One of my most frequently asked questions last couple of days while at TechEd last week was "Chuck have you given up fishing? -I haven't seen you do a fishing post in a while".
The answer is "Definitely Not!".
With TechEd this week and being in the USA the two weeks before, it has been hard to get on the water! But i wish i have been able to make the time....last time i got out (~three weeks ago) i caught 15 snapper in about 2 hours! and today despite having the flu and a 101 temperature i had an even better day!
What is my secret? -This season i have put away the Calcutta 400 and been fishing a Sienna 400 reel, *shakespear tempest rod and soft plastics...specifically Berkeley gulps in minnow and jerk shad patterns with jig heads between 1/4 to 3/4 oz (depending on the current). I must admit it feels pretty strange to be fishing a spinning reel but with these light jig heads spinning reels just allow line to flow off easier -and they don't back lash when your boat rocks on a big swell....interestingly none of the snapper i caught were on the bottom!
I mentioned having a great day today...which begs the question what can be better than 15 snapper in 2 hours?
Well how about a HUGE snapper (~9.8KG) some flathead, a bunch of normals sized snapper like last time -and meeting another local fishing legend - Paul Burt!
(We ended up keeping the fish as it was pretty much dead by the time i finally got it to the surface with my light gear)
*See my earlier post on why not a Shimano rod