Steve Gibson is an avid angler, writer and photographer who lives in Sarasota, Fla. Follow his daily pursuits and thoughts through his blog.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Beach snook action heating up with the weather
Great day on the beach!
Lot of fish and a big one.
Totals: 22 snook to 36 inches. All on Gibby's D.T. Variation, a fly I consider the best beach snook fly going.
The fish weren't easy, and I had to work at it. They came in flurries of two and three. I'd catch two in a row, then go for 20 minutes without a fish. Then, they'd turn on again.
The big fish was particularly fun. I saw it slowly cruising about 20 feet off the beach, a scene that I've witnessed countless times over the past 20 years. Even though these fish rarely show interest, I still cast to them. I cast the fly about 10 feet in front of this big gal and let it sink. She turned to follow when I started the retrieve. She charged the fly like a mad bull and ate it.
Not the greatest fight. Two long runs and then I was pretty much in control. Never took me into the backing, which was surprising.
Beach snook are my favorite. Love to walk the beaches and cast to these silver bullets.
I used a 6-weight TFO TiCRX with a sinktip line. Leader was six feet of 20-pound fluorocarbon.
Oh, yeah, I was fishing along Watermelon Beach, one of my favorite spots.