Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Rainy Day Redfish

Monday, the dreaded start of the tiresome work week. The normally beautiful day that serves as a reminder of the crappy weather that ruined your previous weekend. If you're like me and decide to take off work to fish on Monday, the crappy weather will normally follow suit.

I got an early start with plans to stay out all day. The weather was supposed to be decent with a chance of rain later in the day. Go figure, the forecast was wrong and it rained most of the day. What did I forget to bring with me? You know it, rain gear! the tide dropped out the fishing picked up! The extremely low tide was just what I was waiting for...


Quick Report:

I was able to entice a couple of trout between 18" - 21.5" on topwater before I went after reds. The clouds and rain made it impossible to comb the flats for sight fishing. I chose to stake out in a "pinch point" between two shore lines and intercepted reds as they worked into a shallow cove to reek havoc on schools of baitfish. You could see the wake coming from a distance, along with the tips of their tails breaking the surface. Within a couple of hours, I tagged and released around 2 dozen reds between 19" and 23.5".

Setup of the Day:
Rod: 7'0 St. Croix Mojo Inshore Series, Med Light - Fast Action
Reel: Shimano Stradic Ci4 2500
Line: 20lb PowerPro braid, 20lb Seaguar Fluorocarbon leader
Lure: Z-Man Grass Kickerz, texas rigged on an 1/8oz weighted worm hook

Over time, I started to follow my mother's footsteps and try to carry a camera with me everywhere I go.  Even though I hate putting down the fishing rod, I love picking up the camera to capture those eye catching moments.

The bald eagle brings back memories of my early childhood. I remember being on the water at a very early age, casting musky lures with my dad all day while watching bald eagles roam the skies of our northern Wisconsin waters. If only my current spots had loons to sound off at sunset, I'd be in heaven..

Even though this Monday was full of clouds and rain, it still was a wonderful day on the water. The fishing was fantastic, topped off with a photo session of Mr. Eagle. I'll take a start to the week like this anytime!

~See ya on the water!


  1. Nice post Richie - love the eagle pics. Hope to take my son out again this Friday to do the same.

    1. Thanks Chuck! Good luck to you and your son. Either way it will be a great day on the water.

  2. Sitting here with a big fat ol' lump in my throat. I love the Eagle pictures. They are something I have always wanted to capture. I am so happy you had your camera with you. Let it be a part of your daily gear and it will never fail you. You will begin to be able to carry on a conversation and snap an amazing photo in the blink of and eye. It will be and extension of your eyes before you know it and at the rate you are going, all the world will benefit. Thank you Richie for making my week great and did I mention my LIFE? Stay safe out there. Love ya. Mom

    1. Thank you again for the camera, but more importantly for the inspiration to capture life's consistent happenings in the natural form. I will always be in debt to you for that.

  3. Amazing! Cathcing fishes is very enjoyable in rainy weather.Buit always remember to use instrument to measure wind speed for weather report for safety. Stormy weather and rainy days are pleasant but dangerous as well.