November is in the books and it was the best I have ever seen with the amount of fish caught and the size. December came in with warm temps the first week, around 72 degrees all week, which was very nice. We did have a full moon the first week, which did impact the bite some on a couple trips, but not too bad. We just didn’t catch as many, but when you’re used to hooking up 20 –40 fish a trip and then it drops to only catching 6 or 8, then I guess I’m getting spoiled. Last night we got a small cold front and it will surely fire them off again. If you striper fish, these fish behave in similar fashion. They like the cold fronts and usually after each one they kick it up a notch. I’m still tossing Spro 1.5oz jigs at them with 7 and 8 foot Medium Heavy Rods with 4000 to 5000 reels. I use two different rods on my trips, both St. Croix and Wright McGills, and for reels, I use Shimano.
I have found that these big reds can retire a reel fast if you don’t have good equipment that can hold up to their hard runs and their pure power. When you’re fighting a fish for 3 –6 minutes you need your tackle to hold up and not fail.
The last thing I want is you to lose that trophy fish because I didn’t have the proper tackle in excellent working order.
The season should go strong until the middle of January and start to taper off. So if you want to experience some fun fast action fishing, you need to give this a try. Take a few days off, put the snow shovel down, head to the Gulf Coast and let’s get a bent rod in your hand with a monster redfish attached at the other end.
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With the multiple fish pics, I have each angler keep their fish in the water till all fish are boat side. I quickly get each fish in the boat, position everyone an snap a few pics and then release the fish back in the water. Doing it this way ensure the fish are not out of the water for any length of time. I take pride to ensure that no harm comes to these big reds and that all swim off un-harmed.
Tight Lines… John
Capt. John Rivers
Mega-Bite Inshore Charters