Gary Kester from PA landed this brute of a crevalle in the north part of Matlacha Pass. What made this one an unusual catch was that it ate a hunk of ladyfish off the bottom while we were going for reds around the mangroves. This is the first big jack I've ever seen caught like this but they're the most voracious species out there so it's not too surprising. This was only a ten pounder and still took five minutes to land on 20# Power Pro. When they get up to fifty pounds they're like reeling in a Seawolf Class submarine. Awesome fish.
I've been using these German made knives the filet fish, and just about everything else, for ten years and haven't found anything better. Their sharpness and flexibility is unbelievable, and that makes unzipping a tough species like redfish almost a breeze. You can practically fly through a sea trout in less than a minute. Wusthof is not cheap and the 7" Classic that I use retails for around $100, but this is a blade you'll have for many years so that's actually a bargain. They also come with a lifetime warranty. Buy yourself two, one for your boat and one for your kitchen.
My buddy Rick Waller from Indiana came back to fish with me this weekend and scored this 26 1/2 inch red in the middle of the incoming tide today. This beauty made up for the previous day when the water was still in the mid-60's and nothing wanted to eat.
The water is still about 10 degrees warmer than normal on the flats and that has really helped the sea trout stay hungry. My anglers easily caught their limit over the last two days and most of the fish have been near the top of the 20" slot. These big trout are hitting almost anything during the rising tides but white jerk baits have been getting the best results, even better than live shrimp.