Thursday, July 30, 2009

Chokoloskee Bay Area 2

Deciding on where to go today, I quickly convinced myself to go back to where I fished the other day and lost that big snook. Launched early again to fish the incoming and the beginning of the outgoing at mid morning. I wanted to play with some other topwater plugs today and used a large skitterwalk (silver/black) and a silver mirromullet. The skitterwalk turned out to be the ticket today and caught some reds with it. They weren't great in size but all of them put up a good fight. Three were rat reds around 18 to 20" and two were a little larger around 24". Also caught a blue fish on the skitterwalk. Still using the topwater after the tide changed I had a large jack that weighed 9lbs hit and fowl hook himself in the head, it took awhile and it was a workout to get him in. I also caught a couple of smaller jacks and ladyfish but no snook today.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Chokoloskee Bay Area

I launched at 6 and headed southeast in Chokoloskee bay towards the Lopez. At high tide around 7 I caught my first red of the morning on a Zara spook Jr. The reds were hanging with some smaller schools of mullet and that's where I concentrated my fishing. I caught 3 reds, lost 2 and caught a few decent size snook all on top waters. Around an oyster bar I hooked up with a very big snook probably over 25lbs and lost it with a head shake that straightened out my hooks. I had just replaced my hooks with some 4x mustads I picked up to try out, I couldn't believe it. I'll go back to using Owner hooks. Anyway I caught some nice fish today and I'm happy with that. I made it back to my place around 11.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


I decided to get out and fish for a couple of hours this morning. Launched at 6 and back home by 10. Bugs were not bad and there actually was a bit of a breeze which was nice for a change. I fished a small area in the bay and was kept company by a group of Manatees that stayed around the whole time. I only used top water plugs (Zara Spook Jr's) and it turned out to be a good choice. I caught some nice fish and with a couple of bigger jacks I landed at least a half dozen snook, one going over 30in. and 2 redfish. One red was around 26" and the other was oversized about 32" and weighed 12lbs. A pig of a fish that put up a nice fight!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

"Rich's" River

Launched early again around 6 with Mike. We began the day fishing the oyster bars in Chokoloskee bay and had a blast catching some snook and big jacks on topwaters. After, we drift fished riding the tide out from the bay and headed to the Lopez River area looking for tarpon but they were scarce and only saw a couple roll. The water color was real dark tannin colored and very warm so I'm sure that had something to do with it. We didn't start to make our way back till around noon when the tide changed and made it back around 2:30. During the course of the day we caught more snook, a couple of jewfish and snappers. I poled right over some redfish a couple of times spooking them not seeing them until it was to late because of the water color. Other than being very warm and at times the bugs were brutal it was still a great day out there.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Kayak Angler Online

This past winter myself and Jason had the privilege to fish with Capt. Danny Wray, another kayak fishing guide and his wife Kristen from Grand Ilse, La. They stopped by and wanted to fish for snook. This is the article he wrote about the trip in Kayak Angler Magazine online :

And this is a clip they made that's on U Tube:

Check it Out!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Russell Pass area

Launching around 6am I paddled over to an area near Russell Pass this morning. I wanted to do a little exploring and fish a couple of spots I like. I worked the outgoing and picked up a couple of nice snook along with a variety of other fish. Gag grouper, jew fish, some nice size mangrove snapper one of which I kept one for dinner. Also a couple of jacks and ladyfish. A variety of different fish today but no reds or tarpon spotted. Water was muddy on the inside but cleared working towards the gulf. Made it back around 2:30 with temps in the mid ninety's.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Chokoloskee Bay

I launched around 6am 7/3. Fishing the oyster bars towards the pass caught 3 average size snook and a couple of other fish species throwing topwaters. Had a few other hit and misses. I ended up working my way to where I can usually find tarpon and as soon as I arrive I see a tarpon free jump. I cast and hook up with around a 50+ lb'er. After peeling off around a hundred yards and giving me a little ride it makes it's first jump and headshake and throws my plug. That was the excitement for the morning ! There were rollers around me but couldn't get a hookup again. I called it around noon.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rookery Bay (naples)

Met up with Mike and Chris and fished over at Rookery Bay in Naples today. It's been a year or maybe two since I have fished that area. We fished the bay which was fairly rough with windy conditions and came back via the protected canoe trail. It was nice to go back there and explore the area again. We ended up catching only a couple of snook one of which I caught was around 34" caught on a jig head with a DOA shad tail, rootbeer color.