After spending the morning and early afternoon at the Houston Bar Association Civil Appellate Bench/Bar Conference, I was ready to exchange the suit and tie for a more comfortable AFTCO fishing shirt and Columbia PFG shorts and hit the causeway with my buddy Shoffer, who that morning had texted a few of us alerting us to a small window of low winds between 11p-2a. We made plans to launch around 10-10:30 and get a couple of hours in before the winds picked up. He made it on time; I got stuck in traffic.
At about 10:30 I get a text from Shoffer that his first cast resulted in a 17" speck. Damn him. I was still 30 minutes away. I launch right at 11 and paddle out to the lights. I find one that looks appealing, fire a tandem rig that I made with two 2" swim shad, and BAM, land a 17" speck. This is going to be a good night. I send a text to Shoffer, who informs me he already has four keepers in the bag. I have some work to do to catch up to him.
For the next 2 1/2 hours, I drift through the lights, seemingly getting a bite on every other cast, and landing a fish about every fifth cast. I went through four tandem rigs, two made by me, the other two TTF swim shad in glow. The fish were throwing up glass minnows and small shad so the lures of choice were spot on.
The current was ripping pretty good so I had to spend a fair amount of time paddling back to a spot after catching a fish. I know - a good problem to have. Overall, I landed 25-30 trout keeping eight specks 16-18". I also caught two undersized reds and an undersized flounder. Shoffer ended up keeping eight specks as well. We headed back to the launch around 1:45a, into the wind and against the current. After the blast we had catching fish all night, the paddle in didn't seem so bad. It was a tough paddle but I was smiling the whole time.
I loaded up and headed home, stopping at Buc-ee's for coffee, a styrofoam cooler, and bag of ice. When I got home, I ended up taking a nap in my car because I realized I was covered in fish scales and caked-on slime and I didn't want to wake anyone up getting into the shower. Not quite as comfortable as a Dandy Don inspired kayak man nap but I didn't have to worry about drifting out into the bay.
I can't wait for the sequel.