Wind: strong post front N wind 15-20 mph
Tide: water pushing out of the Lake P. due to strong wind, high tide at 7:30 a.m., low 6:30 p.m.
Water Level: a bit below the grass line
Water Temperature: ~68 F
Water Clarity: fair, more churned up by wind as the day went on
Water salinity: ?
Weather/sky: stormy start, then scattered clouds, then sunny about noon
Temperature: ~ 58-60, 20 degrees cooler than yesterday due to strong cold front
Moon: 1/2 waxing
Solunar period: major period @ 8 a.m., minor @ 2 p.m.
Time on the water: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Water covered: ~ 4 miles
Other fishers: solo trip
Game Plan: Find clean water in protected marsh, look for specks
Gear: 3 spinning outfits and bait caster.
Lures: Tried in line spinner bait (couple of hits), chartreuse Gulp under cork (couple of hits), natural colored Vudu shrimp under cork caught all fish
Strategy/ patterns: stay out of wind, find speckled trout
I tested out a rod to see how it was working and caught a bass before I even launched the kayak. Nice start. Saw some gulls and terns diving along a tideline about 100 yards out from the launch. I worked my way over and fished around them for 15 minutes without success so I moved on. I went down a long bank to the SW and tried to cast to little pockets in the grass line. The wind made casting accurately a challenge. I managed to get one 13” redfish and after about a mile I turned into some marsh. I’d caught trout here a few weeks ago but the conditions were different (water was cleaner, higher, warmer, wind direction was more easterly). It seemed shallow for trout today. I picked up another bass and a couple of redfish and eventually found fish at hotspot 1. There seemed to be a hole on a point with some current sort of doing a whirlpool motion. I started getting strikes about every other cast. I caught 8-10 rat reds, 1 keeper red about 18” long and 4 bass. I went to the canal that runs along the camps and found a nice drain that was loaded with bass (hotspot 2). Got a half dozen or so, and one was pretty nice for a marsh bass…..about 16”. I caught 4 more rats along the bank of the canal as I went in, along with a couple of bass. The natural colored Vudu shrimp did the heavy lifting today.
No trout today — surprising.
Chilly out there today!
Other notes: no ducks, but lots of terns, pelicans, herons, cranes, hawks, osprey, and an eagle