My neighbor John got a fly rod and was ready to put it to good use on some reds. John had never done salt water fly fishing, but had been practicing on the bass ponds around his office. A little practice had paid off. After a couple of eats that he missed John put the stick to a nice red. I’m always stressed when some one wants to get their first red on fly. John got it done and his dad ended up hooking into a good’n later in the day. Getting the first one is always the toughest. Nothing can ruin a mans cast faster than a school of 25-50 reds coming at him !
Winter is in full swing, but not to worry here in the south. When the weather was warm in December the fish were acting a bit funky. With a ton of bait around and the dolphin not giving the reds a hard time, it seemed as though the reds were coming off the grass early and staying a bit deep until the tide was at the bottom.. Well a couple of cold snaps and fleeing bait has put an end to that nonsense !! The dolphin have become very interested in eating reds now that the bait has pulled out, and the fishing has been really good as long as the weather is on our side. There has also been good numbers of Albies sitting off the coast, with a number of good reports coming in. Couple of buddies have been finding them in the 5 to 10 mile range and crushing them on fly and spin. I wish I had a bit bigger boat to go have fun chasing them. When the weather is good for my boat I know the reds will be going off and it’s hard to take that chance looking.