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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:35

Tough Mudder

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No, it’s not what you think. Our definition of a “mudder” is a little bit different than that extreme fitness race through the mud. A mudder here on the west coast of Florida is a redfish pushing up on a tidal flat or sawgrass edge. My good friend Dave Robinson introduced me to the term, and we have both pursued these feeding redfish up in Cedar Key.

This trip was a little closer to home, on a body of water that I am becoming more and more familiar with. I was slightly optimistic as the winds were predicted to be quite brisk towards mid-morning, but the tides were going to be perfect for chasing redfish so we couldn’t pass up the chance. This would also be a great time to test out the Slayer Inc. “S.S.B.” (Sinister Stick Bait). By the way, they are awesome! Look for a full review later.

I hung back to catch Dave at work in his new Native Watercraft “Versa Board,” which is a great fly fishing platform. He was first to see the first mudder, and set up on it with the fly rod.


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The fish push up onto water that is around 6”deep, so they get really spooky; even a small fly landing nearby can send them shooting off. The cast-to-hookup ratio is quite low, but it can still leave you shaking after the encounter. Dave had only a couple more shots, but just like before, the reds were real skittish. We decided to check out some of the backwater creeks for snook. We found them - not the bruisers we had hoped for, but fun nonetheless.

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My turn for a mudder came soon enough. I caught a reflection on a grass edge about a hundred yards from me. Watching that area, I spotted the tell-tale sign that a redfish is on the prowl for a meal: the fish’s entire back was out of the water. You can’t get any clearer than that. I had to make a split-second decision - pick up the camera or make a cast? I made the cast, about three feet out in front, right in its travel path. Now just wait… wait… now twitch it, one more small twitch… he sees it… BAM, fish on!

What a rush! Nothing gets me more pumped up than redfish tailing on a flat, or pushing mud in a back bay. It just doesn’t get any better.

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Like I said, the new Sinister Stick Bait from Slayer Inc. worked great today. You know something? If I only catch one fish all day like this, it’s been a highly successful trip for sure.

Until next time…

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# standingyak 2012-11-21 09:42
Solid. I'll take one sight-fishing hookup over 5 blind. 8)
# FERAL ONE 2012-11-22 19:28
still don't have a snook for my list bill ! looks like yall had a blast on this trip !

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