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Posted: May 18 2004,15:24

Went across to the west coast today to try and get out of the wind and get a shot at some Snook and or Redfish.
Went to Rookery Bay in Marco Island.  Capt Jim did a write up on this place a while back. Get a chance and check it out! Beautiful area, remote location, not to much boat traffic.

Had a beautiful day  on the water. Weather was great, incoming tide. Winds were bearable. Worked North up the river and stayed along the coast . Worked my usual red/white topwater and another rod with a Nemire gold spoon. Got up on the oyster bars and noticed i was spooking fish all over. Muds everywhere. Saw some Redfish on the move...Fish seemed to be very skittish.
Worked my way up around the spoil islands and not much luck until I came up to one section and saw pelicans divebombing whitebait. I finally see fish blasting bait in the mangroves....make a cast with the topwater and bammm! snook going for the plug. missed it 3 or 4 times...and finally hit it when it was next to the kayak.. a nice little cm#1.5.
while i was taking a pic more fish were blasting bait behind me.

continued on and picked up another snooklet and had a couple more hits but no landings.

No luck with the Redfish. However a great day, a neat spot to fish and get away from it all.
tight lines.
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Posted: May 18 2004,16:11

Hi, Chef--
Great post. I have been eyeing RB since Jimbo's post, too. Now it  sounds 2wice as intriguing!  :love:  It may be just the little trip for the upcoming holiday weekend, to get 'far from the madding crowd'. Hmmmm...

BTW-- I got a couple of those extra-long, mylar-looking trailers for my Nemires recently. I'm dying to try them out in Estero this wk. end. Did you use them, or the regular- sized tails?
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Posted: May 18 2004,16:13

Nice report Mike.   I love this remote launch at the end of a very long dirt road.  Won't soon forget the day Joe, Sue Sea and I fished this location in some very high winds and caught serious ladyfish in the channel until our arms got tired.

Most in the 3 to 6 lb range (for those of you who don't know ladyfish these are serious fightin fish, esp. in high winds and currents).

A real blast.

I just know there are reds to be had here...

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Posted: May 18 2004,17:35

Carol, just used the standard length rubber tails that come with the lure.
Capt....there are reds in there....spooked plenty. There were alot more snook on the move though.
I went down to the beginning of the bay where that shallow oyster bar is and saw tons of huge Sheepshead, also say one tailing Redfish nosing around. Casted to him and he bolted.
Anyone know of a good artificial for Sheepshead?
they were everywhere!
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Posted: May 18 2004,18:07

I've caught Sheepshead on Storm Wildeye Swim Shads while fishing off of Big Morgan on Cape Romano and while fishing in the Mayport Jetties in Jax.

A keeper Sheepshead is a good sized fish. They are quite tasty.
Don't know why they like the Wildeye but they do.

I caught them while fishing for Reds.
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Posted: May 19 2004,18:17

Tanner--
No way! That's remarkable. I didn't think that sheepshead would go for an artifical! Did they strike hard? were you sight fishing?  How were you retrieving the lure (jig and fall, like a bass worm, or what?) Are the Storms scented?
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Posted: May 19 2004,18:38

Don can back me up on this. On one day, at one spot, I think I remember him hooking up a couple too.
Don't know the reason as most all Sheepshead I've caught in the past were caught on fiddler crabs or fresh shrimp.


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Posted: May 19 2004,19:24

I believe you. It's just that, like you say, I'd only heard of/used shrimp, fiddlers, barnacles...  Sheepshead never struck me as a species that would strike artificials. Well, that's something new and different for me to try. You live and learn...  :)

Sounds like a few good reasons to mount a fact-finding field research mission to RB. I'm going to shoot for Memorial wk-end. Any particular color to try?
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Posted: May 19 2004,21:03

Much as I like to use bait or at least tip my jigs with it, I've found the Storm Wildeyez work on almost everything.  Color doesn't seem all that important as long as the fish can see them in the water conditions.  I've caught Sheepshead on them, too, on the Cape Romano trip.  Also caught a very small Goliath grouper (formerly the Jewfish) in the Barron River on our trip Sat., 5/15.  

They are about the best artificial out there right now.
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Posted: May 25 2004,18:52

Thanks, Don. Good to know that any color goes. Any particular size wildeyez?
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