Spring Break compilation with many pictures

Did a lot of fresh and inshore fishing over the past week. I really cannot remember what day was which, so it is all jumbled together.
First was out of the river in the yak. Got live shrimp and slayed the sheepshead. Out of the ~2 dozen I caught, only one was worth keeping by my standards. Most are running 11-13", but there is no meat on 12 and 13" sheeps to be worth it. I just stick anchored my kayak on the edge of the channel and had constant action. Got my first sea bream, another type of porgy. Had about a 5' blacktip swirl behind a jack I was reeling in. Caught a 14" flounder, and when I went to put it in the cooler, I dropped it. It landed upside down and started swimming in circles. After it righted itself and settled on bottom, I was luckily able to pin it down and get a grip on it.




Last Sunday morning on the way to volunteering at the Oceangraphic Center, my father and I fished our salt pond. Together, we ended up catching 6 nice mayan cichlids, all running between 1-2 lbs. This was my first time eating them, and they are quite good.



We also hit a few dock lights around Palm City Bridge yesterday morning. Saw a bunch of snook on one light, but they were too content with hitting the 2" greenies swimming past to hit lures. Did catch 3 small jacks and had a breakoff on a relatively large snook.

Another day, I launched the kayak and paddled north from the Jensen Causeway. Since it was windy, I stuck to the residential areas. First long canal I hit had absolutely nothing apart from annoying snowbirds, a dead pigeon, and pollution. Doubled back and fished another, where I was able to pick up a small cuda and snook. Had a couple of larger hits that didn't stick though.



I have been hitting up a pond close to my house one evening during the midweek and this morning. Due to lack of rainfall, the water it crystal clear, making it fun to watch the life swimming around. Nothing too special. A lot of 1 lbders as well as 2 3lbs and one 4. Got to touch a gar as it floated next to me. Most interestingly, I had a giant bowfin come out to check me out. I thought I was looking at an alligator or something as it was at least 30-40" and had to have weighed 15-20 lbs. It was more interested in my yak than the fluke I put in front of it though. Today I could have sworn I saw a trahira, which although are listed on the FWC's site as invasive, the report come from the other side of the state and says that they are extirpated. It was only around 8" long, and it bolted into the brush before I could take a picture of it. It basically looked like a bowfin except did not have the long dorsal fin of one.








Only have tomorrow left before I have to return to school. We are planning on fishing lights again in the morning. Have a good Easter everybody.


  • fishknutfishknut Posts: 3,928 Captain
    Great report, nice variety.
    Fail to plan, plan to fail.......
  • e-moneye-money Posts: 4,258 Captain
    Nice work!
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  • Fi$h2nguyenFi$h2nguyen Posts: 7,782 Moderator
    Great week for ya!! Thanks for the report.

    Keeping busy while away from Florida

  • fishingbuddiesfishingbuddies Posts: 636 Officer
    Very nice photos and great report. Thanks for sharing.
    “When you have to choose between two evils you still choose evil” Jerry Garcia
  • mandaferretmandaferret Posts: 932 Officer
    Thanks all.
  • onICEonICE Posts: 988 Officer
    cool pics and nice job on a ton of different fish!
  • mandaferretmandaferret Posts: 932 Officer
    Thanks, I love variety just as much as size.
  • flatsfisherflatsfisher Posts: 1,381 Officer
    seems like a great spring break nice job!
  • SkoolzOutSkoolzOut Posts: 80 Greenhorn
    Great report. Love that watermellon fluke on black bass. I recently moved from Stuart to Clewiston and have been learning the freshwater game. It's actually made me a much better flats fisherman as well. I like the zoom brand - only because that what I randomly picked one day and had a great day and now the confidence makes all the difference.
  • mandaferretmandaferret Posts: 932 Officer
    Thanks all.
    That one in particular is baby bass color.
  • AviatorAviator Posts: 2 Greenhorn
    Thanks for a very interesting read and great photos. Keep it up! :)
  • mandaferretmandaferret Posts: 932 Officer
    Fished the same pond this morning with about a dozen bass up to #3.5. The fish I thought was a trahira is actually some sort of carp. Saw it better today, but I don't really think it was a grass carp/
  • latitudeajustmentlatitudeajustment Posts: 2,027 Captain
    I really enjoyed those pics, thanks for sharing!
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