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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby Andy » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:22 pm

Looks like you guys have been killin them,, we went today if you can brave the cold the Fishin is ridiculous!!
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby barhopper » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:44 pm

We also went today. Caught 23 over 18” with 6 of those over 27”. Good quality fish.
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby Andy » Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:54 am

Just a question, Are you guys throwing artificial or bait. Typical we castanet Mudminnows for the Reds and throw plugs for our Trout.

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:07 pm

I’m glad bar hopper and Andy got out and had some great fishing. Y’all have been doing great. I have been throwing mud minnows and shrimp pretty much and the trout usually take them no problem. I haven’t seen any trout to speak of since the real cold set in though. Was wondering if y’all were catching them. I did go out today with an old buddy of mine Ky and we had a great trip too and caught about a dozen reds but most 25 inches or bigger today.
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby barhopper » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:18 pm

Haven’t caught a trout in a few weeks, like you not since the cold weather. I’ve been using cut mullet and shrimp. Shrimp have been a little hard to come by lately so I’ve been cast netting mullet when we go out. Fillet them them cut into strips.

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby Andy » Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:55 am

We're lucky to have a creek for some reason always hold trout when the water is really cold, my buddy made 5 casts and caught 5 trout in the 17-22 inch slot they seem to love a mirodine fished slow. Those are some sweet reds fitnast !! We r fortunate to have such an amazing fishery. Tight lines

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:22 pm

Thanks for the tip about the mullet Bar hopper. Will def give it a try. I would love to throw on a plug Andy and try it. The bite was on fire all week with some amazing fishing going on. Today was the best bite I have been on since November. Probably caught over 50 reds today and all were quality fish over 25 inches all on the mud minnow.
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby Huntingwithahoyt » Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:44 pm

Caught 20 reds in one hole....10 over 25, only 3 shorts!!!!
What a beautiful day....but a little chilly this morning, 30 when we left the dock at 815....didn’t see any dead fish. Tried one spot for trout....nothing!!!!
Great day and plenty of action!!!

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby barhopper » Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:45 pm

A little slower today. No problem catching fish but the bite dropped off. Weather was not as nice as yesterday. I was wanting to go yesterday but it didn’t work out. Hey Hoyt, judging by the carcasses in the water behind the cleaning table I’d say yesterday was pretty good.

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby Huntingwithahoyt » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:24 pm

Yea there were quite a few people there....some bank fishing too

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:20 pm

Fished last Monday and Tuesday and the Fishing remained awesome with a bunch of big reds and even got some trout back in the mix. Monday we boated a little over 20 reds and three trout. One trout was a trophy at almost 28 inches. Tuesday we boated somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 reds, all reds were upper or overs. Great few days of fishing.
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:50 pm

Fished Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Monday the bite was awesome with lots of reds but not many with a lot of size but got a few good ones. Tuesday not much tide to speak of with the strong wind and caught a duzen big reds. Thursday was decent early on the low water with about a dozen good ones but died on the full moon incoming with nothing to speak of. Hit a hole just north of airboat ramp on Tuesday and when I pulled up there were three undersized reds filleted laying on the bank which was a sad sight to see. Caught one 23 inch trout all week, but did hear my buddy’s in homosassa have a big push of trout in on this moon. Warm weather I’m the forecast should get the fish moving this week
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby barhopper » Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:28 pm

I fished Tuesday and Wednesday. Caught about the same both days. No trouble catching reds. No trout. Two flounder. A few oversized. 8 to 10 good slots each day with lots of cobbs.
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:50 pm

Glad you found some good reds Barhopper. I think I chatted with y’all for a few minutes at Captain Coves. I would have introduced myself had I known it was you. Feel a bit silly telling you how good the redfishing has been. If anyone would know how good it is would have been y’all. Keep up the good work bud.

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby Andy » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:18 pm

Looks like you guys have been wearin them out lately. We finally got to pull off a trip today, with this hard east wind she was a low one. We got our Trout on plugs and caught quite a few big reds, fishing is still top notch! Fitnast is that just a friend that looks like Mark Nichols or is that the Man?
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby barhopper » Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:04 pm

Thanks for that. Judging by your posts you’ve had good fishing also. I went again today, had to guide the women around. Caught some nice ones. Actually caught a couple nice trout. Wind was tough all day.
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:09 am

Man y’all are on them nice fishing. Andy that’s actually Skip Nielsen. He is a legend in the world of fishing and has been a guide out of Bud and Mary’s in Islamorada since 1970. He helped pioneer the way a lot of the fishing gets done down there. I was def a bit nervous to fish with him but it worked out pretty good and we had a nice day. Super great guy and his wife Cyd is An incredible angler.

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:57 pm

Fished Monday Tuesday and Thursday this week. On Monday we caughtvabout 30 reds with about 15 being upperslot and a few trout. Tuesday I fished pretty far north and went in two creeks I have never been before. First creek we struck out. The second creek which had more rock and was much shallower had lots of reds in it abd a nice hole in the back. We caught about 10 nice reds and 5 really nice trout. Today I decided to pop to the bars just out front and see if the trout have shown yet with this warming trend. Hit 4 spots and caught them every cast pretty much at all 4 stops. I Left the reds alone today, but had a great morning trout trip. Lots of warming coming should scatter the reds and have a big push of trout come in along with some nice pompano next week on the new moon.
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby barhopper » Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:58 pm

Nice. The forecast warm weather will hurt the creek fishing but pick it up in the mouths and bays. You fishing Yankeetown?

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby Andy » Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:11 pm

That's a nice bunch of Trout fitnast, I hate to say it but I think it's winding down. going next weekend we'll post report

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:22 am

I Fish from power plant to turtle bay pretty much, I will be fishing my winter boat for another 3 or 4 weeks for reds and trout pretty much. Will keep yall updated with the fishing. Then I switch to my other boat and my tarpon, snook and drum season goes from mid march till mid October. I had a blast fishing this winter and enjoyed everyones input here. it was a Pretty solid bite most all winter long

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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby kwanjangnihm » Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:26 pm

fitnast are you a full-time guide in that area?
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:18 am

I’m not a full time guide anymore. I work 3 12 hour days in accounting and finance. I was a guide full time from 2002 until 2015. Got burnt on it. Now I can still take a few of my regulars but I’m enjoying much more fun fishing these days. This week was proof to me that the creek fishing is def over. Monday hit a creek mouth and the fish were fired up on topwater. Caught a bunch of snook and reds. Popped out for a limit of trout and 1 pompano after. Tuesday just went trout fishing and we grinded our a limit with lots of shorts and caught some huge jacks on the bars. Wednesday morning hit my favorite winter hole and only caught five cob reds on the neg low. Moved to 4 others holes that were good all winter and only caught 1 more red. Popped out and got a limit of trout and found a huge school of big black drum. Thursday hit a creek mouth and caught one red, popped out front and caught about 7 or 8 nice ones. Then really had to work hard for a limit of trout, found big drum school again and also caught two pompano. Had to work hard all week to stay on the fish but the pattern has completely changed.
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby Andy » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:11 pm

Well I’m with fitnast, I believe the winter bite is over. We could scrounge up our limit of reds but it’s tuff, hardly any trout and they were shorts. Guess it’s time to park the airboat and hop in the Hewes. I’ll catch up with you guys in the fall
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Re: Redfish Reports

Postby fitnast » Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:17 am

Hope you get on them good in the hewes Mr Andy. Fished Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Monday the bite was on fire with a good low. I fished with Leiza who is from CCA Star redfish tournament director. We hammered the big reds and slot snook in a good trench near a creek mouth. 20 or more snook and close to 30 good reds. Then popped out front and hammered the trout and pompano. Then on the way in we found a nice group of Tarpon and hooked a 100 pounder that broke us off. Tuesday did a quick half day trout trip. Hit a limit on just a few stops, also caught some small reds and snook. Wednesday caught 12 reds and popped out front to get back on that big school of drum. We hammered on them for a while catching several pushing 60 lbs. then a big school of monster reds pushed up on us and Miss Susan hooked up a giant. This red was every bit of 45-50 inches and over 30lbs. About 25 minutes later pulled the hook so we didn’t get a pic but an incredible sight to see none the less. Was an incredible week to be in the gulf with great fishing and beautiful weather.
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