Blake and I finally got the opportunity to take a trip together in his “new” boat and it did not disappoint. The weather was nice with temps comfortable, winds fairly light and cloud cover pretty patchy – conditions to sight fish were excellent. The only thing working against us was the tide – water was high in the marsh. Thankfully though, clarity was great, so we still did a pretty good job of spotting fish. Blake gave me an ample supply of bow time and I can safely say that I was able to connect on a majority of my chances.
Things were pretty slow very early on but got better as the sun kept rising. I had one good fish break me off, but the 7wt ended up getting a pretty good workout on upper slot and baby bull redfish throughout the morning.
Blake eventually let me get up on the platform and I feel like I did a good job knocking off the rust – it’s been a LONG time since I poled a boat around. I’m still not very good at it, but I’m happy to report that Blake was able to land his first red on the fly from the bow of his boat, which is hopefully just the first of many more to come.
The boat should open up a lot of new water for us and it’s going to be a blast exploring it with him.