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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby barhopper » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:19 pm

We didn’t whack them but caught good quality fish. One over slot the rest over 23”. Didn’t win but had a great time with the boys.
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby Coastslider » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:17 pm

Very nice

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby Andy » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:47 pm

Nice job guys, Fishin should only get better!! Tight lines

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:38 am

NICE FISH BARHOPPER. GREAT JOB

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:51 am

Well this week was a good one. Monday was the winter bite I have been searching for. It was in low 40's when we left and the front had a strong NE wind that dumped the already low tide out even lower. We lost count on reds, sheepshead, snook and got a flounder also. A few overslots and lots of mid and top slot reds were on the chew. Best redfish day for me this season. Tuesday was not the same conditons and even though I followed the same game plan we only caught 17 reds a few snook a sheephead and a flouner. Once the tide came in I bounced out a bit cause it slicked out and caught a bunch of nice slot trout with two over 20 inches. Made a decent run Wednesday to avoid all the boat traffic from this holiday week and it was a good decision. We Started on the outgoing and got a few smaller reds and some slot trout. Once the tide got low enough I got on a few spots that were holding some nice reds and sheeps with one overslot and a few top slots. On the incoming the bigger trout stared to eat pretty good and we finished our limited and headed in early. The weather was perfect and the fishing was pretty good. Thursday was a complete rain out. Hope eveyone had a great holiday and got some quality family time. Next week the tides are very slow and not much movement so I don't anticipate the bite to be super strong, hope yall have a great weekend.

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:56 am

Spent the entire week fishing again and even though the tides were a bit slow with not much low water to speak of the fishing was pretty good. Left Monday around lunch to fish the outgoing and bottom of the tide. The bite was great we got big trout with 3 over 20 inches and a bunch of upper slot fish. We caught about 7 or 8 reds low slot and had a double header with two overslots. Tuesday and Wednesday was much of the same, although I fished early and hit the incoming tide and stayed around the creek mouths and didn't go back in. Caught a bunch of big trout and reds and most all stops. Thursday was a tough bite early on and I had to stay on it to get it done. We caught two good reds on the incoming tide and 5 keeper trout and covered a ton of area, the fish were definitely off. Around two o'clock I made a move a bit further out cause it was slick and we started to get big trout every cast. The weather every day was picture perfect and the water clarity is improving. Great low tides next week should hopefully make for some great fishing. Good luck to the guys who will be out there this weekend on the hunt.

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby Huntingwithahoyt » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:53 am

Fitnast.....where are you fishing out of?

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:02 pm

Huntingwithahoyt wrote:Fitnast.....where are you fishing out of?

I fish the Yankeetown and waccassasa areas. Been fishing the area since I was a young man.

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:02 pm

fitnast wrote:
Huntingwithahoyt wrote:Fitnast.....where are you fishing out of?

I fish the Yankeetown and waccassasa areas. Been fishing the area since I was a young man.

would start to upload pictures but cant figure out how to upload them from my phone

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby Huntingwithahoyt » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:24 pm

Tap the little + symbol to the left of where you are typing when you replying....at the bottom you will see ...Image
.tap the second symbol from the left, next to the camera symbol and it will access your photos....the camera symbol lets you take pics.....easy to do

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby Andy » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:01 am

Looks like the weather we need is on the way!!!

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:40 am

Had another good week out there. Had some good lows with the full moon. Monday and Tuesday were grinds pretty much with the full moon and warm weather. Stared out with good low tides early and hole hoped not catching much of anything but a few rat reds and one 25 inch fish. Half way through incoming I popped on the Islands just out front of the creeks and caught a few more smaller slot reds. On the high water I ran further out to some outside spots because it was slicked out and caught lots of big trout and Mack’s. We were able to get our limit on reds and trout both days but didn’t make it happen till later in the day on the higher water. Kept fish one day this week and the rest was all catch and release. On Wednesday the low was much later north so made a good run and caught 6 founder, 7 sheepshead limit of nice trout and about 20 reds with two being overslot and 4 low end slots. Thursday was good hit one hole and caught about 25 redfish with a bunch in slot and came in early. I agree with Andy that the cold weather will push in the fish and make it much easier than it has been the last few weeks. Tried to add more photos but can only add three from my cell phone per post. Next week has some slower moving tides, some of the slowest moving of the year, but some good cold coming so we will see how it is.
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:52 am

Since I can only figure out how to post a few pictures per post here’s a few good trout from last week
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby barhopper » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:16 pm

Very nice! I don’t know what your job is but I sure need one like it.

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby Andy » Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:14 pm

Those are some quality Trout, the bigger Trout have managed to elude us so far but we’ve been lucky with the Reds.
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:12 pm

Wow great reds Andy. That one is a true bull great job

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:27 pm

Had another great week on the water again. We finally got some good lasting cold. The fish did exactly what they do and ran to the deeper holes and creeks in droves. It’s was very very easy on Monday and Tuesday for big upper and overslot reds. Had lots of double and triple headers for both days. Even with the slower moving tides the 55 degree water temps put scattered redfish all together. Seemed like every cast was another good red for two days straight. Took Wednesday off to do some Christmas shopping. On Thursday evening I decided to take a look by my house In crystal river to see how many big snook have pushed into the springs area. Saw tons of big snook and some tarpon. Got 4 overslot and one that was slot sized. Released all fish this week. A slow warm up is on the way but the fronts have plummeted the water temps and fired the fishing off now. Weather looks good and good low tides with low water temps should be an awesome weekend of fishing.
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby Andy » Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:00 am

We just spent 4 days on the coast and as fitnast said the fishing is great, Love this time of the year
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:21 am

Glad you had 4 great days out there Andy. This week was pretty good fishing with some pretty good low tides. On Monday hit three different holes on the low and hit about 10 or 15 mid to upper slot redfish and a bunch of smaller trout. Tuesday hit one hole and caught about 10 good reds out of it. Once the tide came in I struggled to keep the bite going until the water came up real good. Popped on some oyster bars and caught a bunch of smaller trout with a few big ones and a real nice pompano. Wednesday the bite was on all day pretty much at every stop with big reds and big trout. Thursday was tough going on the low with just 4 reds and two trout. About two hours into the incoming with the big west wind and higher water the reds and trout really lit up great with several triple headers abd non stop action for a few hours. We played catch and release all week except kept a few on Tuesday. The weather was outstanding all week but still a bit warm. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:21 pm

Fished last week Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Tuesday had a low outgoing tide. Left in the afternoon about 2 hours before low. Hit one good hole filled with big trout. Caught two over 20 inches and lots of slots. Then pushed back with the tide Fishing a creek that had been pretty good catching reds and every hole. Caught about 15 good reds. Tuesday got set up on the a huge grass flat and poled the low water fishing for tailing reds. Spooked out several and couldn’t quite make it happen. Had about ten good shots at tailers but very spooky fish. Then went in my one grouper trip for the season Thursday abd caught a bunch but it was rough out. Let’s see what this week will bring with some of the coldest weather we have had in about 10 years and some super low tides.
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:22 pm

Very bitter cold week. Braved the front on Monday and fished in some miserable low water cold conditions. Managed 4 keepers, 1 overslot and two shorts. Cut trip short due to being too cold out. Witnessed some of the lowest water I have seen all year. Decided to sit out Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday decided to get in the boat and hunt the yankeetown area to see how the snook were doing. I didn’t witness a bunch of dead snook but did see 3 dead snook and a bunch of dead sailcats in the river. I’m talking with several friends from Waccassasa and the consensus was that they saw hundreds of snook dead. As I write this more reports coming in from yankeetown that more big breeder snook were floating today. I only looked in main river bennets creek and south towards power plant, I did not look north of the river. Ozello was also hit pretty hard the last few days. While I was running around I stopped in a few holes and at around 2 o’clock the reds turned on we caught some nice big keepers that ate aggressively. We Left them biting to come in and thaw out.
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby kwanjangnihm » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:32 am

I hate to hear about the big snook dying from the cold weather, but wouldn't mind if someone dropped a few off to my house that got accidentally scooped up in your landing net. Some filets and cheek pieces would hit the spot followed by a cold beer!! :salute: :cheers: :toothy7:
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby Andy » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:58 pm

That sucks to hear those Snook died, I'm from Naples originally and the snook have really had a rough time in the last several years. I bet with this weather that the Trout and Reds will be stacked in the holes. Soon as we can get everyone in power from this weather I'm going!!!!!

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby barhopper » Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:30 pm

Wore them out today. The wife and I caught 37 over 18”. Two were between 18”and 20”, two were over 27”. Majorly were around 24/25”. Fantastic fishing. Fished in the 3 holes in the same creek. Finally the way it’s supposed to be. Didn’t see dead floaters.
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:14 am

Man way to go bar hopper. Congrats on an outstanding day. I fished Monday, Tuesday and Thursday this week. Monday the bite was on pretty good we boated 27 reds and 5 sheepshead. My buddy was fishing the same creek and he caught over 20 reds on fly with one at 27 inches on fly. Tuesday fished and caught lots of shorts but about 7 or 8 keepers out of about 50 reds. The tide was terrible on Thursday with not much water movement and I knew the bite would be tough with no tidal movement. I decided to pole a shallow section as far back as I could push. The creek was loaded with big reds laying shallow. Had a bunch of follows on topwater, but not much commitment. We did sightfish 5 reds and blew out 50 or so. Tough bite Thursday for me, but saw a ton of big reds. More cold weather coming and some good lows this week should keep the fish deep in the creeks. Hope everyone has a great week out there.
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