I had my son and his friend with me in Old Bessie, the name they have given the tandem they paddle around in. We hit my favorite light first and I told them to cast past it, count to four as their lure drifts through the light, and bounce it back to them. Each of them hit a speck on the first cast, but they were just shy of legal. They each make another cast, and another speck and a rat red. I tell them there has to be a slot red in there so I fire my cast to where I have pulled no fewer than four slot reds in the past few trips. The familiar pull as my line starts tightening and then racing around. My son's friend yells "Are you freakin' kidding me?" A minute or two later I net the 23" red and slide him into my fish bag. Not a bad start to the night.
I tell them we should move on to the canals and as we enter the first group of canals, they go left and I go right. About fifteen minutes later, we meet back in the middle where they have three specks on a stringer. I have another light that I have grown to like that my good buddy Shoffer has introduced me to. I tell them to take first casts, and again they double up. My son's friend with a dink speck and my son with a 21" red. Their stringer is starting to look respectable.
Again we spilt up in the canal, they go left, I go right. My first light results in another red, this one at 22". I manage to miss a couple of good sized trout and I think it is because I am using a new jjighead, the Z-Man articulated Texas Trout Eye. It is rigged weedless and I just didn't get good hook sets. The reds were setting themselves.
We meet back up and the boys have added two more specks to their stringer. Headed back, we hit Shoffer's light again and I put a speck in my bag and my son adds another red to their stringer. As we paddle back to the launch, I smile at the sight of two boys on a kayak dragging two reds and five trout behind them. I tell them we should hit my favorite light again, you know, just for giggles. They double up on reds which was a fun sight to see. They managed not to get tangled and once we see that only one of them is going to be a keeper, he gets the priority on positioning and I pedal over to get an assist with the net. Since the red is in my net I just throw it into my bag and as the current has pushed them towards the launch they just paddle towards home. I make one last cast and add another speck to my bag.
We are off the water by 4a.
All fish were caught on Down South lures. Glow with chartreuse tail. Mine were on the aforementioned 1/8 Texas Trout Eye articulated jighead. The boys had the regular 1/8 oz Redfish Eye jighead.
Interesting note: One of the redfish only had one pectoral fin. How it lived as long as it did with one pectoral fin seems strange to me. Redfish bellies were full of shrimp. No fish that I could tell.
Another side note: Someone on the TKF Facebook page posted about fishing with a throwback rod/reel so I took my son's old Zebco 303 out with me. Caught three dinks on it using a 4" Tsunami holographic minnow. Kind of glad I didn't catch anything bigger with it.