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Updated: 05/08/2014 08:00:06AM

Pick a fight on the flats

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kayak away • bryan stockbridge

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It’s nearing the end of a long, warm spring afternoon. Everyone’s off the water and I’m tired, hot and a bit dehydrated, but I’m itching to go fishing! There’s a fast outgoing tide late today, which is going to expose all those fish to the predators in Pine Island Sound, and any fishermen casting their line in the right spots. An osprey is soaring by, swooping over the water, once, twice, three times the charm, as he finally hooks his talons onto a ladyfish — or maybe it’s a mullet. He’s quick to leave the scene of the crime to devour his tasty catch. He’s clearly worked hard for this meal, and is not about to give it up to any other raptor, in particular the bald eagle that nests nearby who has the habit of regularly trying to steal his meals. In the distance, I can see a dolphin thrashing near the mangroves just offshore, and that’s my queue. Instinctively I know, it’s kayak fishing time!

I have a couple nice artificials in the truck, topwater plugs and some Jig heads. Just need some live bait and I’m good to go. I’m hoping for a slam, but since snook season is closed, I’ll settle for a nice size red or spotted sea trout.

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