Monday (1/19/15) fellow “Angler’s Elite” teammate Grant and myself made a short trip to explore a new location. It was less than an hour from the town in which we live so it seemed like a worth while experiment. When we first arrived we were greeted by some scary signage, strong winds and dirty water.
We were at first nervous about our choice of locations however, Grant had done some research and found us a bay with fairly deep water in the 6′- 8′ range. Our plan was not to bring home dinner but search for some larger winter trout. Grant started by throwing some plastics and I chose to stick with my trusty Tsunami “Corkie” imitation baits.
The action was slow at first as we explored some uncharted waters. (Since the beginning was fish-less I took some pictures of the scenery.)
After a while, Grant started having success with some split tail plastics. The fish weren’t real large so I decided to stick it out with the slow sinking suspension bait.
I managed to grind out three this way and they were all just as small as Grant’s, ranging from 14″ to 18″. After watching Grant reel in trout after trout I decided to switch lures to a Voodoo Shrimp in a natural new penny color. This attempt proved to be fail as it scored zero action.
I then switched to a Big Bites Saltwater Series 3″ Shrimp in a Morning Glory color. I thought maybe this would be a good fit for the dirty water. Again I was shut out with no fish.
I reached in to my hatch and pulled out a Gulp Swimming Mullet in chartreuse. This proved to be the ticket. I quickly landed 10 or so trout.
The fish were much smaller then we hoped to find. We decided to make the best of the trip and grind out a few more in hopes of finding at least one larger fish.
It started to get late and the wind picked up. The fish all seemed small so we decided to pedal back past the launch and let the wind push us back as we made one last drift. Grant began catching fish again, but my Gulp Swimming Mullet stopped producing strikes.
I watched as Grant’s bait again out fished me. I decided to switch baits once again. This time I put on a Down South Lures “Skinny Water Fishing” plastic in Watermelon Red
with a chartreuse tail. This seemed to work and I quickly was back in action.
I was forced to switch baits multiple times, however Grant threw the same straight split tail mullet in a Morning Glory color all evening and out produced me. In retrospect, I later found out he was throwing a 1/4 oz jig head where as I was using a 1/8 oz. You never know with trout. They can sometimes be finicky and desire a certain color, pattern or action.
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