We launched a little before first light into the patchy fog that hung over the water. The water level was still fairly low for a "high" tide. Once the fog lifted, and the sun rose, our hearts sank. The water was muddy brown as far as the eye could see, with about 3-4 inches of visibility. There was crap floating in the water (including some good size driftwood) and the water was fresh as hell on top. Apparently, that area had seen so much rain lately that there was literally water running off the sides of the shoreline, like a waterfall one might see in Kauai, Hawaii. We could hear it pouring into the bay in the darkness as we were making our way out of Double Bayou, but could not see it; given the sound, I thought it was a localized drainage pipe of some sort. Making matters more challenging was the fact that the tide was dropping, and by the time we left, the water was a good 2 feet below normal.
Despite the abysmal water clarity, we gave it hell for 4 hours. Among three of us, one hooked a potato chip flounder for 5 seconds, and one hooked something for a few seconds that got off (likely a rat red). I trolled two rods with different lures at different depths for most of the time (tipped with either Fishbites or Procure), worked some marsh drains and threw a noisy topwater, but I did not get a bump or blow up all morning.
In retrospect, had we factored in the amount of rain, we would have launched at SLP or somewhere closer to the Gulf - like West Bay, or just said screw it, and headed to Lake Fayette where the water is supposed to be fresh. Oh, well. Live and learn.