DOA brought together outdoor writers and captains for the 12th annual DOA Outdoor Writers Event. The event took place in Jensen Beach at the River Palms Fish Camp. Representatives from Hobie Kayaks, Shimano, Costa Del Mar, Seguar, Eagle Claw, Hummminbird and other companies were there presenting their new products which will be presented during ICAST 2011.
During the first night of the event, writers were paired with the guides they would be fishing with the following morning, and tackleboxes stuffed with DOA lures were presented to each writer and guide. Brian Nelly was our guide for the first day, we decided to target redfish, trout, and snook on the flats.
We hit the water early, just as the sun started peaking above the horizon. The skies were overcast and gloomy.
It didn’t take long to hook up, DOA shrimp proved to be irresistible to the inhabitants of the potholes.
Jerry McBride pictured left with Shimano’s new Stradic FJ and overhauled Clarus rod
Once the tide started moving Morgan Promnitz and I decided to pay a visit to the snook living by a nearby bridge. We rigged a DOA Shrimp on a jighead. We casted the shrimp up current and bounced it along the bottom back to us. We caught a variety of fish over the next hour including red grouper, gag grouper and mutton snapper. Only one large snook was hooked but he managed to escape boatside.
As the tide slowed, the bite also slowed down. We did one last “sweep” of the flats before working our way back to the launch
Pictured Hobie’s new horizontal rodholders which make life easy when going through mangrove tunnels and under low bridges.
Back at the River Palms Cottage we met with Jerry McBride, who would be taking us to target snook the next day. We started again early, with the sun working its way above the horizon as we moved to the area we would be fishing. Several snook were caught, the highlight being Keeton Oeff’s monster in the upper 40” inch range. This monster fell victim to a DOA Terror Eyez bounced off the bottom.