Keaton Beach Fishing Report December 18-19 2015

       Bob Swiger ( with the red) and his Pal Tom windram , both of Charlotte Harbor, Fl. ([note the 27Xl BKGCH MirrOdine]

      Bob Swiger ( with the red) and his Pal Tom windram , both of Charlotte Harbor, Fl. ([note the 27Xl BKGCH MirrOdine]


Keaton Beach fishing report December 18 -19 , 2015
Trout fishing continued to be unbelievable as the "muds" continued to be present. Blues seemed to be the impetus for this "stirring up" of the dirt/mud in the water. All my life a "mud" was created by basically two species; Sand trout or Redfish rooting shrimp up off ( or out of the) the bottom. There have been no reds in any of these muds, no shrimp spit up ( no bait spit up of any kind) and only one day did I encounter sand trout and then only two for two hours fishing time?
But in all these muds there were blues present so I am attributing their vigor and aggression as the source of the muds.
On to the fishing. We had limits of trout four days in a row last week including a limit for Bobby Gordon and Thomas Hulett of Macon, Ga. to 19". We fished live shrimp under Back Bays in 3 - 3.5 feet of water to catch these fish.
Friday, I had Tom Windram and his pal, Bob Swiger, of Charlotte Harbor, Florida and we caught a pile of fish including a limit of 15 trout and 3 keeper reds. Tom and I fished artificials all day mostly Assassin's Elite Shiners in Ripper and Mamma's 14 kt Gold flavor, as well as the # 27 XL MirrOdine in the BKGCH pattern which not only landed a slew of trout but caught 2 of the keeper reds as well as over a dozen short reds. Thomas kept the fish happy with live shrimp under the Back Bays and said he hadn't caught that many fish in one day since he could remember when.
Haven't been in the water since this last front, but I expect the hi tides (late afternoon, this weekend) to hold the bite.