Saturday @ the Pass
Launched @ 6;15, water temp @ 86F and clear.
Out the beach to throw topwaters. Magnum Pop-R yielded many jacks, hand sized to 5 pounds. One ladyfish for chunking. Threw the Pop-R and a jack hits it. Line screams and this is no jack crevalle! Finally turn him/her...no jump but a monster swirl. Fish goes the other way and the line goes limp......Really? Start to reel in the lure and feel "weight" but no fight. Fish comes over the rail and the 16" jack was actually 8" after being bit in half! Naughty words as I thought I might have had the "hog in the trough". Unhooked my 1/2 jack and continued. From the trolling motor in the water and 2-1/2 hours later, time to move.
Went to the Morgan River and ZERO. No trout/reds/Snook. To the outside and tossed the chunked ladyfish out. While soaking the bait, threw my tackle bag at the fish. Nothing. And nothing on the ladyfish. Wow.
On to a decent trout hole (mangrove island bordered on a 9-foot deep channel)....3 ding mangos.
Off to a cut south of Dickmans Point. Threw everything. Still nada.
OK, the day was Dyson, Hoover, Electrolux if you get my drift.
One point of excitement and then nothing for 3 hours. Oh well, it was nice being out in the 10K.
Next weekend St Pete for Mom chores, following weekend Vegas! And if nothing else, Sept 1st for maybe a couple of snook fillets. Don't hate me for keeping snook. I get enough "keepers" during closed season and always release. I get maybe 1 keeper during open season every 2-3 years so I do feel "entitled" for one.
Lastly, did talk to a guy at the ramp while loading. He mentioned he and his people managed many redfish 10-14". It's good to know next year might be good for the spot-tails.
Until next time....Be safe and hope to see you Buoys and Gulls on the water!