A hilerious tale of weekend fishing in Pine Island Sound.


Bob Brockway

Capt. Butch,

You could go to our http website to read our report, but since we don't have a website, just never mind.

Our day started in dramatic fashion, we found Pine Island by car and with the boat basically still all there (minus one cushion). We found the hotel, the Tarpon Lodge and the Pineland Marina Ramp. So far, so good for "City Boys".

It should be noted here that despite our overflowing confidence from these noted accomplishments we were in a poor state of mind. It had been brought to our attention that our mentor and respected leader (Capt. Butch) had for some strange reason known only to him and his God, made the decision to go to his daughter's birthday party in Sarasota! GO FIGURE! Just when you think you know someone. I mean really, given five or six years and I'm sure she would have forgiven him.

Armed with years of reading fishing reports form Capt Butchie we headed west. We hit all the spots we meant to, several on Caya Costa, the pass, Pejuan Point, Usepa Island, and after five and a half hours of not even a single bite we tried to regroup by sitting and thinking WWBD (or as we all know "What Would Butchie Do"). Of course, having read weekly report after weekly report the answer came to us like a bolt of clarity.

We set the GPS coordinates and made directly for the hotel tavern. With unfailing accurately we navigated a perfect course into the tavern. Four hours later the navigation out of the tavern proved to be a bit more taxing. Luckily for us the management had quickly recognized our fishing abilities at check in and had wisely given us the room directly over the bar.

Sunday started as a remake of the day before, still cold, still windy and due to having a flats boat just a bit deeper than the surrounding water, we were able to get our feet into the water to push the boat out and to verify that the water was cold enough than any fish in its right mind would have also gone to the party in Sarasota.

We headed north and started working our way back over the next several hours. Then a very strange thing happened. The tide started to move a bit, the water started to warm a bit, and we found some very nice and slightly deeper water just north of Usepa Island. In the next two hours we caught about 60 fish. They were mostly trout and then it seemed that a school of ladyfish moved in and we started catching them. (Note to self, re-tie often after ladyfish or you will keep losing lures).

We did have a great time and we did use a lot of the things we had learned from you to look over this new area. We are still looking to get together again.

This concludes this weeks report.

Tight Lines

Y3K    Bob Brockway

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