Posts Tagged With: pods

3 Reds in 10 Minutes Video

I salvaged enough footage from this past weekends trip to put together a short video.  My camera was aiming a little higher than I had thought but some of the video turned out alright.

 

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Schools Before School

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Yesterday was my last official day of summer break.  To say I had a great summer of fishing would be a huge understatement.  I was able to hit the water about 2 times a week for most of June, July, and August and fish with some good friends along with a few new ones.  I had a 9th place finish at the Lone Star Kayak Series on my first official day off along with a 3rd place finish last weekend.  I caught my personal best trout that was a hair less than 27″ and really refined my topwater game.  My birthday is next month and my wife and I decided we would have a small get together at the house and celebrate with a fish fry.  I haven’t kept too many fish this summer so the freezer was running a little low.  With plans to leave town for a few days next weekend and the party the week after that, I decided to hit the water with Jared yesterday to end summer with a bang and do a little “grocery shopping” for the party.

We launched shortly after 6 and started making our way into the marsh.  I had already spoke with a good friend and knew that a few schools had been roaming the area we were heading to over the past few weeks.  We entered the lake where the fish had been hanging out and split up to locate the pods.  The birds weren’t to active at this time but it wasn’t long before I spotted several schools in one corner of the lake.  Jared arrived and we immediately went work.  I started out using my spinning reel with a Chicken Boy Shrimp on a 1/4 oz jig head.  My goal was to keep my distance and pick fish off of the edge or near back of the pod in hopes that they would stay together and continue working the area.  I made a few casts around the outskirts of the pod but didn’t have any takers.  While casting at that pod I glanced to my left to see another one heading right towards my kayak.  We were eventually going to collide so let the lure fly and it landed in the middle of them.  This caused an immediate hookup and the pod exploded.  I landed a solid 27″ red and he was lit up like a pumpkin.

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I strung him quickly and noticed Jared was hooked up as well.  I located the next pod and fired a cast out in front of them.  I felt the thump and set the hook but it came flying back at me and tangled around the end of my rod.  I quickly dropped it and grabbed my bait caster with a Hydra Bugg and hooked up on the first cast.  I horsed that fish to the net in under a minute and quickly put him on the stringer.  The Chicken Boy I had been throwing with the other rod was still tangled up and the lure was sitting in the water while I was stringing my second fish.  Apparently a good sized red swam by and picked it up because my rod nearly shot out of my lap before I was able to grab it.  The line was tangled around the rod tip and the fish snapped the 30 lb. braid quickly with one strong run.  I located another pod about 30 yards away and made my way towards them.  As soon as I was in casting distance I launched the Hydra Bugg out in front of them and a few twitches later I had my 3rd fish on the line.  I landed that fish, strung it, and saw that Jared was hooked up as well and had been for a while.  I thought he had a good over slot red, but it turns out he had somehow hooked a 20″ black drum in the tail and it was putting up quiet a fight.  It took roughly ten minutes to string my limit which was the fastest I had ever done that.

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The half a dozen pods we were on dispersed so we worked the area with she dogs for a while but didn’t have any luck.  We decided to leave that lake and fish another that was nearby with lots of mud and shell around a foot and a half deep.  I continued throwing my she dog while Jared worked a popping cork with gulp.  Jared hooked up with a sold 24″ red within the first 10 minutes so I switched over to a popping cork while we slowly crab walked towards the launch.  We picked up a few more reds on the popping corks on our drift and I sight casted a 18″ red with a Hot Pink Hydra Bugg right before we reached the truck.  I was able to take home 6 reds and a black drum which put a major dent in the amount of fish we will need in a few weeks.  I’m hoping that one more trip like that during this upcoming long holiday weekend will be enough to feed everyone that is able to make the party.  It was a nice ending to a great summer.

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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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