Wes hooked a turtle while deep jigging in a spring hole. Luckily it broke off.
Dave trying to hook up a drum.
Captain Dave Zarrello and I took a week long trip to my place in Naples Florida and fished with Wes Little out of his place on Marco Island.
We had a great time and caught a lot of nice fish over the course of 6 picture perfect days.
Here is a big black drum I landed and released on video.
All shots and video are on my new Olympus Stylus 1030 waterproof to 30 feet and shockproof 10 mega pixel camera.
More black drum.
Dave fighting a black drum.
This was a great happening. While cleaning fish at the house, a big 175 pound tarpon showed up to eat the scraps. I put a pompano skin on the hook and Wes fed it to the fish and he took off down the canal. Wes got about 4 jumps out of him before the leader broke.
Dave and Wes working on a piece of wreck with Wes' cousins fishing near us.
Craig Georgi pulling in a fish.
There were lots of turtles over the wrecks and in the deep holes. This is the one that Wes broke off.
Dave and I working a huge school of black drum.
The big school of black drum. At first I thought they were big reds but not to be.
Dave on his drum.
Dave's fish near the boat.
Dave used a three piece St. Croix travel rod for the trip and it worked out perfectly. Good backbone for big fish but light enough for the smaller stuff.
Nice drum of about 25 pounds.
Better shot of same fish.
Wes putting trout over the side.
Nice trout. We had trout to over 5 pounds. It was great fishing in Caxambas Pass.
Dave with small snook.
A turtle taking a gulp of air.
Another turtle checking us out.
Wes with a snook. We fished a little drop-off just behind a flat as you can see in the background. It was super hot every day on incoming tide with live pilchards on light tackle. Non-stop fishing for trout, ladyfish, snook and jacks.
We did some wade fishing on the sand flats off of Cape Romano.
I worked a sandbar drop-off with a small jig tipped off with a piece of shrimp and nailed some big pompano.
I hooked a good one and had to walk it back to the beach.
Dave came by to check it out.
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Pompano are one of the hardest fighting fish per pound that you will ever find and they are most excellent in the frying pan.
This was a nice fish of about 3 pounds. We took them to Pelican Bend on Isle of Capri and they sauted them for us. It was an awesome dinner.