Area fishing has not been at its best. The water levels are way up and you can not see the bottom in a foot of water. Sight fishing is pretty much out of the question. Fished a tournament on 10 Sept. The results were less than stellar. Trout have to be at least 20 inches to weigh. The good news, they were hitting top waters with gusto. Bad news 18 inches and 19 inches was the best. Broke off to search for Reds, nothing happening. With an hour of fishing time left, hook up with a Trout in the 5 pound range. Only problem, Jaws was on the edge and had a real good meal. This one was not meant to be.
24 Sept it's time for the Indian River Paddle Classic Tournament. Time for the Yummy Yellow Yak to come out and play. Lines in at 0700. Kick out of my favorite launch area and paddle the 1 plus mile to my favorite area. Not a sign of a breeze so I was soaked within the first fifteen minutes. Always prefer to have a 10 to 15 knot breeze when I'm fishing. By 0730 A nice 20 inch Trout comes up to play. Quick pictures and a release. Work the area hoping for a bigger Trout. No luck. Go forth in search of a Red. 4 hours and one Mouse Red, it's time to head for the picture in. Hit one hole on the way hoping for a better Trout. Get one, but only comes in at 19 inches. The 20 inch Trout managed to hold for third place in the Trout category. At 66 years old, my body has a hard time recovering from a Yak trip. Next tournament is by boat with lots of room.
The turnout for this tournament was real good a lot of quality anglers anglers.