Last week, my wife and I took full advantage of a few free hours to hit the water before heading to the cruise terminal to head to the Bahamas for a small vacation trip. The weather was slated to be perfect and the tides were goo. All we needed were the fish to cooperative and ready to give us a great morning on the water. Little did we know what that morning would hold in store for us.
The plan was pretty simple. Our check in to Carnival didn’t end until 2:30 in the afternoon. That meant we could drop the kids off at school, grab some bait, and be on the water by 9am. We’d be able to fish until around noon, which would give us the time needed to get back home, clean and store the yaks & gear, hit the showers, and head to the ship. The plan couldn’t have worked out any better!
We grabbed some shrimp and mud minnows from Browns Creek Bait Camp, then headed to the launch to unload the Old Town Predator MX and the Wilderness Systems ATAK 140. We were both beaming because the weather couldn’t have been any better! The winds were minimal, the water was slick, and the skies were blue! We quickly set off heading to our fishing destination. On the paddle out, we quickly noticed an angler fishing from a private dock hooking up to a fish. Naturally, we watched the scene unfold, only to find out this was his first Florida redfish, and he’d travelled from Minnesota. After some congratulations, we headed to our fishing spot.
We arrived in our creek opening and started working some oyster mounds lining the creek. The tide was hi, but outgoing so there was a good bit of water in the creek. With no luck, and some serious time constraints, we decided to head back to our honey hole to see if any redfish were home. It didn’t take long, and Kaycee was hooked up with a nice little redfish. “1 to nothing”, she said with a wry little smile. I quickly followed suit, landing a small redfish, and a “1 to 1” quip. Before we knew it, we’d both already landed 4 small redfish each. Our vacation trip couldn’t have started off any better, or so we thought.
Each cast landed a redfish it seemed. We were taking turns and having a blast on the water. I’d hold the camera and snap pics as Kaycee would reel in a redfish, then we’d switch and she’d take pics while I landed a redfish. This went on and on, and we were both stoked at how awesome this morning had shaped up to be. Personally, I think any vacation trip should include a little time on the water chasing your favorite fish. This one was turning out to be more than what we’d hoped for.
We were neck and neck with the amount of redfish caught, so we started challenging each other on lengths! By the time we’d both ran out of bait, we’d each landed 18 redfish each. Kaycee had landed 18 redfish with 9 of those being in the slot, while I’d landed 18 redfish, with 11 of those in the slot. We’d arrived at our redfish hole at around 9:30am, and we were heading back to the launch at 11:30am. It was a heck of a morning on the water, and we were both beaming at how perfectly the day had gone. Our vacation trip couldn’t have gotten started off any better! We’d landed 36 redfish in 2 hours, and still had plenty of time to head back and get ready to head to the Bahamas. If only that pristine weather could have followed us on our cruise, but we still had a great vacation trip catching all those reds!