The most incredible fight, in and out of the mangroves, for a nice snook. What a fight!
Right before the cold snap this past week, Ryan and I headed up to Stuart to do some more wade fishing. Last week's report can be found here.
https://www.bullbuster.net/com...Needless to say this trip was very productive and I battled one particular fish that gave me a real run for my money.
Working the Mangrove Shoreline.
We started out at first light, with picking up a small under 20 inch snook on a DOA Cal with 1/8oz jighead working the mangrove shoreline. As we headed to a point in the mangroves, Ryan got the first trout of the day. We kept working the mangroves and the outside edge of the flat where it drops off, walking south. I made cast parallel to the shoreline and hooked something that made blistering run and I honestly thought would spool me! Keep in mind we are fishing 2500 sized reels 10lb braided line and 20b fluorocarbon leader. As I was getting striped of line faster than I could walk in my waders, I was relieved when the fish finally slowed down, but at the same time worried as the mystery fish headed straight for the mangroves!!!
The presumed "Snook" was smart and headed right into the mangroves where it wrapped my line in an out like a ball of grandmas yarn! After a careful effort to untangle my line, Ryan and I finally were able to get it cleared and were happy to see the snook had run out of the structure. It made another run straight out to the channel, and worried me as we saw multiple dolphin earlier thrashing snook and trout! I tried to set my self up between the fish and mangroves, in an effort to scare the snook away from running back into the mangroves. To no surprise the snook did just that and made another run for the sticks!! After another careful attempt to untangle my line from the stumps of the mangrove forest, we were able to get the snook out into the open once again. This time I went for the landing and got my hands on this feisty just overslot fish!.
Now I have caught many snook in my day, with multiple over 40inches, but never under-gunned like we were today!
"If you are ever in a situation where you are under-gunned and fishing near structure, it can often times be in your favor to let that fish do what it wants vs. the risk of break due to fraying off with tension."
I knew that I would be able to land this fish with patience and by backing off the drag, letting her do her thing. If you are ever in a situation where you are under-gunned and fishing near structure, it can often times be in your favor to let that fish do what it wants vs. the risk of break due to fraying off with tension. All in all it was a great day of fishing and we ended it with 5 more snook, and around a dozen trout!
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