It's that time of year where the land cut
becomes a popular place to go fishing for the day. It's a long boat ride to the land cut through two large open bodies of water, Baffin Bay
and Bird Island Basin, that usually offers 2 to 3 foot swells to cut through that can be a bumpy ride for many. We call this "The Price of Catching Fish". Ken Welsch and I ventured down last week and had a terrific day on the water. As you can see in picture below we were not alone. Anglers were out in numbers to try their luck in these waters.
As we arrived the waters were very calm and as predicted the bite was slow. Using live shrimp on the bottom we patiently waited for the small nibbles to strike our bait. It wasn't long before we started pulling in some nice fish.
This small 19 incher speckled trout
was the first a couple more nice 21 inch fatties we pulled in later. They both gave us some very nice fillets later on.
Ken's first catch of the day was this nice 29 1/2 inch black drum. She was very stubborn to get landed in the boat. After a long fight Ken was finally able to pull her in for a photo. Even though she was in the slot, we decided to release her back to the water. When drum get this big, they're just not very good to fillet and eat. Usually full of worms. It's better to let her make more baby black drums.
Very nice flounder caught by rod and reel. She was about 18 inches and was a great fight to land. And wow, the 4 fillets on this flounder were terrific.
The day ended up with some very nice catches and plenty to feed a family. I was able to catch a "Poor Mans" Texas Slam for the day.... Speckled Trout
, Black Drum, Flounder, and a Sheepshead. The redfish eluded us for today.
Y'all have a great day of fishing,