A True Last Cast

A couple of weeks ago on the last cycle of tailing tides I had the pleasure of joining the Irwins on a sunset trip targeting tailing redfish. John is a guide here in Charleston (www.flyrightcharters.com) and Caroline is well on her way to becoming an accomplished fly angler. I was just along for the ride to take photos and enjoy the sunset and company- a third wheel on a Lowcountry date night.

Lowcountry Date Night

Lowcountry Date Night

The tide was right but the wind was honking. We were a little early for the tide at our first spot but Caroline had shots at two big fish but a 20mph cross wind made the presentation a little tricky. We crossed the river to duck out of the wind a bit and they switched positions giving John a turn on the bow. We saw a few tailing Sheepshead, they wouldn’t eat and caught a brief glimpse of another Redfish but never got a decent shot. As sunset approached we made a move to another spot (where Caroline had caught her first redfish on fly) with hopes of changing our luck. They took turns poling as I waded along side shooting some poling shots with the falling sun and changing sky as backdrop. A few more decent shots resulted in no hookups and it was looking like we would not get a fish to the boat for a photograph.

Caroline poling the Hell's Bay skiff at sunset

Caroline poling the skiff at sunset

Captain John Irwin wades after tailing redfish while Caroline catches up with the skiff

Captain John Irwin wades after tailing redfish while Caroline catches up with the skiff

Then as the sun reached the horizon and I headed back to the boat, John spotted a last fish and Caroline’s second cast was on the money. The fish ate the fly and headed for the setting sun. After a few minutes of battle the fish tangled in some thick grass and John went chest deep to retrieve the fish. He returned with the big redfish and just enough light left in the sky for a few quick photos and a happy ride home.

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John celebrates as Caroline hooks up in the dwindling light on the Last Cast!

Fighting the big redfish at sunset

Fighting the big redfish at sunset

Hooked up

Hooked up

John returns afteer detangling the fish from the grass

John returns afteer detangling the fish from the grass

Redfish Celebration

Redfish Celebration

And the release after sunset

And the release after sunset

 

 

 

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