Needing to run my boat, I suggested Perch Whisperer join me for a salt water adventure. Complaints from friends flying that if Capt Don don’t quit perching, ‘Won’t be any for anybody else”. Met at 5:30 at Fort Pike , quick launch and boat ride thru Unknown Pass, (barely made it under the trestle), to some broken marsh and canals off the ICW. First trip to the Rigolets area in awhile, we weren’t sure what we would find as far as fish, water clarity and grass beds, heard rumors most of the lagoons and canals were choked with grass, not a problem. I started with a lemonhead matrix on a ¼ oz head, but the ball of grass that accumulated in about 2 seconds had me changing to a lure Capt. Don gave me last fall (see pic) he gets them on line by the hundreds. Capt Don started with a top water. As soon as the lure lands start the retrieve and the spinner will keep the lure just under the surface to avoid the grass , (called waking I think). Worked great till I had to stop reeling to adjust the TM then BAM snot grass ball mama. OH YEAH, TM is not weed less .
Started the pockets and points routine and fairly quick a 12” green trout is in the box, short stretch later BAM another 12” green thing hit’s the ice. Whisperer seemed to be in a slump. When Capt Don gets quiet, the “how is he catchin and I’m not” gears are turning. The next fish in the box is a nice 24” red, my comment on Capt Don’s quality netting ability and my offer to let him fish from the front of the boat, ended the QUIET concentration . LMAO, the man was talking (out loud) to fish, lures , rod and reels and his thoughts on fishing from the front or back of the boat. The drought ended (WHEW ) with a nice 14” Green trout then back to back reds, all from the back of the boat. We continued the quest for a few more hours before the heat and my back got me. Ended the trip about 1 or so. Great day even if the catching was not a slam, fishing with friends is great whether the catching is slow or a slam.
Started with a breeze 5-10 from the west, and a falling tide, some time during the day the tide changed to incoming (as noted at the trestle) and the wind quit and the clouds disappeared. Water temp 80-85, clarity 12-18”+ where I didn‘t hit bottom with the TM , 22‘ BB not the perfect tool for fishing the area chose. Box count,
6 reds 16 to 24“
2 throw back reds
6 green trout 12-14“
Lots of acrobats to throw the hooks.