5/06 – 5/07 I kayak fished a couple of days during the past week around Chokoloskee bay and don’t really have much to tell about it, one day out in the bay around oyster bars and another day over towards and up the Turner River. The windy conditions muddying up the water and the slower tides have made the fishing a little slow. I caught a few fish but nothing to brag about and for the amount of time I spent on the water. In one creek I had a monster size redfish swim by my boat that totally ignored me and in the same area a snook that was well over 40” lazily swim by in very shallow water.
(5/09 I decided to check out the bay again and went from the National Park launch and headed to the more northern parts of the bay and check out one of the egret and pelican rookeries. The water in the area was less muddy in a few areas so I’ll be heading back there this coming week to concentrate on fishing only. I fished top water plugs for awhile and I picked up a nice size trout and 1 decent snook. Catching me off guide after casting back where I just caught the snook I immediately had a very large fish crash and attack my zara spook. I couldn’t see what it was in the splashing and it immediately tore off a lot of line before straightening out my hooks and breaking one hook off ( I’m using Owner 3x trebles). My first thoughts were a large shark but it didn’t damage the plug or cut me off, so maybe a tarpon... very large snook.... I’ll never know….)
5/08 After the crappy conditions around Chokoloskee I went back up into the backcountry to do some fishing and a little exploring and check out the rookeries there. Tri- colored herons are nesting. The fishing was a bit better and I had fun with the snook. I hooked up with three larger snook but only managed to get one in the boat, the smaller of the three around 32”, the only one I could coax out from the mangrove roots. I caught maybe another dozen or so smaller snook. Knock on wood but the bugs haven’t been that bad in the backcountry yet and I’ll be going back in there again later this week while the conditions hold up.