If Stephen Foster had known about the Econlockhatchee, or Econ, the lyrics to his famous song may have been different.
The Econ doesn’t come up in discussions of great Florida fishing waters. Fishing the Econ is usually a lovely day on the water with a few beautiful fish thrown in. It can be better than that, but you really can’t expect it to be.
Florida Sportsman member: Gonzalezrob Day two started slower than day one, but Capt. Ozzie Fischer was determined to put us on some quality fish. After trying a few spots and netting some live pilchards, Capt. put on a bunch of snook. There were a couple of occasions were we had doubleheader and even a triple header.
Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772 Highlight of the day was my buddy catching a 30 inch trout, three feet from the boat. Poling through a back creek, he spotted the tail of the fish sticking out of the grass under water, dropped the fly and boom!
“Fish on!” is the sound all offshore fishermen live for. You’ve trolled through miles of blue water and suddenly the rigger pin snaps, the rod bends, and the fight is on. The line is disappearing at an alarming rate, your sea monster is getting farther and farther away and every instinct in your body is screaming, “Stop the boat!”
Florida Sportsman member: gettinwet We started in the backwaters focusing around mangrove points and cuts between islands as well as schools of large black mullet. After a lot of short strikes on topwater plugs we did manage to hook up a couple of nice reds.
Florida Sportsman Member: Permitted Well turns out my redfish spot is kind of a hot spot for tarpon. So I took him back to the proving grounds to test his skills! Long story short he ended up catching his first tarpon and a couple more, also his biggest redfish to date.
Florida Sportsman member:Kapt. Hook There’s been a lot of african pompano around on the ledges. The cobia have been small lately but in good numbers. Snapper have moved out and left the bottom a cold ghost town. Not a lot of bait on the beaches or the buoy. Live pinfish and mullet are the best bet for live baits right now.
Florida Sportsman Member: WATERTIMEinshore I continued on seeing a lot of nice pushes along the banks most were mullet but finally saw one that looked a little bigger. Pitched him the Gulp and boom 32.5 inch red worked me good for a few minutes. Pretty much was the highlight of the morning and as usual got hot things slowed up so we called it a day.
Florida Sportsman Member: tailwaters Sunday we did a little better, landing 22 fish (give or take). Most measured in the mid 20’s with one going over slot. It was top water early, then spoons and plastic twitch baits as the tide rose. Around 10am we switched over to pinfish. Had to get off the water by noon both days due to the heat.
“Lake Trafford is an important resource for boating, fishing and wildlife viewing,” said Barron Moody, regional administrator for the FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management. “One of the FWC’s primary goals in the restoration of Lake Trafford was to create healthy habitat for Florida’s fish and wildlife resources, which in turn has generated more recreational opportunities for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.”
Fishing tackle industry figures from around the world showed their drive at the third annual Florida Sportsman Bass & Birdies Classic. The unique event, a hybrid golf and bass tournament, heralds the opening of the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, or ICAST, which is the world’s premier fishing tackle trade show.
Florida Sportsman Member: HurricaneBK A couple scoops of live pilchards and they were around us and I was hooked up. Never had time to get the rod out of the rod holder as my bent butt 50 wide made short work of a nice 60 pound class yellowfin and our target species was in the boat.
Florida Sportsman Member: HammerheadTed Today I went out early with Robbie, but we started at slack high tide and didn’t catch anything until the water was flowing out hard. Been catching smaller snook and this 35 inch snook is the first big one I’ve gotten in a month or so and a real treat.
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