Mattson, our little boy, has been asking me for a big boy fishing pole. So being that he turns 4 on Saturday, we gave him a Zebco 202 with a 5.5 foot rod.
Today he wore it out, catching 2 of his 3 reds by himself. Put a 1/2oz black spoon or a crazy mullet and he could throw it a mile. Luckily we had a pod of redfish that we were able to keep up with. He landed 2-26’s and a 27” red for dinner tonight. He also fought one I hooked on a DSL strawberry wine, which was 33”. He said it was HUGE!
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Another great day with beautiful redfish chasin’ weather! Reds were found today working sand shelves next to 3/4 foot of water.
We had to throw a few baits at em to figure out what they wanted. DSL’s candy apple, and Buggs Lures worked good early when they were crawling on the bars. Then they wanted the crazy mullet as the day heated up and the fell off the edges.
Started before sun up wading for trout with DSL’s chicken of the c, on the oyster shell. The trout weren’t wanting to play nice today.
So as the winds slicked off we decided to go chase pods of reds. The first shoreline we pulled up to had reds in small groups, and singles crawling down the bank. But wouldn’t you know it, they didn’t wanna play either. Making some really good casts on single fish swimming right at us, and nothing. It took a few hours and a couple of moves to finally stick a few fish.
You would have thought with the perfect conditions, the outcome would have had a perfect ending. But, sometimes this is how it goes. We were in the right zip code, and tomorrow is a different day.
The Waterloo Salinity is my favorite rod for fishing the mid-coast for speckled trout and redfish. It is a great combination of reasonable price and outstanding performance. The Waterloo shop is conveniently located in Victoria and offers a wide selection of rods, reels, and accessories.
I currently run a Salinity 7’0″ spinning rod – Medium/Moderate – with a Shimano Stradic 3000. We primarily fish artificials although we might occasionally throw shrimp or croaker (although, I really hate messing around with bait!). The Salinity has the power and control to cast top-waters, spoons, and soft-plastics in all conditions. Walking a Spook Junior or bouncing a DSL, the Salinity gets the job done.
My 7’0″ Salinity casting rod is fitted with a Lews. This is my first Lews and I’m still getting used to it so a full report on this rod will have to wait. However, given the number of days I have fished the spinning version, I’m confident the casting Salinity will do just fine.
The cork split grip handle has become my favorite style. I have these split handles on a number of rods, including other makes.
In the picture below, we were wading the outside of Contee when I spotted a tailing red up in a grass pocket against the shore. Given the prevailing SE wind and distance to target, I had to put everything I had into the cast. The bone/silver Spook, Jr landed within a bucket of my aim, and, the red exploded on it! It wasn’t until later that night did I learn that my brother had captured the cast.
A fun 2 days with these repeat clients. Always good to get the youngsters on the water.
Day 1 we waded throwing topwaters, DSL kickin chicken, and victorious secret for any early morning trout bite in knee to thigh deep water.
Day 2 we made a couple wades and came up with a few trout, spooked a smalll school of reds, and lost a 6-7# trout. We were all a little frustrated, so we decided with the calming winds to go sight cast some reds and let these boys feel some big pulls. Reds and drum wanted the candy apple. It was a very eventful afternoon!