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FishinFL

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After reading a lot of Flatsjunkie's (Tony) reports, I decided myself to try fishing the Little Manatee River a little harder. I fish the mouth quite often, but I have never headed way up river. I know Tony won't believe me, but I did text him to see if he wanted to go and my text got returned saying something about an invalid number. So I'm flying solo. I stop at SS Bait and get a dozen large shrimp, but I planned on throwing arti's. On the river about 1 p.m. First off, what a ride. That river is mostly surrounded by woods and it made me think of my childhood. It was really nice to get away from the boat traffic and just fish in the quiet backwaters.

I get to the bridge at I-75 and work a couple of the pilings with a black / gold paddle tail. After about 10 minutes, I decide to anchor up and work one set of pilings hard. I switched to a white Berkley soft plastic and immediately hook up right between 2 pilings. A BIG snook explodes at the surface, hits the water running, jumps again on the other side of the pilings and gone. Normally, I'd be upset, but I was only about 15 minutes into fishing. I worked the bridge for another 1/2 hour or so and nothing. I had seen a couple pontoon boats come from further up river, so I decided to check it out a bit and explore. I found a good little shoreline with some fallin trees and thick brush and started casting. First cast, and I boated about 15 inch snook. Next couple casts, ladyfish. Move around a little bit, another small, dark river snook. I found an area where two little canals met and the water was pretty turbulent. I could tell there were a bunch of fish hanging out, but didn't know what they were. I decided to toss them one of my shrimp with just a small split shot to get it down. Shrimp #1, rat red. Next comes a few more ladies. THEN, I feel what apears to be a couple small thumps, I set the hook and it feels like I just hooked into a brick wall. It fought so hard but slow and steady that I thought it might be a big stingray. To my surprise, up rolls this lunker red. Great fight - drag screaming action. Get him in the boat and snap a quick pic. I was sure he was over slot and didn't bother measuring him, but I'm sure he was 30".

Awesome day on the water. Great peaceful ride back down river and off the water by 4:30. Definitely going to check the river out more often in the winter months.

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Dang I never heard my phone ring and I know I didn't get the text!!! WTF!!!

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Did you get my text the night before that said "Go get a 12 pack and come over"???? Lets tell the whole truth!!!

In all honesty, I spent Saturday morning working on the boat and when I finished, I just hopped in the truck and went. I texted Tony on Friday and the text got returned. Thinking about making the run to the skyway this weekend to get bait and then head back up the river. Wanna go?? Long ride = thirsty fisherman.
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I believe I will be in for this!!! I did get the text the night before but it was late. Thats a nice fish you caught!!! Lets hit it this weekend!!!

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What's a text?   snook crazy

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What's a text?   snook crazy


Don't worry about it - your rotary phone won't accept them.

You might want to upgrade "laptops" too.


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Steve - Comparable to the telegraph or the messenger pigeon, remember those?


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Na, Josh thats still not far enough back, we're talking finger painting on the inside cave walls just hoping that someone comes by to read or see!!!! We're talking the invention of the wheel here buddy!!!!

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IDK why the text was returned. I am in the dog house with my girlfriend because I would not let her call in sick on Sunday when I went out ( I posted a report ). So I am not to sure how she would feel about me going out w/o her two times in a row lol. What is your work schedule? What kind of net do you have? You need at least a 10' 3/8" mesh with 1.5 lbs of weight per foot to get down on the bait in time.
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I never used to buy big expensive cast nets, but I kept running in to that problem, especially around the skyway. At one of our SSA meetings, Mike Anderson recomended (Highly) the Black Pearl cast nets, which I believe are made right here in Florida down in Charlotte County. I decided I'd splurge and give it a try. I bought a 10 footer from T.A. Mahoney's and I'll never rely on a 6' wal-mart special again!!! It really does make all the difference in the world. Not only can you get em' deep, its also nice to only have to throw the net once or twice and get to your hole - none of this throwing a net for an hour thing. 

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Perhaps that's something we need a seminar on - how to cast net and get bait in < 30 min.  I stink at it.

I've pretty much given up netting at the skyway and sabiki 'em.  Seems I get almost as many in the same amount of time and they last longer (less strees); whitebait...I just stink at it.

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If you need cast net lessons, go to T A Mahoney and ask Tarin for instructions. 30 min. later you will be cured! Ask Jim C how he learned?

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If Tarin can teach me, she can teach anyone and you don't get wet. 

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If Tarin can teach me, she can teach anyone and you don't get wet. 


First it's not getting wet, then it's the mascara...you show up at the next meeting wearing a tutu and I feel an intervention coming on.


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What can I say. They were the "catch of the day."

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