Wading Picnic Island 7.20.14

After an unsuccessful morning by myself at Weedon, the girlfriend wanted to fish this evening to test out her new waders (gotta love that!). Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity but had low expectations.

We didn't get there til 7 PM so we just decided to throw artificials and cover area instead of messing with live bait. Conditions were overcast and windy so the water was a bit stirred up. We both started throwing gulps in new penny that I had left over from the morning. Charisse had a nice fish to start us off on the first few casts, but lost it. Then she quick released a nice little trout. That got my hopes up.

Seeing some mullet getting spooked near a sand patch, I made a cast, twitched it twice and I was on, but it wasn't a little trout. The drag starts singing and I'm thinking red, but then the fish breaks the surface with those big unmistakable headshakes I'm so accustomed to seeing over in my hometown of Stuart (southeast region). Huge snook!!!... for the west coast, at least :p

Now the tricky part, I have to baby this big girl with only 15# fluoro leader. I loosened my drag to almost no pressure and looked like an absolute fool chasing this fish around the flats for almost 15 minutes.

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My biggest snook on the west coast at 35"! (biggest ever is 46") After a few pics, she was released unharmed to continue to make snooklets.

Continued wading out on the flat and the gf hooked another nice little snook at 24".

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After the big snook destroyed my last gulp, I switched to a doa cal shad in arkansas glow and managed another short snook, a small trout, and a ladyfish.

Finished a red short of the slam in about an hour and change of fishing.

Lots of bait on the flat including small pilchards and finger mullet. We worked around the bait schools and focused on casting in the potholes and sand patches.

For kicks, here are a few snook from where I live in Stuart. I can't seem to escape them! Even when I come over here and try for reds, I get snooked. But hey, I'm not complaining. :cool:

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Replies

  • former bluefishinnyformer bluefishinny Posts: 1,478 Officer
    sweet
  • sonnysonny Posts: 283 Officer
    Nice snook
  • SuperJoxSuperJox Posts: 248 Officer
    holy cow man! You should've labeled those snook as not safe for work pics! Dang!!!
  • OverslotsOnlyOverslotsOnly Posts: 67 Greenhorn
    SuperJox wrote: »
    holy cow man! You should've labeled those snook as not safe for work pics! Dang!!!
    Haha. Thanks SuperJox!
  • Bassin AssassinBassin Assassin Posts: 1,248 Officer
    Very nice PI snook. Dang! Those are some Stuart slobs.
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  • OverslotsOnlyOverslotsOnly Posts: 67 Greenhorn
    Very nice PI snook. Dang! Those are some Stuart slobs.
    Thanks Bassin Assassin! Love reading your reports man! If you are ever interested in trailering your boat to Stuart and getting some big snook, PM me some time and we'll set it up.
  • Bassin AssassinBassin Assassin Posts: 1,248 Officer
    Thanks for the invite OsO. It is very tempting. Maybe some day. You catch all of those beasts from land?
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  • OverslotsOnlyOverslotsOnly Posts: 67 Greenhorn
    Thanks for the invite OsO. It is very tempting. Maybe some day. You catch all of those beasts from land?

    Yep. Most exciting way to fish the docks and sea walls is with a bird's eye view +you can keep the bait positioned right against the wall.


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  • cseng123cseng123 Posts: 365 Deckhand
    The heads on the last two pictures are unreal. Awesome to see fish that size!
  • SlamaholicSlamaholic Posts: 389 Officer
    Nice I fish that flat a lot, Usually do kayak drifts. Great report.
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  • DrewDrew Posts: 14 Greenhorn
    Great pics! Looks like you have the big ones wired over there in Stuart!
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  • OverslotsOnlyOverslotsOnly Posts: 67 Greenhorn
    Thanks everyone. Hopefully the snook on the west coast will grow as hefty as the ones east coast in the next few years. That freeze in 4 or 5 years ago hit the shallower waters of the bay and gulf a lot worse than on the other coast.
  • nestornaznestornaz Posts: 10 Greenhorn
    Never even heard of Picnic Island. Gonna have to take the yak out there and check it out.

    Nice snook, and even better, a girl that will fish with you!
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