mwatson71 wrote:I only fish artificials so hopefully some of this info may be useful. It is not an easy answer but here is a summary of my last month:
May 6 - 22" speck and 25" redfish on 3" Vudu shad (greenback)
May 16 - 17" speck on 2 1/2" glass minnow tandem (1/8 oz jig heads, both glow white)
May 26 - 16" and 18" specks on 3" Vudu shad (white - wouldn't touch the greenback)
June 2 - 24" redfish on 2 1/2" glass minnow tandem (wouldn't touch the Vudu shad)
June 4 - 4 specks to 22" on 2 1/2" Vudu shad (white) and glass minnow tandem (1/8 jig heads, glow yellow/glow white)
June 5 - 24" redfish (partially digested 7" shad in is belly) and 16" and 19" specks on 3" Vudu shad
Good luck to you.
SWFinatic wrote:I don't fish that area but it won't be any different than middle or lower Texas coast. Your answer is whatever size bait the fish are feeding on. Lately for reds I've been using something smaller that more resembles shad since that is what they are feeding on. If you're ever in doubt in most months you're safe going with a shrimp profile (more for reds) in the 3"-4" range. In general I would say the closer you can match what the fish are feeding on the better you'll be. Sometimes this is not determined until you get on the water.
Kayak Kid wrote:Best advice is in answer given by Sfinatic. However, many times that's easier said than done.
I pretty much fly fish these days, so "Match the Hatch" is my byword. But, the size of a fly is small and yet I catch some pretty big fish (every once in a while).
The point being, that while size matters, it is not the be all, end all. Presentation and the fish's hunger are paramount.
Back in the late 60's and early 70's we waded the Gulf Coast flats with a spinning rod, a canteen of water, and a pocket full of 1/4 0z Johnson gold weedless spoons. Red fish, specs, flounder, and drum of all sizes were pulled behind us on our return wade to the boat (unless we got skunked).
katt72 wrote:there are alot of ppl speaking about the shad, I know this time of year shad are all over the bays. I have some lures that resemble shad but, havent tried to use them. I need to work on technique/presentation. I guess the more i use/learn the better i'll become at using this type of fishing tactics.
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