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Great day....although I was almost sure my slam streak would end.  Started like always throwing a CAL and put two snook on deck early. Made several stops before finally getting a very nice top slot trout. Trout have been a little scarce for me but I caught two more and another snook before switching up to sight fish for Reds. The conditions were bad and getting worse as the wind speed increased and water clarity decreased and cloud cover was that high hazy kind and with the tide rising it was brutal.  I did find a few fish and after several good presentations that were flatly refused...some even had Reds fleeing from a finger mullet I was feeling like it was not going to happen. I also was concerned the weather would end the game with afternoon storms. I kept at it and added a couple more snook but also had another Redfish refusal. It was getting late and almost as an afterthought I saw a pair of big girl snook and pitched a bait out there expecting a refusal but was very wrong. She picked it up instantly and it was game on



Pictures are not great...was rushing to get her right back in...37.5 inches

So, This was a day maker fish and if my streak had to end...that's the kind of fish that eases the pain....but I was sure I could do it...if only for a little more luck.  Well, I got it...but it was the bad kind...Ran to a solid spot and now that the tide was half way out the fish seemed ready to eat...Get a nice take and get it right to the boat and as I turn to look at the net...OFF!  Oh man!
Run to another spot and see a fish...but somehow the line got under the spool....by the time I unbuggered it...the fish was gone.
I start telling myself I need to just head in...it's after 1 PM and conditions are horrible. I have two baits left so I decide to try one or two spots on the way to the ramp.
Luckily ( luck is always important) I stop at a little wind shadow and catch a quick view of a fish moving off out from a blowdown.... It's out over sand now and I get a good presentation.....


I should have a bigger smile...because I was pretty happy....
That's 15 in a row...and #20 this season.... and a fat cow snook to top it off! 

With 1 bait left I head to the ramp...but I can't resist...


Yeah... another pretty great day. 
There are many roads to travel
Many things to do.
Knots to be unraveled
'fore the darkness falls on you


  • Net 30Net 30 Posts: 1,050 Officer
    Wow Joe!

    Great work in tough conditions.  Makes me wonder if I made a mistake??? :#
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,253 AG
    No George...You didn't.  

    You get that new home area dialed in and I'm coming up! 
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • ShoNuffNoahShoNuffNoah Edgewater, FLPosts: 195 Deckhand
    Way to go on # 20!  You are a Rockstar!
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,253 AG
    So...Today was another pretty good day....but the weather stunk! I was in and out of rain gear a couple times.
    Started throwing the white CAL and was at 4 nice snook and a lane snapper plus a jack before I connected with a trout. I had to keep running from rain showers and picked up 2 more snook but the wind and dirty water plus heavy cloud cover were killing the sight fishing. I decided to try something I never do...post up and toss a bait to a known "Redfish bush" .....

    Not a a Redfish but nice... 


    So, I'm sitting there and I see a big Red just cruising up one way...then back the other along the mangroves.
    I made a couple shots but no good...but finally...I get it in front of the way it was going and when I thought he was near the mullet...gave it a short pull...He raced over and inhaled it....


    A 31.5 inch 4 spotter.

    So, that's 16 in a row...and 21 this season... 
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • Flounderman3Flounderman3 Posts: 174 Deckhand
    When I think of streaks.... Dimagio’s immortal 56 come to mind. But man, this streak has me missing my soap operas to make sure I don’t miss a post! 
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,253 AG
    Ha ! ....   I have nothing for that guy. In Hemingway's " Old man and the Sea "  Santiago was always referencing him... with due reverence. 

    Anyway, I almost forgot one of the good / cool  things that happened yesterday.  
    I was lucky enough to retire young ( 52 ) and the past 11 years of fishing over 250 days a year I have come to know a lot of old fellas ...who fish. Some are VERY serious and talented. We always exchange greetings when we meet and since I have been using the Wabasso ramp the past three weeks I had noticed that " Barnacle Bill " as he is known has not been out...Not even just at the boat ramp as he did many mornings having his coffee and a smoke. 
    Well, as we all get in that + 60 range...Sometimes you fear the worst. But yesterday as I came in...here is Bill in the passenger side of a vehicle and he hollers at me.  It seems as though while working moving some drywall...He stepped wrong off an edge and broke both his ankle and his Tib / Fib back in March. And while this is hardly winning Publishers clearinghouse good news...I was happy he was still with us.  A cool guy...He said he will be in a walking boot mid June and will be back at it. 
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
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