Got blown all over Sebastian River today by winds that seemed to come from every direction. No matter where I wanted to fish, that's the direction the wind would take me.
Anywho, still managed a good day.
Started off with a HUGE ladyfish. Biggest dang LF I think I've ever seen. Great fight to start the day.
Next came this little fella:
Caught out in the middle of a channel I was crossing. Weird. Fished the area I caught him in for a while and caught three more trout. Two of them take-home-for-supper good (although I release all my fish).
Then I went paddling and found snook-a-pa-looza. Must have caught 10 or 12 of them in a two hour span in one stretch of bank:
Blew up against a bank and started thinking about a slam. Tossed out a jerk bait while I was sitting there and:
Definitely not what I was looking for but fun nonetheless. And where there's one...
Got tired of playing with/catching jacks and went in search of my red to complete my second ever slam. Tried bouncing just outside the oyster beds, skipping under docks, slow-running a mirrordine down the banks. Nothing other than snook (hooked a sure-nuf, he-ain't-playin one on a berkley but he tossed it after letting me know he was NOT happy) and a couple freakin mangrove snapper (what the h....).
Then, I round a corner on the way back and toss the old mirrordine one more time. Two twitches and EXPLOSION. Thought for sure I had a red, but turned out to be a monster (for me) trout:
26 inches and heavy. Felt like he'd been eating lead balls.
No slam today but awesome fishing and catching. No real pattern today - pictures are with mirrodine but I caught fish on topwater (skitterwalk - my fav), a berkley jerk bait in a mullet pattern and, of course, a DOA shrimp. Some were in docks (like last time), some were on island points, and some were just out in the open.
I've only been to Sebastian a couple times but it does seem to be a pretty easy river to fish. The same places that would look 'fishy' to me on Lake Washington, Thousand Islands, IRL, _fill-in-body-of-water-here_ look fishy on this river, and that's where the fish were.
Some guys at the doc told me there are tarpon in the river. I'd love for somebody to 'learn me' on where they are/how to hook up with one.
Tight Lines all,
USCG 100t Master, Assist Tow, 200nm Coastal
Marine Surveyor, SAMS, ABYC, IAMI, FMIU
Wilson Yacht Survey, Inc.
Tried to get out of yall's way several times..
Gimme a shout next time you're out there. We can share some cold adult beverages and complain about the bite...