Poor weather, great fishing
I was out of town last weekend, from Friday through Tuesday, missing some really great fishing tides. Long story short I decided to go fishing on Sunday morning even though the tide was marginal and early.
I thought that I would be able to beat some of the wind because the tide was so early. The high where I was was going to be approx 0745 give or take 10 minutes. Normally I would try and get out 1.5-2 hours ahead of high tide. Because the tide was so late, and it does not even start to get light enough to fish until around 0700 I just got up at my normal time of 0530. I had a cup of coffee, and as I sat on the porch I noted that the wind was blowing a gale. I himmed and hawed about going because the weather was so bad and the wind so high. By 0700 I had decided that I was up, so I might as well go out.
I got to the flat I was planning on fishing about 0730....and there was way more water than predicted....it wass a 7.7-7.8 instead of a 7.5. I immediately changed gears and went to a flat that normally produces on this size tide.
Withing minutes of getting on the flat I saw fish. The first fish snuck up behind me in about 8 inches of water. It was inside of 20ft away and I spooked it with what was a good cast. I think that the fish already knew I was there. I saw another right away and hooked it on a craft shrimp pattern I tie.
Fish 1 at 0743
I saw another fish while I was fighting this fish, but I had lost it in the wind and waves by the time I had this fish landed.
I moved around and saw 2 more fish, and managed to land both of them.
Fish 2 on at 0804 also on craft shrimp pattern
Fish 2 landed
Fish 3 on at 0823
Fish 3 landed
I then headed to another flat a little protected from the wind and broke my craft fly off on the first fish, and then caught one more on a green dupre spoon.
Fish 4 on at 0900
Fish 4 landed.
Hay John, would you be willing to share some information (or guide me) on the areas you are fishing in Beauford? I live in Sevierville, tn, but I am doing some saltwater fishing. I have a flats boat and I am looking for a place to use it, although I would prefer to wade. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you ever fish in the area around South Fenwick Island? I hunt down there sometimes but I have never fished it. I was just curious if it was worth carrying a rod the next time I go.
Nice fishing report John! Glad you are getting some fishing in. TVA has been running most of the E. TN dams pretty hard for the past few months due to high water levels. So; most of us have been hard pressed to get any time in on the water.
I would love to be catching some of those nice fish! No movies to share yet:biggrin:?
Thanks for your report, I love fishing the flats.
I'm heading to Roatan at the end of March, and I plan to be out pounding the flats with my 8 wt. Hope the fishing is good. :biggrin:
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