The Spotted Tail team made our first trip of the Fall season to the marsh last week, and had a great trip. We had some friends from Wyoming down with us, and it was fun seeing everyone break their personal bests from last year’s trip.
The conditions and north winds had the tides all distorted and as a result we were fighting high and muddy water for much of our time. Regardless, we still boated 5 fish over 20lbs, two of which were 30+. Luckily, we were blessed with excellent sunlight and clear skies every day, so the fish that were active were highly visible in some of the shallow ponds and bays that we fished.
Day 1 we tucked into some shallow areas and found plenty of slot fish to play with. We had a few shots at some reds in the the 15-20 lb range, and I boated a big black drum from the poling platform that bottomed out the 30lb Boga Grip.
Day 2 we ran to a different area and found a handful of bull reds to throw at as well as lots of slot fish tucked up into some pond networks that were protected from the wind. Day 3 we ran to another zone, where we found some happier big fish that gave us good shots on the fly. We caught a 30lb red, a 24lb red, and a 28lb black drum all on fly that afternoon and called it a day. The last day the wind laid down and the tides did what was called for, which made the fish a little bit more consistent. We found them tailing and cruising in the morning and capitalized on some decent shots up shallow. Till next time…