Fishing report-Speckled Trout and Redfish in West Bay of St Andrews Bay
Fishing for speckled trout and redfish during the month of May was for me, was a mixed bag. During the month of May I had a difficult time locating the large speckled trout. I had great luck finding the 14 11/12ths of an inch trout! 🙄
One day however, my luck changed. I was fishing topwater very early in the morning with an incoming tide and getting what seemed to be some half-hearted strikes. I changed lures a couple of times and that didn’t seem to help. So I switch to my favorite go to bait that I use when things don’t seem to be biting. The MirrOlure MirrOdine Mini. Its a suspending twitch bait. One professional guide calls it his “search bait”.
All I know is for me so far, it has caught more fish than any other lure that I have. After switching, I kept on moving in with the flood tide. I saw a little redfish activity but nothing I could stalk. I spooked a couple of big fish. Working into this bayou there was some feeding going on. The problem was I was fishing the wrong direction. The tide was at my back and the wind was in my face. I thought I may have screwed up. I thought maybe there were fish there, but I wasn’t presenting the lure correctly. I put the Power-Pole down to sit still and let things settle down. Maybe the fish would move back into the water I just spooked them from. I took a break, grabbed a bite to eat. The wind was really starting to blow but in the right direction. So rather than just head home, I decided to fish my way out the same way I came in.
Perfect, tide coming at me, wind at my back and making LONG casts in about 4 ft of water with the Mirrolure minidine. Success! Big trout, almost all over 20 inches. Caught one that went 26 inches, and others that went 24 inches, and 23 inches. Brought one 18 incher home to eat and released the rest alive and swimin’. 🙂
So I learned something…it can pay big dividends to be patient. Take a little time to exhale, let the conditions come to you and in your favor. Try to fish with the tide. I think those speckled trout and redfish may have been lined up and facing into the tide. So when I was fishing my way in I was bringing the presenting the lure and reeling it past them from their tails. Not natural! They were looking for food coming at them with the tide, which would have been my presentation as I fished my way out and started catching the speckled tout and redfish.
Memorial Day weekend came with quite a lot of boat traffic and the moon was full, which seems to make the fish feed less during the day. I decided to try some night fishing, thinking there would be a lot less boat traffic and maybe the fish would be hungry feeding under the moon. Turns out I got lucky and had a GREAT time!
I left the house about 6 PM and got home at 5:30 AM. I fished the Hathaway Bridge and the general area around it. The Speckled Trout, Redfish, Bluefish and Ladyfish were hitting topwater lures, big time. I caught my biggest Ladyfish. It was about 26 inches and a jumpin’ bugger! Just like a mini tarpon! 😉 The Bluefish were just tearing up the topwater lures.
I had never caught a redfish on topwater until that night. My first one was a 33 inch redfish that hit the lure after a long cast into the dark. I couldn’t see anything. All I heard was a big ol’ splash, things came tight and the drag squalled! I swear the way he fought, I thought I maybe had a shark on. In the dark you just can’t tell what the heck is going on!
I caught four redfish. Three on topwater lures and one on a choffer that I had on a 3/0 circle hook with a couple of small pinch weight split shot leads. I dropped him down between one of the bridge spans and got hooked up with a big red. I caught quite a few speckled trout and brought one home to have for breakfast. 🙂
So if you haven’t done it before, you might want to try fishing for speckled trout and redfish at night. Its very peaceful and if the fish are biting its a GREAT time!
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Good fishing to you! Mike and Vivian Foate