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Christmas Bay Kayak Fishing | I will call it a Mini Slam

Christmas Bay Kayak Fishing | I will call it a Mini Slam 1


Hello, everyone! Fall in Texas is my favorite time to fish because of the weather, which is around the mid 70’s today.  In Christmas Bay, the wind is pushing and the tide is outgoing,  so this corner I’m currently in is the perfect ambush spot. As I’m casting in this area, my first fish to appear is a flounder but he doesn’t know that he’s hooked. When I reeled him in I wanted to make sure that he passed the new law requiring him to be at least 15 inches, but of course, he came in just short at 14 and three-quarter inches. After I found a floating poppy cork, I realized that it was mine all along and had fallen off of my kayak earlier.

Next, I found a speckler! He was maybe 10 inches tops, so not worth my while. I’m getting lots of fish on today, and the next one is a trout, which is exactly what I’m looking for today. This nice catch is quite feisty, and I’m pretty sure he’s going to be a keeper. He ended up being 17 inches on the dot, and I don’t normally keep fish but I haven’t kept any all summer. I also don’t keep speckled trout above 20 inches or females, but this one checks all the boxes and is good to go for now.

kayaking on chistmas bay for trout

I later found another trout that appeared to be smaller than the previous one, but he jumped out rather quickly. Additionally, we have a redfish, and with that, I shall call my collection for the day a mini slam!

Today we had about two and a half hours at Christmas Bay before the tide turned, but after that my fishing was done by that point. I had a great day fishing, and the wind was blowing out of the west. After I launched my kayak I drifted through the bay to a grassy area where I caught my first fish, then made it over to a cove where I snagged the small speckler. The water and wind both pushed me in the same direction, and two channels I found myself near had by far the most activity overall.

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Micro Fishing Texas Urban Creeks Multi Species

Micro Fishing Texas Urban Creeks Multi Species 2


Hello everyone, today we will be working in my “micro fishing” spot in which I have a new tactic I am super excited to show you guys! I have a very small setup with tiny hooks and a very interesting observation tank that we can throw the fish into for a closer look. Let’s go fishing!

This is a very similar spot to where I was last time, except on a different bank. Right now, after getting my shoes incredibly dirty, I am in the flatter area between the two banks and basically right on the water. My setup for today is a Shimano Stratoc 1000 and a GX2 rod, as well as Power Bait Honey Worms. With a small piece of bait and the hook fully exposed, we are ready to set up shop here! The hooks I’m currently using are a size 16, and if this doesn’t go well I plan on switching to a size 10.

catching red fish with micro setup houston

After quite a lengthy wait,  we finally have our first taker! With what looks to be a redfish, I popped him in the observation tank to get a closer look at his size and color that were both impressive. As I’ve begun noticing, the fish in these smaller creek settings tend to be ravenous and will eat just about anything. They definitely are not line-shy but I don’t think they are fished for very often. For my next cast, I immediately caught some bites right off of the bat. This big boy ended up being a Texas cichlid, which I find absolutely fascinating.

texas cichlid action coming at you

Believe it or not, this is the only cichlid that is native to Texas and possibly North America, but I’ll have to check on that. This drainage ditch area is honestly very common to Houston, so there are going to be a number of similar-looking creeks all over the city. Special shout out to the maintenance crew that cut this grass earlier! As always, be sure to subscribe to my channel and like my videos for more premium content like this!

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Best Redfish Recipes – Redfish on the Half Shell

This is a one of my favorite redfish recipes! Very simple to prepare and you can vary the seasoning to whatever mood you are in. 

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Best Redfish Recipes - Redfish on the Half Shell 3

Redfish on the Half Shell

  • Author: Bill Pennington

Description

Redfish fillets with scales left on one side. Two fillets per fish with scales left on. You can also use Red Snapper and Sheepshead , any fish that has thick scales will work.


Ingredients

  • Redfish Fillets, feel free to cut into single serving portions
  • Lemon juice
  • Melted margarine or butter
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt to taste
  • White pepper to taste
  • Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning

Instructions

Take each fish fillet on the half shell and spread lemon juice and melted margarine or butter. Sprinkle salt, white pepper, garlic powder and Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning over the fillets. Put fish on hot grill. Baste with melted margarine or butter. Cook on gill for 20 to 30 minutes. You know that you are done when fish flakes off with a fork. The scales on these fish make a perfect insulator while grilling making it an easy dish to prepare without too much worry about burning.