Fishing Report from Ozello Fl, follow us along the Nature Coast on day two at Oz on the search for reds and snook. Day one can be found on Face Book page Irish Seaduction Fishing.
Fishing Report 08/10/17
Tide: Outgoing Low @ 12:30
Temp: Same as yesterday hot followed with more heat
Oz is definitely not in Kansas but south of Crystal River you will feel like you have been transported to another world in Ozello. Back again the following day with Robert Torres who I have been fishing with since 1994. I started fishing with him out of his 14’ aluminum vee hull with a 40 hp Mariner motor. We covered the flats from Mosquitoe Lagoon to Flamingo in the early days until he stepped up to a 20’ Seacraft. Then it was offshore in south Florida through 2016 when I retired and relocated to central Florida. Robert AKA Squidlips has family here so we still get to see each other frequently. He has only been kayak fishing with me once for Snakeheads in West Palm Beach. His current battle wagon a 25’ Contender is definitely not suited for the inshore scene where I planned to take him. Day two is now round two of kayak fishing for Squidlips.
A better driving plan results in an on time arrival at 0630. We start getting some scenic shots out of the way then get the Wilderness Tarpons wet. The game plan is the same as yesterday heading back into the same bays where Jodi and I had all the activity at. The tide had just started to turn around at this point so there wasn’t any action on the paddle back out.
On site we start spotting reds all over the place but they are not moving just sitting in grass pockets spooking as we ghost by. They are definitely not biting yet. My goal today beside getting my boy hooked up is to map out the bottom terrain so I know where the deeper pockets are. Those same pockets are fish barrels at dead low. As the water begins to move a bit more the fish start to get active. In the deepest pocket that I have located yet at five feet I hook into a 30 inch class snook on my Live Target Sardine Swimbait. He pops up and out rattling the plates slinging the bait into the mangroves. Nice show but the crowd goes “BOOOOOOO”.
We head back into a different part of a smaller bay that Jodi and I didn’t get to yesterday and found larger reds on the move there. There was one fish that we saw move twice that was pushing a submarine wake a snook or red we couldn’t tell as it was to deep. I managed two small snook in the back corner. And the reds still kept their mouths shut. So far every fish we have seen or spooked have had baits in front of them to no avail. I think the full moon has shown its hand at this point. We make a pit stop at a shallow sand hole to stretch our legs and cool off. I get my new Huk Gear ICE Heather Hoodie shirt soaked to check out its cooling ability and it lives up to its name. The tide is at the half way point and its time to find deeper water hopefully with hungry fish.
About an hour later we find another school of nose down tailing reds but damned if the would touch a bait. Really wish I had live shrimp or some crab right then. Lockjaw was the name of the game today with that last school waving their tails goodby as we headed in.
After getting loaded up we stopped in at Pecks Old Port Cove Restaurant for some cold beer and grilled grouper for lunch. Delicious food in a very nice setting I will definitely be returning for more of the same in the future. No matter what it was still a great day to spend with my best friend. Keep’em tight and until next time CYA!!!!