So its official. It’s now the holiday season and for everyone who reads my posts they know that this time of year is also a great time to be on the water fishing. For example not only have catches of 100+ trout and redfish inshore been a regular occurrence on a 6 hour trip but near shore wrecks have also been producing huge numbers of black sea bass, bull redfish, grouper, snapper, and more. Today I find myself reading a text message from a fellow captain who sent me a picture of a huge 7+ pound trout which read one 7, 2 at 6, and 3 over 4 caught from land in down town and thinking to myself that I would love to be on the water but approaching rains mixed with tornado warning and watches keep me feeling behind bars. Cant really complain though after last weeks success. I had a trip on Thursday and WOW the fish were going crazy. We first stopped at a spot to find several schools of redfish tailing and eating ever thing in their paths. While David cast a white Fishbites jerk bait I polled the HB close to the school and they either didn’t know we were there fighting a fish or didn’t care. We went on to catch a dozen or so all sight cast to and moved on.
The trout bite has just been incredible. While filming a show with Mark Melnyk on Friday the winds blew 20knts we managed to catch 4 tailing redfish on fly which were Marks 1st redfish on fly and biggest at 12 pounds and then moved on to catch over 200 trout on spin and fly using Fishbites Extreme bait’s and clousers. Saturday David and his brother (David from Thursday) again just smoked the reds and David landed one fish over 15 pounds. Sunday I fished Lena and her husband John and they were new to Salt Water Fly fishing. Conditions were great light winds and clear water. It was the first day of winter to me when waters get very clear and the skies are blue. We got to watch some great tailing fish in mirror like conditions and well lets just say we caught a few too.