Capt. Charlie Gray
The thermometer is still showing as a long red stripe! It is still very hot, and the water is warm and gets warmer as the sun rises, so you will need to fish early in the morning and late in the afternoon to get the best bite for speckled trout. I will continue to use live shrimp under a popping cork in the shallow waters early. In the deeper areas you can suspend a live bait under a slip cork to find the fish. Once you locate fish, a plastic shrimp imitation or finfish imitation will also produce quality fish. I prefer the Vudu shrimp in several colors, natural, brown and the Cajun pepper or a Matrix shad in the same color patterns. I have been top water fishing a lot lately to avoid the heat. I have had a lot of success with a Yo-Zuri 3DB Pencil in Ghost Shad color. There is nothing like a blow up on a top water plug early in the morning before the sun rises. Also, another great way to catch trout and redfish is to look for diving birds and ease or drift into them casting toward the divers. Be quiet, big motor off, use stealth! Sometimes you will find the school the birds are diving on is loaded with catfish and other trash fish, but the trout may be under those trash fish. The redfish will be in their usual spots too, over oyster beds and shells and along the points of rivers and around streams that dump into the larger bodies of water; salinity and water temps don’t affect the reds like it will the trout. The big bull reds will be on Dixey Bar and around the Sand Island lighthouse. These are our breeder stock fish, so please practice “CPR”: Catch, photo and release. The triple tail or blackfish will still be here, look for floating debris as they will float along under it, and toss a big shrimp at them and hang on!
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Until next month, Tight Lines and Good Fishing!
Capt. Charlie Gray
Gray Gulf Charters
Dauphin Island / Mobile Bay / Ft Morgan Alabama