by Capt. Adam Jaynes
The redfish have continued to rule the show over the last few weeks and other than my poor electric fillet knife I don't think anybody is complaining. I have had the opportunity hear lately to bring some younger fisherman out on the water along with their parents and everyone has had a blast. I now have the sound of a Zebco drag screaming permanently in my head! I am not sure who has been more worn out at the end of the century long battles, if the redfish were able to speak I am almost certain they would be screaming to be put on ice! It has been a privilege to put these young anglers on their first redfish and hopefully many more to come in their future.
It was all smiles...
Hurry up it's heavy!
Gonna take two hands to hold this one up..
We have been targeting the redfish in the open lake under the birds by switching to heavier jigheads and larger tails. A 3/8oz or 1/2oz jighead is sufficient paired up with a TTF Trout Killer and you're in business. I have been throwing mainly East Beast and Glo/Chartreuse but everyone I talk to seems to be doing equally well with their own favorite colors.
Chase's redfish was just 26" and pulled the boga grip to 9lbs...
If you are planning on fishing the birds a trolling motor is absolutely invaluable. Being able to control your boat and not interrupt a school of feeding fish will drastically improve the amount of catching that takes place on your boat. I don't care how quiet you think your four stroke is above the surface, I can promise you that it is loud as all get out below the waterline. If you don't believe me then you have obviously never flushed it while running at your house. Keith Daley called earlier and promised to beat any price on a new MinnKota as well as GPS/Fish Finders. He can get any out of stock trolling motor or GPS/Fish Finder within a couple days also. Keith is the owner of Daley's Hunt N Fish at 6701 Jade Ave. in Port Arthur, TX.
There is still an abundance of undersized trout out in the lake but pretty much every school has at least a few reds milling around underneath. To catch better trout I have been throwing the Maniac Mullet, the slow sink has been the real deal. The orange fire and the pink have been the main colors I am throwing. The same tails that I am using for the redfish have also worked well but downsizing the jighead to either a 1/8oz or 1/16oz and working the tail just below the surface.
Tanner landed his first redfish but wasn't about to stop there!
We have found our biggest redfish chasing shrimp up and down the shorelines. They haven't been able to resist a bone Geaux Dog, if these explosions don't get your heart pounding you must be dead! Dad and I were able to get in another day on the water together here recently. He put his new rod from Sarge to good use as we caught trout and redfish until we decided to call it quits. There was never a dull moment and catching the majority of our fish on top was the icing on the cake.
Dad put a whippin on this stud redfish with his new Sarge Customs Rod
Those anglers that are ignoring the bird bite and targeting trout on the flats and ledges of the ICW are still catching the lion's share of the better quality fish. It is far from a bite or landing a fish on every cast but is still very rewarding if not more. I know where I can't wait to be, sliding over the side of my new Haynie HO, waders on, armed with a Sarge Customs, Core 50mg spooled up with some 30lb FINS Windtamer, casting a Flush at nothing but five pound plus trout…. Yeah, that sounds like heaven to me!