Had John H. and two guests aboard today for a late afternoon 1/2 to 3/4 day trip. So we left the dock around 1:00pm and headed up river. But not before running into Bob a ole customer.
He pulled up to the dock and told me what a great day he had at the jetties. He had Redfish stories, and a nice one in the box, along with "monster river Mangroves". Especially this one, which was a real STUD when looking at it in "person". (the photo isn't doing it justice)
So, I had 10 dozen live shrimp and had plans on float-rig fishing with the three guys on board.
And then maybe trying for a Bull Redbass after some light tackle fishing.
And it all worked out perfectly. On the first stop, and on Johns first drift of his float he nailed a 17 inch Trout. The guys ended up catching some throw-back Trout, a few Ladyfish that were perfect bottom bait for later, and a Jack.
Then the tide slacked, so we ran back closer to the inlet and did some bottom fishing, with cut Ladyfish.
We weren't on anchor more than 15 minutes when the first rod bowed over. Kevin was up and handled it with ease. We were using rather light Ugly Stik's matched up to my Accurate 197 twin drag reels that are so smooth and can produce serious drag pressure on any fish. Smaller than a Abu Garcia 5500, and packed full of bearing, and drag washers. My Accurate's will go into my will. Because they're that well built.
The big Red pulled and the rod bowed real good against the flooding tide. And turned out to be a healthy 22 pounder.
The next bite didn't act like a big Redbass.
I can tell right away.
It was a giant Stingray, and out of all 4 of us aboard came to an agreement......"we all hate them!!!"
So I broke the big Bastard off. And then we called it a day. John was showing his guests a good time, and now it was time for a good dinner.
I was happy. Targeted species in the boat. No problem, on both spots we fished.
Next up tomarrow: George M. going just for the big Reds. That's all.
(and maybe a few stingers, too....it's inevitable)