I braved the heat, the mosquitoes and the alligators, and went fishing at Flamingo. This feisty tarpon was my reward –
After jumping Tarpon for the start of my Flamingo day I decided to check out areas that I seldom visit. I was glad that I did because I scored an incredibly robust Redfish. I did not measure the fish but I’m sure that length wise it was over slot. Probably width wise as well. 😀
I also found a wonderful Snapper hole while standing and paddling the W500. There were a ton of keeper fish that would hit anything that I threw. I had a great time and the only disappointment was that I could not hook a snook for my slam.
Me and a fishing buddy decided to try fishing in Flamingo again last week. We both got up super early, checked the radar which was clear and headed for the deep south. Of course one we got to the bottom we could see and hear lightning and thunder closing in. We decided to push out anyway, stay close and run if it came to that. It did.
My friend headed deep into the bight. I stayed closer and everything turned hectic quick.
I was making for the nearest sheltering beach as the rain and lightning started when I spotted tails to my left.
“Yessss!” I thought to myself. I would bag a nice Red despite the weather. I cast and instantly hooked up. It turned out to be a Jack that dragged me around, got me wetter than I already was and pulled me closer to the mangroves where the mosquitoes were waiting. “Why do I keep doing this?” I asked myself.
We did see a lot of activity and the Snook were biting.
Oh well. Could be worse. I could be my fishing buddy, smooshed into mosquito infested mangroves, a mile from the nearest landing with lightning crackling all around his head.
I had a good day yesterday, and it fortunately coincided with a photo-only kayak fishing tournament I entered. With lots of competition, I managed to win 1st place for the biggest redfish and 2nd place in the mixed bag category (a 31 inch snook and 24 inch redfish).
This was my first attempt taking pictures of fish according to tournament rules, and it was a challenge keeping them from flopping off the measuring board while also keeping the official medallion visible and then standing up to snap the pictures. Fortunately, the noodles I have on the cockpit rim kept the measuring board from sliding around. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a third hand to pinch the tail for an accurate measurement (I don’t know how others manage to do that).
Anyhow, a good time was had by all, the Wavewalk came through with flying colors and I came away with $250 in prizes.
Think I’ll take the wife out for dinner tonite.
Art and I made our first trip through Bear Island yesterday and ran into some nice reds. He was nearby when I hooked into a nice 34 incher and got a few photos and a short video of me playing the fish. Hopefully, this is the start of a great spring fishing season.