The good and the bad, This was a first for me, with cloud clover and a bit of wind Paul Rankin and I headed out for some bull reds on the beach front. The forecast was to be 5 mph winds and sunny. Wrong! Foggy west wind 10-13 mph but we still found the bull reds! These fish have been in 1-2ft of water busting on some mullet and shrimp trying to fatten up for the winter. This was the first time Paul and myself were getting bummed about catching 15lbs reds. The bigger fish in the 20-30lbs class range couldn’t really get their tails up due to the shallow water they were feeding in, and with no sun we just couldn’t pin point the bigger fish’s location after 2 15lbs range fish we decided to head out and get a better day. On the other hand the fish in the 15lbs range were able to get their tails out of the water making them easy targets. The reds are really busting some shrimp on the outgoing tides, and if the winds are tough on the reds the trout bite is insane right now. A light spinning rod and a DOA shrimp with a popping cork or not will give one all the trout action they can stand.
No more storms! I was reading the National Hurricanes center storm predictions and they were saying average tropical storm season. Can’t say I have seen 2 storms before the season even really begins. Being said fish have to eat and so we feed them. Using light spinning gear we have been finding some decent numbers of trout and reds. The trout have been coming in all sizes. It’s nice to have good numbers of trout around again. some of the reds have boats built into them, making the fish so spooky you can hardly catch them. Trout on the other hand don’t seem to care they just want to eat. With the winds of late the fly rods have been stored and I don’t have much to report, but as soon as the winds slack you can bet I will be looking for some tarpon and Jacks!! There are a few tarpon showing along the coast and this is not a bait scene anymore fly rod, or spinning gear using artificials will get the eat.