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FISH…its what’s for dinner!

Jan 13th 2011 at 7:58 AM

You could say I love eating fish for dinner, and that would be true. But, the fact is I not only love eating fish for dinner, I love catching them also.

This morning I decided to go do some fishing. After all, I spend my days on the computer and really love a good break like fishing. At least until my lovely wife Karen gets home, then my total attention is focused on her. I love it more when she goes fishing with me but that’s saved for the weekends.

After watching “Wake up with Al” on our national weather channel around 6:00 AM, the report said it was going to be a really good day. After all, it is April and between really cool mornings and the hurricane season starting in June.

The temp was a cool 58 degrees with winds 5-10 MPH. Since the barometer was setting at only 30.09 inches, I decided that fishing was definitely on the schedule.

After my Honey left to make that short 6-mile drive into her office, I put my fishing clothes on, went into the garage and hooked up our small 14’ aluminum boat to the truck. I readied our small cooler with a bottle of water and a little ice in case I did catch something.

I jumped into the Toyota Tacoma, slowing pulled the boat out of the garage and proceeded to the bait shop near the place I love to fish, which is called Burnt Store area some 7 miles from our house. The water in this area is called brackish because it’s a mixture of salt and fresh water, but its filled with plenty of different types fish.

Living in Florida has definite advantages if you love to fish like I do so there’s water everywhere to choose what you want to try for.

After getting a couple dozen live shrimp, I drove to the launch and prepared the boat for a smooth launch. It was anything but smooth, because of all things I need to remember, I actually installed the drain plug accidentally in the live well drain hole! In my panic, I ran back up to the truck and backed hurriedly into the water to put the boat back on the trailer.

It only took me 10 minutes to drain all the water out and place the drain plug in the right place! It was so embarrassing that I actually looked around to make sure nobody saw me! Then I just laughed like I normally do. After all, it had only been over 10 years since I forgot to put the drain plug in.

Naturally, the 25 HP Evinrude started right up and I was off within minutes to the first dock I normally start at.

Only got one short bite there so pulled anchor and went to the 2nd dock. Right away I saw my line moving so I slowly started reeling in only to find I had hooked a 13” Sheepshead. The legal limit is 12” so this one went into the cooler!

Made several more casts and hooked into several small sheepshead so pulled anchor and move again to another dock. No luck there so moved again and again and again with still no luck.

I had decided that I’ve already got dinner so I headed back to the launch. Of course I had plenty of shrimp left so decided to stop at another dock I like.

At this point I had already been fishing about 1-½ hours with only one legal fish in the cooler, so I baited up, cast under the dock and all of a sudden it was like someone turned on a switch and the fish started biting every cast. I noticed the water temp had climbed up a mere 3 degrees so I’m guessing this may have started the steady bite.

Over the next hour I bagged two legal 10” Mangrove Snappers and tossed back many small snapper and sheepshead.

After starting my day with a small setback, I did manage to bring home two fish dinners.

I’m one of these fishermen who don’t really go try to catch the largest fish; I love fishing so much that catching ANY fish is worth every bit of effort! Then there’s the eating part……….YUMMY!

There’s a lot of good books out on fishing but one sticks out the most and that is: Learn Instant Crappie Catching Tricks. Learn how to catch these great eating fish all year long!

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