Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Snook Factory

Earlier in the week after waking very early to go fishing as I usually do I stepped outside to check on the weather while the coffee was brewing. As soon as I went out I saw a flash in the sky through the clouds and then a large fireball come down over the water. Probably not as close as it seemed but I could see a fire trail behind it with bits of it breaking off. I didn't know what to think at first or if I was actually dreaming but I now think it was some kind of good omen from the fish gods.

I fished with Steve Bellrichard visiting from Iowa. Steve was interested in catching himself his first tarpon so I brought him up into an area in the Everglades backcountry to fish. We got an early start and as soon as we launched I could see the small tarpon rolling off in the distance. I believe Steve got a couple of nice hits and hookups from the fish but it wasn't to be and that's how it goes sometimes with these tarpon. At the same time Steve started catching some decent snook and the fun began ! At the end of the trip Steve described  the day well with saying I brought him to the "Snook Factory". Through the day, fishing a few different areas it was non-stop catching fish. Most fish were in the mid-twenties, some larger and definitely some larger one's  lost. We lost count as to how many fish were actually caught. This was a banner day for sure !

The weather this week really improved and it was a good time to get back out and kayak fish Chokoloskee bay. Rich Jr and I headed out to fish some of the oyster bar areas. This was the opportunity to throw some topwater plugs as with fishing in the backcountry I usually don't use them because it tends to attract the 'gators. On my second cast throwing a Zara Spook topwater I hooked up and caught my first fish and nicest fish of the day, A very fat 28" redfish ! Through the day we caught a bunch of other fish, mostly all redfish and trout. Rich caught the largest trout of the day at around 22" ! It was nice to get out in the bay again and if the weather holds up I will spending more time out there.

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