Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Reverse Copahee Stump

Normally yak anglers when fishing the Copahee Sound for redfish are not paying attention to the oyster bed; they get the experience of doing the ‘Copahee Stump’. The ‘Cophaee Stump’ is where the yak angler is wrapped up chasing redfish and the next thing they are aware of is the lack of water.  This will either result being in an area of mud and oysters or waiting for the water to start filing in the creek to the launch site.

On this trip Lewis and I decided to check out some of the areas that normally hold redfish in the fall to see if they are schooling up in the same areas. So on this trip we decided to meet early and do the ‘Copahee Stump’ to the next creek. This was not going to be too much of a stump as the tide was already coming in. The issue we will also be facing is that we will have to take the long route to the initial stop to check out do the low tide.

When we arrive to stop number one both of us attempted to over the area to find any biting fish. As we worked this flat the wind felt like it was picking up. The weather report for this day was calling for light winds from the North.  Unfortunately the conditions were not appearing according to the weatherman. The wind conditions were not being very friendly for sight fishing so Lewis and I did some fan casting to various areas of structure like points and oyster beds.  Having no luck we decided to move on to location number two.
Location number two is about 2 miles from this flat but more along the ICW. With the wind picking up it did not take us to long to get to this area known for some spotted trout.  This flat being along the ICW and the wind is blowing form the North so the waves were a little worst then the first flat that we concentrated on for redfish. After a while we got tired of fighting the increasing wind and decided to move onto flat number three.

This time we had the challenge of moving into the huge Copahee Sound to paddle into the wind to the area known for some big redfish. We had about a ¾ mile paddle into the wind. My strategy to paddle into the wind was to attempt to use the grass islands as a barrier from the blowing wind. When we arrived to spot number three, I started to fan cast to the known oyster beds below the water surface. Working this area also scored a big zero. At this time we decided to work our way back to the launch site and call it a day. This just meant that I would have a good distance to paddle back into the wind.

We managed to make it across the sound and into a small creek that will aid on keeping the wind down as we paddled to the ramp. In this creek there were other yak anglers and their reports did not sound to promising. Copahee from what I have been told is not very active during the winter for redfish. After this trip I would have to agree. I’m sure as we get closer to spring and warm weather the reds will appear again and Copahee Sound will be the talk of anglers for over slot redfish.

I hope to see you someday at Redfishville. Tight Lines!!

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