Summer is in full swing here on the Crystal Coast. That means Redfish, Redfish, Redfish. Well, there's a bunch of other stuff going on too, like Flounder, Mackerel, Bluefish, Sharks, Amberjack, etc, but everyone has been asking for Reds lately, so who am I to disagree.
We've got tailing redfish, crawling redfish, mudding redfish, waking redfish, hiding redfish, pushing redfish, sneaking redfish, feeding redfish, lockjaw redfish, early morning redfish, mid-day redfish, redfish gumbo, fried redfish, blackened redfish, redfish pie...just kidding we let most of them go (with a tracking device attached).
It's been good, sometimes great...weather dependant. Seems like we either have a drought or a monsoon here depending on what week it is. Even if the runoff from rain dirties up the water, we have still been able to sight redfish as they crawl with their backs right below the surface. When the tide brings in clean water, it's been a blast sightfishing these fish. And tailing Redfish have been pretty special so far this year. Looking forward to hitting some floods for them again this week.
I've had the pleasure of seeing repeat anglers this month and meeting new anglers too. I love seeing a new client casting at these fish for the first time, and I also love seeing if we can top our last trip with a repeat client.
I've been out exploring new spots too. Sometimes just to stay ahead of the game, and sometimes completely out of necessity due to weather or water conditions. That time put in exploring has paid off and given me a few new spots under my belt. I'm looking forward to seeing how these spots fish through the coming seasons.
"When skill and preperation meet face to face with a hungry Redfish."
Topwater has continued to be great. Although I really love an early morning high tide for throwing a plug, we're even getting some great topwater bites mid-day.
The fly bite has been really good the past week too. We've had a lot of really close quarter shots at fish lately, to the point where the fish appear closer than the length of the fly rod. How would you make a cast to a fish that pops up 4ft in front of your feet with only seconds before they look up and see you? We've had to play that game a lot lately.
I'm happy to let someone keep a fish for dinner, but I love that a lot of my clients are very conservation minded and choose to practice catch and release. I think of the Redfish as my "business partner" so I love watching them swim off to do battle again another day.
I've been blessed to have stayed booked most of this month, but I have dates open starting 4th of July week. So if you want to get out here, let me know. It definitely doesn't have to be Redfish, and I'm happy to discuss all the options available to you. Feel free to give me a call and pick my brain.
Thanks for the support and allowing me to chase the dream.....