The charter was built for sight fishing with a mid morning low tide combined with light winds. Upon reaching the flat, the backs and tails of redfish were easily visible as they busted shrimp and birds dove upon the melee. For an hour, the redfish, far too occupied with the feeding frenzy, refused our artificials. We switched over to chunks of blue crab and it wasn’t long before the rods were whipping over. Lots of action for the duration of the charter with a sweet 12lb. redfish as the biggest of the day.
At the beginning of the charter, Kelly let me know that she hadn’t fished that much. Just an hour into the charter, it was clear she was sandbagging her talents. In the first few casts, Kelly landed a four pound trout. Not long after, her popping cork got smoked by an eleven pound redfish which she deftly navigated out of the grass and to the boat. Many more trout and reds were caught and we ended the charter with sharks. Nice work!
The Urschel clan joined me once again for a half day charter. With grandad providing gentle coaching, both grandkids combined to catch redfish and flounder using mud minnows under popping corks. Things got really exciting when we moved out to bigger water. After a barrage of sharks eating blue crab, things slowed until really big fish started to eat whole croaker. Had to get on the engine to track down one gigantic cow nosed ray. Another unseen creature snapped the rod over and completely spooled one of our reels before we could do anything about it. Quite a day!
Just finished our annual trip to the Madison river in Southwest Montana. Warm days and clear water combined to produce the best fishing of the last decade. Trout were rising from dawn to dusk and eagerly feeding. Grey parachute adams dry flies with bead headed prince nymph droppers were the ticket and produced countless rainbows and browns. Can’t wait until next year!