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Ft. Pierce Seawall Action

Ryan Jouppi

 

 

 

 

 

by Ryan Jouppi

 

My dad and I ventured further north this morning than we usually do. We headed up to Ft. Pierce to attempt to stay out of the strong north winds. We got on location a little after sunrise and decided to start our day on some deep docks that came off a nice seawall. Dad was throwing a Gold Unfair Lures Rip N Slash and didn’t take long to get into the action. He casts down the seawall and up comes a nice trout, thrashing around and putting up a great fight! What a way to start the day, a nice gator trout! I got some pics and released it.

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We set back up, and on Dad’s very next cast, he hooks up again! After a quick drag peeling run, the fish turns into dead weight. Not sure what it is, but then we see the color of a nice gag grouper! What?! Dad’s first grouper ever and not a bad one for inshore. We get Mr.Grouper released and set back up again.

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Dad tosses under a dock and this time, I watch the big trout come up and crush the Rip N Slash. This one even bigger than the first big trout! Repeat the process of landing, taking pics and releasing.

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We then go around just a little further and we double up, who has the good fish? Of course! Dad with a small snook and myself with a jack.

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Dad smoked me today and landed some very nice fish. It was a great trip for fishing a completely new area.

Here is a video summary of the day, filmed with a GoPro camera:

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Wintertime Pothole Fishing

Joey Nicotra

 

 

 

By Joey Nicotra

This past Sunday, the day following my trip to Pineland with Preston (see Exploring Pineland), I took my sister, Cassie, for a kayak fishing trip.

We launched out of Pine Island Commercial Marina around 8:30 a.m. to fish the south side of Demere Key in Pine Island Sound. The tide was just starting to bottom out at -.50 feet, and there was exposed seagrass as far as we could see. We paddled out to where about 8 inches of water still covered the grass, and began looking for any potholes and deeper areas. Being that the tide was so low, we focused on finding the potholes where fish would be forced to hide in until the tide came back up.

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I stood and paddled to get a higher vantage point, while Cassie sat poised beside me, ready to cast. The strategy worked, she got three powerful hits from redfish out of the first three holes we came across. Unfortunately, not one of them stayed on the weedless rigged Mirrolure Provoker.

We kept searching, feeling confident, and she eventually connected with this 14” flounder.

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Not 10 minutes later, his twin brother came and ate my Gulp! Shrimp.

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Then it was Cassie getting the bites again, finding a few small trout.

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It had been a while since Cassie caught a nice keeper redfish, so we paddled inland to find one for the dinner table. The tide was still low, and we paddled in to about 1 foot of water. We began drifting and fan casting, and saw some upper slot reds spook away just beyond us. None of the big guys wanted to bite, but I managed to get this small red to eat my topwater lure.

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We kept drifting and fan casting and had pretty slow but consistent action. Along the way, we came across a couple of cool looking horseshoe crabs.

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As we were about to turn around and start fishing our way back, I hear a splash and Cassie’s drag started screaming. I thought for sure she had a keeper redfish on the line. I paddled over to help her land it, and it turned out to be a big 21″ trout.

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To add to the excitement of this huge trout, I noticed something sticking out of its throat while removing the hook…

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Yes, this big trout was in the process of eating a baby trout. Cassie urged me to keep it for dinner since it was clearly not a very nice cannibal trout that was “terrorizing” all the little guys. I couldn’t argue with that, so in the cooler it went!

As we worked our way back over the flat on our way to the ramp, I switched to a gold spoon and got two just under slot redfish and one around 19″.

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When we came up on the last cove, we were both pretty tired and ready to call it a day. That’s when Cassie’s drag started screaming again. This time, it was the redfish we had been looking for all day!

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This was a great way to end the day, so we made the rest of the short paddle back to the ramp.

During the extreme low tides of winter, finding the fish can be easy by simply searching out the potholes and deeper parts of a grass flat. Keep in mind that the cold clear water means the fish will be easily spooked and lethargic. Moving quietly, making long casts, and working lures slowly are the keys to getting the bite catching fish in shallow water winter conditions.

You may even find a fish or two to keep for dinner!

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