Had a nice sunrise to greet me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the same drift I caught this little chip flounder to round out my slam.
I had a couple of solid hookups that came up empty then landed another 18" rat red.
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.