Big Red, Light Tackle by Basil Dubrosky

Departed the dock before sunrise today, March 14, easy to do with the time change. Went to the mangroves near our condo in Sarasota, Florida on Sarasota Bay. I caught this personal best red on a 1/16 ounce jig with a root beer color paddle tail. The fight on my very light outfit was noteworthy with a lot of drama and emotion. The fish was hooked securely but I’m glad I had a 30 pound fluorocarbon shock leader on. We took pictures after netting the fish and returned this beauty to the water to fight another day. Reds are very spooky and favor shallow water in the bay. We finished the trip with a couple nice spotted trout and were back home by 10:30.

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