It has been several weeks since I was able to get on the water to look for some tailing fish. Knew one big area we weren't going to look for fish in IRL. Hopefully it will get better.
Decided we weren't going to search around middle part of ML/ Tiger Shoals due poor conditions- water and sky.
So we went to Riverbreeze and I must say it really is a nice ramp with bathrooms and fresh water shower over Beacon42.
I have almost zero experience/ acknowledge of the islands in this area. So it was up to my dad to find fishy spots.
First spot was a little NE of George's bar by Hong Kong in the islands. Wind was pretty decent so we would play duck and cover. This area held great potential with mullet. Nothing for the first 30 minutes or so. We drifted over to another tiny island and in between each island we came across a couple tailing reds that popped up literally 4 yds from the boat. We made a couple cast cross and up wind, but spooked them with a cast. We worked that area for a few minutes as we spooked another 4 or so reds again. We than continued to work the backside of an island out of the wind that a couple huge trout were just destroying mullet. Grabbed my topwater rod and made a bunch of casts in the area until I launched one straight into a mangrove about 6ft up. So be it and left it in the tree- bomber left in the tree.
Retied another to continue working the island east. We continued on this path for another 30 minutes as 2 guide boats were heading west. It looked like a game of chicken was going to occur, but the guide turned. Just as he began to turn a couple tails popped up. Got my dad in position slowly because I thought the guide may have wanted to creep a little closer too. Dad made 3 cast until he got a bite but pulled the circle hook:huh Got the boat held in position he grabs another shrimp and as he steps up from the bottom back up to the bow area his cooler tilts and he semi-falls down. He is fine, but the fish are gone. Feel that I finally convinced him to get a yeti cooler as it won't move. We continue to work the area only to see 1 of the 2 guide boats hook up 2 reds on fly off in the distance.
We move towards the north around a few islands on the south end of the oyster bar by Hong Kong. Nothing but an a--load of mullet.
Around 12:30 we decided to pick up and head back to the original spot from earlier in the day. We work the area again, nothing but mullet. When finally I see a little movement in the ripples in the opposite direction of the wind. Make a cast when I felt a tiny tug almost like I was hung up on weeds. Thought it may have been weeds, but then I slowly see my line ever so slowly move away from the shoreline. I knew the fish hadn't really eaten the gulp split tail yet so I just slowly held rod towards the fish for about 30 seconds. When it finally busted up and I set the hook. 5 minutes later a nice 24" red in the boat.
Worked the area for 20 minutes, but it was just to difficult with the wind increasing. Made the run back to Riverbreeze, but prior to that saw a FWC boat straight hauling *** somewhere towards the main channel.
It was a long and hard day of fishing, but brought fillets back for the family.
Hoping the seas will die down this coming week to take my boat offshore.:fishing or at least take my brothers new bay boat out:cool to battle with some cobia out of Ponce.
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