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Saturday, 23 March 2013 21:11

A nice evening on Estero Bay

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After two weeks of classroom time and no fishing, I decided it was time to hit the water. I made plans to fish with Jeff Gabrick who last week had a stellar night fishing trip to Estero Bay. I arrived a little before Jeff and Ryan Ravelo was already there. Ryan had already caught a nice trout and snook and was still looking for a redfish to round out the slam.

With the daylight quickly fading, I launched at the little beach just on the north side of the New Pass Bridge. On the way to the flats, I tossed a paddletail to a little mangrove island I was passing. Suddenly my drag was screaming and I was being towed, PA 12 and all, into the mangroves. After a few tense moments I was able to wrestle a fat snook from the branches.

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As darkness fell, Jeff arrived. We began working a mangrove line in the dark and it wasn’t long before Ryan scored the red he was hunting. His slam completed he kicked back, relaxed and let me get a shot at the fish.

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A few minutes later, my drag was running again. The fish took my line up and down the mangroves and under the yak. Eventually, I was able to wear him down and landed a pretty decent redfish. After a few more snook, I started to head in. After only a couple hours of night fishing, we all had fish. It was time well spent.

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Bob Bramblet

I am an avid tournament angler, competing in local, regional and national events. I am also the President of the Southwest Florida Kayak Angler’s Association. I write kayak fishing articles and reviews for several online resources and kayak fishing magazines. You can usually find me fishing my home waters of Estero Bay or Pine Island Sound, where I has been fishing for over 20 years. I am a member of the Florida Outdoor Writer's Association.

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