Monday, August 25, 2014

Tailing Redfish On Fly

The redfish onslaught continues in Matlacha Pass. Low tides in the mornings and evenings produced tails by the hundreds all weekend. These are a few shots from just before sunset on Saturday.
One from a school of about twenty fish that I picked off with an 8-weight and a foam slider.
 
My buddy Tim Gleason hooked up from the bow of his BT Strike.

I can't say enough great things about this boat.  We easily chased down every school of tailing reds we spotted in less than a foot of water on a falling tide and never once worried about getting stuck.  The Strike is absolutely the best all around poling skiff ever built.

A close up of Tim's redfish and the foam slider he used.  When they're tailing in heavy grass these flies work better than just about anything.

We threw a small snook in for good measure.  We could have easily ran into deeper water and picked off a trout to complete the Slam but just couldn't leave the tailing reds.
A final big redfish waving goodbye as we started heading home.