Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Speck-tacular Day!

Its no secret the speckled trout bite is hot right now. With that said, I was itching to bend a rod, so me and Alex headed down to meet William Ragulsky at Wallace's Saturday morning. We were late getting out of Richmond, so Billy was waiting for us at the ramp ready to go. It was after 7:30 by the time we hit the water, but we headed out optimistic. To make a long story short, we saw very little bait on the flats and even fewer fish. Billy managed 2 specks, but around 11:30 we decided to pack it up and head over to Lynnhaven. We took our time getting there, allowing the tide to turn. We headed out of crab creek and back through the marsh towards Bayville, and it didn't take long to find fish. Billy hooked up first.
 They were dinks so we kept moving in search a school of larger fish. As we came out of one of the creeks, Billy and I both heard a huge splash is a small cove in the marsh grass. Seconds later I see a large Redfish shoot from the grass and crash a school of bait, slashing the surface in the shape of a "z", then disappearing back into the grass. We both pressed in our Stick It pin's into the mud and to the fish, but it wouldn't take anything we threw at it.

Trout had began to bust the surface all around us, so Alex and I switched gears and started working the cork, while Billy headed on in search of more Reds. First cast, we both hooked up. They were small Specks @ 10-11" but we didn't mind- it was fun fishing.

Every other cast one of us was landing a trout and I lost count of how many double we had. 
The bite was slowing with the tide and Alex didn't have a light on him, so we had to leave as it got dark. We made a few more casts while waiting to meet back up with Billy, and found another school of spikes. They were a little larger than the others but no keepers.
 We trolled our way back to Crab Creek. About half way back Billy's pole bent over and we could tell this was a better fish.

After a short fight, Billy landed a healthy 19" Speck. He was kind enough to ask if I wanted the fish for dinner, and I graciously accepted. Both Alex and I ended the day with close to 20 fish. I never got a count from Billy but I'm sure he did better than us. Lure of the day was the Marsh Works Bayou Thumper. We hit the road and were home by 10. Great day on the water.... and a great dinner Sunday night. (broiled the trout with a little butter, salt, and pepper. DELICIOUS!


  1. Well done Seth!! I hope to get out there again soon with my Marsh Works and Mirrolure arsenal.

  2. Nice Seth! Sounds like a good day.

  3. Looks like you had a blast!!! You got a new follower

  4. Thanks Guys.

    Glad to have you Dustin

  5. what would be your best suggestion for a kayak for the beginner kayaker? I have done it in the past, not for fishing but I want to here soon! I had a couple float tubes but lost them to a house fire a couple weeks ago and want to upgrade.

    Thanks in advance!

  6. Dustin, I would recommend a SOT no matter what you buy. I paddle a Malibu Stealth and love the boat. I would recommend trying to find a demo day near you where you can paddle a few different boats before you buy. Email me anytime with more questions.