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Posted: Dec. 29 2004,13:55

Decided to go brave the winds and went to West lake park with Capn Jimbo. We paddled out of the creek and headed to the North side and hug the points out of the wind.

Was using a new jig i recieved from the Ikfa association goody bag. I suk with names...however its from Texas and the jig head has a rattle in it. I was using a bright chartreuse color.

Was getting a number of small hits in one area and then bam!!! a nice snooky took me for a little ride. Got him to the yak and was able to get some pics too..(Capt....please post pics!)

Capn picked up a nice Jack during a little bait bust in the lake. A great day on the water. And finally have new found hope that this is an interesting fishery. Its also a great place to paddle with nice Birds to chek out.

:chef:

Capn here: here's your pic Chef.  BTW, if anybody else needs a pic added to their post, send it to me...



Edited by Capn Jimbo on Dec. 29 2004,14:19

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Posted: Dec. 29 2004,14:17

Snook season opens Jan 1, right? May be a new year's resolution brewing....
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Posted: Dec. 29 2004,14:38

Nice catch Chef.  It all started when I got (another) new ride (betcha can't guess what this one is) and we decided to go to crappy old West Lake just to paddle in the lee of the wind and fart around.

Never expected to catch anything; so many of us have given up on West Lake (btw, this is the one off Sheridan in Hollywood).  So Mike grabbed his new Pelican (perhaps the greatest fishin machine ever) and my new ****** (name withheld, if I told ya, I'd have to kill ya),  a true big surf fishin weapon.

We discovered the time - high tide (so what else is new), the place (protected bay), the weapon, chartreuse rubber on jigheads of the same color (Texas something...jig head has a rattle built-in) and the technique (skipcast under the mangroves and be ready for a quick tug; otherwise a slooow retrieve w/ occasional small jigs to run that rattle).

(Thanks to west coast Dirty Dave, a true gentleman, super guide, and good human being for this technique)

Mike got hit after hit. Snook are quick and smart, it's more like a little tug and you've gotta strike instantly.  Both of us have honed some decent "guide casts" with a few into the mangroves just to prove we had fishin cajones.

Finally he scored this very healthy and feisty male (how did I know that, you tell me).  Great fight, multiple jumps.  And I got his pic (above).  Again, congrats Mike, it was a great paddle despite the 25+ winds.

:capn:

Ps.  Here's the mystery craft.  Glass SOT optimized for the surf and fishin, built-in skeg AND through hull rudder.  Center access for rods, built in baitwell, smoooth rudder system, huge front storage depression and netting, 3 rod holders.  Built for BIG surf (think 6 foot plus) yakfishin .



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Posted: Dec. 29 2004,17:20

Were is the best place to put in there,is it at the nature center or on the side of the road of Sheridan or Dania
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Posted: Dec. 29 2004,19:21

Just east of the ICW on Sheridan, you turn south into the park (NOT north, no launches at the nature center).  It's usually free, I think $1 on the weekends.  Take a left after the toll booth, and you'll see the launch area.

Very convenient.  You can also launch on the NE side of the ICW bridge on Sheridan, but pretty rocky, you'll have a bit of a carry. Better eyeball it first.

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Posted: Dec. 29 2004,22:25

Good job guys, nice snook!

Have't been to West Lake in awhile, looks like it might be time for a trip back. Hmmm...if that's the bay I'm thinking of I always thought it looked fishy; and I'd seen fish hitting in there before. Of course I wasn't fishing out of my yak at that point, just thinking about it (of course I didn't realize other people had thought about it at the time).

Hey chef, I just got my ikfa goody bag. didn't get the rattle jig; just 2 packs of tsunamis.

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Posted: Dec. 30 2004,03:14

Hey Ken,,, sorry you did not get a pack of those jigs....There called Texas Thunder I think. I got a pack of the Tsunamis too. Dont think I will be using those anytime soon...bad mojo :(

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