By: Maleek Moreno
Hello, my name is Maleek Moreno and I am attending the E.G. Simmons Parks. Every day of the camp we had a guest speaker who talks about conversation issues or outdoor safety topics and tips. They also talk about what you need and how you use it. So then a speaker last Tuesday came in and his name was Captain Rafael Rios, he spoke to us about his charters, business, and his fishing tools. So when he got done he was telling us about this rod and reel you can win only by writing a fishing report well it has to be the best fishing report out of all the kids in the camp about what you caught. Knowing I needed a new rod and reel I said I’ll take the challenge. So I’m going to tell you my story on the fish I caught.
So that morning I was thinking I’ll wait until we go to Port Manatee. Because I heard that they had all type of fish like red fish tarpon and snook so when she tarpon I was saying in my head I can write about one of those fish if I had any luck out there. Then later that day we went so I pulled up and the nice lady that works and FWC was waiting out there on us. Next we got and set at the tables and she talk to us about what’s in the pond what they do when they research them how it works when they flow through the pond. After that the FWC lady gave everyone rod and reels to use because they don’t want to use our own tackle because they cut the barb so the fish don’t die. So we start fishing and I was just sitting there for a while, but it was okay. So I moved to another spot and stood there for 5 minutes and there it goes I hooked up with a tarpon it jumped out the water and shook it’s head. All of a sudden the hook flew out his or her mouth towards me. I was a little disappointed so I baited my hook again and sat for a while and no bites. So I was just moving around the whole pond and found a decent spot in the pond. I got a bite automatically in 30 seconds so I waited for another one and BAM “FISH ON” I set the hook and started reeling. There was nice rod bending action in the fight. We were using light tackle so the fight was fun. We were in about 6 to 7 foot of water in some murky water. When I was reeling it in it was spilling drag and in about 15 feet away from me it was flopping on top of the water it was a red drum I was excited because that was my first fish at Port Manatee and I was waiting all day for it so when I reel it in I grab it took pictures with it and released it. Then later the next groups of kids went and we went back to the camp. After that I realized that when I caught that red drum I had a fishing report. My red drum was 17″ I was happy with what I had got.