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The day of the big oops

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The day of the big oops Photograph by Charles Levi Jr.

I woke up around 5AM and looked outside and said to myself "self you should go fishing". So to the garage I go to gather a few things and I find I am out of D.O.A CAL baits so I grabbed a few packs of Bass Assassin Blurps and jumped in the truck and headed over to Action Bait and Tackle for some shrimps just to have a backup plan. Chatted with the owner for a minute then off I went on the long fifteen minute drive to the Mosquito Lagoon.


I got to the first place and the wind was 15-20mph out of the West North West so this place was out so I then hit my second favorite spot, the area I thought I would have some protection was blown out as well three other places checked and all the same result. I finally go to a place where I hate to leave my truck and wouldn't you know the area has some protection. After unloading my Emotion Grand Slam and getting my waders on I am on my way with visions of Redfish and Trout swimming around my head. About 800 yards from the truck I find around twenty or so white pelicans working the flat with around 100 other wading birds and diving birds so I make a cast with a Blurp Sea Shad and nothing but the very next cast I fell a soft bump and then we are off to the races. After a bit of a fight I have my first Redfish of the day a nice 27" fish.



After a few quick pictures he is sent on his way! so this is looking like it will be a great day but I leave the area but in the back of my head I am saying "never leave fish to find fish" but I do and made the two and a half mile paddle to another area where I have caught fish before. I get there and it is a desert, not a single fish to be seen I even slapped the water with my paddle to try and spook something up but there was nothing to spook. I moved over by some rocks and caught two small Sheephead and a small Trout but I wasn't there for that so a hour and a half later I find myself back at the spot where I caught my first fish and man I should have just stayed there all day. It was fish after fish for about an hour and a half, here are the photos of the others...

Then a nice 22inch Trout wanted to join the party by hitting a Blurp Shrimp on the surface...



Then a nice 32inch redfish fell for the Blurp Shrimp


But here is where the oops comes into play, I am fishing the Kayak Wars Tournament and one of the things you have to do is set the date and time on your camera. Well wouldn't you know that my POS of a camera didn't save the date and time from my last trip out and I didn't think to check it...... oh well it was a fun day one the water and I can't wait to go back.

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Charles Levi Jr

Charles "redfish chuck" is a life long fisherman located on Florida's Space Coast that at thirty-one years old he prides himself on being a well rounded angler. From freshwater to saltwater and open ocean fishing, Charles not only builds his own rods but he also ties his own flies. Charles is also a Pro Staff Member of Yakangler.com, Jackson Kayaks, Yeti coolers and Handler Fishing Supply.


# shallow pockets 2011-02-11 21:38
Great report Chuck. Wish I was 15 min from the Lagoon!
# Kayak_alabama 2011-02-13 16:31
Those are some nice fish Chuck. We have all done it though. We know not to leave fish to find fish, But it haunts us every time.... if they are THIS good here, What if they are even better there! The temptation will be there always.
# JeffC 2011-02-23 08:21
Saw you guys coming in from the lagoon about the time my son and I got back. Was from NCKFA, and was excited to see the group had a successful day on the water. Great posts and nice fish.
# jeffandtc 2011-02-23 08:36
Met you guys as you were coming in. My son and I just come in, and as a fellow yakker, wanted to introduce myself from the NCKFA. Great posts and results of your day. Looking forward to fishing with you in the future on another trip.

Cameras and technology..... geez.

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