Hey guys! This weekend has been spectacular along the Gulf Coast! The wind finally laid down after a low pressure system that dogged us late last week finally moved on. We also enjoy great tides with the "Super" full moon last night.
My friend Brad Shultz and I made a trip this morning leaving out of Orange Beach, Al. We started out fishing the grass flats at dawn with popping flies and did not do so hot. We only caught two speckled trout of any size and a few smaller ones. My theory is the trout had been feeding all night on the huge bright moon coupled with very little cloud cover. Once the sun got up a ways, we started poling some of our grass flats. It did not take long for us to find and hookup on a redfish. In fact we saw and caught reds probably every 100 feet! This particular flat always holds fish, but this morning it was covered up with them. Who knows why? Maybe they had ganged up on the flat overnight with the bright moon. I don't know, but we did take advantage of it!
Around 10am or so we thought we'd head out to the beach and try our luck with pompano and jack crevalle. We ran east along Perdido Key to a nice wide shallow bar that is a great place to find pompano. We caught a flounder and some ladyfish but never saw the first pompano. There was more surf than I had expected, but thats OK, it was worth the look. The wind was beginning to pickup, so we started back with the hope of finding a school of jack crevalle on the way in. We did not make it to far before running across a school of around 100 15-20lbers. Two quick casts and we were on. Two at a time. Fifteen minutes later they were at the boat and we were off again.
All in all a pretty good day and back at the boat ramp by 12:15!
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Capt. Rick Haag