Slob redfish on articifial in IRL

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    Slob redfish on articifial in IRL

    The day started out as a disaster....I temporarily lost the plug for 10 minutes then after my boat only being idle for two weeks i apparently had a little water in the gas i had to burn off for 15 minutes or so then upon further gas line inspection i discovered a broken clamp... so its back to shore for a replacement. After waking up @ 5:20 we're finally to the spot at 8:30. (thought about going back home to sleep after that mess for sure lol). Within 10 minutes of motoring down we spot the biggest tail i've ever seen in the flats. He followed the jerk bait about 5 feet then dissapeared for the rest of day...sigh....All is not lost...5 minutes later my buddy hooks into what looks to be 35"...but after getting him to boat on 10lb braid he makes the mistake of putting a little muscle on him and he breaks off. At this point the fish go into hiding so we decide to pickup and move a little bit. We quickly boat a nice 21" slotty and the sun is starting to get overhead so we slow the trolling motor down to a crawl and turn our eagle eyes on. There are reds moving very slowly making v-wakes in all directions so we get in the path of a couple and break another one off...ugh. Shorty after that i notice a bait disturbance that cleary is the result of a predator in the area to which i throw this white paddle tail shad with 3/0 1/8oz hook and zooooooooooooooooooooooooom off i go. After about 10 minutes of carefully fighting him so we do not break off the 3rd fish of the day we boat him and he is monster. A quick 1 min out of the water for dehooking and picture and we slipped him right back to fight another day.....i was going to revive him but he was so heavy he slipped thru my hands and just took off.
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    Last edited by Wayoflife; 09-04-2012 at 05:21 PM.

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