The reds are back in town!   Leave a comment

Took Capt. Tommy Thompson and Doug Barrett on a brief early morning trip on Saturday to explore some new areas to the north of the river. Fishing has been honestly slow recently, with lots of heat, storms, floating grass, and lots and lots of frolicking scallopers. This has been the best scallop season in many years, and the crowds have been taking advantage of it. The Sea Hag has an ongoing party atmosphere and the tables are full of scallop-cleaning residue.  The redfish action, however, has been a bit slow. We made a few half-hearted attempts without much success, but things just felt right to give it a try early Saturday morning.  Tommy Thompson, Doug Barrett and I left the marina at 6:30 with a monstrous tide due to peak at 8.  The morning was bit foggy and cool, the first time I’ve felt any chilly temps in a long time. The sunrise was spectacular.



We explored some areas to the north of the river we hadn’t tried in a long time, and found lots of baitfish and activity in close to the marshgrass. We were primarily fishing topwater plugs, and found this one first….



Shortly after, Doug and I had a double going…..



Found this nice oversize fish an hour later…..



We caught a number of decent trout as well….



The topwater bite dropped off around 10:30 and we continued on to some other sites, finding more trout, most being keeper-size. We came off the water around 11:30, beating the weather and the scallopers. This was a better day than we’ve had in several months, so things are looking up as the water temps continue drop a bit more.


Posted August 16, 2009 by grassflats in Inshore Fishing, redfish, Steinhatchee

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