June 16 fishing (not much catching) report
Last week I saw what I thought was a Cobia. Today I saw what appeared to be the exact same fish, it even behaved the same when I tossed a lure near it. I got closer this time and it turned out to be a black tip shark patrolling the beaches. I’m pretty sure that was what I saw last week. I didn’t catch it this week either...
Last week I also had a dolphin shadowing me and it even ate a bluefish that I released. This time there were three dolphin and it was obvious that they were waiting for me to catch and release a fish. They shadowed me for quite some time until I hooked a medium sized jack. As I was fighting the fish the dolphins became very excited and they were within 5 feet of the boat as I lifted the jack from the water. I tossed the jack in the water and the dolphins went berserk. These huge and powerful animals were going crazy trying to catch that jack in 3 feet of water. It was madness for about a minute with one of the dolphins coming half way out of the water to grab the jack. They shadowed me for another 20 minutes or so but then tired of my inability to feed them more fish and they wandered off.
So I ran across the bay and headed into the back country. This time I went into some remote areas around dismal key. I spent the next hour or so skipping jigs under the mangroves with little success. I ended up with a nice trout and a small snook.
Fishing has been slow for me the last 2 weeks. It’s my first spring/summer down here. I don’t think that I have this time of year figured out very well yet.