Before I get into redfishing, some of you may have noticed that we have changed our website yet again. This is a good thing in our opinion as were trying to make our site as easy as we possibly can for you to find what you’re looking for. We will probably continue to update and modify our website until the world blows up. Hopefully that’s not as soon as it appears to be on some days.
Our home page strategy is to have two parts. One, the top of the page is where you search the navigation or you go to find something specific. Two, the body of the opening page is to have a theme where we will concentrate on things related to whatever that theme is. The theme part is the most fun and it will give you visual suggestions and links to the products you might be interested in.
It’s going to be a while before the entire site is redone, but we look forward to your feedback on how we’re doing.
Now about our theme….Redfishing.
It’s fall and all of you local guides and fish heads know that the fall tides present us with my favorite kind of fishing that is available here in north Florida. Floodtide fishing! We like it so much that we named our annual festival the Floodtide Festival. Redfishing in the flooded grass flats along the inter coastal waterway is about as good as it gets for those of us who love sight fishing on a the fly. These beautiful sparkling golden yellow, and sometimes red, marsh prowlers tail up just like a bonefish on a Bahamian flat and defy you to place a fly in just the right place so they can find it. If it’s a big fish your drag will announce it’s working and you might get a glimpse of your backing.
Fishing for redfish is not a “gimmie” like some inexperienced anglers have thought. It requires a stealthy approach by foot or in a boat. The cast must be sure and well placed. Like my friend Bill Oliver always said, “throw at the end with the teeth on it.” Sometimes you just can’t tell which way they’re facing until it’s too late.
Some tips you need to learn: Know which kind of grass to walk in. The green grass grows in soft mud….not good. If you see a path of water with no grass in it, it’s probably a channel and you’ll be over your head in two seconds….not good. Don”t piss off an alligator if you see him before he sees you…..not good. That goes for snakes too. Most importantly, don’t wade if you have open wounds or cuts on your legs. Some of the tidal water is polluted and those cuts and wounds can become seriously infected.
Like all fishing, it takes a bit of practice to be successful on a north Florida grass flat and it’s best to go with a guide for the first few times. It’s incredibly exciting and very rewarding to finally hold one of these fish up for the camera. Sometimes I even eat one!