Redfish Humbled

Fished BCKFC’s Redfish Rumble with Blake and Kevin this past weekend to less-than-spectacular results. I was fairly confident going in that I’d at least catch five redfish as the format calls for your five heaviest slot redfish, which is right in my wheelhouse, or so I thought.

The combination of high tide and winds from the south turned the spot I chose to fish into something I wasn’t too familiar with. It was tough to come across areas of good water clarity and when I did they were deep water areas. I’m much more comfortable sight casting reds in shallow water, so I was a little lost. I did so awful that I didn’t shake the skunk off until about six hours in, it was a trout that went about 13″. I did finally see a 25.5″ redfish and I managed to get him to eat a spoonfly tied by Kevin, but by that time it was too late to weigh-in and it wouldn’t have much mattered as I’m sure others had much better luck. Big thanks to Kevin on the fly and the pictures.




Still, it was fun to get out on the water with Blake and Kevin and my poor day wasn’t shared by everyone. Kevin was out in his new Cruise and he was able to stand up and sight fish a few drum and sheepshead. Standing up to sight fish was something that he hadn’t been able to previously do out of his Tarpon and I could tell he was pretty excited at the possibilities on a good day. After having truck problems last time we were supposed to go out, Blake was finally able to take his new Cuda 12. He ended up catching a couple over slot reds and picked up around ten or so trout, with a couple of those around 17-18″. On one his line popped above the cork and the cork disappeared. I found it ten minutes later in a different spot and was able to hook the line and retrieve the trout. Unfortunately not as big as we thought when he set the hook, must have had a nick his line.


So we didn’t make the weigh-in, but we weren’t the only ones. Only 32 of the 92 people registered weighed fish. Those that did catch fish, caught some really nice slot reds, with a few over 8 lbs weighed in. Here are the results for 1st – 5th:

1. Michael Ethridge     5 reds     29.75 lbs

2. Johnny Bergeron    5 reds     27.55 lbs

3. Steve Lessard           5 reds     26.45 lbs

4. Casey Brunning       5 reds     23.5 lbs

5. Tyler Hall                   5 reds     23.5 lbs

Michael Ethridge is also a fellow JK user, paddling a Cuda 14. His five fish stringer was anchored by an impressive 8.5 lb slot red! A big congrats to Michael on the win, and to all the rest that had success. I know how tough it was out there, so to see these results was really impressive. I’m always blown away with each tournament at the number of talented kayak fishermen we have right here in Louisiana. That number looks to increase as the sport grows and anglers improve upon themselves.


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