Monday, August 14, 2006

Port O'Connor Fishing Report, August 14, 2006

With the wind pop late last week, soft fishing took on a whole new meaning for many. Winds gusting into the middle 20’s have gutted most bay systems leaving even Redfishing a “dicey proposition”. The pattern and technique I’ve been on for a couple of weeks continues to produce both numbers and size of both Trout and Redfish in some “virtually unfishable conditions”. Interestingly, the Redfish are more present at times than others while the Trout are “ever present”. The technique requires diligence and persistence on the part of the client and it’s “really up to them” where results are concerned. Dealing with any new technique requires getting past the learning curve quickly and then sticking to it. Saturday would be a good example as my crew of four grinders managed 22 Trout and 5 Redfish with the Reds being middle slot and the Trout pushing to 24”. The guys picked up the technique quickly and then stayed with it through thick and thin. We have been seeing fish to 28” inches periodically but, they have been very tough to get a hook in. Spitting, slashing, and hook pulling are a plague that typically rears it’s head on the lower end of the tide spectrum. As far as I can tell, there really isn’t anything you can do about it except fish through it and “listen to your guide”.

When hooking a big fish, I’ve noticed many anglers want to get in an equipment test with the fish right from the initial hook-set. I don’t recommend maxing the line, rod, to see whether it’s going to break or whether you are going to turn that fish’s head right off the bat. Rather, “when hooking into a brick wall”, back off initially until the fish has made it’s initial “startled surge” and then becomes more manageable. Only then should you start applying more pressure to that potential “wall hanger”. This would avoid the heart break associated with “hook pulls”.


Capt. Kris Kelley
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