Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine VOL 40 No 2 SPRING 2016 | Page 3

Our Readers Write I escaped a rough day at work and took my 4 year old son, Chayson Ralston, fishing close to Six Mile, TX. We spent part of the late afternoon chasing and catching a few finger mullet, which I thought would be perfect bait for Chayson to land his first red fish. I fished the area recently and knew there were a few schools working mullet and shrimp in the creeks that drain into the bay. I anchored the boat as Chayson worked to retrieve one of the finger mullet from the bait well. He picked the “Best Looking Baby Fish”, in his words, and I helped him bait his hook. We cast his pole, and he was set to catch a fish. He patiently waited for about five minutes, and a with swift tug from a 22" redfish, he was super excited and hooked on fishing. He fought the fish for a time which probably seemed like infinity to him, and landed it without my help. Needless to say, he can’t wait to go next time Aaron Ralston Victoria, TX Southwest Louisiana’s Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge holds a lot more than waterfowl during winter. Last January Durel Romaine of Perry, La. proved that with this 41-inch redfish that slammed the spinnerbait he was working along the shoreline of one of the Refuge’s old oilwell location canals. Although reds of this size are somewhat rare in these waters, smaller bulls - 20 to 30 pounds - are becoming increasingly common, especially during winter. And, Durel’s fish is still there awaiting you, having been tagged, revived, and released. Pete Cooper, Jr. Broussard, LA Jose Juarez with a 28”, 15 lb. red caught at Indian Beach near Galveston that went for a live mullet. Send us a picture of your catch of the day with a brief explanation identifying who, what, why, where and how so we can feature you in “Our Readers Write”. [email protected] Gulf Coast Fisherman PO Box 8, Port Lavaca, TX 77979 APRIL • MAY • JUNE 2 0 1 6 3