"HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLES"
Many anglers along the gulf coast like to target specks during the early spring months. Water temps are in the sweet zone, grass beds and flats become alive, fish are transitioning and migrating , baits are blooming and becoming abundant and the Speckled Trout begin to spawn. Like any spawning fish this is when the Biggins tend to come out and play* Many ways to target these fish and Im not talkin just about spots or areas, lures or bait.... yes location plays a Huge factor and yes lures do as well..... but lets talk about the here and the now.
Im no marine biologist so Im not the most scientific guy, but I am a fishermen who takes all variables into factor. Time of year, moon phase, and weather patterns are the 3 MAJOR factors to having a successful trip even before you touch a rod.
Then when you do decide to rig your rods its important to use lure (s) that attract big bites. Ive personally caught my Biggest Speckled Trout ever on topwater and many in the 24-28" class. The theory of big lures big fish isn't full proof but it does hold some truth. Gator trout like many big fish like to eat bigger baits. Many say Gator trout like to eat croakers, mullet and pin fish exc exc So what in your tackle box has that profile and imitates those fish????
Wearher patterns -
Its a beautiful day outside! No wind birds chirping and not a cloud in the sky ahhhh yes!!!! perfect day to go fishing, right? Of course it is!!!! But pump the brakes* I have found that ugly nasty dark windy days will usually out produce those blue bird skies 10-1 This doesnt mean fish in the middle of a thunderstorm but it does mean fish before and after them.
targetting big specks before and after a full moon cycle is key to getting on a good bite. Ive written enough reports about moon phases that Neil Armstrong would have thought I walked on the Moon... so not goin in depth as to why.....
Moon phase + weather pattern = 13APR17
Yesterday we had a storm roll through fairly quickly right at about 6pm. I was on the water and got hit with that sudden swift cool wind. Thats when I looked up and said oh'Sheeeot its comming as the darkness rolled in so did the fish in the box. Specksand redssuddenly flooded the flats.... awesome bite!
The past few days we've been in a neap tide phase the flats haven't been producing their "normal" amount of fish.... which is "normal" for a neap tide. But as the moon starts fading from full the tides become greater*
This morning Chas and I wrecked some Gator Mules. Lots of fish over 20" and the biggest just shy of 26" we were on the water as the sky took its first colors of pink and orange, you know that first light deal. Bomb casting over grass beds and occasionally a bowling ball would drop on your lure. Kablooosh was a familiar sound all morning many missed strikes but we boated enough to say we had an incredible day. The deal was to simply cover ground and walk the dog using a Matrix Mullet. Topwater lures are by far the MOST exciting way to catch fish. And a highly productive way to catch BIG fish.
Here are a few pics
Tight Lines and Good Fishin