Frankly, although we found some nice trout in February and March, the fishing has been as tough as the weather. When grouper season opened on April 1, I expected to see things change a bit around the old Sea Hag Marina. Took my buddy Doug Barrett out on Saturday, with a great forecast….5-10 knots. It was even less than that when we left the marina around 7:30 in a fairly dense fog and dead calm. We ran to the south, and the fog was dense enough to make things complicated even with a GPS. We had a few follows on plugs, but couldn’t get anything to take. We went to one of my favorite redfish places first, to find nothing. No mullet, no pinfish, no grass, and certainly no redfish. Very disappointing, so we ran further south to one of my favorite trout spots. Naturally, given that set-up, the first fish I caught was a redfish, a 6.5 pounder which was the first good red I’ve caught in several months.
Doug promptly followed with two five-pound trout in three casts. We were suitably impressed.
We continued to work the area. The fish were moving around a bit, but about ten minutes later I found this nice trout, followed by another redfish, this one multi-spotted.
The bite persisted for a while in the 67 degree water. Around 10 AM the tide slacked and the wind picked up considerably, which was NOT in the forecast. We continued to catch a few fish, ending with a total of around 7 trout, the smallest being 4.5 pounds, which is a fine day. Then the bite ended, and in spite of trying to track down some more fish in the area, it appeared they were gone. We came off the water around noon. All fish, even the redfish, were caught on Corkys (Oops. I forgot. There are no more Corkys. Now they are “Paul Brown Lures”, available through Mirrolure).
Things were hopping at the Marina, especially at the cleaning table. Shane was cleaning fish until 11 on Friday night, and there’s no telling about Saturday. The sheepshead bite is very good right now, the offshore boats are back in business catching some fine grouper and amberjack, and everybody was having a great time. The bottom pictures are from Steve Hart’s trip. We’re hoping the Tiki Bar opens soon!