Wind: 5-10 from the west
Tide: 2’ range based on Shell Beach station. high at 3:30 p.m.
Water Level: a little below normal to start, rising all day
Water Temperature: ~85 F
Water Clarity: 6/10 to 10/10
Water salinity: no salt detected on the taste-o-meter
Weather/sky: sunny day, with passing clouds
Temperature: ~ 95 F for high
Solunar period: major 2-4 p.m.
Launch: slipped the Hobie Compass in about 6:30 a.m., out at 5:30 p.m.
Water covered: ~ 6 miles
Other fishers: Kevin A
Gear: 8 weight fly rod, gold spoon fly
Strategy/ patterns: blind and sight cast for redfish
I had my good fly fishing buddy with me today. Kevin needed some redfish for dinner, so we headed to Delacroix. This was the first day this year that we felt the heat and humidity of the Louisiana summer. I drank the half-gallon of water, bottle of Gatoraid, and a Coke that I brought. I also used the “Cajun air conditioner”, putting a hunk of ice on the back of my neck between my shirt and my Buff. I was covered from head to toe with light-colored sun protective clothing and wore sun gloves and a wide brimmed hat. It would be torture to stay out all day on the water in a kayak without taking these measures. I also tried out the new Bajio polarized sunglasses today. They worked well and I picked up on cruising fish pretty easily.
The fishing today was frustrating to say the least. Kevin and I headed to a cut in the marsh. I spooked some large fish and did some blind casting for them. Kevin was throwing a popper and had several hits. He caught a few small specks and a bass and missed a nicer bass. I pressed on along an open corridor in the grass mats and started to encounter redfish. I spotted several fish but just could not get the spoon fly in the strike zone. And when I did get it close the spoon fly seemed to snag the aquatic vegetation at the critical time. Kevin caught a redfish a little later and then we had a lag in the catching, even though we occasionally spotted redfish.
The action picked up and it coincided nicely with the solunar activity period. We were seeing more fish and running across them in more places. But they were really picky and spooky. I finally got a good cast in front of a redfish that was coming toward me. As it got closer, I moved the spoon fly a little. But instead of smashing the fly, the fish veered away rapidly like it had received an electric shock. And so it went. I had lots of tough casts, and when I did make them, the fish refused or dashed away. Finally, a redfish was headed my way and I got the spoon fly in front of it. It turned down to eat and the fight was on. I was pulling hard on the 5 lb fish to keep it from burying in the vegetation. As I worked it close to the kayak, the TFO TiCr V rod snapped. I managed to land the redfish, but the damage was done. There was likely damage to the rod at the break spot. I hit my rod occasionally when casting epoxy spoon flies and other flies like clousers and crabs with lead heads. I know these saltwater flies pack a whallop, because they me from time to time too. TFO makes good fly rods, and fortunately for me they have a great warranty program.
Kevin and I met up and exchanged notes. Kevin had caught another redfish and had another one break his leader. We both saw a decent number of fish, but had trouble moving them into the catch column on our scorecards. We’ll get ‘em next time.