The Skiff Life

Photo Jul 18

It’s not often that I leave the kayak at home and fish from a boat, but his past Monday, David and I decided to do just that in his new Mitzi Skiff 16.  While this little skiff is going to be a redfish catching machine in the future, we decided to focus our attention on trout this day.

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We launched shortly after 6 am and made the short drive to our spot and set up for a long drift.  David went with his trusty Heddon Super Spook jr while I elected to go with the Heddon One Knocker.  It didn’t take long before we started getting some nice blowups, followed by our first fish of the day.  It was a small dink trout barely bigger than my One Knocker, but it gave us a little confidence knowing that fish were in the area.  David hooked up a few minutes later with another dink trout, followed by our first keeper trout of the day at 17″.  We spent the next two hours catching 10 keeper trout between 17 and 20 inches, 6 dinks, had more missed blowups then we could count, and lost a few that shook the hook at the boat.  Every fish we caught came on tops, so its tough to beat a day like that.

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We fished a small drop-off over a hard sand bottom in 3-4 feet of water, casting to the shallower water, then walking the lure over the edge.  We also spotted a few slicks and determined where they originated based on their size and the direction they were heading to catch a few fish.  Good info that I picked up from the Trout Support DVDs I picked up about 4 years ago.  It was nice to finally put some of that information to use. Don’t forget that you can save 10% off your entire order if you decide to purchase any of their DVDs by using the code “TailTailSigns”.

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Later, we spent a few hours running to a few different spots to explore, and called it a day before it got too hot.  I love kayak fishing, but taking a ride on the skiff on occasion is going to be nice!

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Another money saving code for anyone interested is with Dexter Outdoors Knives.  For the rest of July, you can use the code “Icast16” to save 20% off your entire purchase.  The code changes each month, but we normally post it on the Lone Star Fishing Team Facebook page.  Great knives for filleting fish!

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