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.