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Yankeetown 2-23-13

I finally got the opportunity to cash in on my Christmas present from my 5 year old which was “him taking me fishing for one day in Yankeetown” . I love this area and reading all the Big Bend reports, but I don’t get to fish over on this side enough to contribute much. I work out of Ocala and keep my boat there but I live in Volusia County and typically fish the Lagoon, Tomoka, or the North IR out of a kayak on most weekends.

Anyway, we left YT Marina to cloudy skies and windy conditions and it definitely did not look like a good day to be out. We started out fishing for trout and caught a few small ones including one keeper. About an hour before high tide we made our way in to fish some shorelines and fortunately the bite turned on immediately. Jay caught his biggest red yet all by himself (22”-5 lbs) and did pretty well not to get pulled in as it made a few runs on him. Jessica (my wife) caught a couple in the slot as well and we ended up keeping two for dinner. All fish were caught with live shrimp under Cajun thunders.

The ride back in was also an adventure as the fog set in. I think we had about 40 yards of visibility all the way back to the river, but it was all worth to see my five year old fight fish until he got tired.


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