Fantastic day with Jen, Ryan, Brody, and Hailey! We did the mixed bag routine, as I told them tarpon had been hit or miss lately. Baits been on the tougher side, and the tarpon themselves are sparse in the backcocintry and the ones around the bridges are not feeding as actively during the day so it can make for a long trip. The nice thing out back is we have a lot of Plan Bs like we resorted to today. Saw a couple tarpon early but hard to line up on and we never really got in them good. We got a few sharks though and maybe had one tarpon zip us but not sure. After that we went and fished our light gear. We caught a few redfish and ladyfish drifting de shorelines. We then fished another area as the tide came in which was very good. We worked the area hard, and kept moving and it kept producing fish for us. We probably caught a good dozen snook and a dozen reds as well in there. Several nicer size reds too and some decent snook. Nice as we kept trolling and moving and kept us interested. On the way home we stopped and Jen got a monster snook which was an awesome catch! Last fish of the day was a permit for Dad, quite a way to end it. It was a blast! May be more focused on tarpon tomorrow hopefully we can find a few happy ones, but will have plan B in the back pocket.
Had no time to post yesterday, but had Chad and his son Logan again for day 2. We made a long run in hopes of finding some tarpon in some other areas. Found a handful but not what we were really looking for. Hard to line up on though we did get in them but non responsive. Luckily we had good Plan B options. We caught a bunch of smaller redfish and snook, plus plenty of trout, ladyfish, and jacks. Looked around in the gulf and got a juvenile goliath and a few pompano as well. Tried one more stop for tarpon on the way home and found a few but again no luck, though did catch a cool hammerhead!
Today I had my dad and his long time friends Bill and Charlie. We werent concerned with tarpon today do we spent the early part of the day catching bait. Hair hooked some nice pilchards and caught a few mackerel too. We found some very nice size snook in several spots. Really had them going in one, it was fun. Dad caught a nice big one probably 14 lbs or so. After that we found the redfish again and a few trout. We then cruised the gulf again to finish the day, catching mostly jacks and one nice pompano. But we did get lucky and found some permit and dad got a nice 20 lber! Bill also caught a big jack crevelle and a 18 lb cobia. Banner day everything seemed to work out for us, and great first trip for dad in the new boat. The contender seems to be a fish catching machine!
Mixed it up today with Scott and Leslie. They caught tarpon the other day and wanted to see the backcountry. We had decent action throughout the day, had to work at it somewhat but caught a good handful of snook, quite a few redfish, a juvenile Goliath grouper, and several trout and Jack’s. Weather was gorgeous and we got to see plenty of birds and crocodiles too. The next few days I have some regulars and we will likely be doing similar stuff I don’t think tarpon will be the main objective.
Fun day 2 with Brent and Colin! We decided to mix it up and went after snook in the Everglades. We first had to catch some pilchards, which we found near home. Got one good shot on them and wound up with 5 dozen baits or so. We headed out back after that. First stop we caught the tide change. Nothing at first, but soon we hooked up a nice snook Colin landed. A beauty around 15 lbs! That wound up being the biggest of the day. After that we caught a smaller one, and broke off a other one that was probably a larger one. We then tried some shoreline area without much luck. We hit the creeks and picked a few more snook out of there about a half dozen or so. After the tide got higher, we snuck out to where I hoped a school of reds would be. There weren’t many reds, but plenty of more snook! We caught a dozen or so more and a couple reds as well as a big trout. We then ran back towards home in hopes of a tarpon. Gave it a try for the last hour or so but no luck. Anyways overall a great day fun to do something different again. Back to the tarpon grind tomorrow, then off for a couple days. Looks like undesirable weather Friday and Saturday with another late cold front wind swing, so won’t mind being off!
Well got cancelled last minute so my dad jumped at the opportunity. We took our friend Brandon who works at bud n marys. Near slick calm but still a slight west breeze early. Water was super muddy in a lot of areas from the undesirable wind the last couple days. We found a few big snook early, several cut us off but we landed one. Also Brandon got a nice small tarpon to the boat a few times before he jumped off. And my dad had jumped off another later. Also played with a few big Goliath grouper, but no luck getting them outta there hole some sharp stuff down there to cut us off! After that we went searching for permit. Didn’t seem real hopeful water didn’t look great but the wind laid out and tide was falling good. We checked a couple spots and caught a few mackerels, jacks, and sharks. Finally we had a little time left we decided to just cruised and look. Low and behold we found what we were looking for! They were running hard but we chased them and presented a few crabs, after a couple turn down Brandon hooked up! We tried to continue after the school but eventually we were worried we’d get spooled so we slowed down and caught our hooked fish. After that it was near time to go home, we looked around a few more minutes but never saw the fish again. Really felt like we found a needle in a haystack! Nice ride back home and great end to a fun day.