- Sat Nov 20, 2021 6:41 pm
Got out for a quick afternoon trip Friday 11/19. Upon arriving at the launch tides had dropped out about 1.5 ft due to the north winds the last cold front brought. It was nice to work with some lower water levels. Water was clear in most places, 1-2ft clarity. I fished an outgoing tide with an east wind at about 5-10 mph. Bait presence was heavy in the drains that connect the back lakes to the main lakes, plenty of mullet and Shad. I drifted, working a dropoff adjacent to a shallow flat. . Fishing with a 5 in pearl z man jerk Shad on a 1/4 ounce lead head I picked up a rat red and under sized speck pretty quickly. I then noticed some subtle disturbance on the flat right up against the grass, silver flashes from baitfish. The shorleline was dead still calm so I opted for a lighter lure, the Vudu shrimp. Rod in hand I waited for signs of disturbance, once I saw the flash of bait fish again I casted to the spot and hooked up on the fall, I set the hook backhanded and immediately questioned what I had. The fish zigged and zagged swimming right at the boat, after a good fight I pulled up a toad sheepshead.
After releasing the fish I searched for more area that had a shallow flat adjacent to a deep drop, and a few casts later I landed a baby flounder.
I continued to work this cut and a few casts later I hooked up again. As my shrimp lure rose to the top of the water column I noticed another nice sheepshead in hot pursuit, as soon as I let the shrimp fall he hammered it and I set the hook! Such a cool moment to watch him eat. I headed to the back lakes and saw a few big schools of sheepies, but only a few reds, all singles. After spooking a few of the schools I headed back out of the marsh to the main bayou. In the bayou I found to grass islands with a cut between them, water gushing out. It looked like a perfect flounder hole. I picked up a rod with a Vudu Shad tied on and about 3 casts in I got hit hard, about took the rod out of my hand lol. For a fish only 16 in this flounder out up an impressive fight.
It was a beautiful day to be out on the kayak, temps were cool all day long and the fishing was pretty easy. A mixed bag but a perfect day on the flats. Get out and enjoy it before winter.
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