It has been a fun few days in Port Mansfield. We started off with a north wind 15-25mph with rain for two day. Ended with 5-10mph out of the SW and partly cloudy skies.
We fished all ranges of water columns, from shin deep to waist deep. What we quickly learned is the better trout were in the crotch deep zone over grass beds. Redfish were in this zone as well up to shin deep.
A variety of colors in Softdine XL’s, but that got narrowed down to 2-3 baits. Our best soft plastic was the DSL Strawberry Wine super model. Minus keeper size fish, these boys were rewarded with 4-6# trout for their efforts. One, set his personal best using lures with a nice 6 pounder. All our fish on our Mansfield trips are released, it is simply the search for a personal best!
It’s always a blast down here in Port, and I know next weeks cold front is really going to stir up the big bite. We still have open dates for Port Mansfield Trophy Trout, so give us a shout. We can try to set your new personal best!
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.
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!
It was a fun few days in Port Mansfield. Redfish were everywhere but trout proved harder to find. Walked a lot of knee deep water sight casting to schools. We did find a few solid trout and one trophy mixed in with the pods. On the road home to try our hand a sight casting off the tower tomorrow in Seadrift.
It’s getting to be that time of year, time for the big trophy trout to come out and play in the shallow water. We are starting to take bookings for 2 day trips in Port Mansfield. Why two? Because after the first day you will not want to leave. This discount will run from December 1st-February 28th. Package price; Continue reading Port Mansfield Trophy Trout→