Spent Thursday, Friday and a half day Saturday fishing with some clients from the day job. Launched each day from Outdoor Resorts. We fished outside points, shoals, creeks and river mouths from Rabbit Key Pass down to Turkey Key. Fishing consisted of freelined pilchards and little bit of feather slinging. Spent about an hour day one locating bait. Had blacked out wells in one toss once located. Tons of bait on the outside right now.
Generally fished rivers and creeks on the last half of outgoing to first half of incoming switching to shoals, points and bars for the end of incoming and first half of the outgoing tide. We moved in and out with the water level.
Over 2.5 days fishing we were able to land 75-100 snook, most in the 22-25" range with a few larger slot to overslot fish unfortunately lost to the bushes. Came away with a half dozen redfish all in the slot, 25-30 trout from 14.5-19", 3 flounder from 14-20", 6-8 juvenille goliaths to about 12lbs and a handful of mangrove snapper. A few spanish mackerel here and there and more ladyfish than I care to count. Saw a decent number of tripletail while traveling but did not attempt to target. Had about 6 snook eaten by sharks, don't fall in! We were able to find fishable numbers of tarpon in the 30-80lb range, jumping 2 but with none brought boatside. Always exciting to have them launching on mullet all around the boat while bailing snook. At times the fishing felt like we were in a trout pond. A very good bite and encouraging to see the shear number of sub-slot snook in the area. Fingers crossed on another mild winter! A few photos below.
Formerly lostmen dan. Not able to get back in the account but what else is new around here.
3rd gen Floridian fishing Flamingo, Chokoloskee, the Keys and Tri-County area since 1988.
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