Trout fishing couldn't have been any better than last weekend.
Friday, I had Lee Sisson with his Dad, Willard and we caught a limit of trout with one keeper red all from 2.5 - 3.5 feet of water using a 32" leader under our Back Bays on the incoming tide, then moved out to 4 - 5 feet of water and switched to a 48" leader on the falling tide.
The Sissons fished Saturday and Sunday in their boat .
Here are the reports J.W. left me: "11-21 Willard, Lee and J.W. Sisson had 20 trout , 2 reds ad 6 Black sea Bass 10 Trout on Jerkbaits and 10 on live shrimp under Cajun Thunders from 2.9 to 3.5 feet. 11-22 Sunday, Willard, Lee, J.W. Sisson and Russ Thomas had 20 trout, one red 2 blues and 3 black Sea Bass. with 15 on live pinfish under Cajuns and 5 trout on the MirrOdine XL from 2.5 -3.5 feet of water." ( this crew is from Gainesville, Ga.)
Saturday, Ari and Michael Santos of Valdosta, Ga. had their limit of trout with four fine reds two over 26" fishing "south".
Mike and Ron Stanley of Athens, Ga. with Wayne Patterson of Colbert, Ga and Cander Pace, also of Athens, had their limit of trout Saturday with one red; then had a limit again on Sunday. They fished mostly with Gulp and live shrimp under Cajuns.
I had Johnny Jackson of Opp, Alabama down with his (twin 7 year-old) Grandsons Will and Clay and they caught their limit of trout both Saturday and Sunday. We had a blast! We fished live pinfish and shrimp under Back Bay Thunders in 3 - 4.5 feet of water. These two are great anglers and fine young men it was a pleasure to have them on board. Will caught the largest fish off the weekend: an 8lb. Bonita which ate a live shrimp under a Back Bay! It was a fine battle !
The water temps were 69 - 72 degrees Sunday. Then this front came through and dropped the temp to 56 in the canal early Monday morning, then we finished Monday afternoon in 62 degrees, as warm as it got. I had Russ Elkins of Adel, Ga with Jimmy Capps of Tallahassee, Fl. ( both originally of Thomasville, Ga. ) out and we waited 'til around 10:00 a.m. for it to warm up then caught 11 trout on live pinfish under Back Bays in 3.5 - 4.5 feet of water. Russ had a 24" 4 lb. trout for the first of the day!
The water temps crashed to 55 degree out on the Gulf, Tuesday according to David Parker down from Columbus and fishing with Johnny Griggs of Phenix City, Alabama. This pair had their limit Tuesday, fishing with Paul Brown Devils; but took 7+ hours to do it and said, "Man it was slow and tough". David said they went 2.5 hours without a hit around the hi tide. The Sisson boat caught one trout Tuesday, with four fishing for over six hours!
Expect the warming trend to help towards the weekend if the w-i-n-d lets us fish? We'll see.