"Surprise Redfish" Homosassa 2/17/2018
Butch and Barbara(Mr and Mrs Butchbal) invited us out for a spin on the bay and maybe catch some sheepsheads. No wind, seas perfect, but major sea fog. River was clear, but starting at Marker 2a the fog started to get bad. It stayed that way to noon! Fished the nearshore rock plies with sheeps as our target. The girls caught all that came into the boat. Total of four with only one being legal. We worked hard, at least it looked like we were working.
Caught all the usual suspects, from baby groupers to almost everything that lives on the bottom with Spanish mackerel added to the list. We were just enjoying the day, shooting the bull, and then it happened! We got a triple. I had the elusive sponge fish, Barbara had the mini devil bass fish, and here comes the surprise, Butch had a 25 and 1/2 in. Redfish!!
Surprise, because we are sitting on a rock in 12ft of water. Butch then went on to boat another redfish exactly the same size and added to that a 20 in trout. It's the middle of February!!
Nothing like flats fishing in 12ft!! With the way things are shaping up, bait is back already, Spanish macks are showing up. Water temps are at 68 degrees. Cobia have to be right around the corner. We did watch an older guy by himself catch a big fish that carried him around the boat quite a few times. After watching him for 25 minutes we all took a guess that he had on a cobia.
Nice day on the water. Always an enjoyable day with the Butchbals. Spring has arrived early and this trip was one of those sit back and relax and enjoy Big Bend surprises.