9/8 Pine Island sound, a.m. bite on fire!
Headed out with my cousin this morning around 5:30 am right at the tail end of a falling tide. We started out getting some baitfish on some grass flats near Gault Island mainly pins but also got some decent whitebait. Once we got north of Chino Island the water really cleared up and I began exploring some of my favorite grass flats and oyster beds. Right away I spotted a huge school of reds working the backside of a exposed oyster bed, I worked our way around the bar very stealthy as not to spook the school and we were able to set up and cast perfectly in front of them. First bait in the water gets hammered and Shayne battles a nice upper slot red to the boat for a release, second bait I hook up with about a 28"-30" snook who took a little white bait instantly, very strong and healthy fish heck of a fighter for it's size. As I was releasing the snook I saw our only tarpon of the day, a mature free jumper about 75 yds or so, I was torn between going after him and staying but the action was just too good to leave. We pulled at least another 8-10 slot and upper slot reds off that bar along with 3 or 4 more snook all around 25" or so. Funny I usually do better on cutbait and shrimp on the reds but today they wanted live bait fish and feeding very aggressively. I had 2 dozen hand picked shrimp along with fresh cut mullet and they would not touch either, a first for me. We hit a few other of my "old faithful" red spots, one I haven't hit in a few years and hooked up with quality fish at each spot along with more snook and a nice Spanish Mackerel that must have been lost ....lol as I caught him up under a mangrove targeting reds? We also saw some pretty impressive "wakes" while pushing over some flats, very wide shoulders on something I though it was 2 Cobia but couldn't tell for sure. I have only caught cobia fishing in open water will they travel in pairs or small groups inshore? Sorry pics not loading again.