Had Chris from the West Point area for a trip today and with 9' tides, walking the grass was definitely on the menu. Threw plastics on the edges for Trout while we waited for the tide to rise, but only could manage some short fish. When we got to the flat, it took a while for the Reds to show-but when they did we had about 7 good fish all around us. Chris got one good shot and the fish did not eat. As quick as the tails appeared, they suddenly disappeared. Plan B was to hit a flat that has been holding some large Sheepshead (5-10 pounders). We pitched live shrimp at half a dozen good ones, which either ignored our offerings, or sped off as quick as the baits hit the water. About that time, the tide started to turn out and I thought it was over. Chris spotted a tail, and with one cast he was hooked up. Snapped a pic and carried his dinner back to the boat. As I turned back to the flat, Chris has now waded to a deeper little bowl and is now hooked up again. I ended up making four trips back to the boat, as Chris kept stalkin and pickin off fish in the gin clear water--even though they were not tailing. For about 20-30 minutes, Chris put on an absolute clinic. As the tide fell out, with time running short, we checked several holes for Flounder and Trout, with nothing but dirty water to show for it. At the last spot, with the shells starting to show, Chris caught fire again. Caught six Trout and two more Reds on a DOA shrimp. This day was as good as any 50-100 fish day, just to see Chris stalk those fish and hook up repeatedly. Thanks Chris, sometimes the hunt is even better than the kill...
Had to throw Ollie a Red carcus. Poor guy, these high tides are tough on him too...
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Did a little scouting in some new spots on low water to see what I could find. Pretty much just stayed on the trolling motor, beatin the banks. The bite was not hot and heavy, but did manage a good mix of trout and reds. The search and destroy mission consisted of plastics under the cork and jigs tipped with plastics or shrimp. Decided to check a few flounder holes on the way back in, and ended up with three keepers. Two were dandies that I tried to knock off with the net, but somehow managed to get 'em in the boat. Flounder were caught on the 4" pearl white Gulp swimming mullet.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Dan and I escaped for a couple hours on Sunday for a little fun fishing in new areas. We picked up half a dozen Trout and half a dozen small Reds with about half being lower slots and the rest shorts. Thought we might look at the Flounder hole, but it was blown out pretty good, so we checked out another shell covered bank. We still had the white grubs rigged, and were just running down the bank with the trolling motor. The water was pretty muddy, but in one clear spot I thought I saw that bronze flash. I told Daniel to pitch his jig in there, and he actually made a pretty good cast. I thought I saw the line jump a little and a small boil, so I told Daniel to set the hook. Nothing happened, and I couldn't even detect the resistance of the jig, so I screamed at Daniel to REEL, REEL, REEL, as I thought the fish might have connected and come right at the boat. Sure enough, 5 feet from the boat the line came tight and nearly jerked Daniel in the water. A couple good runs and one time around the boat and Daniel had the fish landed. Its always fun to sight fish, but this was kinda special to see Daniel bust one--and a good one at that--32". Now Daniel asks me everyday if we can go "looking" for Redfish!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Had a tall order to fill for Josh and Mark on Labor Day. Our mission was to catch the basic inshore slam-Trout, Redfish & Flounder. Coming off a week's worth of 8 ft tides, and some blustery weather made for a little murky water and downright tough conditions. We started off pitching shrimp and jigs in the back of small creeks and oyster bars in the river and found a handful of small Reds, including two slots. Next on the agenda was the Trout. With shrimp being the main forage, we switched over to the DOA shrimp and worked creek mouths and grassy points. We scraped out 7 or 8, with a couple of good keepers in the mix. Josh and Mark are both avid fishermen, and have fished the Louisiana Delta, most of the northern Gulf and several excellent bass and trout fisheries in North Georgia. Without these guys skills, I don't think we'd have gotten this far in our Slam Quest. Now for the Flounder, which I knew would be a guarantee...enter Mother Nature. The wind and tide poured in on my favorite bank and turned it into a choppy, chocolate milk! But we threaded on the trusty Gulp baits and went to pitchin in the mess. We somehow eeked out 4 Flatties, including a couple decent keepers. Slams completed! I can honestly tell you this was one of the toughest days I've fished this year, and without Josh and Mark bearing down, we wouldn't have gotten it done. Good luck guys at UGA-study hard, fish hard, and finally...pray for your dawgs...they're gonna need it! Looking forward to fishing with you guys again, I had a blast.