I hope everyone is having a great week so far! We are having some very beautiful weather here in South West Florida this week. This morning I was working in the shop. Robert and Barb working hard to train me on registers and fishing licenses for the day of the tent sale. If you haven’t heard already its March 15th! Doors open at 7am and its Frank’s BIGGEST sale of the year! All your favorite reps will be on hand to answer questions and show you their best new products & deals.
Captain Larry Smith of Bucket List Charters took us out this afternoon. Targeting some keeper snook, this was a great goal especially since Andrew and I have yet to catch a keeper in 2014! We launched out of PC beach complex and headed to the 41 bridge. Im used to fishing from on top of this bridge instead of under it! Ive only have ever fished it from the boat a few times. We set up with some live bait. Jumbo shrimp and some lively pin fish were choice today. Larry is a great teacher, always positive & very patient with the fact that I dont know how to fish out of a boat! As we set up on our first set of bridge pilings I only had my shrimp in the water 5 mins before Larry had a MONSTER snook next to the boat. That mouth was HUGE! Sadly he escaped us, but it was a great sign of life and I knew we were in for a fun afternoon!
Andrew was casting further under the bridge than me, letting his bait drift along with the current. Right in the shadow line. I was reeling up due to a snapper robbing me of my shrimp when Andrew got hooked up! This fish gave us quite the show and took some serious drag. He was using a live pin fish on a 7/0 circle hook and 40lb fluoro leader to pull this fish out and away from the bridge pilings! After a fun fight and this snook tangling itself in my line, finally our first keeper of the season! Andrew’s snook measured 30 inches. We tried a few other pilings on our way out with a few bites but none to the boat!
A fun afternoon on the water with family & great friends! Not to mention dinner tomorrow. Its so rewarding & healthy to eat what you catch! Snook is a very small season for those of us here on the gulf coast. I always look forward to keeping one or two through the season! Delicious I might add! My favorite way to cook snook its by using a butter, milk, egg wash and then ritz cracker breading. I bake about 350 degrees until golden brown! Yum! Larry tells me he grills his so I look forward to trying his recipe as well!
Some upcoming events on Thursday at 1130am & Saturday at 12:30pm we will be speaking at the Bonita boat show in the Fishin Franks booth discussing catching big game fish from the beach! Sharks, Tarpon & Goliath grouper! Hope to see some of you there!