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Chokoloskee/ENP January 1

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Started the new year and new decade off right--no hangover, up at 4:00 a.m., on the water at 6:30. High tide at Lostmans at 4:54 a.m. so we would have favorable tide conditions to fish the creeks, drains and rivers to the South. Sunrise was at 7:13 a.m. with N/NE winds at 5-8. Moon was waxing crescent with about 29% illumination. Pressure was steady at about 30 inches. Fished with my buddy Mike (InTheSlot12) on his HPX 18'.  

We ran to the South and fished a mix of hard baits, soft plastics and GULP! and live shrimp on jig heads. I had the most luck with a MirroLure C17in Red/Copper Back/White Belly. Also fished a SST in Cockroach color on a weedless, keel weighted hook for much of the day. Many of the trout and several snook were caught on GULP! or live shrimp on jigs.

Ended up with dozens of trout and snook, several nice reds including a really nice one that I site fished on a flat out front of the river mouth as the tide was just starting to flood--unfortunately I lost that one to fisherman's error--cut me off on the trim tab! Also had a nice sheepshead and decent sized grouper and jack, both of which ran around the boat a couple of times before being subdued and carefully released.

Here are a few photos from the day.








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6 hours ago, THE OUTLAW said:

Great report

Just spent a few days learning that specific area  better .

Could spend the whole day just fishing there .


Good on you .


The dedication to get where you were , at the specific time  needed to have the tide . ,  is a hard task .




There is no feeeeesssssh at Lostman's......    :)

It's also a "fun" place to get in and out of on da-low  :)



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