Fast forward 1 month and on a whim I booked 3 nights in a small cottage in Rockport/Fulton. I arrived on Sunday the 18th around 4 Pm. It was a little late to fish but you know I was just itching to explore. I put my kayak in at the light house lakes kayak launch and was met with a ripping incoming tide with 15mph plus SE winds. After getting across the channel, I peddled around for about an hour making maybe ten cast, just exploring and getting slapped by the wind. The days have gotten much shorter and I didn’t want to get caught out somewhere I had never been before so I headed in. The plan was to fish the Estes flats the next morning.
I arrived at the launch early, making sure to give myself plenty of time being in a new area. This turned out to be wise as when I arrived to the launch the flats were being pounded by 20mph SE winds. I made a game time decision and decided to take the ferry across to fish the south shoreline. I used google earth and found a boat ramp near East flats, but once I pulled up there was a chain across it, strike 2. I pull up google earth once again and decided to try out Wilson’s cut, which was just minutes down the road. Luckily there was access to it, so I launched and was in the water by 7:30 AM. I paddled about 3/4 way up the cut and headed north East. Just before the mangroves opened to the bay I spotted a group of reds tailing. I quietly started throwing a pink Skitterwalk Topwater and got some interest quickly. 1 of the reds came and knocked the top water a foot in the air. This area was quite interesting, some very shallow areas, but drop offs were steep and fairly deep. I had a dolphin come up no more than 10 ft from me as I’m working and started crushing bait. Needles to say this spooked the reds. The trout however were unphased, I proceeded to catch 4 on the pink skitterwalk over the next 45 min or so. Most were 13-14 in with one keeper at 17. I paddled further east and began drifting the open grass flats. I switched up to a swim bait and picked up another few dink trout. Not long after the tide went slack and I called it a day.
Wind: SE 20mph
Tide : outgoing
I wanted to fish this area hard so I timed my trip for the best tide of the day, a very strong incoming tide combined with a 10-15 mph SE wind. On my paddle out the wind was calmer, but picked up as the evening went on.
This is right at the launch at the RV park.
My plan was to head to little cut, fish it, then peddle to big cut, fish and drift home.
As I was peddling up to little cut I saw 4-5 egrets 3-4 pelicans standing in the grassy water on the west side of little cut. I’ve never seen so many egrets that close together. They were all within a 30 yard radius. This got me excited. I arrived at little cut and quickly picked up an 18 in. Red. doing exactly what the birds were, waiting to be fed from the tide. I had a few bites before moving through the cut into the bay. It was pretty damn rough out there, but was manageable to paddle close to the shoreline. I fished a little bayside with no luck. As I approached big cut I started fishing and drifting towards the cut. I soon after got a solid hit and hooked up on what felt like a good fish. My drag was pretty tight, but the fish was still taking some line. After a brief fight I netted a 21 in Redfish, a welcome sight. ASI drifted through the cut I picked up 2 trout, 1 at 16in. Once on the outside of the cut I caught 2 more reds both 18in. and missed what was by far the best fish of the day. A little frustrating bc it was my fault, I had loosened the drag when fighting the previous red and didn’t retighten. It was starting to get late and winds had picked up so I began drifting home. For over half a mile of drifting I was catching trout on every 2 or 3 casts. What a blast of a day in a beautiful place. There wasn’t any monsters, but beautiful scenery and plenty of action. While the conditions weren’t great, I managed to make the best of the trip. I can’t wait to come back to the area.
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