Rough Seas, No Red Tide
United States Florida Port Charlotte
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For the second Saturday in a row, I launched the boat and went fishing. Both days saw rough seas and tough fishing. Last week I got completely shut out. Yesterday I landed a few catfish and ladyfish. I brought a new friend, Jon, out with me and he fared better than I. In addition to cats and ladys he landed several nice bonnethead sharks, a few stingrays, some small mangrove snappers and a nice 25" Cobia, the first Cobia landed on my boat. All were released. Cobia is supposed to be good eating but they have to be at least 33" to keep. We were looking for spotted seatrout or redfish but found neither.
The seas in the afternoon were pretty rough, with winds around 15 knots, seas consistently at 3 feet and a few rogue 4' waves that slammed us pretty hard. When we got home it took me 2.5 hours to clean the boat and I was absolutely exhausted. My feet hurt terribly. I went to bed at 8:00 and slept until 5AM. This morning, I still sore but rested.
For the first time since I moved here, Southwest Florida is experiencing Red Tide. It's an algae bloom that kills fish by the thousands and irritates peoples respiratory systems. The current bloom is 2 to 12 miles off shore but dead fish have washed upon our beaches. It's not good for tourism. In my travel yesterday, we didn't see any Red Tide or dead fish in Charlotte Harbor. We covered about 50 miles worth of water.