Fishing Report - Week Ending 10/17/2009

Neon Knight and our first cold front....

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Fishing Report- week ending 10/17/2009

This week was spent doing some boat maintenance, rigging rods and leaders for upcoming trips and developing a couple of new patterns; the 'Red Reaper' and 'Neon Knight.' I will have pictures of these patterns under 'our flies' very soon.

Yesterday found me poling the back bays of the 10k with Al and Judy Graci under some tough conditions as our first cold front arrived in full force. The temperatures plummeted from the high 80s down to the low 50s in less than 12 hours. Cloudy skies and winds made sight fishing difficult at best but we were able to get a shot at a very large snook at a creek mouth and connect with another just down the bank that was laid up on an oyster bar. The first snook got a look at a top water popper but just was not interested. We changed to a Neon Knight and the second fish ate it on the first cast. Next bank, Al hit a big jack and we decided to move.

I spotted a few reds on the oyster bars but the clouds and discoloration of the water made it all but impossible for Al to get a shot.

We found one very large tarpon, I would guess at 80 pounds plus, in a corner of a back-bay; she rolled 3 or 4 times but no good shot. Others were there but due to the conditions, we just could not see them before we were on top of them. I am guessing the cold front will send these fish packing south. By early afternoon the rain and high tide had us headed back to the Port. All in all, it was a tough day given our conditions but not a total bust.
All the best,
Capt. Bill