Friday we ventured into some new territory in the kayaks as we explored the mangroves and canals along the North Fork in St Lucie. The day was sunny, winds blowing to keep the air feeling cool, and a sense of relaxation from our busy schedules set in as we paddled under Spanish Moss, overhanging trees, and eventually past houses sitting on the canal banks. I had brought some easy casting DOA shrimp to skip under the docks in hopes of snook to put a bend in the rod for mom. One particular dock housed all the snook that we caught, catching one at each pass.
At 11 o’clock we had our first hit and it was a screamer. I sat in amazement as I saw mono being ripped out of our Penn International 30, almost half gone within seeming only seconds, quite different than the inshore fish I uaually target. As we bumped up the drag a bit the hook must have been in a soft spot and pulled out…such a bummer! Another good hit resulted in the same outcome about an hour later.
As the day grew smaller we reeled in a few small peanuts for the cooler and our hopes of getting a good one for the scales thinned. It wasn’t until roughly 3:30pm that we had the hit we had been wanting. Check in time was at 5pm. And it took us 2 hours like I had mentioned to get out there. Matt’s arms were burning as he reeled in the 20lb dolphin on the smaller TLD, eventually getting it in the boat at 4pm. We weren’t quite sure if we could make it in on time as we were out 12-15 miles but we gave it our best shot on the setting seas, which were now about the projected 3 foot. The twin 300′s came in handy because we pulled up to the weigh in area at exactly 5pm and felt like champions as we held up our catch in front of the crowd.
I hope you found your day/weekend special with your mom! Make each memory count. Keep each tight line exciting.