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Stephanie with a nice redfish[/caption]
It was a two tide day today with high tide at approximately 10:15 am. We arrived at the dock to see the water creeping just below the boards. Two tide days aren’t my favorite tides but we were optimistic. We had already stopped and picked up a few dozen large shrimp, and figured they would be our primary bait today. We searched the Tampa Bay for new grouper holes and found a couple promising areas.
We marked the spots, after about an hour of searching, we decided to head inshore in search for redfish. I wasn’t the only one that wanted to get out on the water today. The South Shore looked like the amphitheater at the Jason Aldean concert. We pulled up to our first spot and I casted Stephanie’s bait right next to the mangroves, I turned to her and said "get ready because it won’t be long". A few seconds later her shrimp begins jumping and running for its life. The cork suddenly shoots below the surface and it was headed directly toward the mangroves.
She quickly put the rod tip down and turned the fish before it was too late, an intense struggle commenced for the next couple minutes and she finally gained enough line to prevent the fish from making his way back home. Eventually a nice 26 inch redfish made its way to the boat side.
It wasn’t long and Vince hooks up with a little red, he gets her to the boat and sets her free. He re-baited and makes another good cast; the presentation must have been right because it only took a few seconds and he got the same results, this time is was a fat little 20 inch red. Between Stephanie and Vince, they continue to catch many short redfish and snook. At about 11:30 am the bait was low and the storms were headed our way, so we decided to wrap it up early. Overall I was able to get some great shots with the Canon T3i, they caught fish and it was beautiful out there. I hope you all had a pleasant weekend, with rod bending action!