Thursday, April 4, 2013

Fillet of Pompano

Small craft advisory? What small craft advisory?

After a 19 hour day of work and travel that had me wake up at 3:50AM in Chicago, fly to work in Detroit, connect through and lay over in Baltimore and get home at 11PM...I was thrilled when my work schedule was cancelled today due to rain. The rain wasn't bad but there was a small craft advisory out.

We launched at 840 AM and worked the Myakka River. There was a strong incoming tide and very light winds ahead of the approaching front. Typically, right before a weather disturbance arrives, the bite gets hot.

At 1010 AM the river started boiling with white bait being chased by Pompano, big Ladyfish and Spanish Macs. What fun we had for the next 2 hours! We limited out on Pompano and filled the well with ladys to use as cut bait this Saturday when we head off shore for the first weekend of the new Red Grouper season.

Those Ladyfish were flying out of the river like crazy. They got into such a frenzy they started hitting our bare hooks. One flew out of the water and landed right into our open live well. We laughed so hard...

By the time the frenzy finished we had bloody decks, shirts and legs.

We finished the day with a 22" speckled trout and a 33" snook....released, of course. By 1 PM the squall arrived and we beat feet for the boat ramp. I had fresh Pomano for dinner tonight. What great meat that is! Here's a shot of the spec and the approaching storm. Saturday is Grouper Day.

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