We finally had some light winds and blue sky yesterday ! It was nice to get out there and chase the critters. The morning started off with what seemed to be sub freezing temps and slick calm water. Although it was cold the first flat we pulled up on had some nice fish tailing on the low water. We had a couple of eats on fly before the fish went into lock down, Time to leave. Second flat, well the fish spooked out as soon as I got on the platform at a considerable distance. Damn ! So I just left them. It’s kinda a bummer when you have seen big schools of reds playing on the flats only to run by another day and see some bait fishing bubs trying to limit out, Bo. Then you come back and half the school is gone if not all, or they are so shell shocked from said bubs fishing them everyday all day. Oh well enough complaining, the next flat had plenty of reds but were holding kinda deep and hard to spot at times with high thin clouds, but we did manage to catch some fish and miss some. Fun day all in all, especially when it warmed up !!
I had to take a bit of a vacation after a long and hot summer. This past summer was the best yet for tarpon on the fly, Total count 17 in the air and 5 to the boat. Let’s hope next summer brings the poon in a bit earlier. I had run a couple of trips as soon as I returned and decided to do some trout fishing due to the blustery conditions and in 2 days I would venture to say we caught at least 150 trout. Plenty of these fish were good size fish 15-18 inches and had a couple in the 4 lbs range. We would start off using top water and just getting some insane strikes! Top dog minis or a popper on the fly would produce great results. After the sun came up we began using DOA shrimps under a popping cork and you couldn’t hardly keep the trout off the bait. I don’t know if you just get confidence in one color ,but it seemed white with the gold flake was the ticket. This falls run of trout is certainly the best we have seen in a couple of years, and I have they couldn’t have come soon enough! After Sandy passes thru we should be seeing a major eat. Nothing better than fishing the post storm conditions. The fish have not been able to feed well during the stormy conditions, but as soon as things clear ,hold on!!