- Wed Jul 28, 2021 11:36 am
Too embarrassed to report after almost getting skunked yesterday, I tried it again this morning. Unlike the past few days when the chocolate milk ran out way past wading depth, today I stood on the interface between ugly beach water and green(ish) water. It was a very clear interface, moving back and forth in the current. Dolphins all over but no birds working. About 10 guys scattered, picking up some mostly small trout.
So I threw a couple of rods on my tadpole tricycle, pedaled down and waded out with the rest of the guys. (no kayak this morning- maybe this PM...) They were throwing live shrimp and beating me by a mile until I moved 150 yards down the beach to get closer to the dolphins. Then it was just about every cast with a 3" long yellow lead jigging spoon. Bite after bite.
I caught maybe 20 sand trout and 15 specks, along with a ladyfish and what looked like a bluefish, in a little over an hour. Also surrounded by small sharks, which soon figured into the story. I got tagged in the thumb releasing a foul hooked hardhead, and it just wouldn't quit bleeding. Not wanting to be bleeding with sharks all around, that was the end of my fishing morning. I may go again in the evening. It is HOT now, with no wind and no clouds for shade.
You'll catch more fish with live shrimp, but most of them were small. Mine were no bigger, but I probably averaged 1 fish every 2-3 casts once I got into them, which ain't bad for a lead spoon. Some of the sand trout were nice, and maybe 1/4 of the specks were keepers. Had to shoo curious blacktip sharks (3-4') several times. I was C&R so they didn't bother me too much.
Surf is up a little, but not bad at all- maybe 1'-1.5'. I think the key is that clear(ish) water right up to the beach. Good luck!