This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for my family, and I’m thankful for fishing.
No surprises there, right?
Thanksgiving really is special for me because this is the season when I get to spend even more time with my wife and kids, and when I can go fishing just for fun. And let me tell you, I’ve been having a heck of a lot of fun lately chasing redfish, flounder and speckled trout down on the South Carolina coast.
I’ve probably made the three-and-a-half-hour drive down there at least 20 times already this year. I’ve been going so much that I’m getting a little worried I might wind up living in some shack on the beach just so I can be close by when the tides are right.
I’m as ate up with saltwater fishing as most guys are with deer hunting. I haven’t even been on a lake in about a month.
The best part about all this saltwater fishing is I think it’s helping my bass fishing. In the Upstate of South Carolina, I have a lot of tournament waters close by, but they’re all pretty much identical. They’re clear, deep-water fisheries. You can power fish some, but it’s mostly finesse fishing. Down at the coast there’s current and there are tides. I didn’t grow up saltwater fishing, so those are things I haven’t had much experience with. I’m really learning a lot.
Fishing current might seem easy (just fish the current breaks, right?), but until you actually deal with current and put some mind muscle behind figuring it out and catch fish doing it, it’s not that easy. I’m also learning about how fish act with tides, which is huge because tidal bass fisheries are totally different than any other fisheries. A lot of guys struggle on tidewaters, but we fish tournaments on them almost every year. I think if I can learn more about how saltwater fish act in the tides, I’ll be able to apply it to bass fishing, too.
It’s also a different landscape. I can fish the entire South Carolina coast. On a lake, you can see a couple points and run right over there and fish them. It’s not like that in the marsh. You have to figure out where you’re going, how you’re going to get there and what tide will let you get there. There are a lot more calculated movements. It just makes me think and kind of keeps me sharp.
Of course, people are already asking me if I’m going to fish the redfish circuits in the summer. Heck no I’m not. I have no intentions of making it competitive. I literally want to go have fun and just make videos.
If you want to see what I’m talking about, go check out my recent videos at YouTube.com/BrianLatimerFishing. One of the coolest things you’ll see is that everything I fish with is bass tackle. It’s mostly Z-Man 3-inch MinnowZ, ChatterBaits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. My buddy Luke Clausen even caught a redfish on a frog with me the other day. So even though I’m semi-checked out of bass fishing, I really don’t change any of my tackle. I might add a few soft plastics in weird colors, but everything else is stuff I already use.
By the way, if you want to get your hands on some of the baits I’ve been using in my videos, now’s the time to do it. I’m running Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on my website over the Thanksgiving weekend. I’ve got a buy-one-get-one deal on apparel, a two-for-one deal on my tackle kits and a bunch of other discounts, so you can save money and stock up on ChatterBaits, Ned rigs, crankbaits and B. Lat swag. Check it out at shopblat.com.
This Thanksgiving season really is great, and I hope everyone has a great holiday. Just don’t forget that while you’re stuffing your face, the fish are eating, too. So skip the post-dinner nap and go catch ya some.