This past weekend I convinced Todd Hart to do a little marsh exploring with me. There has been a particular area that I have been wanting to check out, but just hadn’t made the paddle yet. After looking at it on Google Earth a few times I knew it was a little over 4 miles one way just to get there and to be completely honest I wasn’t looking forward to it. My initial plan was to make a non-stop trip at daylight to ensure that there was plenty of time to fish. However, after a poling skiff buzzed the entire trail right i front of us, we decided to pull off and fish a smaller marsh pond for a few minutes.
That first stop took a little bit of searching, but eventually I was able to spot a few fish. Redfish were traveling in small pods of 8 to 10 and were moving deep into the flooded grass lines. Most of the pods I found early were on the protected shoreline and actively feeding. My first fish was sight casted and then after the pods broke up I switched to a popping cork to pull them out of the grass. I was able to boat three smaller reds before reverting back to my initial float plan.
Upon arrival at the final destination Todd and I split up taking opposite sides of a large back lake. On my side there were several islands that had some descent current pushing between them and so I staked out hoping the moving water would hold a few fish. After a few minutes I noticed a couple of birds hopping down the shore and pecking randomly into the water. I wasn’t sure immediately if this activity was caused by redfish, but they were moving right towards me so I just held my spot. Within a few minutes another smaller pod of redfish, similar to the morning groups, made the turn from the backside of the island. I made a quick cast with a tail and immediately hooked up. Somehow even though that pod had a few pretty large tails I ended up with a pretty skinny 22 incher.
Before I could even get the first fish back in the water I could see another school working the same island, but this time coming from the opposite direction. I took this opportunity to try to snap a few pictures. I didn’t get any great shots of actual “Tailers”, but I did get this one of the birds hopping over each other while one fish from the pod blows up on some surface bait.
At this point in the day the fish moved from the protected shorelines to the windblown shorelines. Todd and I finished out the day throwing the Texas Two-Step (name courtesy of Dave Roberts) to a few more cruisers on the windward side of the lake. This produced a few more fish and more than a few missed opportunities.
I am not sure if any of you have seen the YouTube video “The Tunnel to Redfish Heaven”, but if you have then you will understand why Todd and I always say that we are going to find the “Tunnel”. We didn’t find it on this trip, but we still found a pretty good place to fish that we are nicknaming “Redfish Resort”. No tunnels were involved, but it was definitely an interesting paddle.
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