Today’s report is courtesy of Matt Mattison, Pro Staff member at Anglers’ Bay:
This week was all about moving around to locate fish that would bite. Fish that you may have been on one day may be in a different location the next. Even as much as hour to hour, a lot of the fish we located in the morning, would scatter come sunrise. So this weekend we really focused on what techniques would perform the best and get fish in the boat the quickest. Bottom bouncing proved again to be productive around points with deeper water nearby. Lewis Point, Messenger Shoal, Godfrey Point and Shackelton Point were all holding fish in 22-32 FOW. However, it didn’t provide us with the hot fast-paced action we were hoping for. With fish in the 17-19 inch class coming off gold and black Rotjaw willow harnesses with red bead patterns, it was a bit of a grind. So we switched tactics and went with leadcore and cranks hitting various depths in 29-40 FOW. Although we were able to locate small groups of fish suspending in the 25′ range, they just wouldn’t fire. So we took a step back and decided to work the shallower weed beds. In 11-13 FOW with casting harnesses was the ticket. You wanna stay just inside the weed line where theres patches coming to the surface and cast toward the shallower water. We used 1/4 ounce Rotjaw inline casting weights with a variety of different colored casting harnesses. Purple/gold, black/gold, purple/blue, and green baldes all brought in good fish on the south side of Frenchman and Dunhams islands.
A few tipes for casting harnesses:
1) when you cast make sure to give your harness and cast weight time to sink to the bottom.
2) you want a slow retrieve with occasional pauses and jerking actions.
3) you want to feel your harness occasionally grab weeds. When you pull it off the weed is normally when a fish will bite.
Good luck on the water this week. Make sure you stay hydrated in this heat and wear proper UV protection. Stay safe and tight lines.