On Saturday my little girl asked if she could stay the night at her Granny’s house, which gave me a chance to hit the water on Sunday morning. The wind was predicted to be between 15 and 20 mph out of the east, but I decided to tough it out and see what I could find.
I launched just after first light and made my way into the marsh. The water was high, red, and fresh, which had me a little worried about the location I had chosen. I thought I might find a little cleaner/saltier water if I paddled deep enough into the marsh, but conditions never changed. After paddling three miles without any signs of bait or predator, I decided to change directions and fish another spot.
I paddled for several miles down narrow channels through several small lakes before the water turned it’s normal brown and I was able to taste a little salt. At about that time I looked across the lake and saw a few birds hovering over the water. My first cast produced a 33″ bull and my 2nd broke me off. I have been using the same cork and leader for over a month now and I guess the leader finally wore down. The school stayed together long enough for me to pull two more fish from it (a 18″ and 25″ red) before they broke apart for good.
I spent the next 2 hours working the wind blown shoreline and caught another 15 reds. Bulls, slots, and rats were all mixed in together having a feeding frenzy. With the extra high tides the key was putting the cork a foot off the grassline of the windblown shoreline and giving several hard pops to get their attention. It never took more than a few pops before it would go under and I’d have a fish on. I even caught a small rat that took the gulp off the bow of my kayak while paddling. The action never really died off, I just ran out of time and needed to get home. Despite the 13.7 miles I covered in the nasty wind (Thank God for carbon fiber paddles), it was a productive day on the water. I kept my first three reds of the day for redfish cakes. The link to the recipe is below.
For those looking for a solid popping cork that will not only last, but creates a great chug when popped, check out the Bomber Paradise Popper. By my estimate, I’ve landed more than 50 reds on it and the wire leader is still just as straight as the day I bought it. It runs around $7 but you can use it seems like you can use it forever.
This was a solo trip and I left my Go Pros at work so the pics aren’t that great.
Wind: 15 – 20 mph from the east
Weather: Sunny skies with temps around 70 degrees
Bottom: Soft Mud
Depth: 2-4 feet deep in most areas
Kayak: Jackson Cuda LT
Paddle: 250 cm Werner Cyrpus: Hooked