Pierce Marsh (5-7-13)


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.

Low Tide

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.



Pierce Tide 5-7-13

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5 thoughts on “Pierce Marsh (5-7-13)

  1. Love the inticer cork.

  2. Enjoyed this report! What kind of bait were you seeing back there, Sonny? Think some of those reds were feeding on really small shrimp/crabs/baitfish? I’m wondering if something small would have enticed those crawlers…

    • Thanks Heath. The ones I caught from the drains were eating small baitfish and even smaller shrimp. The shrimp were so small that they were barely visible when they would jump.

      I never saw any of the crawlers dart towards anything so I’m assuming they were looking for little crabs.

      There’s nothing more frustrating than sitting 10 yards from slot reds in 5 inches of water and having them ignore everything you throw at them.

  3. Brad

    Nice blog. Ive thought about taking my jackson kayak to pierce as well and trying the voodoo shrimp behind the inticer cork, of course with a drop or two of pro-cure shrimp scent.

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