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 Post subject: Lakes Park 1/10
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:42 am 
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Went back to Lakes Park for the 2nd time. Read some of the old posts and brought a rattle trap this time. Launched around 8:30 and started with my Xrap(my normal snook go to bait). I used it for the first 30 minutes or so and lost one fish(think it was a bass). Decided to trust the forum and put of the Rattle Trap. I haven't thrown a Rattle Trap probably in 8 years. Anyway started hitting the islands on the other side of the bridge and within 30 minutes caught a nice 27" snook.

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This gave me some confidence and started targeting the points of the islands with shallower water and caught a 30" and 26" back to back casts.

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Worked it in between a few islands near the fountains and caught a decent bass.

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Started to look for bass after that. I went pretty far back looking for the lily pads I read about in past posts but couldn't find any but did find a nice gator.

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My parents brought my kids to the park at 11:30 so they could check out this awesome park so I need to head back. Got to a pretty obvious point on the way back and caught 2 more snook on back to back casts, a 30" and a 25". Great end to the day.

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 Post subject: Re: Lakes Park 1/10
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:58 am 
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Thats awesomeee. I actually caught my first snook at Lakes park on a rattle trap and it was the best feeling. I might have to go fishing there again next week if weather and time permit. Pics are great. Thank you for sharing the experience.

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 Post subject: Re: Lakes Park 1/10
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:18 pm 
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I appreciate the great catch, but please consider all the available research about how to safely release fish. The attached is from the FWC site, but there have been numerous articles from professionals regarding this issue. Support the fish horizontally, and maybe they have a chance to recover.

http://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/fis ... mortality/


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 Post subject: Re: Lakes Park 1/10
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:36 pm 
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I apologize. I was doing my best to not bring them into the boat to deslime them so I was hold them in the water and then lifting for pics. I didn't know lifting them this way hurt them. At most they were lifted for a few seconds. Next time I'll skip the pics.


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 Post subject: Re: Lakes Park 1/10
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:01 pm 
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PiP: There are hawg troughs that float, and you can photo in the water, and measure at the same time. That will kill two birds with one stone. Don't have to skip the pics, per say. We just went through some tough years for the snook here, since the freeze a few years ago. Thanks for your understanding.


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 Post subject: Re: Lakes Park 1/10
PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 7:36 am 
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Good catch. I envy you :)))

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 Post subject: Re: Lakes Park 1/10
PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 12:16 pm 
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Great Lakes Park Snook report.

Any of you Lakes Park fans know if there are " baby tarpon" in there?????


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 Post subject: Re: Lakes Park 1/10
PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 5:27 pm 
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Never caught one myself, but have seen a video of one.


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 Post subject: Re: Lakes Park 1/10
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Nice fish. And aligator looks like he is jealous for such catch :D

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 Post subject: Re: Lakes Park 1/10
PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:36 am 
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What a great day! I haven't tried Laks Park yet but its on my list.


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