Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Went out early in the bay for a couple of hours and headed north to check out a couple of my fishing spots. I spotted a couple of tarpon rolling early. Maybe later in the week I’ll get out there and try and target them. Getting to some oyster bars I caught a couple of trout and small snook on a top water plug. The trout were a good size one 20 and the other 18”. I threw a fly for awhile and on a bad cast I had a big fish hook up but I was entangled in my fly line and the fish was gone. After I caught a Rat red and a couple smaller snook. I called it a day in the late morning.
I took a picture of this large Great White Heron, different from a white Egret most noticeable by the leg color, Herons are yellow,Egrets are black. Found from central Florida south. Most common in the keys.
Friday, October 23, 2009
With an early start I headed out to fish some oyster bars in the bay to try and find some snook and reds. Before sunrise I had some larger tarpon rolling around me within yards of my boat. I was tempted but didn't make a cast since I didn't have heavy enough gear to handle these fish should I have hooked up. I moved on and fished around some of the oyster bars. Today I was fishing primarily with top waters. Hoping for a nice snook I started catching some smaller one's and then catching a few nice size jacks that averaged around 6lbs. A lot of fun but nothing like a big snook. I made my way to another area to where I can usually find fish and picked up a few more average size snook, another jack and a nice red, 24" a nice size for dinner tonight !
It was late morning and I made my way back as the tide was just about out. On the way I ran into another fellow kayak fisherman Steve (I Fishhead). We met and chatted awhile, he had himself a nice red fish also. It appears the reds are back !
Thursday, October 22, 2009
On the way back I ran into kind of a local legend, Don Robb, an old timer fly fisherman who always fishes out of a canoe who has traveled around the globe fly fishing. After an hour or so of talking with him and listening to some of his stories we parted and headed out. I’ve been in some very isolated areas in the back country thinking I’m by myself only to unexpectedly run into Don fishing.
Saturday I fished with a group where we rode the tide out and ended up fishing around the mouth of the Lopez River. Snook, trout and snappers were caught. A few reds were spotted but none caught. In the afternoon as we rode the tide back in the winds picked up and it was a nice workout getting back. Nice for me anyway, I’m not sure about everyone else. Everyone still had a good time even though not a lot of fish were caught.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Kayak fished the bay this morning with Mike for a few hours. Finally had an incoming tide early and was hoping that there would be a good bite early. Well, it wasn't exactly going off but did end up catching a few fish. Throwing my topwaters as I usually do early I picked up a couple of jacks and a couple of trout around 18" (dinner for tonight). As the water level came up I switched to my trusty old Storm swimbaits and picked up a decent snook. Mike moved on to fish the mangroves and I stuck it out around some oyster bars. I ended up catching a couple more snook, one of them just short of being in the slot. Fishing some mangroves on my way back I picked up a couple of snappers. Called it a day around 11 when the tide was way up and it got really hot out.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
This morning I went and checked out a new kayak launch and hiking trail parking area up off of 41 for the refuge. I walked the trail which is a little over a mile each way and maybe next week I'll launch there and check out the paddle trails. The hiking trail is very scenic although I didn't see much for birds and wildlife on this walk. The area is mostly marsh lands with some hardwood, fruit and berry trees. The waterways from what I could see were shallow and I've heard there are spots where you have to portage your boat. I'll find out when I paddle it. I did find one pool of water that was holding some bigger snook along with smaller one's along with cichlids and needlefish which was neat to see.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The past few days have been very warm into the mid-ninety's. I went out twice during the week. Tuesday I paddled to Hidden Lake off of the East creek, a couple mile paddle through mangrove tunnels and other smaller lakes. I fished my way there with not much luck. The water was kind of high and not really moving. With the water high there were not many birds either. I fished the lake and started catching baby snook. The lake seemed to be full of them and on some casts the small snook were like piranhas attacking my soft plastics. They were fun to catch but I wish I had my fly rod with me. It was a nice trip with the tunnels pretty much free of debris for passage through them.
Thursday I fished the bay early for a couple of hours before it got too warm. On an outgoing tide I fished around the oysters. It was very quiet out there with only a couple follows using topwaters. Later I fished deeper holes and was able to catch a few trout up to around 18" on swim baits. I came back in around 10.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Fishing a small swimbait in and around large schools of baitfish I hooked up and caught a nice size snook over 36"and weighed around 14lbs !
Lots of migratory birds around and we saw a few loggerhead turtles, a few Spotted Eagle Rays, manatees and pretty much the norm lately, dolphins.