Windy Day Fishing!

On Saturday, Tania was still not feeling up to going fishing and with the wind forecast of 10-15 kts she wouldn’t have been happy on the water. Tania being the good wife that she is, told me to go ahead and go without her. I reached out to my friend Chris and Steve to join me on the water.

We all arrived at the dock about 6:30am and it was a beautiful morning. It was overcast and the wind was calm, so it should have been a great morning to go fishing! We loaded up and headed out of the marina about 6:50am.

We started fishing south of the marina at the first set of docks. It was the top of the incoming tide, and the water was like glass. At the first dock we worked our way towards shore, and we could see boils about 10 feet off the shore. Steve tossed his red/white Zara Spook topwater and we watched the fish trail the bait for about 10 feet before it nailed it. Steve landed the first fish of the day, and it was a decent size Jack Crevalle. I bleed it out and tossed it into the cooler to make fish dip. Steve has heard of my fish dip but has not had any himself.  Click the link below if you are interested in knowing how I make the Jack Crevalle fish dip.

We were hopeful with a fish on board so quickly, our trip would be a good one with lots of fish caught. Unfortunately, we were mistaken. We worked the docks south with no luck, we didn’t even see anymore boils. After an hour the wind started to pick up. With a SW wind forecasted up to 15kts, I decided to go north to fish the east side of the spoil islands in order to keep us protected from the wind. While we were in the slow zone, I tossed out a Slam Shady and put the rod in the holder. It didn’t take long for Chris to land a ladyfish. Once again we didn’t have any other action.  

We ran north to spoil island SL13 and started fishing the east side. We fished just about every artificial bait we had in the boat. We moved north all the way to SL10 and only had a few bites. The majority of the bites we believe where puffer fish as Chris lost the tail of his paddle tail multiple times and towards the end, we saw a puffer fish chasing his bait.

At this point the wind was really howling and it seemed to be more south than west so I decided to try one last spot which would hopefully protect us from the wind and provide us with fish. We pulled into Taylor Creek and went straight to the bridge and started working the docks. We worked all the docks and didn’t even get a hit. Steve suggested hitting the tree line on the way out. About halfway down the tree line I hooked up. About 10 feet from the boat the fish jumped and spit my hook. I am pretty sure it was a small snook but since I never landed it, I cannot say for certain.

We ended up heading back to the dock about 11:15am. It was a slow day, but we had lots of good conversation. I am grateful I have friends to share the experience with. Talking to others on the water, it seemed it was tough fishing for all. I was happy that both Chris and Steve caught fish. I was disappointed I was not able to close the deal when I had my chance.

When I was cleaning the Jack Crevalle, I noticed there was what I describe as a stone right behind the head along the spine. This is the third Jack Crevalle I have found this stone in. Look at the pictures and if you know what it is please let me know.

Tania and I pray all who made it out this past weekend had a blessed and safe trip. We wish everyone who is planning on going out this week have tight lines and good times.

I highly recommend Captian Billy Briggs from Old Florida Guide Service. Click the link below to check out his webpage. Also click the BassPro Shop link to check out the lure that caught the Jack Crevalle.

Steve fighting a Jack Crevalle

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  1. Anonymous

    Another great day on the water with Capt Mike And Steve

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    1. mschulzefishing

      Thank you!


  2. Anonymous

    There are alot of fish with stones like that in them. When I as in Alaska the Native Americans up there would collect them, polish them and make jewelry with them. Not uncommon in some types of fish. I don’t remember the ones they got it from up there.

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    1. mschulzefishing

      Thank you for the info. I have never noticed them before


  3. Anonymous

    Otoliths (ear stones) are found in the head of all fish other than sharks, rays and lampreys

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mschulzefishing

      Thank you


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