Yesterday’s plan didn’t quite go as planned and our trip to Kings Point was stopped short near False Cape due to the swell. So we opted to hit up a very tidal small creek on the way home. The tide had turned from high and there was bait everywhere, large schools of small and medium mullet, and lots of gar and longtoms. We ventured up the creek and drifted back out casting all the likely snags along the way.
I had an ok hit on my plastic swimbait along a nice stretch of outside bend, but it just grabbed the tail. Then Ryan changed over to a little crab imitation and I told him to cast at this snag that was in a prime location on this outside bend offering a great ambush spot. Ryan landed a perfect cast and was instantly hit and bricked, he kept the pressure while I did a bit of maneuvering with the electric and out popped a nice bright red mangrove jack. Ryan’s first on a lure so he was pretty pleased and a good way to open your jack account.
The bait started thinning out and the cover on the banks wasn’t as good so we decided to move back down to the mouth. A decent drain was feeding more water into this section along with some decent bait and I mentioned to Ryan that this was looking good for a barra. We cast the last stretch of the creek down to the mouth and then around the mouth. There was a small snag sitting right in the open offering a prime ambush spot for a smart barra and I said there HAS to be a barra on this snag. I cast out just ahead of it and slowly worked the lure back giving it a small rip to let anything on the stick know bait was coming. Slow rolling across the snag a barra hit the plastic in clear view missing the hook not once or twice but four times! Unbelievable, four goes at it and can’t find the hook.
We got out of there after this as the water was getting too low and tried another couple of spots before calling it a day. So still turned out to be a fun day out exploring a new creek and great to see Ryan get a jack on a lure.