Many years ago, I stopped actively guiding. This allowed me more time to fish with my friends and family. However, I still guide one trip per year, for the grand champion of the Daniel Island Kids Fishing Tournament. This year, James Ray was the tournament winner. So, James and his father, Justin, went fishing this week.
When James and his dad met me on the dock, I was immediately impressed. James was very polite and thoughtful. As it turned out, he was also a very good angler. Our plan was to target trout on the last half of the falling tide and then switch to redfish as the tide came back in.
This time of year, trout are typically pretty easy to catch. But post cold front conditions had the trout bite a bit off. James and Justin did a great job of working Z-Man Finesse TRD lures along depth transitions where the trout were holding. Unfortunately, bites were few and far between. We moved around a lot looking for some actively feeding fish. Thankfully, we found a few.
At the bottom of the tide, we turned our attention to redfish. After a short run to some shallow water docks, James and Justin began casting their lures around the dock pilings. Earlier in the day, I shared a flip casting method with James. It was rewarding to see him use that technique when fishing the docks. It was even more rewarding when he began catching redfish.
Polite. Thoughtful. Good angler. Quick study. James has all of these qualities. He is an outstanding young man. A pleasure to be around. I hope James and Justin enjoyed our fishing trip as much as I did!