This time of year is hectic for me. My real-life job is a teacher /wrestling coach. This is the middle of wrestling season and that takes a toll on my fishing time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I still enjoy the sport and watching the kids grow and train. It’s just hard to be competitive on the fishing scene as well as the wrestling mat.
I try hard to get out once a week and fish for a few hours on Sunday evenings. This strategy earned me 2nd place in last month’s 321Fish.com’s TKF Trout Tango Tournament. I hope to be competitive again this month with my busy-limited schedule.
I find the best startegy for my limited schedule is to get out on the water and land as many trout over 20″ as possible. I do this using Corkies or imitation Tsunami Corkies (which sink a bit faster.) I fish these over a combo of shell and mud near deeper water. I am forced to cover a great deal of water searching for fish.
This strategy has done well for me landing me many trout up to 27″ and mixed in a number of healthy redfish. I caught this guy below chasing a couple of diving birds Sunday 12/14/14)
Depending on the water color I use a combination of colors. I like a bait that is similar to what the natural bait of the area appears to be. I like natural colors that are a mix of silver, brown and yellow. When the water is murky I switch to either pink or Morning Glory (purple and chartreuse yellow).
Working the shoreline in approx 3-3.5″ of water I also landed this nice trout on 12/14/14.Sometimes, once I find a few trout holding in an area I’ll switch to a topwater. I caught this trout last Sunday evening. He wasn’t big but there were a number of trout hitting the surface about and hour before sunset.
This is one of my favorite times of year to chase big trout. Often I’m forced with a decision. I can either chase a bunch of schooling trout for fast action or I can plug away in a slow and tedious manner looking for the big solitary monsters often found closer to shore in shallow areas along the shoreline once the winter sun warms the water.
Operationfish.com signing out.