Another fun day on the water! We were blessed in another area of our bay system. We located rafts of mullet and glass minnows early, and walked into a bite.
Being on the backside of the full moon, the bite tappered off mid morning. With just a few redfish playing in the early afternoon. Soft plastics, and baby Softdine worked the best. All the fish were released in good shape.
Group #3 of days 5 and 6 wanted to battle bull reds and flounder gig on their trips. It wasn’t exactly calm at the jetties over the two days, and the wind gave them fits last night. But, they managed to battle reds up to 45” and stick a few flounder.
This capped off a very fun 6 day saltwater experience. I look forward to the next 11 years with this crew.
Group #2 of days 3 and 4 had a pretty good go at wade fishing.
Yesterday we started in the dark fishing over sand/grass hoping the moon would bring us a couple of big fish. Biggest fish we had was 23”. We left that and found solid trout and redfish on oyster reefs in SA bay. The bait of choice was DSL’s blue moon. Fish were holding in 2-3ft of water under a raft of mullet.
Today we were met with a 3 hour rain delay. After watching the lightning crack over the bay, we knew it could be tough, but had to go try. We walked knee to thigh deep sand pockets throwing chicken of the c, plum, and blue moon. Ended up with a handful of dink trout, one solid trout that thumped it on the end of my cast, but had some nice keeper reds for our effort.
Over to the POC jetties the next couple days to battle big reds.
This year marks 11 years this group has been fishing with us. This year they are on a 8 event, 6 day trip trading out between family and friends.
These boys elected to flounder with Rick Hammond, Night Stalker Guide Service a couple nights between trips.
Sight Casting yesterday until mid morning was tough with the cloud bank that rolled in a day break. After it cleared we did manage to find the reds layed up in some creeks adjacent to shallow flats. Had a handful of fish cooperate before the feed shut off, and the others acted like we weren’t even there. The fish we did trick were on DSL watermelon and red/white with a 1/4oz jig head.
We spent today at the POC jetties. This was why the booked all them years ago. So to keep up with tradition each year, we make sure at least one day is marked to go out there and battle the big girls. Bulls from 40-47” is what they were rewarded with.
Hopefully they will be rewarded with some good trout and redfish action tomorrow wade fishing.
We checked in to the Reel Time Lodge in Seadrift mid-afternoon Friday prepared to chase redfish until dark. We put the boat in the water and, nothing. Motor would start up fine but not keep running. Perhaps we were ahead of ourselves and jinxed our luck by already planning to have Bubba’s cook our catch. Well, crap. Abort mission. We ended up replacing the fuel line, primer bulb, and spark plugs. Who hasn’t been there before?
Saturday morning we decided to put in at Charlie’s Bait Camp and fish the Dewberry / Shoalwater area. A thunderstorm smashed us hard before we could even get underway so we waited it out for about thirty minutes. Fair warning – the boat launch fee has gone up to $8 and that lady will collect.
We have seen some ups and downs on the Middle Texas Coast lately. Naturally our lakes are holding trout and reds on a consistent basis. If you try to avoid the crowds in the more popular lakes, it has been anything but consistent. If the water is up, the trout bite is on in almost every part of the bay, but with the few fronts we have had the water has fell out and so has the fish in these spots. The redfish remain constant in these areas, but the trout scatter. Continue reading Low Tide Redfish→
What was supposed to be a sight casting trip, turned into us chasing trout first thing in the morning, hoping by mid-day the sun would pop out. Lucky for us we landed on some solid trout right off the bat. Putting several fish in the box over 20″ and capping it off with some respectable 18-19″ fish. Continue reading Seadrift Fishing Report December 7, 2016→
With a steady 10-15 mph north wind, we decided to take our chances down south of SA Bay. Days like this one with cloudy skies, and cool temps had us all hoping for some big trout action. Our first couple wades came up with just a couple solid trout and a few nice reds. Then by mid-morning as the sun tried to peak out, bait fish became more active, pelicans were crashing the shorelines, and the bite turned on.