still dark when I got to launch spot and loaded my gear in the kayak. I was paddling out when I saw movement on the surface which turned out to be a school of mullet, they made a right turn away from me so I paddled out some more and here comes another school. Redfish follow the mullet to pick up whatever they scare up off the bottom, this school came close so I tossed a live shrimp into it and in seconds a 26 inch redfish picked it up and took off pulling drag. Had a real good fight but it wore the fish out so in a few minutes I’m going to eat it for lunch. Redfish all over the place but they were too far for me to get to or I ended up spooking them away. Started drifting for trout and caught only one within 5 minutes of starting, legal fish at 16 inches but I released it quick. Doctors tomorrow and Wednesday, hope to get out again Thursday.
Out this morning before the sun came up, tide was a bit too high for redfish but I may have hooked one or rather didn’t hook it, for whatever reason I never set the hook and the fish was gone after pulling 20 yards of line off the spool. Lots of bait stealers this morning but still managed to catch a half dozen trout, plus caught my second snook since moving to FL, it grabbed a Berkley gulp bait when I was reeling my jig in, I put the rod between my legs while I got the camera out and when I went to lift the fish for a picture the hook pulled out. May do some wade fishing Sunday I'[m not sure yet but will be back out with the kayak for sure again on Monday.
Another tagged redfish caught by a non member of CCA, this one not far from here the guy cut the tag off and released the fish thinking he was going to get something for the tag. Out for first time in ten days or so and didn’t know what to expect after yesterdays tropical storm, storm was so small it covered only four counties. Turned out to be a trout day, one after the other, small ones early then bigger ones when the tide started to move again. Was hoping for a redfish but tide was coming in and the area was flooded, will have to wait until next week for the tide I want. Was told by my buddy he picked up his boat from the shop late this morning, he wanted to test it tomorrow but I have a four hour test at the doctors starting at noon so hopefully will get out Thursday.
More redfish caught by non-member of CCA, they lost out of ten’s of thousands of dollars in prizes. My best day fishing yesterday out of the kayak, five different species of fish caught, redfish, trout, ladyfish, pinfish and jacks. I have to teach myself to fish different than up north, the redfish are caught in a foot of water and less, I caught my first one on a gulp shrimp and jig head. Don’t know when I’ll get out again, daughter and granddaughters are on their way for a few days before then head to Orlando to see friends there. First redfish was pushing 30 inches