View Full Version : CK Early morning 8/13 REDemption

The Dave
08-14-2011, 10:33 AM
We headed out yesterday for another early day of CK inshore fun. These early morning trips are good for avoiding the heat.
We were on the first spot when it was still dark,and even though we could see bait jumping everywhere the bite didn't really pickup until the sun started to rise.

I was determined to give the topwater thing another shot, but after several casts with no results I switched to Gulps and started to get some hits.
At one point I looked over and the sunrise looked just right and my gut told me to try again and throw a badonk in that direction. As soon as I took the slack out of my line I had a strike ! I was pulling this thing closer to the boat, we had the net ready, it made a few runs, and when I got it to the boat we were greeted by a big ole Sail Cat. I didn't measure it, but I'm guessing it was 18-20". I also did not think to get a pic because even though it was a decent sized fish, it was still a catfish.

After a few more casts I went back to the gulps since the other guys had landed a few reds on them.
We were seeing action all around us and I had yet to get my red, I casted over to a splash and ended up landing a 28 incher.
We stayed there for a while and got a few for the box and landed a few shorts. Before we left Joe pulled in a 32" red.
I made sure to point out to him that my red looks bigger in the pic though :grin

A lot of good action close to shore, I think I saw about a 4-5' tarpon jump at one point. Iv'e never seen one in CK, but I'm pretty sure that was one. Maybe I'll get him to pose with me for a pic next time.

We headed out to deeper water and caught a mixed bag of throw backs - some cats, a shark, and a good sized gar that we were told is the "most dangerous fish in the sea" :shrug

It was getting hotter and we knew the bite was dying down but since we were having fun we had to throw a few more lines out and ended up pulling in a couple of small Jack Crevalles (which I didn't think were in this area).

With some Reds for dinner and pics for bragging, we decided to head in.

Joe's Keeper

The deadly Gar

32" Overslot

28" Overslot

08-14-2011, 10:43 AM
Nice reds guys!!

08-14-2011, 11:02 AM
Nice fish fellas. Like the end of that outgoing myself. What was the water temp at daylight?

The Dave
08-14-2011, 11:34 AM
Tom I didn't think to check. Now I wish I had because I'm sure it's cooled down over the past few weeks.

Fishin Rod
08-14-2011, 12:10 PM
Those top water cats can be a heartbreaker for sure. We have plenty of Jack crevalle in this area, you've just been lucky if that's the first one you've landed. Those are some fine reds you guys got, congrats. If you are having problems getting the topwater reds try letting your lure sit until all the ripples clear and then just barely move it and let it sit again. Work it S-L-O-W, don't "walk the dog", just hit it about three licks and let it sit, repeat this all the way back to the boat. Most of your strikes will come when it's sitting still. Good luck.

08-14-2011, 01:56 PM
Those are some nice looking Reds Dave.
We have plenty of Jack crevalle in this area, you've just been lucky if that's the first one you've landed. Whats wrong with catching a few Jacks? They always give me a good fight when the fishing is slow for a targeted fish. It's not like you're catching a slimey Catfish.

08-14-2011, 02:34 PM
nice job Dave, nice looking reds!

08-14-2011, 03:58 PM
Nice job on the big reds. I just went the other day and we got a bunch of reds but no real big ones like you guys.

08-14-2011, 04:06 PM
Very Nice Job Dave:applause Looks like You and the Guy`s had a good morning!
Like Fishin Rod Said:Agree You can`t work it too S-L-O-W :beer

08-14-2011, 04:16 PM
Looks like you guys got on em:Rockon

08-14-2011, 05:51 PM
Very well done dave!

08-14-2011, 09:10 PM
Very nice fish....

08-14-2011, 09:33 PM
good job man! there are indeed tarpon at Cedar Key. I've seen one figure eighting the fishing pier pylons for bait many years ago.

08-14-2011, 10:11 PM
Nice Reds!!:grin Don't give up on topwater. Once you catch a few fish, you are the one that will be hooked. You can cover alot of water and not worry about getting caught on oysters. I think everyone has their own way of working a topwater. I fish topwater 70-80% of the time. I like a large noisy lure and I do not stop or hesitate on my retrieve. Somewhere I read not to hesitate, I learned that way and have alot of success. I somewhat agree with going slow, but not slow enough where the lure is not constantly moving in a back & forth motion. We experiment with different types of lures and the large Skitterwalk outfishes the Badonk-a-donk and just about anything else, unless it is real rough, then a prop lure or popper might be better.

08-14-2011, 11:22 PM
SWEET REDEMTION for sure http://serve.mysmiley.net/party/party0007.gif
But I do think you need one more Rod hanging off the boat http://serve.mysmiley.net/animated/anim_64.gif

Schrodinger's Catch
08-15-2011, 07:49 AM
Nice! You two are really starting to nail it down.

That's quite the array of rods too!

08-15-2011, 11:28 AM
Those were some great fish. Nice trip!