Bill Herr Tourn. Report

Meet up with Mike Brumley at the Nicks Park Ramp about 6:50. We started fishing for reds in the mangrove and grass outside the south side the Cotee River. Using soft plastic and live shrimp and some cut pins. Mike caught a lonely red just a bit short of legal. I came up empty with just some tail removing pin fish harassment. No fish. Decided to move to drift position between the first stilt house and empty pilings south of the Cotee sand bar, still on the incoming tide. Started catching trout with the first drift but all were 13 to 14 inches. About when we hit flood tide we motored back to the tall grass south of the Cotee and north of Oyster creek to try some reds again but had trouble getting into position without make a bunch of noise so we worked the area for about an hour and then headed back out to the stilt house just as the tide started out. We started catching better trout and they liked the 3” New penny Gulp shrimp the best. We were also catching some large pins. We ran out of the Gulp after we had boated two or three keeper trout. We tried some filled pinfish strips on a jig head and found them better than the Gulp. After we made about a dozen more half mile drifts we need to leave for the ramp. We were one shy of our limit after I bounced a big trout overboard trying to get a measure (Big Fish).