Last trip of 2007

This past Monday Joe and I headed down into the Everglades, hitting the water at about 6 a.m. Rumors of a brutal cold front were circulating (it’s presently in the low 40s outside and falling quickly, so they weren’t exaggerated), but we had a comfortable ride down, and the temperature actually soared well into the 80s in the afternoon. In December, folks. Fantastic. Guess the fish thought so, too, since we caught them with abandon. Nothing truly large came to the boat – though I lost a very thick redfish hooked on a topwater lure — but we caught well over 30 snook on plugs, and a number of chunky reds. As for one that got away, I’ve recently developed a knack for losing large fish. It’s an acquired skill.

The cold front rolling in tonight will likely turn things off for a bit, and it’ll push fish further inside. But Joe and I found the best action closer to the Gulf, on the west side of some inside islands. The fish were laying in the shadows, ambushing prey as they would in mid-summer.

I took the time to snap a few pics. Lots of raptors and wading birds were out, and the Everglades seems to be taking a deep breath before the pending winter chill. From a brilliant sunrise to the windy ride back to the dock, it was a fantastic day with a good bud. Already looking forward to the next trip down south.

Note: I attended yesterday’s Gator-Wolverine bowl game in Orlando, where I snapped a few pics from my seat, including this shot of Florida linebacker Dustin Doe laying the wood to a Wolverine. My hat’s off to Michigan, who played their hearts out and deserved the win against a Florida team with more talent and speed. Again, Happy New Year, all. Hope you have a memorable and fulfilling 2008.

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2 Responses to “Last trip of 2007”

  1. Ray says:

    Hey John,
    I noticed on the slideshow that in the picture of the MirrOminnow and the crab that you didn’t have it tied on with a loop knot. What kind of knot do you use? Why? Do you get better action without it?

    I enjoy the site.

    Thanks,
    Ray

  2. John says:

    Ray,

    I can assure you that it’s just the angle of the shot (likely because the line is resting on the crab’s back). I use a loop knot with all of my lures and flies, since it imparts better action — far and away. There are numerous versions, but I prefer the simple-to-tie Mirrolure knot. (Go to this web page: http://www.mirrolure.com/seriesIII/site_map.html , scroll down and click the link on the bottom left). Funny side note: the snook in that pic actually cut my light leader, and lay in the water beside the boat. I reached down and picked it up by its tail, and when I pulled out the plug the crab fell out. Aggressive eaters, those little linesiders.