On Tuesday Dave Burkhardt of Triple Fish Lines invited me to join him at the barramundi ponds in Holopaw, Florida. These two small ponds are operated by Osceola Outback Adventures and are jammed full of barramundi. The fish average eight to ten pounds and are quite aggressive. Three of us caught at least three dozen fish, mostly on jigs, in three hours of relaxed fishing. It's fun stuff, you ought to try it.
Wednesday I took the Maverick out on the Mosquito Lagoon, as much to run the boat as anything else. I didn't leave home until eight o'clock, and it was nine before the boat got wet. Lo and behold, the first spot I went to was full of fish. I hooked five slot redfish on a four inch DOA CAL jerk bait in about an hour and a half, boating four and losing the fifth on the trim tab. I had the usual refusals and bad casts, too, lots of shots. I then went to another spot where I had never been before (may as well take advantage of the high water). I didn't see nearly as many fish there but did have a few shots and hooked and lost a snook. The boat was back on the trailer at 1 PM.
Thursday I had an appointment with the Coast Guard, since I needed to get my license renewed. It was an interesting morning. I feel secure in knowing that no terrorist is going to obtain a USCG merchant marine license.
Friday Dave Farrell and I went out of Port Canaveral with Shawn Healy on his Sea Pro 21. Where are all the mullet? We spent 45 minutes or so trying to catch bait and only got about 20 mullet. We tried fishing the jetties. Nothing was happening, so we wandered along the beach in search of action and entertainment. I would guess we got 50 or so fish- ladyfish, bluefish, redfish, crevalle, Spanish mackerel, and pompano. I hooked a few big sharks using cut ladyfish for bait. While the fishing wasn't spectacular it was very steady, a great deal of fun on an absolutely splendid day.
I had intended to go out on the ocean again today but the forecast was for four to six foot seas. The HPX doesn't handle water like that very well. I stayed home to take care of this and other, similar projects. Tomorrow is another day…