Our Readers Write
Denny Willis, my fiance, caught his
first keeper redfish measuring 27 inches
in Redfish Bay near Rockport, Texas on
October 7th 2017. He caught it on mullet
in the evening while we were in our
kayaks. I would love if you could post
this as even after all the sadness of the
storm, we find happiness from this catch!
I have been fortunate to catch quite
a bit of trout and redfish but had never
caught a flounder in my life. I know the
concept and the areas to look for but just
never hooked one. This flounder was
found along a drop-off. It was on my
first cast that day! It was truly amazing.
It was caught on a light rod and reel with
a DOA shrimp. It measured in at 25
inches, and unfortunately it was not
Here’s my first bull redfish caught
in October at San Luis Pass. It was 42"
in length and weighed 25.14 lbs. It was
caught on a live shrimp,
It would have been quite a sleigh ride
if not for my anchor. It was so windy I
was still slowly drifting for the bridge
even with the anchor down. I had to
paddle 1k meters with the anchor down
and this leviathan on the line. I was
starting to get pulled out to the ocean so I
had to land my kayak. I face planted in the
water, got up and reeled that sucker in!
Other fishermen on the beach looked
at me like I had two heads. I was just
trying to land the catch of a lifetime.
For years I’ve admired your nice
magazine cover photos of local fishermen
at a moment of triumph! Well, a couple
of weeks ago I snapped this photo of my
kayak fishing partner, Stewart Hoffer,
with his “personal best” speckled trout,
28.25 inches, measured and released.
We were in Cold Pass fishing 5-ft.
drop-offs with white glow Down South
5" paddletails. Five minutes later he also
This is our son Cooper Westcott, 1,
checking out the bait fish his dad caught
on Fort Myers Beach, FL. An egret waits
patiently on standby in hopes for lunch.
Fort Myers Beach, FL
caught a frisky 21" speck, then me a 23"
Great fun for two Houston lawyers
who kayak fish all over the Texas coast!
More fun than doing “law!”
Keep up the fine magazine. It helps
us catch fish.
Don W. Pickels
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