Piedmont woman gets snookered
I always love to hear a good fish story.
Cami Simunek of Piedmont passed along this tale about being in the right place at the right time. Or, maybe it was the wrong place at the wrong time, depending on the perspective.
While vacationing last week at her father’s home in Palm City, Fla.., on the St. Lucia River, Simunek was fishing with her daughters off a dock with the hopes they would catch some catfish or little fish.
“A huge tarpon kept swimming by so we put out the big rig with a mullet fish,” Simunek said. “My youngest snagged a small fish so I was asked to hold the rod with the mullet bait. I did not want to catch that tarpon. It was huge and ugly.”
Simunek said she sat there talking to the rod, telling it not to catch that fish. Didn’t work. The next thing you know a fish is on and on the run and so is Simunek.
She jumped from the dock to a boat, then back to the dock, then over to a small boat, and back to the dock again before walking the fish down to the shore.
Turns out the big fish was an estimated 40-pound snook.
“Our friend who lives there is an avid fisherman was going crazy,” Simunek said. “My dad told him his hair was on fire. He told me that snook rarely are caught in the middle of the day and the size I caught is huge. People fish this area all day everyday for a fish like this to come along.”
Snook are very good to eat, but Simunek said the fishing regulations only allow them to be kept in season which is November through April.
So the fish was released to fight another day.
“It was a blast,” she said.