Grant and I fished the second event of the Galveston Redfish Series a few weeks ago and were fortunate enough to wind up in 2nd place.
I took the day off work on Friday to check out a small back lake in an area where we’ve caught some nice tournament quality fish in the past. It took a little over an hour to reach the lake, but turned out to be worth the long paddle since I found exactly what I was looking for, with several schools of upper to over slot fish.
I went ahead and pulled two fish out of the schools to verify their size, and they were exactly what we would need the next day at 27″ and 28 1/4″.
After releasing those two fish, I made the long paddle back to the truck and left the fish alone in hopes that they would stick around till the next morning.
As anticipated, the fish stuck around and were schooled up when we arrived the next morning. We started making casts and pulling fish in as soon as we arrived. Once the schools broke up, we concentrated on large singles that were tailing around the shallower parts of the lake. When it was all said and done, we headed back to the launch with 4 fish between 26.5″ and 27 1/8″, and released several that were just over 28″. We decided to take all four fish with us, and determine the two heaviest when we arrived at the weighin.
We determined which of the 4 fish were the 2 heaviest and weighed them in for a combined weight of 15.54 lbs., which was good enough for 2nd place. It’s always nice to find some solid tournament fish while pre fishing, especially when they stick around and are there the next day.