I’ve caught tons of redfish on spinning gear over the years, and back in the day I caught plenty of rainbow trout and brookies on the fly. But until last week, I’d never actually caught a redfish on a fly rod. Of course, in the time it took me to cast to, hook, fight and then land this fish my buddy had already caught and released four or five with spinning gear.
Story originally published in Tideline magazine in March 2012
By Matt Winter
Capt. John Irwin (casting) and Capt. Tucker Blythe fish for reds on the Stono River.
Capt. Tucker Blythe stands on the bow casting an E.P. Everglades Special. The bright fly line loops back and forth under a brilliant, late-winter sun. Watching closely, you can just see the orange and chartreuse fly whizzing past.
Capt. John Irwin has taken his turn up on the poling platform at the stern of the flats boat. From atop his perch, Irwin’s got a better vantage point. He sees the school up ahead, and gently pushes the boat forward while giving Blythe target updates. “Eleven o’clock.” “Yeah, right by that clump of grass.” “See ’em?” “They’re moving down.”
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Originally published in Tideline magazine in January 2011
BY MATT WINTER
Late last year, Capt. Tucker Blythe was on the hunt, running and gunning over the cold, clear ocean off Charleston.
Heading south in waters 40 to 50 feet deep, Blythe was looking for birds, big gannets spiraling like a tornado above a ball of baitfish.
Blythe found the birds. He found the bait. And he found something that should drive any Lowcountry angler wild with envy: monster red drum, feeding with wild abandon, in massive schools untouched by virtually any other anglers. Continue reading “Chasing redfish off Charleston” »