My most recent charter was with brothers Matt and Andy Watson who spent the day tossing lures at the mangroves in Matlacha Pass. The small blacktip in the top picture was a real surprise since Andy was using a swim bait with only a flourocarbon leader, something more appropriate for trout than sharks. Blacktips are seriously aggressive sharks and the little five pounder jumped just like a tarpon but never managed to get its teeth on the leader. Trust me, they get a lot bigger than this around here.
The 28 inch snook clobbered a Zara Spook inside the Burnt Store Bar right in the shadow of the mangroves. There's no shortage of fish like this one hanging around this time of year and a topwater is my favorite way to hook them. Of course tossing handfuls of greenbacks under these bushes is more effective but it doesn't give that same expolsive strike like a Spook.