View Full Version : Another SLAMIN’ year at Mogan Mania!!!!! 8/5/11 - 8/7/11

08-10-2011, 08:42 AM
I Headed down to Mogan Mania in Jensen Beach for our annual get together and friendly tournament Saturday morning. I was on the road by 3:00 and at RPC in Jensen by 5:15 to pick up my card (for tourney pictures) and headed back to Ft. Pierce to meet Jim (freeflofisher) before sun up. We launched at the north causeway and worked the mangrove lined shorelines during the last half of the out going tide. First up was a 30”+ snook that took out my chugbug but after a good 5 minute fight she spit the hook leaving me slightly pissed off at what just happened. After continuing north Jim and I started working some of the exposed grass lines and I picked up a rat red on a fiji cal on an 1/8oz jig head.
…..step I
Not mush after that other then a few short strikes and Pins chomping off the tails so we headed for a culvert that was moving some major water. We both posted up and after several casts I had a dink snook take a my glow/gold cal for a ride.
…..step II
With the tide quickly falling we made a last ditch effort at the north causeway shoreline. I was fan casting and working the edge of the grass line as Jim proceeded in front of me in the same fashion. We had several hits but no takers which was very frustrating seeing how everytime you’d turn around a gator trout or big momma snook would high tail it out from the grass edge. I did have a sweet snook hit my cal and did a little tail dance or a few feet to only spit the hook….Ft. Pierce heard a few choice words from me at that point. A few minutes later I looked up to see Jim holding a samich size flounder which got the skunk off the boat for him but that was his first and only fish of the day.
I continued down the shoreline and picked up this little fellow…
…..step III
From that point we never got another bite and we called it a day as the tide was now completely out around 10:15am…..not the banner day both of us were looking for but a good morning never the less.
By 10:30 Jim was headed home and I still had 4 ½ hours till weigh-in so I headed to Stuart in hopes of finding a hungry snook at the Roosevelt Bridge. I unloaded at the foot of the hill between the Roosevelt and the RR tracks and paddled east towards the sea wall to find bait being smashed but had no takers. I worked over the entire sea wall with no luck so it was off to the pylons at Roosevelt. After several attempts to make a cast and fail to reel it in before being swept completely under the bridge by the heavy incoming tide and a strong east wind I gave up on that idea and headed in for a bite to eat and then back to RPC for the weigh-in.
With pictures turned in before the clock struck 3:00 I proceeded to my room and crashed for an hour seeing how I was working off 2.5 hours of sleep from the night before. Woke up around 5:30 and proceeded to have to many adult beverages and found myself enjoying the party and friends that I haven’t seen since to previous year. The pot luck dinner was at 8:00 which was followed by the awards ceremony for the tourney. My buddy Paul (fishNnut) took home some goodies for biggest snook of the day with a 30”er. Then another buddy took home the award for traveling to furthest (Pensacola) and never even wetting a line during the tourney but recovering from the White Lightning from the night before.
Then came the expected, and the winner is……”To the guy that drove down the day of the tourney and was in the water before anyone, to the only one that got a SLAM with a red, a trout, and a snook, and was his own camera man for the day”…….by this point I was excited seeing how last time I managed something for this tourney was 4 years ago with the biggest trout of the day.
Kevin (producer man!) called me up and asked me a few questions about my day before handing over a sweet new Flat Blue Blair Wiggins Signature Series 7’9” rod, a Sabalos 3500 reel, two spools of FINS (150yds 20lb XS and 300yds 10 Wind Tamer), a new Minn Kota visor, and a pack of Cal’s……FREAKING AWESOME!!!!
Needless to say I was stoked and surprised that I took home the top spot this year, now I just have to do it again next year!
After more and more drinking and talking with old friends I was off to the room around 1am to try and fish Sunday morning before I headed for the house. I did manage to wake up and hit the water Sunday morning with a nasty SW 10+ wind. I decided to hit a known snook hot spot even though the winds were not in my favor on that east shoreline. I paddled out towards my spot but couldn’t keep the chop from coming over the bow so I turned back and made a few attempts with a DOA new penny/glow shrimp under the mangroves. It paid off, but one day to late….
This little thumb sucker measured in at 28” and was the cherry on top of the sundae to say for the weekend!


08-10-2011, 09:56 AM
Sounds like a great weekend for sure!...

08-10-2011, 10:32 AM
Nicely done, Austin!

08-10-2011, 11:19 AM
looks and sounds like a fun trip, congrats!