Ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper, as they say in the South, when I went saltwater fishing I fished with shrimp. Now shrimp is all well and good, but the only thing I ever caught with shrimp was sail cats and sting rays, both of which I loathe. I mean they do some good within the salt water ecosystem, but they don’t do a dang thing for me.
So, a few weeks ago my papa gave a bait net that he wasn’t using. Actually, I asked him for it and he had two laying around his many sheds.
The first time I tried the nets were when I was staying at the Suwannee River a few weeks ago; you know, the time I nearly sunk Papa’s jon boat. Using the net, I caught some finger mullet, aptly named because the mullet are about the size of your finger (pick any finger). I caught an nice 18” Speckled Sea Trout using this live bait.
Then the other day I went out my yak (unsinkable), netted some finger mullet, and caught me a pompano; a fish that I’ve never had the pleasure of catching previously.
I want to thank Papa for giving me the nets; the mullet for providing the live action; and the trout and pompano for frying up nicely.
- A Day of Fishing ~ Gulf Coast Style (fordrinksandtips.com)