Capt. Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report

Oct 02, 13 Capt. Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report

This is the time of year that I live for as a fisherman. It’s also one of my favorite times of year for other reasons as well. It’s hard for me to not get excited when September gets here because two of my passions are going on at the same time.

The beginning of football season and hunting redfish. I was lucky enough to go to San Francisco and get one of my bucket list items taken care of by watching the 49ers beat the Packers week 1. I am not a niner fan, just wanted to see a game at Candlestick Park before they tore it down.

I have also been lucky enough to have spent some pretty good days on the water lately catching redfish. I want to focus on redfish this month and hopefully give you some useful information if you need some help with this species.

It’s been several years since I have seen this much redfish activity in the bay during the late summer, early fall. We always get the big schools of fish in September and October but this year there seems to be more of them. We also started seeing them a little earlier this year. It does not matter what time of year it is there are a few things that you can do to help increase your chances.

First of all, patience is your best friend while fishing for redfish. It’s hard to be patient sometimes but it will pay off. If you are on a school of reds let them tell you how to fish them. Example, if they are moving away from you at a very good rate of speed, don’t chase them. Let them go and flank them to get in front of them. When you go around them, get farther away than you think you need to be.

I promise it will not be their first rodeo. They have great instincts and understand the game. The good thing is they are greedy pigs and eat just about everything. If they are coming towards you just sit tight and wait.

We had this happen to us several times the other day where we would just patiently wait for them to get to us. When they got there we would catch a few and they would move on away. After 10 minutes or so they would come back by for us to have another shot at them. We never moved and caught 8 or 9, would have gotten more if the jack crevalle had not been with them.

That is more than we would have caught had we chased them. Secondly, you need to know what to look for. Look for mullet and for pushing water. Redfish will often travel with mullet to take advantage of the crabs, shrimp, and other food species that they will flush out of the grass.

What is pushing water? The best way for me to explain it is to compare it to cars drafting. As fish swim they displace the water they are in. If you have 50 fish they displace more water than a lesser amount. Obviously the more fish the bigger disruption in the water. Also keep in mind that the deeper the water the harder it is to see the pushes.

Craig Jobson with one of the redfish he caught in Tampa Bay while fishing with Capt. Ric Liles and Reel Simple Fishing Adventures.

When they are up and on the move it is very easy to see what direction they are headed. It’s hard to get the 40 – 60 fish days when they are on the move. Those days happen when they are sitting still and not in transition. I have only scratched the surface of the redfish game. It would take 4 pages to cover it all. I tried to cover a couple of the questions I received last month with this topic. It was fitting for the time of year. I hope this helped. Until next time, good luck and be safe on the water. Remember: don’t let your kid be the one that got away, take them fishing.

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