Mother nature has kept us at home the last few days, but things were fantastic before the rain hit. All the Shore Thing guides are very much looking forward to getting back on the water. The last week or two was incredible fishing for some big trout and big numbers. The diving birds kept us busy on the keeper sized school trout too. We have only seen a few triple tail but they will be here soon enough.
Most of the big trout we have caught have been over shell bottoms. The LA Marsh is full of these type bottoms, and really it is just being on the right one on the right day. A big part of getting on the fish has been our approach. Shutting the big motors down way out as to not throw a big wave over the area you are fishing. Drifting in with either the wind or the trolling motor certainly does help. Easing the anchor over the side is a big factor in staying on the fish too.
Everyday has been different but moving quickly and being prepared helps. Some days all you need is a simply popping cork rig. For the longer casts, we have been using the Boat Monkey Popping corks with Matrix shads 18 inches under them. Watching the diving birds and trying to stay on the outside of them, casting into them will give you all the action you need. Most of the flocks working in shallow water(4 foot or less) always seem to hold bigger trout. Some of the most of exciting action has been on the early morning and late evening top water bites. Chunking Top dogs, Zara Spooks, Skitter Walks and Corkys have produced some huge trout in the last few weeks.
Live croakers and Shrimp over the shell bottoms always seems to work well this time of year. A Carolina rigged live bait on a 1 to 3/0 khale hook is what we use. Watch for slicks, bait, diving birds or current lines to figure out where to set up. If someone is in your "spot" keep a safe distance away from them or find another area to work. I assure everyone that there are enough fish out there this time of year to keep everyone happy. Sorry we have not been able to keep up with the details of every single trip, but most days we have been having 4-8 boats out. The guides have been doing a great job taking pics of the trips.
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