West Bay 7/9 good topwater bite
My vacation started out a bit rough, didn't even wet a line when we got here Monday, but today really helped my mood. Got a house on the beach at Pirates Beach with the family, but with the south wind I decided to go to the bay near SLP this AM. Really had low expectations, but it turned into a great day. At first it looked dead, I was the first person there and got the kayak ready and headed north. Wind made it a bit choppy, but the water clarity was great. About sunrise I saw some bird action about 1/4+ mile away so headed in that direction. By the time I got there the birds had mostly filtered away, it turns out they had been picking up something small in very shallow water, like 6" deep. So I got out the kayak and noticed there was some deeper water just another 100 yards north, and saw a bit of baitfish activity.
So just as I get in casting range I threw a SS jr and BAM, immediately hooked a redfish. So even though he was undersized it was a good start. Cast back into the same spot and hooked an undersized trout. Then a few casts later caught a keeper 16-17". Sorted through a few more dinks and then got a nice 21-1/2" trout, and one more barely keeper. The action died a bit but heck, I already had 3 more fish than I was expecting. Thought about leaving the area, but decided to hang around a bit longer and activity picked back up. I tied on a small blue/silver skitterpop (on light spinning rod), which started getting hammered, even though it was almost all 12-14" trout. I did catch one more keeper, lost one good fish, and then went for a long wade with kayak in tow. From about 8-10 AM it was a small trout bonanza, I lost count but probably caught another 20-30 during this time. Then finally about 10:30 caught one more keeper (~17"), and decided to start wading back. I had tried several other SS Jr colors, as well as a larger popper and a few other lures during this time, but got no interest; they were still liking the smaller skitterpop.
Some birds were now working the 1st spot I fished again, although by the time I go there they had left. But I started getting hits again and after a few dinks caught another keeper, about 11:30. After still a few more small trout I hooked what turned out to be my personal best; 25", 5.1 lbs. I looked at my watch and it was 11:45. Again, this was on a small popper, bright sunny skies, in maybe 2-1/2 ft of water with some chop. A few more dinks, then lost one other good fish, and the action started to slow down again. So headed back with 7 trout, including 2 nice ones. And probably caught 40-50 or more small trout.
Got a trip booked with SGREM tomorrow, so that should be fun, but the rest of the week looks like it might be tough. So today really made the trip!