Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Backcountry Fix

I decided to get my backcountry fix this morning and headed to one of the places that has a fairly easy access and where I could fish almost as soon as I launched. I only had a few hours so thought this would be a good choice. Snook were there and they were feeding on the schools of baitfish along the shorelines along with some juvenile tarpon around which I could see rolling. I concentrated on fishing for the snook hoping to hook up on a larger fish. I fished the mangrove shorelines and lost count on the smaller snook that I caught and got my wish with a larger one around 32” pushing 10lbs who put up a real nice fight. I was surprised how active this fish was with how warm the water was. I had one other hook up with a larger fish who ended up throwing the hook along with hooking up with a couple of crazy small tarpon. Not bad for a few hours fishing. I called it around 10:30, it was super hot out and the bite stopped anyway. Lots of gators around today and I also took a few minutes to check out one of the rookeries.

Tri-Colored Heron Fledgelings

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Goodland 6/09

There’s a local saying that when the bugs are the worst the fishing is the best. Today was very promising launching up in Goodland early this morning, the no-seeums were brutal getting the kayak unloaded and ready to launch.

I launched at sunrise and headed out to some back bays to fish a slow incoming tide. When I arrived the water was totally muddy and maybe only six to at the most twelve inches deep, but the fish were there. Mixed in with the schools of mullet were reds and snook that I identified when their backs were up out of the shallow water and as I spooked them as I drifted over them. They were feeding on small schools of minnows. A very frustrating scenario to be in but I had high hopes once the tide came up it would be easier to fish. As the tide finally did come up so did the sun and it wasn’t long before it got real warm out. With that the fish moved off the mud flats to under the mangroves. I now had a couple hour window before the tide was up to high to fish the mangroves. I worked them skipping a jighead with DOA plastics under them and had fun catching snook, a few snappers and jacks. I was fooled once again by thinking I had a snag only for it to be a very large snook that proceeded to try and drag me into the mangroves before he broke off. I did end up catching a few nice snook and a couple of decent reds today.

Today really did show a lot of promise. After what happened this past winter it has taken what seems like forever in this area but fishing is getting back to normal and let’s hope it continues to get better. The snook seem okay and they reminded me of this as I was leaving the area I could hear them feeding deep in the mangroves.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Chokoloskee Bay 6/5

Saturday morning I decided to go out for a few hours and see how conditions were in the bay. With an incoming tide I launched fairly early and paddled about a mile and a half to get to where I wanted to fish at one of the river mouths. When I arrived just at sunrise the area was going crazy with tons of baitfish and schools of mullet. I could hardly move without the fish nervously reacting around me. Some larger fish around me were having a feeding frenzy which turned to be jacks, ladyfish, and bluefish. I caught a few of each including a couple of trout. I also saw a few mackerel. As the tide came up things slowed down some. I thought for sure there would be sharks in the mix but I never did see any. I also never saw any other game fish like reds or snook. (There are some reports of the reds and some larger snook out around the barrier islands being caught but I'll have to wait till I have an outgoing in the morning to get out there to fish for them) By mid morning I headed back and paddled across the bay with a strong south west wind to help me. Temperatures were close if not into the nineties this morning.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010