Just The Beginning Of Winter Fishing
Well hunting season has almost come to an end for me, 2 does, 1 buck and a nice hog this weekend so it’s back to the bay we go. I always look forward to deer season but after being gone about 20 days since Nov 2nd it’s nice to be home. One tag left for a nice buck if I get the chance but freezer space is limited and I have enough meat, pork and venison to make it another year and not have to worry about store meat prices. I will still do some hog hunting for some friends that want one, since we have an over abundance on our lease they want them gone and I’m willing to help.
Ok as for the fishing, I was in town last Tuesday and ran a trip, it was nice being back on the bay and if weather permits I’ll be back starting this week. We worked some marsh guts for reds and flounder but our best bite was out drifting shell and some bird action. We had our share of sandy’s and smaller specs but we did have some specs in the 15”-18” range hitting the box. Other than the lead head that someone hit me with in the head, it was a great day on the water with specs and reds cleaned at the cleaning table.
I’m gonna be working the back half of the bay this time of year from Middle Reef back to Oyster Bayou and parts of Roll Over Bay and the Islands behind it. I almost always use Gulp this time of year with great results in the 3” white shrimp or if we’re looking for flounder I’ll throw in a white curly tail Gulp. You can’t beat them in the fall and winter. I’ve also been throwing some topwater around the edges of birds pulling some bigger trout out of them. The only other bait I’ll look at is a slow sinker which you cant beat a corky! Don’t get me wrong live bait will work but it’s just as easy with Gulp this time of year.
Yes the flounder are still being boxed and starting Dec. 1st we can go back to 5 a day per person so it makes it more worthwhile. Roll Over Pass, The North Jetties, Seawolf Park are all great lications and easy to fish if your looking for Flounder.
This time of year it’s all about playing the weather, protected areas are a have to this time of year if we get a front thru and water levels need to be watched. A good north wind can drop water levels so play it safe if you’re out right after a front passes and winds have laid down.
Christmas is fastly approaching and we are bring back the “Fishing Trip Gift Certificates” they are great for anyone from loved ones to company give away’s. We can do them over the phone by credit card and I e-mail them to you to print out in color. They are dated from Dec. 25th and good for 1 year. Everything is included from bait to fish cleaning, rod and reels. You book them just like a trip and it’s all taken care of. Just give me a call if you have any questions, most are done for 2 people on a half day trip, if the person want to add a second fisherman when the trip if run they can pay the difference then.
Stingaree Marina is open still and plans on staying open thru the winter as long as weather permits, the new operators are in it for the long haul and want to service it’s customers 7 days a week. They have been opening at 6am and are open to around 5pm daily. They have been holding live shrimp, finger mullet and mud minnows, gas is on the water and they have ice, beer and anything you need for a day on the water.
Stingaree Marina is open and “Under New Management” Nancy’s from Roll Over Pass is running it now they are open from around 6;00 am all mornings, and has been holding live shrimp most the time, some croaker, and fresh dead, mullet and mud minnows. Ice and gas, drinks are on the water also 2 ramps at Stingaree Marina and 2 ramps at the Old Way Out Marina make it nice and they have plenty of trailer parking at both locations. Once your done fishing you can grab a bite to eat at the “Down Under” or the “Stingaree” both have some great food right on the water and will even fry or grill your fresh catch from the day. The Down Under is open Saturday-Tuesday from Lunch to dinner and Stingaree is open Wednesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner. Both locations have a sunset that can’t be beat.
Until Next Time
Be Safe On The Water
Capt. David Harris