The Fishing Fools Thread....

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  1. G8trGr8t

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    Nice grouper...east coast?
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    GOM off Panama City. I had a pair of these...within two pounds of each other...29lb and 27lb. Had another one similar size better than half-way up when toothy showed up and got an easy grouper lunch. I can live with breaking one off, but I absolutely hate to feed one of these to a stinking shark. It makes me say bad words.
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    Hey fools! It's been a while. I was down in St. Pete last week and we had a great trip considering its the dog days of summer and there have been so many storms to dodge. We fished an evening up in weedon and i had a nice slam (snook, redfish, trout) highlight was the 27" would-be tounrnament winning redfish and 2 snook. The snook were small so the next time we went out we headed to the passes and beaches. We caught about 10 nice snook near pass-a-grille and fort desoto. First time really doing that, but it might be my new favorite thing. Beautiful clear water and site casting /chumming big snook on the beach.... amazing. Our best was 34", my biggest was 28".
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    Took my son out Saturday and fished the bay side of Sanibel and Blind Pass between Sanibel and Captiva. Lot of small white bait on the flats. Caught too many mangrove snapper to count, 6 small snook, and had lots of fun with the jacks on the flats busting the bait. Probably caught 12 - 15 of them on gold spoons. Water at Blind Pass was very clear on the incoming tide with 15 - 20 feet of visibility and could see large schools of snook there but with so much bait in the water they weren't feeding very aggressively.
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    Good to see you back in here dropping a line!
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    caught quite a few of these guys Saturday, most smaller than this one, and lost a couple of freight trains into the docks but couldn't get any bites on heavy enough tackle to turn the big ones. still fun watching the helpless look on my son's face as he gets spooled with the big ones running down current back to the docks.

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    and a lot of the jacks were around. these were just the right size for the light tackle. best fish in the water for kids, bite hard, fight hard.
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    Seward 2016..37.8 lb King Salmon ..round and under the boat a few times caught on tackle fishing for 10 - 15 lb silver salmon. Had to help him keep the rod off the boat rail a few times and stretch it out around the outboards but he did the majority of the work. He couldn't hold it up until the captain cut off one side of the fillet. Kid has caught more, and now bigger, King Salmon than I have. That ain't right.

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    I was VERY fortunate to be able to get up to Kodiak, AK for a fishing trip a couple weeks ago with a few guys I work with. One of those guys is retired Coast Guard and was stationed there for several years. He knew a lot about the island from his time there and really put us on the fish. Beautiful place...put it on your list if you love to fish and hunt. We primarily fished the 'road system' for silvers and made one trip offshore for rock fish, yellow eye and 'butts'. Here are a few pics:

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    A few more...

    The walk into one of the spots we fished:
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    Another Buskin silver
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    Pasagshak River (crazy beautiful place)
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    From the deeper water:

    Yellow eye (delicious)
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    The box (complete with some respectable 'butts', rock fish, cod and yellow eye)
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    Some scenery shots

    Looking out from a spot near the Coast Guard station.
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    Kodiak Harbor
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    Another view
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    And finally...some food:

    Fresh salmon sushi we made the first night from silvers we caught that afternoon:
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    And the obligatory cedar plank silver
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    Very nice. You fish killer. LOL.
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    Awesome pics bay. Been to AK once while my brother was working for an outfitter up there doing Kodiak Island bear hunts and Dahl Sheep up near Denali.
    Fished for silvers in Talkeetna. Want to go back sooner than later.
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    Thanks LW. I see how easy it is to get enamored with all AK has to offer...even if you're just toting a camera instead of a flyrod or rifle. Last year's silver run was huge according to the folks we talked with. We're already scheming up plans to get back in 2018 when the big fish return to the rivers to spawn. Something else I didn't have perspective on...just how huge AK is. It's wild, rugged and vast. From 38,000 feet...glaciers and snow covered mountains as far as the eye can see:
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    Cut it in half and both halves would be bigger than Texas. Looks like you got some great fishing in. Hope the fish was still frozen when you got home
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    It was all still frozen. Island Seafood did a great job packing it for shipping.
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    Off the water in time for kickoff!
    Buffalo fried lobster and coconut crusted grouper!
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    At least you had some mighty fine grub! Nice haul.
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    Looking forward to spending 9 days in St. Pete over Thanksgiving break. The fishing was phenomenal last year this time.. mid to low 80's and the snook were ravenous.