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Bull Reds Love em or Hate em…

 
 

The bull reds have been a blessing an a curse this week. I don't think any of the trips down to the LA Marsh have not run into the big bulls. Since the shrimp, pogies and white trout have been mixed in with the speckled trout schools, the massive bull reds have been a part of every trout bite. Just when you get the trout rolling, the big reds come in and crash the party. For many of the crews, the fish have been trip makers, but for those wanting big numbers of trout, they have been the kiss of the death.
Earlier in the week, Capt Matt an I had Jason Smith and his boys. I knew I was gonna have some fun when the youngsters got on the boat, an asked "what can we catch with those big poles"? Dad was after some trout, so we got a few for the cause. The boys were all over the bull reds that kept interrupting our trout bites. We even got spooled by one of the bigger ones! We filled one of the live wells with a load of smaller white trout, and put all of them to good use. We drifted a few shallow oyster beds, and lady fish schools looking for sharks. Every single bait we set out got smashed and the youngsters would have stayed there till dark. Most of the sharks we caught were smaller silkies and black tips. The last one one of the day was huge black tip. While we were chasing the toothy critters, Capt Matt, along with the other half of the crew was putting a nice box of speckled trout together, and Jason was very appreciative. Everybody won!
We did reschedule several trips mid week, due to high winds and rough seas. We did get a good day in on Friday. Capt Kenny was out with the Tudor crew and I was out with two Army boys (Dustin and Clyde). My guys were thrilled with the big reds, we hooked two in the first few minutes of our trip. Don't really know how, but we even put a massive alligator gar in the boat for some pictures before we released it. Kenny and the Tudor duo were working on a good trout bite, so we left our red fish bite to go join the fun. We grabbed a couple of trout, but true to form, the big bull reds crashed the party, shutting down the trout bite. Kenny and his crew went looking for triple tails, and we went back to play with the smaller reds. Actually got to do a little sight fishing. Finding the reds was not so much a problem. Finding slot fish was a chore. The fish we found tailing in the shallow water were all 27-30 inches. It was fun pitching finger mullet to them, one of them completely swallowed a Boat Monkey Popping Cork feet from the boat! The only triple tails seen that day were smaller fish, Capt Kennys crew tagged several.
Saturday, me and Capt Matt had Boy Scout Troop 716 on the boats. The trip was set up by Scout Master Ray. Many of these young men had never been salt water fishing, so everything we did was amazing to them. We opted to take the troop on a near shore trip this go round. We fished the reefs, bridges and Bay. The boys had caught bass and catfish in freshwater, but had never fought a really big fish. We introduced all of them to our resident "sea monster" black drum. The Okuma spinning reels took a beating from the big drum, but the boys had a ball. I think our boat got more of the smaller eater sized ones, but Capt Matts crew caught and released some massive ones. Scout Master Ray took top honors on my boat with a 40lb pig. We played with some rat reds and white trout before heading to the barn. Very cool day, showing this young men a new skill, they did fantastic.
Capt Kenny and the Lamkey crew braved the chop and went down to the LA Marsh. In text book form, they got a decent mess of trout quick before the big red bullies showed up to ruin the speckled party. If you cant beat em join em... So they just had some fun with the big fish.
With the school trout showing up, most of what we have been doing has been on the plastics. Between the constant use from casting and repeated strikes from the bull reds, our Boat Monkey Popping corks have been getting plenty of use. I don't think any of our guides are using anything less than 30lb leaders, most use 40lb. If and when the water cleans up or the bull reds slack off a lil bit, we may downgrade leader size, but not likely. When the bigger trout get in the mix, switching to larger live baits(shrimp, croaker, mullet pogies) has worked well. Besides the big reds, the cat fish have made this a hit or miss option. The catfish have been rather thick the last few weeks.
All in all, the fishing has been fairly steady. We really have not had a long stretch of good weather in a while. I can only imagine, when mother nature gets in a good mood, things should accelerate very quickly from good to amazing. In the mean time, we are just fine makin it do what it do. 

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