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By fishingchef
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Decided to give Moses Lake a try after my successful day BTB trip to High Island on Monday. Launched from the Fish Spot around 7 am. Light winds and good water clarity.

Had a nice sunrise to greet me.
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There was lots of bait in the water all day. What looked like small shad was being dive bombed by terns and pelicans all morning. I did not see any birds that looked like they were hitting bait that was being pushed up by feeding fish underneath. I picked a likely line heading towards a distant shoreline and set up a drift in 4-5 ft. of water over mud and scattered shell. I like to have a dead bait dragging behind me while I'm drifting in the kayak and throw plastics in front. Only had the bait out for a couple of minutes on my first drift and got this nice sized gafftop on fresh cut mullet. Released him to fight another day.
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Not 3 minutes later I get a big run on another chunk of mullet. Turned out to be a nice 27 3/4" red that went over 7.5#. It is becoming Redfish on the Half Shell tomorrow night.
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At the end of this same drift (it was a really long one) I picked up a dink trout and this 18" rat red on a TTF Red Killer.
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I changed locations and set up another drift in about 6 ft. of water over sand. I could see lots of bait swimming and jumping. Got a double with a fat sandtrout on plastic and a croaker on mullet. Also picked up one other fat sandtrout. The trout became fish tacos today.
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On the same drift I caught this little chip flounder to round out my slam.
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I had a couple of solid hookups that came up empty then landed another 18" rat red.
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The wind kicked up around 11:30 and I was off the water by 1 pm. It was a good day catching some fish and I got a good workout paddling back to the launch. Moses Lake is a good place to fish with lots of different structure within a small paddling area. I'm not sure how it will be during the heat of the summer though.
One thing I noticed was that all three of the reds that I caught had multiple spots. I think it gives them a little more character.

Tight Lines,

Chef
Last edited by fishingchef on Fri May 15, 2009 12:10 am, edited 1 time in total.
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By fishingchef
#1256706
FlounderPounder57 wrote:Were you fishing the mullet under a cork?


I fish the cut mullet on the bottom with a bait size circle hook on a 1/4 ounce fish finder rig. I like using a light weight because I leave the rod in the holder and it is easier to glance over and see if I am dragging across whatever bottom structure there is or if I am getting a bite. This technique of having a bait dragged behind me as i am drifting has worked for me on my last 3 or 4 bay trips.
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By fishingchef
#1257115
Did some grilling tonight. My girlfriend is leaving going out of the country for 2 weeks so we had a going away dinner for her and her family. I made redfish on the halfshell, grilled cauliflower and green beans. On the redfish, sprayed the skin side with cooking spray, seasoned the meat with salt, pepper, tony chacheres, and lemon juice. Topped that with a slaw of carrots, mushrooms, onions, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper, and a little bit of mayo. Placed on top of the fish, covered with lemon slices, and drizzled with olive oil. Everything turned out beyond excellent.
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ChuckMutina wrote:How long do you leave it on the grill and at what temp? Direct heat or fire box? Wood or charcoal? Just wanting to learn new ideas.


I did this half shell on a gas grill, medium direct heat. I put it on the grill and closed the lid. This allows the inside to heat and "bake" the fish. You can do the same with wood or charcoal.
By booo52
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fishingchef wrote:Did some grilling tonight. My girlfriend is leaving going out of the country for 2 weeks so we had a going away dinner for her and her family. I made redfish on the halfshell, grilled cauliflower and green beans. On the redfish, sprayed the skin side with cooking spray, seasoned the meat with salt, pepper, tony chacheres, and lemon juice. Topped that with a slaw of carrots, mushrooms, onions, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper, and a little bit of mayo. Placed on top of the fish, covered with lemon slices, and drizzled with olive oil. Everything turned out beyond excellent.
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OMG loooks amazing!!) I want to try this fish!!
And will be good with my cauliflower recipe - Baked cauliflower buffalo bites https://greenann.com/recipe/cauliflower-buffalo-bites/ Sooo tasty!)
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