Author: Chase Smith
Kayak Fishing For Redfish
Last weekend the weather wasn't looking very good, but my buddy and I insisted on taking the kayaks out to try for some fish. It was very sunny, but with 25 mph winds it wasn't too ideal for kayaking.
We launched the yaks around 9 am with not much confidence in the trip being a success. We paddled into the wind across the wide bay to some creeks back in the mangroves to stay out of the wind. We saw a lot of fish activity including a school of 40+ inch redfish, but it seemed like no matter what we threw at them they wouldn't eat. After catching a couple smaller snook we headed for a different location where's we thought we might find some big speckled trout.
"We anchored Up in the middle of a wide canal within casting range of two sets of mangrove shoreline."
On this trip I brought my very light weight baitcaster that I generally use strictly for bass fishing (filled with 20 lb Bullbuster braid). We anchored Up in the middle of a wide canal within casting range of two sets of mangrove shoreline. I tossed a Z-man white swimbait out into the channel and hooked up to a 30 inch redfish that took me for a hell of a ride. The Bullbuster braid withheld the fish no problem. After that we caught a couple of reds between 27 and 30 inches and called it a day.
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