I was going to post yesterday because a while back I thought I would put 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 and 7 slams on one post...but people would probably think it was a zip code... then I figured I would post when I had # 10 slam put away....but days dragged on with dang few Redfish after getting to #9. Then Turkey hunting took me away for a few days but I managed to collect my public land bird. Some tough weather off and on when I came back to fishing.
Yesterday was # 10 and today even in the wind was able to chalk up #11. I was feeling that it was not that good till I went back 16 pages in the archives to see I was only at # 3 / 4 at this time last year...so....
In a nutshell the fishing has been very sporatic. The Redfish has been the lynchpin catch and if I luck into one...it is almost a fait accompli for a slam. The Snook fishing has been a bright spot as it does not seem to have suffered the near catastrophic collapse that the Redfishing has in this area. The last few weeks has had the bigger fish out along the mangroves and I've got a few but have lost a few but that's the nature of the game when you are using 8 lb mono. Some skill and a bucket of luck for a win.
The last month the Trout has actually gotten as tough or tougher than a snook. They are now fully in spawn mode on new and full April moons so they actually desert the normal haunts and wind up in some places that I normally do not look for them. From catching 15 - 20 a day....now lucky to do 6 or 8.
I am still throwing the Strike King / CAL set up with a little chug bug action from time to time but my rotator cuff issues keep that to a minimum. Color varies by water condition but Pearl is my solid producer unless the water is way off color. Which brings me to maybe the most important tip I can pass along. While that super gin clear water is nice....it seems to have way less hungry predators in it. You don't want the really dirty water...you want what I call "stained"... It is that water that is off a bit. Slow your retrieve so you are just getting the tail wiggling and close to the bottom and it seems to produce.
So, other things I have noticed. Well, the ramps are a bit busier than normal. And I am kinda used to being the first to launch in the morning unless Remo is going but now there are a few other "early birds" out. The other day I saw Remo, Flek , Artie and Barnacle Bill were all out before me.... I guess I'm going to have to get my **** in gear in the AM .
Another oddity is that all of a sudden...there are Kayaks and SUP's everywhere now...way more than I ever remember.
Bait....well it went from very scarce to abundant...in spots. Normally, I always like to stay on bait while I fish but I have had fish without a stitch of bait to be seen.
So, Here are a few pics if you want to bother opening them. First is my Turkey.
And a few snook
Many things to do.
Knots to be unraveled
'fore the darkness falls on you