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 Post subject: Pineland - 7/16
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:16 pm 
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Launched along with Jeff just before 6:00 on the high tide, which was also the low tide. The morning started slow with no action at the oyster bar and little on the flat just north of Black Key. Did see a few tarpon roll but couldn't get them to eat. Did manage a small trout before heading to the west side of "no name". Spooked a small school of reds that relocated maybe 20 yards away. Got one before they disappeared. Then headed east working the mangroves behind Black Key and "no name". Jeff caught two reds in the 19" range while I got a small snook, a 19" red and new PB, a 33-3/4" red. All my action was on a motor oil paddle tail on an 1/8 oz red weedless jig head.

The launch is extremely muddy this time of year. I lost my Crocs when they got sucked off my feet. Off to Walmarts tomorrow for some inexpensive lace-up sneakers.


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 Post subject: Re: Pineland - 7/16
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:27 am 
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Congrats on the PB red. looks like you have switched over to Motor Oil color, from white . Bet that red was a good fight. What are you using for reel/line/leader set up these days?


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 Post subject: Re: Pineland - 7/16
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:25 am 
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Hi Sailor: Yep, it was some fight and after the release, I was thinking that he had really been a fun opponent!

The outfits I generally take on the yak are 6' 6" Fenwick HMG rods, rated 10 - 17 lb with Shimano Stratic 3000 reels, spooled with Suffix 832 10 lb braid and 20 lb flourocarbon leader. I really like a light setup when I am casting all day long and have found that the 6' 6" length is perfect for flipping tight to the mangroves. What I sacrifice in distance, I believe I make up for in comfort and accuracy. Breakoffs have become much less of an issue since I traded my std Mirage Drive for the 180 which allows me to back away from the mangroves when I have a "fish on", although I have lived to regret not retying a frayed leader on more than one occasion! The latter becomes more of an issue with that occasional large snook rather than reds.

Oh, BTW, I was turned on to Motor Oil by Brian from Cape Tool a couple of years ago. In the tainted water we have this time of year, I have found it to be very productive, along with Houdini.


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 Post subject: Re: Pineland - 7/16
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:25 am 
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Nice job with that red. Got to love that 180 drive.


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