I hope everyone had a safe and blessed Thanksgiving day. For several days prior, we had a lot of fun in the backwater fishing ultra lite tackle for Trout and Redfish. Plenty of Trout and Reds to be had and some very tasty meals came out of these trips. The extreme lunar tides started to rear their head on Wednesday and the fun bite that we have had is now a tough go and will most likely will be disappointing and non existent thru the weekend. So much in fact, that I didn’t bother to schedule anymore trips the rest of the holiday week. This may of been the last week of charters for me this 2015 season. I may fish during the Christmas holidays, but will wait and see what mother/nature has to offer. Till then, safe travels and tight lines.
The past week offered some beautiful days on the water with near record high temps thru the weekend. The last 24hrs though, temperatures are beginning to resemble November-like weather. We saw most days in the lower 80’s, and spent most of our time in the backwaters catching slot size Redfish between 13-20 inches. We caught a handful that were just over the keeper size at 23-27inches and broke off a few that were just to formidable for the light tackle that we like to fish with. Some of these larger Reds get a head of steam going and you just cant slow them down or keep them from going the wrong direction before they reach a dock pilling or oyster shell bar. But its a lot of fun trying. We averaged a couple of dozen Reds or better each trip. We didn’t see many Trout, but then again, we really didn’t check out any Trout holes, even though there are usually a few of them where we did most of our fishing. We did a couple of trips for the big Bull Reds, and I was amazed that the bite was so slow for them. Instead of catching Bull Reds, Bull Sharks were the ticket, along with Reef Sharks, Shovel head Sharks, and even several Black-tips. I have never caught so many Sharks this late in the year, and I believe that it has to do with very unusual warm water temps. The water temps are normally in the mid 60’s for early November, but by this past weekend, the water temps had rose to the mid 70’s. There is still an abundant source of bait-fish around, and I guess they just were just muscling and outnumbering the Bull Reds that we would normally catch during this time of year. Kind of weird for sure. Air and water temps should fall dramatically over the next few days with the passing of the cold-front and by midweek, the rain will have cleared and we will pick-up where we left off. Hopefully, the last remaining Sharks will of started to head south and we can get back to the regular species that we target during the Fall. Ya’ll have a great week and be sure to thank a Veteran and their families for all they do and have done for us.
This aint much of a fishing report due to the fact that I haven’t been on the water in over a week. Early last week we had the highest lunar tides that I have ever seen. Tides were well over 10ft, with almost 11 feet of range. It was amazing to behold the water in area’s that have never seen water encroach into before. Beautiful to observe, tough to be finding a bite though. Was out of town during the rest of the week celebrating my Grandmothers life of 98 years. And she “lived a life” that entire time. The weather has been kind of dicey since this weekend and it looks to be better by Thursday. Will most likely be targeting Bull Reds, but may also start doing some ultra-light casting for smaller Reds and some Trout in the backwaters. I’ve heard a mixed bag of reports, but usually by early November, the creeks begin to light up with lots of slot Reds ,Trout, and some miscellaneous species,Black Drum,Sheepshead,etc. Jeff Gordon won the Martinsville race this past Sunday and clinched a spot in the final race at homestead later this month for the championship. I’ve been his biggest fan for his entire career, and I’m hoping for a storybook ending. That, and for the weather and fish to cooperate over the coming weeks. Time will tell. Have a blessed week!