PORT ARTHUR — The powerful fight and social networking ready photo opportunities a bull red provides are second to none and they do not require a distant offshore or out of town trip. We can do it just a few miles from our homes.
Each bull redfish caught represents a teachable moment.
Explain to children what happened to the fishery and how protecting the breeders has given them this opportunity. I took a couple of big bulls that were deep-hooked during the first few years trophy tags were allowed but now release them all.
That is your choice but I guarantee you kids will be excited to be able to put one of those giant fish back into the water and swim off. Let them be part of the release and make sure and document as much as you can via photos or video, which we can all shoot on our phones these days.
Conservation is not a state of mind. It is an action and the mere existence of bull redfish is a reminder of what forward-thinking conservationists accomplished so many years ago and what we continue to see happen in the all important redfish fishery.
You cannot have slot-sized eating reds without the big ones. They are all important and despite my love for redfish on the half shell, I think I enjoy catching, photographing and releasing those big bulls even more.
It brings me back to my first bull red sighting and reminds me the seas are still an exciting place.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hear him on "Moore Outdoors" Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI. you can find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/extremewildlife.)