Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Bluefish (05-18-19)

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Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Bluefish (05-18-19)

Post by Mudfish » Sun May 19, 2019 11:30 am

There’s a very good bite in the inshore creeks right now. On Saturday, I launched around 9:00 AM. There was much more wind than I was expecting, so I didn’t venture far from the ramp.

I caught numerous (and some lower slots) Redfish, Trout, Flounder (Slam), Black Drum, a big Bluefish, and some small Sheepsheads.

I was mostly working the grass lines using Gulp Jerk Shads and Swimming Mullets on a weighted hook, and caught the Black Drums and Sheepsheads near the oysters with pieces of fresh dead shrimp. The first catch was a big Bluefish, around 18”, that bit through my 20# leader and jumped out of the net, taking with it one of my favorite weighted hooks and a Gulp. $$ Dang it! I lost several good sized flounder right at the net before I realized that with the weighted hooks you need to set the hook right away… and hard. I finally figured that out and landed and released a couple legal, but small Flounders.
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Re: Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Bluefish (05-18-19)

Post by Mudfish » Sun May 19, 2019 11:36 am

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Re: Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Bluefish (05-18-19)

Post by Jwray » Sun May 19, 2019 9:12 pm

Mudfish, how do you work your lures? I’ve been told,I work them too fast but I always feel like I have to impart lots of action. I just can’t slow down. I had a guy tell me it takes him several minutes to get 1 cast in. That’s really slow. Give us some specific tips please.

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Re: Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Bluefish (05-18-19)

Post by Mudfish » Mon May 20, 2019 12:40 am

Jwray,

I fish soft plastics pretty slow. I like to bounce them off the bottom and actually feel it hitting the bottom, so the depth and currrent determines the retrieve speed and also the amount of weight I select. I mostly use 1/8 oz or 1/16 oz jig heads with Gulp Swimming Mullets, and 1/4 oz weighted hooks with Gulp Jerk Shads. I typically fish in very shallow inshore creeks, so if it's a only 2 or 3 feet deep it only takes a few seconds to get to the bottom, then I bounce it up, reel up the slack, let it sink to the bottom again, repeat. I use the same technique when fishing the docks in the St Johns River and Doctors Lake, and the ICW grass lines. I never do straight retrieve with soft plastics. BUT, I have caught plenty of fish while trolling, so go figure...

I do like to fan cast and will make a few casts out to the middle of the creek where it is deeper. If there are Trout, Ladyfish, Jacks, or Bluefish schooling, they'll hit it right away, before it has a chance to sink very deep.

I fish top water and subsurface lures fairly slow, too. I like to walk the dog a few yards, then pause for a few seconds, walk the dog again, pause, etc... Reds will frequently hit it on the pause.

I fish spinners and spoons a little faster using a straight retrieve, with a yo-yo effect sometimes. I try to keep them close to the bottom.

Hope this helps, and good luck!
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