After back to back days of just wearing out the redfish, or maybe it was the other way around, we could get nothing going yesterday. Because we had been catching most of our fish in the open lake, too much unexpected west wind made it impossible to target schools of surfacing shad. We burned a lot of gas!
The real bonus had been catching some trout up to six pounds mixed in with the schooling reds. We did find a couple of schools of smaller trout under terns as well. Aside from wearing down in the summer heat, the only down side with the red fish bite was that most of them were oversized fish.
Virtually any lure you can get in front of them when they are on the surface will work, but the surest bet for us even after they go down is a five inch tail in pumpkin-chartreuse or morning glory. The larger trout preferred the longer tail as well as a catch 2000 or Swimming Image. The Swimming Image will definitely work in more places places than the revetment wall and jetties!
I am sure it is because they are herding mullet and shad rather than shrimp, but it is amazing to see how fast a school of big reds moves when feeding on the surface. They are hard on the troll motor batteries over the course of the day. Any time everyone hooks up on a fish you can forget keeping up with the rest of the school.
The OCARC tournament is set for next weekend and the Orange Chapter CCA meeting will hold their banquet at the Convention Center on hwy.1142 on the 10th of August. Both events draw huge crowds every year so I would get my ticket today.