Low Tide in the Marsh

Me, Ryan, and David had a few hours to burn yesterday morning, so we decided to fish the marsh in hopes that the lower tides made the redfish more visible and accessible. We found plenty of fish very shallow but they weren’t as aggressive as they have been. We saw the occasional fleeing of bait fish and back sticking out the water. After I landed one fish, me and David decided to break out the 8 wts and try to catch some redfish on the fly.

We both had plenty of opportunities for big redfish with the fly rod, but David’s fortune and fly casting ability were victorious; the kid can fish. I know when I’m outmatched, so I decided to give David a few opportunities to catch a redfish on the fly. I showed him an area where I had spotted some backs and let him work his magic. After a few failed attempts he managed to land his largest and first redfish, a 26″ 7+lb beast, on his virgin fly rod that he bought only a couple of weeks ago. 

He bested my personal best redfish on the fly. Not a bad way to break in the new fly rod. Ryan and David also managed to catch some good redfish on topwaters on the edges of channels. We caught all our fish in less than 1.5′ of water  on soft plastic, shrimp flies, or topwaters.

David with his first redfish on the fly

About the author

Jeremy Chavez is a full-time fly and light tackle fishing guide who hails from the Bayou City (Houston, Texas for those of you not in the know). He eats, sleeps and breathes fish. He left (he was laid-off but who's keeping tabs) his career as a bean counter (he has a master's degree in accounting) to chase his dream of becoming a nomadic fish bum.

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