Fished the final tournament in the FLFA on the 22nd. Fishing was good. But could not keep anything alive. Finished in fifth place for the season. First fish of the day was a 28 inch Trout. Filled the box with water, dropped in a couple of ice bombs and added Rejuvenade. Put the fish in and she rolled over. Checked the water and it was milky blue instead of being clear. cleared to where the water looked cleaner only to have the same results. On to search for Reds. landed three more Trout, 25 ,20 and 13 inches. Landed a pair of short Snook. Back into serious Red country, got a good pop on a top water. Definitely a good Red, too much pressure and pulled the hook. Worked a little further and landed a 17 inch Red. A few more casts and it was a 19.5 inch Red. Put her in the box and she rolled over. End of fishing for the day. Wasn't a great showing, but made my goal for the year of weighing a Red and Trout in every tournament.
Come out in 2014, the payouts will be bigger and it will be a slam format. Get your team together and start practicing. You will be up against some top quality anglers.
Part 2 made a trip to the Thousand Island area of Cocoa Beach. Just checking it out for a tournament this Fall. First stop, got run over by Eco-tourists in their Yaks. Moved to an area that gets little or no pressure. A few patches of grass and a lot of bait. Saw a fair sized Snook, but she was not interested. Worked the deep edges off the Mangroves and got a Short Trout. Fished a drop and got a 23.5 inch Red. Moved to the South end and fished the dark pockets. Nothing. Moved in closer to shore and fished the desert. Sand pockets are still there, but no grass. Lost a Red on a top water, spooked a school of Sheephead and spooked 3 big Trout. Fished the edge of the channel and got 8 short Trout. Finally got to the area that I wanted to check out. In the past it was a great spot for Reds. A little disappointed as there was no grass. Worse yet the bottom was covered with foot prints. .