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2 hours ago, fishhappy said:

I have never seen a permit that size. Is there a leaking reactor nearby?

 

LoL The Permit can get BIG down here in S. Florida if you know where, when, and how. They can rip a bait rod to shreds.

 

Just this weekend I did a "roadside" run for bait on light tackle and hooked into this nuclear thing.

 

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With all this upsetting news about the Red Tide on the west coast, we all know where there's NO fish. The east coast areas, however, are going strong with all kinds of shore-based action. Lot of this Red Tide talk has people thinking Florida is done with fish. Sure does seems like it, considering the tonnage removed.

 

So I thought to put down the shark rods for a spell and hit the sand (or concrete) with a light tackle setup, 20lb test, 4k class reel to see what was going on. 

 

First off, I just can't resist getting my fill of shark bait for future excursions, so I took the yak out for a moonlight ride. Problem was, once I filled the yak up with over 150lbs of rays, had to figure out how to get the hell back!

 

So I just sat on them and paddled back to my launch site LoL.

 

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Then, next day as the sun goes down, the Tarpon came out to play. Over 10 Tarpon are landed. For those who dare to fish for Tarpon from a bridge or jetty...whole different ballgame, these Tarpon. Gotta be on your A game. No matter what, they have the total advantage of burning ya good LoL.

 

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Few of them here, all sizes.

 

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Got tired of the Tarpon LoL and turned my attention to Snook. Keeper each night. Caught a lot of them but tossed them back. Only allowed to keep one a day 28-32 inches on east coast.

 

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Of course, can't shake the nurse curse sharks lol, little guys, but fun on the light tackle.

 

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Off to another jetty for some Jack action. Caught a bunch of these guys. Nice fight on the light tackle...and, yes, they make excellent shark bait but no more freezer space to store them!

 

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Of course, some Snook in the mix everywhere I go, like begging to be hooked LoL.

 

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These guys sitting around, sunning themselves in plain site. I've heard they make excellent table fare? Never have tried them....think I'll pass LoL

 

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In conclusion, over 10 Tarpon, lot of Snook (two I kept) bunch of Jacks...toss in a small nurse curse....equals a healthy east coast outing. Oh, and a big haul of rays!

 

So the fishing here on east coast seems well and good and very plentiful....and only gonna get better and better as we slip into the fall months.

 

Will keep y'all posted.

 

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Catch and release with the big girls is not always easy. I always preach to have on hand ALL the necessary tools to get the job done because you just never know when shark fishing what may take a bait LoL. Also handy to have people around that can assist, either by instruction or by experience, the latter highly recommended.

 

This fish came in strong and was held in the water to get the tidy work done. Total release time was less than 1.5 minutes. Fish kicked of very strong and swam away angrily....a good thing!

 

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Yes, lots of fish here! I had a very decent pre snook season, off the beach about 5 miles N of S Inlet, 6 in 3 days, all between 30 and 34”. I was trying out my super light stellar light fast taper rod I got for kayak fishing and I’m now preferring it to all my other more expensive rods for beach bucktailing, paired with my $69 reel I pulled out of storage, super fun catching these on such a light setup. Last one caught (& released) August 31, none since then but a short  of course since snook around here are savvy to when the season starts I think!

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6 hours ago, icarussound said:

Yes, lots of fish here! I had a very decent pre snook season, off the beach about 5 miles N of S Inlet, 6 in 3 days, all between 30 and 34”. I was trying out my super light stellar light fast taper rod I got for kayak fishing and I’m now preferring it to all my other more expensive rods for beach bucktailing, paired with my $69 reel I pulled out of storage, super fun catching these on such a light setup. Last one caught (& released) August 31, none since then but a short  of course since snook around here are savvy to when the season starts I think!

I love hearing about your bucktailing for snook keep up the good work!

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