Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine Vol 41 No 3 - Page 32

AJ’s Many Ways (Continued from page 13.) deep water powerhouses, a fighting belt greatly facilitates the effort by bolstering rod control. Locking the rod butt into the gimbal keeps it centered and therefore easier to manage. That does not, however, relieve you of the relentless force that is an amberjack. “Hang on tight because when you think you have him beat, he’ll just about yank you out of the boat,” Caballero said. “That’s why we always have someone holding on to the angler from behind.” G C F Summertime Trophies (Continued from page 14.) are going to stack up along particular ambush points over or around structure.” Kersh noted that these ambush points can easily be revealed to anglers willing to pay attention to what is going on when they begin catching fish while drifting. “After catching a fish, someone in the boat should take a look at the depth finder and use their rod to find out what changes are taking place on the bottom,” he explains. “There’s a reason that fish is located there. Anglers will likely find they are drifting over a hump of shell or some deeper mud adjacent to a shallower shell reef. They can then mark the spot on their GPS. Once they drift out of the fish they can circle back around and fish the area again. This usually results in more fish being caught, plus it helps eliminate dead, unproductive water.” The western portion of East Matagorda Bay is composed of almost solid oyster shell. Some excellent areas to begin drifting around, looking for specific ambush points include Cleveland Reef, Raymond Reefs, Long Reef, 3- Beacon Reef, Drull’s Lump and Halfmoon Shoal. The water over Drull’s Lump is very shallow at times and boaters should idle up to this reef with caution while paying attention to the depth. Halfmoon Shoal also contains some skinny areas and parts of it stick up above the water’s surface regularly. From its midpoint eastward, much of East Matagorda Bay contains mud and sand flats with scattered shell. Although these areas are uncharted, they can still be found, drifted effectively and give up some quality fish. Signs on the surface will direct anglers towards the right stretches of water to fish. Some of the best summer drift fishing action I’ve experienced came from the eastern portion of East 32 G U L F C O A S T F I S H E R M A N Matagorda Bay while fishing with Kersh. We spent the morning drifting open water to the east and southeast of Halfmoon Shoal. Rather than focusing on specific spots with structure, Kersh targeted slicks, current lines, and color changes along the surface. The bite started off slow, but as the sun rose these signs on the water revealed where the fish were going to be feeding. A few slicks that popped up along the edge of a rip line containing a color change caught our attention. This was indicated by a long strip of slick water with foam, containing two different shades of water on each side. We made a long drift parallel with the current line along the color change and absolutely wore the fish out. In about four feet of water, pink topwaters did the trick. We fooled plenty of trout into busting our hard plastic offerings on the surface, including several fish weighing in over five pounds and much larger. Aside from topwaters, it’s hard to beat a soft plastic rigged on a quarter ounce jig head when drifting East Matagorda Bay. Another application that also works well is rigging a soft plastic under a popping cork. A scented bait like a Gulp Shrimp performs the best for this presentation. This strategy will produce phenomenal results when the fish are suspended in the water column. East Matagorda Bay is the perfect size for anglers longing to learn a new bay system. Less than 20 miles in length, it is not overwhelmingly large for first time visitors to get acquainted with quickly. Plus, it provides plenty of options for catching a monster trout. It has a reputation for producing personal bests, and there’s no doubt there are plenty of 30 inchers swimming around within its waters. It’s summertime and pot-bellied specks await. See you on East Matty! G C F SPI’s Top 10 Drive-To Spots (Continued from page 2 ȸ)ѱ䁑䁙ȁ́ݥѡ)ѡ ɽݹ٥M )!ݕٕȰɽչѡɸѡ)́Ѽɔх͠)ѡ Ʌ͵݅)՜ѼɕЁԸ)QЁɥ́ͥ)ݥ܁ѡ(ɔՅ䁥́Ёѡ1չ)х͍̈́9ѥ]I՝)́ٔ݅́͡ɽ)Ёɬ!݅กQ͡)́ѡ Ʌɔ)Ѽɕ͠մ)ɽи5䁙͡ɵͼ͠)ѡѥȁմ)ɕ͠)M5ѥ1LMݡЁ)ͥѕȁՅѼѡ ɅM)5ѥ1́ɥ䁽ѕȁ́)ɽٔɕ̸1ѕ܁́)ѡ !݅ఁM5ѥ)1ͼ́չɬє)ݥѠЁɅ公չ)Mɔ͡ɵѕЁѼѡ)ѡЁ́M5ѥݥѠѡ) ɽݹ٥M ɕՕѱ)эմɽЁ)ɕ͠Q!݅ɥѡ)́ѡ́́ݕݸ͹)и)]́ͥ͡L)ɽՍѥٔLM5ѥЁ)݅ɹѡѽ́ɕͽа)Ս䁅ٕɕݥѠѕ̰ͼ)ͻeЁѡͥЁЁѼ݅-六̰)ѡѡȁեѱ䁝)ٕȁѡͽЁѽѡ)Ѽѡѡѡ)ͥ䁙ɝЁѡ݅䁥́䁄)͡Ё݅́݅ѡ́Ѽѡѽݕɥ)ɽٔɕ́ѡЁɽ܁ѡ)é͡ɔ) L ) ́Ёɽ́ѡ Ʌ́Mѥ)́ɽMѠAɔ%ͱЁѼ)ѡɔ䁱͡ɵЁɥٔѼ) ɽݹ٥ѡЁ!݅(и ́ՅЁ)ձɅѡIɅ)IٕȁѼѡͽѠ Ʌ́MѥA)ѼѡѠMѠ Ѽѡݕи)ѥѡ́ɕэѱ)́ݥѡѡ1ݕȁIɅY)9]H)͡ɵ )ٔ䁽ѥ̃Lѡ䁍͠)ѡѠѡɥٕȰɥٔѼѡ)Ѡ ͠ѡ)ѡͽѠͥѡ Ʌ)MѥA̰݅͠ѡѕɸ͡ɔ)MѠ 䁽ȁ́͠)չɽݑɽиIɑ́)ݡѥѡ䁍͔͡ɵ)Ѽ )ɕѥ䁕ЁѼչѕȁ)ɽа͹ɕ͠ɥѡ)յȁх)Q͔ɥٔ́́ٔ)役٥ͥѥѡ1ݕȁ1չ5ɔ)ɕյȁѥ́ȁͅ)ѡɕéЁ́͡ѥ)ѥ䰁ѡ͔́ɔمɥ)՝ѡȁѕɅхɝЁ)Ѽɐ%d́՝ѥ́Ѽ)ѱͽѡɕЁٕ䁑)ѡȁх䁥ѡɕ) )\\\T0$L $8 <