Yesterday evening Jared, Heath, Clint, his son, and I took an evening trip to the marsh. Conditions were near perfect with an outgoing tide, a major bite from 5:00 to 7:00, and low temps because of the recent rain. We launched around 4:00 pm to catch the tail end of an outing tide and made the short paddle to the area we’ve been catching our fish lately. Heath and I set up for a long drift towards a deeper channel, Jared made his way straight to the channel, and Clint and his son caught some bait with the cast net and fished some of the deeper areas to start with. Heath and I made a long drift without a blow up or bump before spotting a small pod of reds nearby. We chased them down only to see them separate as we arrive. We blind casted the area to try and pick up a fish but had no luck. I spotted another pod near the channel we were heading for and chased them down to pick up my first red of the day that went 25″.
Jared was a short distance away and informed me that he already had his limit and had caught them all on topwater. I was pretty sure he was joking with me until he pulled up his stringer with 3 mid slot reds.
Heath joined up with us and we started fishing the channel where Jared had staked out and he picked up his first red of the day on a Curl Tail Bugg what measured 25″.
Clint joined up with all of us around the channel and informed us that they had come across a pod of reds that was about 20 x 20 yards. Him and his son had pulled a couple of reds from the pod before meeting up with us. On the way back to the truck they stopped and fish a deeper area and picked up a few trout and a nice 24″ flounder.
Heath and I decided to push further back into the marsh to look for some reds in skinnier water. We picked up a few more fish while blind casting an area where we had both spooked several fish. I did have the opportunity to sight cast a 27 1/4″ red in a few inches of water that put up a great fight.
We spotted a few more crawlers but were unable to get within casting distance due to the extremely low tides. It was getting dark and we had over a mile paddle to reach the truck so we decided to head back in. We met back up with Jared and were about to exit the marsh when I realized my stringer had come untied from my kayak. I paddled a half mile back in the dark to the area we had been fishing thinking there was slim to no chance I would find it. I had just given up and started heading back to my truck when I spotted what I thought was my stringer. As I made my way towards it the fish started thrashing and I knew I had gotten very lucky. I retied the fish and headed back to the truck where Heath and Jared were waiting for me.
All of my fish were caught using the new Hydra Bugg which will be released in a few weeks. I’ll eventually writeup a full review over this Bugg once I’ve made several trips with it but for now here’s a quick look at it.
It was a great day on the water with everyone taking home plenty of fish. My best fish went 27 1/4″, Heath’s was 27″, and Jared’s was a little over 25″.