At about 5:45 am, I arose with the intention of, hopefully, avoiding the scorching temperatures. That was quite a silly idea since there is no escape in South Mississippi this time of year. The spot I decided to fish has remained relatively untouched this year compared to last year which gave me high hopes for the morning bite to be on. The weather has been downright terrible and afternoon thundershowers have thwarted a lot of my weekly fishing trips in the kayak. The spot I fished was where I caught the fish for the Spankin' the Specks Tournament last year. Despite the hot weather, it did produce and unfortunately, I botched several opportunities at tailing Redfish. Below is the only one I managed to land. I hooked two other and broke one off. I also had a baby Alligator Gar on for a second before he spit the hook. The gar seemed to be as plentiful as the Redfish.
It was a bluebird sky day and I've noticed that causes the fish to spook particularly easy. When the reds at this spot are feeding, my friends and I have found that to get a fish to bite, you literally have to land the fly on their head. Today wasn't that case. The fish were finicky. I had one Red examine my offering and swim away. It makes me curious if the fish are "learning." This wouldn't surprise me since we did catch and release many fish from this honey hole last year.
Another interesting observation I documented regarded fish color. The fish I landed was darker than any other Redfish I'd ever seen. That phenomena is unique to this little bayou from what I've seen which has a substantial weeds and very dark copper to black water. While this isn't a particularly mind blowing observation, it makes these fish tougher to site cast to than your average run of the mill Redfish. While I don't think this is a ground breaking observation, I think its very cool that if you were to browse this blog, you might be able to determine where I caught the fish at based on how dark brown and copper the fish are. I've also observed similar tendencies in Largemouth Bass in Michigan. Pond caught fish will be darker than their stream or lake brethren. What is truly unique is that this phenomena happens in a continuous body of water. If I had gone just 1 or 2 miles further up the bayou towards the Mississippi Sound, you'd get coloring much lighter than the fish I caught. See the example below. (Science!)
|Two fish, one body of water.|
|Anybody know what type of flower this is? It grows on a vine that wraps around the Marsh Grass.|