Super rare footage of speckled trout spawning. They were eating the baits just to keep them from being near/eating the eggs/sperm. #getbentcustomrods
The guy next to him looks amazed 😂😂😂
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Coastal Fishing Concepts
by Capt. Charlie Thomason
(as seen in the August 2017 issue of Marsh & Bayou).
I consider August to be one of the months of the year which can create havoc for many inshore anglers. There are many variables that arise due to the weather this month which justify how you are going to choose your game plan for the day of fishing. Many times during the year I write that conditions will change daily, and you have to adapt each day to be productive. Well, August is one of the months where I feel this theory is at its strongest. The reason why is because we have so many different weather conditions that occur practically each day, and your success is directly related to your ability to be versatile when those changes happen.
There will be a few variables that will change daily like temperature and salinity due to the heat of the day and tide movements, but things like hard winds and tropical events are conditions that make the best anglers scratch their heads sometimes when they get out on the water. I have found myself second guessing my decision on which species to target and areas that would be best for that species because conditions have changed from the previous day, and now I have to make a complete game change. These decisions are the root to all successes or failures on the water. I know my experience and my willingness to make quick changes or decisions are some of my best skills because I know that fish feed or move due to the changes in conditions each day.
You, as an angler, should also put your experiences on the water in the back of your mind to allow for quick and almost involuntary decisions which make you a much more successful angler on the water. Understanding that water temperatures increase quickly during the day in August should tell you that most of the fish out in the sounds and Gulf will stay deeper because the water is cooler and more oxygenated than the surface waters which can become stagnant and low on oxygen. Also remember that higher salinity water is heavier than lower salinity, and inshore fish want higher salinity waters during the hottest times of the year for feeding and reproducing; therefore, deeper waters will be where they locate this month. In my area of SE Louisiana, Breton Sound is the area where we heavily fish due to the masses of predator fish schooling around the exterior islands of the Chandeleur Island Chain and the oil and gas wells that litter this area. The average depth in this area is about 12 feet, but there are areas which can reach depths of 25 feet; and these deeper areas offer sanctuary to bait for the exact same reasons that the larger predator fish gather. Finding bait and cooler water temperatures because of the depth of the water is a great start for filling the ice chests this month.
Now, many marinas along the coast sell different types of bait. Shrimp are the most prevalent due to the ease of catching them and the ability to keep them alive for longer periods of time. If you are looking to catch larger fish and good numbers of them this month and are able to purchase live croakers at your local marina, don’t leave the dock without them. If they don’t have croakers, then you might have to go “old school” and actually throw a cast net for finger mullet or pogies. The reason I’m telling you this is because the fish feed heavily on finfish this month; and if you got ’em, you gonna catch ’em! We are lucky that Campo’s Marina in Shell Beach, LA will have live croakers for us to purchase which makes it easier for us guides who frequent the marina. There are a few things to know about keeping finfish alive in your live wells. First, you need to have continuous water movement that pulls water from the outside of the boat and keeps replenishing new water; this is needed because finfish bait lose their scales and if you use your recirculating system, the screen will clog and stop pumping. This will cause low oxygen and death to your bait. Next, when you are scooping out your bait, try to scoop only one or two in the net. This stops the repetitiveness of re-scooping bait and stressing it to death. Lastly, if you are going to have live shrimp and live croakers, try to keep the two in separate wells, if possible. This keeps the bait from stressing each other and from each one killing the other while in close quarters.
Because the fish are going to be in the deeper part of the water column this month, I suggest one type of rig that produces better than any other. That rig is the “drop-shot” rig which allows you to present live bait in a natural state, but also keeps it off the bottom so the undesirable fish don’t eat your bait. There are many ways to set up this rig; but because you lose so much tackle fishing bottom around the rigs, I like to make the setup extremely easy and fast. I normally have a 7ft/40lb monofilament leader attached to my 30lb Fins Braid, then I tie a ½ ounce egg sinker at the bottom of my leader, then up the leader from the egg sinker, normally 2ft, I tie a 2/0 live bait hook, and that is an inline drop-shot rig. I find that hooking the live finfish through the nose presents the bait naturally and allows for the hook to be eaten each time. The reason for this is that predator fish have to eat finfish head first because dorsal fins will not allow the bait to travel down their throat. The main thing you have to remember is you must allow the predator fish to eat the bait, and this takes some time to master. If you set the hook on the first initial bite, you’ll find that you miss every fish and you lose that precious bait. I always give the fish a good two count, then just start reeling very fast with a slight lift of my rod. This allows the fish to run with the bait for a second, and also allows the barb of the hook to penetrate the interior of the fish’s mouth.
Good luck this month, and let us pray that we are spared from any tropical events this season! ... See MoreSee Less