Hey everyone, just wanted to give you a quick update on the fishing here on the Crystal Coast over the last few weeks. It's July, and that means one thing...it's hot, hot, hot! I'm sweating just thinking about it. It's been a pretty normal July so far, great topwater bite, fish that refuse to bite, beautiful sunrises, afternoon thunderstorms, tailing redfish, jumping spanish, dead calm, windy as heck, bluebird skies, cloudy skies, beautiful clean water, super muddy water...the weather has been all over the map. We've done a few trips out in the ocean, and a bunch of trips inshore.
I got tired enough of poling my spinning rod anglers into 20mph winds, that I finally broke down and bought a top of the line trolling motor this month. Don't worry fly anglers, I'll still be poling you around...I just realized I was getting too old to pole the skiff in 4ft deep water when a trolling motor would do the same thing with less back aches. A powerpole is next on the list, as soon as dig myself out from cost of the trolling motor cost.
We've had some really pretty mornings with some great topwater eats when we line up with a sunrise high tide. I know I'm a fly guy, but man I really love those topwater explosions on a skitterwalk!
Been fishing a few new holes and that's been paying off for us with some happy fish on most days.
Managing expectations is really important to me. So I don't want to make you think that everyday is epic. We've had a few days where we really had to grind it out to make it happen. Especially after TS Elsa came through and dumped a bunch of rain and wind on us. We went from feast to famine for a few days. Luckily things have turned back around. I can tell you that no matter if the bite is on fire or barely lit, I'm going to work extremely hard to give you the best shots possible at fish. I'm constantly working on different lures/baits/techniques to figure out those stubborn redfish. That's what I love about guiding and actually really like about the hard days...it really forces you to push forward as a guide and grow your abilities. Plus those tough days keep you in check and make you really appreciate the great days. No matter what though, we have a great time, every time.
I've been off the beach a few times in the Parker this month chasing Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish. I love Redfish in the summertime, but I love it when an angler wants to slip out the inlet on a nice day and run the beaches for busting fish. It's a nice change of pace. Plus, there just might be a few Albies around if you're lucky...hint, hint.
Well that's about it. I really want to thank all my repeat anglers who have fished with me this month, and all the new faces I've had on the boat. It's been a blast.
I've got a busy week this coming week, but have some openings the following week and I'd love to take you fishing, nearshore or inshore. Give me a shout if you want to look at any certain dates.