May 20, 2014 at 8:27am
It is shallow back of those rocks, and if its low tide, or any kind of west wind, it will be too shallow. Also, except in the winter, reds usually don't bite at dead low water. They key is an incoming tide with a good range, or an east wind. A south wind also pushes the water up on the east bank, but an east wind is better.
Also, a low pressure system pushes up water. There is something called the inverted barometer effect which causes a bulge under the low, because the atmosphere 'weighs' less. Reds love low pressure systems in the ponds.
Reds can be fickle and bite in windows. Last Sunday I launched out of Hopedale in dead low conditions. There was also a full moon the night before. I saw lots of nice reds in a pond, but they refused to bite. In fact, my cork scared them. This happens a lot. But I knew they would bite around noon with the incoming tide. There was a 2-ft tide range. Wind was becoming easterly. So, I poked around in Lake Eloi, catching a few trout but slow, eating an early lunch, and listened to music while watching nature. I was glad to be fishing solo, because some people get impatient at the lack of action for 4 hours. At 11AM, I went back to the same pond, with the water up, and steadily caught a limit of 25-inch reds, then catch and release.
Planning for the feeding window is the most important part of any trip. Its even more true for trout, but in the summer they are in the Sound and I don't think trout are worth 20 gallons or more of boat gas (most here will disagree :^> )
Also, those deep slots behind the rocks can have a mixed bag of fish....drum, reds, sheephead, flounder, some trout.
A bonus at Shell Beach are the bass in the Yscloskey canal. Freeline a live shrimp around the pilings, you'll get a few. The bad news is, since they closed the MRGO, there are fewer saltwater fish near the launch and the reds are smaller, but there are still enough around to keep it interesting.
Also, lots of crabs. When the fish don't bite, throw out line with chicken necks in the ponds. Wrack up a bucket.