Monday, January 13, 2014

Slow Day Up River

1-13-2014

Photo by Steve Gibson

Location: Brackish water area of Myakka River
Time: 0700-1115
Tides: Low @ 0945
Weather: Sunny, Hi/Lo 74/54, Winds 4-8 mph
Vessel: Native Watercraft Ultimate 14.5
Fish: 2 snook to 19"
Tactics: Spinning tackle. Dark-colored soft plastics on jigheads.
Notes: Snook were nowhere near as active as the last time I had fished this area. Slow day but did manage to find a bit of a pattern.

Monday, January 6, 2014

First River trip of 2014


Location: Brackish water area of Myakka River
Time: 0845-1445
Tides: Outgoing
Weather: Overcast, pre-frontal conditions, Hi/Lo 68/57, Winds 10-15, gusting to 30.
Vessel: Native Watercraft Ultimate 14.5
Fish: 9 Snook to 26", 1 Jack Crevalle @ 5 Lbs, 1 tarpon jumped @8-10 lbs, 1 Mangrove Snapper @ 11"
Tactics: Spinning tackle. Light jigheads with soft plastic jerk baits were most successful.
Notes: Snook were plentiful around structure but also were hanging in the middle of the canal in areas around no noticeable structure. Fishing was sub-par all morning, but picked up significantly once the approaching front hit around noon. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Last Trip of 2013


Location: Backwater creeks of Charlotte Harbor
Time: 0830-1130
Tides: Outgoing
Weather: Overcast, pre-frontal conditions, Hi/Lo 73/62, Winds 10-15.
Vessel: Gheenoe
Fish: 20+ snook to 24" landed and 3 tarpon to 10 lbs jumped between two anglers.
Tactics: Spinning tackle. Light jigheads with soft plastic jerk baits were most successful.
Notes: Snook were hanging in deep water over muddy bottom. Saw but could not entice snook to 40" sunning on shallow mud flats. Tarpon were taken on exact same tactics as the snook. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Alligator Alley Exotics 12-22-13



Location: Alligator Alley (I-75) recreation area canal
Time: 0645-1200
Tides: N/A
Weather: Sunny, post front conditions. Hi/Lo 76/66, Winds 10-20.
Vessel: Native Ultimate 14.5 Kayak.
Fish: Stumpknocker, Bluegill, Warmouth, Oscar, Mayan Cichlid, Largemouth Bass
Tactics: Fly tackle, 2-5 weights. Poppers, nymphs, and myakka minnow. Top fly was the Shrymph.
Notes: First Warmouth I have ever caught. roughly 100 fish caught, with only 6 being exotics. Lost 3 exotics due to breakoffs. My brother came along and fished spinning gear for bass. He caught lots of fish, but not much size. 

Babcock-Webb WMA 12-20-13



Location: Webb Lake
Time: 0645-1030
Tides: N/A
Weather: Sunny, post front conditions. Hi/Lo 84/55, Winds 8-15.
Vessel: Native Ultimate 14.5 Kayak.
Fish: 15+ Largemouth bass to 14"
Tactics: Spinning gear with artificials. Top lure was texas rigged worm.
Notes: Great numbers of bass, but not so great in size. Largest fish of the day was 14". Consistent action, but got bored of catching the same smaller sized fish over and over. 

Winter Time Slam 12-19-13




Location: Gasparilla sound area of Charlotte Harbor
Time: 0745-1030
Tides: Low @ 0826
Weather: Sunny, post front conditions. Hi/Lo 79/46, Winds 10-15.
Vessel: Native Ultimate 14.5 Kayak.
Fish: Six trout to 15", one snook at 26", one redfish at 28.5", 3 jack crevalle.
Tactics: Spinning gear with artificials. Top Lure was DOA shrimp.
Notes: New personal best redfish at 28.5" and 8.25 lbs. Sightfished alongside an exposed sandbar as the tide was coming in. 


This will be the new format for my reports from now on. Organized and concise. I will be splitting up my blog posts into cut and dry fishing reports like this one as well as article style posts such as my Winter Time Flats Tactics post. Hopefully this will make it easier to put up a new report quickly and efficiently, which should lead to more frequent posts. Until next time...