We were down for a couple weeks, but it feels good to be back on the water this past week after getting the new boat rigged and ready. We saw a lot of changes in just a short span. From near Coastal Flood Advisories to a tide that is now about a foot or so low. When the 20-30mph SSE winds kicked up in the early part of the week, we witnessed the bay water being pushed from the south side to the north side of the bay. When this happened, naturally it drained to back marsh, and with it came hundreds of thousands of small bait fish. Shad, glass minnows, and even the baby grass shrimp poured out into the bay.
This was key in a couple different reasons. Mainly because locating the isolated areas was key on finding a good bite. But also, this told us that we needed to down size our selection. Spook Jr topwaters, 4″ Down South Lures instead of 5″, and Double D’s worked well, especially when the trout were suspended and in feed mode. This event takes place every Spring, and if you will make note of it, future outings can be more successful. Although the first half of the week saw just a water shift, the second have had more south in the wind which has lead us to this lower than normal tide. For that we had to make small adjustments, but was able to stay on fish through the tide swing. Remember micro moves can make all the difference sometimes.
We have decided to continue to release all our trout again this year, in an effort to help the bay system continue it’s rebuild. The trout this week were released in good shape.
Captain Nathan Beabout
N&M Sportsman’s Adventures