My son and I got to the pier at 0800. I walked up to what I thought was the Galveston pier (thanks to us being overly excited). Turns out it was the 61st. The place was already pretty crowded and everyone seemed to turn an eye at the obvious newbies...LOL! But everyone was friendly.
Weather was overcast with a very mild drizzle. Temp was about 70 degrees. Very slight chop to the water. We set up on the left side of the T and threw out. No one was really hooking up on anything except for some gafftops and sheepshead. For my son and I, this was quite a different experience since the only fishing we've done was for Bass in a boat where we'd keep moving and flippin' and pitchin'. The day was shaping up to be a bit of a disappointment for us novice saltwater boys.
And then.........a gentleman by the name of James showed up! And folks, this fella gave me a whole different outlook to fishing as I knew it! He taught me how to set up my new saltwater reels the right way, where to throw, HOW to throw, what to use for bait, and even taught my son to say, "Goin' Out...!" when slinging the rod out to kingdom come!
20 years of bass fishing and I felt like a kid again learning saltwater! IT WAS AWESOME!
At 1100 or so the bite turned on and folks started bringing in some 20+ incher reds on squid. My son started catching a few small croaker. James was pulling in several HUGE gafftops and stingrays!
At around noon the sky cleared up, and one of my reels started screaming! I fought something for 10 minutes before it broke me off! BAM! Had another hit right away on my other rod, and I couldnt get to it in time and it got off as well. I had several HARD bites that doubled the rod over and made the drag scream but I lost all my fish from either improper technique, substandard equipment, or the fish just plain breaking me off.
You might think at this point I'd be frustrated as all get out, but thats where Mr. James sprang back into action. His reel started SCREAMING and he fought a MASSIVE Red for about 10 minutes and with the help of another gentleman with a pier net, he landed it with no problem.
So....with no action of my own why would I take the time to post this write up? Well, James was kind enough to let my son take a picture with the Redfish, and I am thankful for all the tips as well as the memories with my son. On our drive back home he couldnt stop talking about the big fish he got to hold. Here is a picture of my son Garrett with the fish!
Thank you James, and thanks to all you friendly TFF'ers for your advice as well! Garrett and I will be back and hopefully next time we will catch our own fish to brag about!