Silver Kings Beyond the Breakers
As summer rolls in with the tide, warmer surf temperatures (72 to 82 F) welcome the return of the silver kings to the near-shore waters of the east central...
It was a beautiful day, but slow fishing at Mathers bridge on Wednesday. I set up on the far south side of the bridge with my brother, Ben, and nephew, Caleb. We were anxious to catch a bunch of fish, and I was particularly hopeful as I planned to post my first of regular, weekly fishing reports from Mathers Bridge. Well, there was a lot of fishing, but unfortunately, not so much catching.
Not much of anything was biting. We used a combination of live shrimp, topwater lures, and suspended baits. A few other people tried crabs. Of the dozen or so anglers out there, only a small silver trout and a catfish were caught… at least until the serious Shrimping began at dusk.
As the sunset, more and more shrimpers began to take to their posts. The shrimping has evidently been pretty good around here lately. One avid shrimper, Raymond, showed me some photos of his recent shrimp hauls from the bridge. I don’t have the photos to share, but take my word for it, the shrimp were pretty impressive.
While many shrimpers lined the catwalk along the bridge, some also came by boat. Among them were Alex Joyner and Tim Parker on the Superfly. As soon as they dropped their lights in the water, the Shrimp came flocking — and they weren’t alone. A school of trout circled the outskirts of the lighting, ready to strike on unsuspecting prey. I’m not sure where the trout had been for the past 3 hours, or why they weren’t interested in our shrimp, but Alex and Tim had no problem sending them into a frenzy with a little jigging of their artificial shrimp through the illuminated waters.
All-in-all, we had a good time. The outing did leave me wishing I had a boat that much more, and also reminded me that I really need to give this shrimping thing a try.