One Fish, Two Fish, Redfish, Alligator?
Yesterday morning I took Dave and Zach on a 6 hour excursion before Dave left for Kuwait. We had nothing to complain about as we left the dock and the water on the intracoastal was slick calm.We tried a couple edges and shell banks at low tide, but after a few nibbles and no takes (oh, and a stingray), we moved on. We zig-zagged through a creek as back as we could go with the motor; time to pick up the pushpole.
Dave, Zach, and I finally found ourselves in the right spot and it was game time. A few minutes after getting our lines in the water, we started pulling up fish. After an hour or so of the incoming tide, we had caught a mixed bag of redfish, blackdrum, and a few ladyfish that came unbuttoned before getting to the boat. Most of the redfish we were pulling up were slot sized (15-23”) or slightly smaller. We poked fun at Zach for having an affinity for catching small redfish, or puppy drum. He earned the nickname “Little Fish Whisperer” by the end of our trip!
Although Zach did have a one up on us, he decided to catch an alligator. Alligators don’t normally find themselves in full saltwater, but will come in to it to clean wounds or remove bacteria from their bodies. They’re normally back in brackish or freshwater in 24-72 hours. We had one swimming around, but he was staying well away from the boat. I didn’t have my zoom lens on the boat and wanted a picture of the alligator. We found he was fairly interested in our popping cork. In my infinite wisdom (or is it infant wisdom here?), I had Zach keep the popping cork close enough that I could get a picture of the gator. Well long story short, he bit the popping cork and went under and shot off. Zach got quite the fight. Luckily, alligators have extremely tough skin and broke the leader so I’d say Zach and the alligator both won in that situation!
We left our new friend behind and stopped at a split in the creek. Dave finally pulled up the marsh donkey we were looking for! The wind had picked up into a nice breeze by now and we decided to leave the stagnant heat in the back of the creek and cruise in towards the marina, hoping to find a flat they may have flooded enough to hold redfish. We were fishing on a fairly low High Tide for Charleston (only 5.3’) and weren’t able to find a flat that flooded enough before the end of our trip. It was okay though, after four or five hours on a flats boat in the sun, it’s nice to take that last hour and just sit back and relax.
Big fish, little fish, redfish and alligators, our trip was full of laughs and plenty of fish pictures.
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