A week of fishing-SI to ML-Jan 25-31

Been fishing a lot but haven't been posting much. Figured I'd lump my last week of fishing into one post.

25Jan

Conditions sucked....wind was howling out of the North at like 30mph and it was COLD!! Especially when that wind hit you along with the spray from the 3 footers in the river. Decided to hit that protected water around the Honest John canals. The clients were staying for another 2 days and wanted some fresh fish dinners while they were here!! Ended up drifting down several of the canals and pitching pieces of shrimp up under the trees. Caught a bunch of fish including rat reds, trout, sheepshead, whiting, and 8 black drum. The whiting were big for the river, with the biggest being around 18". All drum were keepers with the biggest being about 26". Kept enough fish for the 2 of them and let the rest go back to bite another day. :thumbsup


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28Feb

Had a guide buddy of mine give me a call Monday night. He had a client in from Alaska who wanted to catch a jumbo red and wanted to know if the inlet was producing. I sent him some recent pics and they were ready to go the following day. We met at the ramp at 3pm and made short work of putting 60 pins and pigs in the well. Took us 3 spots to find them but when we did they were THICK!! We were heading to the inlet by 4:30. Water was cold and clean with almost no waves whatsoever. Hadn't seen the inlet that calm in a while. Tried drifting livies for reds but the blues were so thick that we couldn't get a bait past them Fortunately we had plenty of spares. Ended up catching about 20 blues over the next hour and a half or so. As it was getting dark it went from getting a blue fish hit every drift to getting redfish hits just as fast. Not sure how many we hooked or landed, but we put Daniel on his biggest red by far......46" and over 40lbs.

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31Feb

My buddy, Capt. Bill Coe of oFISHial Charters invited me up for a day of fun fishing on Mosquito Lagoon. After consulting with the weather man, we decided that Friday looked like a perfect day. 75 degree weather, 5mph winds, partly cloudy, and 10% chance of rain. By Thurs night the weather man still had our backs saying that it was going to be a great day. Well, Friday morning shows up and it's raining, blowing 25, 50 something degrees, and just plain nasty. Of course, we are already at the ramp by this point so we decide to man up and make a go of it. I mean, the weather man said it was going to be nice so the rain/wind/cold had to improve, right? WRONG!! Wind never got below 15mph, it never stopped raining, and we didn't even glimpse blue sky all day. :banghead But, as the saying goes, Weather only affects the fisherman, not the fish!! Well, I'm really glad we stayed out. The redfish were a little tough for us. Found some nice schools but we couldn't see them because of the whitecaps in the lagoon so they usually showed themselves by spooking off from the boat. Did manage to put 5 in the boat throughout the day by picking off singles blind casting. :cool: But the real winner of the day was this one small stretch of shoreline where Bill says "there's usually some good trout holding in here". And guess what? He was RIGHT!!! We ended up putting over 30 trout in the boat on this one 1/2 mile stretch of real estate...all but 2 being over 20 inches, and 8 or so being over 25". Big fish of the day was 28". And while the fishing was great, the real joy was seeing something I hadn't seen in quite a while....GRASS!!! I didn't know that stuff was still growing around here. Sure wish Sebastian looked like that. Anyway, had a great day up there with great fishing buddies!!

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  • HookupAndGoHookupAndGo Posts: 201 Deckhand
    Nice work and nice report -- makes me think I really need to learn the inlet drift.

    Btw, any info on catching the pins or pigs? Do you castnet them, sabiki, or ? Always been an artificial guy and think it might be time to just go try and catch some bigger fish in the inlet.
  • AOKRVsAOKRVs Posts: 2,004 Captain
    Awesome week Ryan - everytime I see that Triton it has huge reds on it :hail
    You were in my backyard - I never thought about catching whiting in those canals
    Did you get any good trout back there
    We will be back in a week - hopefully the weather will improve for offshore
    If not it will be drifting the inlet
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  • KeystrokeKeystroke Posts: 91 Deckhand
    Great trout Ryan! I bet that was a rush when you saw it next to the boat...
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  • Final PointFinal Point Posts: 459 Deckhand
    Nice work and nice report -- makes me think I really need to learn the inlet drift.

    Btw, any info on catching the pins or pigs? Do you castnet them, sabiki, or ? Always been an artificial guy and think it might be time to just go try and catch some bigger fish in the inlet.

    Around here you have to use a sabiki style rig tipped with small pieces of peeled shrimp. I make my own rigs using 25lb mono, #8 long shank gold hooks, and 1/2oz bass casting sinker (the ones with the swivel in them). Pigs usually like deeper water near chanel edges while pins like the flats. Once you find them you are in them.
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  • Final PointFinal Point Posts: 459 Deckhand
    AOKRVs wrote: »
    Awesome week Ryan - everytime I see that Triton it has huge reds on it :hail
    You were in my backyard - I never thought about catching whiting in those canals
    Did you get any good trout back there
    We will be back in a week - hopefully the weather will improve for offshore
    If not it will be drifting the inlet

    Those big reds have been very cooperative this year. LOTS of blues to deal with though. And if you are right there at Honest Johs then you really should check them out. When the winds blowing its a great place to hide and catch some fish. We caught some nice keeper trout that day....no heros but a couple closing in on 20inches. Got some big sheepshead as well.
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  • AOKRVsAOKRVs Posts: 2,004 Captain
    We are just south in mullet creek and have a couple of canoes that we troll around with
    Caught a few trout, rat reds and lots of little snappers at the intersections
    Never caught any sheeps back there - were did you find them
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  • Settin_HooksSettin_Hooks Posts: 237 Deckhand
    Nice fish, love seeing those monster reds!
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  • Paragon1Paragon1 Posts: 509 Officer
    Very nice report! Looks like a good week overall. By chance (and i understand if you'd rather not) would you be willing to PM some info on decent bait spots around sebastian? I generally put in at Grant, and try to get some mullet off the small islands in the area, but as far as finding the aforementioned, I'm always coming up short. And dont worry, i dont get out enough to dry up the spot! lol.

    Anyway, awesome report, and thanks for the update, cant wait to get home at the end of the month.
  • redjimredjim Posts: 774 Officer
    Wow Ryan, great job!

    That trout is huge!
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 20,197 AG
    Nice work Ryan...
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    Many things to do.
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    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • fishboyfishboy Posts: 1,326 Officer
    Paragon1 wrote: »
    Very nice report! Looks like a good week overall. By chance (and i understand if you'd rather not) would you be willing to PM some info on decent bait spots around sebastian? I generally put in at Grant, and try to get some mullet off the small islands in the area, but as far as finding the aforementioned, I'm always coming up short. And dont worry, i dont get out enough to dry up the spot! lol.

    Anyway, awesome report, and thanks for the update, cant wait to get home at the end of the month.
    Head to the causeways and the bridges... All the pinfish you can desire are over there!
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