High tide fishing 9/26
I had a feeling it would be a tough day with high water, but thought a north wind would help keep the water out but it didn't and there wasn't a whole lot of wind once I got there. I got a late start since there was a strong low in the morning but by the time I'd arrived the tide was already pretty high. I decided to fish creeks and devoted a lot of time to spots that just didn't produce much other than a monster sail cat and by the time I'd changed my strategy the water was mega high, more flooded grass than I think I've ever seen out there. There were also more boats than I'd ever seen at Horseshoe. Lots of guides out fishing too. Just about every point near Horseshoe had a boat on it. I started working the grass lines and following schools of big finger mullet that were running from their own shadows. I caught a big jack on topwater before the dolphins ran the bait off. As the tide started to go out I decided to make a move back to the creek I was in previously and it didn't produce. I decided to go home but made one last stop and produced the only two reds of the day, a pair of cookie cutter 19 inch reds that I put back to grow a little bigger. Those two fish gave me hope that the bite was turning on. A black drum stole my blue crab and I didn't even notice. After that the bite shut down again and I decided to go home and catch the last half of the gator game. I've had worse days but it was real slow. I was just in the wrong spots I believe, since Kimber got a 3 man limit of reds and then some. I might have had better luck if I'd stuck around longer into the outgoing but thems the breaks! Next time I'll work the grass island and outside bars harder. I think that might be the ticket to high tide fishing. Wish I could figure out how to fish those super strong high tides but I haven't quite figured it out yet.