Finally took the time to write a blog. I've been crazy busy with travel and work but I went fishing today
with a buddy visiting from SoCal. Launched at 6AM from Charlotte Beach Complex. Returned at 4PM. Tides were high at 730am and low at 115pm.
Weather was beautiful all day until that 4pm squall across the north end of the harbo, near the beach cx ramp. We got the boat landed though, in what had to be gale force winds. Now the report:
Hobbs Point, outside the bar - snook on top water lure at first light
Pirate Harbor, east side keys - small mangrove snappers on live shrimp, with a split shot
Pirate Harbor canals - snook trolling rapala XR8, sliver belly, black/green body
Myakka cutoff Hog Island side - 2 keeper red fish on cut frozen lady fish during rising tide in 1' of water.
We tried live shrimp, dead shrimp, cut frozen pinfish and got zero interest from the Reds.
Cutoff was really mucky at low water.. My outboard intake was clogged with seaweed algae and overheated a few times until I cleared it. No harm done but I will choose to do my lower unit service now instead of the schedule in December. I have to ready for snook season on Sept 1. We will finally get to keep and eat snook.