[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e have had some Fantastic trout fishing in Keaton Beach last in May, with limits on every trip and several large trout ( over 20” ) each time as well. Sow trout are heading to spawn in May and June with about a 50/50 look to the eggs in the fish I am cleaning, as to which month they will lay. We had a 25” male trout yesterday, for Bill Torrey of St. Simons Ga. to top off our 15 trout limit.
While we continue to catch most of our fish on live pinfish under Back Bay Thunders, cut bait, specifically “shiner tails” as the locals call them have taken a bunch of good fish lately on my boat, as more schools of ballyhoo have shown up. I saw more mullet in one day this week than I have seen all year to date. Tarpon have shown as well this week( about three weeks early) with 80 degree water temps already? We just kinda skipped Spring with a winter that didn’t want to leave and now summer conditions in mid-May.
I am concentrating on 3.5 – 4.5 feet of water (where the spawn will happen) and simply dialing up the right color (clarity) of water by moving up and down the coast according to the we-I-no-do and the sky. We have taken many good trout on artificials suspended under the Cajun Thunders. Assassin’s 5” Shads in Violet Moon, Stinky Pink, Pink Ghost, and Panhandle Moon have all been good. I have also done very well on BA’s Candy Corn split tail shads.
Cobia have shown up; but we haven’t jumped one yet on board One More Cast.
Ling will eat your small blue crabs, large pinfish, and a legal-sized black sea bass as they feast up to spawn in June and July.
We will catch some of our largest trout of the year in June and July using larger pinfish and pigfish to 10” long. Precision Tackle has designed a larger float called a “Magnum Thunder” which will easily hold those larger baits up for Tarpon, Cobia or my larger trout. Stop by Sea Hag Marina at Keaton Beach and pick up a couple of the new Magnums.
Meanwhile give a me a call or e-mail and LET’S Go Fishing!