Tim Rushing

Art , Bob, their 86 year old dad, Art, and Brother in law Matt grinded out a hard working windy morning beating up the little snook, reds, and big mangrove snapper. We stopped in several places pulling out a fish here, couple there until it was nearing that time, and everyone was getting tired. So we went to one of my favorite big snook spots to see if my drifting mullet rant , of the past week, would pay off.  We had some nice size 8-9 inch mullet mixed in with the pilchards in the baitwell, so we spent the last hour drifting the south Marco shorelines out of the wind, until literally the last bait finally swam deep in the shade, waaaay back out of sight. BOOM!

25 minutes of chaos later, multiple trips into the mangroves to free the fish, only to have it rip drag off back into the trees and keep my patented power boat reverse backup move from working, we ripped this chunk (at the top) out of the trees and celebrated!



Fish Species: Redfish, Trout, Snook, Tarpon
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Tim Rushing

About The Author: Captain Tim Rushing

Company: Southern Gentlemen Fishing

Area Reporting: Naples, Marco Island, Ten Thousand Islands

Bio: As a Fourth-generation native Floridian, I have spent more than 30 years soaking up the unrivaled fishery that is Southwest Florida. I spent much of my youth fishing everywhere for everything that could be caught in fresh or saltwater in this state. As a true Florida “Native” that has fished every single corner of the state for every single species of fish this great state offers, I knew this region was special the first time I laid eyes on her upon moving here after graduating from the University of Florida. Every time I go out on the water, whether it is the mystery and allure of the 10,000 islands and Everglades, the beautiful beaches of Naples and Marco or the grandeur of the Pine Island Sound Islands I feel like I am stealing something wonderful from the rest of the world! For the past 30 years I have studied, mastered, and observed the awesome gamefish and wildlife with the eye of a Florida native, and the excitement of kid at the beach for the first time in his life.

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