When it rains, It pours fish!
A couple days before my trip with Jay and Dan, the weather forecast was looking grim. The forecast was calling for a 90% chance of rain and 15-25 mph winds. Luckily, Jay and Dan were no strangers to fishing inclement weather, so they told me they still wanted to give it a try. Turns out, it’s a good thing they did.
We departed the dock at 7am hoping to get as much fishing in before the weather took a turn for the worst. When we left the dock, the weather was decent - a light breeze and fairly clear skies. As we got to our location on the indian river, it wasn’t long before we had the first fish of the day on the line. I think we landed two nice redfish within the first ten minutes of the trip; one was 14lbs and the other 13lbs. Dan and Jay were ecstatic, and the fish kept coming. We had a couple small stray showers give us some rain, but we just put our rain gear on. The showers were very short lived, maybe ten minutes at the most. In between the showers, the fish would start chewing again, and we didn’t go very long in between bites.
The wind was blowing perfectly down the flat that day, so we opted to use dead baits(mullet, ladyfish, and shrimp), as I knew this would be a perfect scenario for the scent of the bait to be brought downwind. This technique proved to be very productive, and we ended up with 16 redfish ranging from 3-14lbs, a nice slot sized sea trout, and a very nice black drum. We also caught countless catfish in the process.
Needless to say, it was a very good fishing trip, and we got very lucky with the weather. Yes, we had a few showers, but the major storms and majority of the rain managed to stay away from our area all day, keeping us dry most of the trip and also making the fishing great. Just goes to show, you never know until you go!
~ Capt. Eric
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