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September 21, 2013

by Lee Padrick, September 22, 2013

Air temp:  70
Water temp: 75
Wind:  Light, variable
Tide:  High
Technique:  Popping corks, gold spoons, topwater lures

Dwayne and I went out and hit a handful of spots to try and catch some redfish.  At our first stop, I had a blowup.  Dwayne immediately threw a popping cork and put two fish in the boat.  Kept moving along a marshbank, and I had another fish shake a topwater.

We ran to another area, and I caught an undersized red on a topwater.  Then we checked out a spot we haven't fished much this year.  For good reason.  Nothing going on.

Video: B-Roll Footage from 2012 Tournament Practice

by Lee Padrick, September 19, 2013

Finally got around to editing some video from last season's tournament practice:

B-Roll Footage 2012 Tournament Practice


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September 15, 2013

by Lee Padrick, September 15, 2013

Air temp:  65
Water temp: 75
Wind:  NE at 10 mph
Tide:  Falling
Technique:  Popping corks, soft plastics (weedless and on jigheads), topwater lures

Dwayne and I had a long day on the water.  We launched at Shell Rock Landing before sunrise and checked a few spots for drum for an upcoming tournament.  No fish and/or luck at our first two stops (except for two 18-20" flounder).  Then we fished a spot that Dwayne had caught a few reds yesterday.  

Dwayne sticks a small one on a popping cork, but the fish spit the hook on the way to the boat.  Then he hooks another and lands it.  I had a blowup on topwater, then I hook one when we come around a marsh point.  We fished down a bank, but the dropping tide convinced us to put the boat back on the trailer and head to Morehead City, hoping to catch a few trout on the rising tide.  

We launch the boat, run to a nearby spot, and Dwayne hooks up on his first cast.  Its going to be a good day.  Unfortunately, he had hooked a lizard fish.  He hooked up on a ladyfish soon afterward.  No trout or drum, but I did catch another flounder in the 16" range.  

A few more cooler mornings and some NE winds, and I think the trout bite will start up for the fall.


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September 8, 2013

- Lee Padrick, September 11, 2013

Air temp:  70

Water temp:  78
Wind:  Calm, variable
Tide:  Rising
Technique:  Popping corks, topwater lures

Dwayne and I fished a few different spots, caught a few fish at each stop.  

At the first stop, Dwayne caught a nice red on a topwater lure at sunrise.  Made for a great picture (shown below).  I had a topwater blowup, and tossed a popping cork with a Salty Bay soft plastic to the spot where the fish showed interest in my plug.  A couple twitches and I was on.

We fished down the bank, looking for a school of feeding fish without success.  We ran the boat to the next stop, a shallow water bay with a grass bed bottom.  As we moved down the bank, we found a number of feeding fish.  I tossed a topwater, immediately hooked up, only to have the feisty red shake the hook.  

We grabbed our phones to shoot video, and took turns catching fish.  I hooked another on a topwater lure and landed it.  Then Dwayne followed up with a popping cork fish further down the bank.

Made another quick run, and I had a topwater strike. Popping cork didn't land the fish, so we began to think it was a speckled trout.  A few casts of the topwater later, and I land a 18" trout.  Then we moved east about 2 miles for our final stop, a huge grassbed flat.  No luck at this spot, so we called it a morning.

Video of the morning:

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- Lee


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