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Even the sun shines on a dog’s ass some days.  Thanks to Sidney Deane for the quote, but that pretty much summed up the last time I got out to fish.  The day before my wife had to remind me that I had planned on fishing the next day and I’m glad she did.  Conditions were perfect and the fish cooperated.  Winds were light, the sun was out, water clarity good, and the fish were there.  Within five minutes of launching I caught my first redfish as he was cruising along the shore.

I then managed to catch a limit of reds on the fly in that same area within sight of my vehicle over the next hour or so.

It was stupid fishing, there were redfish everywhere early on.  All the reds were mid to upper slot sized with a handful being above slot, no true bulls, but no rats either, all nice fish.

Redfish were crawling on mud flats, they were tailing out in the open, they were cruising the shores, and roaming in packs.  If there was a moment where I didn’t have a redfish in sight all I had to do was wait and one would swim into my vicinity OR I’d hear them crashing shrimp in the next pond over.  The bait shrimp that day were THICK, the reds were gorging themselves.

When I decided I needed a break from the reds I stopped at a spot with clean moving water and searched for trout, I found out they were there too.

I caught them on the fly too, just for fun.  I had steady action on trout 12-15″ for a while before deciding to move along.

Everything I caught was released, maybe that’s why the fish gods smiled down upon me on this day, but it definitely made for an easier trip.

I stayed long enough to catch one at 29″.  I really couldn’t tell you how many I caught working my way up to that size.  I didn’t manage to break the 30″ mark, I spent plenty of time looking, but there just weren’t any big bulls around.

It’s been a long time since a day has gone that well for me, which is part of the reason I fish the coast so infrequently now.  I had forgotten how good it could be.  The drive seemed to get longer and longer as I caught fewer and fewer fish.  It’s good to have a good reminder that when the stars align the fishing can be pretty incredible.

You may notice a few different things on the site and with Mountains to Marsh overall.

Ads are gone for now.

I had to upgrade hosting plans with WordPress in order to host additional images and with that upgrade came an ad-free site, which is great for you the reader, but a bummer for me the blogger as it comes out of my pocket.

In the past I’ve used Photobucket to host pictures on this site and others.  That came to an end once they decided to switch from being a free hosting service to one that requires a subscription over a certain storage amount.  I had three separate accounts full of pictures on Photobucket that I was mostly able to recover and I’ve since gone through the arduous process of uploading them here and fixing the broken links from every post from 2011-2018.

I’m already at 75% of my new WordPress storage quota and I likely will not upgrade again because of the cost.   With that being said, there will likely continue to be long lulls between posts.

This site has always been operated as a way for me to document the fishing(or outdoor) trips I go on.  It provides a great resource to me to be able to have all of those trip reports stored in one place and seemed like a more stable alternative to writing all of them on a forum, where a forum could shut down at any moment (I’ve seen it happen).

I’ve always published the reports and pictures to the public with the hopes that they would inspire and maybe provide some knowledge to those interested in the same sorts of things I’m interested in.  The content has always been provided by myself (anything related to fly tying was always provided by Blake) and is created when I have time and motivation to put it together.  That time and motivation has waned over the last few years as my family has grown.

As you may have noticed I’ve reached a point in my life where fishing trips don’t happen with regularity any more.  This is not something that bothers me as I really enjoy spending time with my family on the weekends rather than going fishing, but because of this, and with the arrival of another child any day now, I have resigned from the Jackson Kayak fishing team this year.  I’ll still be fishing out of their boats, in fact I just took shipment of a new Bite, but I really couldn’t justify occupying a spot on the team with how little I kayak fish these days.

That’s it for now, if you’d like to continue to see what I’ve been up to be sure to follow on Instagram @mountainstomarsh.