After much deliberation on whether or not to make the trip due to high wind forecast and moderate chance of thunderstorms my buddy and I couldn't bear the thought of re-scheduling so we confirmed w/ Scott Wed evening the trip was a go. Scott emailed me the day before and told me due to the conditions it was either going to be a "hero or zero kinda day". Well, luckily it turned out to be the former rather than the latter! We arrived at the launch Thursday morning to find surprisingly calm winds and mostly clear skies. Imagine that, the weatherman over-predicted the wind, the day was already looking exceptionally well. We got into the marsh and quickly find some solo bareback reds cruising along the shoreline. They were being a little picky early on but we manage to catch a couple on redfish magic spinner baits. After awhile we arrived at a small marsh lake that had a small drain funneling into it from the still falling tide due to the NW winds caused by Isaac (the marsh was super-low). At this point, it seems every 5 seconds Scott is calling out "12 0'clock, 3 o'clock, 8 o' clock" we were surrounded to say the least. Also, the marsh drain feeding into the lake had turned into some sort of back-exposed, feeding redfish assembly line. We would just watch them 1 by 1 work their way down the drain until they got into casting distance and we would pick them off w/ TTF KFMs.
File comment: Here is my buddy Chris with his first ever redfish on his first trip in the marsh (he is surely forever ruined after this trip)
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After that died down a bit, Scott poled us back into a bayou where he had noticed some schools crushing mullet. This is where the day went from amazing to blow your mind unbelievable. As we start down the bayou we intersect the first wave of schooling reds feeding in a piranha like behavior. Even with our not exactly "deadeye" casting abilities throwing into these schools was a sure catch. Of course With the exception of one school that got to make its way on by us due to our lines getting tangled in the excitement
. After we landed a couple in the schools, Scott tied me on a hot pink skitterwalk (I would have never thought to throw a topwater in mid-day) and man am I glad he did. the next school that came barreling through I tossed the skitterwalk into the middle of them and a mid/upper slot nailed it. I caught a few more nice slots on the top and my buddy caught several slots, still throwing the KFM. By the end of the day we had caught well above our limit of slot reds and got to see probably over a 100 redfish.
here is a couple more pics from the day
File comment: one i caught on the skitterwalk
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File comment: Chris with another one
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Scott went above and beyond to make sure we were catching fish and he was happy to share his knowledge on how to target reds. He also does a great job of keeping you entertained throughout the day, all while working his tail off poling you around. Thanks again Scott for a great day on the water and forever spoiling Chris to saltwater fishing......seriously he doesn't stand a chance