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Lots of trips at Redfish University-February 24, 2010

Hello all, Redfish University took a little break back in December but has performed many shallow water redfish and trout trips between the New Years and now. We’ve been concentrating in the upper bays where there are plenty fish as well as some trips down to West Bay for the shallow water tailing redfish. I wouldn’t say it’s been busy but 1-3 trips per week is fine with me. A point worth mentioning, with the early morning low tides for the last few months, the redfish and trout fishing has definitely been better in the afternoons as the water is rising. 3-4 hours before the high has proved to be most production. An average trip has consisted of 15-35 trout from 1-4# and 6-20 redfish in the 20-25″ range. Lots of trips in the books in March, April, May and beyond so I will do a much better job of  posting reports in the coming weeks. Thanks for looking and see everyone soon. Eric...

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Big Redfish after poor bottom fishing at Redfish University-November 18, 2010

My last trip before heading to Ambergris Caye, Belize for ten days. I am ready! Had a couple fellas who wanted to pull on some fish this morning for a few hours. Started at 700am and filled the  livewell with beautiful 4″ menhaden and 4-6″ mullet. For those interested in finding some quality live bait, the ponds on the south side of the bay along Ft. Pickens Rd. are packed with great numbers of both mullet and menhaden. Hit some bottom structure for about 45 minutes without a bite. Slow water? Incoming tide? I don’t know. Packed those rods up and pulled out the light tackle. Ran out of the Pass to the west side and found plenty of bait and birds. No visible signs of large redfish but we found soon enough that they were on the down-current side of the bait and near the bottom. A few other boats were up-current and didn’t see them with fish. Gulp! 5″ Jerkshads with 1/4oz. Marsh Works Bull Red jigheads and 3/4oz. Johnson Spoons worked great. I wouldn’t say there was a lot of redfish in the area and I don’t have a bottomfinder on the 21 Redfisher but they were definitely down-current waiting for the bait to come to them. Pulled on fish for a few hours and headed in at 1000am to pack for Belize. The bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, rum and cold Belikens are waiting for me. Look for some more RU reports after November 29. E Holstman Please click an image to enlarge and view...

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Instructional Excellence at Redfish University-November 15, 2010

Redfish University has really gained a reputation for excellence in the area of instructional/location-based/technique guided fishing trips. We are finding that many local and visiting anglers are taking advantage of this unparalleled and untapped resource.  The instructional curriculum at Redfish U. remains fluid and a work in progress, and always will, as each trip and angler will dictate levels of educational intensity. Also the fact that I, and every angler, should learn something new on each fishing outing, the curriculum continues to get even better.  Of course, we catch plenty of  the targeted species, but these excursions are centered around where to be, when to be there, what to look for and what these fish are biting. Guided Mr. Bob Simmons in the northern bay areas this morning to concentrate on redfish, speckled trout and even largemouth and striped bass areas of interest. I think Bob found it very interesting to catch a redfish, a trout and a bass in the same areas! Covered some great areas and showed Bob everything I know about inshore fishing from setup techniques, casting, knot-tying, bait selection, line selection, leader selection to shallow water, deeper water and even introduced the dreaded popping cork with which we actually scored some very nice fish. Anyway, a very fun trip before the rains and winds really kicked up. For those interested, there isn’t a better way more efficient way to learn target and species specific areas than by booking an instructional/location/techniques(I need a clever name for these guided trips!) guided trip at Redfish University! You”ll save the fee in fuel money in a few months!! Lots of instructional trips on the books so please plan ahead. No photos today, forgot my camera. Happy Fishing! Eric...

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Over 300lbs of redfish at Redfish University-November 9, 2010

We were looking for some visual stimulation this morning for Day 2. Today, the Enabnits and I travelled to Destin, FL. for some shallow water sight fishing for bull redfish. The fellas appreciated the fact that Redfish University doesn’t troll nor throw at birds for these redfish adventures. Like yesterday, we found redfish in very shallow water. Unlike yesterday, these redfish were all over 30″ and 100% of our hookups were a result of sight fishing. Found the fish to be a mixture of challenging and pretty cooperative with a well-placed presentation. It took the fellas a little while to get the hang of it but before long, they were sticking fish regularly. Today we used 4″ Gulp! Shrimp in New Penny and Molting with an 1/8oz. Marsh Works Bull Red jighead. A lighter head helped present the bait more naturally. Several doubles today and strikes from trailing fish which was fun to watch. All fish released happy and healthy. Travelling to Orange Beach tomorrow morning for a redfish, trout and flounder festival. Book now to experience the thrill of Redfish University. Please click an image to enlarge and view slideshow....

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Day 2 IFA Redfish anglers at Redfish University-November 4, 2010

Today was Day 2 with the IFA Redfish Tour anglers. Again, teams and locations are obviously kept confidential with tournament anglers at Redfish University. Fair is is business. We decided to fish today(Thursday) since yesterday was so rainy. Cloud cover this morning and high winds made fishing very difficult again but we fished smartly and found plenty of fish before the front blew in. Very tricky conditions, I must say and unfortunately, it will get even more difficult. Stuck some quality fish in shallow water as well as deeper structure. In some areas, we found both slot and oversized redfish which is a great formula for success. Tournament begins tomorrow and I know the guys will do very well and have some heavy weights. A very enjoyable two days of fishing except for the high winds and seas. Good luck, fellas!! Book now to experience the wonder of Redfish...

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