When : 08/03
Time : 5:30 - 10 Am
Sunday night I couldn’t take it anymore, I was itchin to get back out and fish. I had been waiting bc the water has been so dirty since the Hurricanes pushed so much water into the bay. Nonetheless, I loaded everything up the truck for an early morning trip.
I arrived at the launch right at 5:30 am. Tide was still extremely low, but was forecasted to rise about a foot by 10am. The wind was coming out of the Northwest at 10 MPH as the moonlight shimmered across the surface of the water. Once I got settled and quiet I could hear fish slurping bait everywhere. Right at the launch I spot a school of Reds pooled up crushing bait in less than 1’ of water. However, I did not realize it was that shallow at the time (more on that later). As I make my first cast with the Vudu Shad I’m optimistic, envisioning a limit of reds in my bag by sunrise... I mentioned the water was less than a foot, but Found this out the hard way, getting instantly hung up. Unfortunately, in attempt to shake my hook free I spooked the school. I just shake it off, re-tie and launch the boat.
I make a long drift to the back of the marsh as the sun rises aided by the NW wind and see redfish hammering bait everywhere I look. On the drift I threw a DOA shrimp, and some paddle tails but couldn’t get any interest. As the sun continued rising I got my first glimpse at the water and it was noticeably more stained than usual;I’d say about 2-3in of visibility.
I proceeded to paddle around for another few hours targeting drains and points with no luck. I did manage one hookup on what felt like a flounder but lost it; fish was at an inlet with good water movement. By 10 Am the sun started kicking so I paddled back to the launch.
Observations: Since the Hurricane tide we got from Hannah the water has remained extremely stirred just about everywhere I’ve been in the bay. Couple that with these constant southwest winds and it has been a recipe for some tough fishing the last few weeks.
I’m praying for a south east wind, but not seeing reprieve anytime soon.