Ryan Jimenez with an extra spot redfish.

There is plenty written about “taking a kid fishing” for a reason. Having your child navigate the sport of catching a fish is a bonding experience that brings families together and begins the love of the outdoors for the next generation. So, while there are tournaments and events geared just towards our juvenile anglers, fishing is an excellent way to spend some family quality time with our children of all ages. That’s what Ray and his grown son Ryan Jimenez set out to do with Captain Benito Perez Jr., and his B. Perez Outdoors guide service (361)-542-1691.

Father and son headed out with Capt. Benito on a 23’ Shoalwater Cat in the early morning. Armed with seven-foot Waterloo Phantom rods with Shimano Sienna 2500 reels purchased from Rockport Tackle Town, they were looking for redfish and trout. Today the bait of choice would be live piggy perch free lining on 30-pound braid tied to a 40-pound mono leader. Hooking the live perch through the tail on a 5/0 Mustad Kahle Ultra Point, the anglers aimed for sand pockets among the grass beds. They did not wait long before they felt that thump and the line straightened down … pull up! Hook set! Fish on!

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