The bait fish have finally shown up and become readily available, even though over the past days, I continued with artificial. Most trips we caught plenty of trout, redfish, mackerel, and lady fish. Starting my trips with mackerel and lady fish, and small trout in numbers and then following the tide back as it rose over the flats to catch some gator trout and redfish.
The last 4 days we seen wind from the east at 15-20 with gust over 30 mph. I have been on some nice redfish on the eastern shore of an island in Pine Island sound. The redfish have respond well to artificial, as well as some cut lady fish, with some reaching the 7lb 27 inch mark. However there where less fish each day until finally today a big fat zero. I should have known they would leave but I was banking on at least one more day, which happens to be today.
Well let me tell you the last thing you want to have happen, has a guide is to have a new client that has never fished with you before, and spend a half day not catching more than a couple of fish. To make things even more interesting the new client was 6 year old Cody, his father, mother, and grandfather.
Well knowing I had a young man of this age on my boat today, I decided to catch some bait for the first time this year. After having spent a better part of a half day looking for the elusive redfish I had been catching and even striking out on trout and lady fish, I went for broke and put all my cards in on my reputation, and took a long run back from where I started the morning off.
Now let me repeat, I put all my cards in and went to a old snook fishing hole, since I had caught all this white bait, and not wanting to let Cody think the only fish to be caught was bait. I even had to run 3 miles out of the way to avoid the white cap chop on Charlotte Harbor to get to where I was going, talk about a long shot, this was it. But what I later found out was having Cody on your boat was like having a lucky charm in you pocket.
Cody landed the first Snook at 8.5 lbs, and we caught about 20 or so more along with some keeper trout for dinner. Most of the snook where 4-6 lbs, the best part we caught fish every time I let Cody do the chumming. Cody it was a pleasure having you with me today you are a great young man and an awesome fisherman. The smile on your face and the conversations we had to day made me remember why I do this. Thanks for helping me remember why I became a fishing guide.
Take A Young Person Fishing It will make you feel good.