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Old 01-26-2013, 06:59 PM   #1
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Default Simpson 1/26/13 - first red in 2013

Beautiful day on the water. Met Matt at the Simpson launch with his hobie outback. Great guy looking for some red fish. Boats were parked in my regular spots so I headed over to Saltman's cove to get away from them. First fish was my first redfish of the year, but no matter how many times I measured it, it was still 17 1/2". Caught two juvinile specs and four bass 12 - 15". No trophies today, but had a great time. Yesterday the fish were hitting nothing but a sinking twitch bait. They would not even look at it today. Caught all fish on topwater.

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Old 01-28-2013, 05:28 PM   #2
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Nice to meet you Greg; thanks for the kind words.

I had the same issue with the dreaded 17's. In fact, I caught two 17" reds and a 17" speck in 15 minutes. All my fish came in less than 3ft of water on a 1/4 oz jig. Sounds like I should have tried the topwater. The red fish bites I got were weird. They would hammer it on the fall, then spit it out, before hitting the bait again and finally hooking up. Not sure what was going on. Maybe they were hitting it so hard intially that it knocked slack into my line and making me think I lost them, but they were on the whole time. Who knows. I ended the day with one other 16" red and a half-dozen TINY specks over by the island.

I did manage to bring home dinner though, a whopping 3 whole blue crabs! Oh well, better than getting skunked, and I did catch several of my target species. Ready for some bruisers now!
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:09 PM   #3
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I had a similar experience with the red I caught. I saw him hit it and take superspook jr. underwater but I did not get a hook set. When it popped up I let is set for a couple of seconds then twitched it. I just let it set another four or five seconds and the he hit it it full force. I often find that technique works with specs, but ususally the reds are more agressive. Hope to see you out there soon.


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