I had the chance to stand on the casting platform today rather than the poling platform. We left the dock at about 8:00 for a 9:45 low tide. After a short ten minute ride to the low tide flat, we were into fish immediately.
I have been working on a few new patterns recently, and tied one on today. I fished Capt. Dave’s Double Rattle Flash Crab. On my second cast I was fast into a fat 8 lb red. I swapped places and Craig took to the platform. He was throwing a black rattle shrimp, but failed to connect. I took the platform again, and the Flash Crab immediately produced. The fish inhaled this fly. They were all hooked pretty deep. We managed to get the fly out and release the fish none the worse for the wear.
If this fly continues to produce, I will post it on my flies page in a week or so. Keep checking back.
The temperature is in the low 70′s and the water temperature is approaching 60 degrees. As long as the wind stays down, the fishing should really begin to turn on.
Look closely at the next picture. You can see the reds waking on the flat.