October flood tide fishing report

By Kevin Eastman

Well, I managed to squeak out a single fish again on my last trip of three for October’s flood tide period.
We actually had too much of a good thing. The floods were predicted higher and longer than normal and we had the addition of storms off shore that were keeping the water in the inlets for this period. That made for some difficult fishing. Water levels were about two feet above normal flood and flooding was occurring hours before predicted. Winds also made it difficult to pole the kayak. I had two unsuccessful trips earlier in the week and only saw a couple of fish that I couldn’t get set up to cast to. I had decided not to go out again because of the conditions but Sunday was sunny and the winds had subsided. At the last minute I decided to give it a go and packed the truck for a quick trip. I arrived a bit late but fortunately the tides were still fishable. I poled quite a distance and eventually found a lone fish that I could get a few casts too. Luck was with me and it was finally teased into going for my spoon fly.
Now another month of waiting for what will likely be the last decent flood to fish for the year. We usually have one in December too but the temps have dropped enough by then that there is little bait in the grass so the fish don’t feed heavily.

 

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2 Comments

  1. fish

    Thanks Kevin,

    Beautiful fish!

    Sounds like poling over long distances is not as easy as paddling, but since you’re doing it while standing on that special poling platform you made, it gives you a unique vantage point that helps you spot fish from a bigger distance.
    “Don’t argue with success!”, as they say 😀

    Yoav

  2. Jill Toler

    It may have just been one, but it looks like a good one. Nice pictures Kevin.

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