Just been trying to keep up with Captains Matt and Kenny...
Those two have been putting their crews on a pile of red fish the past few days. The SE winds have been forcing us to fish on some very high tides in the mornings. The high tides can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Luckily we have been on good terms with the high water. The boats have been fishing in ponds, bays and drains in areas we hardly ever get to fish in. With the amount of mullet, shrimp, pogies and minnows we have been seeing, things are looking really good for the fall.
We have had the boats out everyday, some fishing in MS waters, and others running down to the LA Marsh. Wednesday was a good one, but we did have to leave our bites due to a pesky storm. Capt Matt was out with the Christie crew. They did most of their damage, on the red fish, on their first few casts of the morning. While they were all hooked up, Capt Kenny and the Anderson crew was with in "spittin distance". They quietly set up right next to Matts boat, and both crews put close to 20 reds in the boat very quickly.
I was a little to the South of the dynamic duo with John and Harry from Georgia. It took us several moves before we found the right patch of broken marsh. We were throwing the baits as far back into the flooded grass as we could. Every cast that made into the back of the high water got hammered by perfect sized slot reds. John kept slinging live shrimp around the points we were fishing, and put a few keeper trout in the box as well. The drains we fished that had pogies at the mouth were where we found our bull reds.
Capt Kenny kept grinding, fishing shorelines with breaks, points, ditches, and bait. He did very well with a mess of reds and trout for the Anderson crew. Thursday, I got to run a two boat trip with the Mighty Capt Matt Tusa. The Huskins crew was in town for Mr Rachel's birthday. Matt got the kids and I got the adults. Youth prevailed over wisdom on that day. We did our fair share of damage on the slot reds, but Matts crew put on a clinic. What made it even more fun, was that Mr Rachels daughter, on Matts boat, had never fished before. She caught more fish than anyone on the two boats. They caught a weird looking slot red too. The would be 20 something-ish slot red was barely 18 inches. The fish either had a birth defect or broke its tail early in its life. The fish looked fat and happy, just a lil strange. After we cleaned it, the back bone made a Z near the tail, very weird.
All of the boats have been throwing the same rig with the high water. The Okuma spinning reels(Helios, Trios, V's, RTX, Epixors) have been a must. The spinning reels make for much longer casts, into and with the wind. Twenty pound braided line is a huge help for slicing through the wind, and turning big red fish in heavy cover. Tying it all together has been the Boat Monkey popping cork. The extra weight and loud popping noise does wonders for longer casts and drawing strikes. Still using the Matrix Shads underneath them, tipped with dead shrimp for extra stank.
The trout fishing is still getting better, after a slow summer. The near shore fishing has been consistent, and this many reds has been a great sign of things to come. With the mind blowing amount of bait and cooling temps on the way, we have high hopes for fall fishing. Let us know if you want to get in on it...
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