The last two days have been a little different with the Bassmaster Open taking place in Orange. I don't know how far north or west they are running, but a lot of them are headed that direction each morning. I would say more are turning north up the Neches, but there are enough headed south to really crowd the Taylor's bayou area. Most of them said the mornings have been better than the second half of the day and it has been thee same for us.
I haven't fished past 11:00. One day the birds worked for us and the next day we couldn't find them. The trout we caught under the gulls were 15 to 17 inch fish, but there were lots of them. The next day we ran to the shoreline when we couldn't find any birds and kept 11 flounder and four redfish. it wasn't crazy good, but I have done a lot worse. We didn't have a single keeper flounder that we had to measure.
The wind has not been much of a factor early. The water continues to clear and i have seen more shrimp on the surface than I have seen in a while. Giles Smith and Percy Williams were one trout short of two limits and they were fishing a Vudu shrimp under a cork. I haven't fished the Vudu in a while and that obviously was a mistake. We caught our trout on a bone diamond Assassin and a bream Lil John.
Jonathan Simon and Trey Smith, both of Orange, made the final cut and will be two of the 12 pros fishing the final day of the Open. A win will get them in the Bassmaster Classic. Kudos and good luck to the home boys tomorrow!