Spiny Norman and I decided to do some exploring on Thursday. Neither of us had fished the Laguna Salada, so we set our alarms for 4:30 am for the long drive from Rockport. The wind forecast had called for light winds from the SE all day, so naturally we arrived at the Site 55 launch to a light NW wind. It would remain that direction until it swung east and picked up a little. Lots of mullet and bait fish activity in the morning, seemingly all the way across to the Kennedy Ranch, so we decided to work our way east tossing topwaters. We didn't get a single bite, which was a bummer.
We conversed and decided to hit up the back lake on the Kennedy shoreline we viewed on Google Earth. I paddled the north shore with Spiny working the south. I found a slot red along the grass and dropped a Buggs jig on its head. She was on the jig before I could even flip the bail on my spinning reel. We crossed paths on the opposite end and I ended up picking up my second red. Same scenario; working the grass, Buggs jig, hit its head, crushed it before I could close my bail.
Spiny left the back lake and went past the launch site up the Laguna De Los Olmos. He reported seeing quite a few reds and managed to snag a 29 3/4" red on a cocahoe minnow. He said the red was struggling (deep hooked) so he made the call to tag and string her up. After grabbing my second red I popped out and paddled east in search of trout. I tried a couple softplastics and manged a handful of dinks.
We pulled off the water around 1 and headed for King's Inn. I mean, it's good fried seafood, and the tarter sauce is interesting, but I'm not sure what's so amazing about it. Oh, and remember to remove your hat when you sit down, gents. So, all in all a good day for exploring new waters. There was a little coulda-shoulda-woulda about heading to the back lake or up the creek first thing in the morning as we both agreed we would have had our limits of reds, but 3 keepers isn't too bad. There seems to be a slight learning curve for this area, so we'll have to make a return trip.
Time: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
Air Temp: 83 °F
Wind: NW @ 1 kn - E @ 10 kn
Barometric Pressure: 1012 mb (peaked @ 11 am)
Water Clarity: less than 2 feet
Water Temp: 83 °F
Structure: Mixture of soft bottoms and sand
Predicted Tides @ Baffin Bay:
hahahahahaha, tides? Baffin?
Sunrise/set: 7:26 am/7:11 pm
Moonrise/set: 12:09 pm/11:12 pm
Moon Phase: Waxing Cresent (24%)
Silver Mullet Super Spook Jr.
Green Ghost Buggs Double Bunny Jig
Midnight Mullet Dockside Matrix Shad on 1/8oz jighead
Pumpkinseed/Chartreuse Norton Sand Shad Jr. on 1/8oz jighead
Pumpkin Pepper/Chartreuse H&H 3" Cocahoe Minnow on 1/8oz flutter hook
Reds: 2 slotters & 1 over-sized (tagged)
Trout: couple of dinks