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Wow! 56 Fish today!! What a fantastic day at Redfish University. Guided Mr. Ron Harrell from Mobile this morning. Ron wanted to learn some advanced techniques for catching redfish, trout and flounder. My goal was to successfully demonstrate the proper techniques in some veryproductive areas so that he could easily replicate the same scenerios over in Mobile Bay. We dropped the HAMMER on all three species this morning , catching legal fish Grand Slams 16 times. To our surprise, Ron also picked off a 5# Tripletail on a Jerkbaitthat dropped the hook as I was preparing to land it. All fish were caught on Gulp! 5? Jerkshads in camo with a small worm-rattle insert. Not too much sightfishing lately which results in by-catch(trout and flounder) but hopefully the water will clear soon.

Total for the day: 17 nice Redfish, 22 Trout(2.4-4.5#),16 Flounder(including two 4.5#?s and one 5#), 1 Tripletail dropped at theboat. All fish released except 7 flounder for Ron and I to stuff. Back at it hard Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!!!























Guided Mr. Allen Beach this morning in East Bay and crushed the fish. Allen is a competitive bass angler who wanted to experience how hard redfish fight and we accomplished this many times over. The water was still a little dirty but nothing that we couldn?t handle. We covered some sand flats with 5? Gulp! Jerkshads in camo but the secret to our success was the use of some small rattle inserts. This, I believe,allowed the redfish and trout to find the baits easier andattracted them from adistance much like a popping cork. Ended up with 18 Redfish in the 22-25.5? range, 16very nice trout and a nice flounder.All fish released.



















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Guided Mr. Keith Jones and Cullum Miller today. They wanted to learn about the redfish in our area. One day we would concentrate on the larger fish along the beach, andtomorrow we would target the shallow water fish up in the northern bays. Started the morning with a few Spanish mackeral, then went sightfishing for blacktips along the beaches. When the water rose to its highest point, we started sightfishing for larger redfish along the beach. Found plenty of fish in the 27-38? range in shallow, clear water. Also found a few fish in the bay.Lots of fun but I told them, ?Just wait until tomorrow!? All together, we stuck 30-35 upper slot and over-sized fish.

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Guided Terry and Victor from Destin this morning over in their home waters. Started out in Hogtown Bayou and stuck 3-4 redfish but the water was still a little off and the mullet were not as plentiful as in recent trips. Blasted through the landcut and arrivedin West Bay as the water was beginning to fall. Found lots of redfish inside and just on the edge of the grass. A few hours into the falling tide, the tailing began.All together we saw100-150 fish in schools of 2-20. We picked off 7-8 very good quality redfish but all-in-all, the fish were very shy today. Great casts and quiet presentations by Terry, Victor and myselfwere mostly ignored. It really makes me want to go over there tomorrow at stick the crap out of them!! Anyway, hopefully the fellas learned a ton about shallow water angling and how frustrating redfish can be at times. All fish caught on Gulp! 5? Jerkshads and 1/4oz. Johnson Gold Spoons. All fish released.<STYLE type=text/css> .gallery { margin: auto; } .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } .gallery img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } </STYLE><DIV class=gallery><DL class=gallery-item><DT class=gallery-icon> </DT></DL><DL class=gallery-item><DT class=gallery-icon> </DT></DL><DL class=gallery-item><DT class=gallery-icon> </DT></DL><BR style="CLEAR: both"><DL class=gallery-item><DT class=gallery-icon> </DT></DL><DL class=gallery-item><DT class=gallery-icon> </DT></DL><DL class=gallery-item><DT class=gallery-icon> </DT></DL></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery>

Busy with guide trips again and guided Nori and John this morning down inDestin. The duo wanted to learn some shallow water redfish techniques in their area. Full moon and dirty water made things difficult but we figured them out and caught 14 redfish of mixed size. Fished behind schools of large mullet with 1/4oz. Johnson Gold Spoons and Gulp! 5? Jerkshads in camo. The fish were pretty aggressive very early coming off the full moon and then became tricky mid-morning. All-in-all a pretty decent day and hopefully much was learned in these difficult conditions. I encouraged the guys to return to the areas on any other moon and clear water conditions. Also saw a small pod of porpoise working on large schools of mullet and, most likely, redfish as well. A pretty cool sight. All fish released.<STYLE type=text/css> .gallery { margin: auto; } .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } .gallery img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } </STYLE><DIV class=gallery><DL class=gallery-item><DT class=gallery-icon> </DT></DL><DL class=gallery-item><DT class=gallery-icon> </DT></DL><DL class=gallery-item><DT class=gallery-icon> </DT></DL><BR style="CLEAR: both"><DL class=gallery-item><DT class=gallery-icon> </DT></DL><DL class=gallery-item><DT class=gallery-icon> </DT></DL><DL class=gallery-item><DT class=gallery-icon></DT></DL></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery></DIV><DIV class=gallery><DIV class=date></DIV><DIV class=cover><DIV class=entry>

Went fun-fishing over in Louisiana todaywith pal and fellow Redfish Cup angler, Manny Perez. Ended upwith 50-60 redfish and pulled hookless baits from as many tournament quality fish. Spoons, topwaters and large jerkbaits did the trick and made my arms very sore. Wow! What a tiring day of catching! All fish released happy and healthy.



Guided Mr. Rajiv Rajah and his girlfriend Stacy on a short trip in Escambia and Blackwater Bays this morning. Both had never fished inshore before with artificials and I think I made true believers out of them! Started out earlywith some very nice flounder and then moved to some very productive tripletail areas.We quickly stuck two beautiful tripletail on a very shallow bank. Focused on some sand flats that were loaded with bait which produced some quality trout. Finally, we ran north and found some redfish on a very shallow bar connected to some thick grass flats. All fish caught on Gulp! Jerkshads in camo. All redfish and trout were released. Tripletail and flounder went home with Rajiv and Stacy for the grill.

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Guided Mr. Fred Nordmeyer and his son, Philip, this morning before the rain. The father and son duo wanted to learn more about the upper bay systems particularly the Blackwater and East Bay area. Although the Blackwater Bay area is still very freshand cloudyfrom the rains, Fred and Philip are now armed with some very valuable knowledge for producing huge numbers of redfish in Blackwater. It seemed the fish were a bit less active this morning but we still produced some quality fish. Concentrated on small schools of mullet in 3-4 feet of water with Gulp 5? Jerkshads in camo, some with rattles and some without. Ended up with 14 very nice Flounder, 8 respectable Redfish and 10 hefty trout. We also dropped and missed quite a few good fish. *Philip really came through at the end with 2 Redfish and 1 Flounder on his own with artificial baits. He stuck with it all morning and I hope he learneda ton aboutfishing. All fish released except 6 flounder and 2 trout.

















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Guided Mr. Rick Maddox and his son, Josh, from Baytown, TX. this morning in Blackwater and Escambia Bays. Rick and Josh are accomplished bass anglers back in Texas and frequent Sam Rayburn and some areas south of the border. They wanted to stick with the bass fishing theme so I put them on several inshore slams, covering a wide array of techniques and areas. First, we focused on several large schools of trout with a few redfish mixed in. Ran to Blackwater to get some redfish in the shallow water and finished the day with some quality flounder including one 6.5#, 26 1/2 inchmonster. All fish caught on Johnson 1/4 Gold Spoons and Gulp! 5? Jerkshads in camo. I kept 5 flounder for stuffing(Tracy loves stuffed flounder.)Unfortunately, we got drenched on the way back to the ramp but remained comfortable in our Patagonia and Yamaha rain gear although our pants were soaked.

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Guided Mr. Randy Hamilton this morning in Escambia and East Bay. Multiple Grand Slams of redfish, trout and flounder with some tripletail mixed in. We found the redfish a little difficult at first but figured it out and found some fish concentrated in 6-8 ft. of water. The new Hewes 21Redfisher proved to be a fish catching machine like the last one as we boated a ridiculous amount of fish in a 3.5 hour period. The fishing is difficult in the upper bays but knowing where they are on the various tides is the key. Lots of fish in very few places. All fish caught on Gulp! 5? Jerkshads in camo and Gulp 3? Shrimp in lime tiger. No rattles were needed today as the water was pretty clear. Oh, saw one 15# tarpon which charged the boat and bounced off us in a hurry. We?ll get him next time. All fish released except 7 Flounder and1 Tripletail. Don?tforget,September 1 marks the $250.00 shallow water redfish trips in East, Escambia and Blackwater Bays. Book now as I will beEXTREMELY busy.

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Redfish University prides itself on providing its very exclusive clients with the best boats, motors, baits, rods and reels, and other saltwater equipment in the world. The arsenal just got better!! Checkout the new products from Pure Fishing.

Just returned from my annual new-product review and meeting at Berkley with Scott Dubiel and Kevin Benton. Recently, Pure Fishing acquired Penn Reels so I had the opportunity to checkout some of their new reels as well. In addition to new baits, Berkley has introduced new braids, fluoros and monos from Trilene and Spiderwire. Also, several new baits from the Powerbait line are very impressive. I am very excited about some new baits in particular. The Gulp! Ghost Shrimp are sure to be a very productive bait. New from Powerbait in the scented and flavor-packed Rattle Shrimp. These shrimp baits will quickly become favorites for anglers targeting redfish, trout, flounder and even pompano. Sticking on the Powerbait side, the new Ripple Shad swim baits are sure to produce fish with a rippled body to create more vibration. Also, Gulp! Jerkshads have gone to 6 and 7 inch baits. On the line side, Berkley has createdFineline Braid, the first Radial Braid for roundness, smoothness and strength. Spiderwire has developed a 100% Fluorocarbon lineand Berkley has created the Trilene TransOptic for anglers who focus on watching their line. This line is Hi-Vis in the sun(out of the water) and clear below the surface. Lastly, the new reels from Penn are extremely impressive. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to use the new Penn Conquer CQR4000 and CQR2000. These reels feature 10+1 shielded stainless steel ball bearings, bulletproof Eternal Alloy construction, the Superline Spools, and it?s most unique feature, the EAS System. The EAS is the innovative maintenance feature ever introduced in a spinning reel. By backing out one screw on the stem of the reel, the rear hatch opens and gives full access to the gearbox. Very simple to clean and maintain! Also, the new Penn Torque Spinning Reel System is incredible. Mainly for nearshore and offshore applications, this reel offers the highest drag pressure in its class!! The patented Versa-Darg system allows for multiple drag settings for various fishing conditions. These reels will be extremely popular with the cobia, kingfish and pier anglers, but also great for tuna, dolphin, sailfish, even snapper and grouper.

Redfish University is now featuring all of these fantastic products from Pure Fishing. Please check them out in your local tackle stores or book a R.U. session and try them first-hand!! See ya on the water.

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Steady trips at Redfish University this week although there small concentrations of redfish in very few areas. Good news is, I expect the redfishing to improve dramatically in the coming weeks and especially next month. Guided Mr. Barry James and his wife Cheryl this morning. Barry is an avid local kayak angler and I was able to cover lots of water with him and introduce him to some excellent kayak fishing areas and some clever tricks with artificial baits. Started out with some quality trout and lower slot redfish as we waited for the water to drop in the upper bay areas. At 730am, we blasted to some very productive area and a found the fish to be very difficult(local Labor Day traffic?) Whatever the cause, we managed to product an decent range of quality redfish. Ended the day trying to scrape up a few flounder which proved to be predictably grim on slow water movement. All in all, a below average day according to Redfish University standards but hopefully much knowledge was gained and a fantastic redfish dinner was had. Thanks again for the wonderful bottles of wine, James and Cheryl!!

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Guided Mr. Jim Lawrence and his four sons this morning in Destin. Jim is one of my favorite clients and it was our goal to top our 30-35 redfish massacre back in March. With five anglers and me, we split up with two on my boat and two on Jim?s boat. Well, we were predictably greeting with high and very muddy water in Hogtown. Lots of mullet and menhaden on the banks but very little redfish. We managed to stick a handful and dropped another few before we changed locations drastically. Headed back towards Destin and fished a couple flats where we picked up a few more fish. Ended at Crab Island where we stuck a 29? cobia on light tackle. A nice surprise. All-in-all, the fishing was pretty slow but we covered lots of water and a few different techniques that should produce for the Lawrence Family in the future.

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Lots of great trips lately, although I don?t report all trips, the redfish are extremely predictable and very cooperative. Look for them in very shallow water around bait and schools of mullet.

Guided Mr. Patrick St. Romaine this morning on the Maverick 17HPXV and found lots and lots of redfish. Steady action all morningon the very shallow flats and fish were, as predicted, following large schools of mullet. Ended up stickingaround 25 quality redfish with some impressive trout mixed in. Could have been more but we both had an alarming amount of fish come unbuttoned. Short bites with the full moon maybe? Probably not, buta greatexcuse!!Perfect morning, cooperative redfish and great company. All fish caught on Johnson 1/4oz. Gold Spoons and all fish released healthy.









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Guided Dr. Edwin Yee and fishing partner Mitch this morning on the new 2009 Maverick 17Hpx that I am guiding on until my new Hewes arrives. They both wanted to learn some basic shallow water techniques. It was a little difficult at the beginning but as always, we figured it out and produced a pretty consistent bite. Ended up with 10 quality shallow water redfish including 2 very nice 6.5# fish. We also stuck 3 very nice trout in the mix. Final score: Dr. Yee-5 Mitch-3 and Eric H.-2(I poled all day!) All fish caught on Johnson 1/4oz. Gold Spoons and all fish released.















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