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1/16 - ML - Big Bender paying a visit!

Hey East Central peeps -- just cloning my report that I posted over on the Big Bend side (our normal port of call is Cedar Key). Just wanted to say what a great time we had, and what a great fishery you guys have!

Nia and I decided to take advantage of the long weekend and kayak the 'pole and troll' zones of the mosquito lagoon. It was was our first time there, which means I had 0 expectations of catching any fish (it takes me a very long time to learn a place when all I have is the kayak).

We launched at the WSEG boat ramp around 8am.


Full Pano Photo Here

This area starts you off in a pole and troll zone, so we worked the islands and flats for about 1.5-2hrs. Saw some fish feeding, and to my surprise managed to find a slot red in about 1.5' of water (about 19"~). Wasn't able to get a photo as he flopped out of my hands early (whoops). After that we decided to make the mile+ trek across the channel over to the other no motor zone, and fished the tiger shoal / vann's island / bird island region.

Fishing was very slow (just small nibbles/slow takes).

Then, while about 100' from shore over spotty bottom (about 1.5' depth), something smashed my top water lure and the fight was on!

To much excitement I landed this beautiful 7lb+ / 28"+ trout:




Within the same area Nia and I proceeded to catch another 5lber+, and a pair of 3lb trout. Both on top water and on The Slick lure.


If you ever have the chance to fish the area, it is truly a fisherman's paradise! If I can have that much luck on my first time out, in a kayak, I can only imagine the life time catches the locals must enjoy.


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