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Old 06-04-2012, 07:48 PM   #1
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Default 3 man limit of snapper from the kayak Sun. 6-3-2012

I was unable to fish Fri or Sat due to the passing of my grandfather so I had to settle for sloppy seconds or thirds and I knew the full moon was not gonna help.
The plan was to get out there, get the limit and go. I brought along my brother in law and his friend, both first time kayak fisherman with no offshore fishing experience. So I was in my PA and they fished out of my cobra tandem.

Decided to fish a close in spot off Navarre beach just over a mile out and 58' deep. Surf was pretty flat and saw a school of spanish sardines first thing. The visibility was way less out there than last weekend. Was only able to catch 3 baits before a 4' barracuda chased the school off.
So off we went with 3 live baits and a bag of old spanish mackerel.

Get to the spot and after teaching them a few things I give them each a live bait. First drop is a swing and a miss, second drop score a legal snapper . There was not near as many fish on that spot as there was last weekend.
They decided to settle with legal, I wanted size. So after releasing several legal ones I got what I was looking for! We got the first 5 fish in less than an hr but number 6 took a while due to a shark invasion. After several shark releases and several snapper heads I was able to get #6 in the yak and it was the biggest of the day

Saw a big turtle on the way in but it was only holding bait. Just as we were about to hit the surf a huge school of 100+ jacks come through in the15-25 lb range but no bait or lures rigged. I was too hot to deal with them anyway!
It was a great day to be on the water and can't wait for the wind to stop blowing so I can do my part and help control the snapper population.

Needless to say they are hooked and ready for the next trip!
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
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great work i need to start fishing again ..

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Old 06-04-2012, 07:56 PM   #3
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take me with you! i tried going all the way out to destin with a few guys this weekend and walked away empty handed.
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Call me dumb if ya want....but you went out in the gulf in something smaller than a canoe? How do you do it with out getting swamped by the waves? Nice catch BTW.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:58 PM   #5
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Call me dumb if ya want....but you went out in the gulf in something smaller than a canoe? How do you do it with out getting swamped by the waves? Nice catch BTW.
lots of people do it. you cant sink a sit on top kayak... unless youre having a REALLY bad day.
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easy the kayaks can take on water without sinking because they have built in scupper holes the water goes right back wjere it came from without you sinking.

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Old 06-04-2012, 08:15 PM   #7
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Well I guess I need to see about getting a kayak,but I have to put a motor on it,I aint paddlin nothing.Yep I'm lazy,I'm to sorry to pull start my 18hp Evinrude,I had to have one with a starter.
How stable are those things? My 14' jon boat is 5' wide and it isnt stable nuff fer me.I want one 6-7' wide,but finding one like that is hard.
Where should I look for one at?And how wide can you get one?
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My buddies are killing them off Destin and Oklsa Island leaving from the pier. I think the reports off "Navarre" are MILDEC - Military Deception everything is South of Navarre if you look at the Navigation Charts.

Nice catch either way!

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Nice catch. My buddy and I were out of Navarre beach on sunday about a mile and a half off the pier. only thing we saw/caught were sharks and remora! We were using frozen cigars... a very slow day for us...
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Very nice I have had 2 trips with no legal snapper.
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