|Since I was scheduled to perform a seminar for the Emerald Coast Redfish Club at The Lucky Snapper tonight(which was a fantastic event!),Â I decided to make a day of itÂ and trailer the Hewes down to do some shallow water redfishing in some of my favorite West Bay spots. Picked up Peter Wright, Jr. and fellow Hewes owner, Mr. Tom Crawford, and arrived at the ramp at 830am. Although the weather conditions this morning were absolutely ideal for our purposes of sightfishing, we knew the extreme tide conditions and moon phase was going to be challenging.Â The water was very, very low and the fish were very, very shallow. To say we saw 200 redfish in a few hour period would be a conservative estimate and to say they were extremely uncooperative would be an unstatement. Cruising fish, sitting fish and even tailing fish were nearly impossible to entice. Finally started stickingÂ them by spottingÂ fish just inside the longest cast you could make and they had to be facing away from the boat. Seeing them earlyÂ and a perfect, long cast was the key. Very difficult fish today!! Should be better next week.Â The fish ran at approxiately 90mphÂ from all baits except the Gulp! 5″ Jerkshad in camo. Found some heavy 7-8# fish.Â All redfish released.
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