Growing up, I remember fishing with my grandpa, and my uncle Ken. These men were instrumental in my life and guided my passion for fishing. Some of my most treasured memories and lessons occurred during these moments. Pure, and unspoiled by the rest of the world, I was a boy with a fishing pole. I remember trips to the lakes around San Antonio, Austin, and Laguna Madre. Those were the days of wild goose chasing redfish, black drum, and at times specs as long as my arm!

I often reminisce back to the past before the stresses of adult life. Memories can get us through hard days, so I’ve instilled these traditions into my own family. To de-stress after the holidays, I recommend kayak fishing. I actually seem to recommend this to everyone I meet these days. It is proven to be both relaxing, and healing.

Saltwater enthusiasts know, winter time can produce some of the years best fishing. Even the novice, just a guy who wants to take his family fishing for fun, can look up public fishing areas that TPWD offers. Although wading and shore fishing is fun, there’s more relaxation in a kayak if you ask me. Launching a kayak is where a man and his family can get lost and draw back to a simpler past time.

Last year, I had the pleasure to go on a guided trip with Capt.Fil Spencer out of Corpus Christi, Texas around February. Let me tell you, it was life changing! Catching 5 redfish within 4 hours on soft plastics is an experience that can only be understood by going with this legend. As I write this, college kids are dreaming of spring break and partying. I’m glad my birthday present was a trip before all that madness! My dreams are of swirling chaos; a perfect orchestration the Texas Bays offer.

If you’re fortunate enough, call your favorite guide. Or simply tune into weather and fishing reports to help assist with a good launching area for a kayak. Bring your gear, a bag of shrimp, some food, a camera, and don’t forget the FAMILY! The tail end of winter, and the top of spring offers excellent fishing opportunities for family fun and bonding.

By: Robert R-Dub Winans

Hunt for the RED OCTOBER 2


Chris Castro of NLF-TV invites you for a quick Texas Redfish limit. Join him as he discusses a couple of techniques used for both soft plastic and dead bait. What is he looking for while engaging on his limit? Find out here and follow the adventure!


Brief Summary

The video has been ready since October although this time we delayed it! Last year Reuben Pena and Chris Castro set out to demonstrate teamwork by means of sight casting redfish on exposed grass lines ( Marsh ).  This year it’s a little different, as we discover that on clear water days sand pockets can be just as productive.  Mr. Castro will set out to locate the fish days before using his go to lures from Matrix Shad, followed by a combination of dead mullet.

“Never underestimate the Mullet Head”


Key Notes

  • Head to popular spot off the Texas Coast ( Corpus Christi, TX )
  • Discussing fast and slow retrieval with soft plastics ( Matrix Shad ) * Fish 1 and 2 Caught
  • Locate fish by means of sand pockets ( Pause Technique Demonstration ) * Fish 3 Caught
  • Use Dead Mullet and how to hook them – *Fish 4 and 5 Caught

Behind the scenes: Fishing sand pockets 

A limit of redfish is the goal for every saltwater kayak angler, but of course that’s not the case every trip. It takes a lot of grinding and time to put yourself in a scenario where you will eventually be tested.  I’ve learned the most about myself during clear water days where the fish and the angler can both see each other.  These are the best moment because there is no excuse for what went wrong, as you can analyze everything from the cast to the hook set.  Sight casting into visible pockets allows you to see how fish react first hand based off your retrieval technique.  I’ve always had too fast of a retrieval like many other anglers I know, so I’m always having to remind myself to pump the breaks.

On this particular day I noticed that all my bites where on the drop. When fishing sand pockets I always elect to over cast the area because of two opportunities I want to take advantage of.  Dragging and dropping the lure from marsh to pocket, then dragging the lure from pocket to marsh all in one cast. Most the pockets we fish here in south Texas will be circular more often than not, so I tend to fish these areas for about 10-15 minutes before moving to the next. So where do I pause or let the lure drop? Right on the line that separates the sand from the grass ( grass line ). Today we’re able to capture the magic on a quick limit in 12 minutes called “Hunt for RED OCTOBER 2” Let us know what you think and where you would like to see us next, as we are always open to traveling. Tight lines from the entire NLF-TV staff.


Sponsors and Partners

PREVIEW Next Episode – Double Bull Reds


NLF-TV has just wrapped up a 2 part Baffin Bay Series.  While back at home, we receive a call about ‘Bull Reds’ passing through the Humble Channel.  Reuben Pena and Chris Castro quickly pack the bags and head to a local area popular among local fisherman.

  • Chris Castro “The advantage of Kayak Fishing, is that we can peel away in a stealthy manner and pick them off before heading near the piers and boat launches”
  • Reuben Pena “DOUBLE HOOKUP”
  • Chris Castro “A double hookup with any target species is a bonus. For a seasoned Kayak Angler, these are the moments we live for”

We like to think of these moments as pop quiz’s on the water. You never know when it’s going to happen, so when it does it’s all about that controlled chaos. A friend of ours ‘Robert Fields’ has talk a little about it, and it stands true! There is a huge sense of accomplishment when landing two fish at once, and this becomes Reuben Pena’s moment.

Episode intro Keynotes:McCain Bend

  • Intro – 1 min
  • Chris & Reuben get tip off location while driving offshore. Trip takes a turn..
  • Missed exit over JFK bridge so instead kayak across to bait shop to pickup ice and water.
  • Paddle away from pier and boat launch
  • Chris, Reuben, and Ram spread 100 yards apart down the channel
  • Trout, and small Drum caught quickly.
  • Chris Castro spots the school
  • Reuben positions himself in the middle of channel working an Unfair lure up front and dead bait in rear.


Chris Castro with an early King strike..

Sometimes it pays to play early inkingfish sub 70 degree water temp. This year Chris Castro was able to hit the water early with friend TJ Batten to find some early rolling kinds in 78.6 degree water temp. This king was caught less then a mile offshore.

-Chris Castro

“We keep it simple today, trolling ribbon fish on what was a very slow day.  Ask TJ how we brought her in lol”




Read more “Chris Castro with an early King strike..”