2238 Doug Shropshire of Tallahassee with a fine trout caught on an Assassin New Penny 5”Shad under and Original Cajun Thunder
Keaton report April 27, 28 2018
Well, we are catching the stew out of trout despite the foul w-i-n-d and weather.
Water temps crashed back to 61 Monday of last week down from 74 degrees ; but were back to 71.6 degrees as of Saturday afternoon. The stained water was a blessing with the Northwest blow of early last week .....however the Northeast and East blow kept the water out and wouldn’t let the tide come in as normal restricting both the water flow ( oxygen ) and the drift was greatly reduced. When you don’t cover as much water you don’t put your bait in front of as many trout.
Friday. I took Jonathan Surrency and his Dad John-Henry out and we caught a limit of fifteen trout on live pinfish under Back Bays as well as some fine trout on Assassin 5” and Sea Shads in Pink Moon, Stinky Pink, and Sweet Pea and on the Wagasaki pattern of Elite Shiner under a Cajun Thunder. Jonathan took top honors with a 23.5” sow trout and had a ball on this trip which his wife gave him for his 2017 Christmas present ( a gift certificate to fish with me)
Saturday , with East winds to 20 knots we caught 11 trout and one Bsb for Wesley, Drew and Nicholas Heruska of Valdosta, Ga. their first time out fishing and first time out fishing with spinning gear , and their first time out for trout. We had a Blast including hooking a keeper-sized cobia(could have gone either way 32”, 33” or 34 inches to the fork.... in that dark water ? ? who knows) only to lose him at the boat when he kinda spit the pinfish back at us as though he never had the hook; just didn’t want to let the bait go until it was deemed necessary at the end game of the battle. That was the first cobia I have seen this year. We caught a slew of shorts early in the tide, then when the w-i-n-d stood up on it’s end the bite toughened a bit; then we had a nice flurry of 5 keepers 17”- 21”on the last spot of the day, just as the tide was peaking.
This weekend’s tide should be fantastic with a Full Moon on Sunday. Expect a terrific range of tide (plenty of water movement) The Hi-hi (highest tide of the 24 hour period) is in the middle of the day and just every kind of fish loves the full moon in April. I used to live for the moon in April fishing on Lake Eufaula in the 70’s and 80’s ! Anyway tout and reds should be eating it up and with the trout spawn upcoming in May ...well this next month will be some of the best we will see this spring at Keaton.