Right at the launch there was action, mullet fleeing in every direction. I stuck 2 trout and a red on a she dog top water within the first 10 casts, I couldn’t help but chuckle at my luck.
I moved on after the initial excitement died down and that area got quiet. I’ve fished this area extensively and decided to take a little different route to an area deeper in the marsh I know has produced for me this time of year in the past, particularly when the water is cool like today. I rounded the corner of the marsh to a more open part of the bayou with a deep drop off and once again was greeted with fleeing mullet. Sticking with the She Dog I picked up another quick speck, a little tourist trout. On the very next cast I was twitching the top water quickly and gave it a sudden pause when I hooked up with my best fish of the day… A beautiful, chunky, 18in trout. He was fired up and gave me some obligatory head shakes. I had planned to keep some fish, but this guy I just had to release… I deemed him king “speck”of the marsh, he swam away strong.
I continued fishing that section picking up a few more small trout before I made my way to a back lake. Just prior to entering the back lake I picked up another nice keeper trout. I made my way around the back lake but it wasn’t as active as the main marsh. I saw some very big blowups sporadically, but the reds were not in the grass like on previous trips. The blowups I was seeing were further off the shoreline. On my way out of the back lake I hooked up on a slot redfish, but lost him after I didn’t get a great hook set.
Making way back to where the specks were snacking earlier and proceeded to catch another 15 or so tourist trout, all on top water. Talk about a dream. It was 11 am and the sun had not been out all morning. I paddled around the other end of the marsh for about an hour looking for my slot redfish, but never saw too many promising signs. Just the occasional random blow up. I also “hooked” a flounder, which right at the boat arrogantly spit my Vudu Shad at me.
All in all it was a fantastic morning, extremely quiet and relaxing. A blissful morning to fish, cool temps, north winds, and calm water. Coffee just tastes a little better when your smacking trout on top water between sips.
Man are we blessed with Mother Nature.
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