A Very Good Day Yesterday on Sanibel ( 5-15-2016)

TgrassTgrass Posts: 204 Deckhand
Yesterday I fished Ding Darling in the Morning and the beach in the afternoon.

The morning fishing in Ding Darling is a bit of a challenge because of the bugs and they can drive you of the water.

This was my one and only fish that hit in the preserve, It ate a mini Tarpon Toad and put on a very good ariel display and took the fly deep in the back of the roof of the mouth. I did not have a tape but my friend and I both think it pushed the 30 inch mark.

Later in the day I fished the beach and the water was extremely clean and sight fishing was the way you expect it to to be. My first three hook ups all resulted in three jumps and three tossed hooks. Sort of frustrating.

Things did take a turn for the better, the fourth fish stayed buttoned up and a nice 24 inch Snook,

The next fish was a big girl cruising up the beach and I watched it eat the fly. I was lucky to have two people from the UK walking the beach who were nice enough to take this picture. This fish was hook solid in the corner of the mouth. It measured 38 inches. I found my tape after my Tarpon morning.

Not much later as I was walking up the beach I saw another big fish cruising like the first one bout one foot of the beach and again when it saw the fly it just turned and ate the fly in a very casual motion. This fish did not bolt like the first one. it took a little bit before it really got going but once it did it put me into my backing 4 times.

I did not have anyone around to take the picture so I slid it up on the beach and snapped a quick photo and a quick measurement and released her as well. This fish was 31 inches.

This is the fly they all ate.


  • sparse greysparse grey Posts: 1,751 Captain
    Very nice & appreciate the pic of fly. Keep up the good work.
    Ron Conner Release the fish, keep the memories. Once a Knight is enough.
  • twirptwirp Posts: 1,128 Officer
    Nice! Thank you for the report.
  • tilemantileman Posts: 1,107 Officer
    Huh! What kind of knot are you using
    Here's ta swimn' with bowllegged women!
  • Bill BlantonBill Blanton Posts: 37 Greenhorn
    Very nice fish. You had a good day. If you're going to release them, don't put the fish on the ground for photos.
    Fly fish the Everglades with Capt. Bill Blanton
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  • RG AirRG Air Posts: 284 Deckhand
    daaaaang that's great
  • TgrassTgrass Posts: 204 Deckhand
    Bill, thanks for showing your concern.

    The knot is a perfection loop.
  • tilemantileman Posts: 1,107 Officer
    Tgrass wrote: »
    Bill, thanks for showing your concern.

    The knot is a perfection loop.

    thanks I like the looks of that knot....I'm gonna try it out!
    Here's ta swimn' with bowllegged women!
  • Flat NutsFlat Nuts Posts: 72 Greenhorn
    Gotta like watching a big fish like that eat!! Congrats!!
  • remo_5_0remo_5_0 Posts: 262 Deckhand
    Great job Tgrass!!
  • SUPER DSUPER D Posts: 661 Officer
    Great looking bunch of fish. How heavy tippet/shock do you use?

  • ChasenTailsChasenTails Posts: 51 Greenhorn
    Nice work, and great post. Thanks for sharing.
  • TgrassTgrass Posts: 204 Deckhand
    SUPER D wrote: »
    Great looking bunch of fish. How heavy tippet/shock do you use?


    Most often I use 35 pound flouro bite tippet, sometimes I do 30. I have seen to many good fish lost with anything lighter especially on the Snook when they wear through it.
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