Greetings from Capt. Dave & BAYMEN Charters!
On board today, Chris & Molly DeVillers and goddaughter, Emily, for their second charter of the season with me. Always so much fun with this crew who has been fishing with me for many years.
At first light, a high tide dropping and a near calm bay. A light NW wind. No birds and no topwater as has been the norm the past week. But there were baits around the bay, and a handful of fish hugging the bottom in a few spots.
Once we determined topwater was not going to happen, we went right to stucture fishing with my Baymen Jigs (tied for me by Jeck’s Bucktails). They are deadly and I have been fishing them for almost all of my 31 years of guiding. We hit both deep water and shallow flats and channel edges. Emma nailed a nice, fat keeper slot fish 29 1/2 inches. Chris got a very nice over slot fish that taped out 35″ inches. Both fish hit hard and took drag and gave great fights.
As low tide came, we began to hit the little rips around the bay and found a few fish running in them. We switched up to some rubber crank baits and landed a few more fish. At one point, I tied on a Hoggy Popper (thanks Dick Bowman!) and worked it over a flat to use it as an attractor. A big fish slammed it, ran sideways across the flat, and then threw the barbless hooks. Pretty cool to see that run! We picked up a few more fish here before moving on.
At slack tide, we fished another cut that led up onto a flat and ended the morning with 11 fish caught and released, including a slot keeper and the over slot no-longer-a-keeper. It was slow today, but we still had a blast and this crew always gets their fish.
Back at it. STAY POSTED:
Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com 31 Years Guiding The Bay. Still In Love.
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