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 round of Port Mansfield was met with the right weather and lower tides. With these fronts stacking up every 5-6 days the water temperature is holding which is more conducive to trigger bigger trout to feed. We lost a few days because of the strong north winds, but the pre front and post front bites were spot on. We watched fish change their feed pattern from topwaters and plastics to Corkys during periods of cold and again to plastics on warm up days. Any bait in a natural selection was the ticket. Unfortunately we all lost an opportunity at a Lower Laguna monster, but that’s what keeps you coming back.
We had a lot of fun, and with the weather continuing to roll in. I know the next round of trips will be even better. Hopefully this time with we can stay connected with the fish we are seeking.
All our trout and reds were released to fight another day in good condition.
Just can’t stay away from the saltwater. When dad called and said he was heading to Cedar Bayou in the morning, I couldn’t help myself.
We met at a foggy boat ramp and eased across the bay. Once we got in the bayou and parked the boat, it was a short 500 yard walk to the surf. And, until 1pm we caught reds at a steady pace. Never had more than about 10 minutes to sit down. We caught reds up to 41”, several in the 30-34” range.
The best part was standing in shin deep water throwing out to the fir st cut. Can’t wait to see how lower SA bay and Mesquite get in the Spring, once I get back from Port Mansfield.
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.
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.
Good day back in Seadrift, TX. We got lucky with the rain, and just had a few small showers pass over.
We found trout at most every wade, but a few wades were better than others. These trout seemed to be hanging around areas with smaller sized mullet concentrations. Not much happening in areas with bull mullet.
It’s always fun fishing with Sully, and we just wanted to feel the pull. All our fish were released to fight another day.
Trying to figure out how to describe this groups Mansfield trip.
A good repeat summer client brought down a father/son team, and we were blessed to walk into a good bite. Evan the 13 year old hung in there all day and is a pretty good stick. Both the dad and him set their PB’s on day one, but we had a few days to try and upgrade Evans again.
Fish were caught in thigh to crotch sand pockets.
Aaron’s fish is pictures first, a 29”@7.75#.
Then Evan’s at 25”@4.5#
Landon and myself also got in on the action. His was just shy of 7#, and mine was 29.5”@8#.
Our trout and reds were released in good condition.
Day 3 of 4 with this group proved to be the best yet. Day 2 was tough under the high pressure with just a couple solid fish caught. But, day 3, Landon and Aaron upgraded their PB’s.
Aaron’s fish tipped the scales at 8.5#”
Landon’s went 8#@29”
Evan matched his again
We had multiple fish over 6#, and walked away from the bite trying to beat in some rain showers.
Today, unfortunately the rain canceled our plans of making a wade over the same ground before the front hit. Hopefully when the winds start backing off tomorrow I can relocate these fish for coming 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.
The Waterloo Salinity is my favorite rod for fishing the mid-coast for speckled trout and redfish. It is a great combination of reasonable price and outstanding performance. The Waterloo shop is conveniently located in Victoria and offers a wide selection of rods, reels, and accessories.
I currently run a Salinity 7’0″ spinning rod – Medium/Moderate – with a Shimano Stradic 3000. We primarily fish artificials although we might occasionally throw shrimp or croaker (although, I really hate messing around with bait!). The Salinity has the power and control to cast top-waters, spoons, and soft-plastics in all conditions. Walking a Spook Junior or bouncing a DSL, the Salinity gets the job done.
My 7’0″ Salinity casting rod is fitted with a Lews. This is my first Lews and I’m still getting used to it so a full report on this rod will have to wait. However, given the number of days I have fished the spinning version, I’m confident the casting Salinity will do just fine.
The cork split grip handle has become my favorite style. I have these split handles on a number of rods, including other makes.
In the picture below, we were wading the outside of Contee when I spotted a tailing red up in a grass pocket against the shore. Given the prevailing SE wind and distance to target, I had to put everything I had into the cast. The bone/silver Spook, Jr landed within a bucket of my aim, and, the red exploded on it! It wasn’t until later that night did I learn that my brother had captured the cast.