Fishing in discolored water has its benefits

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By Danny Allen

Ok folks, it’s nice to see the rain. Man, it’s nice.
Things to expect after the rain: the inside waters will most likely have a red tint. This happens when the roots of the woods drain into the gulf. Tanic acids change the color of the water. If the rain lets up to a normal amount, the water will settle pretty quick. Now I know most think this is a bad thing. Well, if you use it to your advantage, it can be a good thing.
This last weekend, me and Nick headed up north a ‘lil ways where I saw some fish a few times — they were pretty spooky in the past. Right now, the grass is a ‘lil behind growing schedule which lessens the cover for the school. This puts them on watch and makes them tough to catch. Well, since the water “stained up”, they relaxed a bit. And, well, we kinda smoked em.
We caught 15 out of the school and lost a few before they figured out something was off. Most fish bit a spoon or plug.
The other big story of the week is the black drum seems to be all over our area and we have a bunch of’ lil schools of black drum. The best way to catch these fish is patience, patience and more patience. They are old and picky and honestly, I think half blind. But they are a heck of a good picture to share with all your buddies. My wife has a picture of a 60-pounder at home that is quite impressive. Little crabs, fake or real, shrimp or even cut bait works well.
Big sharks are about to be a targeted item as well. I was out on one of my trout spots the other day when a 12-foot hammerhead surfaced and hung around the boat for a few seconds. That was quite impressive as well, my customers were in awe. As it gets hotter here in the next month, expect more stories like this one.
Well, that’s all I got this week. If you are a Facebook user and want get better connected with us at Southern Salt Charters, please link us up, and you will see more photos and can even book trips through it. See ya on the salt.

Capt. Danny Allen can be reached at gulfcoastflatsfishing@gmail.com or 352-215-3686.