I was meeting a couple of buddies to do a little inshore fishing. Stopped by the local bait shop and picked up a couple dozen mud minnows. I haven't had much luck with them lately, but I was going to try some different presentations on this trip.
The morning was mostly uneventful, with catches of ladyfish and one nice flounder that I lost at the kayak before I could net it.
Early afternoon brought a different spot - a boater came into the waterway pulling a tube with kids on it. Nothing wrong with that - just didn't want to fight the current and the constant wakes from the boat - so I moved on. I set up near an oyster mound that went into a series of small creeks - a place where I saw reds before but couldn't get them to eat. I decided to bottom-rig the mud minnows, putting two on the hook at the same time, and throw them out along the edge of the mound. I place the rod in the front holder of the Hobie Outback and wait...
I have found that when I put the rod down, and start doing something else, that usually that would bring a hit - and this rang true today. A few minutes after putting the rod in the holder, and using that time to apply some sunscreen, the rod doubled over and started peeling-off line. I picked it up and was greeted with a nice red, after a couple minutes of fighting.
Snapped a couple of photos and got him back in the water. Rigged up two more minnows on the hook and threw it back out in the same spot. Ten minutes later - the rod bent over with another nice fish!
The same scenario happened again, except the third fight ended with a break-off. I guess he ran me across the point of the oyster mound. A short time later, I ended up catching redfish #3. They were all great fish - the smallest was 30", and the big one was 31.5". After I exhausted my mud minnows, I headed back to the landing.
I'm glad I moved to a different spot! Also glad that I brought some mud minnows. I got the idea to hook two mud minnows on one hook from a friend. He said that the commotion created by the two minnows on the single hook would bring more attention to them. I have done this with small finger mullet, too - it works!