Friday, February 10, 2012

2/10 - Nicer day, with great catches!!

Had regular customer Dave C. and his buddy Eric on board. Last year, in December Dave landed a 45 pound Redfish on light tackle, while Eric slammed dunked Reds, Sheeps, and Black Drum into the boat.

So fishing with these two guys isn't a boring day. Plan was to float-rig fish the morning catch some yellowmouth trout, some Speckled trout, maybe a Redbass or two. Then maybe pitch some jigs, pick up a Sheepshead or two. Avoid as many Bluefish as possible and have a great day.

GUESS WHAT? THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE DID!!!
I just love it when a plan comes together.

Eric's second drift of his float-rig and he slam dunks what fought like a good sized Redbass. Running, burning drag, head shaking, the whole shootin' match.  I see it, and like a school girl yell "T-R-O-U-T AND IT'S A BIG ONE!"

But as I scoop it up in the net, it's a monster Yellowmouth trout, aka: Weakfish!!
Check this out.....
At 5-1/2 pounds and 24+ inches, this is a STUD "ole yeller" . 

As we fished, and fished, and fished some more the guys hung big Reds and more and more yellowmouths. Many of the Reds didn't make it to the boat, but the yellowmouths did. It was a clinic for awhile as the current ran.

But, not one single Speckled Trout. Hell, we had 'em yesterday?

We never left the area all day long. Catching more yellowmouths, three Sheepshead, and hooking up on even more way over-sized Redbass.  Even I had two big reds hooked up and both slipped off the hooks.

A bunch did make it to the net, and not one were a keeper....."all too BIG."
Dave was Mr. Redbass for sure today. We stayed put where we were, because I didn't feel it was our best interest to go up in the river and hunt Specks in that full moon falling tide.

And my game plan worked.  The guys caught alot of fish!

NOW.......Saturday's charter. Five People. I never ever take five aboard my boat. Because it's too many. But I have another good regular customer who's in Jax with his son's and friends.

And the problem is?

The FORECAST:

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH
SUNDAY MORNING...

SATURDAY
NORTHWEST WINDS 20 TO 25 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.
INLAND WATERS CHOPPY.

Hmmm......"we're gonna go,  and see what I can do a boat load in these conditions if the forecast is right." 

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