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15 Feb 2021...Wabasso/Johns Island...Started the day at Hobart Landing, first fish to the boat, a U - 2.  Resident fishing off of the North point.  Long casting with fish chasing bait right at his feet.  Got to a position where I would not interfere with him.  Good cast with a hookup, rolled up to the surface.  He yelled that it was a Jack.  Wrong, a 17 inch Trout.  Worked a section of the channel edge, few bumps and nothing.  Moved to work another edge with the wind and tide in my favor, a few short Ladies.  Took a shot at North Sister, nothing.  Long run to Grand Harbor, big Pathie in the channel, eased by.   Back past the Golf Cart Bridge, short Snapper and a 3 pound Jack.  Starting to look good, I saw 3 big Snook cruising, none in the mood. Barely made it back out.  Worked the channel.  A barely legal Trout, short Snook and several short Snapper.  Next stop, the Estuary.  Another 3 pound Jack.  Took a shot at the cuts.  Spotted 3 Tarpon in one of the cuts.  One bump and no hookups. Johns Island/Vero, favorite Sheepshead hole.  First cast, bump and run, missed it.  Back in position, solid hit, another 3 pound Jack.  A few minutes later, get set again, this time a Trout just under 4 pounds.  Working the Mangrove edges and sand, hooked into a big Snook, one jump and gone.  Tried one of the islands.  Skip cast to the Mangrove pockets.  Several bumps.  Finally pulled a 20 inch Red out of a pocket.  Wind starting to get a little too strong.  Head for home, with a stop at Hobart.  Rolling water, wind and tide together.  Broke out the bait caster with a big Chug Bug.  First cast, a 2 pound Lady, loads of fun with the wind.  Made a total of 3 drifts, Cats up to 4 pounds and more big Ladies.  Got a little shook.  On one of the drifts, a Ray got some serious hang time.  Have seen it in videos, never live.. Looked like an alien craft taking off.  All players released for future encounters.


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