It was a bit windier than forecasted yesterday afternoon making it a no go on the flats. Worked docks instead with cut mullet and found happy fish that made our drags scream. Brandon caught his biggest fish ever! Good charter in some tough conditions.
Last year Brittnee swore she would return for sharks on their next charter and she was true to her word! Had an action packed day with sharks keeping our rods doubled over. Had hoped to net some menhaden but there were none to be found. No worries though as the Sharpnose ate cut bluefish and ladyfish while Bonnetheads smoked blue crab. Brittnee pledged to return next year for even bigger sharks….I believe her.
Yes, we actually fished today. In the face of 20+ winds out of the NorthEast, Bob and Rob decided that we would give it our best shot. The only option was a system of creeks that would provide us with some protection. Turns out they made the right call! Found a healthy bite for most of the charter with redfish up to eight pounds. Only mud minnows on jigheads bumped along the bottom produced fish. The redfish turned their noses at mud minnows under corks and cut mullet. A really pleasant surprise in a week of tough weather.
Excited about the prospect of 70 degree day, Austin and John booked me the night before. No need to leave before noon until the water and the redfish came out of the grass. Found the same tightly bunched schools we had seen all winter. Cut mullet on the bottom was the go to choice as the redfish were way too spooky for artificial lures. Austin had the fish of the day with this 27″ beauty!
We started the charter with one big redfish, a 9lb. beauty, and the trip just picked up from there. Our next stop produced several reds and a weakfish from under a dock. Moved to another dock and caught at least a dozen more reds with multiple double hookups. Everything caught on mud minnows either on the bottom or on jig heads. As we headed for home, we left them biting!
Gary, a regular client, loves to be casting as much as possible during his charters. After throwing artificials at hundreds of redfish only to see them sprint away, we agreed that putting out cut bait and waiting might be the best option. Boy, did it ever pay off! Our first fish was a huge 31″ redfish and was Gary’s biggest redfish ever. With this beauty in the bag, we switched back over to casting around docks with mud minnows on jigheads and caught smaller redfish for the rest of the charter.
Rolled up onto the flat at first light and the schools weren’t hard to make out. Large halos of nervous water cruised up and down the bank sometimes punctuated by a noisy blowup of a redfish crushing shrimp. We posted up and waited for a school to come to us. Soon after, a large school swam in our direction and you could see the push of their backs in skinny water. Colin made a perfect cast putting a grey artificial fluke a few feet in front of the school. Almost immediately, there was a tremendous commotion and his drag screamed. Several minutes later he brought this 14 pounder alongside the boat. Wish all mornings started this way.
Started the charter around high tide on a brilliantly sunny day. Went to the middle of the harbor while waiting for the current to pick up steam. Found plenty of Atlantic Sharpnose eagerly taking cut bluefish and croaker. After getting our fill of sharks, we headed off in search of other gamefish. Mud minnows proved to be effective either under popping corks or bumped along the bottom with a jighead. Caught many trout and ended the trip with a three pound flounder!
Well, no matter how much you fish, sometimes you witness the spectacular! Throwing trout back into the water attracted attention from a pack of dolphins who promptly surrounded our boat for a few minutes. The man in the video playing dolphin whisperer is one of my good friends and regular client, David P. Simply an amazing experience!
We had been working a dock for the better part of an hour but it had been twenty minutes since the last bite. We decided to sit down and have a drink and of course one of the rods immediately snapped over. John grabbed it and after several minutes the red had us wrapped around something on the bottom. I assumed we were done for but miraculously the fish came free! After another few minutes of tugging, John dredged up this slab of a redfish. Another victim of the newly available cracked blue crab.