After The Morning Showers...
Steve (Tide1On) Burke
Set out just after 1300hrs yesterday in a light rain after waiting for it to clear up all morning. The other good thing was it wasn't almost 100° like it has been lately. The tide had already been going out for a few hours and the water was badly stained from all the rain. Started throwing the Spook Jr. hoping for some cooperative Reds and just as I casted to the right I noticed some small baits being harassed near the bushes to my left. Worked the lure back and made my next cast right where the harassment occurred and nothing, casted there again and once again, nothing. Casted further to my left about a foot from the bushes and about twenty feet away from the bushes something swirled at the Spook. I immediately stopped my retrieve and the swirl slowly subsided but my lure was no longer on the surface and my line was still slowly moving. Maybe I found a Red, I reeled up some slack just until I felt some slight pressure and then set the hook, it was then when all hell broke loose. The drag gave that really large Snook scream and the line was quickly exiting my reel, wasn't long and I heard my backing knot go thru the guides. I looked down at my reel and there was maybe 5 to 10 wraps of mono on the spool so I put the brakes on, it was then she turned and swam right back to me. I got 90% of my line back and then another screaming run right for the bushes and once again I had to apply some brake, once again she minded well turning away from the bushes and after one last burst she finally gave up the fight.
After a quick photo for 40 Kayak Wars points she was right back in the water, turned out to be my third best Snook ever. I just got one question... Where are these fish on tournament days?
Expensive Snook Fight!
It's been a rainy, dismal, work week and my need for salt water therapy was strong. I was on my way home from another wet day on Friday when I noticed that although the skies were still cloudy, the rain had cleared our area. Upon arriving home I checked the radar, tides and wind, loaded up the kayak, then headed to my local inshore launch, about a mile from the house.
While putting in, I noticed that the water was very tannic and signicantly cooler from all of the rain that we have been recieving.
The tide was falling hard and heading for a negative low around sunset so I staged up on the edge of a grass flat that had mullet and other bait fish moving around on it. I began casting my brightly colored, chugging, top water plug upcurrent and walking it out of the shallows.
I had high hopes of hooking up to one of the overslot Reds that people have been talking about and when my plug was swallowed up by a large wake, I thought I had one. The fish ran fast like a Snook but didn't jump and it did head shakes like a Red. My mystery fish did everything it could to break my 10 lb. braid including wrapping itself around a "Sea Grass" bouy and my rudder. It was then that I realized this had to be a mama Snook! Now I'm getting nervous because hooking a big linesider on light tackle is one thing, landing it is another!
I loosened my drag and let her run out onto the open flats, then I got in the water to untangle the mess from bouy and boat. After getting lucky and freeing up my line, I noticed that I had drifted off the flat and into about 5' of water. It was upon re-entry that my paddle and 8' WANG anchor fell from my kayak. My paddle was floating nearby but my WANG sank to the bottom of the murky water with a quickness. I'm still hooked up to a good fish so my goal was to touch it. She went back to the super skinny stuff and I had to get out of the kayak again to chase her around but it was pure joy to have been given the opportunity to hold such an awesome animal.
I love a good Snook fight!
Never did find my paddle or anchor.
Keep It HardCore!
Tarpon Fish_N_Munch 2015!
Last Week on the beach. I keep seeing people talk about it. The fish are here.. Started the day 2 hours late. I wasnt to upset since I wanted to sleep more. 1st bait in the water at 930am and we hooked up in 20mins. Solid fish. Hit record right as she went air born on the gorpo. Total let down. Wish these dang gopros turned on quicker. Fish was coming right at me and she spit on the jump. Still my first hook up this summer. Cant wait to get back out!
Steve M. Gibson
My boy Jacob and I took a quick trip around the pond in our new Emotion tandem. He quickly surprised me and stood up and said he was going to find us some fish. He will be a future HardCore member for sure!