Well, now that Isaac is over, it’s time for the road to recovery and back to putting fish in the box. It seems that it was life changing for alot of people, but the good news is down in Hopedale/Shell Beach it was only a speed bump in the road. As I am writing this on September 11, power has already been restored to the areas and local marina owners and operators are anxiously at work and already have live shrimp available. Call Breton Sound Marina and Campos for details.
Trout are still found on the outside but are showing up inside everyday. The redfish and puppy drum are going nuts in the inside marshes and bull reds still in vengeance on the outside and outer fringes.
The best fishing is still ahead of us! Mid to end of October usally marks the end of the transition and the majority of speckled trout have made their way into the interior marshes. This time of year fish seem to go nuts and can be caught just about anywhere both trout and redfish. Water temps tend to drop some with passing cool fronts and increase oxygen levels in the water, making these fish spunky.
Look for areas like Stump Lagoon, Crooked Bayou, Lake Eugenie, 4 Horse Lake, Lake John, Lake Robin and Coquille to turn on. Drift and cover water moving often until you locate your Speckled Trout bite, focusing out in front of the mouths of bayous, canals, or over oyster reefs, etc. Fish under corks with your favorite plastic or live shrimp. Redfish will be in these same areas but against the shorelines. Keep it as tight to the grass as possible. I tell my clients if you are not with in 5 ‘ of the bank, generally you are wasting your time. Reel up and re cast. Gold spoons, Spinners, and my favorite, dead shrimp under a cork will all work well at this time of year.
From a safety stand point, be sure to exercise caution in your first few trips out. Submerged post storm debris can be lurking anywhere under the surface and can cause major damage or even an injury. Hope these tips help in the mean time.
Capt. Mike Gallo