Make that “Mo-Joe Risin”

At first light on Friday, Joe and I left the dock at Chokoloskee to recover my misplaced angling mojo. We found some…but it was all Joe’s. I held my own for a time, but as the day wore on he caught fire. By mid-afternoon I was rummaging in the hatch for a flame-retardant suit.

Though big fish eluded us, we did have some heart-pumping moments. Early on, with the sun still low, Joe was bending down to release a plug-caught jack when a thick bull shark shot out from under the boat and sawed the fish in half. We were pretty skittish while releasing fish the rest of the day.

We didn’t keep a tally, but we (OK, he) caught scores of fish and saw several over-sized snuke blow out ahead of us. Weather was incredible, with a bluebird sky from dawn to dusk. It’s not overstatement to say I’ve never seen a prettier day “down south.” Crisp temps, active snook and redfish, big laughs, and sections of water as smooth as polished marble. Another classic day of Glades angling…and another stack of good memories.

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3 Responses to “Make that “Mo-Joe Risin””

  1. Joe says:

    Thanks for the props brother, but I didnt catch THAT much! Fantastic pics. What a day!

  2. Don Phillips says:

    A group of 4 of us were down Chokoloskee way November 7 thru 12. Great time and some great fishing. We caught a several reds, trout, mangrove snapper and 45 Snook. That was great, but we only had one Snook in the slot. Several in the 25-27 inch range but as I said, only 1 in the slot. We had a great time and one of the guys was there for the first time. I’ve been going there since 1973. The Snook made me give up bass fishing. What a beautiful area that is. We went as far down as Lostman’s Five and had good luck in that area. Joe was right; your pics of your trip are great. Bet you guys had a ball.

  3. John says:

    Hi Don. Yeah, snook made me give up bass, too…but I still love catching them down in the Glades creeks, where you can catch bass and snook on consecutive casts. And yes, Joe and I had a ball. Guy has me laughing so hard half the time I get off my game. Think he plans it that way?