10/13/13, I met up with Todd Schaeffer from Fishing Tackle Unlimited. He is in
the kayak sales and service department at the I-45 and Beltway 8 store
found in Southern Houston. If you need help with a kayak, heís your man.
We met on McFaddin Beach around 8:30 AM. We unloaded
our equipment and within a short time we pedaled out beyond the breaking surf.
Todd normally fishes out of a Jackson Cuda and I talked him into trying out my
wifeís Hobie Outback. We each made it through the surf pretty easily.
We first stopped and fished in about 11-12′ of
water. We had a few runs, but they all resulted in no fish. We had a few
equipment errors to deal with as well. Toddís kayak anchor was not heavy enough
to hold him into place.
We decided to move shallower, as we marked lots of
fish on the way out. I dropped anchor in about 10′ of water. Toddís anchor
still would not hold him in place so we decided to tie him to the front of my
kayak. I had enough rope to let him drift out about 25 yards or so. It wasnít
long before we started hooking fish.
It was a little tricky reeling in such big fish with
another kayak tied to the front of mine, but I managed.
I used my Go-Pro camera mounted on a Railblaza 600
camera boom. I have it mounted on a swiveling rail-mount attached
to the poles next to my seat. This is a great set up for taking
pictures and capturing video.
I caught nine redfish between 9:00am and
2:00pm. My redfish ranged from 29″ to 40.5″. the action was a little slower
than my last BTB trip, but who can complain about catching monstrous fish
in that short time span.?
Todd doesnít fish BTB. He is exclusively a bay
fisherman. However, he handled the surf like a pro. Iím not exactly sure
how many bull reds he caught. (I stopped counting after five.) He seemed to be
having a blast. I did capture some action shots of Todd with his fish.
All fish were caught on dead/frozen mullet. This
time of year you can only purchase mullet under 12″. This is a Texas
state law to protect mullet during their spawn. Most of the mullet I
left whole. As I ran low on bait I was forced to cut some of the larger ones in
I purchased the bait and some leaders at
the Seapony bait store in Winnie, TX. Once again the owner, Rick, proved why he
is an upper coast favorite when it comes to bait shops. I had a few spare
minutes so he taught me a trick to making leaders out in the water. This man is
a plethora of knowledge. If you get a chance stop in and introduce yourself.
It was a great day. The waves werenít too bad. Part
way through the day the wind switched and blew for a short period out of the
North. In the early afternoon, the wind switched again and began blowing
from the East. The waves picked up and we were out of bait so we called it a
Good friends, good times and good fishing, what else
can you ask for?
Operationfish.com signing out,