Luckily, I only had one final to study for during the infamous finals week. I decided to take the canoe out with my good friend, Chris Dono, on a study break fishing in Ozello for a day. It was the first time fishing that area and the farthest north I have fished on Florida’s west coast so I was really excited to learn some new things. We got to the launch around 7:45 and paddled immediately to the far shoreline where we started throwing Zara Spook topwater plugs. The first thing I noticed about this area was that there was good tidal flow, never ending mazes of grass, and plenty of oyster bars to go around.

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It’s easy to get lost in the maze of water snaking through marsh grass

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Beautiful landscape is all over the place

After almost a hour of religiously throwing top waters, jerk shads, and mirrodines we still had not caught a single fish despite the seemingly plentiful food in the form of mullet of all sizes. I saw one particularly large school of finger mullet coming out of a cut that had a lot of water moving through it so I quickly tied on an Unfair Lures Dinkum Mullet in the 90mm size and on the second cast hooked up to this solid 27″ Redfish.

Unfair Lures Mullet

Unfair Lures Mullet

27" Ozello Redfish

27″ Ozello Redfish

 

Chris Dono

Chris Dono

 

We proceeded to explore the grassy backcountry, but after a few short strikes and only ladyfish to show for our efforts we headed back out to the main channel and worked our way down fishing openings with lots of water moving through. Those produced a few nice size trout which we threw in the cooler to keep for dinner.

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Ladyfish

Trout

17″ Trout

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Another Mullet Victim

 

 

The next hour was spent fishing oyster bars with fast current flowing over them. I scored on a 29″ snook that absolutely inhaled the Unfair Lures Mullet. Chris then got on the board with a nice 18″ trout that he got on his first cast with..you guessed it.. the Unfair Lures Mullet.

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Unfair Lures “Dinkum” Mullet

Just as we started consistently getting hit by and catching solid trout an angry home owner got tired of us catching fish in front of his house and proceeded to literally boat circles around us multiple times which, combined with an invasion of large dolphins, completely shut off the fishing.

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After a solid six hours on the water and only 4 miles in total travel we called it a day. All in all my first trip to Ozello was a fun and rewarding experience. The fish were concentrated in areas with good tidal flow and were keyed in on the mullet all day long. The Unfair Lures Mullet really did the trick and made a believer out of my buddy Chris.

Chris has a sweet app called "Navionics" which has the ability to trace your path, show you the tides, and place markers where you caught the fish. It's 10$ in the app store but is an incredibly useful tool

Chris has a sweet app called “Navionics” which has the ability to trace your path, show you the tides, and place markers where you caught the fish. It’s 10$ in the app store but is an incredibly useful tool

There’s really no better way to take a study break than to go fishing, especially with a good friend.

Thanks for reading!

Preston Haytac