Saturday (11/9/13) I decided to make a trip to McFaddin
beach. The forecast called for 2′ waves. The wind was supposed to 10 mph
or less. It sounded like a very doable day to break through the surf and
chase some big reds.
I awoke early with every intention of hitting
the water as the sun came up. Unfortunately, I woke up to a nasty
migraine. I hit snooze a few times and waited for some medicine to kick
in. I finally decided to load up on coffee and make the trip.
By the time, I arrived at the Seapony Bait
Shop in Winnie, TX my headache began to go away. Rick the owner spent
some time helping me make some leaders. It is service like this that
encourages me to keep coming back.
After purchasing my bait I hit the surf. My
fish finder was not working so I pedaled out to some birds diving in the
distance. It wasn’t long before I hooked up with a shark. I wasn’t
fishing for sharks and I was using some short leaders, so needless to say he
got away. Over the first hour I kept catching giant gaft-top. The redfish were
just not biting. I was about to move to a new depth when all of sudden the
redfish bite just turned on.
I hooked with multiple fish (doubles)
Between reeling in fish and taking pictures I
had little down time.
Between 10:30AM -12:30PM the bite was good. I
landed 12 redfish all measuring between 35″ and 41″. Three of the reds
were over the 40″ length requirement to count as trophy fish in the Kayakwar’s
One fish slipped right out of lap as I was
getting ready to photo him. Whoops, I guess he got away.
All redfish were caught on dead frozen
mullet. This time of year the mullet are required to be under 12″. The mullet I
was using were quite small so I switch to using the entire mullet in an
attempt to keep the gaft-top off the hook. Below is a picture of how I hooked
the bait. No weight was used. I just free-lined the bait, hook and leader.
It was a great day of fishing with plenty of
tight lines for approximately two hours.
Around 12:30pm -1:00pm the fish just
seemed to stop biting. I called it a day and headed for the beach.
Operationfish.com signing out,