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Sebastian Backcountry Snook

My plan was to go tripletail fishing out of the Port on Sunday. Unfortunately none of my fishing buddies could make it. Not knowing the new PC ramp parking situation, I did not want to launch solo and block up a ramp while I parked the truck and trailer. So I headed down south on a solo mission with big linesiders as my new target. The water was only 59 degrees at sunrise. Not exactly ideal temps for snook to say the least. I was only a few casts in when a behemoth snook rolled on my surface bait like a tarpon with her entire back coming out of the water. I managed to turn her away from the dock as she angrily exploded out of the water. With the trolling motor maxed out, I attempt to pull her from the structure with my Stradic 5000(30lb braid) and Star Plasma (10-17lb) combo. Unfortunately 12lbs of drag was not enough to stop her from running to an oyster bar forty feet away. I gambled and clamped my hand on the spool. It was the wrong decision, the hook pulled. I eased the boat back into position and calmed myself as I cast back to the dock. Twitch, twitch, phooomp! A solid but much smaller snook inhaled the bait. I powered her away from the dock and then backed off the drag as I used the trolling motor to fight her in open water. The hook fell out of the snook's mouth as I pulled her into the boat. She taped out at 31 3/4" and just shy of 12lbs on the boga. The next few casts resulted in a 10 lb jack and some multilple impressive blow up/short hits by some large snook tight to structure... and I wasn't even to "the dock" yet. Just as I get to "the dock", the homeowner comes strolling out with rod in hand and casts out to open water, happily catching little jacks and ladyfish (having no idea he spooked a bunch of large snook away from his dock). I released one more snook before the boats of weekend warriors started moving in. I should have stuck with the plan as it wasn't even 9:00am and the water was warming with the sun, but I got greedy. I ran to Sebastian inlet and out in hopes of adding tripletail and cobia to the box. The ocean temp was only 65 degrees and a little too sloppy for me at two miles out, so I headed for the house.

Sorry for the crappy pic, it's tough to get a nice "on the water" shot when you're fishing solo.


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