Got out with Mark and his son Charlie today for a short notice half day trip. They booked yesterday however the guide they had was nervous about the weather forecast… it was suppose to be very rainy and hard southwest wind. I guess he didn’t want to get up in the morning to see, so I was happy to give it a go if it ended up being a nice morning. Sure enough it was, it was very calm and the rain held off so it was really a gorgeous day to be out at least for the morning. It was Charlie’s birthday and they had gotten a little sea sick the other day offshore with as rough as it was out there. So we headed out into the backcountry. I told them the redfish fishing had been really good and that sounded like fun to them. Sure enough we got on to a great bite of reds. It was almost every cast. Charlie literally dropped a bare hook over and caught one once! We hit them with bait and artificial. It was so good it got a little boring, so we decided to just move around in hopes of maybe finding a snook. Every other spot we hit though there seemed to be a handful of redfish. But nothing like the first stop. We did eventually get a snook though so that was good. Being a half day we just had a couple hours back there, but I think we landed probably 40 fish or so. We made our way back, still very nice out, and just got back to the dock with about 15 minutes to spare before a squall line came in and it rained for a little bit. Anyways I always tell my customers just show up in the morning, the weatherman is wrong just as often as he is right! I’ll be busy the next week until I go out of town for Christmas, but still have a couple open days from Christmas to New Years, then more in January. January is a very good month to fish for our winter time cast of characters so don’t miss out!
Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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