Short Slam @ the Pass 6-8

Launched @ 6:15am, water temp 87.8 and pretty clear.
Started w/ a Magnum Pop-R and got 2 blow ups, one big enough it startled me. Both "swing and a miss". Did manage a 15-1/4" trout on the topwater. And a mackerel and a few jacks. Off to Cape Romano and still with the topwater, jacks and more jacks. Using a white Spro jig, got another barely keeper trout. Into the Morgan River......jacks and 3 catfish on the jig. Caught a short redfish @ 17" and a 20" snook. Throwing the jig next to the mangrove, got nice hit, set the hook and the fight was on......Thought it might have been a keeper redfish but it ended up being a 10-12 pound Goliath grouper! Oh well. In this particular area, these juvy grouper used to be quite abundant. Had not caught one there in years. Storms are now forming offshore and I run back towards the ramp to a little island. Caught a short red and one going 18-1/4 along with an 11" mango. Had a nice tarpon come up next to the boat (6-feet away) for some air and then back down.
Storms died off and a quick run back to the Morgan. Got another rat red @ 16". Pretty cloudy so tossed the topwater agian and got a 22" mackerel. Boat was on the trailer @ 11am.
It was an enjoyable day and second trip in a row with an inshore slam, albeit a shorty one. I did notice this: 2 trips in a row and no ladyfish! And the stuff I throw are usually ladyfish magnets. Was hoping to get 1 or 2 for chunking. 
2 weeks hence I hope to be back out. Until then, take care, be safe and be thankful we get to fish where others vacation!
Polar 1900 Yamaha 115

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  • Golfn1Golfn1 Posts: 41 Greenhorn
    Great report as usual !
  • hellsgatehellsgate NaplesPosts: 28 Greenhorn
    Kid:  how rippin is the current near Kice island?  Plan to kayak to Blind pass but I don’t want to mess with a freight train. Figuring on leaving Caxambas ramp 2 hours before high tide
  • 1outlaw1outlaw Naples FLPosts: 1,045 Officer
    Thanks for the report!!
    Jason :USA
  • Caxambas KidCaxambas Kid Posts: 175 Deckhand
    Hellsgate: I launched at peak high tide. Just past the "new cut" east of Dickmans Point current was swift going out. I did go through Blind Pass an hour later and the current was smokin' out. Not sure of your route to Blind Pass but hope this helps.
    Polar 1900 Yamaha 115
  • snookaffinitysnookaffinity Naples, FLPosts: 1,096 Officer
    Another good report. Thanks for posting.
    "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." - Mark Twain
  • hellsgatehellsgate NaplesPosts: 28 Greenhorn
    Kid I’m going to launch from the boat ramps at Caxambas park.  I’m assuming as we get closer to high tide the current will take me towards blind pass. Funky looking place
  • 1outlaw1outlaw Naples FLPosts: 1,045 Officer
    hellsgate said:
    Kid I’m going to launch from the boat ramps at Caxambas park.  I’m assuming as we get closer to high tide the current will take me towards blind pass. Funky looking place
    The current will be ripping at dickmans and blind. If your out sunday i will likely be at the beach at either of these 2 spots.
    Jason :USA
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