We unexpectedly found ourselves in clear water with a light wind most of Friday morning. We only fished the east side of the lake, but I can promise you the water over there was as pretty as I have seen it this year. A big incoming tide had the water pushed up in the grass and the bait was up in there as well.
Wade and Kelly French joined me for the day and we were in the redfish from dawn until about 12:30. After the wind picked up we moved and never found the fish again. I have no idea how many redfish we went through, but Kelly caught the first three starting with her first cast of the day. She caught all of her fish on Gulp, but we also caught them on spinner baits and red shad Assassins.
We kept a few for a redfish on the half shell dinner once back in Tyler and threw everything else back. I was a little surprised that we never caught any over sized reds having gone through as many fish as we did. We saw one group of terns working over schooling fish, but we never caught the first trout.
I couldn't make the Day 1 weigh in at the Cabelas Trout tournament here in Orange today, but apparently some of those guys found the trout. They could not have asked for better conditons before the rain moved in and they took advantage of the light winds. It looks like the wind will give them a break tomorrow as well and with 17-pounds topping the leader board first place money is still up for grabs.
I made a mistake Friday by stopping at the store on my way home with my boat still hooked up. When I got home I discovered that I hadn't put every thing away and it belongs to someone else now. I hope they really like to fish, but I am thinking that going fishing with better equipment wasn't the motive behind the shopping spree. It was my fault for not taking the time to put everything away!