Chokoloskee December 6-8
We decided to make day two a long one with a run down on the inside to the Hutson River. The inside run through Rabbit Key pass and then south to the Lopez River was a new one for us, but we navigated it at low tide with no issues. We ran the Hutson to Storter Bay and fished the outside with artificial, hard/soft plastic. Again, first shoreline produced 1 decent trout, and a missed opportunity at a small snook. We then started working our way back up the Hutson with a couple small snook and several jacks/ladyfish mixed in. We staked out and worked several spots on the inside with cut ladyfish and mullet with only interest from sharks. After deciding that this wasn't the spot to be in, we ran back up, and then out of Rabbit Key Pass, and found one shoreline that produced more trout on jigs, same as the day before, windward side of the outside islands, outgoing tide. That was about all of the action that we had for day two, and we came back to camp.
Day three would be a half day, as we would be packing up to head home in the afternoon. The plan was to fish close to Chokoloskee, mainly outside of the pass at the fishy-est looking spot we could find. We found a small set of islands with oyster bottom, and water moving through, with a ton of mullet. This time we shelved the artificial and went with simple, cut mullet. We managed one upper/overslot redfish from this spot before we decided to call it a trip and head in. We talked to other anglers throughout the trip and everyone had the same reports as us, minus one guy who did really well on redfish with shrimp on the outside.
Going down to Chokoloskee is always a pleasure to me, and I will continue to keep this tradition up for as long as I can. This trip was one that tested our skill, and wasn't the best fishing we've seen, but it was still a blast. The 10,000 Islands is a very diverse and different place that can challenge any angler of any experience level, and that's what will keep us coming back for more.
This is a short video recap of the trip ----> https://vimeo.com/149485794
Until next time, tight lines.......