Target Species – Redfish & Trout By Kimberly Osborn
Spring is finally here and that means warmer water and hungry fish. Start time for our first 2017 kayak tournament was 6:00 A.M. and we were ready and waiting at our spot to make the first casts of the day.
We targeted our redfish early and caught three ranging from 26- inches to a little over 27- inches. We had our redfish, now the hunt began for trout. The first stop for trout produced three solid ones all around the 20-inch mark using live shrimp for bait. Not yet finding our tournament fish, we headed across the bay to a shallow reef. A few more trout were caught, but still not what we were looking for. Finally, I hooked on to a 24.5-inch trout that we knew for sure was our prize fish for the day.
At the end of the tournament it’s time to lay an edge on our limit of fish.
A big innovation that has benefitted me is the release of the DexGuard coated fillet blades from Dexter Outdoors.
Dexter knives have been around since 1818, so 200 years of EDGE know how is impressive. Last year they specifically designed a line of products for the outdoors enthusiast, whether it is hunting or fishing, the new designs will be a go to knife for fileting, skinning or gutting in the field or on the water.
The Dexter Outdoors filet knife we use has the DexGuard coating that protects the knives against the harsh day-to-day conditions of a saltwater environment. I’ve been using Dexter Knives for as long back as I can remember and with this coating they sure will last a long time.
Whether I am filleting redfish, trout or flounder, our Dexter Knives do the trick for getting clean fillets with ease. You know it’s a good product when 8 out of the 10 captains and mates at the fillet stations have white handled knives laying on the table next to their catch of the day.