I decided to head out for a few hours on this past Saturday in search of some Redfish. There was a full moon the night before and the tide that morning was less than ideal, but all other excuses aside I thought I would give it a shot. I launched to a beautiful morning with little wind and an awesome sunrise, but just as I feared there was little luck finding fish, even bait fish. I paddled to all of my normal spots; no luck. I finally decided with the clear water this time of the year that I would stand and scout some areas to get a better idea of the layout of the bottom for future trips. I worked some of my normal spots took some notes to add to my logbook and then I wanted to check a set of oyster bars that I have only fished a few times, but wanted to see what the bottom looked like.
As I approached one of the bars, I noticed how the backside of the bar dropped off to a nice shelf too perfect not to hold a Redfish. I made a cast and started working the lure back to me, and was able to see the Red just destroy my lure. I had always wondered in the back of my mind what would happen with the first fish I caught standing up in the Commander. “Well, here’s was that stand up test.” The Commander did great, it really felt like I was standing in a full-size fishing boat. Very stable, very easy to set the hook and very easy land the fish. It was exactly what you would expect out of such a stable platform.
After I caught the Redfish I decided to switch to my Fly Rod for the remainder of the trip. which is also surprisingly easy to cast from the Commander. Although I had no luck with the Fly Rod I learned new things about one of the areas that I like to fish and I had a great mornng on the water.