Pretentious Snobby Bastard Fly Fishing!

Fly Fishing Reports => Warm Water Species => Topic started by: franzenangler on October 03, 2011, 20:54:25 PM

Title: Competition - TR
Post by: franzenangler on October 03, 2011, 20:54:25 PM

Well the family and I headed down to Florida for five days to visit with my grandparents.  The whole time we were there it seemed that I would be competing with one thing or another.  It started with finicky bass, then moved to alligators, herons, bait chuckers, and ridiculous wind.  I guess I started complaining about not being able to move fish because Dad ventured out to the ponds with me and quickly showed me up numbers wise on the bass.  The key was getting down deep and slow rolling flies on the bottom.  Soon it seemed the bass weren't so finicky, but then things got interesting.  I was fishing an EP minnow and let it die near the bottom and felt a bump.  I set the hook and the thing on the end of my fly doubled my nine weight over and the reel started screaming.  I eventually turned the beast and got it to the bank to find it was a four foot gator.  This would start my competition with the gators.

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Dad and I found about eight baby gators right behind my grandparents house and of course had to mess with them

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Turns out mom wasn't to far away because she lunged up the bank of the pond at me.  It's always a scary moment when you have  a nine foot gator flying torwards you.  Didn't get a picture of her because I was running for my life and she dissapeared into the depths of the pond.

The next couple of days some good fish and good times were had.

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Our last day to fish before having to head back to Cackolack would be the best day of the trip for me.  I woke up early and headed out to one of the ponds and landed the best bass of the trip. 

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I then devoted the rest of the day to competing with the bait chuckers on the jetty trying my hand at a snook or any saltwater fish for that matter.  I had no clue what i was doing, i would just spend time swinging clousers into the incoming and outgoing tides.I eventually feel a slam and set the hook on what feels like a nice fish.  Turns out it was just a small fish maybe ten inches long.

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Later in the day I saw a bunch of birds hitting off the front of the jetty.  The wind was just to strong to cast into so I had to carry on fishing the inside of the jetty.  I eventually felt a strong take and sure enough I had a snook.  They are such strong fish and it was loads of fun to catch.

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And like that the trip was over.  I can't wait to go back and spend the whole time on the salt.
Title: Re: Competition - TR
Post by: Transylwader on October 03, 2011, 22:02:24 PM
Glad you got some salty action. Careful Champ, those gators will make quick work of you, especially skinny cackolackians! :P
Title: Re: Competition - TR
Post by: 5xTippett on October 03, 2011, 22:37:03 PM
Those snooks are very, very good to eat!  You did extremely well. -0-
Title: Re: Competition - TR
Post by: kylemc on October 04, 2011, 10:42:46 AM
Nice work Franzy
Title: Re: Competition - TR
Post by: Holmes on October 04, 2011, 12:16:37 PM
I'd about soil my britches if a big pissed off mama gator lunged the bank at me. Then again, I wouldn't be messin' with her yungin's either.  :D Excellent report franzen, good couple of days for sure! 'c;
Title: Re: Competition - TR
Post by: overbrook on October 04, 2011, 18:04:55 PM
You always post quality shit!  bd;0 bd;0 bd;0
Title: Re: Competition - TR
Post by: bobbyg on October 04, 2011, 18:57:46 PM
Iadmire your persistence in fishing for that fine snook!
I would have packed it in much sooner.

Good post. Enjoyed it a lot!
Title: Re: Competition - TR
Post by: flyfish_va on October 05, 2011, 19:07:45 PM
good job man....