Backcountry & Flats

Left those teasing tarpon. Enough already with canal life. It was time for a change of scenery. For the last two days I have been in the backcountry and out on the flats. The fishery is heating up big time. A wide diversity of forage fish are in the shallows now. Plenty of rays cruising around too. And I saw redfish following rays across the bar. I heard about this deal, but had never seen it myself.  Apparently the reds shadowed large rays, hoping the ray’s wings kick up a meal.

Spotted Seatrout

Spotted Seatrout

Caught the usual suspects in fair numbers. And I also ran into a pompano. Nice surprise. It was feeding over the grass beds on the inside of the sandbar. Took a number 2# orange Clouser. These pompano are wonderful fish. This one was perhaps 13 inches to the fork. Yet it peeled line off an 8-weight, boring across the flats like it was twice that size. Impressive. Hope to find more.

Pompano

Pompano

 

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