We launched pre-sunrise at Rawlings Cut and worked our way into the bay, amazed at the vast glassy waters glinting in the sun. Winds were calm, water temperature about 60 degrees and 2-feet water visibility. Not much bait activity but you could see swirls & splashes over 100 yards away.
Shoffer quickly landed two small speckled trout in about 4-ft.-deep water and called me over on the marine radio.
I came in trolling my beloved white Down South 4" paddletail while Shoffer was 30 feet away reeling in the same rig. Suddenly both our rods bowed over & we were fighting big specks, silver scales flashing and water splashing everywhere.
After a few Apache war calls we both landed fat 25" trout. Then we noticed our location over a large reef which we named "Double Hook-Up Reef," so marked on the GPS log.
For the next hour or so we worked that 200-yard long reef, catching double-limits of solid specks and also a 23" Redfish for me on a Tony Acetta gold spoon. We had to release about a dozen legal trout, a labor of love under the circumstances.
On my way in I was trolling the reef and greeted two kayakers heading toward me. I told them to work the reef.with white plastics, then immediately landed another 25" and a 23" speck in front of them to illustrate my point, both released.
Shoffer and I both released two 25" trout this morning. That kind of fishing puts a smile on your face & a song in your heart. Matagorda rocks! The Winter fishing pattern is finally here. Oh joy!
See you on the water.
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