Billy Nast fishes out of Yankeetown Marina and produces some of the best fishing action we’ve seen for his clients. Contact him directly and tell him Skiff Life sent you. His phone number is 352 484 9482.
Fishing has remained really strong the last few days here. We have won some and lost some, as is fishing. On Tuesday I had Dennis Mitchell and Dan Rieckout for tarpon. Dan has been wanting to get a big tarpon for a long time. It took hours to catch bait and we only managed 2 ladyfish. Finally after about two I hours I had us loaded down with mullet. Set up on anchor and no action for the first hour or so. Then we get broke off by a few big sharks. Finally, our ladyfish gets hammered and 150 pounder comes out of the water. We set chase and three jumps later this big girl throws the hook. Back on anchor and we catch a huge jack that ate a live ladyfish.
Then we get three low end slot snook and a keeper redfish. Then a live mullet goes off and its a 130-150 pound class tarpon that jumps and throws hook on first jump. Finally a third tarpon maybe 50 pounds hammers a mullet jumps in my boat and then jump right back out landing on the braid and breaking us off. It was one of those days we all have. We were hooked up to quality fish all day, but they won on this day.
On Wednesday I had Amber West on the boat. She and her family have fished with me a ton and she has been in North Carolina for the past few years so a fishing trip was in order. Bait was very easy today, I had a dozen live ladyfish. We had fun catching jacks and ladyfish till the tide turned out. Once this happened we set up and put out the baits. The first few hours we got nada, but we were patient and stuck it out. We got broke off a few time by big sharks so I put on some wire.
Finally, a solid hookup and its a beast. After about a 45 minute battle we see about a 9 foot lemon shark. We release her and get set back up. Still seeing no tarpon but just a few roll.
We start throwing for snook, our lure gets hammered and in comes about a ten pound goliath. The lure was stuck in his throat so I brought him in to get it out and let him swim away safely. After no tarpon action I go ahead to another spot and throw out the ladyfish, instantly Up comes up a well over 40 inch snook. We hooked up 3 more big big snook that got off right by boat. A fun few days and I guess you win some and you loose some. The fish are here you just have to put in the time.