Fresh Water Snookin’

Did something a little different for todays’ charter with Matt R. He had mentioned to me that he had heard about certain salt water species being caught in fresh water ponds and asked if I could make it happen. As always, I accepted the challenge. I chose to fish some areas I’ve had a lot of luck with in the Hillsborough River.

This is Hillsborough County’s largest river system that runs from the Green Swamp area out to Tampa Bay via Downtown. That’s about a 59 mile stretch through some of the county’s most precious landscape. Many species of fish thrive here including various Panfish, Snook, Largemouth Bass, Catfish, Bowfin and on the other side of the damn (located inside Rowlett Park), Snook, Tarpon, Redfish and more.

 Didn’t take long for us to find some fish but getting them to bite was a different story. We spotted huge Gar and Bass that paid no attention to anything Matt had to offer. This went on for 2 hours before the first strike. As soon as the Stickminnow 70 hit the water a small Bass hammered it but it came loose. The hook set gave Matt hope and motivated him to stay focused on landing a fish.

 The wind found us so we moved on towards a small pond attached to the river that would offer protection but that wasn’t all. Matt dug deep with the Stickminnow 70 through some thick vegitation and within minutes, was rewarded with his personal best Snook at 28”! Congrats, Buddy, There’s your fresh water Snook!

Yet another productive day on the water for PFKC. Many fish were caught, missed and seen. The waxing Moon and the upcoming cold front will be a deadly combo to fire these fish up. Be on the lookout for nice low sodium fish to be caught before the front.

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