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NE FL Snook, etc. (08/26/18)

Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:26 pm
by Mudfish
The Snook are steadily rebounding in our area from the Big Freeze. I catch them fairly often, and they are definitely getting bigger each year. I haven’t been out on the yak in a while, but on Sunday I fished one of the JKF Fishing Spots and landed a nice size Snook around 30”, and lost a smaller one around 18” .

The first fish of the day was a Snook about 18”. I was throwing a Smoke color Gulp Swimming Mullet on a 1/8 oz jig head. I cast the Gulp into an eddy on the backside of a point and got a thump. As soon as I set the hook the Snook skyrocketed, shook violently, and threw the hook.

I continued to work the grass line up the creek throwing a variety of lures: the Gulp, a gold spoon, and a Spook Jr. I spooked several large fish that did not look like Redfish wakes. Big boils and big wakes. I decided to try and intercept them further up the creek, so I gave them a wide berth and headed to the opposite shoreline. As I approached the other shoreline I noticed a bunch of bait fish fleeing and jumping with a big wake following them several yards behind. I dropped the Gulp right in the middle of the school of bait fish and let it sit until the big wake got closer, then I bounced it a few times and got a solid thump. I set the hook and my line began slicing the water across the creek at a very high speed. I already knew what it was. As I tightened up the drag, the line rose to the surface and a big Snook began doing a tail dance. I kept my rod tip low to keep the fish down and began pedaling my Native backwards to drag the fish out into the middle of the creek, away from the grass and oyster bars. After a series of powerful and fast runs, I was getting concerned that its razor sharp gill plates were going to cut my line, so I decided to net the Snook while it was still a little green. I took a few pics and got it back into the water right away. It revived quickly, and after it released its bite on my hand, it cruised away.

Feeling pretty satisfied, and with a thunder storm approaching, I decided to try for some other species while I had time. I caught one Redfish, then staked out on a bend, dropped down some fresh dead shrimp and caught a mixed bag of Croakers, Sheepshead, Black Drum, and a Whiting. I kept three big Croakers, one lower slot Black Drum, and the Whiting. A couple of the Sheepsheads were legal size, but too small to keep. We grilled the fish whole for dinner last night. The Croakers were excellent, as was the Black Drum, but the Whiting was not as good as the ones I catch in the surf.

Re: NE FL Snook, etc. (08/26/18)

Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:35 pm
by Mudfish
Other species caught on Sunday...

Re: NE FL Snook, etc. (08/26/18)

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:23 am
by SRAces
We have been catching snook now almost to the Econfina River in the Gulf. That's west of Perry, Florida. They seem to be migrating northward now on the Gulf side. Pretty sure it's the warmer waters and better oxygenated water versus the red tide waters the folks down south have been dealing with.

Re: NE FL Snook, etc. (08/26/18)

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:05 pm
by JohnYaksJax
Hey Mudfish....Nice to see a fishing report from you....been awhile, and I hope everything with you and yours is OK...??

Great pix as usual and CONGRATS on your quantity and quality, and that 30" Snookie is a beauty....WTG!!!
Sure is nice to head home with a case of "snook thumb".....from lipping the snook and having them scratch your thumb on their tongue patch and jaw!!

Re: NE FL Snook, etc. (08/26/18)

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:46 pm
by Mudfish
Thanks, Steve & John!

Hey John, all is well. I’ve just been fishing from a power boat prior to this trip. But, time to start stalking the creeks from the yak again. And “Yes”, I definitely got a case of “Snook Thumb”! I zoomed-in on the Snook pic and it looks like that one almost got away. Frayed 20# Seaguar fluoro.

Re: NE FL Snook, etc. (08/26/18)

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:26 pm
by RLend
Great report as usual Jim. The fish were right where you left them in the creeks. You always seem to have them dialed in. Thanks for the report.

Re: NE FL Snook, etc. (08/26/18)

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:00 am
by Mudfish
Thanks, Ron!