Had a chance to evaluate my Choko experience, as far as the fishing was concerned. Bottom line was, not having fished that area for 8 years, the environment of swift moving water, deep sections, along with extreme shallow oyster bars, is challenging. Polar opposite of my home area. Tough to concentrate and have patience while continually getting hung up, moving to reposition, etc. Kudos to those that had success there. Along with all that, Pete mentioned that usual locations for fish had changed, making it tough for those used to the area to locate fish. It will always be one of the go to places in my book though. OR is a great place, set up nice for those who live there part or full time. Pete and Viv: hope you have a good time at the Auger Hole next week
True, place has been pretty much shuffled around after Wilma and Irma. To me, Wilma really affected my spots more than Irma did. It’s natures way of keep us on our toes after she shuffles the deck.
Now that you have been here and have an idea of where we fished, I think you will do much better. The best tides IMHO for that area are the faster, more water volume moving tides such as those on full or new moons. Do come back and try it again this coming fall, we should be back in October.
Sailor, you are correct about the area being difficult to fish for the newcomer. This is why I'm going to start adding disclaimers to my posts. I make it all look so easy. Perhaps something like "Not typical customer experience"?
OK Ok for all that are asking... here is how I did it. I did a lot of research and started fresh, went to BPS and picked up some new stuff and scavenged some stuff from what in the garage, and I have ton's, I have and packed a new box specifically for Choko. Same general rods used everywhere else a 3000 and 4000 setup on 7' rods with 10 and 20 # braid respectfully terminated to 15 and 25# fluro leader.
4000 series rigged with top-water, Bone Spook Jr., always toss top-water especially early, this did not work today not one taker. Switched that up to a CFPR color Catch 2000 but all I caught on that was oysters so it did not get much use.
3000 series got most of the use.. jig head with a paddle tail. Started out with a 3/16 oz. jig head with paddle tail but in the shallow oyster ridden water it was a bit heavy and prone to catching either oysters or the weird stringy grass that grows there... switched up to a 1/8th oz. weedless jighead which seemed to be the ticket as I started getting bites.
Trout and Snapper were caught with a 4" Pearl/White colored paddle tail, and the Snooklet on a PinFish color.
The paddle-tails... were Z-Man 4" PaddlerZ, they seem to be good baits although others probably say use GulP, Bass Assasssin, or DOA i think its just a personal choice of which one works for you today.
I found that I had the wrong jig heads for the Z-Man ElazTech material... I had both DOA and Mission Fishing jig heads that have the lead-head part of the jig with prongs that generally hold yer soft plastic bait in place and from pulling off. That ElazTech stuff is soft, pliable, stretchy, and scented, but its alos tuff to rig, there just was no easy way to push the PaddlerZ head up onto the jig head. Gotta rething that part, not that I have several packages of the Z-Man's.
Post by I Fishhead on Jun 24, 2018 11:06:25 GMT -5
OK, I'm going to reveal my winning technique for fishing oyster beds without getting snagged. This will work for you even if you're not familiar with the area. The only skill needed is to be accurate with your casts.
Use a 1/4 oz jig head with a paddle tail or Gulp shrimp. Spot your target oyster bed or pass. Keep the distance between you and your target at the very limit of your casting range. Aim at the water line of the oyster bed. Make your cast. When your bait is just past the apogee of it's flight (just starting the downward drop) close your bale. When the bait splashes or even just before the bait lands, start reeling. This will give you the means to get the hook off the oysters and traverse the targeted zone.
*Follow these procedures and you to will be able to garner inhuman amounts of species from previously un-fished areas. Just like Fishhead.
Thanks for the pics and stories everyone! Really sorry I could not make it there -- maybe for the better as I was called early Fri morning that my mom (92 yo) had been taken to the hospital. Good news is that it was nothing super-serious (dehydration, small infection) and she's already back at the nursing home. But it occupied all my weekend as you might imagine.
Really do want to get down there, but as things are lining up it may not be until fall ....
I don’t want to outshine IFishead but I caught more snook and trout than he did. Granted, the snook were tiny for the most part but I did manage 2 that were 18 and 20. I have two words for all of you, don’t tell anyone else. SPACE GUPPY.
As far as jighead weights, 1/8 oz when you have super low water and 1/4 oz in fast deep water. A constant retrieve as per instructions above by FH works to keep baits from snagging but it will happen.
Love many, trust few and always paddle your own canoe.