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OMG a fishing report finally

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Been itching as I’m sure many of you might have imagined to get out on the water. Been since July. The red tide really played with the mind and had to get out. Today it was absolutely beautiful out. It’s tough when you enjoy something so much to see what can happen to so much of it at your back door. 

 

Tide had a real low to it, water has nice clarity. I stayed inside and in the mangroves, it’s one of my favorite style of locations to fish. Casting into the mangroves and hoping if it’s big you can pull it out. 

 

The snapper were hungry as heck. More snapper than you could count and just crazy amount stacked. Some very nice sized. 

Caught a few snook, they weren’t just yet cruising the shallows, and a low end slot sized redfish. 

The small sized jacks are in the back too among the mangroves. They’ll stay there now until the big ones show up inside. They are a heck of a lot of fun to catch regardless of size. 

Saw a couple sheepshead but none caught. 

Good amount of small bait, with a big school of mullet next to me at midday. 

 

Manatees are around, had one hang around me for quite some time eating and surfacing just feet from me. That’s a good sign and well as the pelicans sitting up on the signs and diving. Rosette Spoonbills too are feeding well. Ospreys are back on their nests. So many of the shorebirds are back. It’s amazing what you miss when the water turns to garbage. Love the wildlife, it’s so nice to just sit back and observe your surroundings. 

 

Didnt keep anything just yet, going to wait a few more weeks for that to happen. 

 

Son of a B.tch it feels great to get out. 

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Saltfisherman,

Glad you finally are able to get out and catch something. You spent a lot of time putting out a great deal of information on this forum regarding the red tide, and you now deserve to enjoy nature as it should be. Thanks

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Fished Gasparilla and Boca Grande. Bluefish and more bluefish!. Some small jacks and saw reds cruising the troughs.  Like Saltfishermen said, plenty of life nd the water vwas real nice.  I have not stopped fishing and it hs been lights out the last 2 weeks.  Tons of snook 20-36in range, ladyfish and broke of a nice tarpon in the mix.  Manatees have been around as well as 2 gators at the beach today.

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Glad to hear the water and fishing conditions are improving. Thanks for the reports saltfisherman glad to hear you and beatonem are catching. I'll be down that way soon and hope to catch a few. Thanks for reporting.

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I saw my first alligator in the intercoastal! I've only been down here a bit over a year and a 1/2 but saw a small alligator, guessing about 5 FT cruising the canal.

 

 Still lots of mullet in the intercoastal and some schools of big jacks are hitting them hard. It's a fun game in a kaya,k trying to position yourself in the bait in hopes of getting close enough to the jacks to get a cast at them, especially with a flyrod. Hooked 2 yesterday, both were in the 8-10lb range.

 

The beach had lots of birds working on Sunday, mostly pretty far out, but in a couple occasions close enough to get a cast, I would have thought big Spanish, but the only fish I landed were a couple jacks and a lady fish, I did have one fish that bit through my 50lb leader, not sure what that was.  Great weekend!  

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Several slow days in Indian River and Brevard counties (for me) over the last week.

 

According to my buddies, the usual suspects are around sporadically if you are in the right place, at the right time, with the right bait,  which I wasn't.

 

Generally small snook, decent to bull sized Reds, ladyfish, jacks, blues, and a very few small black drum and sheepshead making a showing on occasion.

 

Need a good cold front to get things going I think.

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Saltfisherman,

 

thanks for for all the great reporting.

 

its good to hear that water appears to be improving. I hope it continues.

 

ill be down to Bonita in January. Save some fish for me! Last winter the fishing was a bust for me along the beach. All winter long the water never looked right.

 

i wish that the Florida state and local govts would get their acts together and do something about the water pollution. Water is a precious resource and it is everyone’s responsibility to keep it clean!

 

tight lines. Seeing any tarpon around?

 

 

 

 

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9 hours ago, bill dietz said:

Saltfisherman,

 

thanks for for all the great reporting.

 

its good to hear that water appears to be improving. I hope it continues.

 

ill be down to Bonita in January. Save some fish for me! Last winter the fishing was a bust for me along the beach. All winter long the water never looked right.

 

i wish that the Florida state and local govts would get their acts together and do something about the water pollution. Water is a precious resource and it is everyone’s responsibility to keep it clean!

 

tight lines. Seeing any tarpon around?

 

 

 

 

Tarpon North of you in some numbers in the canals.

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No tarpon. When you get yourself to a point of getting close to coming here PM me. I have two kayaks and the sheepshead should be inthick by then. 

 

I did see a quick article, but didn’t read it, basically stating Lake O is on a path to become a dead lake due to the phosphate levels. 

 

The water problem is a long long standing problem that is a result of the building related to the population growth. So much of the water we see starts from Orlando area. The Kissimmee drainage is the headwaters to Lake O. Other factors are the use of fertilizer, every development, golf course uses it. A place like Cape Coral actually has a provision in their HOA about keeping lawns kept and green. Now CC is in itself is a whole HOA community, it was set up that way years ago. Add to that lack of septic inspection and the mix just keeps getting better. 

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19 hours ago, saltfisherman said:

No tarpon. When you get yourself to a point of getting close to coming here PM me. I have two kayaks and the sheepshead should be inthick by then. 

 

I did see a quick article, but didn’t read it, basically stating Lake O is on a path to become a dead lake due to the phosphate levels. 

 

The water problem is a long long standing problem that is a result of the building related to the population growth. So much of the water we see starts from Orlando area. The Kissimmee drainage is the headwaters to Lake O. Other factors are the use of fertilizer, every development, golf course uses it. A place like Cape Coral actually has a provision in their HOA about keeping lawns kept and green. Now CC is in itself is a whole HOA community, it was set up that way years ago. Add to that lack of septic inspection and the mix just keeps getting better. 

+2

 

 

....and:

 

".... the sheepshead should be inthick by then. ..."

 

they're already here...en masse..........crazy numbers.

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So here's a thought, you want to restrict Fertilizer use, put a big tax on it, especially for home owners and golf courses etc., farmers should be held accountable, but food is more of a necessity, than green grass. I'd love if our HOA told our lawn company to stop fertilizing. Having a green lawn doesn't mean crap if you live on the water and it's severely polluted. State would make a crap load of money and folks would start reducing their fertilizer usage.  

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17 mins ago, quest450 said:

Please keep your liberal agenda and high taxes in the socialist North East, Ty.

 Not a liberal just hoping to reduce pollution in Florida, surprised it doesn’t make sense to you

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