DISCOUNTS AND SEASONAL SPECIALS OFFERED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR!
A BROTHER'S DAY
OUT ON THE WATER
by Capt. Ray "Slick" Appel - USCG Licensed/TPWD
My Brother Alvin came down to join me for
some fishing action a couple of weeks back. We left the dock
around 9:00am and headed across the bay to Mud Island on the east side
of Aransas Bay.
Cruising across the bay on a low-lying wind day is such a pleasurable
and fun ride. Once there, we laid anchor in about 3 feet of
water and proceeded to throw-out some live finger mullet on a Carolina
Rig and also fresh blue crab for bait.
It had been raining early that morning so
the water was a little muddy. bit it didn't take long before Alvin's
rod was laying over - like it was going to break in half! And so
the excitement began!! Alvin took charge of the redfish "BEAST"
on his line, but once the redfish came just a little closer and saw
the boat - then the redfish took charge of Alvin! The
battle was on and it was a good one too - much like a tug-a-war in
About 15 minutes later the upper slot red
finally gave up and Alvin won the match. It measured about 25 inches
in length. Alvin said what a powerful red it was, and that redfish had
a total of 7 spots!
As soon as we got the lines reset and
cast, we had another big strike but Alvin missed it. (The water
temperatures have been in the upper 80s and the cooler weather gave
the reds some extra boost of adrenaline it seemed.) These creatures
had plenty of power placing sufficient strain on the equipment. Once
we both feel confident that our tackle (rods, reels, hooks, bait and
drag set etc...), now we are up for the challenge, ready to tackle
these big powerful reds.
I said to Alvin, "This is what you came down here for right?" He
laughed, shook his head and say "You better believe it Slick!"
Then he called out "I got one on the line".... then the back rod laid
over and he made me fight one of those beast myself. We laughed
and said too each other "Who is going to help net these fish for us?)
Just a inside joke as we fight hard for the two fish on the
lines....and we are both successful in bringing them into the boat.
WHAT A THRILL - IT WAS SO
EXCITING & FUN!!
LOVE MY BROTHER AND WE
GOT TO SPEND SOME QUALITY
TIME TOGETHER DOING WHAT
WE LIKE, FISHING FOR
GIANT REDFISH IN ARANSAS
BAY...CAN'T BEAT IT!
SEE THE PHOTOS WITH THIS
ARTICLE - YOU'LL SEE WHAT I MEAN!!
As we got the lines all re-baited, I called out to him "You tired
yet?" He said, "NO, never tire from this kind of fishing!"
And no sooner than he said that, did he pick-up the front rod and set
cried out, "THIS ONE IS HUGE!" So I quickly reeled-up the other
lines so he would have a clear path to fight this monster, and what a
fish it was. Even as a fishing guide on the water almos every
day - this was a remarkable day of fishing!!
That mega-red took about 40 yards of line
out, and rolled. It sure gave Alvin a fight of a life time.
After about 10 minutes we both brought it in - it was a absolute
beauty - all of 27!!" Alvin turned to me and said " OK,
I'm tired now, let's head on in with these monster fish!" So we
got that last fish on ice and called it day. As we were heading
back to the dock - we both reflected on our childhoods fishing with
dad and each other and what a great life we had had so far. This
was a day that these 2 brothers wont soon forget!!
Life is made-up of fantastic memories -
the kind that stay with you through your whole life...this was one of
those exceptional days on the water that Alvin and I will be talking
about for year to come.
Call me - and let me take
you to where the really big fish are!!
ENJOY YOUR FAMILY THIS
HOLIDAY SEASON AND CALL ME IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE THIS TYPE OF