With a northeast wind, and a negative low tide fishing the backcountry mangroves was out of the question. In short time we found some nice schools of mullet, so it was just a matter of time before the redfish and trout showed up.
Robert Becker was the first to hookup, landing his personal best spotted seatrout, a nice healthy 21 inch beauty; I was quick to follow up with my own. Ok truth be told I hole jumped them, couldn’t resist.
One small slot redfish later (which wasn’t photo worthy) was all I was able to land, so with my legs going numb (no, I didn’t wear waders and the water temps is in the mid 60’s) we decided to make a move. Actually we had a little help with the decision, a boat load of “Googans” showed up, motored in front of us, then tried to sneak in behind us. Completely clueless as to where the fish were.
So with an extreme low tide, I decided to take Team Becker to a secluded creek that in years past would hold snook on this type of tide. This creek has some really deep cuts, so these snook just hang out until the water comes back up. After our severe winter of a few years ago, I had not been back there to see how the snook population has rebounded. I was extremely happy to see what was waiting for us.
We put Robert in position, he made the cast, let it sit so the snook would settle down, gave it a twitch or two and it was “Fish On”.
And just like that, the snook came unbuttoned. I think Robert is still sulking over it.
Until next time...