Hey everyone! Hope y’all are all finding a way to stay cool or at least comfortable in this heat.
It’s bad hot when you leave some fish that's biting just so you can get the boat on a plane to create wind so you can cool down. I haven't had to do that lately but have before went on a 10 minute island hopper excursion southern salt style just to cool down.
Fishing remains good and stable. Our redfish are doin’ well and seemed to be nice big keepers with a short and a oversized mixed in. Trout remains the same when you find them their plentiful with lots of shorts and some keepers.
I tell ya what I have seen that's really showed up the last few weeks is the spanish mackerel – they seemed to be everywhere. Tuesday morning I went out of the marina to go catch bait, and everywhere ya looked they were jumping. We had a few on my redfish spots, they seemed to be around 2 to 4 pounds – nice size.
I had a charter cancel for Saturday which opened up a last minute chance to fish a, extreme redfish event over in Yankeetown. Well, I’ve been on a few, so I'm game. We headed across the bay to get half way across and man it got bouncy.
My fishing partner and I took a pretty bluish green about 100 gallon wave right in the chest. It was at that time he questioned my insanity. Well he got used to it we got three more just like it, before we made it to Cedar Key. Hey good news we made it, hey what's the use of havin’ a big boat if not gonna test it here an’ there.
We began fishing to a very big, slow, let down of a bite. So my wheels were spinning thinking of a spot I haven't fished lately that work well with a big spring tide, and then it came to me. We headed to it anchored up my partner Johnney Key said “Hey Danny these redfish gonna hit this topwater in these big waves?” As he finished his question all I saw was a big splash and then his rod bend. We both looked and said I guess so. Well that fish was 26.5 inches. Nice start I make a cast into the same spot baaamm fish on almost to the boat fish off. Ouch, man it hurts to lose good fish in a tournament. In made a few more cast baaam fish on Johnney’s lure gets wrapped in my line and fish off. Double ouch well about five minutes pass and I hook up again. Well I couldn't control this fish so I knew it was to big.
We go about three hours through the tide change and all, we have about 20 minutes to fish before we have to leave for weigh in. I headed to my confidence spot, it was a few minutes and baaam fish on a nice big 5lb trout. Few more minutes baamm fish on nice redfish just what we need got it about half way to the boat baam boom splash "shark attack" again fish off. Well I have been mentally beat by now. But we got a five minutes before we must go. I rerigg my line next cast baam fish on, I shouted to Johnney crank the boat and charge that fish, I’ma lift his head you dip him. Folks that redfish didn't know what the heck to think we boated and nice 25.5" red in 4 or 5 seconds. Headed to the ramp had 10 minutes left and won dang it can you believe that, after all that we won. That's what life’s all about always push forward never give up and be strong and hope the big man upstairs is watching that day, I think its safe to say he was.