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mikey47

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New Member and New to Wade Fishing
« on: July 17, 2017, 08:23:31 AM »
Hey guys, just joined the forum and wanted to introduce myself.
I've lived in the Bradenton area my whole life and love to fish. Most of the fishing I've done is off shore type fishing. I've recently had the inspiration to branch out and try something different.

I went out to palma sola bay this past Saturday to try some wade fishing. I was mostly hoping for snook or red fish.

I fished the South side of the bay along the mangroves. The water was mostly about knee-thigh deep on me. There was lots of grass and some sandy holes and harder bottom up closer to shore. I would also throw up along the mangroves. I saw lots of mullet jumping and fish feeding, but they weren't having any of what I was throwing at them. I'm guessing there was more than just mullet there. Also, I saw a huge snook that happened to be hanging out right behind me. Scared the crap out of me!

I tried some plastic baits, a spoon and some other divers but they were picking up tons of weeds. I ended up fishing mostly with a top water rattle plug to avoid the weeds. I'm thinking maybe I should try some sort of weedless spoon or free line a shrimp.

Anyways, I didn't catch a thing but loved being out in the water. I'd love any tips or suggestions on how to do better wade fishing.

Look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts and ideas!



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Re: New Member and New to Wade Fishing
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 03:46:13 PM »
Lots of people have been complaining that the water has been getting too hot out on the flats.  I fished all Saturday morning on the flats and caught two seatrout.  Then I went a bit deeper and nabbed a flounder.  The one thing I can say is that the earlier you get out the better.  I get my best bites between 6 and 7 AM.  The water is still cool enough for them to be feeding.  By 8 or 9 on the flats, the only bites I seem to get are way up in the mangroves, or in deep cuts off the flats.  Between 6 and 7 AM, you can not beat a topwater plug.  Bone colored Spook Jr. is my favorite.  This last weekend I really had to slow down the walk the dog action to get any kind of a reaction.  Have you tried going out to the beaches and fishing within walking distances of some of the passes?  Snook come up reallllllly shallow on the beaches around the passes first thing in the morning.  And the cooler water makes them very much willing to feed.

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Re: New Member and New to Wade Fishing
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2017, 04:04:49 PM »
Hey man, thanks for the reply.

I definitely noticed that the water was pretty warm. I fished from about 9am-11:30. I was thinking that maybe the tide wasn't moving much but I think that the temp of the water could be a big factor. I might give an early morning a try next time.

Trying for some snook on the beach sounds good too. Haven't tried that yet. I know that they do like to come in pretty close this time of year. Would you use live bait on the beach or some time of spoon or artificial?

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Re: New Member and New to Wade Fishing
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2017, 09:56:22 PM »
I think live bait always provides the most return, but it sure is fun to see them come after a topwater.  If you get out at 6 AM, a bone colored Spook Jr. is great and I also have a silvery looking sinking jerkbait by Rapala.  Just be out there at 6 AM and stay close to the passes (within a quarter mile). and cast really close to shore.  You won't believe how close they are.  Be careful of where you stand, you will be casting a long shadow.  If that doesn't work, find a jetty or pier along the pass by which you are fishing and catch some pompano! silly willy jig with a teaser my friend

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Re: New Member and New to Wade Fishing
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2017, 08:07:17 AM »
I think live bait always provides the most return, but it sure is fun to see them come after a topwater.  If you get out at 6 AM, a bone colored Spook Jr. is great and I also have a silvery looking sinking jerkbait by Rapala.  Just be out there at 6 AM and stay close to the passes (within a quarter mile). and cast really close to shore.  You won't believe how close they are.  Be careful of where you stand, you will be casting a long shadow.  If that doesn't work, find a jetty or pier along the pass by which you are fishing and catch some pompano! silly willy jig with a teaser my friend

I appreciate the advice! Might have to give the early morning snook fishing a try. I'll report back in the next week or two and let you know how I do. Hopefully I can get out again soon

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Re: New Member and New to Wade Fishing
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2017, 05:58:00 PM »
You know when they say a bad day fishing beats a good day at the office, it really is true when you are fishing the swash.  Kick the shoes off, wade in about ankle deep, and cast parallel with the shoreline.  Very relaxing to watch the sun rise and also see your bait get hit up into the air by snook.

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Re: New Member and New to Wade Fishing
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2017, 08:19:37 AM »
You know when they say a bad day fishing beats a good day at the office, it really is true when you are fishing the swash.  Kick the shoes off, wade in about ankle deep, and cast parallel with the shoreline.  Very relaxing to watch the sun rise and also see your bait get hit up into the air by snook.

You couldn't be more right about that. Looking forward to catching some big snook!

 



 

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