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Used mice to catch redfish!!!!

Some very fun days on the water this week. Capt Matt found a few trout down in the LA Marsh with the Tipton crew. This was before the cold snap but things look like they are moving towards a spring pattern(sooner or later). Matt said they were able a find a few trout over clean water, he did say the water got close to 60 degrees. The elusive trout fell for live shrimp under the Boat Monkey popping corks. Since the water was warm and clean they were able to find some reds that were not deep inside the marsh.
Thursday we had two boats in the Bay for a quick near shore trip. I had Jeff an Annette from Minnesota. Capt Kenny had the Kilby crew from Pennsylvania. These snow birds were basking in our 50 degree "warm air". Me and Capt Kenny were bundled up wishing Spring would just hurry up and get here. Fishing was good, and both crews made a good showing on the sheepshead and puppy drum. Did have a few small reds and flounder to mix things up. We both left late to take advantage of the calmer seas but it was tricky to fish. The tide was switching over and the winds were light and variable. The boats were spinning on the anchor and made for tricky casting. Once the water got moving and the boats stayed put, it was game on. Dead shrimp worked just as good as the live once the water got moving.
Friday due to Mardi Gras and some last minute scheduling conflicts we were all dressed up with no where to go. Capt Alex dropped his Blazer Bay in the water and brought some new tackle we had to try out. Since we have been pulling baby nutria rats out of red fish stomachs, we figured why not "match the hatch". Live Target makes a life like mouse that is actually a pretty good top water bait. I threw one all day long, and even nick named mine Mr Jangles(he was a circus mouse). With an Okuma V30 spooled with 20lb braid, you could launch this thing. Even in dirty choppy water, the lil mouse worked like a charm. Pushing through the hours of heckling from Matt an Alex, I put plenty reds in the box for the boat. Kind of sadistic watching those reds smash that little critter, but heck, it worked. The peanut gallery chunked spinner baits and tight lined soft plastics. They did well, but did have the showmanship of the vermin I was throwing. To each his own...
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