Ocean Fishing for Reds

There’s nothing I love more than spending time outside with my kids. Which is why I cherish our beach vacations so much — we’re always outside and on the go. Whether it’s biking to the Salty Dog and back, body surfing or showing off our preposterous Kadima skills, our crew is all about finding great ways to spend quality time outdoors.

And last summer we came up with yet another when one of our close friends invited us to go fishing. In the ocean. Which is, you know, ocean fishing, right?

Right. Sort of, at least. Because where we went, it was really more like shallow channel fishing — the organic version, in that we caught our own bait. And I must say, it was an incredible experience, one we’ll do again and again and again.

SO, how did it all go down, you might be wondering? I’m glad you asked. Because I happen to have prepared a little slideshow showing you that very thing.

What’s key here is the release, and my man Patrick nailed this one.

Once you’ve thrown your net like a champ, hang tight for a bit and let it do
it’s thing.

And once it’s had time to do just that, it’s time to reel that bad boy in to see
what you got.

With any luck, it’ll be filled with these — shrimp. You’ll wanna toss them in a
bucket. Well, except for one. Because you’re gonna take him and…

Hook him through his — I dunno, what is that? His abdomen? Or belly? I’m going
with abdomen. It sounds more legit. So, hook him through his abdomen.

Because once you do that, you’re ready for your real catch. Sadly, I don’t have
pictures of any of our (perfect) casts, but we were throwing into a channel that
winds it’s way to a place called the Salty Dog and beyond on beautiful Hilton
Head Island.

And the triplets had a blast. This was Sammy after his
first haul of the day. Everyone did well.

At least that’s what it looked like for us on that day. A pretty nice outing,
don’t you think?

So that’s it! Easy peasy. Nothing to it. And truly one of the best times we’ve ever had at the beach. I highly recommend you giving it a whirl. There’s nothing like taking little ones fishing. No matter where you are!

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Stephanie Vatalaro

Stephanie Vatalaro

Stephanie Vatalaro is vice president of communications for the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and its Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar campaigns where she works to recruit newcomers to recreational fishing and boating and increase awareness of aquatic conservation. Stephanie grew up in the Florida Keys as the daughter of a flats fishing guide. Outside of work, you can find her fishing and boating with her family on the Potomac River in the Northern Neck of Virginia.