JDR Productions says: One of my favorite memories from 2017. This was an oversized Texas red I caught #onthefly down in PortA. @thereeldaniel and I poled into a thick dose of tailing redfish on a picture perfect, calm, bluebird sky day. Juvenile and lower slot reds and black drum were everwhere, but we persistently searched for bigger fish. We rounded a point on a skinny sand flat and there this bull stood squared up to the skiff at midrange 11oclock. I could see him laid up bright as day. It was too good to be true and my adrenaline began rushing. I took a couple decent shots and suddenly the fish opened his big mouth and lunged at my fly. The fight was on and I screamed so loud that other adjacent fish immediately blew off the flat. It’s hard for me to contain that feeling when it all comes together on fly while sight fishing. Closest thing to euphoria. Just as he wore out and I was about to land him, the fish bucked his head and and the line went limp. My heart immediately sank. I watched him slowly wake across the flat into slightly deeper water but he was still visible. We poled towards him and I continued to take additional Hail Mary shots in hopes he would eat again. As I stripped the fly past, again the fish went tight. I couldn’t believe it. The fight was on a second time but something didn’t feel right. As he neared the skiff, I realized he was foul hooked. For a second time, the fish bucked as I went to land it and the fly sank into the water as I watched the fish slowly move away from the skiff. At this point, the fish was beyond done and it literally sat there in place. I grabbed the net, and proceeded to go over and net him. Ok some might say it doesn’t count since I didn’t technically land it on fly, but I was stoked to get this fish to the boat. I did not attempt to release him. He practically fought himself to death and I didn’t think he would live. I put my 2017 season tag on him and crammed him in the cooler.
As we enter into 2018, I wish all of you lots of great experiences and memories in the outdoors. Tight lines y’all and Happy New Year! ?
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