Wind: 5 mph early, 10-15 mph starting about 8 a.m., coming from the SE
Tide: High was at about 2:00 pm based on Shell Beach station. Range 0.2 ft.
Water Level: at the normal level, rising through the day.
Water Temperature: ~75 F
Water Clarity: fair, 2-3 feet visibility, but the wind muddied open water
Water salinity: not a trace (heavy rain lately)
Weather/sky: mostly hazy, cloudy, with brief sun
Temperature: ~ 82 F for high
Moon: 2/3 waxing
Solunar period: minor @ 10 am
Time on the water: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Water covered: ~ 5 miles, but did a lot of extra pedaling and paddling due to wind and to hold a position while casting.
Other fishers: ran into Bubby Douglas and his entourage at the launch again– hope they did well.
Gear: 2 x #8 weight fly rods –ignored the wind and stuck with flyrods.
Lures: Spoon flies did all the work today. I also unsuccessfully tried a gurgler for a while.
Strategy/ patterns: Once again the fish were scattered and sitting tight on the bank. Picked up a few fish in cuts between islands with wind blown water pushing through.
Ended the day with 2 undersized reds, 2 slot sized redfish of about 18”, a small bull red of 28”, 2 10” bass, and a gar fish.
Spotted several alligators, lots of bird life, including a pair of purple gallinule with two tiny baby chicks.
Strange event of the day: I saw a tailing redfish in front of me and it went under water for a few seconds so I let my back cast fall into the water and waited. When the redfish came up in front I tried but couldn’t make my forward cast to it. I thought my back cast was snagged but another redfish had come behind me and it bit the spoonfly. I landed it, but wished I had a shot at the larger redfish in front of me.