Playing with the Pets

I don’t know how it happened but somehow Mother Nature blessed me with a few nice weather days on my days off.  Wanting to take full advantage of the situation, the plan was to drop some pinfish traps then make a run out to some deeper water the next day.  I got a call from my friend, Capt. Jimmy Bennett, and he suggested we use his flats boat to deploy the traps then go target some snook and tarpon along the beach.  Finding the snook was easy, almost too easy, however getting them to bite was the challenge.  I have to say it’s a little frustrating seeing probably close to 100 snook and only a handful decide they wanted to chew.  The tarpon were just as bad, lock jaw and running for their lives.  Maybe they didn’t like the jet skis buzzing around them.

The next day we made a run out to some deeper water to play with the amberjacks, or my “pets” as I like to call them.  They were much more cooperative and photogenic.  No huge fish, just up to about 30lbs or so and I’m still kicking myself for forgetting to bring the fly rod.  Using the live pinfish as chummers brought the jacks right to the boat and they stayed there for hours.  The only thing that got them skittish was a big barracuda that decided to crash the party and get any easy meal.

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