9/9 P.I.S. - Crazy chain of events, should've stayed home.
I have been seeing some impressive sized schools of reds in last week or so that have been feeding very aggressively and made up of quality sized healthy fish, snook have been very abundant, been seeing mature tarpon and finding bait. The water had been really clearing up in north p.island sound and I though things were looking better. Sunday morning was a whole different story as soon as we got into the boat I could smell the red-tide a bit and as we headed out towards the mouth of the river started seeing the dead bait fish lines. I was very disappointed as my wife and daughter were really looking forward to getting on some big reds, and it has been a while since my 7 year old daughter (who loves to fish) has been fishing in our area due to the water issues and all her activities. We ran all the way to North Captiva before finding some decent, clean, moving water and I then struggled to find any bait what so ever and after chumming for a good while managed about 10 pin fish that were not very lively. By this time it was around 7:15 and I could not find any sign of redfish after checking a few different spots that have been holding them recently and we decided to work some structure along the mangroves and my wife and daughter each managed to land two smaller snook maybe 20-22" while tossing the pinfish. Our 8 or so live pins were gone in no time and we decided to go look for some tarpon near a few deeper holes that always hold a few,this is where the day goes haywire. We saw a few free jumpers and my wife had been throwing a baitbuster for a good while without so much as a bump, I had also put a chunck of mullet out on my daughters rig since she doesn't yet have the patience to fish artificial. My wife is still throwing the DOA on the rear deck and I'm at the bow on the trolling motor and all the sudden my daughter gets slammed and drag is going off like crazy. My daughter is using her custom made 6'8" rod and stradic 3000 and can't come close to stopping this fish so my wife who is about mid retrieve without a bump all day sets her rod (really mine) down between her legs for a brief second to help Madison and sure as **** as soon as she stops the retrieve the bait buster gets hammered by a mature tarpon. Everything happened so fast it was like a blur, I see a huge silver splash break the water behind the boat then my maybe 2 month old Sustain 5000GFI/ Crowder combo slam into the cowl of the outboard. I literally dived toward the back trying to safe it but had no chance as I watched my $500+ combo waking for a few seconds then gone toward deep water. On top of that my daughters fish ended up being a black drum and I smashed my new Samsung Galaxy S9, so in about 20 seconds top we lost a nice tarpon, lost a $500 plus combo, broke my $1000 phone and caught a frickin' black drum. It was not a good day