Galveston Bay Marsh Redfish (March 23, 2013)

Sonny and Ricky Double Limit - March 23, 2013

Sonny and Ricky Double Limit – March 23, 2013

The Castaway Graphite Rods Lone Star Kayak Series is less than a month away so my friend Ricky and I decided to explore a new area today in hopes of finding some possible tournament quality fish. The sun was non existent today due to the cloud cover and the tide was going to be slack for the first couple of hours so we didn’t know what to expect from this new area.

We arrived at our launch around 6:30 and started unloading the truck. By 6:45 we were on the water and headed for our spot. It didn’t take long before we started seeing mud boils in front of our kayaks and then a few tails and fleeing bait 50 yards further down the shoreline in front of a small marsh drain. Ricky hooked up immediately with a nice 26 inch red to start the day while I made a few bad casts at a couple of tails and caused them to blow out pretty quick. As soon as Ricky got his first fish on the stringer he hooked up with another that went 25 inches. I decided to keep moving down the shoreline in search of more reds and he decided to stay in that area and work it over. I ran up on a few singles here and there that were just sitting but didn’t really see much action. Ricky joined up with me about 30 minutes later and informed me that he had his limit and that each fish had been caught in same area. It turned out we were using the same bait (Chicken Boy 4″ Shrimp-Chicken on a Bone on a 1/16 ounce jig head) but I had nothing to show for it. I hadn’t seen any shrimp in the marsh so I decided to switch to a TTF KFM-strawberry/white on a 1/16 ounce jig head to see if it would bring me any luck.

We approached the next marsh drain and decided to enter this one to see if we could find any of them up shallow. Ricky went to the right and hooked up with a small rat while I headed to the left. Over the next 20 minutes I sight casted 3 redfish in about 8 inches of water that went 27″, 26.5″, and 23″ and completed my limit while Ricky picked up a couple more rats. We explored the area for another hour or so but decided to head in early since we each had our limits and the weather/tides weren’t really cooperating.

My two largest fish went a combined 12.9 lb. on my digital scale so this place is defiantly at the top of our list for the first tournament date. We stopped at Louis on the way back to grab some lunch but they were having some sort of event and the place was packed so we headed across the street and ate at the Bayou Bistro instead. Overall it turned out to be a pretty good day.

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3 thoughts on “Galveston Bay Marsh Redfish (March 23, 2013)

  1. Nhan

    Nice catch!! Your video makes it look so easy lol. What so you mean by marsh drains? I’m knew to all this. Where marsh channel goes back into main body?

    • Thanks. The picture below is of a random marsh drain I pulled from google earth. Its basically the channel that connects a marsh to the bay. As the tide rises the water goes in and causes the water in the marsh to rise and then as the tide falls the water and small baits are sucked back through the channel into the bay. Reds, flounder, trout and other predator fish will sit near the drains and eat all the small bait being sucked out unable to swim against the current. I hope that helps.

      Marsh Drain

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