View Full Version : Broke my slump

09-26-2009, 05:45 PM
I have recently had a slump fishing for Reds. The water has been extremely high and has come in fast for the last several weekends. Today I finally broke it. I cast to a fish within minutes of getting out today, great cast in front of the fish, moved the fly just right, and he hammered it......then broke me off. My fishing partner Larry had fish all around him, but couldn't get a fish to bite, and then....




He landed a nice 22.5 inch red caught on one of my crab pattern flies.


I cast to a couple of other fish, and had one hit that I missed. Then as we were walking and working our way back out, I saw a fish tailing about 150 yards away. I moved out and got close enough. He really made me work, he was rooting hard and wouldn't pay any attention to my fly...but I finally got it in the right spot and he was on.


It was a beautiful 26.5" redfish. Barry I hope you like the pose!

Carolina Boy
09-26-2009, 09:23 PM



09-28-2009, 08:45 AM
Went back out on Sunday with my Fishing partner Larry, and another member of our SIFF club and friend Brian. The fish were all over but they just were not eathing the fly. I watched Larry for 30 minutes as he cast to probably 5 different fish, from the same spot in every direction around him. Brian was working a fish so hard, and could not get it to hit, so he decided to put it right in front of the Red's nose.....He ended up hitting it right on the head. That was a nice fish, and the explosion as it left at light speed after getting clocked one was fun to watch.

Here is Larry working a fish:


(Picture courtesy of Brian)

I finally managed to get a decent cast into the wind to a nice fish and:



It was a nice 22.5" Red caught on one of my spoon flies.

(Picture Courtesy of Brian)

I actually ended up keeping this fish. It is the first fish I have kept this year (my wife was threatening to not let me go fishing any more if I did not at least bring her home a meal!).

If there was any doubt about what these fish are doing in the flats, the next picture should answer the question:


All out of one fish, all fiddlers. I did manage to find one blue crab claw farther down its intestinal tract.


Carolina Boy
09-28-2009, 08:51 AM
Hey John, great pics, Listen my frined Mike Benson works fro Charleston Angelr in Mount Pleasant SC, he ties up this crab pattern that the fish just hammer, I got a few from him last time and man they just plain work, here is the link to the charleston forum where you can see the pics, I haven't gotten all the required materials to begin tying em up otherwise I would send you a handfull, you can call him at there MP store 843-884-2095 here is the link

so you can see what they look like but I will never wade a summer flat without some, they just go nuts on em!

09-28-2009, 08:57 AM
Thanks for the information. That has a real similar look to the crab pattern I tie. I like the copper colored body. I will definately try and tie some up.

I think that one of the reasons I have broken off so many fish this summer is how hard they hit a crab pattern (I have broken off about 10 fish with 20lb test). Here is my crab pattern, and they slam it too!




Carolina Boy
09-28-2009, 11:18 AM
Nice looking bug, I tell ya as hard as they hit and strong as the pull it always amazes me when i get up and the fly just drops out?? Gotta keep that pressure on em big time. Some of those fish you have stuck are really big I can see how they would be able to break you off!

09-28-2009, 01:42 PM
What is the body tied of on that fly you showed me?


09-30-2009, 09:57 PM
One of the great things about living in Beaufort is that you are never very far away from redfish fishing. My buddy Larry called me this afternoon to let me know that the wind had layed down, and it just so happens that High tide was at 7PM. I could get to one of my spots by about 545pm. I met Larry there, and we fished for about an hour (it was about 6pm by the time I got out to the flat).

Larry was already working a fish when I got there, and he finally got the fish to eat. It was a nice fish in the 20 inch range. He caught it on my crab pattern above.


I saw a couple of fish, then found one moving toward the creek. I had to make about 3 casts, then He took my spoon fly and ran right of the creek. It was deffinately a nicer fish, and I faught him for about 5 minutes and then the hook came loose. I can honestly say that this is the first time this has happened to me on a Redfish this summer. I have caught over 20 fish this summer, and broke of another 10, all on the hookset, but haven't had one get off after the hookset.

I did get the chance to cast to another fish, and he was more than willing to take my spoonfly also. He was in the 20 inch range as well.


Carolina Boy
09-30-2009, 11:26 PM
Alright Brother, here is the skinny on the body material for these guys, I just tonight went to Michael's the craft store, after speaking to some very intersting craft fellows? and searching all over the crazy store I found what i was looking for. This stuff costs like a dollar fifty for like 10 yards of the stuff. so i bought 2 golds a purple and a red pink color one. It is listed as Craft Cord and from the label seems to be made by "NeedLoft" It is packed looking like how you would wrap an ecstention cord with a paper wrapper sliped over it in the middle. I haven't used it yet but i cut off a bit and the white core comes right out no problem, and it flanges out sweet just cross a good strip accross a shank figure 8 it cut to form and pick it out this stuff is nice, let me know if you can't get it or you don't have a Michaels and i will gladly send you a nice variety, I know where it is now and you know what, i won't even charge ya the 5 bucks for more of it then you could ever use! Let me know!


10-01-2009, 07:41 AM
Thanks Barry you are the man. I will try to get over to see if the Michaels near where I work has it, and I promise to give you a report when I get a chance to try it out!

Carolina Boy
10-01-2009, 09:45 PM
No worries, you gotta get someone at the store that knows what they got cuz they got a zillion things, it is located near the ribbon and stuff here is a pic of what it looks like


If you can't find let me know and I get ya some


10-02-2009, 07:58 AM
Thanks for the gouge. I found the stuff at the craft store, here is my first attempt at one.



Carolina Boy
10-02-2009, 08:22 AM
That looks like it! I tell ya the fish just jumped all over that guy, I talked to my friend who ties it and he just kinda shakes his head and bashfully says "it just works"
he's right, let me know how ya fair with it better hurry though not much of a tilaing window left i wouldn' t think, its about low tide shrimp pattern time. Are they still tailing in Beaufort?

10-02-2009, 10:58 AM
They were still tailing on Wednesday evening when I caught and landed one and had another get off. Larry caught one as well. Check out the picks from 9/30 above.


Carolina Boy
10-02-2009, 11:34 AM
Yea I am headed to Charleston next weekend to fish the low tides on the mud flats and maybe hit a low tide tailing spot I got, hope i get another shot or 2 before the cribas go under for the winter.

10-02-2009, 03:14 PM
Well tailing in the high tide short grass usually is good through about the end of October. The best low tide fishing in mud flats is typically October and November. It can go into December if the weather doesn't get too cold. For me (the not boater) my season is coming to a close. I am going to try and get as much as possible in prior to the water being too cold for the crabs. I do not know offhand what the tides are doing in Charleston next weekend, but it looks like there will be fishable high tides in the afternoon. I am actually tyring to plan a trip up to the mountains that particular weekend....it has been too long since I have thrown a fly to a real trout!

Carolina Boy
10-02-2009, 04:06 PM
Well the water levels are really good up here, which is great considering the last couple drought years. I fished the trophy section a little bit last night in Cherokee and stuck as bunch of monsters, its OK. If I were you I would target some browns next weekend they are gonna start really moving I would expect

10-06-2009, 03:00 PM
We decided we would be going up by Brevard instead. We will be fishing some DH waters in addition to some wild trout action in the Looking Glass, and another stream that I can't think of the name of right now that is all brook trout. I will let you know how it goes. We are leaving Thursday morning and will be back Sunday nite.

Carolina Boy
10-07-2009, 08:00 AM
KNow exactly where you guys will be, we have had some rain here and there and it is raining a bit right now, stream levels should be terrific for you!