The Morning Prep… Getting geared to go Fishing For Redfish!
I woke up this morning at the earliest time of the trip thus far… 3:00 AM. The crazy thing was that I was instantly awake. I knew that today was gonna be an epic day as we are in one of the best Redfish locations in the world! It didn’t take much to get me out of bed.
I put together the camera gear, got my rods in the car and met Eric Muhoberac from The Louisiana Kayak Company out in the parking lot of the hotel. He’s a great guy and we made a quick 20 minute drive to the spot where we would be putting in the yaks.
Today is going to be another Bonafide Kayak VS Hobie Kayak challenge! I can’t thank Fishing Online enough for hooking me up with the Bonafide for the Tour! It took me a little while to set up the 127ss Bonafide Kayak at the ramp. Once we got a geared up, we were on the water before the sunrise.
“The marshy bayou was absolutely beautiful in the early morning sunrise. I almost just wanted to sit there and take it in, but there was Redfish to be caught.”
Starting the Day: Catching Redfish in Venice, Louisiana
The marshy bayou was absolutely beautiful in the early morning sunrise. I almost just wanted to sit there and take it in, but there was Redfish to be caught. It didn’t take long before I hooked up on my first Redfish! I got to shoot some pretty cool footage of the beautiful sunrise while releasing the Redfish, be sure to check that out in the full Episode!
Baits Used While Fishing for Redfish
I was throwing a small Texas Rigged black paddle tail swimbait with a chartreuse dipped tail on ¼ ounce jig head (my go to color and style in saltwater). It was some really cool fishing! The Redfish would wake behind our baits, and then blast in and hammer on the swimbait! Eric was throwing a Johnson Beetle Spin paired with a Matrix Shad Swimbait!
“I was throwing a small Texas Rigged black paddle tail swimbait with a chartreuse dipped tail on ¼ ounce jig head which is always my go to color and style in saltwater.”
Catching Redfish: My Personal Best!
Not long after the first fish swam off, I hooked up on my second fish, a much larger adversary. A 30 inch Redfish was on the other end of my line! I fought it back and forth for around five minutes. One second I would gain line on it, and the next it would take another 20 yards of line on its run.
Once I finally boated this magnificent fish, it stayed in my hands for about 20 seconds… I couldn’t stop it from flopping out of my grasp before I could even get a proper picture. But, it was a clean release and that fish is still out there swimming around the bayou!
The day was off to an amazing start and I was already happy with what I had caught on footage. A few minutes later, I missed one more Redfish that must’ve had the tail of my swimbait! Eric missed a few as well, and we decided to switch up spots.
“Not long after the first fish swam off, I hooked up on my second fish, a much larger adversary. About a 30 inch Redfish was on the other end of my line!”
Spot Hopping in the Louisiana Bayou
We bounced around the bayou, moving between different weed beds and grass lines. As we spot hopped, we missed a few other subtle bites. Eric and I talked about how the bluebird skies and minimal wind was making it difficult to not spook the fish as we paddled along. It was getting hotter and hotter, so we gave it another 30 minutes before calling it a day.
We ended the day with Eric catching one Redfish and I had two in the boat. It was a good day with just a few hours on the water. We headed back to the ramp to load up the Tour Jeep and go our separate ways. Eric was an incredible guy to go out with, he spent most of the morning just taking in the views and letting me focus on hooking up with some beautiful Redfish. I highly recommend checking out his guide service!
“We bounced around the bayou, moving between different weed beds and grass lines.”
Next Stop… Port St. Joe Fishing for Flounder
Before I pulled out of the parking lot, I immediately looked at the footage so I could watch that fish get caught over again and take in all of its beauty. I noticed just how golden the Redfish are in this Louisiana water.
Once I was back at the hotel, I went through the familiar routine of uploading the footage, charging the batteries, and organizing my equipment before getting ready for bed. I woke up the next morning for a travel day. I picked up Alex at the airport as he returned from his family vacation. Once he was moved back into the Tour Jeep, we took off, headed for Port St. Joe to fish for flounder and Speckled Sea Trout!