Port Mansfield 11/3

Avg Temp: 73 °F

Winds: 4 mph (East) Gusts 21 mph

Tides:  Low 8:33am High 5:32pm

Pressure: 30.090 in

Moon: Waxing Crescent

It’s been sometime since I was able to last hit the water. Finally with zero plans for the weekend I decided to head out on Sat with some friends. Well a cold front blew in that early morning and had wind gusts of 34mph. So I reluctantly postponed to Sunday.

Thanks to daylight savings I now have to wake up even earlier to get on the water before day break. Sunrise was at 6:20am so by the time I arrived at the launch site it was already daylight. I jumped in my kayak and made a paddle for the long bar thats parrallel to the ICW.  Conditions were great with hardly and wind and calm water.I quickly got to my location and started throwing an Xrap11. I had several blow ups but not takers so I changed to a popping cork with some gulp shrimp. I moved off the bar and into the transition area to the ICW and on my first cast I landed a small trout. So after having found the fish I switched to a soft plastic to fish deeper in the water column and hopefully pick up some bigger trout, I started throwing a Kelly Wiggler in Purple with Chartruse ball tail and startend catching trout after trout. Many were under-sized. In fact most were but I did manage 2 keepers with another 1 literally slipping threw my hands.

Solid 19 in trout

Solid 19 in trout

16in trout

16in trout

The fishing was tough though. The action stopped after about 9:00am and went dead. I moved back into shallow water to work the birds which were feeding with no success. So I decided to fish it slow and do some wading.I figured I would walk down the bar and cast into the ICW with hopes of finding some activity. At 10:30 the bite turned on and I started landing trout again. It seems that the tide had finally made its way to the south-side of Port Mansfield. Every 5th cast I was rewarded with a small trout.

under-sized trout. Lots of them just like this.

under-sized trout. Lots of them just like this.

Although indeed rewarding there was no 15+ trout in the school. After working the trout over for and hour I decided to call it quits. Before leaving I decided to work a small pocket in the same general area I was wade fishing. I landed more small trout but this time I was greeted by a 15ft Kenner boat with 3 Winter Texans on it. They had been watching me catch fish and decided it would be a good idea to drift in and fish right on top of where I was. This is a personal pet peeve of mine and so I had to leave before commandeering the boat and dropping them back off at the dock. So I snapped this photo on my way out.

Lack of etiquette on the water. Fishing right on top of me.

Lack of etiquette on the water. Fishing right on top of me.

 

Great day on the water and ran into some old TKF friend Jdeleon and Borneo. Always fun to run into friend on the water. 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