From the Shore Thing to family to you and yours, we hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
Spent most of last week riding out Hurricane November. The fronts had the winds close to 40mph most days. Not much to do in weather like that, but hunt and eat. When the wind layed down after turkey day, we were back on the water. Had 4 boats out on Friday, two in the river and two in the LA Marsh. All did well, but really just enjoyed the light winds more than anything. Capt Matt and I were deep in the ponds looking for reds, and found plenty. The water has been very low, but sometimes that can work into your favor. Most of the fish we found we found were in little to no water. The reds were crashing the banks, mostly feeding on minnows. I had Ken and Colton Morgan from West Virginia. They had never done this type of fishing, but took to it quickly. By the end of the day, they were spotting, hooking and catching a pile of slot reds. We did get our limit before taking a nice calm ride home. Capt Matt got in with the Alan Purvis crew, shortly after we returned. They had a good mess of slot reds as well. Matt and I fished in different sections of the 9 Mile area, but both of our reds were slap full of the same thing. You could not fit another cocahoe in their bellies. Most of them were not those ones you buy at the bait shops, they were little short and chunky ones. Majority of the fish came off the spinner baits.
Captains Darren and Tom were having a good day of it in the Jourdan River with a 2 boat crew sent to us from our old pal Capt Marshall Smith. They had a lil bit of everything, but Darren said he and Capt Toms crews found some stud trout. Sounds like it is got the makings of a stellar winter in the rivers. The trout trollers have been out in full force as well.
Saturday Captains Matt, Brett and myself all made the run back to the LA Marsh. Capt Brett with the James Fly duo got the gold star for the day. He put them on 50 trout early in the morning in some deeper pockets. The did find some red fish action as well. Capt Matt was joined by the Harlen Massey duo for a little more red fishing in the shallow pockets. I ran into a bit of a problem with the Weibmer duo, I ran out of water in my areas. We found plenty of fish, but needed another 6 inches of water. The fish were still there, but we had trouble getting in and out of the honey holes. We saw reds that had 3/4 of their bodies out of the water, smashing bait. The boys still had a good time, but never got one the fly rod, just the spinning gear.
Monday, Capt Matt and I made the fish suffer for making us work so hard on Saturday. He was out with Southern crew. It took them several moves to find the bite they were looking for, but they found it. They enjoyed a wide open trout bite, deep inside the marsh. The Mighty Matt said their best bite came in the middle of the deeper canals between shallow ponds. They used the boat monkey corks and soft plastics under them. They returned with close to 80 sparkle trout, a couple of reds and plenty of smiles.
I was out in the marsh red fishing with my good friend, outdoor writer, Bobby Cleveland. Bobby brought his buddy along, Bass Master Master Elite Pro, Pete Ponds. This duo was about as lethal as you would ever want slinging Strike King Redfish Magic spinner baits in the marsh. I was still un able to get to the back of my favorite ponds, but these boys had the range. We just went in as far as we could and stopped. We would fan cast the mouth of the shallow ponds and lagoons. Pete, Bobby and I had triples, doubles and plenty of singles on fat hungry reds. Pete even tied on some of signature series crank baits, and jigs, they all got smashed. Got our limit early in the morning, and just went to play. Released plenty more reds, and Pete finished the day with a huge 20-25lb Bull on 14lb test. Always a treat to fish with Bobby, but spending the day with Pete Ponds was very cool too. The reds we cleaned back at the dock, this time were full of small crabs and sand eels.
Captains Kenny and Jimmy Ray just ended the first split of gun season(with dog) in Devil Swamp. Saw them both on the last day, and looks as though they are ready to get back on the water. Those two made a good go of the first season. Their club bagged many nice bucks and hogs.
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