Ran a double-header today and absolutely hammered the fish. Guided a new resident in the Milton area that wanted learn about the upper bay areas in hopes of producing great catches of redfish and speckled trout in the future. Started at daylight with a bunch of really nice speckled trout including some 3-3.5# fish. Covered some shallow flats later and found both redfish and large speckled trout mixed in the mullet. For the finale, we approached some schools of large menhaden and really stuck it to the 30-35″ redfish which were found under and outside the bait schools. Really fun morning of catching and lots of great instruction. Our angler took a few nice trout and a redfish for dinner this evening and will, no doubt, be very pleased with his future angling adventures.

For round two, my clients, Roger and Barbara Orth, invited me to a poolside lunch before we took off to catch some large redfish in shallow water. Yellowfin tuna steaks, roasted potatoes, a ginger salad, Texas toast and (one) a fine Chinese beer called Chang. My clients are so good to me! Anyway, we left the bayou and they wanted to see and catch very large redfish. Arrived at our destination quickly. When the other boats and “charter fishers” departed after scaring the crap out the redfish, it was game on and a sight fishing festival. Posted out, sun came out, sun to our backs and let the groups of 15-30 huge redfish swim to us against the current. There’s some good advice!:) Continually stuck 20-30 pound redfish coming to the boat and the Orths did well to see them and have a great time catching them. We are very pleased to announce that Mrs. Barbara Orth broke yesterday’s new redfish record at Redfish University with 37 pound lunker taken on 6# Spiderwire Ultracast InvisiBraid, a 20# Stren Tinted fluoro leader and a Berkley Gulp! 4″ Shrimp in Lime Tiger. It was truely a mammoth specimen. I think I really wore the anglers out so we took off back to Bayou Texar with some great photos, laughs and long-lasting memories to be sure. All released fish were properly revived and viewed swimming comfortably. Oh my goodness, a double-header at Redfish U. again tomorrow. Thanks, E Holstman

Please click an image to enlarge.