After having a previous trip cut short due to a severe thunderstorm, that we almost managed to avoid, I was finally able to get David and his son Davis out on the flats of Topsail Island to fish some big schools of feeding Redfish. As we left the dock at 0630 we were greeted with light North winds (perfect for dropping the surface temps on the mud flats) and a fog bank and heavy overcast skies. More perfect conditions for sightfishing Reds with top water plugs cannot be had! David and Davis had agreed to take turns getting shots at the backing and tailing Redfish, but after David hooked up with a nice 2 year old fish on his second cast, all plans of taking turns were forgotten. With 2 seperate schools working the flat to the left and right of us, the father/son duo made easy work of sighting and casting to individual fish picked from the edges of the schools. On Davis's first cast with a Rapala Skitterwalk, he began to ask how I wanted him to work the bait, before the bait even had a chance to hit the water, a 25" Red crashed it and Davis exclaimed he didn't think he could handle him as the the braided line cut through the water on the first of several strong runs. After fishing the 2 schools for about 3 hours and landing 8 fish, we headed to another flat that has been holding fish through tthe summer. Managing 2 more fish on soft plastic jerkbaits, we called it a day, Davis's permanent smile as he climbed in the truck with his dad to head home is etched in my memory as yet another one of my "best" days on the water. Thanks Guys... look forward to fishing with you again this Fall!
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