Wind: 0 – 5 mph shifting around from W to N to E
Tide: Low was forecast at 10:30 am based on Shell Beach station. Range about a foot.
Water Level: normal to start, dropped out with some bank showing later.
Water Temperature: ~70 F
Water Clarity: good (3 feet visibility) to fair.
Water salinity: nada
Weather/sky: foggy early, mostly cloudy
Temperature: ~ 78 F for high
Moon: waning ¼ moon
Solunar period: good period @ 10:30 p.m.
Time on the water: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Water covered: ~ 3 miles
Other fishers: Martin C.
Gear: Shimano Sahara 4000 w Teramar rods, 15# Powerpro braided line w 15# mono Berkley leader.
Lures: Seein’ Spots in line spinnerbaits rigged with a Saltwater Assassin plastic (chicken on a chain and white colors), Aquadream spoon (chartreuse).
Strategy/ patterns: Fish the banks of small islands, look for redfish
Fish caught: I got 4 slot redfish from 20-24” and 2 bass, most came on the inline spinner. Martin got 2 redfish in the 24” range. Kept 2 of the redfish for dinner, healthy releases for the others. Most of the fish came on the inline spinners. I caught one nice upper slot fish on the spoon.
I saw some out of state license plates in the parking lot and was wondering what was up. Then I realized the IFA tournament was in town. We ran into several kayak anglers coming in as we were headed out. I guess they were going to try some new water. I spoke to one angler who said he had caught some nice redfish and trout.
The water was still, but sighting fish below the surface was difficult due to the cloud cover and fog. I had a ton of strikes, but somehow the fish missed the hook. One even ripped a new plastic bait off the hook. I’ve never had such a difficult day of getting the hook into a fish. I spooked a lot of fish as well. Several of them were nice sized redfish that were holding right against the bank. Martin missed a few as well, but I’m glad he caught some too. He has not fished in some time and has never fished from a kayak or caught redfish before today. I think he had a good time. We cooked our catch on the half-shell on the grill and it came out great.