View Full Version : Great evening yesterday!

08-06-2013, 08:37 AM
I decided to hit a flat on my way home from work. The tide was late, 9pm was the high where I was fishing, and I was there way too early. I piddled around at my vehicle, changing, and getting ready for as long as I could, then went ahead and walked out. The water was still a good three feet from being on the flat so I found a log to sit on to wait. The wind was blowing a gale 25kts or so, and as I sat there for about 45 minutes I started to ask myself what the heck I was thinking.

I did watch some fiddler crabs for a while, and even saw a very small one:

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After about 45 minutes I finally walked over to the grass transition line, and I was just getting about 5-6 inches of water along the edge. The wind was really blowing, but I immediately saw a fish, and put the fly in front of it several times, but the fish just did not see the fly. I moved around some more, and saw several more fish, but they were really difficult to track due to the wind and rough water. Finally I saw a nice fish tail, and was able to track it long enough to get a cast in, and caught this nice 25 inch red:

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af34/JohnH0802/0805201325inchred_zps853e98ae.jpg (http://s991.photobucket.com/user/JohnH0802/media/0805201325inchred_zps853e98ae.jpg.html)

I spooked a couple more that swam up to me without showing, and now the water was getting too deep, so I moved from that spot to another that had a little bit of a wind break. From about 60 yards away I spotted a really nice tail, made my approach and with my first catch hooked up with a really nice red. It ended up being 29.5 inches:

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af34/JohnH0802/0805201329andahalftagged_zpsa752cf5c.jpg (http://s991.photobucket.com/user/JohnH0802/media/0805201329andahalftagged_zpsa752cf5c.jpg.html)

It was also a tagged fish. This was my first tagged redfish.

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It ended up being a great evening, even having to fight the wind.

08-06-2013, 06:21 PM
Great pics John. My son and I hooked into those fish last year and after landing them....I was ready to go home and back to mountain trout.

Those fish wore us out!!! Trying to imagine them on a fly rod.

Thank You,


08-06-2013, 08:05 PM
John, Cool report. I imagine catching a tagged fish is about as rare as shooting a banded duck. But, what do you do when you catch a tagged fish? How do you report it?

Hatchie Dawg
08-06-2013, 10:38 PM
Nice spots.

08-07-2013, 08:01 AM
The South Carolina DNR has a website where you can report the serial number, along with catch information on a tagged fish. You can also mail the information in, or call it in. My understanding is that they will send me a report on the fish that I caught, when it was tagged, how often it has been caught, etc. Looking forward to the information.

I did get out again yesterday evening, only saw one and he broke me off in the grass.


08-07-2013, 11:27 AM
My understanding is that they will send me a report on the fish that I caught, when it was tagged, how often it has been caught, etc. Looking forward to the information.

That's really cool. You'll have to let us know what you find out.

08-07-2013, 11:53 AM
I forgot that I had a picture of the fly I used. It is a fiddler pattern I tie with Puglisi fibers and some rubber legs.


08-10-2013, 04:46 PM
John......nice fish......I can't imagine a red on a fly rod!!! What weight and length rod do you use?? Thanks......:smile:

08-12-2013, 08:35 AM
I use an 9' 8 Wt rod for redfish. I also got the information back on the fish. He was initially tagged in Nov 2012 and was 24.4 inches. It had not been caught and reported again until I caught it. It measured 29.5 inches when I caught it some 250 days after it was tagged. They also sent me a cool T-shirt with a redfish on the back.