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Hard-Hitting Tips For Visible Redfish
Few sights can get an inshore angler's blood pumping like a dozen dotted redfish tails piercing the water's surface in a calm backwater cove. The experience of sight-casting to redfish in ultra-shallow water can be exhilarating when the bronze bruisers cooperate, but it's downright maddening when they don't.
Try these tips the next time you come across a pod of picky marsh-dwelling reds.
It's easy to let your excitement get the best of you when a school of hungry redfish tauntingly wave their tails within casting distance of your boat or kayak. Most...
She had every reason in the book not to be there, but she was - a 25-3/4" Texas trout bloated to nearly 7 pounds after feasting on hundreds of freshly hatched shad.
My tournament partner and I launched the boat that morning with the purpose of doing some light recon for the upcoming redfish derby season. We employed the typical springtime methodologies for finding fish and were rewarded with a somewhat slow, but steady redfish bite.
We'd tanked two limits of healthy mid-slot reds by 10:00 a.m. and were fishing quickly from spot to spot in an effort to further hone the basic pattern we'd discovered. We shut down the outboard and dropped the trolling motor near a shallow, shell-covered flat. My...
What's the most difficult time of year to locate and catch inshore fish?
I've asked this question to dozens of anglers of all skill levels and I've noticed an interesting trend. When talking to folks who are new to inshore fishing and average weekend warriors, I mostly hear two responses – the dead of winter and the heat of summer.
Valid responses, no doubt. The extreme temperatures that accompany both seasons can put fish in a funk and make them reluctant to bite.
However, when I ask the same question to guides and experienced anglers with thousands of hours of on-the-water experience, I get a different answer. They'll tell you that right now, during the spring, is when they have the hardest time staying on a solid pattern.
The consensus among the more...
Last summer I headed out in the kayak to chase shallow, schooling redfish in Galveston Bay with a couple buddies. After sight-casting at mid-slot schoolers for much of the morning, we beached the kayaks in the spartina grass to retool tackle and rehydrate our bodies.
As we snipped off our soft-plastics and replaced them with spinnerbaits and topwaters to compensate for the increasing afternoon winds, our talk turned to a simple, yet intriguing subject: What do we enjoy most about fishing?
In a casual conversation most anglers would give the same basic answers. You're sure to hear the usual stuff about watching the sunrise, the smell of coastal air on a crisp morning and the excitement of the pursuit of trophy-caliber fish. Worthy answers, no doubt. But when you really...
Let's face it. Reel maintenance sucks. But not as much as throwing away a neglected reel that's been reduced to a hunk of seized-up sludge because you didn't know the proper way keep it clean.
Most inshore anglers don't want to come home from a long day in the bay just to sit down for another 2 hours to meticulously break down, clean and oil their reels. So what happens? Usually those coveted combos get a quick blast of freshwater out of the hose before they sit on the shelf until the next outing. Or in some cases, the reels get no attention at all. Been there, done that.
If you're fine with spending lots of dough and constantly replenishing your reel arsenal, read no further. But if you want to save a wad of cash with a little bit of simple maintenance, this blog's for...
about the author
Texan Jason Bryant has written about fresh and saltwater fishing for more than a decade. When he's not chasing redfish in his poling skiff, you'll find him dodging pirates and looking for mean Mexico largemouths at Lake Falcon.