To my surprise the surface water was quite fresh! I had to taste slowly to pick out the salt. The NOAA salinity chart shows fresh in Trinity, but decent salinity in East Bay. Oh well – I guess a day of looking for deeper water!
At the mouth of LPB we found some flow out of the bayou and some deeper water but no fish action. I kept moving further west and the outing turned into a bit of an exploration of new areas for me, searching for moving water and deeper channels. I did manage to find a nice blue tailed redfish in a channel about 4’ deep! Not a keeper at 19”, but a welcome visitor to the boat.
Nothing more for the day, but I did find plenty of moving water and deeper water. I found the water flow to be what I expected, but was not certain of, for the inner areas. With the closing of the pass at Rollover all of the incoming water is only from the west, either down the ICW or through East Bay. I assume water is entering at Yates and moving east toward the southern end of LPB. By the time I finished with a drift down the LPB channel there was a fairly strong current going down the bayou. I did have a couple of hits at a 10’ hole in a bend, but nothing on the hook.
I did get to witness some brown pelican activity that I had not seen before. I was drifting along the left bank, and was approaching a pelican with his head down in the water. I assumed that he had a large fish and preparing for the swallow, which he soon did. Then, with head up, beak toward the water he kept on drifting the bank. Soon his head shot into the water and he repeated what I had seen previously, head in the water a spell, then the swallow. He did this again – I saw him take 3 or 4 fish in this manner!
So, it was largely a day of exploration, finishing with 10.5 miles in 6 hours, 15 minutes, getting back right before sunset, not that I could see the sun! No need to go to the gym, I got my workout!!
So, get out, go fish, write a report, post it here. It is ‘winter’ but hardly too cold to get out.