Capt. Travis Holeman Potential 4 lb. Tippet Red Fish Record

A Testimonial by Capt. Travis Holeman on his Potential 4 lb. Tippet Redfish IGFA Record Caught with Fly Water Expeditions!

Today started like any other day for Capt. Greg and I. Question? Which way do you want to go? Breakfast is always surrounded by conversations of wind direction and tide. We always throw ideas back and forth but the wind tells the truth. Today it told us to sneak to a secret spot. Nunya flat!

As always I venture to the bow acting like a ballast and trying to sneak my way to fishing! Whatever works. Greg grabbed the push pole and joy washed over me like a wave. Bow time! Sweet. Earlier at the boat ramp Greg was showing off his knot skills while stalling for the sun to begin to warm the flats. I tied the 4 lb. class to my 6wt fly rod and after careful fly selection Greg’s Hudini Crab in purple found it’s way to my rod. Great fly.

We made it about 30 yards and a fish floating high was glowing like a stop sign. Big and red. One false cast and shoot. Worried about a shock break I stripped slow as the big fish followed the fly into the depths. Just as she vanished I felt the tug. Eased the rod to about 45% and smoothly let her clear the line. Finally putting a little pressure on the big red. With a little slip the fly was loose. Bummer. Oh well. I was still wondering if that was the one…. looking out in a daze. Greg whispers “yo I got another one…. floater.”

Seeing the floating red instantly. I still had not stripped out the line from the previous fish. Quickly judging the distance I stripped what I thought would be 50 or so feet off the reel. Greg shifted the boat to give me a clean cast. What followed was awesome. After watching the fly cast land perfectly and the big red pounce all I could think about was we aren’t videoing! The cast landed perfect, I stripped and she followed. Swing and a miss… strip, strip. Again I was a little worried about setting the hook and did so very softly as she ate the fly. 15-20 min. later the huge red came to the boat. I really enjoyed fishing a trout rod for our huge reds. The 6 wt allowed for a much better shock absorber than say an 8 or 9 wt rod.

Greg jumped into place after expertly maneuvering the boat to keep me in prime fighting position. Greg gave the boat one last push on the pole, I swung the big red back to Greg as the boat passed putting him and her in position for a gorilla grip landing. As Greg had informed me earlier we had no net,… the plan had to work to land the fish. Thankfully we land most fish by tailing, so it was no big deal.

Greg’s face lit up like a kid on Easter. Fish landed and all gear still kicking. Great fish. Great day. Great friends. Thanks Greg. Capt. Greg landed a huge black drum on 8 lb. after we ate and had a very long time to enjoy what had just happened. I just landed the best fish I have ever caught. Gotta love it when it all comes together.

– If you want to chase giant redfish in skinny water or try your luck hunting IGFA world records then give Greg Dini a call!

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Published in: on March 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm  Comments Off on Capt. Travis Holeman Potential 4 lb. Tippet Red Fish Record  
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Fly Water Expeditions, Greg Dini

Enjoy the BEST redfish fishery anywhere with Fly Water Expeditions.

Biloxi Marsh, all the way to Venice, Louisiana, Fly Water Expeditions will take you on a red fishing trip of a lifetime. Redfish and black drum are the most sought after species Greg likes to fish for. Some fish exceed 50 pounds, it truly is “The Land of Giants”.

FIsh for redfish

Fish for Redfish

Big fish in 1-3 feet of water is where you will find yourself when taking a trip with Fly Water Expeditions. Captain Dini poles around in technical skiffs looking for  fish to present a fly or lure to. On an Average day you can expect to catch 4-10 fish when conditions cooperate, and 10-25 fish days are not uncommon including exceptional days over 50 fish. The areas Greg Dini fishes are truly in God’s country and you will rarely see other anglers.

During the fall and winter months, Fly Water Expeditions concentrates on the Biloxi Marsh, where the big redfish and black drum come in to feed . The spring and late summer they dedicate their time further south where the breeder redfish get in huge schools preparing for their annual spawn.

Another nice one.

Another nice one.

Greg’s saying is “If the conditions are good and the fish are eating, we aint leaving”. We always strive to put our anglers on as many fish as we can and we will work hard all day long to put you on the redfish or black drum of a life time. Weather you set out to catch a fish on a fly rod and the conditions may not be conducive to fly fishing; we have no problem keeping a spinning rod ready so you have a better opportunity to catch a monster fish. We want our anglers to have a trip to remember when fishing with Fly Water Expeditions, and when you leave you will always want to come back for more!

Greg of Fly Water Expeditions looks forward to having you in the boat and putting you on the monster fish of the Louisiana Marsh all day long!

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