Quick Alafia Report
Hit the river yesterday around 9:30am. Water was going out. Temp was 69, but hit 72 later in the day. Ended up catching 12 snook and 1 decent trout. Most snook were in the 20-22" range with 2 going 25". One of the two I was able to catch after she wrapped me around a piling. However, it isn't about what I caught, but what I lost. Lost one between 28 and 30" that came up just after I set the hook and spit my lure. Skipped under one dock and the fish, big snook I believe, took off the other way under the walkway. I was screwed. Held on and fought the fish for 5 minutes, but she finally sliced my leader. This is the 2nd big fish I have lost on the same dock in consecutive trips. Another big fish wrapped me around a post. Flipped the bail and I headed for the dock, but stupidly re-engaged to reel in line. She popped my line. Found some deep water docks during low tide. Skipped into the boat slip on one dock. Reeling in and an extremely large fish, which must have come from under the dock, hit the lure from the side. She immediately went shallow between 2 posts with such speed and power that she almost took the rod out of my hand. My drag was almost locked down and was screaming, but there was nothing I could do. A few more seconds and she broke me off. That fish had to be at least in the upper 30s or better based on the power I felt. The Alafia seems to have my #. I can hook them, but catching them is a different story. Realize now that I have been taking a knife to a gun fight when fishing docks. Need to beef up my gear or I will experience more of the same. All in all, a pretty good day on the river, but it could have been tremendous.
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