Back in the Skinny Backwaters

By |2019-02-09T07:25:04+00:002.9.2019|0 Comments

The first of many fish for Keith on this beautiful Mosquito Lagoon day!

Tuesday I scouted the Mosquito Lagoon with Rayzor Ray. Even if the fish don’t cooperate it’s still a great time with Ray on the bow. The good news was the fish did cooperate eventually. We both caught a redfish and trout or two or three before leaving the happy fish I needed for my Wednesday charter.

Wednesday morning I found the fish close to where Ray and I left them on Tuesday. They were still a bit reluctant to eat early in the morning. Keith did a good job of presenting his Z-Man Curly Tailz and Minnowz to several reds and trout with only one spotted seatrout caught and a few short strikes to show for his efforts.

Deciding to offer the fish a different shaped lure with a more aggressive retrieve was the right call. Keith now tossing a four inch Jerk Shadz in the Houdini color captured the attention of plenty of small reds and lower-slot trout.

The rod bent frequently over the next few hours for Keith as I pushed into backwater areas I haven’t been able to access in a month or more. The bite was pretty much over by eleven thirty or so.

While we did not catch any trophy trout on this day it was gratifying to see three huge hens laid-up in the super skinny backwaters. Now that I know where they’re hiding I’ll be back in low-light conditions to offer them a big top-water plug and invite them aboard the Banshee for a quick photo-op!

Sorry, the only photo we took was of his first fish of the morning… This beautiful weather won’t last long and now is the time to go!

About the Author:

Capt. Mark’s passion for inshore saltwater fishing began while living in Stuart, Florida at the southern reaches of the Indian River Lagoon. Here he learned the fine art of snook fishing from the area’s lighted bridges while fishing at night. Here too he learned how to catch trout by the hundreds on the expansive flats from Jensen Beach to Ft. Pier

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