I love this time of year in the 10k when the weather sets up perfectly. Headed out of Goodland in the morning and I was planning on fishing the back bays all day. The water was glass though and the tide was a bit low, so we decided to run some crab trap lines for Tripletail in the morning while waiting for the tide to come up a bit.
Saw a ton of small tripletail on the floats early, sometimes two or three on a single float. A few free floating ones or ones under small debris in the water, but nothing substantial. Finally found one that was pretty good sized. After trying to get him to eat and snagging the trap line TWICE :banghead (current was ripping pretty good), I managed to get him to eat on the third line I threw at him. Pretty fun trying to maneuver him around two snagged lines that were in rod holders to get him to the boat. 18 inches and in the box he went for dinner tonight :grin
It got really foggy on the traps at about 11 AM when the fog moved offshore and we weren't seeing much other than the small guys, so we headed inside to fish the back bays in the afternoon. Mostly small jacks, ladyfish, catfish, snapper, small grouper etc. on jigs and shrimp under a cork, but I did manage a 29 inch redfish and a 17 inch redfish. No trout or snook around though, which was a bit of a disappointment, but a great fishing day nonetheless.
A few pics from the day.
0.7 Low tide had the water way down. My boat drafts 4 inches so I like it that way. Caught a bunch of small Trout inside while I waited for the tide to turn so I could sight fish Reds...what a mess the incoming was. I saw one Red but the water was so dirty I got a bucket of Oysters and went to the house. Right pretty day but dang the clarity of the water was bad.
Next weeks high will be at 11 am for me far in the Backcountry so I'll be push poling and hopefully Sight fishing.
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