Any time I make a comment on the bait being really small, one of my fishing buddies always reminds me that elephants eat peanuts. It jo so happens that on Sunday we went to get bait before going out and well. let's just say the shrimp lived up to their name! They were averaging 2 1/2 to 3" with only about half a dozen being slightly larger. I figured it was better than nothing and hoped I would see some bait by the dock to go along with our "shrimps". No luck with whitebait or finger mullet so we headed out to some backwater canals near Bay Pines. We drowned shrimp at various spots for about an hour with no takers. I decided to head back towards the boat ramp and try some of the flats to the south where we have had success with trout in the past. Swapped out the free line rigs for some Cajun thunder popping corks and set out in search of some hungry fish. Right about the peak of the high tide we started seeing some small trout so I anchored up about 20 yards off the mangrove line and set up shop. After a couple more small trout I get what looked to be a small tug on what was only a 2 1/2" shrimp. Looked very similar to a pin fish or mangrove snapper bite but when I set the hook, I quickly found out it was something larger. Got his head turned away from the mangroves but every time I got him near the boat, he saw his doom and took off in the other direction. After a few more rounds of this, I pulled in what turned out to be a 26" redfish! Into the cooler he went and a few casts later, I had his 19" cousin in the boat as well. Since my buddy didn't get a red yet, I asked him if he wanted to keep this one in case we didn't get another; he said yes and it was a gamble that paid off as the bite slowed down as it got closer to noon and we called it a day. Did manage a couple of small mangos and a snooklet before calling it quits.
Grand total for the day was 9 trout, 3 mangrove snapper, 2 reds, 1 snook, 1 ladyfish and one catfish. Only one pic but it's a nice one!