Wind: 5 mph early, 10-15 mph starting about 8 a.m., coming from the SE
Tide: High was at about 3:00 pm based on Shell Beach station. Range 1.5 ft.
Water Level: at the normal level, rising through the day.
Water Temperature: ~80 F
Water Clarity: fair, 2-3 feet visibility in places, but the wind muddied open water and visibility went to about a foot
Water salinity: not a hint
Temperature: ~ 85 F for high
Moon: 1 day after full moon
Solunar period: strong major period @ 3 pm.
Time on the water: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Water covered: ~ 5 miles on the map, but did a lot of extra pedaling and paddling due to wind and to hold a position while casting.
Other fishers: Sean R. Also saw David L. when coming in from fishing
Gear: 2 x #8 weight fly rods
Lures: I fished a purple and gold spoon fly most of the day. I also got a speck early in the morning on a Pole Dancer (topwater fly that mimics a spook).
Strategy/ patterns: Once again the fish were scattered along banks, but I found some small groups of fish working in more open water too. Redfish seemed to be working upwind to feed on crabs and shrimp.
Ended the day with 5 slot sized redfish from about 18” to 26” and an undersized fish, 2 surprise speckled trout (didn’t expect to find them in shallow marsh this time of year), and a gar fish.
Sean had a good day using conventional tackle with double-digit redfish, including one that went 32”. Most of his fish came on the old reliable gold spoon.