Wind Wind Wind..... my fellow local fishermen know what Im taking about. The past 10 days or so its been blowing something ferocious. North, South West and East it seems like regardless of direction the common denominator is relentless punishment. One thing is for sure the Kite boarders and Sailors have been truly enjoying themselves. The fish on the other hand have been gorging themselves weather it be BIG Gator Trout stacking up on protein for their spawn or Red Fish, flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Blue fish, White trout, and the ever so abundant Lady Fish; they are all using this wind as a conveyor belt buffet. The fish are literally stacked up in ambush points sitting and waiting for the wind to bring them their next meal. This means as long as you know what to look for you can have a banner day on the water when nobody else with a fishing pole is in sight.
Started the day at about 8am immediately catching a Solid speck about 21" on top water. At this point in time the water was very high and the wind was blowing but I was in a protected area. I then began to pick the area apart but no more blow ups to show for it. So I made a move to pick up Gary at his dock. The plan was to search and find. We did do a lot of searching but didn't find much to speak of ( a few specks here and there ) after enough searching the boredom took over and I decided to take us to a place I knew the reds where holding. We immediately were getting hammered by some reds but no hook ups. Mind you top water lures where being thrown all the way to this point its now about noon. With all the cloud cover and wind the fish were still reacting to surface plugs.
I then drop Gary back off at home. On the way back to the ramp I decide to hit another spot. With a hard outgoing tide and extreme West wind this area looked good. Built up of sand bars and points it offered protection in the middle of some high seas. I made my first drift along the bank and on my first cast I hook into a keeper speck* NOW im on to something is what Im saying to myself. I start fan casting and drifting the entire bank and I ended up with a total of 3 keepers on a single drift. I then restarted my drift but this time further off the bank and closer to the sand bars. What really caught my eye was the mullet skipping on the bars. Now on a new drift I begin fan casting my new bearing. Now catching fish on almost every other cast... Until "BAM" a big hit!!! drag screaming bloody mercy I think I have hooked a red until the fish jump out the water like a leaping Salmon.... BIG OL' Speck on!!! Nice. Boated that fish and kept casting. After making way to my reset point very slowly, thanks to power pole I decided to make another drift. This time on top of the bars. I caught less fish this way but noticed all the mullet sitting on top of the bar. The Specks were sitting on the down current side and leeward side of the bar just waiting for mother natures Conveyor Belt to bring them their next meal.
I ended up with 5 fish over 20" and too many keepers and throwbacks to count. ( all these fish were caught on a Jerk Bait or Fluke ) ( clouds left and the sun was shinning )
I then picked up Brandon from a dock and we got on some reds right away. Like the specks they had a Conveyor Belt of their own. They were sitting on a wind Blow point just on the leeward side. We were casting right were they should be and the reds where reacting immediately but again no hook ups.... the fish just couldnt connect to top water.
As the sun went down I finally decided to get out the wind and fish some protected banks at a last shot chance to land some top water fish. Ended up with a 21" speck and 41" Bull with a few keeper specks mixed in.
A long day on the Grind of doing some Captain homework.... I have charters the next few days and will update this post on how they do with hopefully some awesome pics of Big specks and fat reds!!!!
Tight Lines and Good Fishin!!!!