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Triple tails in October? Big trout, bull reds, flounder and much much more!!!!

Back on the water Monday afternoon with Shore Thing Platinum Plus member Jim Watts. In town for his daughters fall break, we made a good showing of it. The cold front had a stiff NW wind ripping, but we were able to hide in the Bay. On a quick 4 hour near shore trip, we stayed on the fish. Had fish coming over the side from first cast to last cast. Used live shrimp and caught a Lil bit of everything. Huge sheepshead, perfect sized puppy drum, keeper redfish, and some really nice flounder kept us very busy. Due to the wind and seas, we were only able to work a few hundred yards of protected shoreline, but it worked. Only used the Carolina rig. Jim did get spooled twice by big sea monsters but he did land one big one. Jim and his daughters have been fishing with us for years, and this was the longest they have stayed on the water. It was a booming victory.
Tuesday pulled a double, but both were good. Had my man Gus Lorber in the morning. You will be seeing that name for the next few rounds of reports. He will be fishing with Shore Thing several times in the next few weeks or as I'm call it OctLorber Fest. This trip he brought his buddies Bob and Larry. We stayed in close again, but found a variety of fish. We caught trout in the bay, along with puppy drum and sheepshead. Pushed out to the reefs and finally found some slot reds. Noticed some birds working over some huge explosions in the water. Chased them all over the Ms sound before we locked into triple header battle royal. One of the big boys was a big jack creavalle, the other two were mammoth bull reds. Both were almost neon orange in color(released). Perfect way to end day one.
No rest for the weary, back out again for the afternoon. Jim watts had so much fun the day before, he wanted to try his luck again. Only one of his daughters made it this time. Action was not as hot as the day before, but we were fishing new areas. With only a couple of drum, we began to head back to the bridges where we nailed em the day before. As luck would have it, we ran right into big school of big reds and jacks. Team Watts gave it all they had and were able to land two huge jacks and two big bull reds. Cool thing was, we were only a couple of hundred yards off the beach! Did see one small triple tail, got that little sucker to eat a shrimp 4 times but never would stayed hook. Thought for sure that would be last triple tail we would see this year, or so I thought...
In my month long celebration of OctLorber Fest, me and Gus went to the marsh on Wednesday. Great weather, clean water and incredible fishing. Our trout trip turned into redfish massacre quickly. First it was a school of bull reds that we could not get away from(released many). Next, we found these pockets of clean water full of big slot reds, and small bulls. We were slinging fish over marsh grass that were in ponds we could not get the into. Had fish all around the boat for hours. Marsh was full of crabs, minnows and small shrimp. By far, one of the better days of sight casting, my boat has seen in a very long time. Kept his five, released a ton, and don't even want to entertain how many shots WE missed.
Completely stumbled on an absolute nest of triple tail. Got our 6 fish limit off of one random floating structure in 30 minutes!!!! Latest I have ever seen a triple tail prior to this was OCT 6th(several years ago). Have no clue why those fish are still here, but I will take lucky over good any day of the week.
Tried to call in Capt Matt on the bite, but got no answer. Judging from the pile of fish heads at the dock, I could tell why. Capt Magic Matt and the Herman Jacobi had 63 trout and were back early. Very nice fish too. Mr Herman and his crew had somewhere to be, but left very happy.
Left the camera on the boat, but will have some nice pics tomorrow

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