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Old 08-12-2008, 03:31 PM   #1
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Dad was in town for the weekend and trout was on his brain. For some reason, he thinks a trout is the best tasting fish in the sea, so I figured I take him out to a few in the sound.On Sat. morning we launched on the north side of the sound and headed south to the grass flats. We were welcomed by mullet schools everywhere, plenty of busting on top of the water and almost slick conditions. My dad by no means is the most experienced angler, his idea of fishing is to throw out a live mullet on a 1 oz slip lead and wait. Well my goal was to get him to catch some fish using artificial, so after about 5 minutes of insisting to throw out a topwater lure, he did, so I tied on my favorite chugbug. His first couple casts, he didn't know what the hell to do, he kind of lazily realed it in while calling it a bullshit way to fish. Third cast hits the water, he looks at me while I'm showing him how to work his rod, and splash!! He's looking at me while I see his lure get ingulfed. Hilarious, something right out of "Man's favorite Sport". So he gets this fish to the boat, turns out to be a 26 3/4 in red, on our scale 6lbs 12oz. Talk about beginners luck...



With dad he likes to eat what he catches so in the box he went. Well after that he had a liiiitttttlllllleeee bit more confidence in his lure and spent the rest of the morning casting that chugbug, resulting in 4 trout( one 22incher), 4+- ladyfish, and another small red, best morning of fishing he said he's ever had. Almost made me tear up.

Come 8:30am, with the wind coming straight from the north, we decided to try the docks on the north end for some sight fishing. With dad on the boat I wanted him to be able to see a fish, cast at the fish, and catch the fish, soI decided to rig him up with live bait instead of artificial jerk baits. I fished on the north end a few times and know just how skittish those fish are so I caught some finger mullet, 4-5inchers, riggedour rods up with long15lb fluro leaders with 4/0 owner hooks. Hooked our mullets on and started down the docks. It now turned into a scaled down version of a cobia fishing trip, with live mullets in the water instead of eels. After messing up about 15-20 fish trying to let dad catch a fish, I finally had to cut in and take one, resulting in keeper red number two. Dad was in disbelief the whole time on the number of reds we were seeing and the depth of water that they were in.



We where back at the house by 10:30am. Father-son trip, CHECK!!! Total weight 12lbs 1oz on the two reds. Fish tasted great!
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Old 08-12-2008, 03:36 PM   #2
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Awesome report, and great job showing your father a great time!!
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Old 08-12-2008, 03:38 PM   #3
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Great story, nice catch on a what appears to be a fantastic day.:takephotoclap:clap



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feels good when you can put family members on some quality fish. and boy did you do that. great job your dad should be very proud. when i take my dad it seems like the fish go and hide. the next day bam they are everywhere. i take pics and everything and he never believes me. one of these days i will make it happen. great job and thanks for sharing.
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Some pretty reds.:clap
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:18 PM   #6
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Nice report. I haven't fish with artificials in a while, in fact need to get m out of the tackle box for some of the early morning action. I guess I preferred the live bait since they are everywhere in the bay this time of the year. Great report guys and thank you for the pics too. :clap
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:23 PM   #7
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Now that was a great report! Nothing better than taking your Dad fishing. It sounds like the reds were right in between the docks.
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:43 PM   #8
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my dad is moving down here sometime this year...I'll probly have to live up to a few stories but cant wait to take him out :doh
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Nice Reds jimmy!

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Good stuff man! Glad you got your dad on some fish.
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