Today was Day 2 of the Speckled Trout Adventure with Greg Amos of Sarasota. Picked Greg up in the Excursion this morning at 315am and hit the road for West Bay, FL. Ran to the Warm Water Canal at first light and pushed all the way to the back of the canal. The water was very low(-1.3) so we concentrated in 4-6ft. of water outside of the WW canal. Picked up several small trout with few legals in the mix. Ran into North and poled Greg along a bank to produce his first sightfished redfish ever!! Picked out a comfortable, distracted, tailing fish and Greg made a perfect cast. Approached a few small schools of redfish but not many takers. Returned to the WW canal to hammer some more trout on high water and ended to the day near Breakfast Pt. watching waking and sitting redfish that simply wouldn’t eat. All fish caught on Gulp! Shrimp and Jerkshads. I caught the smallest trout today. Day 3 is...Read More
Guided Mr. David Williams this morning in West Bay, Panama City. Basically, the same results as yesterday. Plenty of uncooperative fish but it wouldn’t be as fun and gratifying if every fish jumped on the bait, now would it? Concentrated on some of the same areas as yesterday and then a few different ones. Zero tailing fish today which indicates they just weren’t terribly hungry but we did fool a handful of quality redfish which fell to long and very accurate casts. Ended up with 4 fish in the 25-27.5″ range and then a few 22″ fish that seems a little more aggressive. The wind helped us today with long casts and some added distraction from the boat. Slick, windless conditions can be a nightmare in Panama City’s clear waters. Gulp! 5″ Jerkys did the trick and we used a little more weight on the Owner Twist-Locks because of the wind. Back in West Bay on Tuesday, hope the fish start to bite a little...Read More
Well, getting caught up on trips after all of last week’s cancellations because of TS Ida. Guided Mr. John Prudhomme of Pensacola over in West Bay, P.C. this morning. Great conditions this morning! Light wind, negative tide and sunlight. Found plenty of uncooperative fish in a few areas. Not many tailing fish but lots of cruisers and sitters which made things a little difficult. We both made many fantastic casts that were ignored and eventually concentrated on picking off fish that were facing away from the boat. These are typically the “catchable” fish. As always, seeing the fish from long distance and long, accurate casts made the difference. Must have seen 200-300 fish in packs of 2-20 fish. A few tailing redfish here and there but not many. Ended up sticking some very nice quality fish including John’s 7+lb. 27″ fish and a nice 6# 26″ fish. A little over 13lbs, not too bad! Sightfished with Gulp! 5″ Jerkshads in camo rigged with 4/0 Owner Twist-Lock weedless hooks. All fish...Read More
Guided Mr. Sean Williamson in Panama City’s West Bay this morning. Hit the water at 600am and rushed to the first productive area. The end of the falling tide is the ideal time to target shallow redfish in West Bay and my goodness, we hit it perfectly. Started at Botheration Bay and Breakfast Point on the tide fall. Found large numbers of 25-28″ redfish in singles, doubles and groups up to 20-30 fish. Had great success on weedless Gulp! 5″ Jerkshads in camo. Light line, long casts and silence were the key. Headed to North Bay next and concentrated on the westside between the powerlines an Muddy Bayou. The fish were staged outside the grass and very cooperate. Ended with 16 sightfished redfish in the 25-29″ range. My camera coded when trying to snap a few shots but waiting for client...Read More
Dear Clients and scheduled anglers, Thanks to everyone who has enrolled and graduated from Redfish University. We continue to stay very busy with 3-5 Redfish U. classes per week. Thank you everyone. The month of March is typically a boat transition period for me and this March is no exception. With several Redfish University trips tentatively booked in the coming weeks, I have contacted several of you to reschedule if possible. Today, I cleaned out my 2008 Hewes 21 Redfisher to take delivery of my brand new 2009 Hewes Redfisher. Unfortunately, I will be personally boatless for a few weeks. But never fear!! For those that have the flexibility to reschedule have done so, those that would like a Redfish University session on their OWN boat(insurance and waiver) are very welcome to here locally. For those who wish to experience a Redfish University trip on a 2009 Maverick/Hewes flats boat, trips will be available in Destin and Panama City ONLY for the next few weeks. A 2009 Maverick 17 HPX with a Yamaha F90 will be my temporary redfish catching machine. My apologies for the short inconvience and see everyone at Redfish U. soon....Read More
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