The water has been gin-clear this week as is the norm for this time of year, but this fish are much more active than normal due to the warm weather . So in short, the fishing has been really good. Had regular fly-dude Chris on Saturday who brought his father-in-law along for some action. Chris said this was his best trip so far and he fishes with me a bunch. They caught a pile of fish with numerous doubles mixed in. Chris ended the day by plucking a fat redfish from a school of 30 tailing fish.
Underwater picture taken with the low-quality 5.0 MP camera on my Kodak Paysport. Thought it was a pretty cool photo considering it was taken with a hand-held video camera that costs only a hundred bucks.
On Sunday got to fish briefly with my buds Perry & Douglas. It was hard to get much fishing in with all of the trash-talk going on, but Perry managed to wrangle up a good one on fly that we watched peel away from a school and flare his gills on the fly. I was reminded this day just how good a bucket of fried chicken tastes out on the marsh. If you find a trail of chicken bones in the marsh, they may lead you to Douglas’ secret fishing hole – hahaha.
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Casting, blasting, food, family, & football…Thanksgiving 2011 was incredible! We were fortunate enough to have to perfect weather and fishing conditions for a good portion of the week. Light east winds kept the water clean, and the sunny skies allowed us to spot fish cruising for shrimp and mullet. If you got your artificial shrimp of choice in front of a cruising fish, there was almost no question…he was going to play vaccum cleaner with your bait. I fished with Mr Raynor on Turkey Day and with Smyth and Martha on Friday. We had an awesome time both days and got to put our eyes on some nice schools of fish. On Saturday, I hit the marsh with some of my redneck amigos for a quick marsh hen hunt…some video from the hunt. Those mud chickens sure are fun to hunt – and not bad to eat contrary to rumor. Most people would rather eat a leather boot than a marsh hen. That’s perfectly fine with me – more for us to enjoy! I’m thankful for the area we live in and for the good folks that I get to spend time with.
Check out the size of the mud minnow in Martha’s fish’s mouth – biggest one I have ever seen!
Smyth works with my father-in-law on the Board of Trustees at Clemson University. We had been talking about spending a day on the water for a while and finally got to make it happen. Glad we fished before Saturday’s football game – I’m sure he was having a rough time on Sunday. Tough loss for the Tigers who have had a great season – but an excellent win for my Gamecocks. Hopefully Clemson has a good game in Charlotte playing for the ACC Championships against the Hokies.
Mr Raynor is a Long Island guy who has mostly fished for stripers and huge bluefish in the northeast, but he is becoming a redfish junkie now that his daughter moved to the Georgetown area. Nice work as usual Mr Raynor!
Here’s some pics from our marsh hen hunt along with a short video. As you can tell, it is more about getting out there and having a good time than anything else. Not the most difficult hunt in the world, but one of the best times you can have on the marsh in my opinion.
Click here for video – Marsh Hen Video
Some pictures from mine and Douglas’ scouting mission…
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