We got on a good bite of several topwater reds and one nice trout at our first drop - a spot that has been producing some lower slot reds at low tide. Ended up moving up the Cooper and caught a few pretty much everywhere we stopped. It ended up being an outstanding day, which was well above my expectations due to the low tidal range, NE winds, and water still at 81-84F.
It is always great to see my friend FatRat out there. If you have never met him, he’s 100% class act and an outstanding fisherman.
I ended up with my first Margarita Slam of the season, with a kicker Gag grouper, and Ray was just a flounder short (but also had a kicker Gag). Awesome time. Tagged 17 fish, and Ray caught a tagged fish that turned out to be mine. I tagged it in February at 14.5". He released it at 21" at the same spot. Tagging will really open your eyes to how vulnerable redfish are. A spot can be cleaned out real quick if all fish are kept.
All fish caught on Z-Man/Eye Strike combos. I used the new Kicker CrabZ for the first time, and caught a ton of fish on it. It has the perfect slot on the back to hide an OG TexasEye hook, making it super weedless.
Catching is gonna get better and better over the next weeks/months. I’m stoked.
Trivia Question: Any old time CF.com’ers know who gets naming credit for the Margarita Slam?
Stump, sorry about all your adventures over the weekend, but glad you got on a few! Always good to see you.
Barbawang, she went 19.0 and back in the drink. I might keep under 5 flounder a year these days (and probably less than that) to the great dismay of Mrs Optiker, but I’m trying to do my part to help them recover. My goal is not just sustainability, but to recover to abundance of 20 years ago, THEN sustain
So, a Margarita slam is something I invented about 10-15 years ago. Redfish, Flounder, Trout, Striper, Largemouth - all on the same day and waters. You can do it as a team or boat, or an individual. The holy grail is to do it solo on the same artificial lure. I’ve accomplished this… once.
Answer to the trivia question. I was talking about this slam here on CF.com and wondering about what to call it. Cracker Larry came up with the perfect name. Margarita Slam, salty and sweet water. RIP Larry. Someone with good searching skills can probably pull up the thread from years ago.
Oh yeah, and his Point Clear was a really sweet rig. I came up on him once with a charter in Store creek and he was stuck on a sandbar I ragged on him a few times about that… Miss him, great guy. Great with kids.
That’s awesome EF. Raddaddy is good people too. I’m proud to know him. Few people have had as big an impact on the fishing industry as him and his Dad. Bob paid me a high compliment once also, he said I was the fastest learning fisherman in Charleston. I met him by chartering him at Edisto. Late August, typical mud colored Edisto water. Me and my two young boys (at the time) put I think 32 ish nice trout in the boat only using his TTs. To this day, that is impressive. I don’t really know why, but we became pretty good friends after that.
Question… What Brackish areas are you fishing to get the large mouth and striper? Haven’t caught a striper in salt in 25 year and only a few in brackish. Have caught more stripper in fresh as far up as hwy 21 on the edisto fast trolling.
That Margarita Slam has to be a good feeling!!! I’m racking my head on areas I know and the trout would be the hard one for me. I know areas not too far up or down a river for flounder, spot tail, striper, and largemouth, but the trout would be a good bit further run. I’m talking in the ACE basin area. What kind of slam would it be minus the trout and striper?
Hi Fred, Any of our rivers that span from salt to sweet have the potential for a Margarita slam. I’m fishing the Cooper because its closest to me, but I’ve been wanting to target the slam in the Edisto, Combahee, Santee, etc. Part of the fun and challenge is to strategize how to achieve it. Trout prefer saline so I target them in the lower stretches. Reds, Flounder, Striper are all brackish water targets and of course LM prefer fresh. For me, typically, striper and flounder are the biggest challenge for me. Striper are pretty hard to pattern as they follow bait around. There are a few places where we have a better than average chance at one that we all keep close to our vest. I love striper so much, that I don’t even care what the regs are, I will never keep one. They are such an awesome game fish.
I’d love to see you get a Marg slam in the Edisto that would be outstanding!
If you want to know how nerdy I am, I just bought a refractometer so I can measure the salinity. Now, Barbawang can do it by tasting the water and be +/- 2ppm, but he’s not mortal I need technical help!
refractometer is how i calibrated mine too! I lose it in the upper teens, but that’s a little above where trout usually stop anyway.
small systems like the Ashley and Combahee vary hugely in their salinity regimes based on season and rainfall. I wouldn’t fish an area like Steel Bridge without tasting it first, cuz you might be catfishin’ when you think you’re redfishin’