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Old 08-20-2019, 02:55 PM   #1
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Trout under birds

I am headed to Galveston in early November. What baits do yall throw when chasing birds?
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Old 08-20-2019, 03:16 PM   #2
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Throw what you have confidence in-If you’re chasing diving birds, odds are that feeding fish are present.
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Doesn't matter what you throw. If trout are under birds they will hit it.
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There are two different baits leaving the bay in the fall, mullet and shrimp. If you know which one they are feeding on it would help. If they are feeding on shrimp, it's hard to beat a Lil' John or Norton sand eel jr. If they are feeding on mullet, my first choice is a topwater, followed closely with a paddle tail.
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Doesn't matter what you throw. If trout are under birds they will hit it.
Usually this ^. If there a bunch of you on the boat, have everyone throw tails or there will be tangled lines.
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Usually this ^. If there a bunch of you on the boat, have everyone throw tails or there will be tangled lines.
This is great advice. A topwater under birds can get really problematic. Tails are the way to go. Bird fishing is fast action fishing. You don't want to mess with treble hooks. If the fish is big enough to require a landing net, then you don't want a bunch of hooks to get tangled in the net. If the fish is small enough, you want to swing the fish into the boat and hope the hook falls out of it's mouth when it hits the floor. That way you can get back out there asap.
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If they are really fired up under the birds it won't matter much. More important is how you set up to keep from spooking them.
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I am headed to Galveston in early November. What baits do yall throw when chasing birds?
Any soft plastic will work but make sure you fish the birds from the up wind side and find your own set to fish. Watch what the guys catching are doing and follow their lead on your own set of birds. It’s possible for two boats to fish the same set IF they know how to do it, 99.9% don’t.
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Bird fishing is a great time to get rid of the misc soft plastics that have bled together, non popular odd ball colors etc. I have a bad habit of taking too many soft plastics while wading. They'll end up going through the washing machine, at the bottom of my tackle bag, the floor or center console of the boat etc etc. I'll then get lazy and just throw them all in a big zip lock....usually endingvup with I bunch of hybrid colors lol. If the birds are working and color doent seem to matter, I'll pull iut the mystery lure ziploc. Other than that, pick baits that cast well. Lil John's and sand eel jrs cast like a bullet, giving you the advantage of not getting too close and spooking the fish. Also a 3/8 bighead will increase your casting distance further plus get your bait down deeper, quicker; where the larger fish usually hang. Casting to the outside edges of the school will often yield better fish and once again be less apt to spook the school. I agree with the top water and treble hook point but sometimes I just want to catch a few on top just for fun. In this case it's hard to be a super spook jr. They cast a mile and walk the dog with little to no effort. Whatever color you grab first is usually good enough but you can never go wrong with bone or the chartreuse with irredesent sides. One last thing that's a good habit to get into. Smash the barbs down on your hooks it'll be a lot easier on the throw back schoolies that are usually associated with fishing the birds.
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Old 08-21-2019, 09:05 AM   #10
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tarpon soft plastic 1/8 oz jig head

done deal, leave the rest at home.
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