I got to the fishing hole about 5am and noticed the tide was way out. A little more than normal along with a full moon. In all honesty, I wasn’t really expecting it to be a great fishing trip, I just wanted to hit the water. I launched my Slayer 14.5, and as I made my way through to the opening of the lake I heard fish busting bait left and right. Perhaps I was off in my assessment that this wasn’t going to be a great day. As I made my way down the bank at 5:30am, I saw a redfish with his back out of the water in the moon light. If you’ve never witnessed a tailing redfish or even a redfish with his back out of the water, it is definitely an adrenaline inducing experience. I casted a lure to the redfish and he nailed it. Fish On! He ended up being 19 inches and in the great state of Texas, legal slot size is 20-28 inches. Back into the drink she went to grow a little more.After I released the under slot redfish, I made my way down the bank some more. By this time the sun had came up pretty good. As I’m cruising around, I kept hearing fish busting bait. I then noticed a good one up on the bank. I started paddling towards the redfish and my kayak just stops, I was sitting in ankle deep water. So, I got out of the kayak and I made my way over to the redfish. He was in a back pocket all alone. I made a cast about 6 inches in front of his face and he just blew up on my lure! It wasn’t much of a fight, as I just had to drag him across the mud. I got him over to the kayak and he was a solid 25 inches. I grabbed my Stinky Pants Fishing stringer and stuck him on it. After that, not much was going on that side of the lake so I made my way to the south end. By this time the sun was up a little higher and all I saw were redfish! Backs were out of the water all over the place! I came up to a pair and sight casted the lead fish, fish on! This one ended up being another solid 25 inch redfish. So now that I have a pair of redfish on my Stinky Pants Fishing stringer, I made my way down the bank a little further. I saw one redfish all by himself, and I ended up making three casts to him before he hit it. I got this redfish to the kayak and yet again, another solid 25 inch redfish. Now that I had my limit of redfish, I decided I wanted to sight cast some more. I ended up sight casting a total of 14 redfish all 24-25 inches long with a nice 20 inch black drum. It was one of the best days I’ve ever had, and it turned out to be great day on the water after all!
Jason Tyler is a Corpus Christi, Texas native grew up fishing the waters in and around south Texas. Jason is also a veteran of the Navy who served in Iraq.