Sight Casting Redfish

Weather Forecast:

Temperature: High 80s’/Low 90’s
Wind: W/NW at 0-5mph
Sky: Mostly Sunny
Precipitation: 10%
Tide: Low around 8:20am

Mark this down on the calendar because this was one of the nicest days of the summer to date! The Chesapeake Bay anglers have been waiting very patiently for days like this. It didn’t take long to figure out the plan…Sight casting to redfish on flats!

The conditions mixed with the tide cycle equated to a sight fisherman’s dream! Early, yet distinct moments can set the tone for a day. Such was the case on this trip out; I paddled to the start of a big flat and stood up with my 8′ YakAttack Park N Pole in hand. Actually, this day it was my YakAttack Push Pole. Within a few silent pushes on the flat, the sight of blue tipped tail with a ever-so-distinct black dot caught my eye not 20 feet away. Not 2 minutes into the stalk…a 19 1/2″ redfish started off the non stop action!

While setting up the GoPros and tagging equipment, the sound of feeding redfish pushing bait in skinny water caught my attention. After a quick tag, photo, release, I was back in the game. Not a few moments later, my drag started to scream again.

The highlight of the day was watching 5 blue tails pop out of the flat calm water waving at the anxious angler that slowly crept within striking distance. Just as scripted…

I hooked up with over 25 redfish ranging 17″ to 20 1/2″. The paddle back to the landing was long but sweet! Worn out and exhausted, yet I still sang random tunes that were passing through my head while I was relishing in the moments that just transpired. “Cat Scratch Fever…”

~See ya on the water!

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Chris Payne

A lifelong Texan, Chris Payne has been an outdoor enthusiast his entire life and has spent the last 15 years fishing mainly from a kayak. He is known for his thorough and helpful reviews as well as how to articles for nearly everything kayak fishing related. If you have questions or comments, you can leave them on this post or email Chris at: paynefish@gmail.com

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