Every fishing trip begins with a plan for the day. We all have in our heads the areas we intend to fish, lures we expect to throw and specific species we’ll be targeting.
But as Mike Tyson once famously said, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.
You never really know how the day is going to go until you get on the water, observe the conditions and make decisions on the fly, some of which will be right and some of which, inevitably, will be wrong.
On my latest fishing trip, I had some that fell into each category. I toted along my son, Joel, and his fishing buddy Emile Cangiamilla, and although we had to sit at the marina waiting for an intense thunderstorm to pass, we were still on the water at our first stop before most South Louisiana residents had even finished their first cup of coffee.
Unfortunately, that storm had turned the water into something resembling coffee — with a whole lot of creamer. So we had to explore more than we intended, searching all over for good clarity that we hoped would hold some redfish, bass and maybe even a few speckled trout.
We definitely found it, and although we interacted with two of our targeted species, we also bumped into a couple of others that certainly weren’t what we were expecting.
It was a fun day with two anglers whose skills belie their youth.
Check out the video below to see all the action.
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