South Estero Bay No Motor zone Goliath

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    South Estero Bay No Motor zone Goliath

    After exchanging fishing stories with my boss we found ourselves paddling uncharted (well by us anyway) territories. The day started off with a few quick pops on top water. I didn't have much luck but my buddy was able to pull his first red out of the mangroves.



    The redfish wasn't the only thing he had to pull out of the mangroves. Both of us had to save our lures from the heights of over zealous casts.

    Aside from getting out and surprisingly sinking into muck above my knees my morning was rather uneventful. As we finished our trek from the no motor zone to open water i casted my DOA CAL, red and gold jerk bait into a deep channel. After a few twitches I was getting trucked..it didn't feel like any inshore species i've fought before. When it broke the surface I was surprised to see the crusty camo of my first inshore Goliath.

    my bait of choice for the day


    After chasing schools of mullet around in open water we decided to make our way back to the launch. On the way back my buddy picked up one more redfish to finish off the day.

    He was using one of our favorite baits the DOA shrimp, color 382.


    Just another day on the awesome waters of SWFL.

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    Great pictures! Sounds like a good trip minus the knee deep mud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmt2404 View Post
    Great pictures! Sounds like a good trip minus the knee deep mud.
    I pulled up to a shore line thinking I could get out to use the bathroom real quick. It was rather disconcerting to sink up over my knees..I was glad my boat was close enough to shore so I could use it to help pull myself out of the muck..I don't know what I would have done other wise..

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    Nice fish!
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    those little goliaths are awesome

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    Sounds like a great time

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    Awesome photos, what were you using to take them? What size t-rig hook is that?
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