- Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:28 pm
I was planning on posting a separate report today (actually planned on posting yesterday but parental obligations got in the way coupled with a power outage - thank you Centerpoint - got me sidetracked and behind schedule).
First, my upper end trout was 22.5 inches long. That last 1.5 inches matters. Just saying.
Second, I have never fished such strange conditions. The shad were literally jumping into my kayak. At the end of the trip, I must have dumped 50 shad out of my yak. That doesn’t include those that jumoed in that I threw back into the water because it was a little weird having tiny shad flopping around in your legs and feet. I will also add that my kayak got bumped several times by whatever was chasing them. Showers of shad would jump into the yak, followed by what sounded like rain drops hitting on a plastic roof, then a big “thump” on the bottom of my yak.
So in the canals, I threw mostly super secret tandem rigs. Hehe. I lost one of the Tsunami Pro holographics to something large. I am not sure what happened, but it took whole tandem rig. At first I thought it was user error and a bad knot, but my know was intact but the entire rig was gone. I can only guess that it broke the tandem rig at the loop. After that, I quickly grabbed a new rig with the TTF shad in glow. I managed to land a few keepers and a lot of small fish. Oddly, I caught about a dozen hardheads, with most of them foul hooked in the lower body right next to a pectoral fin. A couple hooked in the lip. I also caught about a dozen undersized specks, a decent sand trout, and an 18” red to go along with the 4 keepers from the surface lights in the bay. I only made it back into one canal and only just the tip of the canal. My first four keepers came from surface lights in the bay.
I tried to take a short power nap a/k/a Man Nap but the mosquitoes were buzzing all around my fave despite a generous dose of Off! on my neck and face. Ibwasn’t getting bitten, but the persistent hum of their wings was enough to keep me awake.
At first light, we made it over to the marshes where I tried to find a legal red to no avail. At this point I had switched to throwing a Live Target mullet on top water. I switched over to a white 6” swim mullet that looks like a grasswalker but has a tail on it. First cast landed the 22.5 inch trout. The next four casts resulted in four more bites but I couldn’t get one landed. I think I was pulling out of their mouths prematurely as I had it rigged weedless with a weighted hook.
The bite slowed and back to shore we went.
If anyone catches a tagged redfish that still has a speck rig with two Tsunami Pro 2” swim shad in its lip, let me know.