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Top water slams

Capt. Ron Bielefeld
April 30, 2008
Indian River Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report

As the full moon has wained and the water temps have creeped back into the upper 70s the morning bite has picked up. The last few mornings (5 am to about 11 am) have been excellent with slams of large fish being unusually easy to come by. We have had trout to 6 lbs, snook to 12 lbs, and reds to 9 lbs. The prize of the last few days was an awesome 18 lb. snook. Now, those of you who read my reports regularly can atest to the fact that I do not exaggerate my catches, so you know I am telling the truth when I say the action has been stellar the past few days. With any luck the action will continue. We have been finding these fish in very shallow water and have been targeting them with top-water plugs. I do not care what kind of fishing you like to do, or how big of fish you are used to catching, the sight and sound of a large snook inhaling a top-water plug will get your heart rate up there in a hurry. So will fighting such a fish on light tackle near structure. If you want to test you angling skill then give it a try. This is nothing like fighting a fish on the open ocean. No room for long runs here. If you do not know what you are doing it will show and the fight will be a short one. Heck, even seasoned anglers need a little luck to get a big fish to the boat when fishing in tight quarters. The power of these fish will humble anybody. The lure that has been producing most of these fish is the Yo-Zuri Banana Boat in the new green-backed prism color pattern. We have been working these lures at a moderate pace in areas with bait that are between a foot and 2 feet deep. If you do not know how to walk-the-dog, now is a good time to learn. Yes, poppers will work, but we have had more strikes walking the dog than with poppers. It takes some practice, but once you learn how to do it you will be glad you added the technique to your arsinal. If the weather holds the fishing should contiune to be good. I for one will be out there as often as I can. Until next time, Tight-Lines to all.

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Capt. Ron

Target Species:

trout, redfish, snook

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Guided fishing trips on the Indian River Lagoon for trout, redfish, and snook. I cater to all levels of angling skill. Children always encouraged. License, bait, tackle, and equipment included in price. Up to 4 anglers. Visit my website at www.tightlinefishing.com

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Tight-Lines Inshore Guide Service
544 Jay St.
Sebastian, FL 32958
Phone: 772-388-9880
Alt. Phone: 772-633-0325
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