Overslot and slot Redfish on the South Shore 8/24

My buddy saw the big reds we caught last Sunday and said he wanted in on the action. We woke up at 4 A.M. Wednesday morning and loaded up my 17' Bass Tracker ( my poor mans flats boat). We got a couple of shrimp specials from South Shore Bait and Tackle and headed for the Cockroach Bay ramp. We headed out of the channel at 6:15. We stopped in 5' of water in hopes of loading up on some ladyfish but we didnt have much luck for the first hour. Finally we got two small ones and since the bite has been dieing around 11:30 we decided to work with what we had.

A little tip is when you dont laod up on ladys take what you have and instead of steaking them out fillet each side and cut the fillets in 1" pieces. take the rest of the body and steak it out ( there wont be much meat but there is still the smell) That way you get 3x the bait off of one fish.

We put my self made **** anchor in the dirt about 50 yards off the mangrove line and let the ladyfish soak. It didnt take long. 5 min and my drag was singing to me. After a 5 min fight and multiple long runs I got the 29 1/2" red in the boat, got a couple pics and sent him on his way. 5 min later my buddy had one on and as soon as I started to reel in to get out the way my line started sreaming too, double hookup! After those two we caught a couple more then the bite slowed down.

We finished the day drifting the flats with shrimp under popping corks throwing into the sandy spots on the flats and managed a couple more reds and some nice trout. We were off the water at noon. We totaled alot of small trout, a couple nice sized ones, and 7 slot 1 overslot and 1 underslot reds.

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Replies

  • tokinredtokinred Posts: 202 Officer
    Nice work, guys. Looks like you guys have them dialed in.
  • JoeCJoeC Posts: 91 Deckhand
    Nice job on th reds! Good bait tip also!
  • AndrewSnookerAndrewSnooker Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    What area you fishing around? I fish mostly fred Howard park and honeymoon island. Having a hard time at hneymoon. Howard park fish seems to be small to med, but no big ones. I need a lil forum luck to rub off you to me lolol!

    Edit: no boat for me : ( I wade.
  • flatsjunkie88flatsjunkie88 Posts: 1,364 Officer
    I have never waded that area. My only tip would possibly E.G. Simmions Park.
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  • Secret SpotSecret Spot Posts: 101 Deckhand
    Good job on the reds. Look for the bird action towards the ship channel, the jacks, macs, ladyfish and blues will be on the bait schools for the next 2 months in that area.
  • PopeyePopeye Posts: 14,296 Officer
    Nice report, nice pics This is what we like to see! Keep posting!!
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  • EggsuckindogEggsuckindog Posts: 1,528 Officer
    Dude never apoligize for your boat - its perfect for down there and whatever it cost you are out and catching big fishies - you would have been in the same place even if you had a $400 boat payment.

    Nice job, makes me want to go down there, long drive from DI though
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  • flatsjunkie88flatsjunkie88 Posts: 1,364 Officer
    Dude never apoligize for your boat - its perfect for down there and whatever it cost you are out and catching big fishies - you would have been in the same place even if you had a $400 boat payment.

    Nice job, makes me want to go down there, long drive from DI though

    I did get a lil tickled when a guy in a brand new Pathfinder asked me how I was doing it cause he got skunked.
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  • flatsjunkie88flatsjunkie88 Posts: 1,364 Officer
    Something I might add, the fish that were held vertically went into the cooler. I know people like to call eachother out on here. Not so much in this region but there are always the trolls.
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  • RobpelotRobpelot Posts: 610 Officer
    Probably shouldnt hold them by the gills either while your at it! Its really not trolling to give tips on proper handling technique. Its something that everyone learns somtime or another!


    Also... Your boat is nothing to be ashamed of. My first fishing boat was a 14 foot sears aluminum. Then a 24 foot pontoon boat gutted. I won three tournaments in Bradenton with that thing. People were dumbfounded. Its really all about transportation to the spot, and if you have the draft to get there, youll get there. Who cares. keep it up
  • flatsjunkie88flatsjunkie88 Posts: 1,364 Officer
    I just bought me a lip grip for that reason :)
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  • PopeyePopeye Posts: 14,296 Officer
    Just keep posting. The west/central needs reports. Yours are great!
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    whether it had happened or not.

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  • tokinredtokinred Posts: 202 Officer
    Popeye wrote: »
    Just keep posting. The west/central needs reports. Yours are great!

    X2
  • RobpelotRobpelot Posts: 610 Officer
    I always forget to post reports
  • gasparillagasparilla Posts: 358 Officer
    Great report as always
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