- Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:23 pm
[report]Lurgee had to come to Lafayette for business so he called up to see if I was up for a couple of days on the water. He'll have to add most of the pictures because I don't have many. Early in the week I had called up Ron Ratliff to shoot the shit, I was thinking about heading east when Lurgee and I fished on Friday, then west on Saturday to accommodate his need to get back to Houston. Ratliff suggested we fish with him on Friday. Lurgee and I got an early start Friday morning and showed up at Ratliff's house shortly before 6a, he was waiting for us loading his newly acquired Beavertail. A short drive from Ron's house and an equally short boat ride had us pulling up to a flat "They're in here" Ratliff said softly. He was right, we were soon seeing tails and backs of fish casually feeding. The water was "coffee clear", basically clear but dark colored from tannins. Lurgee was up first and soon put the first fish in the boat.
We told Ratliff he was up next and he hopped on the deck and I took the push pole. We were soon in pursuit of a group of 3 tailers, as we got in range Ron Ratliff laid out a beautiful cast with a mullet fly that sits just in the surface film. One strip, and a fish lunged and happily ate it
I was up next and Lurgee volunteered to pole, "this is awkward" Ratliff said as he sat in the middle of the boat, a position he's not used to as a guide. I blew a shot or two then finally found a stupid fish and fed it. And that's how the morning went, we each in turn took to the deck or the platform picking up fish. Only for one short stretch of time were we ever out of sight of fish. They were tailing and moving everywhere all morning.
I had to be back in Lafayette to pick my daughter up from daycare so we were on a clock. With time winding down Lurgee made an excellent cast and catch to a cruising fish "It's 1 o'clock" Ratliff said "what do you want to do?" "Give me 15 minutes up front" I told him. We pushed into a shallow pond with fish working in it. A redfish was working his way out of the pond pushing a good wake, but not spooked. My first cast was just a little outside of his periphery and ignored, at this point the fish is moving directly away from us, I launch another cast or two, not placing it just where it needed to be. Finally the fish was on the very edge of my range, I paused a second to collect myself and launched a Hail Mary cast, the fly landed in front of the fish and he ate it on the drop, a great end to what had been a great morning with a lot of fish caught.
Saturday morning we took Herb Tarlek out. The looks and whispers at the grocery store we stopped at were priceless, I smiled to myself knowing that most of those pricks have "Salt Life" stickers on their trucks which is way worse than red plaid pants. We were on the water running to our destination early and watched the sunrise on the water. We got in the marsh and pulled up on the flat I wanted to start on and as soon as I killed the motor and stood up I saw a MASSIVE school of redfish moving rapidly toward us across the flat. Our first pass at the school left us empty handed but we were able to circle around and get back in front of us. Lurgee was casting his fiberglass Wonder Rod and as we got back in front of the school we both hooked up. My fish we very heave and bolted taking me deep into backing, so far into backing that I told Lurgee I was worried about the hook pulling from that long of a fight in grass, and shortly after getting the fly line back in the guides the hook pulled, but Lurgee landed his.
That's how it went all morning, big schools of big fish all over the flat, clear sunny skies and very little wind. We bounced from school to school hooking and landing heavy fish. I hate to use cliché superlatives, but epic isn't overstating it, in fact the whole weekend was awesome. As the sun rose higher visibility improved and the sight of seeing these large schools of bright orange fish floating on the surface was amazing. We stroked them. By later in the morning we had beaten up on all of the schools pretty badly and the fish weren't having any more of it. You'd see the school get nervous as they drew closer to the boat, and they weren't eating, but it was still amazing to see the big schools of really big fish blow up and blow out under the boat, all in 18 inches of water.
Lurgee's good on the front of the boat, cast and sees fish well, gets the cast of quickly too, and he's getting pretty good a poling a boat too, at least when it's not windy, plus he has a habit of brining good weather with him whenever he comes to fish. I hope he's back this way soon[/report]
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