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Maiden Voyage

Made the first fishing trip of the year this weekend. Was supposed to fish Friday-Sunday but had to have Capt. Raymond take my spot on Friday as I was SICK. I think that was the first time since I have been in business that I couldnt make a charter due to being sick.

Made it down to Venice On Friday evening feeling good enough to fish. The weather was as nice as you could possibly imagine for February! I mean it was NICE! Our guys were looking for a Redfish bite so thats what we did. Our first stop in a little bay that traditionally holds plenty of reds this time of year got us on the board. Caught several eaters and one about 24 pounds which proved to be the biggest of the day. I decided to leave the area and check some more spots. Hit two spots with a couple fish, and then we REALLLLY hit them! Found a school up against the cane and it was every cast for as long as your arms could take it. Finally Mr. Johnny put his rod on the holder and said, "you done wore and old man out! Lets head in!". So back up to Venice Marina we headed.

On Sunday I had another group from Ohio. These guys had read an article in the newspaper that Ms. Susan Gros and I had done with a writer from the L.A. Times. The article was picked up by about 30 newspapers around the country and these guys happened to notice it and booked a trip with us. Redfish was on the menu for these fellas as well.

Went back to the spot where we had caught them the day before and never got a bite. I began slowly working up the bank and after an hour, not one bite! I knew they had just moved down the bank somewhere so we didnt panic, just keep on plugging. Finally got a bite and something told me to slow up for a minute and give the spot some time. GOOD IDEA! For the next 5 hours they caught redfish on EVERY cast(unless they missed him). I'm not sure if I have ever seen a redfish bite last so long. Capt. Jeff came over and side by side did the same thing. It was like there was no end to the redfish in the spot. Finally about 1pm the guys decided they had caught enough! None of them had EVER seen anything like it before.

Late winter into early spring is a VERY underrated time of year to fish. Redfish action is second to none and The trout action will be on FIRE in March. The best month of trout fishing I have ever had was in MARCH 3 years ago! Yes MARCH. Sometimes you have to work around the weather, but it can be GREAT.

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Great Job putting this group on some world-class redfish action. They'll be back for more this summer I am certain!

These guys will ABSOLUTELY be back!