Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Snook Season On The Fly

Dr. Dennis Jeter from TN with a beautiful snook on fly that will probably be legal in 2018.

I have to admit, these fish aren't being that kind to me once again. None of my anglers have managed to land a slot-legal snook with a fly since the season opened at the beginning of the month.  We're hooking plenty of undersize beauties, like the one in the photo that hit a crab pattern meant for a redfish, and that's more than OK.  Our tides and weather have been great and several of my friends landed legal snook on spinning gear this week, but the big girls are still a problem for me.  I'm sure we'll get a fly rod keeper eventually, and it's definitely going on the grill. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Rosate Spoonbills In Pine Island Sound

I don't come across these birds all that often when I'm fishing and this guy didn't give me enough time to get by camera set up to shoot him in the mid-day sun. They still manage to be beautiful no matter what the light is doing.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tailing Redfish With Topwaters

Right now the redfish are everywhere and there's nothing better than getting to hit something on the surface. I've always been a big fan of the Flats Walker lures from FlatsHQ, especially with the inline single hooks. These are as close to weedless are you're going to get from a topwater and that's especially important while our water is still warm and dead calm.  This is one of two tailing reds that my buddy Tim and I caught yesterday morning using a red and white Flats Walker.  When their heads are buried down in the mud, dragging one of these lures across their backs can be surprisingly effective.  Keep your retrieve slow with sharp twitches and you'll definitely get some attention. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Wood Storks

It's true. Not all of the dinosaurs died off after the meteor hit the Earth 65 million years ago. Several species did survive and eventually evolved into birds. Wood storks are proof of that. These guys like to hang around the boat ramp at Matlacha Park, especially in the evening after most folk have dumped their extra bait in the water.