Hey guys, i'm planning on taking the yak out into the marsh this weekend. Has anyone been catching since the cold-spell? Any suggestions?
Black drum, red drum, less # of trout but the big ones are around. MI Outpost should have info and live shrimp, tell him Hunter sent you.
I'll be out at the jetty on Saturday, all things holding out.....
I plan on driving down from VA and yakking the marsh as well. PM me if you want to join up.
I don't bother keeping live bait in the kayak- another equipment that effects my paddling, plus $$$. Honestly, fresh dead shrimp works just as well- we did this twice at the jetty from an actual boat and fish had no preference. Depth presentation with the shrimp mattered far more than its liveliness/dead.
Shrimp are going to be mostly if not entirely gone from the marsh; fish will probably hit anything with the hint of shrimp.
I assume the primary baitfish will be bay anchovies, mud minnows, and maybe some lingering finger mullet .
My game plan so far is to do the same things I did, but focus more on casting and less trolling. I will still troll a soft plastic paddletail and a Mirrolure from Point A to Point B. I will focus on fishing the low water for obvious reasons. I really want to explore the creeks near the oyster reefs. If dolphins are present in the main creek, I will abandon fishing it and just further up into the creeks. Starting lure line-up: Pink 52MR, Z-man paddletail, Paul Brown Corky (this was designed as a cold water trophy trout lure along the Gulf Coast).
When the water gets higher, I may start blind casting towards the grass lines near mud flats- reds may work through these areas in small schools.
Thanks for the info ill let you all know how it goes.