Every so often things work out just as they are suppose to. Today was one of those days.
I headed out to Pine Island with Capt. Blackbeard. The tide was extremely low and we started the day off dragging our kayaks a few hundred yards through the freezing cold water.
Once I could float I started to paddle to a spot that new holds redfish. I immediately started throwing my riptide paddle tails. After about an hour I only had one small trout to show for my efforts. I put my rod down and started in on my beef jerky and Mountain Dew breakfast while the slight breeze pushed me over the flats.
I glanced up from my breakfast only to be greeted by the most textbook redfish tail waving at me about 15 yards away from my kayak. I immediately pushed my Mirage Drive down to silently stop me dead in my tracks. I sat there and watched for a few minutes to make sure that my eyes weren't deceiving me since I had seen no signs of life all day. Completely oblivious to my presence he continued on feeding right in front of my kayak. I quietly tossed a nasty old shrimp on a 1/0 circle hook and made a cast directly on top of his head. I saw him spook off and was heart broken. I closed the bail on my reel and my line started to get tight and then the rod bent in half and my drag started to scream. Apparently I must have put that shrimp directly inside his mouth. After a few short minutes I was finally able to get him to the yak and put some slime on my new Ego net.
The rest of the day I threw my riptide paddle tail with zero luck. Finally I decided to make a color change and was rewarded on my first cast with a 20" trout. I was able to limit out in about a half hour on trout and then I decided to call it a day and head back in. Another great day in Southwest Florida......
Did you say freezing cold water? What's the temp? If i had my kayak out the water is hovering in the mid thirties. Have to navigate through whatever water isnt frozen. You guys are so lucky down there.