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Fished with Sidecutter sunday in west bay, best day fish wize this year. I meet james at his house around 4:30 and we headed to the boat ramp, stopped and got some shrimp and a few finger mullet. Splashed the boat around 6:45 after the wait at the ramp, not a line just people that dont know ramp protocal.
Being late summer the best place to find slot reds is shallow water mud and grass, so we pointed to boat to the closest flat we could find. The plan was to wade and wade we did. We hopped out and moved up to the grass trowing shrimp. on the way there i caught a dink trout or 2. But once the cork was with in 2 feet of the grass line it did not take more then 5 mins for Mr red to find it. After a good fight a 22" red was on the stringer and a shrimp was back in the same place. 5 mins later the cork takes off again, this one had alittle more gusto to him but not much. Another good tug and 23" red on the stringer. I call James over but the fish had moved off from the mash cut i was fishing at and the small trout moved in. I went back to the boat for some more bait and a smoke and back in the water i went ready to fill my limit. I got with in 50 feet of the grass and could see fish tailing. I casted in and the wind carried the cork right to the middle on the school. It went under and came back up so fast i knew i messed up, reeled in to find a empty hook. The next cast was placed just right of the school and it did not sit there very long before i was hooked up. 22 1/2" red on the stringer and i switch over to soft plastic in hopes of a flounder sitting in the area. I slowly worked the shore line back towards the boat, with out a single bump.
James meet me there and he had 2 reds on the stringer 20 1/2" and 21". We B.S'ed and talked about fish we missed and decided with the tide moving like it was we need to hit the causeway for some trout.
At the bridge the water was moving and so were the bikes. We must have seen or heard about a thousand bike on the road going in both directions.
We put out some mullet on fish finder rigs in hopes of a fluonder and got some shrimp in the water to feed the trout. James struck first with the bigest trout of the day a nice solid 22" fatty. And then i got one that was 19". Then James hooks up again but it came off half way to the boat in a head shake. We look to the back of the boat to see james flounder rig doubled over and pow, there goes 100 or more yards of 35lb power pro. While james is rigging up another rod i box another trout 18". We moved down aways because the bite slowed there and i box another trout 17". We moved again to find some more and after a little wait i got one trout 16 1/2". Then the bite died. We moved around some more but nothing. So we headed back to were we found the red fish in hopes of 1 more or some flounder.
We got there and the bait stealers were thick as bugs. We eased up to the grass at the very tail end of an incoming tide. There were flounder busting bait so we put the few finger mullet we had left to work. I pulled 1 13 1/2" flounder in that would have made my slam if he was just a tad longer oh well. We messed around a little longer and James caught a really good size sheepshead that i decided to keep. Out of finger mullet and good sized shrimp we called it a day and head to the ramp.
At the ramp we were greated by Kay. We B.S'ed for a little and then head to the house. It was a good day on the water and after a year and ahalf i finally out fished James. I guess thats the last time he invites me. j/k. pics to follow shortly.

Josh
 

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Congrats, Josh! Nice report. James posted your pics on the main thread for all to see!

Are ya ready for High Island again? Got my 555GS in the mail. It's all rigged up and ready to go!

Went yak shopping this weekend. We may have one pretty soon! ;)

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WTG, guys. Good report Sounds like it was one of those days where the bite wasn't fast and furious but was steady enough to make for a fun trip.
 

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cool josh. way to go. haven't been able to hit the water since my last trip down to port o'connor. i keep getting invited to go dove hunting and we just end up playing cards and having a beer or 12. gotta scratch that fishing itch soon especially after reading the reds are thick over shallow grass.
 

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Pam,

I was going to give you a call and see if you got your yak yet. My 555 is in the mail right now should have it wensday or thursday, but it is not going to be rigged and ready to go until next month. I might make a HI trip with you let me know when yall are going Baxter has not seen the sand in a while and hes been itching to go. Sunday when i was getting rady to leave he was waitning by the truck to go.

Mike,

The reds have been really shallow lately, feeding right against if not in the marsh grass. Every one i hooked sunday made a bee line for the grass as soon as he figured out he was hooked. Give me a call, i have the weekends free except for oct 9-10 and 16-17.

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Keep catching 'em Josh. At least I can read about you and James catching while I recover.
Next time you are fishing the coves and hitting Reds, put on a bone Super Spook jr. topwater.
 

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WTG Josh, ain't ya glad I introduced you to this great bunch of folks, when I told James about you wanting to fish alot, I figured you would get your wish.... Now if I can sweet talk Farmer Jim into putting you on a 50# AJ and a boat load of Chickens, your adventure will be breath taking "and I ain't lying"... Ya ain't lived untill ya nail an AJ.... Glad ya'll had a good time..........If you ever do get a chance to go offshore, call me and I'll loan ya my gear for the big un's.....
 

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Thanks Darrell,
The group here you introduced me to is truely a great bunch of folks. I would gladly take any offer to run offshore if i can afford it or if its on the weekend or after the first of the year when i get somemore vacation time. it seems that the 2 times ive been offshore i have not caught anything over 18", but that was on the galveston party boats. To me yeah fishing is fun and catching is just icing on the cake, but thats a long boat ride for a fish that cant even pull some drag. But then again i have not hooked into a decent fish out there yet.
What do you say Jim you want to take a rookie out for a real fish. I fish hard and most of the time am the last one to give up. I dont have my own gear but i got some i can use. I have never had to gaff a fish but im sure i can figure it out. Also i know a trip aint over till every thing is cleaned up and put up. I know running a boat is expensive and someone taking me fishing is doing me a favor and part of the expense is mine to cover.

Josh
 

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Josh What type of kayak did you order? There is not much to rigging one. I have two that I have used for 3 years and still rerigging them.

Did you get a tank well on your yak?
Check the TKF board for quick and easy rigging or give a shout.

Bruce type of anchor,paddle, milk crate or clothes basket, some rod holders to set in the basket till you fig out what you want to do and an er kit and get gone, Light at night is required, Thunder whistle for the versst for a sound devide and few other items and take off.

If you boughtit from one of the dealers go try it out a few times before having them stick 400$ more stufff on the boat before you fig out WHAT YOU WANT AND WHERE YOU WANT IT PLACED.
 

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Jim,

Im not looking at yaks right now, Baygal Is in the process of getting one. Thankyou for the heads up and the information though.

Josh
 

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Neverenough said:
What do you say Jim you want to take a rookie out for a real fish. I fish hard and most of the time am the last one to give up.
Josh, Sounds like you would fit right in. Quit isn't in the vocabulary when I run. We're often out from before before daylight until right at dark. After a 50-60 mile run to a spot and the cost of gas, oil & bait we usually try to drain every minute we can out of it, not to mention the fact that it's just too much fun to come in before you absolutely have to. When Walking Jack is on board, his favorite saying is "go home he!!, we've still got bait and daylight". I'll give you a holler on the next trip.
 
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