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Flounder Fishing with my Nephew

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For the first time in over a month, I had a chance to get out on the water and do a little fishing from the kayak. I was able to take my nine year old nephew with me on this trip and we had a really good time.  He’s shown a great deal of interest in fishing lately and has been spending a lot of time catching fish from one of my parents ponds.  I figured this is as good a time as any to introduce him to both kayaking and saltwater fishing.

image1I swung by Fishing Tackle Unlimited the day before and picked up a Jackson Big Tuna (tandem kayak) for us to paddle.  For those looking at renting kayaks in the Houston area, FTU is a great place with plenty of options to choose from.

The ideal plan would have been to launch at 6 am and finish up around 10 or 11 since we are in the middle of July, but I wasn’t able to pick up my nephew until 10 am.  We made a quick stop at Bucee’s to grab a few waters and Gatorades in order to stay hydrated and continued on our way.  We arrived at our launch a little after 11 and met up with my good friend David.  We unloaded the kayaks and made our way to our flounder hole.  We arrived around noon, with temps already holding steady in the upper 90s and started looking for fish.  I started off throwing a couple of Buggs rigged tandem and picked up a solid 19″ flounder to start the day.

image3We moved around quite a bit until we found where the flat fish were holding.  I watched my nephew bring a few flounder to the surface before they spit the hook at him and dove back down.  Premature hook sets were the cause of the missed fish, but that was to be expected on a young boys first flounder trip since his initial reaction after each strike was to immediately set the hook.  After an hour or so he finally got one to commit and landed his first flounder.

The bite wasn’t hot and heavy, but we caught a fish every 15 – 20 minutes.  By the time four o’clock hit, we had a decent stringer of fish and needed to get out of the sun.  4″ white Gulp Swimming Mullet on 1/4 oz jighead produced the majority of our bites by slowly working them along a drop off from about 2 to 8 feet in depth.

My nephew tried to convince me to push further back into the marsh in search of redfish, but the wind was blowing every bit of 15 mph with gusts to 20.  I didn’t have the energy to battle the wind for several miles, but promised him we’d make another trip in the fall when big schools are roaming the marsh.

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Small Lures for Big Fish

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“Match the hatch” is a phrase we fishermen hear all to often, especially when targeting skinny water redfish on the Texas gulf coast in the early spring. Our fish are a bit picky during this time of the year as they transition from their winter homes, with lots of changes occurring around them. Water temps are rising, wind is going crazy, and plenty of fresh water is flowing into the bay from every river, creek, and stream that leads into the bays, due to the excessive amount of rain we receive this time of the year. There are also millions of little baitfish and shrimp hatching in the marsh, with most of these tiny creatures being no larger than your fingernail. With so many tiny meals that are easy to catch, you can expect shallow water reds to develop a little bit of tunnel vision when it comes to what they will and won’t eat.

With all of this in mind, I like to downgrade the size of my lure to better match the hatch during the months of April and May. Buggs Fishing Lures are my favorite lures when sight casting to spooky reds. These lures are tied like flies using strips of bunny fur and very small in size. Not only are they similar in size to the current bait, but they also make very little splash when coming in contact with the water.

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This past weekend while fishing a small marsh lake with an average depth of 1 foot of water, I began blind casting my Bugg after seeing several signs of redfish along the shoreline. It didn’t take more than a few casts before I felt a hard thump, followed by a strong run with a couple dozen yards of drag being peeled off my reel. I knew I had a sold fish, but was surprised to net a 33” redfish after a good 15-minute battle.

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I hopped out of the kayak for a quick photo and immediately sank to my thighs in the soft mud our marshes are full of. In water this shallow and mud this deep, kayaking is your only choice, with the Cuda 14 my weapon of choice.

Big baits don’t always catch the big fish. There are certain times of the year when smaller baits will put more fish in the boat and they are a lot of fun to throw. Next time you’re having trouble with getting a bite, downgrade the size of your bait and see if a lure with a smaller profile is what they are after.

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Conditions:

Wind: 15 mph with Gusts to 20 mph

Weather: Cloudy skies with temps in the mid 70s

Tides: Outgoing

Bottom: Mud with occasional patches of shell

Depth: 1-2 feet deep in most areas

Lures: 1/8th oz. Buggs Curl Tail Jig (Blue Crab)

Rod: 6′ 10″ Hook Spit T-N-T

Reel: Shimano Citica

Kayak: Jackson Cuda 14

Paddle: 250 cm Werner Cyrpus: Hooked

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Big Marsh Trout

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Yesterday David and I made an early morning marsh trip hoping to find some skinny water reds before the high tide came in.  An incoming tide has never been my favorite water movement for this spot but we wanted to make a short drive and the fish have been around this area for the entire month of July.  We launched well before sunrise and made our way through the marsh in the dark.  Once we reached the first lake we heard a few good flushes and the distinct popping sounds made when reds are podded up.  We paddle in the direction of the commotion pausing on occasion to try and see if we were any closer to the fish.  It never seemed like we made any ground on them and eventually the noise stopped and we decided to continue on our way.

We set up in an area that has produced for us all month and started throwing topwaters.  I was throwing my trusty MirrOlure She Dog (Bone) while David went with a Super Spook Jr.  As I fan casted my topwater I was constantly scanning the water looking for any signs of fish.  Seagulls were everywhere but they were only passing by instead of working the area for bait.  I spotted a few seagulls a quarter mile away that would stop and hover over an area for maybe 5 seconds before continuing on their way.  After seeing several seagulls repeat this process in the same general area I finally realized they were on a pod of fish but for some reason were not sticking with them.  I pointed this out to David and we made our way towards the pod.  As we came within 50 yards of the area we could see the pod of about 20-30 fish working their way towards the middle of the lake.  We closed the distance between ourselves and the pod and got ready to pitch our lures into the pod when they all of a sudden dispersed.  We quickly fan casted the area with me hooking up for 5 seconds before that fish spit my lure.  We continued to work that area for another 10 minutes but the fish were gone.

We decided to push further back into the marsh in search of some skinnier reds.  We split up for about 30 minutes to cover a little more ground with me heading west while David headed more south.  I found another pod of reds in a foot of water but they scattered before I could cast after I bumped a single red with my kayak which spooked him right into the pod causing them the explode.  I finally found a few reds backing in an area towards the back of the marsh.  Most were pretty spooky and would scatter anytime my bait got near them.  I did find a nice 26 1/2″ red that was willing to eat and had the camera rolling.  The unedited video is below.  This fish was caught on one of the new Hydra Buggs I have been using on the last few trips.

David caught up with me and we decided to push to the very back of the marsh.  We weren’t sure if there would even be any water but decided to do some exploring.  We could barely float through some areas and had to walk through shin deep mud on occasion.  We made it to the back of the marsh and found a few reds that once again wouldn’t eat but not as many as we’d hoped.  We worked our way back towards deeper water to see if the topwater bite had picked up.  On our way there we began seeing several mud boils in front of us and decided to work this area over.  On my third cast into this area I had what I thought was a nice red explode on my She Dog.  As I worked the fish closer to my kayak I could tell that it had some nice size to it but caught a glimpse of silver.  My first thought was that I had large gaff top because of the size and location of the hookup.  We were easily a mile into the marsh where the water was never really deeper than a foot.  It finally broke the surface giving some pretty violent head shakes and I knew it was a big trout.  It only took about one minute to get the fish next to the kayak in such shallow water so I netted her quick and began removing the hooks.  I wanted to get a quick picture of the fish and get her back in the water ASAP to give her the best chance at surviving.  This was a new personal best trout for me at 26 3/4″.  I placed her back in the water and held her tail for a few seconds before she took off.

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We continued to work the area but never found any reds willing to eat.  We would spook plenty as we made our way towards the truck but nothing would ever bite.  As we made our way to the deeper channels that feed the marsh we setup and worked the area for a few trout or maybe a flounder.  David picked up several trout sifting through a few dinks and put a few on the stringer.  I picked up a few dinks and had a ribbon fish nail my hydra bugg and immediately cut my line with its teeth as it went airborne on the hook set.  It was hot and past noon so we started heading back to the truck.  On the way there I heard a good flush in a small cove and went to inspect it.  I saw a red pushing a wake and pitched my Hydra Bugg in its path.  I gave it a couple twitches and thought he would ignore it but he turned on it quickly picking up the Bugg.  After a short fight I netted a nice little 24″ red that David took home to go along with his trout.  It was a pretty slow day but the fish we caught were pretty nice.

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We arrived back at the launch and loaded our kayaks into the trucks.  A recent thread of Texas Kayak Fisherman had prompted me to throw a trash bag in the truck last night when loading up.  David and I had decided we would try and pickup some trash around the launch before heading home in order to help keep the area clean and to hopefully keep some of our launches from being closed up due to the fact that many people will just leave their trash lying around instead of disposing of it properly.  We were both a little surprised when we filled our bag to the top and barely made a dent in the area.

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July Marsh Fishing

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Marsh action this July has been pretty hot over the last few weeks.  Lots of reds have fallen victim to the MirrOlure She Dog in about 2 feet of water along grass lines and in the middle of the open lakes.  Color hasn’t seemed to matter much but I’ve been sticking with bone and chrome She Dog.  During the week leading up to and after the full moon we’ve been having much better luck making trips in the evening.  The fish seem to be feeding the last few hours before the sun goes down and the last few hours before the sun comes up.  Most morning trips were a grind with a few pods being spotted at first light but disappearing shortly afterwards.  The more aggressive bite seem to be lining up perfectly with the major bites times which has made planning trips pretty easy.  Now that the moon isn’t so big and bright I’m hoping the morning bite will pick back up.  Below are a few pics I haven’t really posted along with a short video.

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An Evening Trip With The New Hydra Buggs

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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″.

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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.

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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″.

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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.

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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.

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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″.

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Reds On The Fly (And Conventional)



It’s been a while since I’ve been able to put up a post.  I picked up a few days of summer school over the past week and a half so fishing has been non-existent for me.  Summer school ended Wednesday so I met up with my friend Aaron to see if I couldn’t put him on a few skinny water reds.  Aaron enjoys fly fishing so with the low tides and possibility of seeing plenty of backing reds I figured this could be an interesting trip for him.

We met up at 5 am and launched into the dark.  The winds that have been pounding the Texas coast over the past month or two had completely died the day before which brought the tides back to predicted levels.  Without the usual 20 mph wind we’ve had the water was like glass and paddling was easy.  The downside was the lack of wind made the temperature seem warmer than it really was and the mosquitos were out in full force.  Not even the 98% deet spray could keep them off of us throughout the morning.  We reached the marsh before first light and had about an hour and half before the tide bottomed out.  I realized that this was the lowest I had ever seen this marsh and with water continuing to slowly trickle out for a little while longer we decided to play it safe and headed towards a small channel that would be a foot or so deeper than the surrounding areas.  If the fish were around, they would be somewhere near this channel because the ability to move around the marsh freely was denied due to the lack of water.


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We pulled up to a small marsh lake with a deeper gut leading into it and could immediately hear bait being popped.  Half a dozen reds where in two separate locations and feeding heavily and small shrimp and bait fish.  We were unable to get a bite from these fish so we kept moving towards the deeper channel.  Aaron stopped to setup his Go Pro while I continued to work a shoreline that lead to the location we were trying to reach.  As I approached the channel I could hear several popping noises and knew a pod of redfish was right around the corner.  Sure enough, the pod came out of the channel and into the lake giving me a nice shot at them.  I tossed a 1/4 oz Beastie Bugg out in front of them and had a fish on.  While fighting this fish I saw another pod coming in my direction about 50 yards behind that one and another following it another 50 yards back.  I called for Aaron to catch up and get his fly rod ready.  As I was landing my fish he caught up with me and laid a small fly he had tied out in front of them and hooked up.  My fish went 25.5″ and Aaron’s went a little over 20.

We moved into the channel and found a few more pods roaming the area.  I got greedy and tried for a double hook up on two pods that were only 20 yards apart and lost the first fish I hooked while switching to my other rod.  Aaron moved over to a small lake with plenty of popping noise to find nearly a hundred reds over about 50 yards of shoreline.  I decided to hop on the island and film him while he tried hooking up with his 2nd fish of the day on the fly.  He hooked up after a few minutes and the rest of the fish went nuts.  With all of the fish in such a small area, locating one to cast at was easy, but when a hookup occurred or one got spooked a domino effect occurred spooking the others. After a nice fight with his fish that took him into his backing a time or two Aaron landed his biggest red on the fly to date at 29.5 inches and a little under 9 lbs.


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After that, the rest of the fish seemed to disappear completely.  The bite only lasted about an hour for us but it was fast and furious for that one hour.   A little more water to spread them out some would have been nice but it was still a pretty awesome day on the water and fun watching fish of that size in water so shallow.



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Muddin (5-3-14)


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Man, it’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to hit the marsh for some skinny water reds. April was a busy month without much time to fish so I’m hoping to make up for it during May and on into Summer.

David Calbert and I met up this morning around 6:00 am to fish a really low tide in the marsh. The goal was to locate reds in a few inches of water in hopes of getting in some sight casting. The water levels seemed fine as we launched but we soon found out that it was a little lower than I expected. With the water this low I knew exactly where the fish would be, the only problem was that it was about a half mile paddle through about 4 inches of water. Normally I would get out and drag the kayak through a few areas but there were litteraly hundreds of stingrays swimming around. Rather than taking a chance on getting nailed by one of these guys we decided to stay in the yaks and push through.


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We eventually made it to the area I was hoping to reach and it didn’t disappoint.  Multiple drains meeting in one spot have created a 5 foot gut about 15 x 15 yards that serves as a great area for reds to gather during extremely low tides.  They normally hang out in the deeper hole but will venture out within 25 yards of this area pushing through inches of water exposing their entire bodies.  While this sight is one of the more amazing things to see while in the marsh, it can be difficult to get a bite, especially this early in the spring.  As soon as I reached the area I happened to look down and see a red about 5 feet from the yak. I flipped my 1/4 oz Beastie Bugg a few feet in front of its face, gave a small twitch, and had the first red of the day that went 21″.


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David joined me a few minutes later and decided to focus on the deeper area with a popping cork.   It wasn’t long before I heard him holler “fish on”.  After a nice 5 minute fight he netted a nice 27″ red.


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I decided to venture out a little to look for fish in shallower water. I hadn’t paddled but about 15 yards and found exactly what I was looking for.  At least a dozen single reds were pushing head wakes within close proximity to the gut we had just reached.  I spent the first 15 minutes watching and trying to film some of the action with my old Playsport only to find out later that zooming in as far as the camera is capable of makes everything really grainy which means I wasted 15 minutes of fishing and several shots at exposed reds.


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I finally put down the camera and took a shot at one of the reds with the same Bugg as before and hooked up.  The red went a little over 26″ and ended up being my best red of the day.  I thought I had captured some great video footage with my GoPro attached to my hat, but it was pointed a little too high and missed pretty much everything.  I should have connected it to my iPhone to check what was viewed but got a little too excited and hoped for the best.  A rookie mistake.


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We decided to move to another drain nearby and each had shots at multiple fish along the way but couldn’t get any takers.  On the way to the next area the wind went from nearly non existent to 20 mph with gusts to 30 according to my iPhone.  At this point the water turned brown, casting became difficult, and we began seeing less and less fish.  David hooked into another red down a narrow channel but lost it after about a 10 second fight.  We tried searching the area for more reds but the lack of water and high winds made everything difficult.  We decided to call it a day and headed back to the truck which took more than an hour paddling straight into the wind the entire way back.  The quality of fish was nice, however, we didn’t quiet catch the numbers I was hoping for.  The good thing is this is only the beginning of shallow muddy marsh season with plenty of trips to come in the near future.

This trip did allow me to really put my new Werner Shuna paddle through the rigorous abuse that occurs during marsh fishing.  Quiet often your paddle becomes your push pole when you are forced to fight your way through thick mud in shallow water along with hitting it against random patches of oyster shell.  The blades performed great and never showed any signs of breaking under pressure.


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Five Must Have Lures For Spring Time Redfish

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With the first day of spring approaching quickly, I’ve already started making preparations for redfish to return to the shallow marshy waters here along the Texas coast. I’ve enjoyed winter trout fishing as much as the next guy, but for me nothing beats stalking reds through a foot of muddy water on a bright sunny day. It’s a style of fishing that requires great patience and the ability to make accurate casts that I have come to enjoy more than any other. While spring tends to bring unfavorable winds that can be torture to the weekend kayaker, it also brings warmer weather and an abundance of bait. It’s a time of the year that many anglers welcome with open arms.

Over the last couple of days I’ve been going through my gear to see what tackle needs to be transferred from storage to the kayak. With so many choices between soft plastics, twitch baits, topwaters, spoons, crankbaits, and numerous other lures, deciding what to bring is always a tough choice. Like most people, I have a few favorites that I never leave home without during the warmer months. Each one serves a specific purpose depending on the area or type of structure I’m fishing along with what the fish seem to want on that particular day. They are lures I have used in the past with great success and as a result I have developed great confidence in each of them. That confidence is the main reason they work so well for me. When I tie one on, I know that it’s capable of producing and expect it to catch fish. Listed below are those five lures and the reasons why I never fish the marsh without them.






1. Gulp and a Popping Cork


A tried and true method that has been proven to catch redfish, Gulp under a popping cork is a great way to bring the fish to you. The chugging noise created by the cork after a solid pull on your rod produces the same sound and splash a redfish makes while feeding. Midcoast Popping CorkWhen nearby fish hear this, they head towards the cork and the scent from the Gulp takes care of the rest. It is a very versatile bait that casts well in the wind and allows you to fish different depths of the water depending on the length you make your leader. It works well when fished along grassy shorelines and marsh drains, but really excels when used over or around shallow clumps of oyster.


Midcoast Products makes a great popping cork called the Evolution that I like to use. It’s a very durable cork made with a stainless steel wire that can withstand the abuse from several dozen redfish before needing to be replaced. I like to use a 1/16th ounce jighead so that after each pull on the rod, the gulp falls at a nice slow pace similar to injured or dying bait. I won my first redfish tournament using the Evolution paired with a Gulp pogy to catch both of my fish. The versatility and effectiveness of this combo makes it a must have in your tackle box.


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2. MirrOLure She Dog


When it comes to fishing, everyone loves a good topwater bite. What makes it even more exciting is the ability to see that big wake appear behind your lure before the fish explodes on to your bait. shedogWhile the hookup ratio may not always be great, the thrill of multiple attacks in a single cast is enough to keep most of us from switching lures. While it’s a fun bait to throw, it is also a great lure when fishing near oyster and grass that lies just below the surface. Its ability to stay on top of the water allows you to fish it in areas where underwater grass and shell tend to be a problem for other lures. The walk the dog movement can be retrieved at different speeds and does a great job of imitating an injured baitfish. The noise from the rattles and small splashes made are great ways to help fish locate your bait. I like to keep a topwater tied to one of my rods on most trips. I may not use it every time out, but like to have one available if the opportunity presents itself.


I’ve experimented with a dozen brands of topwaters and the one that I’ve had the most success with is the MirrOLure She Dog. It’s conveniently priced and comes in two additional sizes. I normally use the She Dog (4 inches) but will switch to a She Pup (3.5 inches) if I’m getting lots of short strikes. There is also a He Dog (4.75 inches) that works well on windy days when the water gets choppy. The high frequency rattles do a great job of enticing fish to eat on really slow days.


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3. Buggs Lures


One of my favorite things about kayak fishing is the ability to go where most others can’t. Paddling through water that’s less than a foot deep in search of skinny water reds has become my favorite way of fishing. While finding tailing or backing reds in the spring is exciting, it can also be down right frustrating at times. Most of these fish have spent the last few months in slightly deeper areas so it takes them a month or two before they become more comfortable with the shallow water lifestyle again. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASplashes from larger baits can easily spook fish making it difficult to convince one to eat of many days. I used soft plastics for a while before discovering Buggs Lures. These lightweight lures are made locally in the Houston area and tied like flies using a special jighead that always lands with the hook facing up. They are one of the softest landing baits I have found making them perfect for shallow water reds. The bunny fur used on these lures undulates with the movement of the water while waiting to be found giving it life like qualities. It usually requires just a few small twitches or a slow drag across a muddy bottom and redfish are all over it.

My favorite Bugg is a Beastie Bugg in the 1/4-ounce size. The 1/8-ounce size is great on days with little or no wind while the 3/8-ounce is good for windy days or while fishing deeper areas. As far as sight casting baits go, it is always my first choice.


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4. Chicken Boy Shrimp


Soft plastics are baits that I carry with me year round. The brand, size, and style may change from season to season, Chicken Boy 4" Shrimpbut some form of soft plastic is always available on my kayak. While I don’t use them much in the winter, Chicken Boy Shrimp have become my favorite soft plastic to use during the spring, summer, and fall. Another locally produced bait from the Houston area, this bait works well when redfish are keyed in on shrimp. It is a very durable soft plastics capable of withstanding multiple fish before needing to be switched out. They work well when bounced along the bottom or reeled in at a steady pace. On a windy day when I’m having trouble accurately casting a Bugg, this becomes my sight-casting lure paired with a 1/6th ounce jighead. If I were only allowed one soft plastic to use year round, this would be my top choice.


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5. Manns 1-Minus Crankbait


The Manns 1-Minus is the best subsurface search bait I have found for fishing shallow water. At top speed this bait will dive to a maximum depth of 1 foot and if reeled at a slower pace will only dive an inch or two deep.Manns Baby 1-Minus Crankbait The advantage here is that you can still fish below the surface but do not have to worry about hanging up on grass or shell bottoms. It puts off great vibrations and allows me to quickly cover a small marsh lake or cove thoroughly in a matter of minutes. It’s also a great bait for beginners or children because all it requires is a steady retrieve at the speed of your choice. I have purchased several of these crankbaits in the past and all have come with freshwater hooks that will require changing. Once the hooks have been exchanged, these little guys are ready to go and redfish will crush them.


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These five lures are proven winners in my book. With them, I feel like I’m prepared for any situation that could possibly arise while chasing reds during the spring season. I’m always open to trying new lures, but will carry these five with me at all times over the next several months.




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The Fisherman’s Journal


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The October issue of “The Fisherman’s Journal” was released this morning and includes my “How to Fish a Marsh” article. This online fishing magazine based out of Florida focuses on kayak fishing for both fresh and saltwater species. It comes out once a month and includes great articles, tips, interviews, product reviews, and much more. Check it out, along with other great articles from accomplished kayak anglers across the country by clicking the link below.


http://thefishermansjournal.com/Magazines/October2013/main.swf



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1/4 oz Beasite Bugg (New Penny) Red

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I made a quick trip to Pierce Marsh last Wednesday after getting out of a workshop a little earlier than I had anticipated.  I was hoping for low tides but the water was running nearly a 1/2 foot higher than predicted and didn’t seem to be moving much.  I didn’t have much luck until right around sun down.  I blew out half a dozen fish between 6 and 7 but they weren’t moving or feeding on anything.  About the time the sun went below the horizon the marsh seemed to come alive.  I could hear bait being busted along the grass lines and around each small point.  I hooked a couple of rat reds before finally hooking up with a nice 26 incher on the way back to the truck.  In the video below you can see the fish coming around the point right before I make my cast.  I had a 1/4 oz Beastie Bugg (New Penny) and the fish completely inhaled it before taking off.


http://www.buggs-fishing-lures.com




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