Early September on the north-central Florida’s Indian River Lagoon means hot, steamy days and big schools of big bull reds on the prowl in a few feet of water. If they’re chasing hapless mullet, just watch for the bloodbath. Otherwise, look for the telltale wakes that 20- to 40-pound reds push when swimming just under the surface.
One morning earlier this month, four editors from three Bonnier fishing titles joined four anglers from the main offices of Zebco — Fin-Nor, Quantum and Van Staal, who brought a substantial arsenal of inshore rods and reels to test out. They hopped onto skiffs of four top area guides (Nick Sassic, and others mentioned in captions for images that follow).
The day started grey and breezy but soon morphed into what the forecast called for: flat calm, sunny and hot weather. And we started finding the reds….
PHOTO: Under a rather portentous grey sky, first fish of the morning is on the board for Chris Littau, who oversees product development for Fin-Nor put his product to the test after hooking this Indian River bull on a gold spoon. Guide John Lulay is ready for the release.
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