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Last light topwater fun back in the creeks

Wind was howling out of the South, made it hard to target any tarpon as the chop kept them from rolling.  I did see one that probably went between 20-30lbs but no others.  I started out throwing a DOA Terroreyz for tarpon but a freaky break of the line made me retie... with some decent chop, cloud cover, losing daylight and lots of mullet swimming on top it screamed "topwater". So I tried on a red/white Spook Jr and went to work...within a few minutes I had a torpedo wake up behind my plug, KABOOM!  I knew right away by the take it was a redfish but the size surprised me.  Most of the reds in this creek are between 16"-23" and stained up.  This fish was 32" and they are when you catch them off the beach or inlet.  Weird.  I was lucky to land the fish because she completely bent out the front hook on the plug.

A few casts later, I catch a small snook that ate mere inches from the kayak.  The next few casts resulted in some exciting follows by either big snook or redfish.  The fish were on the feed for the last hour of daylight.  Finally, I had a take and this decent little creek snook blew up on the spook.  

Not bad for two hours of fishing!


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