For those of you that know me know that I dock fish at night a lot and have had some darn good nights in the past but last night was probably one of the best I've ever had. It was seriously nonstop action all night long. I decided to take my nephew out that recently just started to get into fishing a little bit. He hadn't really caught any quality fish yet so that was my mission - to get him on some quality fish.
We got on the water around 7pm so that we had enough daylight to find whitebait. Three or four tosses of the net on the Coffeepot Bayou flats blacked out the livewell without even having to chum at all. Went over to a killer flat closeby that's usually stacked with fish on an outgoing tide and sure enough it didn't disappoint. It was snook after snook for about 30 minutes until all of a sudden out of nowhere came the wind and the storms. I decided it was time to get to some shelter for a little bit and pulled my stick-it anchor only to get pushed by the steady 25-30 mph wind that came out of nowhere right into some really shallow water where we immediately got stuck and my alarm started going off because I sucked up some mud. The storm kept coming and I had to jump out of the boat to push it off the flat while there was lightning all around us and a motor that might need working on to get the sand out of the cooling passage...not a good feeling, especially since I was with my nephew. Finally, I pushed the boat into deeper water and started it up and it was peeing fine but the alarm was still going off. At that point I had to keep going to get us out of there before we got struck by lightning so I kept going (since it was peeing just fine I figured I would be okay). Sure enough the alarm finally stopped and we were on our way to safety.
After that craziness we started hitting docks and it was just nonstop action all night long. We limited out on real decent sized snapper, caught about 10 or 12 reds (biggest one at 26.5") and tons of snook all night long (probably around 40 total - with the largest one right at 32.75"). The bite seriously did not stop for more than 5 or 10 minutes at a time. It was one of those nights people dream of having. Gotta love Florida fishing!
We didn't take many, but here's a few pics:
Get out there and catchem up!