Kayak Fishing Coral Creek and Gasparilla Sound

Thursday, 12-04-14, we launched at the Placida Bridge and headed up Coral Creek. This small waterway winds its way northeast among mangroves and around oyster bars towards Rotunda. Numerous docks created additional habitat to fish as we explored this protected creek. We managed a small snook, a flounder, and fought off vast herds of omnipresent mangrove snapper. Fishing with shad tail jigs on 1/16 ounce jig heads, our lures were savaged by snapper that swarmed and attacked like piranha. We probably could have caught more snook but I am convinced they were afraid to venture into the snapper frenzy fearing for their fins and tails. All the snapper were of the 8” variety and we released all the fish we caught.
Leaving the withering snapper bite was hard but we wanted to head out towards the flats that mark the entrance to Coral Creek from Gasparilla Sound. Hoping to find some pompano like last spring, we circled the islands south of the marina channel but found only a few trout, also released. Check out the “Pompano Video” on our Facebook page to see Kim being dragged around by a large pompano in her kayak on that earlier trip.
Thanks to all the folks that showed up at Laishley Marine and the Venice Community Center. It was fun to meet and talk about the best fishing in Florida with other anglers in this area. We always learn something new and we hope you do too.
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