Capt. Billy Pipkin’s Fishing Line

Go skinny and have a big time!

For those of you wondering, I’m referring to skinny water not skinny dipping. As I penned the title I couldn’t help but think about my old friend Gene Mueller, a fellow columnist and author. Years ago he wrote a book, Never let a skinny man make your sandwiches. On the cover was a caricature of a fisherman who hadn’t missed too many meals.

We shared wit and when fishing together it was always casting lures with light tackle. September offers exceptional inshore fishing for just that.

Skinny water

Shallow water, referred to as “skinny” water by local watermen, offers opportunities that are only available to small boats, canoes and kayaks. This near shore fishery offers such species as speckled trout, puppy drum, striped bass, bluefish and a variety of other small fish.

What makes the shallow water fishing so special is that it’s commonly found in protected areas such as coves, grassy flats and points that are well suited for kayaks, canoes and even for those anglers who prefer wading.

Fishing interest has swelled among naturalists and fitness enthusiasts who choose to explore nature and catch a fresh dinner at the same time. We have seen a surge in kayak rentals at Ingram Bay Marina this year. Close to marsh areas and near several creek inlets, kayakers have found great success with light tackle while casting and jigging from the rentals.

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