Just because redfish are there doesn't mean they'll bite, and this non-fishing trip proved exactly that. This blog post explains why.
That and I had no desire to fish the Jubilee because of...
It seems crazy anyone would launch their fishing boat to not go fishing, but I feel one truly becomes good at fishing when it stops being about the fish and begins being about the pursuit of fish.
This is what separates fishermen from anglers.
Smashing concentrated redfish with a spark plug and dead shrimp requires zero skill because there is zero sport in it.
I don't find "stealing candy from a baby" to be fun, so I don't partake in it.
No one is being judged, I'm just explaining my persona decision to abstain, that's all.
Anyway, I did witness something that blew my mind, and it began with what the graph was showing in the bayou:
That's a lot of redfish!
You can see them stacked on top of one another, and they are stacked there because a rapidly dropping water level and temperature forced them there.
Otherwise they could die in a fish kill, like what we saw in Myrtle Grove that same day.
But I noticed something...
There were bank fishermen on each side of the bayou, casting into the redfish with the easiest redfish bait in the world: dead shrimp on a jighead.
And you know what was shocking?
They weren't catching anything.
Besides a couple rat reds, I didn't see any fish come out of the water.
This was really weird, considering the Lowrance was marking a butt-ton of redfish (an actual unit of measurement used by inshore anglers, but not by scientists).
So this leads to new theories:
They weren't all reds, but also mullet mixed in.
Dissection of redfish stomachs caught at Jubilee could tell more.
They were mostly reds, and not all of them were eating because they were still adjusting to the shock of the temperature change.
This is kinda like how eating a burger is the last thing on your mind when you're trying to get out of bad weather.
See, when water levels drop and it gets super cold, redfish go into "survival mode" where they don't really eat.
They become what we sight-anglers refer to as "spooky" behavior, meaning they are easily scared by anything.
The most perfect approach and presentation will send the majority of them running, or simply refusing the bait.
This is because you will notice things you previously weren't looking for, and doing so expands your understanding of the marsh and species you are pursuing.
When you do that, you reach new levels allowing you to locate your own "redfish jubilee" minus the crowd and added fishing pressure.
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