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SOME DAYS WIND – SOME DAYS RAIN – EVERYDAY FISH

Last week produced a lot of fish for our guests. Check out the pictures below. Live shrimp supply has been good but many of our limits have been coming to the boat on soft plastics. Hackberry Hustlers and Mirrolure’s little johns in the black/chartreuse color has been ripping them.  Many of our fish are coming from the ship channel around marker 71 casting a popping cork up close to the rocks. The big jetties are still producing some solid redfish on a moving tide.  Don’t miss this opportunity to come over here and get in on some of the very hot catching action. Call 888.762.3391 and get Tanya to hook you up.

 
Here are few from last week for you to enjoy and you can see them all by clicking here –Click here to see our online photo gallery.

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Our 2021 duck season dates have been set and for the first time since anyone can recall we will have 2 splits this year. Here are the dates:

Opening day
November 13th thru December 5th
Split dates
December 18th thru January 2nd
Split dates
January 10th thru January 30th

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TEAL SEASON
 
Don’t look now but 2021 Teal season is just around the corner. That’s right it opens September 11th are runs through September 26th.  Don’t’ miss this opportunity to come enjoy a morning duck and then spend the rest of the day chasing trout and redfish with one of our professional guides. Call Tanya toll free at 888.762.3391 and get hooked up.

USING TOPWATER BAITS FOR SPECKLED TROUT FISHING

Topwater baits often work the coastal marshes from Virginia to Texas. Anglers from all over squint intently at the water’s surface in hopes that their peaceful setting turns into a chaotic disruption.  Whether it’s angered by the lure’s presence or hastily attempting an easy meal, spotted sea trout, or commonly known as speckled trout, leave little to the imagination when it comes to attacking surface plugs. In short, it’s visual and appealing to most anglers. However, outside of euphoria, it’s actually the preferred way by most trout purist to pursue big speckled trout. In the next few paragraphs, let’s explore how to catch speckled trout using topwater baits.

TOPWATER BAIT FOR SPECKLED TROUT
Believe it or not, topwater plugs are extremely versatile. Produced in an array of shapes, colors and sizes (more on that later), their sole reason for existence is to imitate baitfish near the water’s surface. Conversely, big speckled trout, by nature, are highly predacious and opportunistic feeders. As they mature from juveniles, studies have shown a general shift in diet from shrimp to larger finfish, i.e. mullet, pogies and often times other trout. Additionally, as speckled trout grow in size they also begin their pilgrimage to isolate themselves from the safety of schools. This transition, depending on estuary and environmental conditions, can be along shallow flats (knee deep or less) with a bottom texture often composed of seagrass or oysters. For some deeper water estuaries, like the river systems along the east coast, adjacent flats along ledges provide suitable ambush points for big trout to come and go, but a general rule of thumb is the shallower the water the bigger the trout.
Like tools in a toolshed, lures and techniques have specific jobs and topwater baits are no different. They’re productive because they target the very top of the water column in generally shallow water situations. In a more basic sense, they do a great job at imitating clumsy or dying baitfish, thus capitalizing on the fish’s overzealous feeding instinct.

WHEN TO USE TOPWATER BAIT FOR SPECKLED TROUT
Having touched on the why, knowing when to throw topwater baits for trout is also just as important. As contentious as many political discussions, some anglers affiliate with either the “seasonal” or “year round” parties. Seasonal anglers believe that water temperatures (either rising or falling) coincide with months of the year, spawning the phrase “topwater season.” As a general rule of thumb, this is April through June or September through October depending on the estuaries latitudinal line. Conversely, “year round” affiliates believe subtleties in environmental conditions, regardless of calendar and location, dictate a productive topwater bite. 
In other words, a gentle warming trend in January, raising water temps from 49 to 55 degrees, may be just enough to get those big speckled trout from a lethargic to an aggressive state. Notionally, neither vantage point is wrong. Instead, having a better understanding of water temperature as an axis point and knowing baitfish presence, water levels and solunar activity is key. In short, be open minded – the fish will tell you what they want if you’re willing to listen.

SPECKLED TROUT RIGS
Quality gear, as in most obsessive hobbies, can be the difference between success and failure. Targeting trophy speckled trout is no different. The right rod, equipped with a high-performing reel spooled with durable line can lead to more bites and successful attempts at catching sea trout. Baitcast or spincast options are adequate for fishermen based on their angling needs. More often than not 6’6” or 7’ Medium action rods provide plenty enough power to drive the hooks home even on longer casts and give just enough in the rod tip during the fight to avoid pulling the hooks. Most conventional bass tackle is suitable for the transition to saltwater. Higher gear ratio reels like a Shimano Casitas 7.2:1 or Penn Battle II 3000’s provide enough spool capacity without compromising a heavier wait. In other words, the lighter the better. This will increase casting distance while maintaining maximum sensitivity, thus leading to less wary fish and more blow-ups. Suggested line for the task at hand is Suffix 832 braid in 20lb test, 6lb diameter. The lack of stretch braided line provides, maximizes sensitivity and amplifies the power of the hookset. Having said that, the only downside is it’s visible in the water column so a 5 to 7-foot, 15 – 30lb test flourocarbon leader is recommended. Uni-to-Uni or the FG knot are both highly recommended when tying braided line to a fluorocarbon leader.  

TYPES OF TOPWATER BAITS FOR SPECKLED TROUT
Topwaters, as mentioned, come in an array of shapes, colors and sizes. Oftentimes the best speckled trout lures range from 3 – 6 inches and vary in body type. The top speckled trout lures by brand manufacturer are MirrOlure, Rapala, and Heddon. Of course a myriad of other lure manufacturers produce topwater baits, but personal experience and literature validate their consistency. What separates these baits is their profile and more importantly their audible presence. For example, a Top Pup and She Pup produced by MirrOlure have the exact same profile, but their audible presence varies greatly. 
the She Pup is much louder than the Top Pup, and is more suitable for windier conditions. Healthier wave conditions constantly move the bait which affords the louder audible presence to match the conditions. The same can be said for the MirrOlure C-Eyes Top Dog and the Heddon One Knocker.
 As you can hear, the One Knocker is way more subtle than the Top Dog, which omits a louder, higher pitch. Thus making the Heddon the better choice for calmer, more wary fish. With regards to color, it’s a matter of personal preference. Since silhouette is the greater component to drawing a strike, focus on size, profile and pitch vice color. If you feel color is an important factor, lighter colors for lighter days and water clarity is the general rule of thumb. 
Whether you’re just beginning to learn how to catch speckled trout or are a seasoned charter captain, few anglers would choose another technique over fishing with topwater. Its visual appeal and kinetic response offers the most thrilling way to fish. However, if it has been a technique that has alluded your angling ability, hopefully the aforementioned curtails your learning curve. By garnering the knowledge of why this technique is so effective, it’s only a matter of time before you learn how to fish topwater lures for big speckled trout. 

 

 

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RED BEAN GUMBO

I’m always looking for Cajun recipes to share with you each week. Some of them I get from you guys and others I get from friends but most come from the kitchen here at the lodge. It’s interesting hanging out at the table watching the days catch getting ready for the trip home. Many of the fishermen talk about how they are going to cook their catch. One of them told me about Red Bean Gumbo. I never heard of it but found a recipe for it so I’m cooking it this week and will report back. You do the same and let me know.

Ingredients

  • 1 box Bailey’s Cajun Creole Mix
  • 1 lb Andouille (cut into ¼ “slices)
  • ½ to l lb smoked sausage (cut into ¼ “slices)
  • ½ to 1 lb ham seasoning (cut into ½ “squares)
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • 3 cans of red beans

Instructions

In an 8 qt. pot cook Andouille, smoked sausage, ham seasoning, and 1 pack of Bailey’s dried seasoning in a little cooking oil for 10 minutes. Add 3 cans of red beans and 2 ½ quarts of hot water. Mix roux in 10 oz of hot water and add to beans. Add 1 pack of spices. Stirring occasionally, bring to a boil and cook uncovered over a medium heat for ½ hour. Serve over rice.

Yield: 10-15 servings

 

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