Finally had a day off where I was free to to what I wanted upon waking up this morning, so I loaded up the kayak and went fishing. I brought my fly rod with intentions of using it until my arm fell off or I caught something, whichever happened first. I have caught about 1000 fish on the fly, its just that about 950 of them have been bream with a few bass here and there. Never a saltwater species, until today.
Not surprisingly, that first fish was a perfect bait sized ladyfish. The small kind tarpon love to snack on when they are up the rivers of Charlotte harbor. Nonetheless, it was a fish, from saltwater, that willingly took my clouser by attempting to eat it because it thought it was food. A small fish, but a major accomplishment and a major aid in keeping me addicted to the whole art form that is fly fishing. I caught a few other fish today, including a trout that also ate a fly. I did succumb to using spinning gear and tricked a nice redfish into eating a DOA CAL.
I took a few pictures with my new kodak playsport. I posted them to my blog in my signature. I also stopped at the hardware store on the way home and was successfully able to retrofit an old ball cap into a hands free camera mount, so hopefully the next time I fish I can get some footage of a mammoth snook taking a topwater. Or at least some footage of some pretty birds or something.