They really packed it out at the Orange County CCA Banquet last night and it was a great ending to a very good fishing day. We found fish virtually everywhere we fished yesterday. The trout were mixed in size, but we found some really nice flounder and the redfish were still doing their thing provided you were in the right place at the right time. We did not see the big schools of surfacing reds that we have been seeing.
It was flat and hot all morning with one storm that narrowly missed us. The redfish were apparently letting the ladyfish do all of the work. About every fourth or fifth pod of shad was getting hustled by both reds and ladyfish so there were a lot of wasted stops. Any time the first fish caught was a gafftop we moved. Swim baits and Hoginars worked the best. We caught most of our trout fishing the Louisiana shoreline and drifting the flats in 2 to 4 feet of water.
The day before was just more of the same, but we stayed wet after about 10 o'clock. It just poured! Our trout were larger Wednesday and the keeper ratio was better. We also caught most of our fish out in the open lake. Usual Suspects (Chartruese-fire tail and cock of the walk) and Vudu shrimp under a cork both worked well.
i have cleaned a lot of fish in my life, but Wednesday I found a small banded water snake in the stomach of a 3 to 4 pound flounder for the first time. It must have just finished messing with the wrong flounder as it looked like it could have crawled off the cleaning table. We caught that flounder drifting the shell in 3 feet of water at least 200 yards off the shoreline so go figure.
I have seen a lot of tower boats running in and out of the Game Reserve all week long. I am guessing that they have a tournament this weekend. the river bite is improving as well, especially for redfish, but most of them are oversize fish. Everything is finally setting up good for us in spite of all of the local rain, but i am holding my breath with the lake level on the high side on T-Bend. If they get the rain that we have been getting above the lake we could get washed out again!