Just wanted to drop you a line thanking you for our trip on September 23rd. It was my first time on the Barhopp'r II and the first trip for my friend Bob with you. I found no drop off in fishability (is that a word) with the Barhopp'r II. The weather and water conditions were better than expected as Tropical Storm Harvey had just cleared the area two days earlier.
After getting bait, we worked a couple of bars looking for redfish. I lost one at the first bar and nothing at the next. I could tell Bob was beginning to wonder..... Alas, at the third spot we finally found the redfish! Overall, we had about 25 hits and landed 15 reds. I missed the first two until I remembered the "reel until the drag goes, then set the hook HARD" method. After that I was in the groove.
Bob appreciated the coaching you gave him - except when you started hitting him with the baseball bat!!! He really picked up on loading the rod over the course of the day. However, the getting the line tight - when to reel and when to wait - these were tougher for him to learn. I think that it was moreso using the cut shiners as the reds pick the bait up slowly and move off casually versus live baits usually get freight-trained when the reds are chummed up. However, it could have also been that they were less aggressive after the storm and a night of a full moon.
Well, after the reds you asked if we wanted to try some snook fishing - even though the bite had been slow. This is always an offer I cannot refuse! We hit some bars and the third one was the charm again. A 33 inch,11 pound snook blew up my bait and gave a great fight. The hit was spectacular as all the finger mullet on top of the bar went into the sky when she hit. I was shaking when we got her on the Boga-Grip! When I stop shaking after the big ones I'll stop fishing. What a great end of the day!
Once again, thanks for a fun trip again. I'll be back! Take care my friend.
P.S. My son loved seeing the fish! Please send me some pictures when you get the film back.