Everglades City 3/15
Right away I caught a nice 21" redfish that went in the box. A few minutes later caught another about the same size which was released. I had scouted a route on Google Earth to some ponds I thought might hold trout, and since I had my redfish I figured I'd take the trip. The first pond was dirty and had a soft bottom, so I didn't waste much time there. There was a narrow opening to the 2nd pond with good current so I threw a Gulp shrimp under a popping cork into it to see if anything was home. It was getting hits, and felt like good size, but no hookup. I eas hoping for a snappier but when I finally did hook it it was a baby goliath about 20" long. It was of course released.
Moved on to the next pond, dirty and muddy as the first. One more to go and I wasn't hopeful because it looked like the worst one on Google Earth. But it was clean with a hard bottom and patches of grass. Started drifting across throwing the same 3" paddletail I caught the redfish on and after about 5 casts caught a 16" trout. Switched to the popping cork and Gulp shrimp and it took about 10 minutes to find the school again. They were in there thick and ravenous, every cast was producing and after throwing back some shorties I had 2 more keepers. If the limit was 20 I think I could have reached it, they were packed in there.
From that point I planned to fish for snook on the way to Sandfly Pass. Caught another goliath a bit smaller than the first but then the tide was starting to come in earlier than I expected. I didn't want to get caught in that narrow creek battling a ripping current so I just headed to the pass and rode the current back into the bay and back to the launch.
All in all it was a great day! It wouldn't have been possible for me to have such success in unfamiliar territory without all the great tips I learned from you guys on this forum, so thanks to all of you!