It is September in Texas, why would you need a coat? Sometimes the weather throws you a hardball. You work all week, locked away from the thrill and adventure of stalking fish and then the weekend finally comes, but greets you with rain and strong winds.
That is precisely what happened on this September morning. I had been watching the weather forecast all Friday afternoon and into the evening, only to wake up to an even worse forecast when the morning finally arrived. The weatherman said to expect winds up to 20 mph out of the north and they would bring rain and cold temperatures.
We searched the maps to find a launch on a protected northern shoreline and set out with our fingers crossed, hoping for doable weather. The weatherman was pretty much correct except for the wind strength exceeding the forecasted 20 mph. The rain was cold so I was thankful for my rain jacket.
The first hour was non-eventful. I struggled against the strong wind and found no fish. Not even a bite. Finally, I found some action in about 2-3′ of water over mixed shell and mud.
I was hoping to find some trout, but all I found was six slot reds. All were caught using my favorite pink Rapala Skitterwalk.
Check out all the spots on this beautiful fish.
The fish were scattered over a fairly large area. I was thankful for Power-Pole’s Micro-Anchor. I was able to push a button and quickly secure myself in one spot and work the area thoroughly. I would start casting on my right and work 180 degrees to my left.
After doing this routine twice I would simply push a button to lift the electronic stake out stick and move forward to cover a new area. It was quick and simple. I love this unit.
The fish were all about the same size, ranging from 20″-23″.
I made a couple of rookie mistakes. One of which was easily corrected by the use of the “Line Cutterz” ring you can see in the picture above. I ended up with a nice “rat”s nest” tangle casting against the wind. I quickly worked on getting the mess untangled from the reel, but afterwards I pulled out a bunch of extra braided line and dropped it between my feet within the kayak. (What was I thinking?) Extra braided line and wind don’t mix. I quickly found a big mess and was thankful for the use of the ring to quickly dispatch all the tangled line from EVERYTHING in my kayak.
Mistake #2 can be seen in the video below.
All in all, it was great day besides for being a bit cold, wet and windy. However, one can not complain about a double daily limit of slot reds all coming on top-water. I would call that a successful trip.
Operationfish.com signing out,