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Posted: Jan. 23 2005,07:21

Went over to Rookery Bay a few days ago in my hunt for a Snook or Redfish. Beautiful day..incoming tide...light breeze.
Started off working the shoreline plugging mangroves.
Saw a number of muds while working the oyster bars. Had one nice snook hit on a Cotee jig but no hookup.

Worked back to the channel and started getting a few bumps. Finally got hooked up to a nice Ladyfish. Could not get over how it was fighting. Nice jumps ...drag screaming on occasion. Get it to the boat and its a nice 5# fish. Caught about 5 more. was getting tired and started to head back in.

Was a real nice day on the water.

Chef Mike
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Posted: Jan. 23 2005,10:50

Nice report Chef,
A ladyfish is no lady but sure serves to take the skunk off a fishing trip!
Maybe they're nick named "ten pounders" because a 5 Lb. fish fights like it's 10!?

One of these days you and I need to hook up for a paddle.

North? South? Central? East Coast? West Coast? Pan Handle?
So many choices.

I love Florida!

"A good rule of angling philosophy is not to interfere with any fisherman’s ways of being happy, unless you want to be hated." -Zane Grey, Tales of Fishes, 1919
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Posted: Jan. 24 2005,06:01

Chef will recall that Joe, Sue Sea and I did Rookery last year about this time and it was one of those truly memorable days.

Anyway after you leave the little lagoon which is home to the launch you will come upon the end of the river which runs east/west with a marked channel down the center.

That day we were facing 20 knot east winds, so we'd struggle east a couple hundred yards, then get blown right back and drift west down the channel, have time for maybe 15 casts., then do it again.

Each time we'd get 3 to 5 hookups and I swear I had a record breaker (don't recall but the ladyfish record is under 10 lbs).  I brought a contender to yakside then lost him.

We finally gave up simply because our arms got tired from catchin and paddlin.  All in all an awesome day.  If you get a chance don't miss out on Rookery.  A beautiful rustic launch down a long dirt road, no marina, no bull.  Just back to nature in an amazing setting.


Here's the trip report from last year:
Rookery Bay Trip

Tight lines,
Capn Jimbo

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