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  1. rkotinsky

    Nice Red 4/20

    Nice solid fish.
  2. rkotinsky

    Epic Wind - Epic Bite - Snookzilla Strikes

    I was so upset about the lack of a trout. :-) I would have had to target deeper holes for the trout.
  3. Launched early in the morning into light winds which picked up steadily throughout the morning. After a quarter mile peddle I make it safely in between some islands. The winds steadily pushed a lot of water into the North edges of the mangroves creating a lot of tidal like movement. From prior experience I knew that snook and reds would be waiting along the edges for an easy meal. Not long after I began catching snook after snook within a foot or so of the edges. Casting became very challenging as the wind picked up and took my lure into mangroves which required some complicated recoveries. After adjusting for the wind, my accuracy improved as I placed a cast within inches of the mangrove edges. One or two twitches, and the lure stops cold and a solid fish takes off towards a larger mangrove patch. I palmed the reel a bit and changed the direction of the fish towards open water. After safely manuevering my yak away from the hazards I stood up and began the fight. The fish stayed low and pulled hard with multiple runs, the sign of a good sized red. After a nice fight I measured the fish out to a little under 29" with a pinched tail. Safely revived and released I moved on to find more fish. I continued to catch small to medium sized snook for the next few hours and a small red. Continually inspired by the great bite I headed over to a previous waypoint where I had caught a lot of red fish in the past. This particular point always has a high concentration of mullet and large snook have been spotted along the edges. As I worked the general area my lure continually had short strikes and a I landed a few more small snook. The mullet and other small bait continued to surface in a flight for their lives. Knowing that something large must be chasing them I placed a cast within a foot of the mangrove point and the bait pods. I twich the lure 2 or 3 times and it stops cold, as if I snagged a log. The log starts moving and I know the next few seconds will determine if I land a trophy or talk about the one that got away. Instinctively, the fish heads toward the mangroves and I immediately drop the rod tip into the water and begin palming the reel as my finger tips accidentallly come in contact with the braided fishing line. The violence and speed of the first run literally burned my finger tips as she ripped line from the reel in a mad dash to the safety of the mangroves. After surviving the first run and avoiding snag land she heads towards open water. She surfaces and I see a massive head and huge dorsal fins as she circles my kayak. I loosen the drag so as not to lose the fish to a warn leader. She runs again and jumps fully out of the water, which is not very common for a snook this size. Afterwards she heads to the opposite side towards the safety of the mangroves. I apply a lot of pressure and know I must seal the deal quickly. I grab my Frabill net and within 2 feet of the mangroves I manage to net her much to my relief. I stake up, pull out the GoPro and capture the moment. After a quick revival, she swims off to grow into the 40" club. Needless to say I am smiling all the way back to the launch site Effective Lures - * 3" and 3.5" Livetarget Scaled Sardine Fishventory * 38" Snook * 28.5" Red * 12+ or more small to mid-size snook * 1 small red
  4. rkotinsky

    Winter Reds

    Very nice and great work finding those fish. I have hit one of those creeks a while back and they get really shallow and muddy. That trip payed off nicely, enjoy your dinner.
  5. Will be tough to top this trip, number one in my books after 3 years of fishing.
  6. Thank you everyone! Happy everyone is enjoying the pictures.
  7. Yeah freaky, it will be very difficult to top this trip. I had one a month ago that was almost as good with overslot reds and a 33" snook. However, the schools of reds make this trip the best ever for my record books.
  8. Looked at the tide tables and found some good low tides occurring after working hours. Launched 2 hours before low tide and worked my way out to the flats. Saw dozens of mullet schools along the way none of which contained any red fish. Began working the 3rd flat with the absolute low tide occurring within the next 30 minutes. Found a deeper sand hole and began landed small snook after small snook. Watched bait jumping and being chased as well as various larger fins surfacing and chasing bait. Moved a bit further north and saw a big dorsal fin in about 1.5 feet of water. I cast and missed the mark putting the lure 1 foot behind the fish, however, it immediately turned and chased my sardine lure and proceeded to annihilate it. Initially I thought it was a large snook but as it got closer I saw a coppery flash of an over slot red fish! After a great fight I measure her out to 30" and release her with a big smile on my face. I proceed to move out of the area assuming the fight would spook the general area. I toss my 2nd line with a gold spoon behind me just in case there are any reds still around and move forward to another area. After moving about 50 feet from the area my trolling rod starts screaming. I grab it and the hook is already set, naturally I assume it is another over slot redfish related to the first one. The fish is strong and powerful and stays down, the typical characteristics of a red. As the fish approaches my kayak I see the shape and shadow of a very large snook which was a bit of a surprise. After a great fight she tires and measures out to 32"! Snook Released! By this time I am thinking the day cannot get much better, 2 fish in the 30" class in the same trip. However, I am happily mistaken as the beginning of the incoming tide starts and I see 3 massive wakes pushing into my area. I am hopeful that it is the legendary schools of red fish that I have been trying to photograph for the last 3 years and not schools of jacks and mullets. As the wakes start to settle down I see the most remarkable site within 30 feet of my kayak unfold, dozens of red spotted tails. As each of the wakes settles down more tails emerge from the surface, hundreds of red fish are surrounding me and proceeding to feed as if I am not even there. I reluctantly place my casting rod and reel down and grab my Canon 60D DSLR. This time I have a 200mm lens and I am very close to the feeding schools, it is time to realize my dream of catching these fish on camera. I let the shutter roll for the next 5 minutes and the schools stay in place, convinced I have a few good shots I put the camera back and take a deep breathe and pinch myself, fishing time. FYI - Full sized prints available if interested see my page - http://facebook.com/tampabaykayaker I carefully work the edges of the schools so as not to spook the pods. I cast my sardine lure and with a few casts I catch a coppery 24" red. Never have I seen such dark colors on a red. I continue to work the schools and continue to catch red after red. I manage to catch a lot of super aggressive small snook following the tailers along the way as well. Ironically the small snook were a nuisance since I was targeting the schoolers. I snap a few more pictures of the tailers in the sunset and reluctantly leave the water with the fish biting and the reds still tailing even in the dark.
  9. Wow thank you so much Gary, at a loss for words. Let me simply say yes.
  10. I have been wanting to experience and capture this natural event for over 3 years. On Tuesday night it finally all came together - timing, equipment, experience and discipline to not fish first. Prints available if interested, all pictures shot with Canon 60D DSLR - 5K images over 18 Mega Pixels.
  11. Thanks, I added some more picts.
  12. A spook topwater got the first red, the rest of the fish fell for the LIVETARGET Menhaden twitchbait. Very similar to the sardine just runs deeper and is fatter. In my mind it resembles a pinfish that is why I think it works so well plus it casts like a mile. I call it GOLDIE and the scaled sardine GREENIE.
  13. A day to remember for certain for sheer quantity and quality.
  14. New moon tides and lots of rain dropped the water temperature to 82 degrees and turned on the bite to make for my best day of the year and my best day ever from a kayak. Worked my way across the flat and found a spot in the mangroves with good run off from the constant rains. Noticed bait being blown up by something in the flat and started working the topwater spook. After a few casts near the flying bait fish the lure gets hammered and after a nice fight I land a 26" red fish. I meticulously continue to work the area and watch for more flying bait fish, after a few minutes I spot more bait flying into the mangroves. I switch to a hard bait sardine style lure and work every angle until I find a pocket with maximum water flow. After a few casts my lure gets inhaled and I have a nice fish on. She goes airborne and a nice battle ensues with a good size snook. She heads for the mangroves and I stop her, she jumps again and again then goes under my yak. I slowly work her and she tires and I measure her out to 34". I stay in the area for the next few hours and land red fish after red fish and 3 more snook including one in the high 20's. My last fish pulls like a freight train and turns out to be a 28.5" super sized red fish. I leave the flat content thinking my day is over until I see the water boil in front of me. Hundreds of some sort of fish are absolutely pushing water like a herd of giant manatees. When they arrive at my yak I see the largest jacks I have ever seen in a school. I cast my sardine lure out and it gets hit hard and my drag rips like never before. I battle this fish for the next 20 minutes and it does not want to give up, it wraps my hobie pedals, it turns me in circles. I try to net it but net my own gear instead, finally it relents and measure my largest jack ever. Exhausted I madly pedal back to try to beat the storm and another school of super sized jacks intercepts me, this time I pass on the opportunity. The rain and winds start when I am a quarter mile from the launch site and I get soaked but it was well worth it. Fishventory * 4 Snook - best at 34" * 7 Red fish between 24 and 28.5" * 24" Jack that never gave up Tampa Bay Eye Candy
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