The black drum – just about all schoolie measurement in the three to seven pound array – have been rather plentiful the previous handful of weeks on the mud flats the place the grass beds applied to be up in definitely shallow h2o – 10 to 30 ft from shore. On calmer days they are quick to locate mainly because you will see them tailing. Just pitch a shrimp into a sandy place and wait around but the bite is really subtle so when windy/rough truly hooking the fish can be complicated. I have done perfectly while utilizing jig heads or a knocker rig with really compact circle hooks. Loads of enjoyable on ultralight tackle and a excellent way to permit your youngsters do some “catching”!
I have been waiting around for a circumstances like these days – overcast/very low gentle – cooler – a little bit much too windy possibly – scattered rain (but no thunderstorms – fairly considerably sprinkled on us all working day). But the h2o was high, flowing by means of the culverts, and the impoundments flooded. There are a handful of holes I fish that have been complete of blue crabs and mullet – some now rather deep – six to 10 foot of h2o – while a lot of freshwater currently – possibly much too considerably. In any case, I figured the topwater bite would be on so my son and I hit the h2o at very first gentle. In our very first place way back in Gator Creek we caught a pair of dink trout in advance of shifting to one of the aforementioned holes. There was lots of exercise – like two gators – but also birds – and we observed juvenile tarpon rolling. I manged to hookup on a pair of juvenile tarpon utilizing topwater only to have them both equally spit it back at me. We started off stalking a significant fish we could see functioning the considerably stop of this “pond” the place h2o was remaining wind pushed from a surrounding mud flat by means of a minimize amongst two mangrove islands. Took us awhile to get into placement but my son managed to pitch a plug – gold/orangish unfair lures topwater – in the right place – and started off going for walks the doggy – when this fish exploded on it – the swirl was like 6 ft broad – then I listened to the drag screaming. Figured it was one more nice pink but considerably to our shock it was my son’s own best trout. It was obviously a resident fish – been in the tannin stained h2o so extensive that it was truly a bright gold colour on the leading (the pic does not do this fish justice – and the very low gentle didn’t enable). Under no circumstances found a trout that colour – was stunningly gorgeous. It was excellent finding out moment for my son as perfectly – I confirmed how to handle the fish – obtaining his palms moist – only lifting it out of the h2o extensive sufficient for a quick pic – then revived her for the launch. I defined fish like these are the hope for a long term fishery as he viewed her swim absent. Best working day ever!!