Every so often, we’re blessed with just spectacular days out on the water. It’s those crazy fish catching days that keep a smile on our faces for weeks on end, and what helps drive us to spend more time out on the water. This was the case a couple weekends back, where I experienced some of the best redfish catching weekends I’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing. Part one was only Saturday’s trip on the water, and it was a heck of a way to kick off an amazing weekend on the water.
The fishing always seems to get better and better once the weather finally cools off in my humble opinion. The weather pattern this winter had been sporadic at best. We’d have days where we were kicking it in shorts and tees, then donning our rain jackets, to having to pull out the fleece. Personally I don’t think even Mother Nature knew what she was doing. A few weeks back, I’d set up to spend some time with Lucas Cesario from Swivel Stick. We were going to fit one of my kayaks with the Swivel Stick system to test out for a product review. Lucas and I’d decided we’d hook up on a Friday evening to rig the yaks, then hit the water the next day for some fishing… Umm, I mean, testing.
As I’m sure it’s the case with everyone else, we really don’t need someone to ask twice when it comes to a fishing trip. Lucas and I got my Old Town Predator MX rigged up with a Swivel Stick anchoring system on each side of the yak, then loaded up the yaks and gear for the next morning. The tides were a little early for my particular liking, with a low tide at 730am, and finally some cold temps in the morning. Rigging took us later into the night than what we expected, so we decided to just meet up around 630am to go hit the water. Of course, truth be told, whenever you add in a couple of guys rigging kayaks, telling fishing stories, and enjoying a few cold ones, the time is always going to get away from you.
We hit my local bait and tackle shop to grab a couple dozen mud minnows each, then set off for the launch. I’d pretty much had it in my head where we were going to fish, but once we arrived at the launch, I noticed that we weren’t the only ones with the motivation to go out and slay some redfish. There were about 5 other kayaks already getting ready to launch, and heading out the direction I’d initially thought we were going to go. Once unloaded, I said to Lucas that since everyone was heading the way we were going to go, we’d head off in the other direction. I told him we were going to try my old honey hole, and if the fish were there, then we’d have a hell of a day.
Of course, Lucas made the slight mistake of doing a little trash talking at the launch, so the competitive fires were warming me up that chilly Saurday morning. We hit my creek, and we started working this oyster mound just inside the creek entrance. I gave Lucas the first shot at the first fish of the day, and laid back with the GoPro Hero 4 ready to go. I quickly noticed something on the other side of the creek stirring about so I picked up and slowly crept over in that direction. Once I saw the wake, I immediately knew it was a nice redfish, so I casted my mud minnow over in the direction. I hadn’t but just barely closed the bail on my reel, when my Okuma Gulf Series Shadow Stalker rod doubled over. Lucas paddled over to see the action, camera in hand for the hero shot. After a decent fight, the first fish of the day was landed, a stud 27″ redfish. Once released, we decided to swing deeper into the creek to test the honey hole.
You almost know that you’re going to have a good day when your first cast lands you a quality fish. Little did I know that part one of my amazing weekend was just getting started. Lucas and I set up, and put lines in the water. It didn’t take long and Lucas was hooked up with a redfish. It was almost like the redfish were lined up and waiting for us to come in. We went back and forth all morning catching redfish after redfish. It was probably the craziest bite I’ve ever experienced. It didn’t matter what we threw at them, they were chewing and chewing hard. I started catching them on mud minnows then switched over to my go to lure. My favorite lure is the Bass Assassin chicken on a chain in the 4 inch curly tail soft plastic. I paired it with the Road Runner jighead from TTI Blakemore and the redfish were all over it! Before we realized it, we’d landed over 50 fish! The problem (and a good one it turned out to be) was the redfish were still chewing! Then all of a sudden, Lucas stuck a trout. 2 casts later and he had three straight decent sized speckled trout landed. Lucas and I were having ourselves an amazing weekend so far, and it wasn’t over just yet!
We sat in that one spot all morning and before it was all said and done, we’d landed 74 fish! We had 3 speckled trout and 71 redfish. I was a great mixture of small reds, mid-slot redfish, and some upper slot redfish. Lucas and I enjoyed the start of an amazing weekend together. While we were paddling back to the launch, Lucas looked over and said, “Thank you, that was the best fishing day of my life.” I had to agree with him, it had been some time since I’d laid into the redfish and enjoyed such an epic bite. Little did I know that this was just the start to an amazing weekend.