January Tides, November | December Fishing Reports for Hibiscus By The Bay
This will be the last January Tides, November | December Fishing Reports for 2013. Man what a GREAT year 2013 was for fishing me and Vivian. I learned so much about catching trout and redfish. I know there is a lot more for me to learn in 2014.
In this last post for 2013, I would like to thank my neighbor Bill Allen for showing me some tactics, techniques, rod and reel tips. I have learned a lot from him. I am especially thankful to him for showing me the Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) Signature Series Spinning rods. I love those rods! Thank ya Bill!
I fished with a few different folks in November and December. A change for me because I usually fish by myself. My good neighbor, Bob Ernst has been inactive for a couple of months, due to a VERY successful hip replacement surgery. He is doing well, but his son was coming to visit and Bob is not suppose to get in a boat yet.
So he asked me if I would take his son Buck out and see if we could find a redfish or trout. Buck, I learned is a fly fishing fanatic. He didn’t get to try the fly rod because the conditions were such that, we had to do a lot of “blind” casting. He did manage to catch a couple of redfish and some trout, using a jig with a plastic shrimp that had a chartreuse tail. I couldn’t catch a cold. 😳
I called Bill Allen up one day to see if he wanted to go and he said yes. We went out and just had a very tough time locating any fish. The wind was blowing pretty hard and after running to a few different spots, we got on the lee side of a point and found a little bayou where Bill ended up hooking a nice redfish on Berkley Gulp shrimp. I couldn’t catch a cold. 🙁 I got to go another time with him the middle of December. Once again, the wind was blowing nine-o, so he suggested a place out of the wind. Where we ended up, we had the tide coming in and there was lots of mullet around. There was some feeding activity. We were drifting and running the trolling motor. We caught a few trout and actually Bill was catching the crap out of them.
I saw a wake or boil and pitched to it. Bam! I was hooked up or so I thought. It felt very heavy and one good run, then unbuttoned it came. I lost him. 😥 As we drifted along, I switched to topwater and shortly had something VERY large follow my lure right to the boat and the whole time it was trying to eat my lure. It just kept missing it! 🙄 ‘Course Bill had to chime in,
“What’s the matter Mike! Don’t you want to catch that fish. Let ‘im eat it!” 🙄
So I’m sayin’ it was a 30 inch trout that I missed the opportunity too get hooked up. 😉 So once again I didn’t catch a redfish when fishin’ with Bill. 😉
During the first week of December one of my neighbors, who isn’t too familiar with the style of fishing we do when trying to catch redfish, asked me to take him out so he could see what it is I do when I could looking for redfish. My neighbor, Steven Fenhoff and I got on the water about 11:00 am and didn’t come back in until close to 4:00 pm. We saw a couple of redfish and a couple of sheepshead but they had all been spooked. Neither one of us even got a BITE! So Steven may not have been too impressed with the redfish fishing techniques.
Below are some photos of redfish I did catch in November and December. 🙂
The fish have been biting on the suspending twitch baits. Bill was using the Mirrodine Mini. They are also hitting spoons and plastic shrimp rigged on a jig or weedless on a weighted hook. You’ll have the most chance for catching fish if you start around the creek mouths and bayous. You do not have to get up early when the weather is cold. The fishing can get better as the day warms up and the fish start to move.
Vivian and I would like to wish EVERYONE one a very happy New Year, a prosperous 2014 and good fishing for 2014!
Make it a GREAT year!
Mike and Vivian Foate
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