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.
I took a trip on over to the beautiful weedon island preserve
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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:
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.