Dropped in at Campos a little late, a little before 7am, having forgotten that more boaters than usual would be out due to the Veterans day holiday. Lots of traffic at the launch, but everyone was friendly and in a good mood with a beautiful morning dawning. Headed straight down the main canal to the old navy base, and spent a while there. Fishing was slow, but there were trout in the area, and good size trout at that. I caught 6 from 16-18.5", which was plenty for me, and not a single throwback there. It was fairly choppy in the morning, and I spent a lot of time dealing with anchoring and maneuvering. For anyone that has fished there before, you know that a) you WILL get snagged on the bottom, and b) you have to be extremely careful with the pilings that are just below the surface of the water. That mode of fishing is actual pretty exhausting with the constant adjustments and battles with positioning. Live shrimp was the ticket with the trout at that spot, although a few did come in on plastics. Made the paddle over to Doluts canal, then on to the pilings just past the canal, which I believe is the location of what was called the Priests Camp. Josh Reppel was with me, and he went straight to the pilings at the mouth of Doluts, where he found another trout bite, along with a few redfish. I landed a good size sheephead, and a 27.5" bull red that went back in the water with a tag, since I FINALLY remembered to bring my tagging stuff. Explored the marsh off the mouth of Douluts, which had some very clear water closer to the lake, then got a little murkier as we proceeded further in. Landed a small red on gold spoon, but it was the only red that would eat. We ran into a pair of fish that simply would not feed. Pretty funny to keep throwing lures at them and watch them swim past. We even nailed them on the head with no reaction. There were tons of crabs on the banks of the shallow canal there, and I scooped up about a dozen with my landing net, which was a good time and made for a delicious snack that evening. Other than a good size black drum that hit a spinnerbait in the marsh near the MRGO/Douluts intersection, that was the end of my catching for the day. Next time I think I'll spend more time in the marsh, it is beautiful over there and there has got to be more redfish than I was able to find yesterday.
I think the end tally for me was 6 trout, 2 reds, 2 sheephead, 1 black drum, and about a dozen crabs, but I only kept the trout and crabs.