Hurricane Hermine; No Problem

September 10, 2016 by Charlton's Reef Charters

Trip Info

The Catch

Another blistering hot day with a mid afternoon start. The tide was almost low. The air was humid and still. The bait well loaded with greenbacks. Off we go to hit the pot holes and ditches on the flats to find snook and redfish at low tide. First spot we try we get a dozen small snook in the 8-18 inch range. Hoping to find some keepers we head to a large open flat that has a 4 foot deep cut running through the middle if an almost dry flat. I spot some large snook hanging on the edge of the grass leading into the ditch. No bite after an hour of chumming, but then the big reds magically appear in a huge boil and no other boats see them. I tell my client to hurry and put on a bait and get to the front of the boat where he can get a good toss at them. First he is on then I throw and I’m also on. The school is staying with us so we hurry the fish in and do it again and then again. Double up three times in a row with reds that were 29-32 inches long. All my client wanted to know was why he couldn’t keep one.

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Capt. Tom Charlton offers flats and deep water fishing in the pristine waters of the Tampa Bay area. Fishing aboard a 20 ft Mako Marine, he targets a wide variety of desirable game fish, including Snook, Trout, Redfish, Grouper, Snapper, Cobia,…

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