What a beautiful day.....
As some of you who read my sporadic reports can remember, fishing in the Lower Laguna has been less than stellar compared to ......well...any other year since I can recall! yes, there have been decent days here and there and many have have excellent days, but in general, fishing is not what we are used to. well enough of my complaining.
For about a year now, one of our 2cool peeps has been trying to book a day with me, however, for one reason or another he has had to cancel. Not this time.
I had the guys meet me at the Casa Arroyo and right off the bat had a battle on their hands. The Mosquito invasion was out in full force. LOL They survived with the help of some OFF and soon were gliding across the Arroyo on the Culew. The forecast called for a mild 3-6 SE wind. Puuuuurfect. the forecast was slightly off. as we crossed over the ICW onto the glassy water of the flats, the wind was more of a SW wind. Within a minute of looking, a huge line of bait was working and could see there were some reds mixed in there along with some trout. i came off plane and two of the guys made quick haste to jump in. not long after, the distinct slurping sound of reds and trout trying to feed on a piece of plastic filled the tranquil air. Unfortunately, most of those ended up being undesized red fish. One did make the cut and found itself sufficating in a cold dark Yeti. after a 30 minute or so wade, decided to take a look see around the area.
i headed east then south and then west and then HOWDY DO! there they blew! we started seeing quite a few reds being pushe ahead of us. once again we stopped and pushed the guys off the boat to start the catching or so i hoped. The guys managed to land a couple more reds and a trout and also participated in a non voluntary catch and realease program. in other words, they lost a few good sized fish. hahhaha! on we went later that morning and checked out a couple more venues before starting a long drift along a transition line to sight cast to some fishes.
they guys caught on fairly quickly to spotting fish. they missed quite a few fish but also put some great casts on many. some ate and some didn't. a couple more reds went into the cold dark abyss while many juvi rojos lived to see another day.
I can gladly say this was one of the better days we've had this year. not so much because of the amount of fish we froze to death to future consumption, but rather for the mount of fish that were present in addition to the clear blue skies and light SE wind we eventually got. Maybe this is the start or the return of our normal fishery. i sure hope so.
Today the TTF little Dummy was on FIRE early on and then the KFM picked up where that doggie left off. TTF get'ya some!!