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Tampa Bay is the BEST!!!

Last weeks tides were good for the sunset bite. I focused on the middle stage of incoming tide until the middle stage of the outgoing. Stepping into the water, I could feel that it had cooled down just a bit with the recent rain and winds. My goal being focused on redfish and hopefully getting a CCA tagged fish. That Hells Bay is the perfect boat for the fishing I do! After catching ladyfish for bait it's all about finding mullet, clean water, moving water or active water. Found a nice area holding water and had mullet jumping along the mangrove lines. It didn't take long til both of my girls had their redfish landed (no tags). A few days later I had an opportunity to get out on a solo mission. I moved through the flat tossing around an Exude dart (shrimp pattern), within the first 15 cast I hooked and got cut off by what appeared to be a mid 30's Snook. All evening I couldn't get over the fact I missed that fish. By the time I was able to get a bait in the water, the day was over in my mind. I had missed the fish of the day, it took forever to catch a ladyfish and was tired of paddling around in 10-15 mph winds. As I sat and checked Facebook, put on pandora, and set back to enjoy another great sunset it happened.... My rod doubles over and I'm set for an 8 minute battle with a 40" snook on 20lb test. Every head shake my heart dropped. I thought for sure this fish was going to own me. I played the fish with a real light drag she made multiple big runs with a few violent head shakes. Looking forward to this next moon phase in a few days to bring some more fish onto the flats!!!

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