Screamn' Reds and Trout 3/9 and 10

I got the chance to get out with two friends from church this weekend. Friday my bud JH came out with me to see if we could locate the Gator Trout. JH is a veteran of WW II having fought at Iwo Jima and Okinawa so you can imagine how interesting the day became outside of fishing. He also won some Commendation Medals......We were able to catch bait in the Sound and tried many different places. It was not until the end of the day that we were able to get into the fish. We hooked into some very large trout that pulled off line like a redfish. The drags were singing out loud and it was a lot of fun.....Here is JH with a 26.5 inch Gator Trout....


We were able to land quite a few big fish over 20 inches and although we only caught 1 redfish on the day, we considered it a great time and pretty successful....

Yesterday I spent the day with DJ and with the wind coming out of a different direction the day's plan changed drastically. We went out much earlier in the morning and pretty much had all of our fish caught by 11 am. First stop was a pot hole. We did not catch as much white bait but we had plenty to fish with. Using pop'n corks, we were able to sit and relax while shiners did the work for us....

We were halfway to our limit of trout by 9 am. With the water now coming in we killed some time and around 10 am we started to think about reds. We cut up some pin fish and put them up against the bushes hoping for a big fish....

DJ had not caught a good red before but that was all about to change. We saw the cork fly under and DJ picked up the rod and laid into the fish. The drag screamed several times but DJ won and the fish came boat side...27 inches and over 8 lbs.....a massive fish.


Several minutes later after a quick reset, another redfish was hooked up.....24 inches and almost 6 lbs....


At that point we decided it was a good time to go on in. The high was later in the day but we had a cooler full of reds and big trout. It was a super day full of fellowship, as was Friday, and I am very thankful to have friends that I can take out with me ever so was a blessing to get out with these two great guys.

[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Trust in the LORD and receive HIS many blessings....


  • snookaffinitysnookaffinity Naples, FLPosts: 939 Officer
    Great fish. Good job,
    "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." - Mark Twain
  • nuclearfishnnuclearfishn Posts: 8,353 Admiral
    good to see an old Vet have a good day.
  • Luftwaffe1989Luftwaffe1989 Posts: 170 Officer
    Nice, that gator trout is a monster!:thumbsup
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC] My second (wife):grin... My 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle 454 SS (LS6).
  • GatorInPISoundGatorInPISound Posts: 543 Officer
    Luft, I tell ya what, I rarely get fooled by a fish anymore, but these trout completely caught me off guard. They were taking drag and staying below the surface for the majority of the battle like a red. It was almost a shock when we got them up to the boat. I was as surprised as one could be....
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Trust in the LORD and receive HIS many blessings....
  • dtobiasdtobias Posts: 733 Officer
    Great cooler shot. That's some fine viddles!
  • red_magnetred_magnet Posts: 498 Deckhand
    Thanks for sharing your trip with us. I have yet to find something more fun than fighting slot reds on inshore tackle.
    I owe it all to my Granny and Bill Dance....
  • SJCSJC Posts: 2,560 Captain
    That sound like a great day to me!
    The Beatings will continue until moral improves!
  • GatorInPISoundGatorInPISound Posts: 543 Officer
    dtobias...yes, I do love to eat fish as does my entire family. We do some serious fish fry's around here. red magnet....Im with you, nothing like catching those reds but a healthy snook is right there with em' and then some. was a great day!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Trust in the LORD and receive HIS many blessings....

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