Friday, May 2, 2014

Black Drum, Myakka RiverI know this is way out of order. But since I’m making the attempt to keep this blog up to date I just had to add this story from back in May. My Mom and I went out to our favorite spot in the canal and there was a bunch of big black drums feeding. We got a bunch, I don’t remember how many but we had a wonderful supper of grilled black drum that night. I think my Mom caught at least 3 and if I remember, and this is hard for me to say, she caught the biggest of the day.

As you can tell by the smile, we had a lot of fun! Anyone that ever caught a big black drum on very light tackle will understand the smile.

Love you Mom!

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Snook, Myakka River, FlroidaAs it has been for a few days now the weather was threatening rain. And we have gotten a lot of it, 4 inches on Saturday. So the tubes are running. The tubes, for anyone that doesn’t know Florida, are the drains from the gullies on the sides of all Florida streets that eventually drain out to the canals, Myakka River and finally the ocean. When we get enough rain to flood empty lots and any low land the tubes can run for days after the rain and the water carries with it a lot of tiny wildlife, like frogs, polywogs, bugs, worms, tiny fresh water fish and anoles.

Well snook love most of those creatures, so they pile up at the tubes and fight over the feast. If you sit and watch a tube you can see them popping the water to suck up the poor creature pouring into the canal. Throw the right lure in there, most are right, and you’ll probably catch a snook with every cast. So we fished the tubes on our way out. I got about 18-20 snook. The biggest was only about 23 inches so none for supper, they have to be between 28 and 33 inches to keep.
Refish, Myakka River, Flroida
So we were a while getting down to our normal fishing hole. And before we got anchored the rain started coming down hard. And with the little wind we were getting wet, even under our bimini top. So we ran over to a nearby bridge and tied up there. Fishing was slow, only one snapper for the hour or so we had to wait. But it was a good time for lunch and then the storm moved on and the sun came out.

We went back to our normal spot and did pretty well. Lots of snapper a few redfish, sheepshead and catfish. We did bring home enough for supper. A 20” red and 4 snapper 11-13”.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Got out on Sunday. We heard there was a lot of bait in the Charlotte Harbor so we ran right out there to marker 9. Didn’t find any bait but a lot of lady fish hitting small bait with birds diving into them. So I put a few into the cooler and we headed over to the west wall.
Charlotte Harbor Redfish
Anchored at the edge of a point where the tide was racing over a flat and put out shrimp and some chunked lady fish. I got this nice 24 inch redfish on a chunk of lady fish. Also a 30 inch or so blacktip shark. Other than that it was pretty slow. Bait kept racing across the flat with schools of something chasing them. I couldn’t tell what they were. Some looked like ladyfish but others were larger and heavier. I did see a snook, about 30-35″ cruise across the flat and I got him to chase a Gulp but he wouldn’t pick it up.

Recipe

I tried this new recipe on the redfish and it was really good so I thought I’d share it.

Blackened then grilled redfish with Margarita sauce
INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup tequila
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 lime, zest of
1/8 cup hot sauce
1/2 tbls garlic powder
1/2 tbls onion powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tbls pepper
1/8 cup brown sugar
DIRECTIONS
Cut the fillets into serving sizes, I got about 6 out of the 2 fillets. Then blacken with Blackening Seasoning in a VERY HOT cast iron pan. If you are not familiar with blackening Google it. I use coconut oil in place of butter. Remove from frying pan after about 1 minute per side. Then put it on the grill on medium heat.

Brush the sauce on top of each fillet and add rosemary on the flavor plates for smoke. As smoke subsides turn the fillets and brush again with the sauce. Repeat as smoke subsides, I turn them about 4 times.

Keeping grill lid closed as much as possible. Should take about 20 minutes to finish cooking the fish.

It was very good. A bit on the spicy side, which is what we like, but you could cut the hot sauce in half if you don’t like it hot! We had leftovers the next night so this one fish, with grilled potatoes and grilled star fruit served 2 people 2 excellent meals. A glass of Pino Grigio went really well with this meal.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Patty fishing Port Charlotte, FL

Happy New Year Everybody!

It’s been an unbelievably wonderful January. Mid to upper 80′s every day. So we invited Tom and Patty, our neighbors for an afternoon fishing trip.

Left the dock about 11:30 and just poked our nose out into the Myakka to show Patty where we were. It was very windy so we decided to stay in the canal for fishing. We’ve been doing better there anyway.

Everybody caught fish but I definitely had the luckiest day with 4 nice black drum from 16 to 23 inches. A lot of small drum were caught too, I’d say we got about 6 or 7 in the 10 to 12 inch range that we thru back. Patty caught a nice snapper about 12 inches. A funny story about that.
Black drum, Port charlotte, FL Myakka River
I was helping her get the snapper off the hook when my pole, in the pole holder, doubled over. I knew instantly it was another nice black drum. With all thought of the snapper in my hand gone, I ran for the pole to catch my drum. I was told later that I’d tossed that snapper, still hooked, at Patty. I guess I was thinking, suddenly, it was her fish she could unhook it. Sorry Patty. But I did get the very nice black drum. I have good fishing instincts but my manners could use some work.

Tom had a nice black drum right up to the boat. We got a good look at it once and then, just as it seemed we’d get it into the net the hook popped out of the water, empty. I was holding the net so I guess it was my fault. Everyone agreed on that. Charter Captains just do not make enough money!

We had a great day, fish for supper and enough left for another package in the freezer for a rainy day. If we ever get a rainy day!

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Black drum from Myakka River/ Charlotte Harbor, Apollo Canal
The weather has been just perfect so we picked up a few dozen shrimp, our neighbor Tom and got in the bat about 1:30 PM. Hit several favorite spots in or canal system and finally found a school of black drum. Bimini and Julie hit the spot before us and did even better than we did. When we puled up along side them they were unhooking a rather large black drum, I’ll guess about 23 inches. They had both had shrimp out and that big drum ate both of their shrimp and was hooked, inside the mouth, with both their hooks. Can’t say I’ve ever seen that happen before.

They went home to clean fish and left a few black drum for us. We ended up with 1 big sail cat, 2 sheepshead about 13″ each, 1 almost 13″ mangrove snapper and 4 drum from 15″ to 18″. We got about 6 redfish but the biggest was about 14-15″. A good day. I was cleaning fish by oil lantern. Time to hook up some lights over my fish cleaning table. Although the burning oil did seem to keep the mosquitoes away.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Black Drum, Myakka River, Charlotte Harbor, FL
The weather got so nice this morning we decided to buy a couple dozen shrimp and get on the water for a couple hours. We stayed in the canal and hit a few of our favorite spots.

Within 10 minutes we had our first redfish in the boat. It was small and the 6 we got over the next few hours ranged from 15″ to just under 17.” No dinner there but fun to catch anyway.

But we did get dinner when the black drum turned on. We got 5 total but only 2 were keeper sized 15″ and 16″. And one oddball sheepshead was 13″ so into the cooler it went. We did get a few snapper but they were all very small, around 8″ And no junk fish at all, I did get a blue crab to hold on until it was over the deck of the boat.

A nice day out, fish for dinner!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Redfish, Port Charlotte, FL Myakka river

I think I need a new photgrapher — 22″ redfish — Photo courtesy of Karen!

I haven’t been faithful in posting my fishing trips. I’ve been out only a couple times since my last posted, 8/13/12 trip but they were rather boring trips anyway. I was out one day with Bim in the fresh water canals of North Port. We brought 3 largemouth bass home and let a few small ones go. Then a very early trip out in the dark with Karen. We left the dock about 4 AM and made our way out to Bob’s Point by the light of the full moon. Exciting, but we caught nothing important until we got back into the canal where we got a nice black drum and a couple big croaker. Enough for a meal with leftovers for fish sandwiches for the next day’s lunch.

But this trip was very exciting. We stayed in the canal and fished several different spots on the falling tide. One small mangrove snapper just over 10″, I would have let him go but he would not have survived anyway, and a 15″ black drum.

But, when the tide turned in we headed for the pole (code for those unfamiliar with canal jargon) and that’s when the fun started. When the smoke cleared we had another snapper over 12″, another black drum about 16″ and 2 redfish, 19″ & 22″. I nice day of fishing. There were a lot of other stuff between the keepers, sting ray, catfish and a nice (20″ is my guess) redfish that got off 8 feet short of the boat.

The weather is perfect here now. Mid 50′s at night and low 80′s in the afternoons. There was a light breeze and big fluffy clouds in a bright blue sky. I’m going to try harder to get out more often to bring you more stories. Somebodies got to do it. Right?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Snook in the Myakka River, El Jobean, FL

It has been slow fishing for a couple months now. But this little snook was the start to a great day of fishing. Of course the snook season is still closed (2 years) so he went back in the water but we had a good day, hopefully the start of a good stretch of fishing.


Bimini, Karen and I got out for a nice long day. We left the dock before 7:00 AM and headed straight out to Bob’s point (our name, given because Bob pointed it out to us). We started catching mangrove snapper right away and landed the nice snook shown in the photo.

We got chased out by a thunderstorm that seemed to explode above us. We ran back up the canal and parked under a bridge to continue catching croaker, snapper, snook, redfish, catfish and sting rays.

fishing under a bridge out of the rain

Bimini sitting on my boat under the bridge hiding from the thunderstorm.


About 2:00 PM we dropped Karen at the dock and continued to the bridge right by our house. We added 3 more snapper and a nice black drum to the cooler. When we finally hit the dock we had about a dozen fish to clean.

A great day on the water.

The video (below) shows the root beer colored water of the Myakka River in August. We’ve had a lot of rain, as we always do in the summer. It washes the swamps’ tannin stained water, into the river every summer. Our winters are very dry and the river will clear up again then.

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July 31, 2012

Grunt from the Apollo Canal, Port Charlotte, FLWe took a short, early morning fishing trip. Parked at the pole and the second shrimp out caught this 15-1/2 inch croaker. Biggest I’ve ever seen. I thought it was a red at first. We’ve had them before and they’re not bad fresh so we’ll blacken it for supper tonight. I’ll let you know if it is any good.

The rest of the day was dead slow. Catfish, 1 sail cat and stingray. We were out from about 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM. Didn’t even use a dozen shrimp. But better than work, right?

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July 29, 2012

Redfish caught in the Myakka River, about 16 inches

This was the biggest redfish I caught, only 16 inches not in the slot 18-27 inches.

I spent a very warm day north of the El Jobean bridge in the Myakka River. The water is the color of coke, or root beer. I hit several of my favorite spots and caught a bunch of little stuff. Mangrove snapper to 9 inches, redfish to 16 inches, pinfish, catfish and sting rays. but nothing to take home for dinner.

I did have a terrible experience with one of our local boaters. I was anchored very close to the dock at the end of the Apollo Canal. A “Hurricane” (make of boat) came into the canal on plane. A minimum wake zone from 75 yards before I could see him. He rounded the bend on plane and turned up the canal towards me before beginning to slow. It took him a minute to get to me and I kept thinking he’d slow down before he came along side me. He was down to that speed where the nose of the boat is still high and you’re plowing up the largest wake your boat can make.

I finally realized he wasn’t going to slow down in time and I was going to have to ride that 2-3 foot wake. I knew I was going to get slammed into the dock. I stood up and raised my hands to say WTF. He said something about “you shouldn’t be anchored there anyway, I have to come in like this” and blasted by my. I grabbed for the dock to try to keep from hitting it too hard. I knew I couldn’t stop the collision and I was worried about smashing my fingers.

Myakka River a couple miles north of El Jobean, FL

It was a beautiful, although very hot, day on the water.


My boat lifted over the top of the docks pilings enough so It got hung up on the fins on the side of my pontoon. I had to get on the dock to lift the boat back off into the water. I turned back to him and started yelling. Then thought to grab my camera, but the photos aren’t great he was already too far off. AND, he had finally slowed to a minimum wake speed. Why couldn’t he have done that before knocking me around?

I know most boaters are very considerate and relaxed on the water. But there are a few idiots out there, watch out for them.