May 21, 2007
Courtesy of Captain Todd Casey

Not much can compare to the emotion we sense in our body after seeing an angry, foam-covered blow-up on a top-water lure early in the morning at the base of a mangrove bush. Top water fishing is in full swing here in the Laguna. Numerous fish were caught this past week falling victim to my favorite Super Spook lure. Several nice trout, many big snook and beautiful redfish were all looking toward the sky at this wounded phony baitfish, and they all fell for one of the oldest tricks in the book. Now is the time to change out your rusty old hooks on your top water baits and get them out in the water.

South Bay and the Ship Channel were great places for top water action. I look for places like this to get out of the wind and floating grass that you might find in an open flat. These are also great areas to fish due to the surprise factor you encounter when not knowing what you may catch. Big sow trout, snook, reds and mangrove snapper are plentiful in these areas and all love injured top waters.

Aside from that there was a lot of schooling action from redfish this week again. The tides are extra strong right now and the groups of reds are really hanging out along the color lines. A couple of the schools are really getting a lot of pressure from boats and are starting to stay on the bottom a little more than they have been. I also found a huge (300 plus fish) school of black drum this week. I stopped on them thinking they were reds and after a few casts with no bites they got close enough to make them out. After that I kept on moving and let them be. It is nice to see a big school of saltwater javelinas in the bay again. They haven't been showing themselves in the flats as much for the last couple of years. They are a migrating fish; however remain in the same areas for the first three years of their life before they are sexually mature. Black drum are really pretty fun to catch and make a tasty fish fry. You can find most of these schools of reds and drum in the deeper water of the flats near drop offs and old gas well channels. Anywhere you find changes in water temperature and stronger currents (shallow to deep) you will have a good chance of locating a herd. These fish congregate in these areas for feeding and they use these currents to their advantage. They move around like a big pack of vacuums sucking in all of the baitfish and crustaceans that are riding the current highway.

There are a lot of trout in the ICW right now and the currents are keeping them safe. It is tough to fish for them when you can't get your lure or bait down to them due the strong surge of water making its way down the channel. If you want to fish these areas you need to wait for the tides to slack up. However, there is no need to wait for the right tides due to the number of trout in other areas. These other areas would be the deep green water of East side color change south of 67, Laguna Vista shoreline, Holly beach and Laguna Heights. If you are in green water about 4 feet deep and can see the pot holes you are in a good spot. I have been using natural colored cocahos and gulp lures. Put them on a 1/8 ounce jig head and use them like a corky. Really slow retrieves in this deep water with very limited twitching has been produced the best results for me. Try to hit the pot holes if you can. Some of these trout are in that 25 to 27 inch range and starting to get skinny due to spawning. I released several of these upper slot trout this past week and they were all caught on the slow retrieve.

This next week I will be targeting some really big snook (35 plus inches) with a client who is coming in from Houston. I will let you know how that goes in the fishing report next Sunday. There are so many good days to go fishing this summer and the bay is still quiet with minimal boat traffic. I think it is time you make your plans to hit the water. Just think...we can watch the sun come up in the morning while sitting in my Majek Extreme floating into an edgy school of redfish. There might be many hobbies that may be better than hearing your drag scream from the pull of an acrobatic snook, but I can't think of any right now.

The Good 'Ol Days are Now.




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