Sunday afternoon, at 3:30, the boat was back in the water after a long, cold winter in the barn. I spent a little extra time at dock, letting the main engine and tolling motor just warm up and idle. I put some tackle together, and out we went. First for boat ride to blow dust out, and then we settled in to fish for a couple of hours in 5-10 feet of water.
Unfortunately the fishing wasn't as great as we had hoped. Because of the all the rain Friday, and Saturday's heavy seas, there was nothing but muddy water in the shallow brown trout water. Unfortunately the warmest temperature, 38 degrees, was in that muddy water, and it was no surprise that all our action came on orange. With water that muddy the fish just can't see your presentation, so we found that the key to getting bites was to put more emphasis on water color, and much less on warm water. Our action came out deeper than 10 feet of water, in temperature that was 35-36 degrees. An old school orange Mauler, carmel dolphin, and orange crush did all the the action for us in the short time we fished. No bruisers, just the standard cookie cutter brown trout. We had no interest in plugs, even on bright orange X-raps.
We're are back out on Saturday with our first charter of the season, and hoping that we'll finally have nice weather for the weekend. I'll post report again next week.