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    Pine Island 1-25-13

    Every so often things work out just as they are suppose to. Today was one of those days.
    I headed out to Pine Island with Capt. Blackbeard. The tide was extremely low and we started the day off dragging our kayaks a few hundred yards through the freezing cold water.

    Once I could float I started to paddle to a spot that new holds redfish. I immediately started throwing my riptide paddle tails. After about an hour I only had one small trout to show for my efforts. I put my rod down and started in on my beef jerky and Mountain Dew breakfast while the slight breeze pushed me over the flats.

    I glanced up from my breakfast only to be greeted by the most textbook redfish tail waving at me about 15 yards away from my kayak. I immediately pushed my Mirage Drive down to silently stop me dead in my tracks. I sat there and watched for a few minutes to make sure that my eyes weren't deceiving me since I had seen no signs of life all day. Completely oblivious to my presence he continued on feeding right in front of my kayak. I quietly tossed a nasty old shrimp on a 1/0 circle hook and made a cast directly on top of his head. I saw him spook off and was heart broken. I closed the bail on my reel and my line started to get tight and then the rod bent in half and my drag started to scream. Apparently I must have put that shrimp directly inside his mouth. After a few short minutes I was finally able to get him to the yak and put some slime on my new Ego net.


    The rest of the day I threw my riptide paddle tail with zero luck. Finally I decided to make a color change and was rewarded on my first cast with a 20" trout. I was able to limit out in about a half hour on trout and then I decided to call it a day and head back in. Another great day in Southwest Florida......



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    Did you say freezing cold water? What's the temp? If i had my kayak out the water is hovering in the mid thirties. Have to navigate through whatever water isnt frozen. You guys are so lucky down there.

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    I spearfish that water. Isnt that cold.

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    Water temp was 64 or so today. I was out in Southern PISound and there were dead mullet everywhere on the bottom. I guess the red tide is in San Carlos Bay......
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    It was plenty cold enough yesterday morning. It did warm up as the day went on though

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    Even one nice red makes the day rewarding in pine island sound. Those fish are spooky man. Where do you launch your yak from...pineland?

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    yup

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    very cool footer on your posts Jim!

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    Thanks man. I have been playing around with some different Adobe filters and really like the oil filter they've got.

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