Puzzle Plans

Fishing in less than ideal conditions can be a lot like working on a jigsaw puzzle, with no clear starting point and lots of disconnected pieces. That’s the challenge facing Capt. Justin Leake and Capt. Ed Zyak when Mother Nature decides to make a mess of their angling plans.

It’s been a tough few days with heavy rain that adversely affected water clarity and now wind, rough seas and the threat of even more rain further complicate matters. “I have a new puzzle to put together and I don’t know what pieces to work with,” says Justin.

Fortunately, Capt. Zyak of D.O.A. Lures has a tackle box full of options. “You have to be ready for sight fishing in a foot of water or running offshore and jigging fish in eighty feet of water,” says Zyak.

Maneuvering around frequent storms, the duo tries “running and gunning” mahi mahi, discovers a surface feeding frenzy in the pass, hooks kingfish in the shadow of an anchored cargo ship and targets bull redfish under the bridges. It’s hard work, but the results are unforgettable.

Meanwhile, Capt. Travis Holeman needs a little assistance to maneuver his way out of an escape room full of challenging clues and activities.