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First time back out on the water with my skiff since knee surgery January 2. 3rd qt. moon (55% visible), sunrise at 6:56 a.m. Weather report called for intervals of clouds and sun with slight chance of rain (15%). Winds were expected NE at 10-15, pressure was steady around 30.17'. High tide at the Chatham River entrance was 6:38 a.m. (2.533') with a close to negative low at 12:52 p.m. (.636'). Wind direction meant that water would likely be much lower than those tidal conditions would otherwise create.

Launched from Outdoor Resorts just before first light into a stiff NE wind (probably more like 20-25...how does the weatherman keep his job??). Decided to spend the day in the backcountry, so we headed east to the Lopez River.

We spent most of the day in the Huston Bay area and in the Chatham River. The day actually turned out to be outstanding. After several trout and a couple of lower slot-size reds, I brought a 36" snook to the boat at 8:45 a.m. to really get us started. From there, it was game on. I think the strike score was accurate at least to timing--we seemed to do best from about 10:00 a.m. to about 11:15 a.m. Total catch for the day was over 25 snook (3 other slot-size with all the rest dinks); 7 redfish (all lower slot size); dozens of trout including 2 or 3 very nice, big fat girls; 5 juvenile Goliath Grouper; 3 Sheepsheads; several mangrove snapper; and assorted jacks, ladyfish and sail cats.

We used a variety of baits. I threw top water for a while, and assorted soft plastic paddle tails on jig heads. My buddy Mike favored the GULP! Swimming Mullet in white; I was using white Salt Water Assassin Sea Shads in white with tails that I have painted either chartreuse or pink or Slayer Sinister Series 3.5" Swim Tails in Cockroach. We also used some live shrimp on jig heads for the Sheepsheads and caught some of the trout and snappers with shrimp. But, the top bait of the day was the "Slim Shady"
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(custom ZMan DieZel MinnowZ)! That's what the big snook ate and many of the other fish I caught.

I even wrote a little Diddy after hearing "Jim Dandy" on the way home:

Slim Shady (With Apologies to Black Oak Arkansas)

Slim Shady to the rescue!
Slim Shady to the rescue!
Slim Shady to the rescue!
Go, Slim Shady! Go, Slim Shady!
I was running through the ENP
Ten Thousand Islands for us to see
Trying to decide which bait to choose
Out of all the options only one to use
Slim Shady to the rescue!
Go, Slim Shady! Go, Slim Shady!
I was fishing with a buddy named Hugh
He was feeling kind of blue
I’m Slim Shady, the kind of guy
Who can’t see a good friend cry
Slim Shady to the rescue!
Go, Slim Shady! Go, Slim Shady!
Slim Shady to the rescue!
Slim Shady to the rescue!
Slim Shady to the rescue!
Go, Slim Shady! Go, Slim Shady!
We were running a Hell’s Bay Pro
Got a feeling but didn’t really know
‘Til I took out my package and selected a hook
One long cast was all it took!
Mr. Shady didn’t waste no time!
Slim Shady to the rescue!
Go, Slim Shady! Go, Slim Shady!

Here are some photos of the day.

Tight lines.
 

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Now that’s a trip report! Nice photography too. Thanks for sharing Dave.
 
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Nice! Looks like a helluva day! Have that jam on iTunes yet?
 
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First time back out on the water with my skiff since knee surgery January 2. 3rd qt. moon (55% visible), sunrise at 6:56 a.m. Weather report called for intervals of clouds and sun with slight chance of rain (15%). Winds were expected NE at 10-15, pressure was steady around 30.17'. High tide at the Chatham River entrance was 6:38 a.m. (2.533') with a close to negative low at 12:52 p.m. (.636'). Wind direction meant that water would likely be much lower than those tidal conditions would otherwise create.

Launched from Outdoor Resorts just before first light into a stiff NE wind (probably more like 20-25...how does the weatherman keep his job??). Decided to spend the day in the backcountry, so we headed east to the Lopez River.

We spent most of the day in the Huston Bay area and in the Chatham River. The day actually turned out to be outstanding. After several trout and a couple of lower slot-size reds, I brought a 36" snook to the boat at 8:45 a.m. to really get us started. From there, it was game on. I think the strike score was accurate at least to timing--we seemed to do best from about 10:00 a.m. to about 11:15 a.m. Total catch for the day was over 25 snook (3 other slot-size with all the rest dinks); 7 redfish (all lower slot size); dozens of trout including 2 or 3 very nice, big fat girls; 5 juvenile Goliath Grouper; 3 Sheepsheads; several mangrove snapper; and assorted jacks, ladyfish and sail cats.

We used a variety of baits. I threw top water for a while, and assorted soft plastic paddle tails on jig heads. My buddy Mike favored the GULP! Swimming Mullet in white; I was using white Salt Water Assassin Sea Shads in white with tails that I have painted either chartreuse or pink or Slayer Sinister Series 3.5" Swim Tails in Cockroach. We also used some live shrimp on jig heads for the Sheepsheads and caught some of the trout and snappers with shrimp. But, the top bait of the day was the "Slim Shady" View attachment 118138 View attachment 118140 View attachment 118142 View attachment 118144 View attachment 118146 View attachment 118148 View attachment 118150 View attachment 118152 View attachment 118154 View attachment 118156 (custom ZMan DieZel MinnowZ)! That's what the big snook ate and many of the other fish I caught.

I even wrote a little Diddy after hearing "Jim Dandy" on the way home:

Slim Shady (With Apologies to Black Oak Arkansas)

Slim Shady to the rescue!
Slim Shady to the rescue!
Slim Shady to the rescue!
Go, Slim Shady! Go, Slim Shady!
I was running through the ENP
Ten Thousand Islands for us to see
Trying to decide which bait to choose
Out of all the options only one to use
Slim Shady to the rescue!
Go, Slim Shady! Go, Slim Shady!
I was fishing with a buddy named Hugh
He was feeling kind of blue
I’m Slim Shady, the kind of guy
Who can’t see a good friend cry
Slim Shady to the rescue!
Go, Slim Shady! Go, Slim Shady!
Slim Shady to the rescue!
Slim Shady to the rescue!
Slim Shady to the rescue!
Go, Slim Shady! Go, Slim Shady!
We were running a Hell’s Bay Pro
Got a feeling but didn’t really know
‘Til I took out my package and selected a hook
One long cast was all it took!
Mr. Shady didn’t waste no time!
Slim Shady to the rescue!
Go, Slim Shady! Go, Slim Shady!

Here are some photos of the day.

Tight lines.
LoL great song writing.
 
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