ADAPTATION DOES NOT COME EASY

ADAPTATION DOES NOT COME EASY

This has been a rough year to day the least. Recently my family and I uprooted ourselves from Orlando and moved to Tampa. My wife received a job offer we couldn’t pass up, but with that came the end of my guiding on the east coast in Mosquito Lagoon. My business was starting to take off having had more charters half way through the year than the entire previous year. Now I find myself in Tampa and in unfamiliar waters. Plus the game of fishing over here is entirely different. The Lagoon is such a unique environment in that it has little to no tide at all in certain parts of the lagoon. The tides are mostly wind driven and even with that there may only be less than a foot of water change. Over here in Tampa you find two tide days with rises and falls that can been well over a foot or two. The other major change is that the main focus over here is that of catching white bait. That means throwing a cast nets of 10 foot length up to 14 footers. I have been practicing daily and can now confidently throw a ten footer in a perfect pancake almost every time. There is also the chumming of baits which is also something I had to re-learn. I grew up in Sarasota and did this as a teenager, but its been 20 years since I have had to do so. Now there is ability to find fish and catch them. At first I only was throwing artificial and learning some of the lay of the land so to speak. Recently I brought live bait to some of the spots I have found with nice success. The first two bait that hit the water were instantly smashed landing two snook from 18 to 24 inches. We landed a dozen more that size and lots a few as well. We also boated a slot sized soon at 32 inches. It was only a one tide day and that didn’t help that much as the tide wasn’t really moving. Once the winds picked up we were forced to call it a day. Can’t wait to see what this summer will bring and I am excited to be able to spend time on the water learning. I learn fast and adapt quickly.