Yesterday we promised answers to the question of what adventures the Everglades would produce on day one of our fishing trip. Short version: two grand slams consisting of a tarpon, redfish, and snook in the same fishing day. Variety being the spice of life we also caught or hooked the following: a lemon shark spooled Tony Mollica who we affectionately call Tony Backseat to describe where he sits in the truck as we head to the swamp; Tony Frontseat aka Tony Peveler caught the biggest fish of the day with a keeper snook of 32 inches which had a huge hump on its back because it was a stud. I caught a second keeper snook of 31 inches. Variety being the spice of life we caught a cichlid, snook, redfish, tarpon, black drum, ladyfish, sea trout, mangrove snapper, and a jack.
Second report will come tomorrow night. Tight lines! Snook for dinner and there could be an occasional adult beverage!
Thanks to our guides Chad Huff who is pictured with Tony Frontseat and Andrew Bostick who is shown with this huge Black Drum.
We miss our fishing buddy Chuck Sheley who was not able to be with us this year.
Here Is Chuck with a snook last year and on the ride in to Chokoloskee!
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The Everglades remain a slice of wilderness containing a maze of mangrove mysteries and subtle treasures. The twisting rivers, bays and cuts of tannin stained water draw the angler away from civilization and towards abundant opportunities to build memories seared into the brain by exposure to the intensity of unique experience.
Saltwater crocodiles, alligators, ghost orchids presented in the silence of the backcountry. Roseate spoonbills, egrets, eagles, pink flamingos…not every trip but just often enough to take your breath away.
Tony Peveler, Glenn Johnson, Tony Moillica and I head out tomorrow for three days of fishing in the Everglades. Will someone catch a grand slam… a snook, redfish, tarpon, and sea trout on the same day? Will someone hook a gator? Will there be tarpon rolling in a remote channel? Can we catch a keeper snook? Will someone hook a tarpon and watch helplessly as the silver king launches itself into the top of a mangrove tree? Will someone fall in to the dark mysterious water? Will one of us stick a plug into the hand of another? Will the wind howl or will the backcountry be a peaceful slick calm piece of magic water? Will the manatees gentle expose themselves? Will the dolphins paly along side the skiff as we streak across the bottom of Florida towards Lostmans River. The unanswered anticipated adventures represent the best of fishing.
Answers come tomorrow. Stay tuned.