The week started with dirty water
The week started out with no Snook and only dirty water. Heavy rain pushed dirty water out the inlets and the dark water covered the beaches resulting in lost visibility. Water on our beaches should be clear and blue. Normally, water quality should be so clean and inviting that even the sharks will not keep you away from jumping in for a refreshing dip. Instead, we end up with stained water that looks like coffee after heavy rain. Light onshore or southerly winds helped to clear the water by Thursday. It is not back to perfect conditions but hopefully the water is on its way back to being blue again. The weekend saw stiff westerly winds which suppressed any waves in the surf. These were perfect conditions to go out and chase one of my favorite species of fish.
Snook cruise the beaches in the Summer
Every year many fishermen wait anxiously for the Summer run of Snook on the beach. It is time to chase these beautiful fish with the fly rod. The fish are in spawning mode and congregate in the inlets and roam the beaches. They terrorize the baitfish schools while feeding. The fish swim very close to shore and you can easily see them in the clean water. The fly rod is a good way to present a small white fly with some silver flash that resembles the glass minnows and sardines that the fish are eating. Snook on the beach is one of my preferred targets for fly fishing. I released all fish alive. The week started slow but ended up producing five fish during the last three days of fishing. Three Snook plus a big Ladyfish came from the same section of beach on Thursday and Friday. A beach further up north produced two other Snook on Saturday. These were small fish around 20 to 22 inches (50 to 56 centimeters). I have seen two really big fish in the surf. Here are some images captured with the phone. I have to carry a real camera next time.