Author Jeremy Swift
Wintertime fishing is probably my favorite and most frustrating time of the year. You can make your whole fishing year triumphant with one thump of a big gater trout. This time of the year also comes with extremely low tide’s so there is definitely a learning curve when trying to target big trout in 30-degree weather and tides that are 3’ lower. You also have to keep in account tidal movement, wind, bait, solar and minor’s and major feeding times there is truly a lot to it to give yourself the edge to have a potentially great day on the water. I recently went on a fishing trip with of friend of mine Cindy Nguyen. and everything was lining up to be a great day for targeting bigger trout. I had a few places I really wanted to key on. Cindy and I left the dock at first light and made our run across the bay to a group of oyster reef that had good tide movement running thru it. Instead of picking up a rod and start throwing immediately I patiently waited for and looked for a sign of life. This time of the year if you can find bait usually the fish aren’t too far behind. We gave the first spot about an hour and after no sign of bait, mud boil’s, birds working we decided to leave with no success. We made about a 20 min run to a shoreline I have had great fortune during this time of the year. Once again no sign of life nor birds but the water was a nice green that most trout fisherman love to see. After fishing that spot with no luck we made our journey back to the boat. Cindy and I sat in the boat for 20 mins taking a water and food break and discussed our next move. We ventured off and looked into a few more coves and deep water holes and we could just not find the fish both of us were in disbelief. Instead of getting upset and just calling the day off and head back to the ramp we doubled down and kept the search alive. We went onto wading a few more spots with a bite or two here and there and drifting a few mud bottom spots. We couldn’t find the bite we were looking for and started to feel like maybe we should head back in earlier. We moved into the last spot we were gonna finish the day as the sun was starting to get low. We pulled the boat up to the bank and jumped out to wade this deeper gut. I walked up 30 yards from Cindy when she yells out that she just missed a big one right at her. This gave us both hope and the determination to just keep plugging away. We ended up catching three or four trout off that wade but no eaters. We jumped back in the boat and decided to set up a drift a couple hundred yards away. Within minutes of our first cast, Cindy and I started doubling up on small schooly trout. It was ok with both of us because of the butt whooping we have been taking all day. We laughed and made fun of ourselves for the little trout we were catching but we were having fun and when it comes down to fishing that’s what its all about anyways. We continued catching a few 15-17 inch trout to throw in the box when I looked at Cindy and said we were gonna start to wrap things up and head back to the boat ramp. The last 15 mins of this trip truly made my day. As Cindy and I were still goofing off Cindy gets the thump we were looking for she immediately responds with this is a good one. She loosens her drag a bit to make sure the lure don’t get ripped out due to its bigger head shakes. She fought that fish beautifully and did everything right. I went and grabbed the net and the trout we have been searching for all day just slid into the net like it was meant to be. The trout measured right at 23.5” and weighed 4.5lbs this was truly a small victory for us as we grinned all day for a decent size trout. I’m guessing the moral of the story is when things ain’t going the way you want them to go with fishing keep on casting.