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Tuesday, 29 November 2011 07:36

A River Runs Through It

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A River Runs Through It Photograph by Bill Howard

Ok, so I took some liberties with the title, but like the movie, I’m haunted by waters. I want to know what’s around the next bend in the mangroves, that hidden pond in the back country, or up the river I used to fish when I was a younger man. So when my buddy Walt called me and said “Let’s go see if they are biting up the river”, I jumped at the chance. This time of year the snook head up the rivers in search of warmer water, so this would be a perfect opportunity to see how well they are making a comeback after our terrible winter of a few years ago.

First Cast On The River

Walt Kayak Fishing The River

Arriving at our spot, Walt proceeded to put on a clinic. Catching snook after snook, with a bonus largemouth bass thrown in for good measure.

Walts River Snook

Spook Largemouth Bass

Oh, I caught a few, but really who wants to see me holding a fish? LOL (I’ve been compared to an old goat at times, an insult to the goat for sure).

And to add insult to injury, Walt pulls in a redfish. (I was told it counts even if it is a baby)

Walts Redfish

Most of everything we caught came on a Zara Spook Jr. The redfish hit a DOA Bait Buster. A good day out with a good friend.


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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