Just to note what I tried, will give full report later but I thought here I can further the trolling experiment I did
Part 1 - trolled a 3" cocohoe color "cock of the walk with chartreuse tail" on a 1/8 oz rattling jig head.
Took it over my long 1 mile paddle to the 1st spot. Didn't ever register a bite.
I think the bottom was mud about 1' depth. No idea if I crossed any shell since I don't have a depth finder and Google earth never showed shell there.
I was having real difficulty fighting the wind and staying under 2 mph so I just gave up caring about speed.
Part 2 - trolled a 1/8 oz bunny fur jig tipped with a strip of squid over oyster about 1 - .5 ft depth. Kept hanging up with no bites so I reeled it in
Part 3 - feeling a little discouraged at this point thanks to my long trek with no bites, I changed to a 3" pink and clear bottom with chart tail (I forget the color name ) this time with a 3/8 oz lead jig head. I was at my main target area though which was a cut between two flats so I knew the cut would be deep. So I knew the 1/8 would never get down far enough. I started trolling again, again could not keep my speed below about 2 to 1.5 (I really need to get my rudder installed!!). I had just rounded a bend and was surprised I didn't have any bites still so wanted to make sure I didn't have seaweed all over, so I stopped and reached for my rod, start reeling in and the line pulls back! I pulled in a 21" spec
. I have no idea if he bit before I stopped or when I stopped (like maybe that triggered the strike?) Or maybe I subconsciously knew something was up, unfortunately I can't hold the rod as I paddle. What do y'all think?
Next I paddled the same setup further, I think I got more strikes but never hooked up anything. Then I got to the end of the cut and tried trolling around the mouth, saw my tip vibrate a few times so I figured that meant something was up. Reeled in and fan casted the area and sure enough I had located a school of reds!
I'll post more details and pics in my report later.
After that fun, I headed back to launch with same setup. Got to the shallows and the 3/8 oz was just snagging too much so I threw my fat boy imitation lure. The fat boy didn't snag but I also think it was just floating on the surface the whole way. The wind cocking of my kayak was getting super annoying by this point so I just reeled in to fight another day.
And to note, my rod tip vibrates slightly at 1.5 mph. I didn't know what to look for at first but I think any stop in the vibration or twitch of the rod is the signal to check it or check the area. My eyes aren't experienced enough yet though to be certain.
Also, this was how I setup my trolling rod so I could see what was going on. I discovered awhile ago trolling from my back rod holders is useless.