16 March marked tournament number 2 in the circuit. Did not have the greatest day, but managed to weigh a small slot Red and a 21 inch Trout. These fish will not make the board , but will keep me in the running for the end of Year Fish Off. Started the day with a pair of over-sized Ladyfish and a Cocktail Blue. Finally landed the Trout. Made a run to another area that might hold Reds, missed the first one. Second one measured 18.5 inches, release it. Next stop, landed a 19 inch Red. Decided to keep it. On ward to search for a bigger Trout. No luck head to weigh in the fish. Barely 3 pounds for each of them. For pictures and all the results go to www.myflfa.com. Next tournament is on 6 April.
This week it was time to scout another area. First stop lost a small Trout and found a school of hungry Jacks. Worked through the area, but the grass that held fish is gone. Back to Bassin' Basics find some dirty water. Produced a Cuda, short Snapper and a 17 inch Red. Checked a couple of more spots with no action. Ran back to a small island, covered with shells, broken rock and oysters. Had only fished it at night,so wanted to get a good look. Water wasn't too cold so the plan was to wade the island. On the way in, Spotted a pair of fins on the edge. Not Reds, Trout, but a mystery. Started to work the outside while looking for a good spot to tie off. hit a couple of small Ladyfish, but nothing that would have been the fins. As I approached the Mangrove to tie off I looked over to my right and there were the fins, a Snook in the 20 pound range. I have had several serious blowups on top waters on this island, but have never connected. As I explored the island, found one side had a real slow drop. The other side has waist deep water, and my shoulder was touching the mangroves. Some spots the water was as far as 8 feet back into the Mangroves. Back in the boat drifted to what at one time was a Grouper hole, that is until a group of ****birds cleared out the old Crab Pots. They got tired of the fish breaking them off. Today was a disaster, boated a big Sail Cat. As I was getting ready to release her I looked back to check my position. She flopped and spiked me in the leg, made a one inch gash. Been stung before so I just ignore the initial pain. Took almost an hour to stop the bleeding. Next time more care will be taken.