8/20 Big Nasty Summertime Redfish

I had Ted & Kim of www.fishermensspot.com today on board,  going for the GIANTS! rolled out at 4:00am to catch a perfect condition for some trophy class redfish. Our early arrival  to THE SPOT really paid off, the bigguns where already there waiting for a crab fly breakfast and I had the anglers on board to serve it up!!  Teds first red ever to cast too was a 27lb big nasty.  Hard to top huh? Continued floating around, almost tarpon style for these fish, 20 minutes later ted strips down on another big nasty and he came off,5 minutes later Ted serves up another tasty crab fly and that fish pulled! Not good, quick change of the fly, back on watch one more school and…….. 32lb.BIG NASTY! Congratulations TED for a real trophy class Louisiana redfish.

Capt Rocky

Salty Fly Expeditions


8/19 Duck Pond Redfish

Had Jeff & Tony  from Colorado today chasing redfish back in the duck ponds, little or no tide made it a tough day on the water. Fish would eat the shrimp pattern flies the best today but were  kind of picky! Really wanted perfect fly placement. Great casters on the skiff makes a bad day look good. Thanks guys for making the shots…… we where rewarded!!!

Capt Rocky

Salty Fly Expeditions

8/20 Quad Slam

Rocky and I picked up our guys today at 4:00am and headed SSW to a super secret honey hole Captain Lucas turned us on to.  Right off the bat we new we weren’t in Delacroix anymore due to the shark fins breaking the surface at the first spot we stopped at.  As the day progressed it was unlike any other I have had.  It began by walking in ankle deep water stalking small drum with their backs out of the water.  After catching one we decided to go after our targeted species big redfish! We see our first school and blow our shot but on the next school we hook up and of course its the smallest fish in the school but still a good 10-12 lbs.  We continue seeing fish, have a few hook ups and land one more before we decide to focus our attention on the sharks we keep seeing cruising the flats.  We rig up the 12 weight with some heavy leader and a monster fly and go after them.  We get a few big boys to nose it but never got a take on a big one, we did catch a little two footer black tip though.  Finishing the day and our quad slam we throw a shrimp pattern in a deeper hole on the flats and catch a trout just to say we did. Rocky had a pretty incredible day as well. His report is coming soon….

Capt Miles


8/18-8/19 Redfish Tells

Both days have been extremely hot with the heat index reaching 110+ but when it is this hot it means there is no wind.  Is the heat miserable? Yes. Is the fishing good enough to make you forget about the heat? Yes.  When there is no wind it allows you to spot a redfish’s tell or movement from a far distance away.  Whether its a fish busting on a bank, finning on the surface, tailing looking for food, or just straight cruising with his huge triangle head wake, the lack of wind makes redfishing a more visual game then it already is.  Both days we saw all of these examples and multiple times at that.  We caught plenty of fish and never really noticed the bite shut down. The bite did slow down but never stopped all together.  At one point we saw so many fish actively feeding in a pocket we threw on a topwater and stuck one and missed another.  This was late morning too which is somewhat unusual.

Capt Miles


8/17 Deja Vu

I had Riaz back on the boat for a second day of tremendous fly fishing action.  We decided to try our hand at catching reds on top-water.  I tied on a redfish popper and Riaz did the rest, laying down shot after shot with surgical precision.  As a guide it is always a treat to have a great caster on the boat and the last two days I have been treated.  Riaz picked off red after red like a sniper taking out the enemy.  We finished the day with fish over 8 pounds and a boat load of memories.

Capt Rocky

Salty Fly Expeditions

8/16 Early Redfish Action

An early start was the key to success Tuesday morning as Riaz and I got on the water at daylight.  Living in San Francisco hasn’t afforded Riaz any opportunities at redfish on the fly so he was eager to get a shot at his first.  We didn’t have to wait long before we were hooked up.  In fact, Riaz was able to land his first three reds on his first three casts!  The day was filled with hungry reds ranging in size from 4 to 10 pounds and we finished the day in double digits.

Capt Rocky

Salty Fly Expeditions

8/13 Venice Day 2

Had the pleasure of fishing with the Kerr family this day.  With the low winds and mostly clear skies it was a very successful day. In the morning I took out the son James Albert and the mom Dawn.  Well immediately  we start catching fish.  Dawn gets her first red on the fly and James Albert has 8 before lunch.  At lunch we head back to Venice Marina where I switch Dawn for Albert.  We get him out there and he catches his first redfish on the fly and James Albert catches a few more to bring his total for the day to 12 I believe.

Tide – rising tide in the morning then falling in the afternoon.


Water Temperature – 88-91


Wind –5-10 mph


Sun –Mostly sunny with scattered clouds


Water Visibility – 7-10


8/12 Afternoon

After dropping off the guys from the morning trip I got a quick bite to eat and got in touch with a friend of mine Capt Paul Swett for some afternoon action.  We arrived at dead low tide which in Venice is great. The water clears up and the fish become stacked up in schools that make for some great action.  Capt Paul brought along Brant Crenshaw of BD Outdoorswho not only caught his first red but got a good one on the fly.

Tide – rising tide in the morning then falling in the afternoon.


Water Temperature – 88-91


Wind –5-10 mph


Sun –Mostly sunny with scattered clouds


Water Visibility – 7-10


8/12 Venice, Louisiana aka Redfish Mecca

Capt Greg Moon and I had a great group of guys fishing with us this day.  Due to the poor water clarity on the east side we convinced the guys to take the ride down to Venice where the clarity has been good and the numbers of fish have been great.  Everyone caught fish, Moon’s boat even caught three Sheepsheads along with their reds.

Tide – rising tide in the morning then falling in the afternoon.


Water Temperature – 88-91


Wind –10-15 in the morning then slowing to 0-5 in the afternoon


Sun –Mostly sunny with scattered clouds


Water Visibility – 7-10


The Moon Sled

Capt Greg Moon and I had a pretty good time testing his new East Cape Fury . This boat is pretty incredible. I may just be saying that because Im also getting one in the next week or so  but the facts don’t lie.  The boat is setup perfectly with great storage and rigged out beautifully with the wiring and electrical placement perfect with easy access and still out of the way.  As for performance the boat is a tank when it comes to chop and turning.  With the 90 E-tec on it the boat has some series get up and go power. The top speed is still only 40mph but with a new prop we are hoping to see 45-50mph.  As for poling and draft it didn’t disappoint.  It poled much like a Lostman but with a little more weight in the wind with its higher sides and 15-20 mph winds we had yesterday.  The draft was extremely skinny, we didn’t have a ruler but i would put money on we were floating in max 6 in yesterday with 2 people, a full tank of gas, and a full ice chest.  I cant wait to get mine

8/6 Tailing Redfish

Hoping to get back on the fish Rocky and I saw two days ago I let Skip know early we were going to be taking a ride.  After the 45 min boat ride we pull up to the flat and immediately start seeing movement. As we pushed closer we started seeing tails, big tails. Taking it slow and waiting for the right shot, Skip placed a perfect cast right in front of the school and bam hooked up.  This fish was angry too making big runs and getting all the way down to the backing.  This 13lber on the fly was a great start.  As the day went on we caught more fish with even some school trout under the birds mixed in.  We covered a lot of ground today and even found some monster drum in the 30-40lb range but unfortunately they wouldn’t eat.  Great summer day!

Tide – Falling all day


Water Temperature – 84-90


Wind – 0-5


Sun – Mostly sunny with scattered clouds


Water Visibility – 6-8 all fishable though

8/4 Scout Trip

Rocky and I took advantage of the calm winds and made a scout trip way south.  Here we found plenty of redfish, some bull reds, and clean water.  Although we didn’t catch the bigger reds in the school we did manage some 10-12lbers and one going about 16lbs. (good one for summer time)  All the fish we saw today responded best to darker crab patterns.

Tide – Falling all afternoon


Water Temperature – 86-88


Wind – 0-5


Sun – Mostly sunny


Water Visibility – 6-7.5

7/31 Pretty Good, Bad Day

Back at the homewaters the fish were not acting like they were in Venice.  With clear skies and relatively light winds you would think it would be an easy day. Well the fish were not moving like they have been. The water has warmed a little since last week and the clarity was very poor. With only a handfull of shots, about 10-15, these guys made the most of it. Caught 2 broke one off and missed another.

Tide – Falling all day due to NNW wind


Water Temperature – HOT! 87-90


Wind – 10-15


Sun – Blue Bird


Water Visibility – 5

7/28 – 7/30 FAUX PAS











I had a great time fishing the Faus Pas fishing Rodeo With Brock and his Mom Stacey. All three days we caught a ridiculous amount of fish. Brock is by far the best junior angler I have ever seen. Although we didn’t catch any good Tournament fish Brock still said it was the “the best three days of his life.” Probably the best review I have gotten so far.

Tide – Rising in the mornings falling in the afternoon


Water Temperature – We were fishing Venice so the river water kept it a little cooler 83-85


Wind – 0-15


Sun – Mostly Cloudy the first day and half of second, cleared up third day

Water Visibility – 6-10 Cleared up on the falling tide.


7-24 Morning Madness

This Morning couldn’t of worked out better. No wind with good cloud cover made it easy to see fish moving and still kept it bearably hot.  Seemed like from the time we got out there to the time we got chased in by a storm (7am-11am), It was non stop action. If we weren’t fighting a fish we were stalking one or taking a shot on one.  Graham had game too making long, very precise casts to pushing fish.  It made my job real easy, all i had to do was keep the boat moving, he was spotting them and getting the lure in front of them with almost no help from me.

Tide – Falling all morning


Water Temperature – 84-87


Wind – 0


Sun – slim to none


Water Visibility – Dirty 6 in the channels decent 8 in the pockets and skinny flats 




7-20 Warming Water

Another great morning with fish moving everywhere.  They were not tailing like the weekend but they were floating just under the surface and with the low winds it was easy to spot the little flickers of a tail following a bronze hump in the water.  We caught most our fish early and as the water warmed the bite slowed down.  So after grabbing a gator to get Edward a closer look we headed in just before noon.

Tide – Little tide movement but the water was higher then normal


Water Temperature – 82-89


Wind – 0-5


Sun – Mostly sunny


Water Visibility – 6


7-17 Skinny water Redfish

Had another great morning. The Nolans had no problem catching these fish in the shade.

Tide – End of falling, beginning of rising


Water Temperature – 80-83


Wind – 0 – 10mph


Sun – Mostly overcast early with a few spots of sun then scattered thunderstorms forced us in around 11:45


Water Visibility  (0-10) – 7.5

7-16 Butterball Redfish

Had a good day today with Jim Wagner and his son Henry.  We found a good school of fish early and they were actually eating!  After busting a school of fish Henry made quick work of getting on the board.

Jim had to step it up with this 9.5lber. (slot fish)

Tide – End of falling, beginning of rising


Water Temperature – 79-82


Wind – 0 – 5mph


Sun – Slight overcast early clearing up to mostly sunny then scattered thunderstorms forced us in around 11;30


Water Visibility  (0-10) – 7


Summer Slam

Fishing has been real consistant with mornings being full of action and as the day goes on the fishing slowing down.  Yesterday Moon and I had a great day with little wind, plenty of fish and Moon’s incredible shrimp pattern fly.  We had no problem getting our red in the morning, but trying to get a sheepshead to eat in mid summer is no easy task. Moon got it done. After looking for big drum for a little while we moved into a pond that is known to hold little drum. Didn’t take long before the slam was complete. We accomplished all of this before 11:30am.

Turks and Caicos

I had the pleasure of visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands. Although the fishing was tough with high winds and what seemed like the tail end of bonefish season, the trip was still amazing.  Caught the bonefish on a blind cast.



Perfect Summer Morning

With the afternoon rains the day before, the morning started out nice and cool.  With calm winds and clear skies we knew it was going to be a perfect summer day.  Tough bite with the poppers but once we switched to a shrimp pattern it was game on.

Good Showing for Poor Weather

We started early yesterday hoping to get in a full day before the storms built up. Well we didn’t get a full day but we had a pretty exciting 2 hours.  It was an overcast morning which made it next to impossible to see the fish but due to the low winds we could spot tails and other classic red fish movement which gave us a targets to cast at.  Brock made the best of each target placing casts in perfect positions to catch a total of 4 fish.  When I say this kid can fish that is not even compared to other kids he can fish better then some seasoned vets I know.

Here is a video of us coming up on a school of about 15 fish tailing and Brock making the most of it…

Morning Redfish Action

Moon and I hit the water early to try and get some action before the heat became unbearable.  Well lets just say we got what we were looking for. Sneak peak of summer footage

More Heat = Less Active Fish

Fished the usual areas yesterday. The wind shifted out to the north which is good if it can get some water out of the marsh.  Seems lately with these higher waters the schooled fish have broken up and spread out.  Although we still saw around 40-50 fish today the majority of those fish were extremely spooky. But classic redfish there is always a few that will cooperate.