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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.
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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