Fighting the Wind

By |2019-04-15T13:10:36+00:004.15.2019|0 Comments
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One of a bunch of reds and seatrout caught by Tony and me on a recent Mosquito Lagoon outing!

No surprise here, once again we were forced to fight the wind this past week. I was out only two trips. Wednesday’s trip we cut severely short due to extremely gusty winds. The twelve knot southeast wind we had as we left the dock at twilight turned into twenty knot winds and gusting well beyond by eight o’clock. The ride back to the ramp was sporty to be sure!

Not only did we catch zero fish this trip we only had two lackluster blow-ups on our topwater plug and no bites on our soft plastic lures. Sometimes it’s better to lick your wounds in the comfort of home rather than fight with Mother Nature.

Sunday I was joined by Topwater Tony, my most frequent client. Our first hour was rather slow with nothing hooked or boated. However, Tony did experience several savage strikes and couple of short-lived rod bends. I ask you all; which is worse, no bites or lost fish? I’ll wait for your replies…

Another hour went by with Tony switching between his Bone colored Skitterwalk and a Z-Man Curly Tailz in the Houdini color. Each lure drew a little attention with no hook-ups. Eventually we found our hot spot and it was game on!

The fish here showed no interest in the Skitterwalk, but they happily ate Bottomwater Tony’s Curly Tailz as well as my Pearl White Curly Tailz. Quite a few rat and lower slot redfish and spotted seatrout were boated over the next ninety minutes or so before the bite ended.

Did we simply get lucky and finally find the fish? Were we on fish all morning and they finally decided to feed? It sure seemed as someone flipped on the “feed now” switch and then flipped it back off. Though we’ll never really know I’m thrilled with the day’s results and more thrilled I was able to share it with Tony!

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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