After the big wild weekend of catching monster redfish in numbers I never dreamed of, I wondered how I would feel back out on my home water, chasing mostly slot sized redfish. Would I be ruined? Would the thrill be gone from catching 7 and 8 pounders after feeling the backing stretching pull of a 28 pound redfish? Today is the last day of my 4 day weekend, tomorrow it's back to work and reality. This morning I got up, got my daughter dressed and dropped her off at school. After dropping her off I came back by the house and picked up my boat, I pulled out of the driveway at 8am.
There's a particular pond that's been good lately, the only issue is that it's VERY shallw and today a very strong low was predicted. Doing the conversions I figured the tide would be bottoming out at that pond at about noon, and at the predicted level, the pond would be left high and dry. My window would be short. Get in, catch a few fish, and get out before getting stranded.
I launched and made the run to the pond, the wind had picked up quite a bit out of the S.E. The water was still fairly high but ripping out at a frenetic pace. I headed strait back to the Southeast corner of the pond figuring I could work the bank that ran from S.E. to N.W. and end up back by the entrance any my safe escape.
I wasn't on the pole long when I spotted the first school of fish in open water. I poled to get upwind of them, I wanted to be able to drift into them, shoot a couple of pictures, then grab my rod and catch a fish. I did as planned and as I held the fish I caught to release him, I realized that for the past several minutes my thoughts had been on nothing other than that school of fish. As I approached that school my pulse had quickened, my vision had narrowed to a tunnel and I saw nothing other than that school and my awareness was limited to those fish and the loop of my fly line...I wasn't ruined, even after catching giant fish in shallow water, I still love what I do day in and day out on my home water.
I made good use of the short window I had. Fish were active, cruising the banks in pods of 5-10 fish like gangs of thugs looking for shrimp to carjack. There were plenty of fish cruising the open flats in singles and doubles. I caught 9 fish, kept 3 small ones for dinner. I also caught another damn spotless redfish. I've fished Louisiana's waters all of my life and had never seen a spotless redfish in person prior to this weekend. Now I've caught 2 within 3 days on opposite ends of the state and seen another nearly spotless one come ot the boat.
Big fish down east are fun, and I'm certainly going to do it again, but it's good to be home.
Open water school
Spotless wonder I like them better with spots. Think I'll start keeping all the spotless ones to get them out of the gene pool. I don't care how many big fish you've caught, if your heart doesn't race when you see a school of 6 pound redfish doing this, something is wrong with your soul.
Thugs in the grass. Back to work tomorrow..