Calm Before the Storm - Northern Indian River Lagoon Pre Irma 9/9/2017

Advance warning – Lots of fishing, hardly any catching – so read on if you have nothing better to do (though beating your head against a wall might be more productive – that was a joke by the way for the more sensitive amongst us).

I had the day off since I worked Labor Day and had already made most of my Irma preparations so decided to escape it all for a moment to my own little slice of paradise. Got there a little late – hit more traffic than expected especially in the Bithlo area. Cars were lined up along 50 for a couple of miles to pick up sand bags. Titusville was like a ghost town except for the gas stations that still had fuel and the stores that weren’t already boarded up (though nothing like the crowds in Orlando). Looks like a lot of folks had left town and there were no tourists about. There were a few shore anglers at the Max Brewer but no boats at the ramp. No mullet BTW. Of course MIWR was “officially” closed, so my first spot at Gator Creek was not accessible (unless I wanted to walk a few miles which I wasn’t going to do since thunderstorms were expected). But they couldn’t keep me out of one of my favorite spots that everyone knows about but avoid except for the hardcore (or maybe stupid is a better descriptor) because of the gators. Like walking through the gates of heaven into paradise - though the entrance was guarded. Lots of life about. Only managed a few dink trout/ladyfish – but did have a nice juvi tarpon roll on my plug (you might be able to make out the swirl in the background) – then my reptile buddies started showing up. Dogged me all day. They love the sound of the plug just as much as the fish – and wherever they were – the fish weren’t. Finally gave up – took a few pics on my way back – leaving with a funny feeling this was a day I would want to remember because things were about to change. Tight lines and take care all!
There are only so many casts in life, so shut up and fish!!

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