It has gotten extremely busy again, with trips every day and some days doubles! I like this time of year because it keeps me on the water absolutely every day. I have had a diverse crowd this week including a family from Scotland, England, New York, Arkansas, California, and Florida. Three days in a row we were able to locate a school of 200+ overslot redfish in about 18″ of water. We were able to catch many of these fish, and managed a couple triple hookups (and one quadruple) on Reds that were in the 8-15lb range! The snook have been thick and willing to feed on the right tides.
Today I only had a half day scheduled and ended up back at the dock with a livewell that was still half full. I had an hour to burn so I decided to give it a shot around a nearby creek mouth that I knew was holding good sized fish. I pitched a bait out and waited about 5 minutes when it was inhaled. I didnt hear a pop, but thought it was going to be a decent fish. I reeled tight on the 2/0 circle hook and the medium action Star rod doubled over and my 10lb power pro started peeling off the reel. The fish didnt jump for at least 8 minutes. When she finally came to the surface and made a nice head shake I knew it was on! This was the large female I had been looking for.
I have guided clients to many 40″+ fish this year, but this was my chance at one of my own. After about 15 minutes I had her next to the boat. She was a real behemouth at 43″+ and about 25lbs (I dont hang large snook on a boga grip as it can be very dangerous for them). She came fully equiped with about 20″ of steel leader, a swivel, and a 6/0 J hook in her mouth. I removed my hook, removed the leader and old hook, snapped a quick photo and revived her soundly. She swam off quietly and slowly cruised out into deeper water. After a successfull trip in the morning and an afternoon like that I remembered why I always dreamed of being a fishing guide when I was a little kid.
Be safe on the water, its starting to get very bus again. Have patience and respect for your fellow anglers and boaters alike, and remember to take your kids fishing!