Redfish Seminar Â Blindcasting Â I leave no detail overlooked when blindcasting and sightfishing for redfish. Meticulous preparation and research. I believe this dramatically increases my odds at catching good numbers of redfish. Â Areas: Â –Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Summer/early Fall- Santa Rosa Sound on the north side. Between broken down docks. High tide closer to the bank and on low tide off the bank from the middle to the end of the docks. –Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Southside of sound near Opal Beach and grass flats in the surrounding areas. –Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Big Lagoon- on the south around Redfish Pt. and behind Ft. McRae in the no-motor pond. –Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Late fall/winter- Northern bay systems of Escambia, Blackwater and East. These are the best redfish habitats in our area. Great on low tides. Â Look for large schools of larger mullet which disturb the bottom. Redfish will follow the mullet and look for shrimp and crabs kicked up by these mullet. Â Average depths are between 1-3 feet of water. Â Approach your area very quietly shutting off your large engine well ahead of your destination. No noise inside boat, turn off baitwell, bottomfinder and secure lose cans and everything that may hit the deck. Walk quietly and off the hatches. The noise is amplified 100xâ€™s underwater and will alert fish within 500 yds of your presence. Â Try to set up with the wind and sun. Less bow slap and better ability to see redfish and mullet. Casting with the wind will produce larger casts and, in turn, more redfish. Â Top artificial baits including Gulp 5â€ Jerkshads, Gulp 3â€™ Shrimp in any color, Zoom 4â€ Baby Bass, slow rolled Johnson Gold Spoons in 1/8-1/4oz., Mirrodine 17-MRÂ #18 and #21 with green and black backs, sometimes small inline spinnerbaits slowly rolled as well. Â Not much action with topwater or hard subsurface plugs. If you do want to use topwater, small Skitterwalks are my choice. Work them slowly(slower than for trout.) Â Long 10-20#Â fluorocarbon leaders connected directly to my mainline. I like leaders between 3-4.5 feet long. The farther away from the braid or mono the better. Often times the braid is actually...Read More
Guided Mr. Bob Willice this morning in Santa Rosa Sound. Bob won a trip with me atÂ the last HLS Seminar Series and it a very accomplished angler with experienceÂ all over the country. He was truly a pleasure to fishÂ with.Â Found the mullet and found the redfish. Quality redfish were laying inside small groups of large mullet this morning. Also found some decent trout in the process including a chunky 3.5# fish. I even got in on the action with a long distance sightfished 6# redfish. Altogether, 5 redfish and 10-12 average trout.All fish taken on Berkley Gulp! 5″ Jerkshads in camo and all fish released.Â Â Â ...Read More
Redfish University traveled to Destin and I guided an old friend from high school, Eric Stevenson, in Hogtown Bayou on Friday morning. Original plan was to hit West Bay, which we’ll do next time, but I had some 4th of July plans and needed to cut the day short. Lots of mullet in shallow water. Picked up a few redfish and a handful of trout, and missed a few heavy bites. Little slow… all fish caught on 1/4 Johnson Gold Spoons in less than two feet of water. Covered alot of techniques and water! A beautiful morning at Redfish...Read More
“Sunday my wife and I went out with Eric Holstman to learn to target redfish. It was a great day. Very windy so Eric had the chance to teach us to fish even during high winds. We fished Perdido Bay using Gulp Jerk Shap, Gold Spoons, and Gulp 3″ New Penny Shrimp. We caught 6 redfish (3 was slot reds) and 9 flounder. We released all reds and kept 5 flounder. Perdido proved to be a good place to fish. We are looking forward to fishing with Eric again someday. What a great teacher and fishing guide.” — Mr. Jim Saxton (Perdido Key,...Read More
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