Friday, October 23, 2009

Almost A Slam (Updated)

This is my buddy Wild Bill Heindl from Virginia, a long time presence on the bow of my boat from Key West to Puerto Rico and now here on Pine Island, and he's not called Wild Bill because of his loud shirts.

Bill landed a Slam with me on Wednesday but all of the fish were undersize. We wanted to get another one will all legal size species so that meant heading out to Pine Island Sound with on my buddy Capt. Joe Harley's boat.

Bill was throwing a topwater Zara Spook with a Shimano baitcaster and first landed the big trout pictured above. His second strike was the 24 inch redfish that hit the same lime green Spook. This was one of the very few reds I've ever seen with an almost spotless tail. They're also much lighter in color in the clear water of the Sound than they are in Matlacha Pass.

We really needed a big snook and found several hovering in the deeper potholes near Flamingo Bay. Bill switched to an orange DOA shrimp and hooked a big snook that was close to 30 inches. This fish was a great jumper and I tried to get some shots while it was airborne but was in the wrong spot on the platform. Just as we were bringing the snook boatside it came unhooked. Total bummer but there's some really great action out in the Sound right now.

Update: I ran out with Bill here in Matlacha Pass this afternoon and finally scored him his legal snook. This fish hit the same Zara Spook we were using yesterday and was part of a school hanging under the mangroves near the Indian Fields.