Posted By Kris/ In Castaway Lodge / Wednesday, June 17, 2009

No Spin Zone

 

Positive spin, “sugar coating”, sometimes it can taste a little gritty. While we are known for hitting home runs in conditions where you might not even launch your own boat, you can find yourself in a set of conditions you just can’t fish your way out of, but regardless, you’re doing better than most.
 
Reading A Fishing Report
 
Fishing has been absolutely awesome over the last few days as big winds have raised the bar challenging even the most experienced. Defensive fishing tactics and making your move on condition changes is key. Reading water is not very helpful at present as the bays are off color at present. Relying on known structure and fish concentrations and fishing the water present has been producing favorable results. Top quality bait fished aggressively, focused technique, patience, and timing are critical. Timing right now can count for everything.
 
Let’s Break It Down:
 
a)         Fishing has been absolutely awesome over the last few days as big winds have raised the bar challenging even the most experienced.        
 
b)         Defensive fishing tactics and making your move on condition changes is key.  Reading water is not very helpful at present as the bays are off color at present.
 
c)         Relying on known structure and fish concentrations and fishing the water present has been producing favorable results.
 
d)         Top quality bait fished aggressively, focused technique, patience, and timing are critical. Timing right now can count for everything.
 
 
Translation:
 
a)         Fishing is always fun, some might call the experience “awesome”, but “catching” isn’t mentioned.  Big winds have gutted the bays to where you almost need to be a fishing guide to catch anything at all. 
 
b)         Grinding out the most pitiful bites to the point of obsurdity while using every ounce of experience gained over 3,000 days on the water and using it to catch quarter to half limits is about as good as it’s going to get. You are doing all this because 99.9% of everything is tore up and if something looks good, “it’s fishless”. 
 
c)         Grinding the same semi-protected structure, with a handful of fish on it, in water that would make a Nigerian Garhole and an Ethiopian Mud Slide look good, has been spitting up enough fish to make it worthwhile. 
 
d)         This requires a bait well full of “stud Croaker” that are hand picked by someone that knows what they are doing, never casting the same bait twice, using a narrow set of subtle rod movements, knowing what the bait is doing under the water and exactly how a Trout acts when it doesn’t want to feed, forcing it to feed, realizing you have a bite even when no indication is given, and bait reading skills only acquired through countless days and hours fishing this style, with an ability to go brain neutral and allow for emerging bites and passing fish intercepts, and just plain getting lucky.  Right now it’s better to be lucky than good. 
 
 
If the weather people have any credibility left at all, they are calling for a break in these scalding winds heading into the weekend!
 
Come home when you can!
 
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Castaway Lodge, Inc.
109 W. Austin
Seadrift, TX  77983
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