Chris Russell is one of those guys who seems born ready: By the time the skiff sat where guide Kessel Cooper planned to anchor it atop the shallows, before I had even put on my second wading shoe, Russell — marketing manager for Plano — had hopped over the gunwale. He walked slowly, holding a light rod with a Quantum Smoke Inshore 25 spinning reel poised for action. Russell had gone maybe 50 feet when Cooper, standing in the skiff, pointed out a shadow, faint in the gray light under heavily overcast skies early on that October morning.
The angler made his cast, and the hermit crab on a light-wire snelled hook dropped 10 feet or so beyond the shadow.
“Reel, reel!” Cooper urged, sotto voce. “Now stop. Stop it!”