The disappearance of grass on the flats has made the fishing really tough. It is also a strange year in that on this trip I caught 2 more Ribbonfish. The first one was hooked too good to snap off boat side, brought it in. A quick measure showed her to be 31 inches. This did not include the 4 to 5 inches of tail. The second one was at least 6 inches longer. Managed to get a water release...The problem is that these fish are normally caught at the inlets. This area is at least 6 miles from the closest inlet. This is also the second time for catching them.
Did not spend a lot of time chasing Reds. Got one that measured 14 inches. Trying mostly to put together a tournament pattern for Trout. Caught 2 Slots and a Short, but could not find a 20 inch plus. With a few days of warmer weather the Trout will be more active. Most of the Trout in this section are still in the residential canals. Hard to get through the jacks to catch anything else. The flats still remain a virtual desert. Talked to another angler yesterday. He fishes the Melbourne area and was complaining that the bait had pretty much disappeared. That means no bait, no grass no fish..