Published Jul 9. 2021 - 3 years ago
Updated or edited Jul 12. 2021

Fishing the Gulf in the heat of Summer

Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico for redfish and speckled trout can be amazing, especially off the Texas coast. However it can also be very hot! The temperatures were reaching 100, and there was absolutely no wind. We were so hot. We had to wear waders because in the heat like this, the flesh eating bacteria is all through the water, and any cut or bug bite could end up getting infected. So we were very hot, and it was brutal fishing. Just a couple of hours and you feel wiped out. However Johnny was able to get a nice rat red and an almost legal speck. I only ended up getting a small sand trout and 2 croaker. So it wasn't the best trip ive ever taken. But that seems to be my luck when I get down to the gulf. Hopefully next trip I can get myself a nice redfish.

The flies I used were mainly redfish cracks and game changers. I also threw a small dubbed style shrimp fly, and a surf candy. Nothing seemed to work great for me. However Johnny had great luck with the redfish crack, and that is what he caught all of his fish on. Funny thing, that is the same exact pattern and size I was using all day, but he seemed to get them, and I didnt. Just luck of the draw I guess.

The rod and reel I was using is made by Risen fly. Its the Goliath rod, which they make in an 8wt, 10wt, and 12wt. They are great for powerful fish and large flies. I was using the 8wt. The reel is also made by Risen, and its called "The Whale" and is got a fully sealed, powerful drag, and is fully machined. Best thing about these is that they are actually reasonably priced. This setup didnt cost an arm and a leg like most name brand gear does. But it was just as good, if not better than some others out there. Go to to get this setup, and make sure you type in my discount code "McFly" at checkout to get an additional 15% off of your first order on anything in their shop. They make great saltwater line as well which I was using.


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