Wac 12/21/13, the first day of winter, mullet mania
Got the ramp around 7:30 and decided to run along the bay a bit since it was so smooth. The tide was going out fast but wouldn't bottom out until 12:30. My spots across the bay had signs of finger mullet and mud minnows running around but nobody was home. I decided to try up in a creek instead, and this was where I'd boat almost all of the fish for the day. I caught two just over slot trout and a bunch of dinks on a gulp on a jig head bounced slowly along the bottom. They weren't at all interested in the popping cork, not a thing touched it all day. I also picked up a couple of rat reds with the same technique, and one on my fancy new Aquadream spoon, the first red I've ever caught on a spoon actually. It turns out spoons are more effective if you actually throw them regularly. Anyway, once slack tide rolled around we headed back out of the river mouth to an area that's just loaded with oyster bars. We were waiting for some water to push in and hoping some reds would come with it. The outside edges didn't produce, so we rock knocked our way in, scraping and grounding out on oysters until we got into the deeper water of a creek. Once we were up in there I started seeing these enormous schools of mullet. I have never seen so many. I thought it would bring some reds or trout with it but I honestly think there were so many that it might have freaked them out, the creek was packed with them and there was tons of noise and action. I picked up one dink red on the spoon but that was it. Sometimes something would spook the mullet and the entire creek would explode in waves of jumping mullet, it was incredible. Once the sun was getting close to setting we went back out to the outside islands and bars to a spot I'd found on our previous trip that looked fishy. I casted this spot with a live pinfish under a cork and a topwater spook for several minutes. Then Adam showed up and caught two nice reds right in the same dang place on a spinnerbait, WTH! One fish was 24 inches and the other was over slot and gave him a really hard fight. I think if it hadn't have gotten dark we could have stuck around and caught a few more on that spot but we didn't want to get stuck in the dark. I saw forum member "Gatorbait" today too. All in all a fun day. I took home two lower slot trout and a ton of mullet I cast netted for cut bait and maybe to eat, although it's not my favorite fish. Fun day, gorgeous weather.