I don’t know if it was because the weather finally straightened up, or I settled down and went about my strategy the right way, but today was a complete turn around from the last 4 or 5.
Last last few days we have caught trout and a few reds, but not the big trout I target this time of year. As soon as we stepped out of the boat today we were getting bites, and we managed to find a few areas with no pressure on them. Landed several fish in the 3-5# range and a good number of 17-19”. Like the last few days topwaters and Corky Sofdines have worked best.
Time to head to Port Mansfield to try our luck there through the end of the week.
The last couple days here in Seadrift has been a strange bite. Our bigger fish have either scattered with the rise in tide or recovering from a spawn. I know it’s early in the year for that, but we have caught 100’s of small male trout the last two days, it’s the only explanation I can figure out. We are still catching a lot of keeper size fish mixed in with the smalls, and plastics have worked better than Corkys or topwaters.
Curious to see what happens later in the week if this warming trend continues. At this rate it will be a great Spring. Contact me for March-May openings.
I always enjoy coming to Port Mansfield, but this week was a grinder. The first part of the week we were met with 20-30mph SE winds. It made finding decent water to fish a little tough. We buckled down and were blessed with a good redfish bite. Yesterday afternoon the water started to green up and we got on some more reds, with a couple solid trout mixed in.
We found a few speckled trout this morning, where we left them yesterday afternoon. The bite started off good with a handful of fat fish, but then tappered off. Mid-day was a toughbite with a few reds and keeper size trout caught. The last wade of the evening showed some us some good fish. Good way to end the day, back at it tomorrow!
After another big cold snap, which I saw no dead fish down there anywhere I traveled. The bite didn’t get going until mid morning each day. We watched as the water temp would climb into the high 50’s to lower 60’s. Most of our fish were caught in crotch deep water, with the exception of a few reds caught in knee deep water. The water color was great, just enough to make out the outline of the sand pockets.
We would scatter out and bomb each sand pocket we came to three or four times before moving on. What we found was the back side of the pocket held the most fish, if you threw into the grass, drug your bait to the edge and let it fall, thump, you had a fish on. We had several fish this week between 3-5 pounds, a few that made the 6 pound mark, 1 over 8 pounds. I appreciate my clients for being a part of Empty Stringers. All the trout and reds swam off to fight another day.
Our fish were caught on a variety of baits from DSL super models, Corkys, topwaters, and the S. Carolina boys favorites DOA.
Port Mansfield Trophy Trout Trips offered through March 31st, don’t miss out on your chance at a personal best!
Things started coming to life around 10:30am in Port Mansfield today. Redfish were hitting hard, but the few trout we caught were very light, almost the hung up in grass feeling. Good news is we have much warmer temps now and for the next few days. The trout bite should get more aggressive.
Still have a few February and March openings for Seadrift and Port Mansfield!
Didn’t expect it to be that cool this morning, guess the fish didn’t like it much either. First couple wades we struck out, then as the wind shifted East and air temps started rising the bait became more active and both trout and reds started feeding. We caught lots of 17-19” trout, mid to upper slot reds, then mixed in with the reds was a 26 and 27” trout. Unfortunately they were skinny, but good fish none the less.
We were strung out pretty far, so not many pics, and I did the best I could with the two bigger trout.
Fishing is still hot, and we have a few dates in January and February left available. Winter Discount ends Feb. 28th.
Great day on the water. It took us a few stops to get it dialed in, and the key was finding the rafts of mullet. Under that mullet ewas 16-19” trout and mid slot reds. We had our fair share of smalls, but hard to leave when the next bite was solid. DSL pumpkinseed, strawberry wine, and Corky Softdine XL’s helped us put fish in the box.
Winter Discount ends February 28th, call or text for open dates.