Sunday, August 21, 2005

Hitting The Beaches

We are in the process of recovering from low pressure coming out of the gulf and the full Moon and low water ills that have made Trout fishing a "white knuckle adventure". Last week, I pushed the envelope to limits with Harry Prewitt and son out of Houston throwing a combination of Croaks and Piggies over shell in about four feet of water tapering to two to three feet. We had very little wind Wednesday but the water had not recovered from past days of shredding and gutting. We got on a little bite that peaked long enough to get the job done. Thursday saw more wind gusting to 20 in the pre-dawn hours. I was hoping this was a "storm pop" but the wind stayed on us much of the day. This knocked us back down into the middle teens but everyone agreed it was worth the effort.

Reading more wind with the Low coming ashore Friday and the Bays inability to recover and settle, the Full Moon, the low water, I quickly retreated to Drum and Redfishing with Gary Carroll and family Thursday. The results buckled the knees at the boards and this was one fish box nobody wanted to lift out of the boat. Fishfinding crab on area shorelines kept us setting the hook throughout the morning on large Drum and middle slot Redfish. While this is no specialty of mine during this time of year, it seems to be a "day saver this year".

I recognize that Black Drum may not be a target fish for many. It is quite under rated with more popularity among fly fishermen than lure or bait fishermen. Here is an interesting insight into them for anyone interested. Black Drum are fast long distance movers. I can tell you from my experience airboat fishing the back country, Black Drum are super tide sensitive. Water levels in extreme shallows can fall a little or a lot with little effect on Redfish given constant warm temperatures. They move around the back and in extreme tide falls will hold up in small mud pockets "laying up" (very hard to catch). They may make a little run to the depths of deeper lakes or they may stay put. Redfish are comfortable either way. However, put a 2" tide fall in the back lakes and every Black Drum will leave them completely falling out on area shorelines adjacent to the depths of the Bays. On shorelines, they are similarly tide sensitive feeding better at times than others. When I’m looking for them, I cover the primary area from the grass on the bank to the bars and guts on the flat, and the secondary area off the break to the depths of the bay. Find them in the primary areas and the action will be reasonably paced. Find them on the break and the action will get rediculous.

With airboat Redfishing on the near term horizon starting late September into November, I’m looking for a Fall Tide. If you are thinking about trying this exciting style of fishing, now is as good a time as any to get it lined up. Give us a call when you get a chance.


Capt. Kris Kelley
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