We're looking to fish Dameron Marsh this weekend. Anyone familiar with the area and what to fish? The back side looks better with all of the drains. We'll be in a 20ft carolina skiff.
I was thinking 1/4oz and 3/8oz heads. Gulp shrimp, swimming mullets and grubs. Chartreuse, Pearl and new penny?
Any help would be great. just trying to catch a few specks and maybe a flounder or croaker.
I have not fished Dameron but notwithstanding that, Chartreuse 4" curly tail Salwater gulps have worked on everything. Light tackle setup with 10 lb braid, mono leader, and the 1/4 oz heads will allow you to toss a long way with good accuracy. I would also suggest trying to cast net some bunker and live line those for the specks....Good luck.
Last edited by SlateDog; 07-12-2012 at 05:30 PM.
You've pretty well described my standard baits for Dameron. Shallow water among the weeds with Gulp Alive3" shrimp new penny or white on 3/8 oz jighead & 8 lb test works for me. Also, the 5" Gulp jerk shad rigged weedless on hooks with a light weight (1/8 oz) 3/0 hook. When the water is hot like this I like to fish wherever the wind is blowing in and stirring things up a bit. May see you out there! Will be in white 176 Key West CC with black bimini if I do, up in the bow with the trolling motor.
we fished a combination of gulp and minnows under bobbers. Ended up with a bunch of small puppy drum and a hound fish. had two runs on minnows that didn't come tight. Might be back out this weekend to do some more exporing. we fished the south side big cove and the point.
if anyone has any suggestions on where we might catch a speck.
All of the puppies came out the mouth of drains. Our two runs and the hound fish came around/near submerged grass.
For specks, I have had luck catching them with bottom rigs. Maybe 1oz weight, a single 1/0 hook using soft crab. Grass or oyster beds 3-5 feet of water
If you mostly stayed in 3-4 ft, try moving out to 5-6 ft. Also try getting your baits deeper. Good to hear of the pups!
ok. We'll back off of the marsh and hit some of the submerged grass and oyster beds. the are looked great. We heard of someone doing well on Saturday using live spot under floats.
There were puppies everywhere, some even big enough to hit artificials. I'm hoping momma will show up as we get a little deeper into the summer.
Jay, someone here recently posted a pic of a pretty good sized croaker (7-8" ?) that was inside a nice trout he had just caught.
I have seen some nice puppy drum caught on spot. I have not learned enough to focus on speck's but was thinking about using the bass boat to get into some skinny waters around here for them.
I don't profess to be any sort of speck expert - but this has worked for me.
Originally Posted by HeyCharlie
Use this tool to find grass beds in your area. Or just look on bing's sattelite (google's picture of our area is older) Anchor or drift so that you can present your bait just down current of the grass beds, in 2-5' water. The fish like to snap up critters that are swept out of the grass beds by the current.
For bait I have had luck with a fishfinder rig - 1oz weight with a 1/0 hook on a 3ft leader of light mono. Peeler crab works well but I have caught them on bloodworms & squid too. I hear big fat minnows work well too but have not tried it - plan on doing it next time I fish as they are all over my dock and I can easily cast net a few.
Soak one of these rigs and simultaneously cast a 4" gulp swimming mullet on a 1/2oz leadhead towards the grass beds.