The weather has been quite interesting lately, getting cold one day and warming the next. I’ve noticed a later bite on the cold days, around 9:30-10 am. Depending on the ever-changing wind, the water can be clear one hour and cloudy the next. Rain has not been an issue for the most part, leaving mornings and evening being picture perfect.
My first day started at 6:30 on the Banana River. The goal: start at SR528 and work my way to SR520. It was a North wind at the time so that made drifting the shoreline and canals much easier. About 30 minutes in I found some grass. This area is usually dry, but due to the high water levels, had a good foot of water over the top giving access for fish to swim between the rivers and backwaters. These areas brimming with small bait fish and red tails. Once I had found the grass,it was on.
My first target was a dead tree leading up to the grass. I have known snook to be in there and thought it would be a sure thing, so I threw a new lure I was trying out on. It was a Berkley Powerbait Rattle Shrimp. It’s pre-weighted, has rattle, a fish like body, and a shrimp-like tail. After a few skips between the branches, I connected with something different then a snook. It was a red that I assumed was patrolling the shoreline.
After releasing that guy, I began hearing busts deep in the grass poking out from the water. I have stood where these fish are now, completely dry, and it was wild thinking fish roam those ares now.
With fish confirmed in the area, I put on another soft bait from Zman called Scented PaddlerZ in Root beer Gold. They come pre-scented in Pro-Cure scent, are 5” long, and have slits cut into the tail to improve the wiggle of the tail. I rigged it with a Strike King 1/8 ounce jig head and tossed. Before I could even jig it, my line was tight. At first, I thought I was snagged on some submerged grass until I felt a pull back. It was another red. This one fought like the last one but would go for another run every time he saw the kayak. I must have reached for him 10 times before he finally tilted to the side. My time was up and I had not gone far from SR528 so I paddled back to my launch with a smile.
This was a short one, but I did learn something. Don’t be afraid to try new things. You might be surprised.
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