I got to go fishing yesterday, on a rainy Saturday. This time of year is a busy one for me, with a lot of OT at the job, so getting out at all is a blessing. Despite the rain, it was a great day to fish.
Low tide was around midday, and I knew that the time around dead low would be my best bet to get on some fish. I basically messed around a few areas while the tide went out. I got back to my favorite spot and started my search. If there were fish around, they weren't moving. I found myself fan-casting the creeks, all the while watching for movement. First hint of a redfish came when I cast to a spot and I must have hit the fish - because he shot out of there and made a big head-wake while fleeing.
I could stand to look in the clear water, but I was at a disadvantage - I left the sunglasses in the car. With the rain I figured that sight-fishing would be minimal - once again hindsight was 20/20.
I finally got some luck when I landed the first red - it was 22".
I caught another fish out of the same spot - then the rest of the school moved off after all the commotion. The Power Pole Micro Anchor really helped the Hobie Outback stick in one spot while working the school - without it, the Outback would have been pulled-in while fighting the first fish.
After those first two fish, I went to another spot nearby and got on another school of reds...caught two more in that group. I went back and forth and ended up catching six fish between spots. I lost a few more fish during the trip...the reds weren't biting very aggressively, and I pulled the hooks on a couple. The only bait that worked today was the Trout Trick, rigged on 1/8-oz Gamakatsu jig heads. I had to fish them ultra-slow to draw a strike.
This was great therapy for me...fishing is my ultimate stress-buster. It was a great trip to end the year!