Personal best by @blakecasares Anyone else caught a red drum recently? #personalbest #catchandrelease
Last year we were catching large numbers of small redfish in the ten thousand island area. Looks like they are getting bigger fast! Portuguese: Ano passado a gente estava pegando muitos redfish pequenos na região das dez mil ilhas. Parece que eles estão crescendo rápido!
These cold days have me reminiscing about warmer days in the Louisiana marsh a couple weeks back. Nothing beats pluckin pumpkins out of the grass with a topwater. Literally spent 90% of this day standing and watching, with every cast of the Skitterwalk being at a fish I could see. Anyone else ever just get into the zone, and you feel like you know EXACTLY what the fish are doing around you? These gals were all hunting way up in the thick grass, and I had to cause a ruckus on the surface to lure them out. I think I landed 9 slots this day.
A lot of people like chartreuse tails for skinny, stained inshore fishing. I usually go with a chart head instead and leave the body a natural color. This gal fell for the Z Man Shrimpz pitched right in front of her face. Didn’t even get a chance to twitch it. Here’s a good video on sight casting that l put together: https://youtu.be/3sJxz3otewk
Anotha one. If you ever find yourself chasing redfish in shallow, muddy water and aren’t a snob, tie on a popping cork, put a leader below it as long as the water is deep, and then an 1/8oz jighead with a Gulp! Shrimp on it. It may not be the most epic way to catch fish, but it just flat out works. Toss it about 4 feet from any fish you see (or where you think one is) and give it 3 hard pops. Don’t land it too close though! The idea is to get it close enough that they can hear it pop, but it’ll spook em if you land it too close. When the fishing is tough, this is my go-to.
The reds are chewing in Pointe aux Chene, LA (they always are, really). They’re way up in the grass at the higher tides, and I was having trouble presenting a bait to them. So I tied on a spook and a popping cork and decided to convince them to come to me. Look for signs (wakes, tails, blow ups or even just grass blades moving unnaturally) and then cast just outside the grass near them. Make a bunch of commotion (4-5 twitches of the spook) and then pause and let it sit. They’ll come out and smack it. This was #9 on the day when no one else in my group caught anything.