Funny how shrimp are so prevalent and delicious to fish. I went out in the Bryan beach surf last Saturday morning and the small brown shrimp were so thick they were getting into my wading crocs. There were way more shrimp than predators, but if the shrimp were getting worked over in a spot, it was a matter of tossing over a fly, I used the shrimp pattern and a borski slider, into the melee and get ready for a take. The mullet and even the menhaden were getting ignored by the trout, it was the shrimp they were after
I went out yesterday afternoon to look at the surf and didn’t like what I saw so instead went to a bank fishing, mud hole of a spot I occasionally fish. The shrimp were also hopping in this low visibility water with predators on their heels, too. In this case, I couldn’t get any action on the tan borski, but put on a brown shrimp pattern and almost immediately started getting fish. Ended up catching several small redfish, a croaker and a 17” flounder that I retained. Not bad for a public walk up area that gets worked over by the bait soaking crowd. Three guys there soaking shrimp weren’t getting the action I was, but they weren’t covering water like I was either.
I tied up some more of the shrimp. Sometimes, the pattern does make a difference.