September was a very productive month for Redfish and Bass. All my scouting and exploring really paid off at the right time, as most Reds are at least 20" with many going over 26" and my average catch was in the 22-24" range. Almost all my Redfish were caught sight casting shallow flats in less than a foot of water. Bait of choice varied between Skitterwalks or spooks, paddle tails and soft jerk baits rigged weedless.
|This Red was one of many while fishing 6 inches of water, it was an awesome day.|
|After fighting this brute I had to replace the hook due to it no longer resembling a hook.|
|Fat 27" E.R. Redfish|
|On the hunt!|
|I can stand too!|
|Labor Day Red|
|Nicole's first Redfish!|
|Last day of summer I went looking for Bull Reds, instead I found these guys wanting to play.|
|Ambitious little bass|
I had a wedding to go to in Michigan and was unable to participate in the annual TKAA Tournament this year. To make up for it I was able to get 3 trips in on the Maple River, but I had to do some borrowing of equipment. All tackle, Rods and kayak was loaned to me by Tom (father in-law), Matt and Brent (brother in-laws). I am thankful that my wife's family is avid outdoors enthusiast, for situations like this especially. The launch was a mere 2.25 miles from my in-laws and which made it possible to keep each trip short to not miss to much family time.
Friday afternoon was the first trip to the river and my expectations were low seeing how this was my first time on the Maple River. The river holds many species but my main targets were Bass, Pike, Muskies and Walleye. I was also keeping a look out for migrating Salmon and Steelhead as this is the time of year they start migrating up river to spawn.
I didn't take long to find the Smallmouth and Largemouth. In little time I landed over a dozen all on a beetle spin, this one in particular is my brother in-law call's "Kenny". When I wasn't throwing Kenny around, I had a square bill crankbait tied on. I fished for 3 hours and landed 30 bass. I was stoked and couldn't wait for the chance to do it again. Saturday was the wedding, ceremony, reception, eat, drink, dance it was a memorable time. On Sunday I somehow squeezed in two trips. First a solo trip to the same spot for a couple hours with similar results from the first trip. Then later in the day Brother In-Law Matt and I went a little further north on the river to see if we could find some pike and walleye before sunset. Matt lost a keeper walleye at the side of the kayak, and from that point on it was all Bass. Kenny was getting it done again until we noticed a little surface activity. I tied on a small super spook and first cast I was hooked up and piled up the numbers in a short amount of time.
|First fish of the trip.|
|These little guys came from a small feeder creek.|
|Hard fighting Smallmouth|
|Fat Largemouth bit a square bill|
|Kenny strikes again|
|Topwater action! woohoo!|