This was my first time fishing the area in another month besides June. I was looking forward to cooler weather, smaller crowds and different sorts of fishing. Things were a little different, though the weather made it slightly more difficult. It was cloudy and windy when we arrived at the Navy Cove Condos. The water was whipped up and didn’t look real good. A chat with some guys who had been there a while said the fishing had been terrible all week. They said there were no flounder anywhere, and no Redfish on the Bar. Regardless of the poor weather and fishing reports, we set out that afternoon and found some structure in the Gulf we call the Rock. It’s hundred yards or so off the public beach at Fort Morgan. The wind was out of the south, so the Gulf was rough, but the bay was pretty smooth until you got far away from the land.
Friday, the next day was more of the same. Dixey Bar was too rough to fish. but we found lots of White Trout and lots of wind. Saturday however, was beautiful. We started out drifting the Bar with miscelaneous baitfish. We caught and released about 13 nice Redfish. We lost a few more that jumped off the hook, which is rare cause usually once the Redfish pulls line out, he’s hooked for good. We were using 7/0 circle sea hooks. I’m curious if anyone else has had negative experiences with these.
That evening, as the tide was going out, we caught a few more Reds, some on artificials. We also caught a large Jack Crevalle. This was my first one ever.
The next morning was beautiful. Clear skies, no wind and nice smooth water. We only caught a couple of Reds, but had a blast fighting the big Jack Crevalle. They pull like a high speed train and seem to never tire out. We landed five. Most were 25 lbs, but the last one was bigger. We never wieghed it, but the fight lasted an hour on big tackle with 25lb test line. We were drifting while fighting this fish. By the time it was landed, we were at the light house which is 3 miles off shore.