I made an evening trip to Pierce Marsh in Hitchcock yesterday after work to try and pick up 3 quick reds. My wife wants to do a fish fry for her 30th birthday and we have no fish in the freezer right now which means I’ll need to make multiple trips over the next week and a half to bring in some meat. I haven’t fished Pierce this year but wanted to go somewhere close so that I could get there and back as quickly as possible. I launched around 4:00 and started making my way to the marsh. The tides are still running a little low from the last front we had so I figured spotting fish would be easy but quickly realized that getting to them would be difficult when I saw this.
With the tides as low as they were I knew of a few spots where the fish should be stacked up. I was able to paddle for a while but had to get out and walk about 300 yards through shin deep mud to get to one of the deeper channels before I could paddle again. From there I made my way to one of the deeper holes where a few drains empty into one spot and immediately saw fish feeding. I started off throwing a Gulp Pogy (Color: Cigar Minnow) on a 1/16th ounce jighead under a Midcoast Popping Cork Inticer with about a foot of fluorocarbon and that seemed to be what they wanted. On my third cast I was looking around at the grass lines for any other signs of fish when my rod was nearly pulled out of my hand. I quickly brought that fish in and it went 23”. Stayed for another 10 minutes but the fish seemed to have scattered after the fight so I moved to another drain close by to let things settle down. I found the same scenario at the second drain as I did the first. Paddled up to see redfish feeding where the drains emptied and on about the third cast I picked up a solid 25 ½” red. The fish seemed like they scattered again so I made the short paddle back to the first spot and the fish were back. Made about five casts and picked up a 27 ½” red and called it a day since I had my limit. On the paddle back in I saw about a dozen crawlers hanging around every piece of wind protected shoreline. I tried casting at about a half a dozen of them but they weren’t interested in anything I was throwing. I threw KFM, Buggs, Chicken Boys, and gulp in their path and they would either blowout as it hit the water or just look at it and swim around it. I had a long paddle back and knew I would have to walk through the mud again so I decided to keeping paddling instead of stopping and messing with them.
This was my first time using the Inticer Popping Cork and while I felt that I could cast it a lot further due to the cork being out front I didn’t feel that I got as good a chug as when I use the Evolution. I also had the opportuniy to use my Grind Terminal Tackle Stringer today with the Stringer Spike Sheath and it’s pretty awesome. I attached the spike sheath to my seat and it made getting the fish on stringer quick and easy.