|Angler Ed Zyak, Guy Harvey Insider Ozzy Delgado, and Captain Mark Nichols with giant SNOOK on 6/24|
While perfectly content to fish the home waters of Edisto Island and the surrounding Lowcountry, sometimes traveling to fish helps to broaden one’s experiences. Good fortune brought me to see Captain Mark Nichols, founder of D.O.A. Lures, in South Florida for an outdoor writer festival. Teaming with local fishing guides, we put the D.O.A. Lures to the test, targeting snook, jack crevalle, ladyfish, trout, flounder and redfish. The fishing took place in the Martin County section of the Indian River directly adjacent to our lodging at the River Palm Cottages. River Palms provides an old-Florida feel where rooms can be rented by the week, and boats and trailers are welcome. They provide a private dock for night fishing with a first-class public boat ramp only one block away. While my rain gauge in Colleton County was busy collecting rain in late June, the fishing weather in Jenson Beach, Florida was ideal. Clear skies, moderate temperatures and light winds enticed everyone to rise at 5:30 a.m. and begin the day with a fishing excursion, which included a brown bag lunch for later. Armed with a tackle box full of D.O.A. shrimp and other assorted D.O.A. soft plastics, the anglers dared to fish for a trophy trout or snook. The best snook came on June 24 when DOA staffer Ed Zyak caught this giant snook while wade-fishing. Zyak was near enough to my fellow Guy Harvey insider Ozzy Delgado to get a photo with the snook Capt. Nichols - congrats! The tougher the fishing, the more inspired Nichols may become, and he has already launched the new DOA Airhead lures in 2013. To learn more about the lures branded Deadly On Anything visit the Internet at www.DOAlures.com.