The area mosquito control is finally showing up. Welcome Dragon Flys ! It has been pretty brutal with these things lately when launching the boats and just going outside for that matter.With the limited spraying for them here because of being surrounded by the national park there will be these times when they are pretty tough to deal with. There are never that bad once getting on the water but you will realize pretty quick that they are still around if you have to fetch your lure out of the mangroves...
I made my way back to one of the backwater areas I fish from time to time. I wanted to check out the snook population and see if they had migrated out of the area back to the gulf. This place is basically one of my winter fisheries. When I first arrived, which was just after sunrise, things started out slow. As I made my way and fished a couple of different shorelines I began catching some smaller snook and then caught a couple of fish that were close to 30"! I was thrilled to see that the fish were still here (Take note Andy)! I concentrated on a small area that really doesn't have any significance from the rest of the shorelines other than the mangroves hang out more than the surrounding area and this spot seems to hold bait fish and, I've caught some larger fish in this spot in the past. Hard to fish not being able to cast near the shoreline and I think the noise from casting near there a few times draws the fish out that may be there way deep under in the trees. After maybe a half dozen casts I hooked up with my largest fish of the morning, a good size fish around 33/34"!
This weekend was the get together at Marker 8 Restaurant up in Goodland. The fishing tournament was a bust possibly because of the short notice or maybe people around here (there) just have no interest but it was still a great time with a good crowd of mostly locals, A pig roast, music and the canoe and kayak race.
More photos of the race at: 2011 Marker 8 Kayak and Canoe Race