Sunday, December 28, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Spent the afternoon in Placida Harbor and it paid it off with a couple of really nice Pompanooooooo.
Caught excessive numbers of Jacks and Blues as well, but at least we were catching fish.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
High of 91, morning low 78
Can't believe it's October. Our pool has been done for a couple of months now and we enjoy it more everyday. We are still swimming in 84 degree water. There's a first of the season call front blowing into Sotheest Florida tonight and our morning low is forecast for 61. Don't think I will swim tomorrow but we will be opening up the new sliding glass doors to the pool cage and let fall inside! Things will warm back up again into the 80s and even 90 next weekend. I've almost finished re-installing the landscaping that was destroyed in the house remodel and pool construction. One more shrub island to fix up and all I have left to do is grow grass back in.
I fished the canals a few times in September and landed several small snook but no keepers. My daughter gave me a beautiful new fillet knife set for my birthday but I've yet to try it out. A buddy came to visit and fish the harbor but we struck out. On the way home we got caught in a violent summer squall that tested the limits of the Classic Mako Flats boat. The waves were solid 3'ers with the occasional rogue 4 thrown into to renew our faith in the Lord. Thankfully we made it home. We ran only 45 miles on 35 gallons of fuel but we still ran out of gas 2 miles from home. In normally light chop seas my range is about 100 miles.
Things with my job are still highly unsettled. Someone new was hired for the job I hold but I'm still there. What they have planned for me, time will tell. For now, I'm very busy traveling and doing what I do. It's a very anxious situation but that's all I can share about it for now.
Today is my bride's birthday and she wants to go see a movie. Tomorrow I will do yard work in the nice weather in the morning and then we will go to a local pub to watch our Arizona Cardinals take on the Denver Broncos in the afternoon/evening. If the Red Birds can prevail, they will be 4-0 on the season and I will celebrate with a victory splash in the new pool; something I previously could only do at my buddy Chuck's house, 3 streets away. Even in January, we will celebrate wins with a Florida Polar Bear plunge. I should mention, we didn't opt for the heater with this pool.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
High of 77*
I took the Mako 161 out fishing the canals around my home for a few hours this past weekend. Things were fairly uneventful, catching some small snook and redfish that were released. I did land my first redfish with multiple spots, or false eyes as they are known. Most redfish have one black spot on each side of their tail. Researchers believe this is used to fool predators and give the redfish an advantage to escape. Occasionally anglers will land redfish with multiple spots and this is considered a treat. I don't know what causes the phenomenon, I just think it's a rare catch.
As sunset drew near and I was on approach to my home port, I decided to continue 3/10 of a mile to the end of my canal channel in order to give my line one last chance to produce. There were no strikes to the end so I turned around and headed for home. I called my wife to tell her I was coming in for a landing. With just a few hundred feet left I shift the boat to neutral and picked my road up from the rocket launcher in order to reel in and put it away...or so I thought.
The hit came on the first turn of the reel and I knew it was big. I was armed with a one week old Wright & McGill Sabalos 3500 reel spooled with 20 pound test Power Pro braided line, with a 2' fluorocarbon shock leader on a one week old W&M Captain Blair Wiggins Inshore Slam rod. My lure was the Storm Twitch 3/8 oz in Pearl Shad.
The fish went on several long runs, testing that drag. Since I was alone on board, I had to work the rod, reel and pilot the boat to chase the fish and get some line back. I've lost my share of big fish and have learned what not to do. My focus was on keeping the line tight while trying to not lose control of the boat in in the narrow canal. I could have dropped the Powerpole anchor but given the long runs the fish kept doing I thought best to leave the boat mobile. Besides, the Powerpole would give this fish one more thing to wrap itself around and prevent me from landing it.
My next door neighbors had just docked their boat and they could see I was hooked up. I thought briefly, at least I will have a witness who will know I had something big on, should the behemoth escape me. But this was to be my fish. When it flashed it's enormous head past me it confirm my hope. Snook, there it is!
The fight would go on for some fifteen minutes. My neighbor would later tell me she wondered why I was taking so long to bring it in. Really? My arms are killing me and I need two more. My net is a collapsible type, to save space on board. When you need to deploy it, it takes two hands to slide a shaft forward and lock it into position. Somehow, between shift the throttle, steering the boat, handling the rod, reeling the reel and running around my deck to keep the fish from crossing under the boat and snapping my rod in two (which a snook has done to me), somehow I managed to open and lock the net.
The big snook took one more run, toward my neighbors dock piling. If he wraps himself around that, this story end badly. But it didn't. Even though he was too big for the net, I managed to land this linesider.
Florida size limits on snook are slot limits. You can't keep snook smaller than 28" because they are still growing. You can't keep snook bigger than 33", as they are the spawners. This is the first time I can remember hoping a fish wasn't too big. My boat has a Florida law stick sticker with a ruler for quick measuring. My luck continued as it came in right at the top of the slot.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Home in Port Charlotte
55* at 4:30AM.
Boat uncovered at off the lift at 4:50. First cup of coffee at 5. Today I pursue the "Centropomus Undecimalis" better known as Snook.
Here's a shot from a year ago when we weren't allowed to keep them. It's not enough to find them; each angler is allowed to keep one per day but keepers must meet a slot limit of 28"-33" only. Even if I don't find a "slot fish" they are a blast to fight, catch and release.
The season is open from March 1 - April 30. Wish me luck!