I had been watching the forecast for about a week and it never changed. Rain, rain, rain. 80% chance and a high of 66. This is one of the few times I can remember where the forecast was that off and it was in my favor. Sunny and 75!!! I rented another boat from Time Out and took one of my cooks out fishing in saltwater for the first time. He grew up fishing for trout in the mountains of NC and always talked about going but for some reason or another never did.
We got out to Paradise around 830 dressed in full rain gear and set out to a big high tide. We went looking for reds in the grass and found a couple of smaller ones. We worked out way back out to the main river around 11 and I hooked into a nice 32" red on gulp. Around 1230 the water had gone down enough that the reds were now chasing bait in the shallows and were easy to spot. We landed a couple more b/t 24-28" and I lost 3 more. i normally do not lose fish but all day long i had trouble.
Once there was enough water to stand on the oyster we got out and caught fresh mullet and worked our way back up the river sight fishing. We caught 3 more reds b/t 24-31" on a fun triple hook up. We then headed up another deep creek with mud flat next to it. We saw reds pushing so we set up and quickly hooked up with one more nice red. I also landed three trout b/t 19-21" and lost a trout of a life time.
I had a live shrimp on the bottom in about 15’ of water when i noticed the tip of the rod bouncing slightly. I set the hook and felt wieght right away. I was confused at first b/c i thought it was a red but it never took off. It just kind of rolled back and fourth but never took off. I got it to the boat and screamed **** its a huge trout. No sooner did I say that the fish shook its head hard and away she went. The best I can figure is that because i fought it so hard not knowing it was a trout i must haved ripped a hole in its mouth so when it shook it was able to spit the hook. My biggest trout to date is 26" and this easily had