Springtime is in full swing. Minus a few quick and blustery cold fronts, we are well on our way into one of the best fishing periods of the year. Water temps have been climbing into the upper 70’s, even reaching 80° in areas. Big schools or sardines and threadfins have swarmed along area beaches, passes and western grass flats. It’s really just a spring time cornucopia out there![lightbox link=”http://theintrepidangler.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Nick-double-spot-red-1200px.jpg” thumb=”http://theintrepidangler.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Nick-double-spot-red-1200px-940×705.jpg” width=”940″ align=”center” title=”Hobie Pro Angler Pine Island Sound Redfish Intrepid Angler” frame=”true” icon=”image”]
Last weekend, I was able to take a friend out for a short morning trip in Pine Island Sound. We splashed the Hobie Pro Anglers just after sunrise and made our way to where I hoped a few fish would be staged up.
Luckily, it didn’t take long to find a few nice fish. We managed to pull several up 20 inch trout from a narrow pot hole in 4 feet of water, just off an 18 inch deep flat. I had saved some fresh frozen threadfin from a recent tarpon trip and we chunked them up into thirds for bait.[lightbox link=”http://theintrepidangler.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Ross-powerpole-trout.jpg” thumb=”http://theintrepidangler.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Ross-powerpole-trout-940×789.jpg” width=”940″ align=”center” title=”Capt. Ross Gallagher Hobie Pro Angler Sea Dek Kayak Sea Trout Pine Island Sound” frame=”true” icon=”image”]
After catching a few trout, I slid my Power Pole Micro Spike up and was just about to pole off in search of reds, when I noticed a school of 10 or more upper slot fish 10 yards from where we were anchored. With the low sun and lots of glare, it was difficult to see them when seated. Luckily, I had my RCI Optics Mosquito Lagoon sunglasses to cut the glare and allow me to see the fish before spooking them.
We tossed a few chunks of threadfin near the small school of fish and pulled two out before it was time to head in. I hate to leave fish biting, but we were already late for an afternoon with the wives and kids. But so is life.
Until next time, tight lines.– Capt. Ross