22 January 2013

Islamorada Journal 2013…23 JAN

Wayne and Yves fished with me Tuesday on Shoo-Fly.

The winds were pushing 15 kts. all day so we had to limit our fishing to areas of at least some protection from the waves...but that turned out not to be a hindrance and we probably caught 50-60 fish...trout, jacks, ladies, macs, and, as you'll see below, a shark.

Yves landed this nice Spanish mackerel early in the day; it ran nearly all the line off Yves's reel before it finally went into the livewell.

In one spot where we fished we had a problem with terns trying to grab our plastic baits as soon as they hit the water. One actually latched onto Yves's lure but fortunately it didn't get hooked.

Unhooking birds is no fun as they spend the time trying to nail you with their beaks.

Dolphins were feeding in one area.

This one broke off from a mother and pup and came over to check us out.

Wayne landed this spinner shark without a wire leader on his line. Fish was so lightly hooked that it couldn't get its teeth on the monofilament...else Mr. Shark'd have made short work of that.

We weren't sure if the shark grabbed Wayne's lure, or if it grabbed a smaller fish that had eaten the lure and gotten hooked up by proxy.

Ladyfish mangled my fly and had it pretty deep inside its maw.

Managed to set it loose unharmed.

All the lunkheads are not on Long Island Sound.

This trio saw we were catching fish and followed our drift coming within 100 yards of Shoo-Fly. Down here the rule of thumb is no closer than 400 yards...and if you get closer than that to a professional guide, you're likely to get a verbal thrashing.

The mud we were fishing was petering out, so we left the area and found another with no problem.

I got a nice Spanish mackerel...not as big as the one Yves landed earlier in the day, but a real fighter.

Both of those mackerel ended up at the fileting station with Wayne doing the honors.

A great day on the water.

Meanwhile, in other news...

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 18 JAN 2013

“The dominant, if rather self-serving, opinion among anglers, some of it based on ‘scientific’ studies, is that fish are cold-blooded, insensate creatures that do not feel the pinch of the hook or the strain of the battle.

”More skeptical anglers look askance at those studies, claiming that common sense dictates that fish must suffer when hooked and fought. They suffer even more and longer when caught on fly and light tackle.”

Source: CTPost.com

• Snakeheads in the Connecticut River?

“Increasingly anglers are reporting catching a strange-looking fish in the Connecticut River….

”…many anglers mistake them for the infamous northern snakehead that has received much media coverage over the past few years….”

Source: Connecticut Wildlife

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