Roadtrip Report: Louisiana Redfish
Over this last weekend, while on a trip to New Orleans for a wedding, my girlfriend and I decided to sneak away to chase after some bull redfish. Despite warmer temperatures pushing the fish into deeper water, our guide, Paul Lappin, booked through Fly Water Expeditions, was convinced we were going to have opportunities on nice fish as long as the sun stayed shining. After our midnight arrival we stumbled out of bed to meet at 7am and sat down to a local greasy breakfast served by a woman with one tooth and a classic creole twang.
After breakfast I strung up my 8 weight with a new Scientific Anglers Sharkwave Saltwater Taper fly line. I later realized that I could have benefited from one-weight heavier line to get large flies to feeding reds quicker. Overall the Sharkwave line was great to cast and shot out super smoothly.
While sneaking through the first flat we immediately spotted a couple of nice reds. After a few presentations I was connected to a 20 pounder. I finally got to hear the sweet buzz of the drag on my new Hatch 7 Plus Finatic reel. Sadly, the fish escaped our grasp as we were pulling it onto the boat. The rest of the day was spent battling wind, clouds, muddy water, and biting no-see-um bugs.
We did get a chance to tangle with a few more fish but none of them made it to the boat due to operator error. Hearing about the giant schools of these amazing fish in the winter will definitely bring me back again.
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