- Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:25 am
As Ron mentioned, he and I teamed up on Saturday, as I needed to fish close to a launch as I had some family duties that evening back home.
We started where he and Willi fished prior, but the tide/water level was different and the fish weren't acting quite the same. Nevertheless, we caught a couple of reds before moving to another location - Blekville.
It wasn't long before the black drum started showing up and I started setting a pattern.
A pattern of catching black drum and fucking up good shots. I was seeing fish, but yes Ron, I need to work on my casting.
Ron wanted to get his blek on, see he finally got down off the poling platform and caught a few. Ron is working on his form as well.
Fish continued to get pulled over the side of the boat.
Unfortunately the time was nearing 2:00 - my cutoff time to get back to the launch and make it home in time. Ron made the correct decision to hit one more spot before heading back. A few fish were seen but none were caught until we reached the small pond at the end of the bayou. As Ron said, he pointed out the fish he saw with its back out of the water. By the time I saw it, only the tail was still sticking out of the water. The tail seemed like it had color, but I had been fooled earlier by a few black drum. I could see the bright fish in the water, and as Ron mentioned, I assumed it was a big black drum.
The fish was slightly quartering to me and I cast as close as I could to the side of the fish - no reaction. Typical. As with most black drum, the fly has to get almost directly under their face for them to eat. I didn't want to line the fish but I had to try something different so I cast to the left side of the fish and drug it the only place where the fish could see it because of the lack of water clarity - directly under her face.
The fish ate and began to run. As the fish ran, I could see it come to the surface and get a better look at it. This was no black drum. It was the biggest redfish I had caught in a LONG while and probably my longest fish to date. When they have a paddle like this, they are pretty good at swimming and fighting.
It was a great ending to a great day fishing with a great friend at the last minute to get home. Thanks Ron for making it happen.
... there are two kind of anglers, sight fishermen and the rest of you. If you don't see it first, it doesn't count. - Long Haired Dave
Bait fishermen and flatlanders that can't catch redfish spend more time fishing for specks - Redchaser