Random Stuff 10/18/14.

Fish Catching Travel

Just wanting to share a couple of things with you that have piled up over the last few days.  One thing I have heard lately from several folks is how good both the flounder gigging and fishing has been.  Of course it is that time of year, and with the limits about to change in November this is the best time of the year top sack a few.  So with that said here you go…….

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Now that is some nice flounder!

I got this picture from the Masked Flounder Assassin.  A lifetime flounder gigger, he set up his new to him boat this summer and it looks like he is making good use of it.  Thanks for the pictures Dude, I can taste them melting in my mouth just looking at the pictures.

I also heard from my buddy Aaron while we were at the Orroyo that he had figured out the flounder the other day at the Gulf.  He did say that he was using the 2″ Gulp Shrimp.  As soon as he gets back in town I will get you some more details on that one.  I am sure we will be flogging several different species this week in several different places.

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The Shoedog’s buddy Terry, a Nebraska Cornhusker, and someone I fished with on Falcon, got a new GoPro and he sent me his first video.  It shows what having a camera at the ready will do for you.  A good start Terry, so keep them coming.  And be sure to send me those big buck down pictures this fall when you get one of those big Nebraska monsters.  And one other question big boy, when the heck are you gonna get down here for some Gulf fishing?  I will be happy to show you some real fish!

 Be sure to send me more, we love to see them.

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And to the rest of you folks, we love to see your pictures and videos so please send them along with your story.  I am happy to add them to my content, it helps me out too.  So that is it for today.  Next it is Hogs vs. Georgia, A&M vs. Alabama, and a host of other games. Then it is back to the fishing.  One trip I want to do soon is to Lake Sommerville to catch some white bass.  While not on most peoples bucket list, I love catching them in the fall, and Sommerville also has a good population of Hybrid stripers and they fight like the devil.  So keep stopping in, keep those cards and letters coming, and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Orroyo City Texas 10/17/14.

Fish Catching Travel

I am finally  back from the lower Laguna Madre, and it was an interesting trip for several reasons.  The Shoedog, Chris, and I headed out Tuesday morning for the Orroyo area towing the airboat.  It was Chris’ second trip down there, and while Shoedog and I have fished out of South Padre several times, this was a relatively new area for us.  It took us a little longer than usual to get there as we had to stop a Roy’s Bait and Tackle so Chris could pick up another Yeti.  No he did not buy it, he won it with a raffle ticket he bought from the Shark-A-Thon.  Believe me, we needed another Yeti on this trip like we needed a hole in the head, but who would turn down a free 75 quart.  He also won a heavy duty offshore rod and reel last year so his raffle money has been well spent.

Day 1

I will get you the name of the place we stayed from Chris and add it to this post later, but it was a small 2 bedroom cabin with kitchen facilities and a lighted pier for night fishing.  So we settled in and headed to get something to eat.  It was Chili Willies for supper.  Good food at a good price.  Be advised in Arroyo City there are only 2 places to get something to eat, 3 on the weekend.  But Chili Willies hits the spot for hungry fisherman and is worth a try if you are down there. We did a little night fishing under the light and other than 4 or 5 small trout it was slow so we called it a day.

First thing the next morning it was off to Peyton’s Bay, north of the Orroyo Colorada Cutoff.  Chris headed to the west shoreline to chase reds with his flyrod, Shoedog and I waded out into the bay looking for trout.

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Shoedog and Chris.  The only way to go. 

Shoedog caught a couple of ladys on topwater, as I did.  I got a little luckier, so to speak, and lost a good trout near bait, and had a big red boil my topwater about 3 foot from me.  I think Chris might have missed a red, but other than that we are shut out so we headed to the islands in front of the bay and tried the one of the cuts between them.  Chris had a couple take a swat at his fly, but none hooked up.  Meanwhile Shoedog and I just could not put a trout on the stringer.

Next it was across the bay heading a little south to the east shoreline.  That shoreline is a true sand flat.  It has miles and miles of shin deep water clear as moonshine.  The goal was to sight fish for redfish.  It reminded me of bonefishing, a real spot and stalk area.  Chris had a tailer go down on his fly and not eat it, and he got a couple of other shots that did not pan out.  Shoedog missed one, caught another ladyfish, and then had a good keeper break his line.  Right after I got out of the  boat I got a shot at a red who followed it all the way in and then spooked.  Finally I made a perfect cast to one in about 12″ of water and he turned on it and ate a plastic.  It is flat out cool to see them do that.  I did not take the flyrod this time but will definitely return and give that a go.

We made one more stop on the flat further down and something happened I have never seen before.  As we came to a stop there was a nice red who got seriously confused and turned and slammed into the side of the boat so hard he knocked himself out!  Now that was crazy.  We all had a shot or two on that wade, but none hooked up so off we went.

Next it was an area labeled 46 East of Green Island.  The wind finally kicked up some and we drifted the north end of the island east and finally put a couple of nice trout in the boat.  Shoedog got us started with a nice 19″+, and I put one in the boat.  We had been giving him some crap about how firm the Coccahee Minnow plastics are, and of course he caught several more on it.  It was a green and red body and he had it rigged upside down.  But no matter how it was rigged they liked it.  We made a couple of other drifts in that area without success so it was time for another move.

From there it was off to the area on the Padre Island side of the Intercoastal in front of Rattlesnake Bay for some drifting to finish off the day.  That area is marked on the map as number 34 Grass Beds and 48e Mike’s Drop Off.  Shoedog put another keeper trout in the boat on plastics.  It was funny when we were talking about fall fishing and I commented I had not caught a big black drum in a while.  And of course what happened?

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A great fight on my light trout rod and 8lb. test.

When he hit it was one of those toss it in there and the minute it hit the water he was on.  I knew it was a black the minute I set the hook and while it was a good struggle, he did not make the box.  We did not even check if he fit the slot, none of us considers them worth the effort to clean for what you get.  So our day was done and it was back to the cabin.

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Headed for the fish fry as the guests of honor.

The airboat was a great asset there.  The amount of shallow water down there is astounding, and as it was a learning trip we wanted to cover lots of places to get a real feel for the area.  And with the day 1 fishing we did some serious riding around and looking at stuff.  One piece of advice if you have never been down there, be careful.  Those of us up here in the POC area think we have some shallow water but there are miles and miles of water less than 2 foot, with lots in the 1 foot range in the lower Laguna, be advised.

Day 2

The next morning we hit the ramp a little after 6 and headed down the Laguna to start in an area labeled 26 East, of Three Islands.  It is a has a depression that is 3 foot deep and the trout were there.  To bad they were small.  We did catch a couple on top, and some on plastics, but just could not get the better ones to bite.   We tried a couple of other drifts here and there and then it was 25, Oil Field Flats.  I think we might have caught another couple of small ones, but as the tide was slack they were taking a break.

We did some cruising around the Cullen Channel area just looking, stopping here and there, tossing to a few deeper channels.  The only excitement was Shoedog stuck a big ray on his trout rod and it was quite the fight.  It finally broke off near the boat after a long fight.  Hard to land those things on light line and a trout rod.

One thing that was amazing this trip is there was almost no wind both days.  Well finally the wind started blowing about 10 mph out of the Southeast, blowing into Cullen Bay.  We made our first drift from Townsite Point into area 32 Flounder Hole.  There is a sandy area on the Townsite Point side that turns to grass in about 2 foot of water.  On drift number 1 Shoedog had a big blow up on topwater, and Chris had a couple of hits on top, they were definitely redfish so we motored up and did another drift when a nice school of redfish, maybe 12 – 20 were right in front of the boat.  Chris hooked up, Shoedog hooked up, and I almost hooked up.  To bad when I retied earlier I forgot to wet the fluorocarbon knot and my knot came untied, rookie mistake.

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A nice red.  Look at his mouth, that thing choked on that Zara Spook, you don’t see them eat it that far to often, especially head first.

So now things are really looking up.  They are eating, we see them moving all over the flat, and it looks like it is on.  But wait just a minute fish heads, the fish Gods were about to remind us what can happen out there.

Chris went to start the airboat and the bendix on the starter was not seeming to catch.  He tried a couple of times and then we heard a piece of metal hit the bottom of the airboat.  Yikes, one of the starter bolts broke off at the block.  We tried a quick fix with a strap and of course it wouldn’t work, and when he tried it again we heard the other bolt give way.  So there you have it, the starter is hanging off the motor.  Now we are at least a mile from the intercoastal via super shallow water.  But all was not lost, Chris has SeaTow.

Folks, it has been quite a while since I have been broke down and I had let mine lapse, but that will not happen again.  The tide was way out and we were in a place where there is no way in unless you had an airboat.  And if we had to wait until someone saw us we would still be sitting there.  But Chris called them and they sent an airboat to get us.

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Getting hooked up.  When I say shallow water we are talking shallow.

As Chris had the full package they actually sent the airboat and they towed us back to our home port, in this case the ramp at Orroyo City.   So off we went at a blazing 5 miles an hour.  As we cut across a shallow flat our boat hung on a sand pile and the rope broke so we hooked back up and kept on going.

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Re-tying and off we went.

Our trip back ended up taking over 2 hours, it is hard to get a head of steam with a smaller airboat towing a bigger one.  But we spent the time watching the bottom for cuts and holes, and we added a couple of more places to the list of where to fish next time.  We saw a couple of deer, a coyote, and one Nilgi cow that I couldn’t see.  It was interesting as we entered into the Orroyo Colorado we ran the mangrove shoreline along the wildlife area and watched shrimp by the thousands bailing out of the mangroves as we went by.

The guy pulling us in told us later that the river has lots of trout in it right now with all the shrimp there.  He said any cuts along the river leading into the refuge have trout stationed in front of them munching on the shrimp.  A good tip if you are down that way in the near future.

We finally got it on the trailer and the fishing was over.  We immediately headed to the car wash to rinse the boat.  The spray from the towing boat blew on our boat for 2 hours so we cleaned it up right away.  Talk about over spray, the fan from  the tow boat put an inch of water in the other boat before we got back.

I want to take a moment to talk about the towing insurance.  Whether it is Boat US or SeaTow, it can be worth every penny.  And get the whole shebang including the trailer rider.  Chris has used his 3 times in the last few months.  First when his trailer axle broke, then when the tide went out under his boat while wading and he was grounded, and then this time when the started broke.  3 different times, for 3 completely different reasons, any of which could happen anytime. And for his under $200 a year he got what could have easily been around $3000 ended up costing nothing.  So I am going to renew tomorrow and keep it up.  It has been 10 years since I really needed help, so the odds are not with me.  This could have been a real hassle, instead it was just an inconvenience.

Though our trip ended up being a day and a half of fishing, it was a really good time.  New water, different techniques, and the fun of running water shallow enough that it wouldn’t even cover your ankles.  Though we did not “kill” them, we caught enough to not get skunked, and we learned a lot.  We were able to really look stuff over, and next trip I would be comfortable with taking the flats boat down there.  Now I did not say over confident, just that we have enough knowledge to keep out of trouble.  But I would never fish that area, or any other, without the towing insurance.  You just never know..

I am not sure what is next, but this trip did not leave me fished out by any means.  It looks like the weather is about to change with more rain in the forecast and fall is just about here.  And with full scale hunting about to hit there will be lots of folks off the water, with some days on the water feeling like I have it all to myself.  So I will finish putting stuff away, check the boats, and then some more fishing.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

(Joe – sorry I did not answer your question, I accidentally deleted it so send me a new comment with your question.  Sorry.)

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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How to Blog.

Fish Catching Travel

The question I get most often here at fishcatchingtravel.com is how hard is it to do a blog?  Folks it is both hard and easy.  When I began thinking about a blog my only computer experience was in email and research.  Other than that limited computer use I did not have a clue.  So how to start?  Google it.  But that is not the first step.  Step number one, and the most important, what to blog about?

Why should people care?

To sustain a blog you have to write about something that you are passionate about.  Not only is it what you know the most about, but it will keep you writing when you are tired or discouraged.  Once you decide on your subject there is a big question: Why should people care?

The great thing about fishing is it is the most popular sport in America, which gives me  a committed audience.  Of those practitioners many are passionate and ridiculously dedicated to their hobby, a fertile ground for getting folks to give my blog a visit.  So when you decide what you want to blog about, make sure that there are lots of folks out there who share your interest.   A website detailing the life and times of the Siberian Three Eyed Toad may be a good read, but who cares?  A site about a specific breed of dog, or the joy of cooking, has millions of folks who care about those subject, so choose well.  And so important to your subject is a significant presence of websites on the net where folks with similar interests gather.  Later we will see the true importance of that.

Practical 

So now that you have a subject, and a potential audience, what do you do next?  For me it was using a commercial hosting company.  I decided on HostGator and boy am I glad I did.  For a small fee every year they renew my domain name.  Then I pay a fee every three years to cover the hosting of the site.  It basically runs about $220 for all of it every three years.  What they provide is the actual hosting, and the biggie, a complete minute by minute tracking of who comes, from where, what time, and on and on.  These numbers let you know how your blog is doing.  It is imperative that you know these numbers, especially if you are hoping to sell advertising at some point.

Now this may sound funny, but I am still amazed that my blog came out like it did.  HostGator provides Word Press, which is the program that you use to write and build your blog.  I had no experience and was able to work my way through setting it up.  It wasn’t always easy, but message boards through HostGator can get you help from others, many of them serious webmasters, and folk on their staff.  The few times I have used the board I was able to solve the problem fairly quickly.  So do not let the setting up of the blog deter you, there are other issues that are so much more important.

Writing

So now you have your website set up it is time for the hard part, writing.  I can not stress this enough, you have to write, and I mean often.  If you are not committed enough about your subject to write something at least 2 times a week, on a slow week, your blog will fall flat on its face.  You can not build readership and continue to get folks to come back without new content.  There are so many blogs and websites that have stale content from last year, or 2 years ago, and when most of us land there we might read it, then we leave, never to return.   If you do not write they will stop coming, end of story.

As part of you writing you must post photos.  Now if your subject is politics or some specific scientific site, as a couple of examples, photos are probably not necessary.  But if you write about fish, dogs, kids, or a host of other subjects, you must have photos.  One great thing about the Word Press platform is everything you need to post photos is part of the program.  If you can save a photo from the camera to your computer you are in business.  So carry a camera, folks love photos and you do not have to be a pro for them to like it.  You just have to take the time to put yourself in a place to take pictures of your subject to post on your site.  And it does not take a high dollar camera, a good point and shoot will do the job.  You just have to take the time to do it.

If you have chosen your subject well, there will always be something to say.  With that comes research and planning.  You have to keep up with your subject no matter where it takes you, but as long as you do you can always say something that folks with your interest or passion will listen to.  So unless you are an expert keep your subject broad enough that there is plenty of subject matter to keep writing.  And part of that research is doing a web search and find where folks with interest in your subject hang out, that is where the money is, as they say.

Making Folks Come

Search out the message boards, the online chats, and anywhere else people gather online who have your interest.  And then participate.  Take part in intelligent discussion online with others.  Be a constant presence on these sites and participate so folks know who you are.  Then begin to network.  In my case I would post my fishing trip results, take part in discussions, and post pictures.  Basically I participated in about 10 sites, which takes time, but pays big dividends.  By posting reports and information I was able to add my link and they started coming a few at a time.  It was around 80 visits the first month to my site, now we will top 120,000 visits a year 3 short years later.  And all of it was by participation online.

As you become better known online you will naturally meet other folks with websites like yours which leads to all kinds of ways to help you both.  One site I post photos on then allows me to put my link, which of course leads to other users.  Of course I return the favor as much as possible by referring folks to his site.  These kinds of online relationships lead to more readers and opens up further opportunity to expand.  If your content does not fit with other types of websites do not link with them.  Stick to the subject, that is why your readers are coming.  Online exposure is the key to growth and one of the quickest ways to grow your readership.

There are other ways to get readers, and maybe they work, but I have never used them.  They charge for their services, and some do not even bring “real” readers, something that will cause Google to downgrade your ranking.  They way to get it done is to write and network.  My readers are loyal, living, breathing people.  If you write with passion, and do your networking, they will come.

Keeping Up

So you build your site, write your first article, then what?  You have to keep up.  I do not allow commenting on my site until I have reviewed each and every comment folks leave on my site.  Once you start you will be amazed at the comments you get.  Some are great, some crazy, and last but not least, tons of spam.

First you must answer each and every comment you get that is relevant.  Make folks part of the site, it keeps them coming and promotes discussion.  Sometimes I post the comment, sometimes I broach the subject and let others comment depending on what it is.  You also occasionally have to answer folks personally.  It can, and does take lots of time, but it is a mandatory.  Folks want to know you are out there and give a hoot about what they think.  It builds good will.

Spam is another issue that comes with the territory.  There may be a plug-in out there that catches spam, but I doubt they work.  I deal with it comment by comment, deleting all spam as soon as it comes in.  Never, ever, answer anything out of content, and never click on anything.  They are leaches who pray on the internet, so ignore them.  They will never go away but 10 minutes a day and they are deleted to spam hell.

Review your numbers often.  They let you know the important stuff, like when people come, how long they stay, what they read, search terms that got them there, and on and on.  All of that information helps you to focus on what folks want, the key to keeping your blog growing.  It also lets you know the best days to blog.  Many of my readers come on Friday and Monday, and that is due to the subject matter.  your subject may have specific times and days readers come, so make sure that you try to post as close as those times as possible.

Odds and Ends

I have not solicited advertising on my site.  There are a myriad of ways to make money off your site, but for me it is more specific than many of the programs that will generate revenue.  In my case it was building readership before even considering soliciting ads.  There will never be any ads on my site that are not specific companies that deal in one thing, fishing.  And I will take it a little further, only companies that have products that I use and believe in would ever appear on my site.  That is a decision I made, and consequently there are no distracting off-topic ads on my site.  We are about fishing.  So be advised that it will take a while, so be prepared to work hard.

SEO – Search Engine Optimization.  Let me tell you what I know about that, basically nothing.  I am continually spammed by companies wanting to sell me systems to promote SEO through use of key words, specific terms, and other techniques that draw more readership.  Remember I am not computer savvy, so I stick to the plan, write and write often.  If you are serious about your blog there is a world of information out there about the technical aspects of blogging.  It will take time to learn, but if you are wanting to reach serious commercial viability you will have to become proficient at the technical side.

How public do you want to be?  As I said before building your blog you must have a net presence, so you have to decide how far you are willing to go with your web identity.  I write under the pseudonym of redfishlaw.  That is my screen and blog name.  I keep my personal life separate from my net life.  As I have built relationships with my readers of course we exchange emails and have personal contact.  As an example, if you are writing about technical issues as an example you would clearly want to write under your own name to give validity to your writing.  So you decide how public you want to be, it is really site specific.

Conclusion

If you are passionate and committed you can do it.  The technical stuff gets easier, but the work grows as you site grows.  It takes time to keep you site up.  It does not matter if you are tired, out of town, sick, or any of the other excuses we all come up with, you have to keep writing.  It has to become a part of your life, in fact if I had to compare it to something it would be an exercise program.  You have to take the first step, and then keep on stepping.  It must become part of your life, and though you can take a day or two off now and then, it is a commitment.  And when it works, when folks thank you for your writing, when the first 10,000 folks come, then a 100,000, every minute becomes worth it.  So if you have something to say, say it.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Lots of Stuff 10/11/14.

Fish Catching Travel

The plan was to hit the Gulf for a few hours today, but the Hogs have Alabama at 5 so it would have been a short trip.  So first thing this morning I went for a walk with the lovely Nancy and there were some big cloud heads in the distance and you could feel the moisture in the air.  By time we had some breakfast there was thunder off in the distance and a short while later a couple of great showers.  So I called off the fishing for the day, we will be on the lower Laguna Madre for a few days starting Tuesday so I guess I can make it a couple of more days.  And with us still 10 inches down we need every drop.

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If you read the Shoedog’s last adventure at the ramp on Fayette County you will love this comment I got from Rusty who is a regular there.

“You had me laughing!!   Tell Shoedog the exact same thing happened to me about three weeks ago on the SAME ramp!!     We were the only boat there at daylight and had to wait about 20 minutes til another boat showed up.  The guy that pulled us out,  unhooked his boat and trailer, so he could tow us.  Funny now, but it wasn’t at the time.
I have now added a good tow rope ( I only had a lariat rope) to my stuff in the truck.  Fishing has been very tough on Fayette last couple weeks. Tight lines and tow ropes!”

Actually this comment from Rusty made the Shoedog feel a lot better.  You just never know.  And congrats to the guys who pulled you out, what goes around comes around and they banked some good karma as the Shoedog says.  So if you fish Fayette be warned.  The other ramp is a lot better.  So thanks for the warning Rusty, it may save a couple of other folks from the same fate.

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Speaking of the Shoedog, he went the next day after the Fayette fiasco, so here it is.

What a Difference a Day Makes!

“If you read my escapades from yesterday at Fayette Co. lake, you know nothing went my way for sure. Almost had the truck slide in the lake and only caught 2 fish all day…..not good. So today I thought I would stay close to home as rain chances were increasing  and I fished the lake here at our house.  It is about 40 acres and has come back nicely from the drought of a couple years back when we lost around lf the lake for over a year.  

I didn’t get out until about 8:45- a little lazy. Not too bad a wind and a nice cloud cover. I started on the smaller of two creek arms and as soon as I got of the main lake and back into the mouth of the creek started getting bit. I caught a couple nice ones and a couple small ones and then went back in the creek arm. It was calmer back there and I got no bites at all so I went back out on the main lake.

As soon as I got back out there and fished the shallow areas with weeds I started to catch more. Almost all the bites came in 1 to 2 feet of water. I fished out to the main point between the 2 creek arms and went around a couple old timers crappie fishing-  looked like me and redfishlaw in a couple years! 

After I got past the point and was throwing back into the shallows I got the big bite. All the fish came today on white Strike King Bleeding Bait 3/8 and 1/4 ounce spinner baits and this big girl inhaled one of them.

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That is a good one on a spinnerbait anywhere.

I still love the way a bass can smack a spinner bait- nothing better! I kept catching a few nice ones and then noticed a lot of action starting further back in the shallow area back toward the larger creek arm. There is a big flat there that has a lot of good weed cover and the bass were chasing bait everywhere.

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I am also a fan of the Strike King Bleeding spinnerbait.  Sturdy and it catches fish.

It is always cool to see this and even though they were all small fish it was neat. They were coming out of the water and herding the bait up into the weeds and going at it.  I caught about 20 little bass from this years spawn- a great thing to see for the coming years and when I got tired of that I so I started back down the opposite bank back towards the damn. About half way down- again in a bout 2 feet of water I had another good bite for my second good fish of the day.  

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Nothing like a fishin’ hole full of bass and crappie in your backyard!

Over all I caught well over 30 fish before 12:15 and it slowed down as the clouds cleared and it got hotter out. I had some banking to do and needed to spend some time getting some boat maintenance done and prep work for our trip to Laguna Madre next week so I knocked off and headed in.  Over all a good morning fishing and a darn sight better than yesterday- but that’s why we keep fishing- for mornings like this!” 

Good job Shoedog and thanks for filling in while I was out of commission.  It seems like when the fish are doing that busting thing out of the blue it is usually a shad spawn.  Sounds like they were on the chew, hopefully when we get to the lower Laguna this week your good luck will come with us.  Thanks for the report.  And the rest of you out there we would love to share your stories or pictures.  Just drop me a comment in the comment section and I will get back to you be email.

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I was wondering how the lovely Faye and her husband Steve (who knows, maybe Steve is lovely too) did on their short trip to POC early this week.  As I wrote the other day the reports from the Gulf have been all over the place.  Super high tides have spread them out, and some folks are struggling.

“Good morning, HIGH TIDES!!! 

We fished Monday and Tuesday.  The winds were low and the tides were some of the highest we’ve seen.  Both days we caught a lot of undersized everything; reds, spanish, sheephead, sand trout, 0 – specs ( hmm – I think the really small ones were stealing my bait).  We even caught one in Big Bayou that we didn’t know what it was.  We called it the diamond back rattlesnake – pike looking thing with lots of teeth, about 10″ long and cigar shaped.  LOL   (Note:  We call them Lizard fish, probably I should look them up.)

We hit a ton of areas and threw the tackle box at them.  We drew a big 0 at the jetties.  That’s a first for us.  We hit: the old coast guard station, Mitchell’s Cut, Saluria Bayou, the reef at the entrance of Big Bayou @ the bay, Big Bayou, ICW.  The most action was in Big Bayou.  We trolled and threw lures all the way in on the left side.  We did catch a keeper red (threw him back) while anchored on the point at the last marsh island on the left.  Steve pitched a 5″ Gulp weedless shad up to the shallow flat and the red hit it immediately.  He also caught several rat reds on the Redfish Magic.  The best color was a white/neon green or light chartruese. 

We had a really great time and we caught fish.  Sometimes it’s just nice to stop and enjoy getting to cruise in our boat and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells!!!  AHHHH 

So Steve did good getting my yearly birthday fishing trip in to our work schedule.  Let’s hope we get back down towards the end of October – 1st of November. 

Tell Shoedog he’s one lucky son of gun!!! 

Thanks for your time and hope you have great fishing coming up.

 Faye & Steve”

Happy 30th Faye.  Now talk about a great relationship, the husband gets off the birthday hook with a fishing trip, that is awesome!  I could get away with that too, as long as there was some jewelry attached!  Your report sounds just like what the Shoedog and I encountered a couple of weeks ago.  We caught the snot out of them, just lots of small ones.  Thanks for taking the time to let us know how you did.  That is not the only report I have that is similar.  As I remind myself often, it is not all about the catching, we all need to take the time to enjoy our fishing for what it is.  You never know when the nest trip could be your last.

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Chis made it to the Gulf this weekend.  He reported he also got stuck, though I am not sure whether it was the boat or the Raptor.  Either way getting stuck is the pits.  He fished the south shoreline, around Greens, and Cedars.  He caught quite few on topwater but only one kept.  Lately it seems like you can catch trout on topwater, but the better ones are hard to find.  So the fish are biting, and as we are going to be getting some colder weather with the next few fronts it should really start to improve.

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That is about it for today.  I got my stuff ready for Orroyo City, and I am going to try something a little new for me.  We will be in really shallow water so I think I will give topwater a go on spinning gear.  Being able to toss it a long way in clear shallow water can only help, and a little fluorocarbon line should help.  We’ll just have to see how that works out.  I will be posting off topic tomorrow.  The most common question I get is not what about this place or that bait, but how do you do a blog?  Hopefully that will answer that question.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my blog.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Fayette County 10/9/14.

Fish Catching Travel

(Please forgive the couple of formatting errors.  I am just to tired to correct them.)

While I am unable to fish right now, I will get that fixed this weekend, the Shoedog got a chance to fish Fayette County today.  We really like that lake, and very rarely do we have a poor day.  So I was really looking forward to his report when I got home late.

“I planned on an early start at Fayette County lake Thursday as the wind was supposed to be light and cloudy most of the day- sounds good- right?   Well- the weather- for the first time in a long time- did what it was supposed to- a great day for fishing!    But- Karma had other plans.

It started out at the ramp at Park Prairie. I was the only boat! Amazing.  And I was a little late- it was past sun up- barely. It is a sorta steep ramp and it is VERY SLICK at the bottom. We have never had a problem getting out- but it can be tricky. So I backed the boat in and the boat didn’t want to run real smooth- it had been a few weeks- and the water wasn’t coming out of the pee hole. So- I got a toothpick and luckily that was all it  needed and after after the boat ran a sec that was good too! So- I left it running and went to pull the truck and trailer out- I had  left them on the ramp as no one else was around. I started the truck, released the park brake and started to pull out. 

A soon as I did- the tires slipped badly and then everything started sliding back into the lake- oh #%&*! I slammed on the brakes  and reset the parking brake and a took a deep breath…..Then I tried again and it was worse- sliding back even when I  reset the parking brake. I had to keep my foot on the brake- any thing less and I was going to slide all the way into the lake. 
 So- here I am- no one anywhere around- the boat running at the dock and me sitting there with both feet on the brake pedal  just waiting for my truck to slide into the freakin’ lake! What do do? Call my wife In College Station? Call redfishlaw in Victoria?  Neither is practical. I have a “sorta smart” phone and was figuring out who or what to do as I sat there.
 It seemed like a long time- but was probably only 10 minutes or so and one of the park caretakers pulled into the ramp area and  I waved like a wild man. Luckily he saw me and came down. Neither of us had a chain, but he called one of the other fellows that works at the facility and he brought a chain. We pulled the truck out part way- with no incident- then loaded the boat  and pulled it out the rest of the way. Wow was I lucky! 
You can’t thank folks enough when they come to your rescue on the water on on the road- these gents were truck savers!  I can’t imagine how bad it could have been- I wish I had some pictures of it to remind me to not use that ramp again!  I went down the road the Oak Thicket Park and it is a much better ramp. I had used it before and will ONLY use it  from here on out!  So, anyway, this is supposed to be a fishing report, isn’t it? Well- it didn’t get any better once I was on the water either.   I didn’t catch a fish until 10:00 and not my second until 10:40- and that was it for the day! We can usually catch anywhere  from 17 to 70 fish there any given day, but not this day.
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Fish Number One.
Both came on my go to gold Rapala Husky Jerk but I threw the  whole tackle box at them- something I don’t usually do. I stick with a core selection of baits- tried and true- that work  99% of the time. Today was a 1% day!   Oh well- better than going to work- right! 
I noticed that all the grass seemed to stop at 5 1/2 feet of depth- we usually catch a lot of fish in 6-10 feet there over hydrilla and other grasses but today the grass was not there- weird. Only one place on a point down close to the damn  did I see deep grass on the locator. I guess it was not a good day to be a shallow water fisherman!
One of them was a nice fish and the 2nd was a good Fayette Fattie as we call them.
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A nice one.  Probably thought things were really looking up.
Now I can’t decide where to fish tomorrow- any suggestions? Remember to stop and help someone when they need it- cause- as I learned again today-   you never know when it is going to be your turn! Tight lines everybody!”
Thanks for the report, nothing like one of those nice fall days when the bass fishing is tough.  Good thing you got some help, that sounds like it sucked.  Luckily we have slipped the tires on that ramp a couple of times, but never got stuck.  But thanks to the guys who helped you out.  So your Karma may have sucked, but they have a good thing coming to them.  We should help everyone out on the water that needs it, you never know when it is your turn, today was your turn.  Thanks again for the report Shoedog.
I can not wait to get back on the water, a week is way to long.  But with Port Mansfield coming up there are 3 full days there and that should cure my ills.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff. 
Good Luck and Tight Lines.
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Random Stuff 10/8/14.

Fish Catching Travel

As those of you who read my stuff know I have been helping out a friend in need this week.  I am not sure when it will be done, but I did want to share a comment I got from Jeramie.  His comment, and picture, is the reason I fish Coleto so much.  It can happen any time, any cast, and when it does it is a thing of beauty.

“I enjoy your site, I fished coleto for the second time yesterday and did quite well including a fish that was 7.5-8 pounds . I’ll keep checking your post to keep updated on the lake. Keep up the good wrk. If there is any way to send u a pic of fish I’d sure like to.
Thanks”

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That is one awesome bass. 

Thanks for following through and sending me the picture.  I so appreciate all of you who comment and send me stuff.  Keep up the good work yourself Jeramie, that is a good fish anywhere.

I have been hearing varying reports on the Gulf.  Some folks are doing pretty well, others are struggling.  According to a couple of guys I spoke with the tides are still high and there are lots of areas that are really flooded.  When we have so much water it can really make it tough.  And to go along with that it seems when we have those high tides neither the rise or fall are that strong.  That is when I throw that Redfish Magic and cover lots of water.   But come to think of it I really don’t need an excuse to throw a spinnerbait.

Hopefully I will have a Gulf report from a friend who wanted to know if I was busy tomorrow.  So if you hit the Gulf tomorrow Chris we want all the sordid details.  And Faye, how did your quick POC trip go?  So come one folks, help me out here.  I can’t make the water for several days yet and it is killing me so I need to here if any of you are catching anything.

Sorry for the short report but it is late and it will be another long day tomorrow.   Bear with me, I will be on some water Saturday somewhere.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

 

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Coleto Creek 10/5/14.

Fish Catching Travel

Sorry about the lack of  content this week, but it has not been the best of weeks for me.  Initially I was going to fish the Gulf Friday but a friend wanted to catch some redfish on Saturday, so it was off to Coleto on Friday.  And then my week continued as it has when my buddy cancelled on the Saturday redfishing trip.  So I spent the day Saturday watching college football.

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Friday morning was our first cool morning of the fall.  A front blew through about 3 or 4 am and there was still lightning off towards the coast when I headed out from the house at daylight.  Arriving at Coleto it was apparent the lake is trying its best to keep coming up slowly but surely.  The wind was out of the north at about 15 mph and a high dry sky from the high pressure had moved in.  One thing I will say about that is, finally!  It is not the most ideal bass fishing weather, but who cared, it was nice to fish without sweating a gallon an hour.  The water temp was in the mid 80′s all over the lake, it will probably stay that way until we get some really cool nights.

It only took about an hour to see that the fish were just not having it.  I had 6 or 7 blow up on a buzzbait, completely missing it.  I tried slowing it down, but that didn’t help.  So the logical choice was the Strike King Swim Jig and the watermelon red plastic.  To my utter amazement not even 1 bass took a pass at the Swim Jig, very unusual.  Next it was the plastic and with my superior skill I managed to miss the only bite I got on that.  At this point I was getting a little frustrated. I then tossed 2 different crankbaits, a Red Eye Shad rattle bait and the 2.5 Square Bill without a bite.  As the few bites that morning came on points, it was point hopping from there on.

Finally a couple ate the buzzbait, and as usual they were those nice healthy Coleto bass.

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One thing about the buzzbait it catches a nice average size.

Then for the next hour it was nothing.  So out came the spinnerbait and on the first windy point I caught a small one.  Things were looking up, or so I thought.  After starting up lake it was point after point all they way to the dam and up the other arm.  It truly was a lesson in how a high pressure cold front (even though it was not “cold”) can have a serious effect on bass.

No matter where I tried, or what I threw, they were just not having it.  But the weather was just awesome so I soldiered on.  Finally at 2:30 without a bite for over a couple of hours I threw in the towel.  I have not had that slow a day on Coleto in a coon’s age.  But there were a couple of other things that happened that signaled fall is on the way.

Oh the horror!  Overnight the coots returned.  I am sorry but I just hate those things.  They tear up grass off the bottom, eat the good part, whatever that is, and then the rest is left to float  and cause havoc when you are trying to fish some types of lures in that mess.  And of course they always gather up and do it on some of my favorite fall banks at the lower end.  They probably rode that front down south from wherever coots hang out, so they are here to stay.

Then I saw a Whooping Crane. and it was awesome.  They are huge birds and it was only the second time I have seen one.  He was just flying along up the lake and it would have been cool if he had landed as I had the long lens with me.  But I couldn’t get that lucky.

And one real sign of fall on Coleto is the return of the really big alligators.  Of course they haven’t “returned” from somewhere, they just feed at night.  One of the coves up lake has a couple of the biggest ones in the lake, and it is the only place I have seen really big gators hanging out together, and today was no different.  There were 2 on a little point at the mouth of the cove.  As I came around the point the one exploded in a huge boil and the other one stayed there with his nose sticking out before he sunk out of sight as I got real close.  I have always been intrigued by alligators.  No feelings, no mercy, they are killing machines.  What a cool creature.

So in spite of only catching 3 it was a wonderful day to be outdoors.  We are so close to breaking this summer pattern.  We just need some cool nights to get the lake going.  The reports I have read or heard from the Gulf had the jetties on fire with fish.  Good catches of reds and trout have come from back lakes, it is on.

Sorry but I do not have a clue what is in store this week.  I have a friend in need, and it may take a couple of days, or maybe the week, to get his problem resolved.  As he is my friend I will be with him this week doing what I can.  So there is no way I can make a fishing plan, but I will get out somewhere.  Nothing much else to report other than I am studying the map in preparation for Port Mansfield next week.  Hard not to get excited about that.  And Faye and Steve are down at POC for a couple of days of fishing so we will get a report in the next couple of days from them.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Random Thursday 10/2/14.

Fish Catching Travel

First I want to express my deepest thanks to each of you who dropped me a note following the loss of our best friend Gabby.  And as so many of you said, all dogs go to heaven, and she is surely there chasing cats and possums.  So thanks, it meant a lot to us.

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The only time I have hit the water this week was a short trip to Coleto on Tuesday.  It was easy to see my heart was just not in it.  I forgot my camera (so no pictures),  I fished poorly, and then I quit early.  Probably should have waited a day.

The plan was not to get in a hurry, we were supposed to get serious clouds with a possibility of rain later in the day, and I wanted to be there when the clouds moved in, hopefully a little drizzle with it.  That did not materialize.

To make a long story short I put 7 or 8 in the boat, 3 on buzzbait, 2 or 3 on swim jig, and a couple on the watermelon red senko type bait.  The only real particular thing I have been experiencing the last few trips is invariably when you get a bite, you get a couple of more.  One thing I have been remiss in trying is when that happens to seriously re-fish the area with a completely different bait, especially if the bites are on the buzzbait.  So from that it is easy to conclude they are still bunched up from the summer pattern.  But with some cool nights on the way the fishing should really improve.

The great thing is the lake is definitely on the rise.  Maybe we can get lucky and the rain projected today and tomorrow will come and keep the water rising.  Tuesday it did not show, and I finally called it a day at 4 when the temperature hit 90 degrees plus and the wind quit.  So with my head just not in the game I called it a day.  So I have taken the last couple of days off and will get back to it serious in the morning.  Hopefully it will be the Gulf, depending on when, or if, the rain gets out of here in the morning.  One thing I still want to fish some is the Flounder Pounder plastics specifically made for catching them, and now is the time.  S0 we will just have to wait and see.

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I did hear from my buddy Bobby who has been fishing Coleto and having some success.

“Doug you are right the black and blue swim jig is great right now on coleto!!! Caught about 8 on Friday.”

I don’t remember if I mentioned a color of the swim jig that I have been catching them on, but that is the reason I try to take the pictures with the bait in their mouth.  Lately I have been throwing the black and blue, but the bluegill colors should also be effective right now.  Thanks for the report Bobby, catching them on the Strike King Swim Jig can get addictive, that thing catches fish year round on Coleto.

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Speaking of catching fish I posted a picture that my friend Jeffish sent me  of a nice redfish taken from the Indianola Fishing Marina deck the other day .  Well here is a couple of more, and they are nice fish.  Any pass or jetty should hold them now as the fall migration begins, but there is no doubt they are in the pass at the marina.

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A real bruiser!

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And this one is no slouch!

So if you are a shore bound angler, or just want to have a real shot at catching a big one, now is the time.  And remember if you catch one over the 28″ mark be sure to attach the redfish tag the minute you keep one.  I have no clue how long they will stay in the pass, but it is a get it while the getting is good thing.  So if you do give it a try let me know.  These are some big fish and they are accessible to anyone from the dock.  And if you need some tackle or advice stop at the tackle store as you drive down Magnolia Beach.  They are good folks and will help you all they can to catch one of these bruisers.

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As far as my duck hunting luck, or lack of at times, I really think it is me.  In what little duck hunting experiences I have had we always shoot a few, but only once have I been fortunate enough to shoot my limit.  But my buddy Chris on the other hand had a great early season Teal.  He sent me this picture of their final mornings hunt, and it looks like it was a duck whacking good time.

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That is a wad of ducks.  Nice job.

So a great way to wrap up the early season.  Now he has to wait for the big duck season.  I am not sure who it will be harder on, Chris or Link.  This is Link’s first season and he got the hang of it right off the bat, thanks to the work Chris and his wife put in training him over the last year.  Thanks for the pictures Chris, several folks love to see those ducks.

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There are a couple of great trips on the horizon.  Chris, Shoedog, and I are headed down to Port Mansfield in about a week and a half and I am really looking forward to fishing there.  My main goal is to try to put a one of those big Lower Laguna trout in the boat.  And as we are taking the airboat we will have access to anywhere we think we can catch one.  And only a little over 6 weeks away is Costa Rica.  I will be fishing 2 days offshore and one day inshore.  With any luck I can knock of a Roosterfish, a Sailfish, and a Tuna off the old bucket list.  One of the things I love about planning trips is the excitement that builds as it gets closer to launch date.

Sorry for the late report, but I have my head back in the game.  And with the boss of Team Nancy beginning a 9 day stretch curing the sick in the ER (that girl is one hard worker) I will be heading to the water on a regular basis until we take off for Port Mansfield.  If the weather cooperates I hope to squeeze in a day at Fayette County with the Shoedog.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Our Beloved Gabby 9/29/14.

 

Today we are so sad.  Our sweet girl died in her sleep last night.  A month shy of her 14th birthday, she was our best friend.  Not a mean bone in her body, she loved everyone, especially children, and was the best friend you could ever want.

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A Razorback fan from a puppy.

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Nancy and her best friend.  In the prime of her life.

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  South Padre Island.  She was a good traveler and went with us many places.

So while we are sad, she had a good life, and we are so lucky she was in ours.   Gabby and Nancy went for a walk almost every morning for 14 years, they were the best of friends.  She loved us unconditionally and we will miss her.

RIP Sweet Gabby.

 

 

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POC 9/27/14.

 Fish Catching Travel

What a difference a day makes.   There were 2 reasons it was different.  First, instead of the light show at daylight the day before that never made it, today it moved into the POC area and lingered off and on all day.  Add that to high winds for about 3 hours it made for a tough morning.  We will get to the second reason here in a minute.

We got to Froggie’s at daylight and headed down the inter-coastal to fish Army Cut first.  With these massively high tides, buoyed by the east wind blowing tons of water in the bay, Army Cut was a good choice.  When the water is way up the fish tend to flood the shallow flat on the west bank near the opening into the Lagoon.  And when it is like that it is topwater time.  Over the years we have caught a lot of nice fish there under those conditions and our hopes were high when we started.

I did forget to take into account that it was Friday and there would be lots of traffic, which affects the fish and makes topwater a little tougher.  We put a couple of trout in the boat as soon as we got there, and then the boat parade began as folks headed out into the bay and into the Lagoon.  Not even a half hour after we started here it came, a big storm with lightning.  It was just to the south of us but most of the folks who went out in the bay turned around and everyone headed through the cut for the house.  Of course 2 hours later here they all came back out again.  Not fishing weekends down there you forget how busy it can be.

We stuck it out as the wind howled and the rain came down.  The tough part of the storm with the lightning went west of us, it was just a matter of fishing in the rain.  We continued to get lots of bites, but it was tough fishing as the water was running like a freight train against the wind .  It was probably 11 before it settled down and we finally left the Cut.  While we were there we caught 15 – 20 on topwater, but none measured.  We had a couple of hits from what looked like keeper trout, but they just didn’t hook up.  I did put a 20″ red in the boat but since we sacked them the day before it was his lucky day.

Next is was off to Big Bayou and some  continued topwater fishing.  We had a few hits but it was slower.  Of course the wind wasn’t helping matters.  I finally went to plastics and caught a couple more small trout and then the Shoedog put another 20″ red in the boat on topwater.  That was also the red’s lucky day as we tossed him back.  We were still looking for some trout, but just never got in to them there.  The wind was playing some havoc along with the tide.  It was one of those days with funny tides.  In Army cut it was ripping in to the barge canal one minute, then it switched directions like turning on a light and it turned around and ripped out.  We found competing wind and tide all day.

We then headed to the Oil Cut as it is somewhat protected from and east wind.  The fish were definitely there, and lots of them.  The only problem was I broke off a really nice trout, and the Shoedog lost a good one and missed a big red.  Other than that, it was a catch and toss experience.  There were tons of sand trout, small trout, and small reds in there.  We caught most of them on plastics.  They were positioned on the west bank right along the drop.  Just letting the plastics fall on the 3 foot drop got you a strike.  We were in there about 2 hours and caught fish the whole time.

So what was the second reason day 2 was different from the first?  Day 1 almost every fish we caught was a keeper.  And we had a nice sack in a few hours.  Day 2 we ended up catching at least 40, and other than the couple of border line reds, none were keepers.  Shoedog said it was his record for the most small fish caught without any keeper trout.  At least we caught fish all day.  And that is also the reason for no pictures.  We just knew a couple of good fish were coming, like all fisherman, hopes spring eternal.  Next cast, next place, next day, we are sure there is a big string coming.

So I am beat today, we gave it the old college try and had some interesting trips.  Caught a few bass, some nice reds, lots of small trout and even a couple of Teal thrown in for good measure.  It was good to be back with the Shoedog for a couple of days.  He did provide a moment of comic relief when he yelled turn the boat around.  He had money flying out of his shirt pocket and when we turned the boat we ended up finding most of it, around 8 bills.  I didn’t give him to much grief about that, not.  Out next big expedition is to Port Mansfield in a couple of weeks.  Chris is bringing the airboat and it will be nice to explore some really new water for me.

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While we were fishing yesterday I got the following picture from Chris of a nice bunch of ducks he killed the day after we hunted with him.  I really am beginning to think my marginal duck hunting luck might be me.

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His lovely wife and Link.

He said we should have hunted with his guide.  She sure is better looking than our guide the other day that’s for sure.  So the Teal hunting remains good on the coast for you duck hunters.  Hope this is a harbinger of things to come with big duck season.  Thanks for the picture Chris.

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Evan drops me the occasional note so I thought I would share this with you.  And I know he enjoys the duck pictures.

“I frequently buy the Texas Outdoors Journal.  I’ll make sure to check out that article.  As much as I love the TPWD – it is still a govt agency run by….  Govt people….  Which means $$$.  That’s about all I have to say about that. I do like the idea of growing bigger bass, but in a natural environment.  Not thru non-natural subsidies.  (Kind of like the hydrilla/carp debate here on Lake Austin.  Which is not a debate to me.  Kill the carp.)  I like big deer too, but not from a breeding ranch with non-native (northern) deer genes.  At some point we have to step back and ask if this is really what’s best for the land.  Is what we’re doing now going to be good for our grandchildren’s grandchildren?”

He makes some really good points that I would like to add to on a personal note.  To me shooting a genetically engineered 200+ deer on a high fence property, or catching a 12lb. bass in a private pay lake, just does not cut it.  There is a huge difference between shooting that deer or catching that bass in public waters, you know, the kind of once in a lifetime bruiser that has made it through thick and thin.  That is an accomplishment.

And as far as the future for our kids and grandkids, access to the outdoors is shrinking.  Private property is almost impossible to access unless you know someone, are related, or are willing to pay.  I used to get on my bike and ride to fish ponds where I grew up in Iowa.  We hunted rabbits and quail, caught bass and catfish, all on private property.  Most places if you stopped and asked, promised to close gates, and not hurt fences or litter, you were in.  Those days are gone, and with it the chance for many kids to hunt and fish.  That is why it is so important for those of us who love the outdoors to take a kid hunting or fishing any chance we get, it is the future of the sport.

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The Indianola Fishing Marina sits on the channel that feeds the Powderhorn.  It has a nice fishing deck and fall is a good time to fish there.  The Powderhorn has lots of flounder, reds, and black drum.  All of them use that channel at some time in the fall.  In fact, it is one of the better places to catch a really  big black drum in the fall.  So I was not surprised when I got this from my buddy Jeffish.

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That is a serious chunk of a redfish.

Pablo Silveira caught this 38″ today off the deck.  It was an epic struggle from one end of the deck to the other, and  everyone had to bring in their lines so he could get this fish landed.  Nice one Pablo.  And while Jeffish was down there he saw 3 more like this caught.  If you want to do a little shore fishing Indianola Fishing Marina is the place to be right now, there are definitely some big reds in the cut.

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Joe sends the occasional comment and I know there is someone out there who could solve what for me has been a riddle.

“Have you ever fished Lake Texana? Noticed on the map its right next to you. How is the fishing? If coleto creek gets boring !!!! Noticed they closed the state park there also. Did anyone take it over?  

Texana is plenty close, and I have fished it twice, once for 2 hours, once for 4.  I caught exactly one catfish, it was a big one, on a swim jig, and that is the size of it.  The floating hyacinth is terrible and I guess that is what caused me the most trouble.  I know it has had extensive stocking of Florida strain largemouth, and has good crappie fishing.  Over the years it has been many strange lakes and bays, and I can usually get a handle on the fishing, But Texana has me stumped.

So Joe and I would love to hear from any of you who fish Texana.  If you fish it please drop me a line.  I would love to have someone give me a heads up so I could catch a few.  If that happened it would sure get some real attention from me.  Thanks for your comments Joe and I appreciate a loyal reader.

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But all that nonsense aside, today is the day.  It is HOGS vs. AGGIES!  It brings back great memories of fall and watching the Razorbacks, singing the fight song, and then heading to Dickson Street for some adult beverages and some serious Hog calling.  Florida, Bam, Georgia, Auburn, we were lucky enough to see them all.

Some games are important, and this one is really big for both teams. Arkansas is 8th in the nation in the run, is that for real?  Is Hill really as good as he looks? Have the Hogs really gotten better and can A&M stop the run?  Can our defense, somewhat suspect, or A&M’s, totally suspect, step up and make the plays today that will propel them into real contention in the West.

Being an Arkansas grad and living about a mile from the stadium I saw them all.  It can be hard for fans outside the SEC to really understand what it takes to win the conference, much less the Western Division.  Think about how hard it is to have to beat LSU and Bama every year.  Heck one of them doesn’t get it done every year.  That is a daunting task.  If you look back some years you will see that if you win the west you are probably in the National Championship title game.

My prediction, which the Shoedog, a College Station resident, also made, is that if the game is close the Razorbacks will win, if it gets a little out of hand the Aggies will seriously spank the Hogs.  I just want one of those yelling, clapping, and acting like an idiot games.  Last second, punt returns for touchdowns, long runs, interceptions, I want it all.  Good luck to all and may the best team win  GO HOGS!

Keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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