February has been a super solid month for Redfish, even though we had to deal with a few weather issues.
Right in the middle of the month we had a solid week of rain, which kept us off the water, shuffled some fish and stained the water.
Luckily it didn't take long for it to fire back up after all the rain stopped.
I can't imagine how good it could have been if we had seen pretty weather all month.
I have to keep reminding myself that it is February though, and to be grateful that I get to chase these fish at all...some people live in places where they could only dream of fishing in February.
On a good half day, we've seen anywhere from 100 to over 500 fish.
The smallest schools have been around 10-20 fish, while we often see groups of well over a hundred schooled together.
There is no replacement for time on the water this time of year.
Sometimes you have to cover miles of marsh to find where the fish are...but when you find them, it's usually on.
Some groups of fish are very willing, and some are very picky. It all comes down to how much pressure these fish have seen.
Depending on the mood of the fish, you can get a feel for whether anyone else has been putting pressure on them.
If the fish are "Nervous Nellies", then the real work begins. Staying as invisible to the fish as possible, trying different flies or lures, and adjusting the technique can turn a group of fish into "eaters".
If not, it might be best to move on.
Speaking of pressuring fish, we do our best to be as unobtrusive as possible. When we hook a fish, we back off from the school while fighting the fish, then let them settle down before we approach again.
Sometimes we catch 6 fish from a school, sometimes 3, but we usually let the fish make that decision for us.
When they start acting nervous, it's usually time to move on and let them forget about us.
Time to find a new group of fish.
I've had the pleasure of fishing with several very cool individuals over the last few weeks and I really appreciate them supporting me and letting me make a living doing this! Thank you all so very much!
I'll leave you with a few more pics just to show you what we've seen the last month.
If you want to come try your skills at a few, just give me a shout and we'll make it happen.