Re: Don’t need no stinking bait!!
February 17 at 8:07pm
I experienced that in the West Bay area (WD 55) back in the 80's. Used to fish with old Bill Schilling, the jeweler, who currently fishes in those Happy Fishing Grounds in the clouds (God bless him). We'd run down Tiger Pass and out into West Bay, fishing about fifteen feet of water. Bill and I fished almost every Thursday and Sunday (me every other week as I worked 7 on 7 off) and we used to average 3-1/2 pound specks with many running over 7 pounds. On one trip, Bill caught an eleven pounder and three 10 pounders were caught that day. You haven't lived til you've watched a trout that big swim away unharmed. Around 1987, the fishing came to an abrupt halt in that West Bay area. Instead of catching 60-70 trout per day, we worked for twenty. The big Menhaden boats moved it, scattered their net, recollected it and off they\'d go. Trailing behind them was a floating mass of small, dead fish, 100 yards wide and as far as you could see. Redfish, trout, flounder, croakers - you name it were in the dead mass, obviously too small to keep on board. That shXX ought to be illegal. It takes only a few hauls in one area to devoid that area of any future!!!