We launched just as the sun was starting to rise and quickly realized why they call it the Mosquito Lagoon “I think I lost a pint of blood”. Luckily as we paddled out into the middle of the lagoon and the sun got higher the bugs thinned out.
The first objective of the day was to hit a spot called the Whale Tale. This area is an elevated flat in the center of the lagoon. The large Bull Redfish 40+ inches circle the Whale Tale looking for easy prey. Drifting and scanning the water for about 30 minutes Chuck finally spotted the school. My first thought was “I’m going to need a larger rod”! The tails sticking out of the water looked like dinner plates, they were massive. The school was so thick they made the lagoon turn bronze.
Chuck did manage to land one nice slot Redfish, with Adam and I spooking a few.
We positioned ourselves in front of the moving school and threw our baits in their path… Nothing. Dee took off her cut mullet and threw out a live finger mullet… Nothing. It was hilarious listening to Dee in her Chicago/Minnesota accent cursing the school as they swam circles around her kayak. We followed the school for almost 3 hours presenting different baits but they were uninterested. Even though we couldn’t catch any of the Bull Redfish it was still amazing watching a school of 30 huge redfish push enough water to make a 1 foot swell on the flats. The day wasn’t a total skunk
As clouds started to roll in everyone decided to call it a day. Dee had to get back home, so Adam and I followed Chuck to his “Real” job at Handler Fishing Supply. Chuck gave us a tour of the shop and introduced us to Adrian Martinez the Owner. Adrian makes some sick custom rods! Chuck spooled my Shimano Baitrunner with 40lb power pro; putting up with my wise cracks “If his uni to uni knot breaks I had evidence on who to blame”. We grabbed a bite to eat and a few beers and spoke of what could have been. Even though 3 out of the 4 of us got skunked it was still great getting out onto the water with everyone! A special thanks to Chuck and Dee for fishing with us and Dogfish Tackle and Handler Fishing Supplies for the gear.