Angler Story of the Week: Deep Copper Giant

“Wes had booked his trip with me sometime in 2022 for his first attempt at fly targeting redfish in Louisiana. In early October, dates are always in demand due to the massive potential for good fishing at that time of year. Of course when we left the dock that morning the weather was beautiful and our odds of running into a fish were high. I had been fishing several schools of Jacks and Reds mixed together and prepared Wes on the trip out for what we might encounter. Immediately, first thing in the morning, we found a foaming school of dows destroying everything in their path. As we approached the chaos, Wes said to me, “Are you serious?” Soon after he connected on a huge Jack Crevalle and his day was made.

Since we’re in Louisiana, we went for a little lagniappe and found some big redfish trolling a school of shrimp in the shallows. The fish were feeding so hard that the flat was pretty well fogged and only an occasional floating red spot would indicate their location. After tracking this group of fish for a bit, we spotted a giant deep copper floating lazily about 30 yards from the boat at 11 o’clock. Wes took the shot and shortly after we were looking at one of the biggest fish I’ve hooked on this season , was moving away from the mud toward the creek channel for deeper water.

As it always goes with first timers somehow, Wes boated what I told him would probably be his biggest redfish ever, a 30 pound high beam fish that also stretched to both knees with plenty of fish at both ends. When we took the fish apart, it had bits and pieces of shrimp lodged in the roof of its mouth. I never understand how brutal these big fish are and it’s so cool to me.

Tips for goldfish

If you are planning a trip to Louisiana, I can leave you with a few tips: Practice casting heavy flies and practice with a heavy rod (10-12 wt) I like to cast large flies and poppers and larger rods they are perfect for hunting big game.

Work on your short game! In Louisiana the shots are usually not far, but they are fast and depend on accuracy! Don’t scoff at a 20ft putt, when you have 5-8 seconds to make it and you get a cast to get the placement right, it’s worth slowing down your routine when dealing with close shots.”

Angler Story of the Week this week by Captain Bailey Short. Find Bailey on Instagram at @captbaileyshort.

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