I got two 16 lb reds and a 22 lb on fly rod Friday. Using Redfish Crack flies with lead dumbbell eyes in about 2 to 3 feet of water. I used my 8 wt and it did fine. Also used Gamakatsu Stinger hooks and held up well on big fish.
Saturday I got only one red on fly that was 25 lbs. Kelly Hazen's Tibor Everglades got to sing that Tibor drag music.
We had numerous chances to sight cast. Your cast had to very accurate which I did not have an accurate cast thus some very fishable opportunities were lost. Very different fishing open water in 2 and 3 feet and sight casting.
Dan Starr was fishing after us so hope it makes a report.