O ur pal and regular fishwithjd reader Jay Kennedy risked life, limb and several layers of epidermis for this Costa Rican snook taken in the surf. Here’s his tale…
I woke up at 3 am on Thursday and headed to the mouth of Rio Baru and fished util about 10 am, changing lures like crazy,” says Jay. “And finally, I saw a beast chasing a school of mullet. My steelheader instinct took over and I threw on a gold and orange 3/4 oz Little Cleo. After about 5 casts…WHAAAAAAAM!!! Snook!! Well, these fish get pissed in the surf and it rolled, clearing a good 3 feet out of the the water before taking off and burning my thumb!
“I played it slow and after about 5-10 minutes, I thought to myself ‘this is a done deal I need to put the pressure on the fish.’ So, I got it about 15 feet in front of me in foot of water and the beast rolled for the 5th time and all I saw was and orange lure drop in the water without the fish. It got off! I looked at my hook and it was thrashed from hitting the rocks earlier in the day. Thats what I get, right? It was easily 25 to 30 pounds! So, then I was feeling crazy, so I stayed until about 1 pm, burning the flesh on my legs till I could’nt take it no more.”
So, then Jay had some honey-dos and family obligations to do over the weekend but that fish continued to haunt him.
“I made a deal with my wife to go back for a few hours on Monday ( we had ton of stuff going on and a raging 3-year-old to control, so I was pushing some luck here). I showed up around 6 am and the tide was so rough that it looked like a waste of time and dangerous. Well fishing is about the only activity worth risking my life for so I hit it hard for about 2 1/2 hours and didn’t see anything.
“The surf was only getting rougher on the incoming tide, I was just about to call it but I thought for good measure I would move up about 50 feet closer to the mouth and cast into the river a few times. My buddy was standing behind me all packed up. And there it was Robalo!! This one was maybe 1/3 of the size as the one I lost but most important I landed it!!
I thanked the fishing Gods for this one — the trip ended with a full stomach and a calm fisherman!!! Like you said JD, thats why you play the game!!!”