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Tampabay A Day Of Firsts

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Tampabay A Day Of Firsts Photograph by Bill Howard

I wasn’t sure how todays kayak fishing trip was going to turn out.  It was a little breezy to do any sight fishing for sharks, so Greg and I hit the flats in search of some reds. The redfish bite has been really good as of late and I have all but given up looking for snook in my home waters, I have seen a few and those that I know about I have left alone, so today it was a pleasant sight to see a few cruising the flats.

Especially when one was on the end of a line. Greg’s first snook. Just shy of 27”

snook kayakfishing closeup

We saw more as the day grew longer, but none wanted to play. As Greg and I were traveling down a shoreline, I caught site of something truly disturbing. A discarded gill net. Gill netting in this part of the bay is nothing new. It’s been going on for a long time and will most likely continue until harsher punishment is dealt out to those that are caught doing it. Being one that believes in karma, I headed in knife in hand to gather this bird killer up.

discarded gill net

Not a stealer day, but not so bad either.


About the Author: Bill Howard is a Pro Staff Member at Yakangler.com, as well as Malibu Kayaks. He is also on the Columbia Sportswear Pro Team. Bill is an avid photographer and writer, contributing to numerous websites and publications in the Tampa Bay area.

In 2008 he completed a 17 day, 129 mile trip around Tampa Bay raising nearly $4000 dollars for the American Heart Association. He is also a board member for the Tampa Bay Chapter of Hero's on the Water.

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