Schooled Up Snook



Took out my neighbor for his first kayak fishing trip. We Launch just after dawn, to a cool overcast sky, very surprised as there was no wind at all. We started off fishing a barrier island. I was using a Spook Jr. and Alex was using a Yozuri Silver Minnow, so we could work every water column. Third cast had a huge blow up, and a nice 28 in snook took me for a short lived sleigh ride around a channel marker. I landed the Fish and Snapped a pitcure and released it safely back to fight another day.

We continued on and tried to catch another around the barrier island, with no luck. We continued on and worked the flats. No action was to be found, no mullet schools, no bait fish, and very little movement. Soon the wind started to pick up as the weatherman stated and the flat became choppy. We moved behind a seawall where there were at least 80 Snook all slot sized schooled up. They all refused to bite! Very Frustrating when you can see the fish 10 feet in front of you. After seeing all the snook we moved on to another spoil island, and worked the flat as we went, no bites at all.We beached the Kayaks on the spoil island a walked over to the Leeward side Finally Alex had a bite on a top water lure, it turned out to be a needle fish not much bigger than the lure its self. It was very aggressive and bite me when i tried to dehook it. His first kayak fish! The sun came out and the bite shut off 100% we ended the day around lunch time, the cold front had the fish hiding but overall it was a Great day on the water.

Weedon Island "windy & cold"

I took a trip on over to the beautiful weedon island preserve
View Larger Map

It was a chilly morning at around 48 degrees and with a stiff north/north west wind @ 15knts. I knew the fishing and paddling was going to be tuff. I packed up the car and ventured out by 6:30am, stopping by my favorite doughnut shop for a warm coffee and breakfast sandwich. As i traveled across the gandy bridge i noticed that there was quite some chop in the bay. I launched at 7am at low incoming tide.

I paddled down the kayak trail casting a topwater lure and had a few tries but no hook ups. There were large schools of mullet everywhere and wind made more tough fishing. White pelicans and seagulls were bombarding the water as there were large schools of glass minnows. On the other side of the flat from the pelicans there were large oyster bars, where i caught two rat reds under 18inchs on a jig head and a doa paddle tailI ended the day seeing many birds including a roseate spoon bill:There were also many snowy egrets, ibis, and osprey to name a few:

Gandy Flats: Thanksgiving 2009


Knowing there was going to be quite the feast today, and being on a break from all the school work at Florida State I decided to go out and try out the Gandy flats. It had rained yesterday so i thought the bite would be on today. I started the day at sunrise. Launched on to a gloomy flat with a solid 15 mph wind. I knew I needed to search for spots protected from the wind. I started fishing on the leeward side of a mangrove island, first cast, pitching a bone colored spook jr, i had a huge blow up knocking the spook at least four feet out of the water. Most likely one of the the large breeder Snook that have been around the area. ill catch her next time. I kept working the flat on the leeward side of the island and finally caught a small 20 inch Snook behind a seawall.

I casted again in the same general area, and captured another cookie cutter snook on my bone colored spook jr. Shortly after the sun finally poked its way past the clouds and the bite turned off. I managed to get some nice pictures with the great lighting:Going to Weedon Island Preserve tomorrow, will post report on the trip.

Web Statistics
Content copyright © 2011. David Kuhnke. All rights reserved. All pictures and Content are property of David Kuhnke and gulfcoastkayakfishing.blogspot.com