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A little snookin' on the Myakka - Sunday Morning

Spent a couple hours this morning on the bank throwing jigs and topwater... nothing doing on the top water, but picked up one snook about 24" on a smoke shad 4".  Given how far up river I was, this snook coloration was surprising - it was pretty silvery, as if it were in the passes and not 15 miles up the Myakka. Anyhow,  no more luck with that bait color, so switched up to an electric chicken... nothing doing, so went to a pearl color.  Also, was using a slow jigging motion, and switched to a steady retrieve... immediately had one decent hit, and a short time later lost one about 8-10 lbs that broke off.  Oh well... a nice relaxing morning. Might get a chance to get back again this week... in the mean time - catch em up!


Gypsies Call
SWO LCDR, USN-Retired
Sea Chaser 200 Flats Series
Old Town Predator Kayak

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  • kmagnusskmagnuss Posts: 3,237 Captain
    Good job man.  I went up river to try to stay out of the wind this AM but didn't see hardly any tarpon.  Couple babies...  went home after an hour.  All I got to show for it was a nice sunrise pic.  :)

    Were you not in the kayak today?
    Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
    Captain Keith - Crooked Rod Charters
  • joekat46joekat46 North PortPosts: 2,847 Captain
    Nice report. Thanks.
  • Gypsies CallGypsies Call Posts: 265 Deckhand
    No - I left the kayak at home. With the wind, I would have spent more time paddling and positioning myself for a cast or two and then reset.... not much fun when its blowing 15-20mph.  

    Sometimes in the distance I see a big splash - way bigger than the usual mullet jumping. Is that tarpon doing that?  Its either them or gar.  These are in places like Salt Creek - which is behind my house.  I hope they are tarpon, because when I get down here permanently later this year, I do want to target the little ones... thoughts?
    Gypsies Call
    SWO LCDR, USN-Retired
    Sea Chaser 200 Flats Series
    Old Town Predator Kayak
  • kmagnusskmagnuss Posts: 3,237 Captain
    In my time fishing in the rivers, I've never once seen a tarpon free jump in one.
    They will 'tail smack' sometimes, which could be what you are seeing, but gar do that too so who knows.
    Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
    Captain Keith - Crooked Rod Charters
  • Gypsies CallGypsies Call Posts: 265 Deckhand
    I'll have to get closer, but as you describe... its most likely a tail slap. House is being finished and I will be moving down permanently. Retirement is T-75 days... :smiley:  I can't wait...
    Gypsies Call
    SWO LCDR, USN-Retired
    Sea Chaser 200 Flats Series
    Old Town Predator Kayak
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