Well, I took Don Defoe and Chris Smith of Atlanta, Ga. out Saturday, November 15 and it was Cold. The water temperature had crashed to 55 – 56 degrees and only warmed up to 58 by the afternoon. We managed 16 -18 trout with 3 keepers, an 18″ flounder and two BSB. Most of the fish ate live shrimp under Back Bay Thunders in 3′ – 3.5′; although I did catch one nice 18″ trout on a Catch 2000 when we first got out there around 10:00 a.m.
This pair fished Sunday and Monday from Don’s boat and caught 2 – 3 dozen trout with 6 keepers Sunday; again on live shrimp under Cajun Thunders in 3′ – 3.5′. BUT, then Monday, with 20-25 knot South W-I-N-D-s they slayed the trout in the fog and never left sight of Keaton Beach! Don said they caught over 60 trout with only 8 shorts; first from 7:00 a.m. ’til the rain hit around 11:00 a.m. then they ran back out at 2:00 pm. ’til 5:00 p.m. and killed them again. Don and Chris didn’t keep a single fish, but said they measured eight over 20″ with 22″ their largest trout. Chris caught a 25″ redfish for top honors! This was their first-ever trip to Keaton as they had fished from Cedar Key in the past. Don told me they had a blast and are already planning a return trip to Keaton. Wouldn’t YOU?
Here’s a report from Sea Hag Marina at Keaton:
Mark Hampson and Kyle Hampson of Leesburg, Ga. had their limit of trout all over 18″ to 23″ with a 27″ redfish while fishing with live shrimp under Cajun Thunders and had a few on Cordell Redfins from 2.5′ – 4.5′ of water. The landed over 30 trout! 11/8/14