Capt. Chris and I had another West Coast Light Tackle Adventure this weekend. This trip was more about revenge than fun. After a tough outing the previous weekend during the Coastal Redfish Tour, we needed to show the Tampa Bay redfish who was boss. We gathered up our twelve year old sons and a tackle bag full of every artificial bait known to man and then headed for the Courtney Campbell Causeway boat ramp. The day was bright and sunny, but the morning was cool with a heavy breeze coming out of the North East. After a short run to the Western side of Tampa Bay we found a nice shoreline that looked promising. There was a canal with flats on either side. There was a rock jetty butting up to the flat. At the end of the jetty there were mangrove trees, sand holes and oyster beds. I grabbed my stick, pre-rigged with a 1/8 oz jig head and a D.O.A. CAL soft plastic (you have to call me for the color). Capt. Chris grabbed his always ready Aqua Dream Live Spoon rig. With no delay we began peppering every inch of this great looking area. The further we traveled down the shoreline the fishier it looked. The problem was, the fish weren’t as excited about this area as we were. After an hour of casting and only a 12 inch flounder to show for it, Capt. Chris made the call to stow our gear for the move. Another short run found us just a mile or so east of the first stop, but it was dramatically different. This was a pure open flat, in front of hundreds of yards of mangrove shore. The tide was high and falling so Capt. Chris choose to move in close and work our way out with the tide. No sooner had we come off a plane when we noticed a dead fish floating 50 feet from the boat. Curiosity killed the cat and the boat captain that day, so Chris began casting the Aqua Dream towards the dead fish to bring closer for an ID. On the third cast at the mystery fish, the Aqua Dream stopped dead!!!! ZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Instead of pulling the dead fish towards the boat, a LIVE one was pulling his line as far from the boat as it could. After a short struggle the landing net slid under the 23 inch redfish. “Fish Tacos” the boys shouted from the back of the boat and into the well it went. Two casts later, Capt. Chris was on again, the green Aqua Dream hanging from the mouth of another nice red. The next hour and a half was consumed with shouts of “I’m on” or “Oh No”. There was not a period of 10 minutes when someone on the boat was not getting thumped. But not all the thumps were hook ups. There were a lot of short strikes happening to all but one of us. Capt. Chris just kept throwing that green Aqua Dream. The strikes on that thing were not short. Not at all. In fact they were attacking that thing with very bad intentions. At the end of the day, we had three beautiful redfish in the well heading for Tacos. Both our boys got to real in reds, and everyone was eating well. But best of all we got to show those fish in Tampa Bay who is BOSS!! Turns out the boss is Aqua Dream Live Spoons, but SHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Don’t tell anybody.