Since I spend three months in Florida on winter vacation, there was not any sense of urgency in the timing. I had told Dan to contact me when the conditions were good. We were going to go in January, but being at the tail end of weather systems generated by the "Polar Vortex" (sounds like a character in a kids' animated Christmas video) there was too much wind and cold weather for a good trip. Then about 10 days ago I got an email from Dan announcing mid-day low tides and light winds in the upcoming week. I picked a day and away we went.
When I met Dan in the big box store parking lot he gave me a choice of two fishing scenarios: a shot at sight fishing to tailing redfish (a long drive and run to the spot with no guarantee of results) or a short drive and run to a mixed bag of fish, but unlikely to have sight fishing. I chose the closer trip with more time on the water. Turned out to be a good choice.
We had a great time catching snook in the creeks and channels and baby tarpon and jacks in the deep holes near oyster bars. Then we made a short run to a narrow connecting creek and got a couple nicer snook. As we moved deeper into a narrow pinched area a much larger fish sucked in my fly and all hell broke loose. Head-shaking jumps,deep runs, diving under the boat, and headlong dashes towards the cover of the mangrove roots. This was the fish of the day - a 28+ inch snook. We fished a couple more spots and got a couple more fish, but nothing approaching the excitement of "The Big One."
All-in-all it was a great day on the water. Challenging fish, but catchable with the right approach; good company with terrific local knowledge and time away from my usual winter routine of golf, tennis, beach! I'll post a link to the video, when i get it edited and uploaded.
I'll be back for another trip with Dan next winter. In the meantime, here is a list of coming attractions:
March 1 & 2 Fly Fish NH Show in Pelham - my partner Jim is show chairman - stop by and tell him I sent you
Our Northeast Fly fishing School Classes start in April and run weekends through July. Check here for dates and locations. In addition to classes in Greater Boston (Hollis, NH), we have locations in Henniker, NH and Lincoln, NH. On April 24 (note the date change from
Tomorrow I am going fishing with a long-time friend and fishing buddy on Charlotte Harbor. I don't expect any big snook, but watch for my report in a few days.
UPDATE: I uploaded the video of the triop to my YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/gerrycrow5190?feature=mhee
The trip to Charlotte Harbor was a bust. REAL windy and just about unfishable, although I discovered you can make a REALLY long roll cast downwind with a weighted fly in a 25MPH wind.