A Day of Catching!

January 22, 2016 by Brian "Bucky" Goldman

Trip Info

The Catch
Speckled Trout

Winter has arrived and as the water levels drop and the water temperatures drop, the water starts to become crystal clear. The redfish start schooling up and the trout start piling into the shallow waters. A last minute charter gave me the opportunity to fish with Pete Dunlavy and his brother in-law Mark (from UK). This day was the start of a cold front and the only day we would have been able to fish, as the next day the wind blew 25-35 mph and the temperature dropped into the high 30’s. The day called for rain and some decent winds from 15-25 mph. Overcast skies all day and strong winds would have made it very difficult to sight fish. I decided to go to a spot that I have been seeing a lot of fish in the past few weeks. The water level really dropped out over night and I found it very hard to push pole around. We did manage to catch one redfish sight casting to a tailing fish. I wasn’t seeing a lot of fish. I decided to struggle poling through the shallow water to make my way to a deep trough between two islands. I figured the fish had to go somewhere and that would have been my best guess as to where they went.  We posted up and I decided to change tactics. I put some popping corks on and started casting live shrimp. On the first cast, I showed the guys how to work the popping cork and before I could bait the second rod, Mark had a fish on. That’s when it turned from fishing to catching. In the next few hours and after a couple of rain cells we managed to land over 30 redfish and 4 really nice trout. We had more double hook ups than I could have counted. We caught so many fish that we stopped taking pictures. The fish were not very big but it still made for a great day of fishing. We ran out of 4 dozen shrimp!!  I put on gulp shrimp and still managed to whack a few more reds. Once the fishing slowed down I decided to hit one more spot. Although their time was up, I was having so much fun with these guys that I decided to stay out a little longer.
We changed to cut lady fish and after an hour had laded three more larger redfish and a nice trout. The best part of the day is that we didn’t see another boat fishing all day!. Book your trip today the fishing is unbelievable.

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