Monday, April 29, 2013

My First Red Drum

My buddy and I went out and chased reds yesterday. I had never caught one before and he warned me that the fishing is hit or miss. We came to an area that he said was good to him a month ago. After a few casts I had my first Red Drum.
Troy let me cast a few more times and I got another fish with in minutes. Then another fish, then another, eventually he couldn't stand it any longer and had to start fishing. He caught a fish instantly. He looked over and said "this isn't normal." The day got crazier as we caught fish after fish. We had doubles at least a dozen times.
Ridiculous things were happening like I'd have a fish hooked for a minute, it would come off and before I could get my fly in another fish hit it. I'd hook fish on my back cast, catch fish as the fly hit the water. It didn't seem to matter you were going to catch fish on this day. Then I hooked one and I could feel it's head thrashing even though it was far away. The fish started to swim away and I couldn't stop it. No matter how much pressure I put on the fish I couldn't move it. The fish went to one side of the pool then the other. I could sort of turn it around but this fish was doing what ever it wanted. When we first got a glimpse of the fish Troy said "that's a good one!" It seemed like I fought this fish for 10min and after a few tense moments we got it in the net.

We both couldn't believe how the day was. Troy said I was ruined and this was the day of a lifetime. I could have left right then and been happy. A couple casts later I had the same familiar feeling. The fish stayed on the bottom and I couldn't move it. It took just as long to bring it in and it was bigger than the other fish.
26 inches on the nose.

We stayed in the same area and kept catching fish after fish. We didn't move more than 50yds the whole day and probably caught over 100 fish. All on the same fly! I never retied or changed anything all day. It was the best fishing day of my life.


  1. Sounds like you guys had a ball. It is one of those fishing days you will never forget. Congrats! Those are all some great looking fish.

  2. Very Nice! He is right. That's the kind of day the redfish guys dream of. Hell, That's the kind of day we all of dream about. I bet you'll have a smile plastered to your face for the next week.

  3. Dang Kevin!!! So when you wanna take me? :)

  4. Niiiiiice. That's an absolutely epic day.

  5. Trail the Outdoors, It was like a dream and I kept hoping I wouldn't wake up.

    Joel, you go that right. The guys at my fly fishing club were all green at the meeting last night.

    Bill, I'd love to if I had a boat. In all honesty I have to give the credit to Troy. He's one of the best fisherman I know and just thinks like a fish.

    CA, for sure!

  6. This will be a trip that you'll remember and re-tell time and time again... Hope I'm on the next epic trip with you!