My friend Russ was throwing a long 6″ rubber with paddle tail, and at one point I watched him hook up. As he was reeling it in I saw a wake some behind his small trout and I yelled over to him, “shark!” As he carefully got the fish closer he felt a thump on the line and the bigger fish apparently swallowed the trout and took off for a nice run. A minute or two later he got it close enough to yell “it’s a big trout!” Yep, I have heard it happen before, a >28″ trout came up and inhaled the smaller trout, meanwhile luckily hooking up to the bigger one and landing it – what an awesome site to see!
It was one of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen on the water, light rays fanning out of the clouds, and made for a perfect background setting for next fish that Jean showcased. Mullet had started to get tossed around by some goliath size snook that I was able to site cast to but no takers with a topwater. The next thing I hear is Jean again, yelling away and having her kayak spin around in circles as the 38″ snook took off with a, you guess it, curly tail DOA. It was too good of an opportunity to snap some good pics but as we could hear the bait getting hammered in the background, quickly we released the big girl and tossed some more plugs until the sun set. I would say less than five casts later some more shouts came from her kayak with the sweet sound of drag peeling off her Ci4. Dumbfounded by not getting any explosions from the topwater, I put away the rod and got out the camera yet again to take her picture. It was getting pretty old being her personal photographer! As she held up a beauty redfish, I took a few quick ones before it was time to head in and talk about the quality catches we had got in just a few hours of floating on the water. Another great time with good friends!