Fishing the river (VIDEO+PICS)
Met with my buddy Michael King from the Michael King Band today at the Alva Boat Ramp at about 5:30am. We launched the boat and were on the water by 5:45am and headed towards Labelle and to the first spot. Within a few minutes of fishing Mike had has first fish on which was nice almost 6lb bass. My morning started kind of slow. I switched from a popper that yielded only a few small largemouths to a motor oil colored 6" Culprit worm. After about hour or so minutes of throwing the worm and nearly giving up on it I pitched it up under a rock ledge and was met with an almost instantaneous thump. As the fish started to fight and pull drag I immediately knew I had something other than a bass on. Finally after a few laps around the boat and nearly losing her in the prop I was able to boat a respectable 33" snook, my first on a bass worm!! A little while later I was able to get myself a respectable 5lb largemouth. We fished for about another hour which was relatively slow. I spent most of my time watching the tarpon roll and blow up on the mullet schools out in the middle of the river. Just as we were ready to call it a day I had another thump on the Culprit worm. This time there were no secrets. Almost immediately after setting the hook I watched another nice snook tail walk across the top of the water. We got her to the boat, removed the hook and called it a day.