This week was met with some ups and downs. We had a few decent days of fishing, but then the winds became more than we wanted to deal with, so some of our repeat groups opted to pick another day in the summer.
With these strong winds, we had to pay attention each day as to what direction it was out of. The more south it had in it, the lower the water. This made us change game plans and adjust our wades to locate better trout. These weren’t big moves to different areas, simply micro moves or adjustments depending on the water levels on a particular flat we wanted to fish.
Most of our success was found throwing Down South Lures soft plastics. Depending on water clarity and sunlight, we either through colors like magic grass, plum/chart, and chicken of the c, or blue moon and strawberry wine. Trout were aggressive early before sunrise, then a small feed but not as aggressive during the middle of the day. That is to be expected with these hotter than normal temperatures. All our trout and few reds that we caught out of small pods were released to fight another day.
Some of the areas that we fished depending on what the wind was doing. We could either walk across the top of the flat more in the strike zone, or we had to stand off to the edge of the flat, throwing up on top of it and working the baits off the edge. This was more affective the hotter the day got.
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.
This is what it’s about right here. These 11 and 12 year old buddies say they’ve been fishing together since they were 5 and 6.
Imagine what kind of sticks they will be in 20 years. Their lure selection, knots, retrieves and simple handling of fish was impressive to watch.
Today we had trout up to 22” and was in fish most of the morning. Thigh to crotch deep on the grown ups over grass was the ticket. Our main colors were plum/chart, and purple reign. Even managed a couple on topwaters mid morning.
All our fish were realeased in good shape to fight another day.
It has been a fun 3 days with these boys from North Texas. We caught a lot of fish on a variety of baits. Topwaters, DSL Victorious Secret, Bass Assassian Morning Glory, and Mirrodine XL’s all saw action.
We made it work with the winds we were delt the first two days. we caught a lot of reds each day. On day two we did manage a couple solid trout and several 17-19” trout. Day three we opted to try a new area. We had a great bite early during the minor feed period. After that the reds turned on.
Our major feed period was slower than normal, but we had some solid redfish during that period.
It is always fun spending multiple days with a group. They got to see and understood the adjustments that took place to be successful, each day under the changing conditions.
Thank y’all gentlemen for releasing the catch over 3 days!
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.
Well it worked out, we found fish super skinny, and even in flooded up areas that are typically dry. These fish were fooled by DSL’s candy apple and color x. These clients released all their reds, just out havin’ fun!
Wednesday and Thursday look great for sight casting. If you have ever wanted to try it, give us a call.
Great day chasing redfish with DSL’s high cotton, and popping cork/gulp on some custom POC Rods.
Even managed a couple nice flounder, of which one was the clients personal best at 21.5”. Caught the reds early, and spent the day playing catch and release. It’s always nice to have trips like this with repeat clients.
Started before sun up wading for trout with DSL’s chicken of the c, on the oyster shell. The trout weren’t wanting to play nice today.
So as the winds slicked off we decided to go chase pods of reds. The first shoreline we pulled up to had reds in small groups, and singles crawling down the bank. But wouldn’t you know it, they didn’t wanna play either. Making some really good casts on single fish swimming right at us, and nothing. It took a few hours and a couple of moves to finally stick a few fish.
You would have thought with the perfect conditions, the outcome would have had a perfect ending. But, sometimes this is how it goes. We were in the right zip code, and tomorrow is a different day.