I am a big river fisherman always looking for clear sandy bottoms this time of year to find the big females. A week ago today last Sunday around 7 pm I witnessed one of the greatest sightings any Snook fisherman could dream to see.
I was with a friend in his '82 'lappy' when we saw the two schools. Each school had about 30-40 fish and they were all big. The first school we saw was more scattered and spread about the bottom but the next school, about 50 feet further down the shoreline and closer to the shore was different.
They were swimming frantically in a clockwise motion in a 15-20 ft diameter, oblong like shape. The smaller fish were on the outside of the school and bigger fish towards the middle all surrounding about a 50lb river monster.. by far one of 3 biggest Snook I've seen in 15 years of fishing the river.
A remarkable witness of a healthy school of snook spawning in the river. One sight I won't ever forget.
No fish were landed after seeing all these fish, they werent interested in our baits. It's as if there was a sexy female or 2 or 20 to impress. :
While it was a great thing to see, it is proof that the closed seasons since the freeze has helped. However the number of fish sighted and caught this year is still no where near what it was in 2009. Which goes to show that the season should stay closed for at least 1 more year and I would dare argue for 2 or 3 more years.
EAT MORE TILAPIA!!!