Friday, January 8, 2010
Flroida Christmas '09
Florida was plagued with colder than normal temperatures this January and it limited the number of days you could get out. Russel and I made it to the "no-motor zone" where we had hooked tarpon, snook, and reds back in October.
This is his favorite time of the year to fish because of the variety of species up and feeding on the flats. His favorite quarry is the Speckled Sea Trout (shown above) which is abundant on Florida's flats during the winter months.
I had always wanted to catch a big Redfish and this was it! I battled some sweet reds, trout, and a huge Black Drum which made my 6wt beg for mercy. I ended up losing the Black Drum after a 10+ min. battle and most of my backing depleted.
We would take Kayaks into the Banana River and paddle over 5 miles getting there in order to get to fish that were "happy" and unpressured. When the mid morning winds would pick up we would start working our way back eliminating the need to go to the gym and work out on those days. When I was down in October (without a Kayak) I actually walked the 5 miles on foot just to get a shot at surfacing Tarpon. I would walk in through highly patrolled and secured NASA property in the dark only to be greeted by Florida's copious stocks of wild boars, bobcats, gators, and in one instance a black panther.