Was there early Saturday morning, still pretty chilly with the wind coming off the river so cruised around creeks/backwaters looking for movement thinking with the sun coming up/temperature rising might find some fish moving up onto the mud flats. Found some mullet jumping - birds diving for glass minnows - fished around them with zoom flukes, paddle tails, gulp shrimp either on weighted screw in type bass hooks or strike king jig heads. Worked everything slowly - popping it up off the bottom occasionally - then letting it fall/sit. Nada. A few bumps, one missed strike, and a puffer ate one of the gulp shrimp. The water was murky brown from all the rain plus it was windy at times. Never saw any fish actively feeding. Did see a dredge about a mile north of the Max Brewer - probably not a good sign.
Did get to try out my new toy - a Stradic FK3000 paired with a used (new to me) GLoomis GLX 852S. The Stradic is very light and smooth - doesn't hold as much braid as advertised and curiously doesn't have a braid "strip" so have to add backing. Still took over 180 yards of 10lb Spiderwire Stealth Braid - more than enough. Casts/lays the line on the spool very well - no wind knots even when casting in variable winds all day with new braid. Bail is super smooth easy to manually trip. Didn't have a chance to test out the drag/power - hopefully next time. I would recommend the 3000 over the 2500 - same weight, more line capacity, much better handle - though it is hard to find. I had to order mine - nobody had the 3000 in stock.
Regarding the rod, I've never had a purpose built rod before but after using this GLX jig/worm rod I can definitely see the advantage. While working a jig I could feel everything as it bumped along as well as lift it crisply with ease. The rod is rated for 1/8 ounce but in reality is a bit stiff for that - 1/4 oz up is great though - once I got the hang of how to load the rod tip it casts great and very accurate for a long rod. You do have to tie very small clean knots though because the guides are very small (micro guides I believe they are called). Didn't have the chance to work a fish but felt like it had more than enough power. It would be a great bass fishing worm rod - and I believe will finally give me enough feel to work a jig effectively
There are only so many casts in life, so shut up and fish!!
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