Thursday, March 25, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I took out Terry Brewer from the mid west for a few hours on Friday. He had never kayaked before but was interested in learning about the sport and how to fly fish out of one. After teaching him some basics he was a little uncomfortable with the whole situation and wanted to just wade and fish, that is until the tide came up. By mid morning there was no more getting out of the boat so I brought him to a few different spots where we could get out of the wind and current and before long he was having a great time and I even got him standing in the kayak. Terry ended up catching himself a few nice trout and before he departed all the talk was about what a good time he had and that he would be looking into getting himself a kayak for fishing.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Spent a nice day kayak fishing bringing Auston an avid fly angler from Georgia to fish in the back country and look for tarpon and snook. The weather was awesome with a day finally in the eighties. We never did see a tarpon today but there were Snook around. The only problem was the water was fairly high and they were mostly back up inside the mangroves. Every now and then they would taunt us as we could here them going after bait fish or whatever. So close yet so far. There was no way to get a fly in there but with a lot of persistence Auston did manage to catch himself a couple of them.
As the day warmed up the gators came out. We were checking out one area where I knew there were usually one or two hanging out but today we found ourselves basically surrounded by them and they were all larger lizards at the least eight foot long. A highlight of this was a large gator swimming towards Auston with a big turtle in it's mouth not realizing Auston was there until the last second....
Some birds around today that I saw were some swallow tail kites again along with a small flock of glossy ibises and some spoonbills.
3/13 Update : Auston came back with me to where we fished the other day for a couple of hours and he finally was able to get his first Tarpon on fly, somewhere between 10 and 15 lbs. It spit the hook as he grabbed his leader but still an awsome catch. Congratulations Auston!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Once back in the bay I headed back and on the way stopped at one of the bird rookerys to take a few pictures, which ended up being tough to do as the afternoon winds picked up. The Pelicans are still in full swing and the Egrets are still in the beginning stages of their nesting season. It was a long day but it was worth it. I got back to the launch around 4.
Monday, March 1, 2010
We kayak fished in the Goodland area before the weather turns sour again. Another front is going to be coming through. Chris and Rick met me fairly early for a morning of fishing. Rick, my brother-in-law had just flown in from up north needing a break from the winter weather they have been having. This has been a crazy winter here with all the cold fronts but hearing about the cold and all the snow they have been having up north makes me feel a little better about the situation we have been having here. The fishing has not been the greatest but have still always managed to catch fish and to still get to enjoy some real nice days on the water.
We covered a large area today looking for fish. There was a full moon negative tide and a lot of times we were paddling in inches of water.The air temperature was around 40 early and the water seemed just as cold and mostly clear. It doesn't sound very inviting but we still had a great morning in sunny conditions and even managed to catch a few fish. Some of the fish caught today were snook, silver trout and lady fish.