Port O’Connor Texas 12/11/17.

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After the rough weather cleared Friday afternoon it has gotten nicer and nicer each day.  So I left it to the weekend folks, but that will be remedied tomorrow.  Billy will be joining me, and other than the tide being somewhat crappy at least it will be falling all day.  And it looks like the weather/wind will cooperate so no place should be out of play.  Looking at one fishing forecast site they give tomorrow a no fish day, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Weather

71/49  Sunshine.  Wind WSW 5 – 10 mph.  0% chance of rain.

Tides

High 1:26 am  0.6  Low  5:16 pm  0.3

Solunar Times

Good  11:10 am to 1:10 pm  (No other relevant time.)

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Thought for the Day

“The more I fish the luckier I get.”

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It was flat tough.  Remember above, one site said it was a no fish day.  In fact for the amount of time we spent in the water it was my worst wading day this year.  So how did that happen?  Let me count the ways.  First Billy suggested the river, which I passed on wanting to get back in the water.  I am a little bored with the river,  but it looks like that was the best choice. but I digress.

We met at Froggie’s at 7:00 and headed to South Pass.  The the water temperature when we fished there a week ago Saturday was 72.  Today, it was a freakin’ cold 51 degrees at the first p webank fished.  Now that in of it itself is not a complete deal breaker, but choose the wrong bank with that kind of temperature and water drop and it can easily go bad like it did today.  When we wacked them last week was on a high tide, so of course I wanted to fish it first today.  I thought there would be at least some water as it was 9 hours to low tide.  Wrong again.  At least the ride across to the South Pass area was a breeze.  A nice chop, smooth sailing.

The tide was out and heading down, and I mean one of those winter tides where the bottom falls out and it clears up like drinking water.  And once we got to that bank the tide had fallen a bunch and the good structure, the grass and shell, was only in a foot of water.  We ended up working a big stretch of shoreline, along with a couple of reefs, and other than the drum below, we stuck out.

On 8lb line a good tussle!

Billy had a big fish wake his topwater, and I managed the drum on plastics, and that was about the only indication there was any life there.  So great bank, wrong tide, you live and learn.  The only redeeming aspect of going down there is I was able to mark the good stuff so when the tide is right it can be fished efficiently.  South Pass itself was absolutely nuts with oyster boats.

Billy’s quick count was about 70 oyster boats on South Pass.

They were absolutely ripping the bottom to shreds.  Big ones, medium ones, and small ones, all dancing around on the reef.  It is by far the most I have ever seen there.  There are multiple new regulations, which I think includes some area closures, and I wonder if that has anything to do with the competition.  But no matter what it was something.  Unfortunately I am not sure it is a good something for the bay.

After enough of that bank we head down to one of my favorite drains.  When we got there it was so shallow that there was little hope of catching anything significant other than right in the drain so it was off to Barroom.  Of course the water was a little dingier with the wind on it as it usually is in Barroom, but at least it was 56 degrees.  And with good deep water close it seemed like a good alternative.  As soon as we jumped out I caught a couple of rats and a trout on plastic, and then nothing.  Billy managed a rat on plastic and a 18″ red on topwater.  It was slow, the fish were just not having that super low tide.  At this point it was around 2:00 and with both of us having cold feet we admitted defeat and called it a day after catching a total of 6.

So what to make of all that?  First should have moved a heck of a lot quicker off the first place.  Second, should have waded over the flat stuff and got right on the edge of the drain and fished just that, they were probably stacked in it.  Last, should have had better socks, or in my case, my neopreme waders.  Shoulda, woulda, coulda!   If the nights stay cold from now on the water will stay cool, and today just illustrates what can happen with those winter super low tides.  But it just requires some modification of tactics and I am looking forward to putting the hurt on them before the winter is over.  And it was good to fish with Billy again, and hope to do it a time or two before the crowds return and I leave the weekends to the working folks.

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Billy had a couple of days off and he and his brother (I think.) have spent a few evenings flounder gigging.  Of course the limit is 2 right now, but when you are sticking them over 7lbs you are getting some good eats.  His average over a couple of nights was 5lb plus.  It seems the regulations may actually be helping the flounder.  Billy thinks that is the case and he has been gigging them for decades.

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The trailer search continues.  We are off to Houston for a couple of days, and as part of that I will be stopping at several trailer places to see what is available.  So far it seems a good aluminum trailer is about the same price everywhere.  And since I need a new trolling motor that is on the schedule also.  Where I am at right now with this whole boat thing is interesting.  By time I get a trailer, trolling motor, do some other upkeep that needs doing including upholstery, we are looking at a pretty good chunk of change.  So a decision is coming soon, either bite the bullet on repairs and upkeep, or just buy a new freakin’ boat.  Of course I want a new boat, the bane of my fishing existence, but the Merc on the Mako purrs like a kitten and is a real winner that I have full confidence in.  Ahhhhh the joys of being a fisherman.

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There was a hitch in the git-along this morning.  Some fool managed to hit 3 mailboxes, including mine, with a mirror and knocked them off the posts, but no other real damage.  Since they built schools on both sides of our neighborhood it is a cut through race every morning.  And as a rule Momma is on the phone the whole time speeding through our neighborhood.  Guess what Momma, there are kids here too and you sure as hell do not want people driving that fast in front of your house.  So I vote either fool on phone, coffee mishap, or both.  No matter what they did not stop but did leave the mirror.  Stuff happens.  (Note:  After working tons of car wrecks, the Boss literally hundreds, in our past life, we are both all about no phone use period while driving.  It is all good until the ambulance comes!)

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I really enjoyed fishing with  Billy yesterday and hope we can get together a few more times this winter.  Also the lake is calling me, that should be something with the influx of cold rain.  Winter is here and the patterns both fresh and salt are changing, and it is time to change with it.  And I will be checking the weather constantly for the perfect couple of days for the Upper Laguna, but at some point perfect may not be possible and I will just go anyway.  Out the door to spend money like a drunken sailor, or maybe just be a drunken sailor washing down my boat misery with an adult beverage.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Thoughts for the Day.

I heard a great quote today:  “Being a professional fisherman is about staying broke just long enough to get rich.”  And basically you can say the same thing about guiding, except it is long enough to make a living, rich is probably not in a guide’s future.  And speaking of guides, like Carmine said when she was still open down at POC:  “There are so many guides in POC they have to wear badges so they do not guide each other!”  The fishing business is a tough game and it takes commitment and perseverance to make a living.

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84 degrees a few days ago, and now ……………

It was a beautiful morning.

A hurricane and snow in the same year.  It is true what they say about Texas weather.

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I just realized that folks assume I have an IPhone or some other super fancy phone.  I figured that out when I got back from POC last weekend and there several messages on my Facebook.  So sorry if you did not get answered, but I have a flip phone, for which I take a ton of guff from family and friends.  But you know what?  When it fell in a foot water at the ramp when I was putting in and did not know it, and then was found over an hour later, it still worked fine.  So until this thing finally gives up the ghost I will continue to live in the old guy world.  So know if you message me until I open facebook on my laptop I do not have a clue you sent me a message.

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I am watching Major League Fishing, which is my favorite fishing show.  A guide once commented that catching 2 redfish in saltwater tournaments means nothing and Major League Fishing confirms his point.  In most bass tourneys you need to catch 5, and that often requires fishing a specific way, and it is irrelevant how many fish you catch.  In MLF you find out who can catch bass.  Often it is decided by size, but numbers matter and it is interesting to see how they make decisions, when those decisions are usually different than they would make in a regular tournament.  Obviously liking this show is a comment on my competitive nature, which I am trying to tamp down some as I get older.

Bass fisherman are the best at life jackets with kill switch attached, but they do one thing that is not the safest  – They let go of the steering wheel while running.  Several guys have done it while talking to the camera and it makes me cringe.  I know the steering systems are so much better than they used to be, but letting go while running is asking for trouble.  It happens.

Today they are on Lake Eustice, a part of the Harris Chain in Florida.  As it looks like we will be ending there at some point I got a pretty good heads up on what I need to know.  Bass are bass no matter where they are.  And nothing like being right down the road from a great chain of lakes, and just a little over an hour from either coast.  Which is about what I deal with right now.  So not a bad trade when it happens.

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A random bass from 2014.  That is a real one.

This is basically is the ramblings of a guy who has stayed in the house to long.  Of course much of that had to do with the weekend, so as usual I left it to the weekend warriors.  Tomorrow it is back to the bay.  I will be meeting Billy around 7:30 at Froggie’s and from there who knows.  The wind looks awesome, so by getting the long ride out of the way first thing we can fish back to POC from down the island.  It will be interesting to see how much the water temperature dropped, and then figuring out how it will affect the fish.  Throwing the twitch bait will be first up, and may even give the bigger one a go tomorrow.  And with Billy being the topwater nut it shouldn’t take to long to get some kind of clue.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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This and That 12/5/17.

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Better Days to Come.

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I am already bored sitting in the house, had an appointment in the middle of the day yesterday so I did not fish and now this.  Winter has come to South Texas.  When I got up it was 47 degrees and the wind was blowing pretty good out of the North.  Now it is pouring, the wind is blowing, and it just might continue for 2 days.  No matter what this is the warmest it will be until about 11:00 Friday morning.  I love winter fishing but it is ugly enough I am not even thinking about sneaking out to the lake for a couple of hours.

The weather will keep me in the house a couple of days, but the folks that fished Monday and Tuesday had some success with some good trout posted online.  And clearly the flounder are biting all along the coast right now, and some of them look pretty big.  It is nice they are caught in the rivers and channels, many of which have bank fishing access, giving a lot more people a shot at the tastiest fish in the Gulf.  In my case flounder are a bycatch from trout fishing and it is great when it happens.  I can almost filet them properly.

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I got this comment from Terry who I fished with when his other plans fell through on his way to the coast.

Let me know when you want to come up this way. Texoma is still producing large numbers of fish daily. Fish over 20 inch are more than common . Actually 6 to 13 pound fish are becoming common again. Hope to see you soon !
Trophyhuntersguideservice

Those of you who read this stuff know I did my fair share of guiding for stripers during my misspent youth, and trust me, if you want to fill the boat give him a call.  Now is the time to sack them up, and if you have not seen the catfish he puts in the boat they are something.  And thanks for the offer Terry, believe me I have not forgotten and will definitely be heading that way. I might not have been the best replacement that day but I sure had a good time.  So thanks for keeping in contact and those are some nice freakin’ strings!  Check out his site if you want to see some big ass catfish, impressive.

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I really did enjoy fishing with David last week.  A confirmed bass fisherman like me, he is on that saltwater journey.  And his applying the Carolina Rig technique used in bass fishing for fishing shrimp was a hit.  According to David there may be a couple of flaws in my photography skills………….

Doug,That was a great writeup!  The picture of me is unflattering in 3 ways:  bait bucket shown, my fat ass and I see my Sahara reel under water!!!  What a loser!!   Great seeing everyone and blessed to be in such good company, like Randy!   DP

I know, friends don’t let friends fish shrimp!  I actually think you are quite svelte for a loser, especially sopping wet, but only in a manly sort of way.   And I never noticed the Sahara under water, nice job, so buy a Wade Right, who does not need more fishing stuff.  (Time for a quick ad.  This is the very reason the Wade Right is the best belt on the planet.  It is hard enough to keep from dunking your stuff, and the Wade Right reduces that considerably.  In terms of the lifetime of your high dollar reels it will pay for itself.)  And last, sorry to Alan,  guess I was making up another Austin Boy and I thought he looked like a Randy.  And Todd says the group needs a Randy anyway.  I just heard from Alan, he is ok with being Randy, so there.  In fact from others comments, any of your group could be a “Randy” depending on how bad someone screws up.  As far as good company, ain’t we all something.  I enjoyed getting to fish with you again and look forward to the next trip.  Port Mansfield here we come!

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I also wanted to respond to Vincents kind words.

Thanks For info… I feel a lot comfortable taking my boat into Powderhorn Bay with the information. Always wanted to fish it just having a boat now did not want to take into bays with out any information about. Thanks for the time you put into this and it is very appreciated. Thank you

Thanks for your kind words.  Ahhhhhh, the Powderhorn.  Just to make it clear that is where I hit a pipe running in the back end of it and gouged a couple of grand off the bottom of my boat.  Please be careful, idle in and take the time to idle around.  It has some deep water and just taking the time to idle and watching the locator can reduce the chance of mishaps.  And as far as I am concerned if you are heading to any shoreline on the Texas coast take your time and idle in, safer that way and you won’t miss potential structure nor blow out a wad of fish.  Last but not least, in fact number 1 on the list, go get a real map and study it, and combine that with Google Earth will really help solidify what you see on the map, and then on the water.  Nothing is better than map study for a first trip anywhere, trust me, I do it everytime.  So have a good time and let us know if you put any fish in the boat.

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I am currently trailer shopping for the Mako.  I can not decide how I feel about buying a new one from them.  It has the beginning of a couple of cracks on the cross members, a problem that must be dealt with.  Also the axle has some rust visible on the inside, so the time has come, new trailer.  Then I mull over doing a major overhall myself with the help of friends, and having messed with a few crappy trailers over the last 40 years I know what a hassle that is.  So the hunt is on, Mako, Coastline, and who knows who else.

But one thing, hard to complain when it has been towed tens of thousands of miles.  It has been on some serious long trips like the Everglades and Louisiana multiple times to name just a few.  And when you add multiple trips to Amistad, Falcon, and some other places I can’t remember at the moment, you are talking some serious miles.  Oh yea, who could forget at least a time or two a week, at a minimum, to local lakes and salt over 8 years.  No wonder it’s pretty rough.   So here we go.  Break Out Another Thousand. (If not 2!)

Note:  I called Bass Pro yesterday in Katy about a trailer and the salesman promised to call me back that afternoon, no response yesterday or today.  What has happened to this company?  

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On real motivator to get it done is the great trailer episode.  The Boss and I were doing 70mph on I10 in Florida pulling the skiff when the trailer frame, not a weld, not a joint, broke in half.  It immediately ripped off the tire and the fender, crap was flying everywhere.  For some reason, I guess we were living right, it broke between the shackles holding the springs. which held the frame together.  A nice deputy stopped and helped us change the tire and limp 3 miles to an exit.  Looking at the phone book in the phone booth, remember them, a guy walks up and said looks like you need some help.  He pointed out a welding shop only a mile down the road, and we were saved.  He immediately welded it up with plates (Only $60.) and we finished our trip to Florida, and then bought a new trailer.  You never know when towing long distances, which I have done regularly.  Never a dull moment.  (Like the time I hit a dead deer on the interstate in the middle of the night, and when I got to the motel parts of him were hanging off the trailer everywhere.  Great.)

It does bring up one thing I have been wanting to rag on for a while, Louisiana you should be ashamed of your roads.  Having just driven hundreds of miles in Florida where the roads are awesome it really highlighted how bad the roads are there.  I know, I know, tax bases etc, but there is no excuse for the condition of many of Louisiana’s roads.  I love fishing there, but the drive across south Louisiana on Hwy 90 is a nightmare on a boat trailer, much less your vehicle.  I dread the drive every time I go, knowing how rough it is.  Just wanted to bitch about it a little, I’m sure it will compel the Governor to issue an emergency proclamation and fix them pronto.

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And last but not least, I am also shopping for a new trolling motor for the Mako.  So lets see, trailer, trolling motor, needs new upholstery, hell, might as well buy a new boat.  For some reason the Boss is not down with that.  She can be so mean.  So I will spend he day spending play money until next week, and dreaming of being on the water.  But after last weekends no complaints, but it is time to go fishing.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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POC Fishmas. 11/30 – 12/2/17.

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Up and atem’ Boys, times a wasting!

In anticipation of the Austin Boys coming next week I fished Wednesday to do some looking, and was planning on getting a few more days in before next Thursday.  When I got home that afternoon, washed the stuff and got settled I checked my email, and there was one from Ken to the listserve: “I am taking off for POC.”  Huh?  Is he coming a week early?  Am I reading that right?  Oh no, it is this week!  Yikes.  I had my weeks confused and was meeting them tomorrow morning.  So after mulling that brain fart over it was a quick pack job and I was more than ready to hit the bay.  And a funny thing happened earlier when I took the boat out that morning.  I asked a guy walking by what time it was, I don’t wear a watch, and while I was talking to him I said since I retired I don’t even know what day it is.  Guess that turned out to be true.  But no harm no foul, and I was looking forward to the get together.

This picture says everything you need to know about the trip!  Thanks Ro.

I am again thankful the Austin Boys invited me along this year for their annual Fishmas.  It has been going on for over 10 years, for some of them it is their annual trip to the salt, for others, they get to the salt somewhat regularly.  But all look forward to it and not only do they fish hard, they are good fishermen to boot.  It is good fishing, good food, good tunes, lots of totally truthful stories, an adult beverage or two, and whole pile of fishing poles, tackle, boats, waders, and on and on.  And Jesse had his new to him boat there and Ken had a new Yama, so all was right in the boating world.  There is somewhere this side of 20 of them who make the annual trek.  A couple started Wednesday catching a few, and I met Todd, John, David, and Pete, who would be my wading partners at the Lavaca Thursday at noon.  I brought my boat, John jumped in and the fishing began.

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We also saw Ken, who started early and had his limit, on our way down river.  The first bank no bites, the second, it started.  Something happened that does not happen often, and would happen later in the trip, a stretch of no throwbacks.  John and I fished a short stretch 3 times, caught our 1o trout limit, and every fish we caught there made the grade with no shorts.  We kept hunting around looking for reds and the only keeper was a red fish who chased my bait out of a slough.  Love seeing them coming.  We kept at it and had 2 more good trout runs, both with tons of smalls, though we were not measuring them by then.

Todd’s Shallow Sport and my Mako on the river.  (Thanks for Ken for a few of his pictures.)

In one spot they were chasing finger mullet all over the place and we boated maybe a dozen in 15 minutes.  Todd and them added 3 keepers to the pot and we were off and running.  As the sun started down it was off to POC to clean fish and get in the house.  We met the big bunch at their place later, feasted on prime rib, and shot the breeze and caught up.  In my case the quest continued to remember everyone’s name.  So if I get anything wrong with names, or anything else sorry, but I am an old man!

The fish fry waiting to happen.

Day 2.

Funny how day 2 was actually like other day 2’s I have had with them, it was a grind, which often comes before the success.  But first let me talk about one of the worst cases of potlicking I have ever seen, and you know I hate the term, but this was almost unbelievable.  Pete and John were on a wade inside the Pringle shoreline while we were drifting the lake.  Keep in mind that there were only 3 boats in Pringle, 2 from our bunch, when a boat came in, dropped anchor, and hopped out.  They had a boat with a name on the side that shall remain nameless,  (Guide business?)  (You know how that makes you bad to the bone, or is it bonehead.) which was parked in POC down from where we stayed, and they gave freakin’ rude a bad name.  As we approached to check on Pete and John one of the assholes basically sprinted down the bank and literally cut them off at less than 30 yards from where they were headed.  I have never seen anything like it.  What a cheap punk ass thing to do, and the very reason I do not fish the weekends down there.  There was only thousands of acres of water with not a boat and they do that?  I call BS.  But enough of that.

Don and the boys.  This is the Majek that got in a small fight with my 4Runner 2 years ago.  The 4Runner lost!

When I say the day was a grind, it is the perfect description.  Pringle was slow by any terms, and that is Todd’s go-to place to drift while some of us wade.  The day was so remarkable that I can not remember what we put in the box there, but it was in the 3 trout range maybe.  We hit several more spots and had periods of action, and though in one drain I caught 10, none measured.  In fact the lots of small one theme continued he whole weekend for most folks. We fished Pringle inside and outside, and then a couple of more banks, and the best I can say is we ended up with 7 keepers, and I could not tell you by who, what, or how, it was a true grind.  The most memorable thing of the day was Todd’s Muffaletta sandwiches he brought for lunch.  They were awesome and the size of your head.  And the 5 or 6  boats in the group reported similar results that evening, one of those days that everyone struggled some but did all catch fish.  We cleaned fish, and ourselves, and headed over to the their place for supper.

Thanks Ken and the boys for a couple from his boat on day 2.

That night Todd was back at it.  Broiled redfish over rice smothered in his Cajun concoction.  Talk about good, that boy can cook.  Some folks like me make it, and it just does not get there, when Todd does it, it is amazing.  And his assembly line got folks fed in nothing flat.  And then the Flan.  Ken is famous for his yearly Flan, not to mention his cheese balls, and he  takes a massive amount of ribbing about it.  But guess what?  For some reason every last bit of it disappears every year.  It was freaky good.  So after a long day we headed back to our place looking forward to day 3.

Day 3.

We roll out of bed around 6:30, and after some water, a few Tylenol, coffee, finished off with a Speedy Stop breakfast taco, more beer, and some ice, we finally hit the water.  We headed down to fish the reefs on the first chain.  Of course when we got there 6 boats were where we wanted to fish so we switched reefs and made the first wade.  It was a total strike out.  As we rolled back in the boat low and behold the birds were getting after it.  Those of you who fish POC know that is usually Gafftop hell, but this time it was trout.  We made a couple of drifts before they quit and put 7 or 8 keepers in the boat.  Todd was the man with everyone else catching a few.  David started caroline rigging with shrimp, which would come into play for him later.  Then Pete hooks up on plastic and can’t figure out what it is before it comes over the side, a Pompano.  His first, which we all got a kick out of.  I have only caught one on plastics since I have been here and we were all surprised to say the least. Things were looking up.

Pete’s Pompano, his first.

Fishing involves skill and planning, but nothing helps more than blind luck.  One of our party needed to hit the bushes so we beached the boat and waited.  I noticed a reef with water flowing over it and bait jumping, so I jumped in, and things were about to get interesting.  My only real goal this weekend was to fish a twitch bait.  It was Academy’s knock off corky style in a croaker color, which I thought looked killer, so I bought it.  Good choice, and it actually ran perfect with a super slow sink on 10lb fluoro.

I was getting twitchy with it.

The bait looked mean, and my first bite was a 20″ trout that actually did the “smash it” thing.  Pete and John jumped in and off we went.  They liked it best twitched a couple of times and then stopped, I like the way it felt, not to mention the way they ate it.  It should only get increasingly effective as winter wears on.  I ended up adding a couple of 18″s and a 24″ red, who had that thing way down his throat.  They kept with the plastics and added a few more trout, all keepers.  That would be the theme in that area the rest of the afternoon.  Todd and David had gone up to another reef in the boat, then came to get us so we headed above a couple of drains and it was every man for himself.  It was not fast but it was freakin’ good.  Catch one, add it to the stringer.

Pete’s drum that started the big bite.

As we started the second wade in that area Pete spotted a dark spot and made a couple of casts, got a couple of bites, but did not hook up.   We were not sure what that spot was when we noticed when one rolled and it was a huge pod of drum.  I could reach them so I tossed the twitch bait, turned the handle and was hooked up.  It turned out to be a 28″ + red who had that twitch bait in his gut, so tagged and on the stringer.  First one I have ever tagged, he was just  to close to chance it and it is headed to Austin as redfish on the half shell.

Then Pete hooked up, then John, then Todd and David jumped in and the catching began.  The bite was fast and furious with the pod moving around where we could occasionally see them, then you were immediately hooked up.  We had a couple of doubles.  One of those times when wading is king.

Drum Roll Please!  Nice one John.  I think he added 2 to the cooler.

Before it was over 5 drum and 3 reds joined the cooler, along with the trout, all nice keeper fish.  As the tide began to rip and the wind began to blow they turned on and were steady for most of the afternoon.

David with a couple of good ones including a 27″ red.  He put on his big boy pants after major wader failure.

Time for a couple of relevant stories.  David’s waders literally fell apart day 2 and sieve might be the most appropriate word to describe them.  The water was cool but he could not take it in the boat any more so he jumped in without them, and was a man about it.  It must have been tough, but as you can see above it was well worth his effort.  And of course with that many folks fishing of course there was another wading fubar.

Ken’s boat partner,  Alan, with a 23″ + trout and a 17″+ flounder basically back to back.  Nice job.

David was wading in Big Pocket with his boat partners when he stepped in a hole that was deeper than his waders, so full of water he was trudging to the boat and it actually happened again.  So now his waders weigh a ton and he manages to get in the boat, the video of him laying on his back struggling to get his feet up in the air with the water pouring out of the waders, and over him, is hilarious.  Additionally there was one trailer issue when one hit the concrete thing at a gas station.  Unfortunately it is still down at POC and should have a new axle and fender in a couple of weeks.   Luckily that was the size of the major happenings.  Like the Boss always asks me when I get home: What did you break?   But no one got hurt and with a crowd that size stuff can happen.

It is hard not to laugh.  It was all in good fun at David’s expense.  Thanks Tony for the video.

And last but not least I could not find my crappy stringer so I grabbed Todd’s on my last wade.  I caught the big red and put it on.  When he caught a couple of trout I strung them, them it came off and I did not have a clue.  When Pete caught it one trout was gone and the other was making his escape.  So for the rest of the day Todd decided I could not count a trout and he could count it, or some such nonsense!  Dang fishermen.  Either way it turned out just fine and I didn’t feel stupid, at least not much.

The last  wade.  Where do the days go?

The last wade was a long one.  Halfway through it I took the long walk back to the boat and let them have at it.  It had the feeling of more good fish, maybe the Big One on the way and I was hoping someone would get it done, and it almost happened.  Todd jumped in the boat with me and kept tossing his shrimp while David fished a drain.  John got into a good topwater bite and added a couple, using the bone Spook One Knocker slow, it was getting pretty rough.  He strung a couple but unfortunately what I felt was coming did, but it did not happen.  He had the big blow up, big trout written all over it.  A heart pounding moment, one of those he will remember for a lifetime.  Pete added another to his stringer on top, and at one point he had a trout boiling on it from below while at the same time a gull was attacking from above.  It was one of those bites.

David ended his day by catching several rats and a puppy drum on shrimp, along with the ones above, then the trip was over.  With Todd cooking the fish fry for the crowd we headed in.  Believe me it took Pete and John a little to give it up with an hour of light left, but we left them biting.  Of course the wind was up and the ride the usual bumpy mess to POC from South Pass.  The afternoon stretch was one of the best bites I have had in a while.  Of course we have all caught more, bigger, etc, but this stretch was hook a bite and put it on the stringer, the average was good and they were aggressive.  It really was a great way to finish the fishing.

Turn out the lights, the parties (I mean the fishing!) is over.  Our boat and Ken’s running to Froggie’s.

Luckily the house had a cleaning table because when we got to Froggie’s it was the Christmas Parade, which we crashed a couple of years ago, not to mention lots of folks cleaning fish.  So on the trailer we went and we did them at the house.   When we officially counted it was 21 trout, 5 blacks, and 3 reds for our boat.  The biggest red 28″ 1/4 (tagged), a 20″ trout, and a 27″ drum.  It was a good day and the best thing was everyone in the boat contributed by catching fish.  As far as what we caught on, it is simplier to just list them in no particular order as far as success, each had a time:  Lots of different plastics, several topwaters, a couple of twitch baits, and shrimp.  David, who is a bass fisherman, actually fished his shrimp Carolina style, and once he got it down he sacked them.  Todd stuck to his popping cork.  It rarely lets him down and today it did not.  The other boats also reported good catches, so it was a great finish to their weekend.

The Saturday haul.

The guys all showed up around 8:00 and the feast began.  And let me say this about Todd, he is not only a fantastic cook, but he fixed supper 2 nights for 25 guys, including the redfish smother .  The first night Ro made a giant prime rib, Todd fed the crowd the next 2 nights.  The fish, hush puppies, and tator tots went faster than water out of a drain on a full moon falling tide.  And the crowd cheered when Ken’s last cheese ball made it from their house and the trip was finished off, as well as a couple of players, when  topped off with Margarita Night.  Everyone was prettier, smarter, and funnier!  Good times were had by all.  And at each evening meal there were tons of fish caught, lots of “you had to be there” stories, and every bit of it was the truth.

Ken, David, and Todd doing fish like it is supposed to be done.  And all are doing great in the work release program.

My major contribution to the last day’s pot.  Nothing like catching them on 10lb line.  Talk about eating a twitch bait!

I know I have forgot things, names, happenings, but all I can say is what a good time I had.  There is so much more to say but this has to end somewhere.  (Please excuse any grammer errors, though I could care less.)  I have a couple of friends I need to start this with.  Sometimes you just have to make time, and these guys did, and do, year after year.  Their yearly get together is a testament to their friendship and their mutual love of fishing.  So I consider myself lucky to horn in on such a cool thing.  Fishing is all about the memories and it is never to late to make some with a fishing rod in your hand.  I know how lucky I am to be able to spend time on the water with friends, to hear the owls, see the gators, the sunrise over the bay, all that south Texas has to offer.  So after a day or two of rest it will be back out there making more.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.  And a special thanks to the Austin Boys, and my boat partners, Todd, David, John and Pete, every thing folks say about you is true!

Good Luck and Tight Lines 

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Port O’Connor Texas 11/29/17.

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All it took was one look at the weather report and it is POC here I come.  Maybe I can start to get a clue for the weekends trip, at least maybe give us a little head start.  Plus if I can not force feed those bass a topwater maybe a trout or two will cooperate.  So it will be up early and on the water at daylight.

Weather

75/58  Sunny.  Wind N 5 – 10 mph.  10% chance of rain.

Tides

Low  8:35 am -o.5    High  11:53 pm +0.8

Solunar Times

Best  6:32 am until 8:32 am  (Only relevant period.)

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When the Boss said it was going to be foggy, she was so right.  When I took off for POC it was fogged in fairly solid.  I left early enough to account for that and I hit Froggie’s right before daylight.  I was the second boat there, and after parking and getting ready it was apparent there was not going to be  a big run.

The wind was light out of the north as I eased down the barge canal.  This was not one of those times you could run, to foggy to trust the GPS, and you never know who else is out there.  So discretion being the better part of valor. I idled out Fisherman Cut and headed down Barroom shoreline.  While I could not go anywhere, starting there was fine, and it turned out to be exactly that.  It was so foggy I could not even wear my glasses.

Big and small there were lots of reds moving around and they were wallowing on the topwater.

I started with a bone One Knocker Spook and had a follow and a wallow from a red, then another, and another. Initially I figured a bigger bait would be the ticket in the fog, for what reason I am not sure.  In the first hour several came after it, making a big show of things but not hooking up.  It was a little frustrating until I removed my head from you know where and downsized to the Bagley Knocker B and then they started eating it.

The Paddle Shad getting it done.

The tide was low and the fish were not up by the grass but our near the break where it dropped off.  And I saw several tailing, which if you could get the plastic in front of them it was fish on.  I was catching small ones and some nice ones on top when I started throwing the Controlled Descent Paddle Shad in Plum/Limetruese with a 1/16th weighted swim bait hook with a rattle inserted.  The ones that ate thumped the snot out of it, both reds and trout.  It would basically suspend, perfect in that really shallow water, and I used a side sweeping motion, pull stop, pull stop.

From that point on I alternated between the topwater, the Paddle Shad, and a smaller 3″ paddle tail.  Somewhere around 10:00, I gave up the watch when I retired so I had not a clue what time it was,  it started to clear just a little.  I was wanting to head across to the fish island when here it comes again, sea fog.  Having been out in a bad one that is something I would not want to repeat, and actually it helped extend the bite.  So it fogged back up, see the boat above, and they kept biting.  And then it clouded up for a while after the fog finally lifted so the bite kept up consistent until at least 11:00.

Even the little guys like the Paddle Shad.

Besides the Paddle Shad and the Knocker B I caught on small paddle tails using the 1/32 ounce jig head on 8lb. fluoro.  That combination catches lots of fish, you just have to wade through small ones.  Also a couple fell to a twitch bait, it was one of those mornings when if you got it in front of their face they would bite.  Since it was after 11:00 when it started to clear, and they Austin Boys are coming, I just kept moving and tried several places all the way down the shoreline to Army Cut trying to find a few more.  But the sky cleared, and once it got sunny and bright with the light North wind they quit.  Of the last 3 places I tried not a bite, so at 1:30 I called it a day.  The last couple of years when the boys come there is always a late fall bite, so things are looking good.

I caught lots of small reds and only 4 or 5 trout, and the few trout that took a pass at the topwater did not hook up.  But if I missed one I tossed the plastic back at them successfully.  I can not say it enough, the Wade Right belt is as important as the baits and the equipment, and is a major part of my wading arsenal.  Being able to carry a casting rod for topwater and the spinning rod for plastics let me alternate, which today put fish in the boat.  It easily let me put the bait and switch on the ones that missed the topwater.  So a successful morning and with a great sign of things to come this weekend with the boys.

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SA Joe had this question.

Quick question. What i see from online the normal pool level at Coleto is 98ft?  so the lake is about 1ft low? Thats pretty good for a lake.

Joe

That is about right.  It got a lot lower than that last year, but never a ton higher except for a little while this spring.  Over all it stays fairly stable compared to the wild swings the Corp of Engineers lakes had in Arkansas.  The biggest swing I saw there was 27 feet in one year, and I can not remember the biggest one day rise, but we stayed up all night letting docks out so they did not get dragged under.  We still have some cover in the lake, which if it remains fairly stable should set up the spring fishing.  Thanks for the question.

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And from my favorite Metal Head.

Doug, Doug, Doug, it’s never hard to get excited about fishing saltwater.

Billy is a topwater maniac who never met a trout he did not like.  And I notice on his Facebook he has been putting them on the stringer.  And yes, yesterday got me excited, this weekend has a chance to be epic.  With 6 or 7 boats and over 25 folks fishing someone will do something spectacular.  Stay tuned.

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As soon as I post this I will load the boat and get the rest of my stuff together.  I am meeting a group at the Lavaca River later today to start working on the fish fry, then down to POC for 3 days of some serious eating and fishing.  After them bringing a major cold front the last 3 years the weather looks like it will be perfect.  So let the tom foolery begin.  Keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Coleto Creek 11/28/17.

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One of the things I miss, sort of, is the ability to sleep in.  That is going away faster than my hair color.  I set the alarm for 6:00, no hurry to the lake this morning, so at 5:00 am my eyes popped open, time to go fishing.  Not sure if the clouds will help the fishing this morning, but we shall see.  The plan will be topwater and swim jig in some areas I have not fished lately, so many places, so little time.  And as I prepare this report the wind and weather looks perfect later in  the week so Thursday will be POC.

Weather

80/55  Partly Cloudy in the morning then sun.  Wind SSE 10 – 20.  0% chance rain.

Lake Level

Yesterday  97.12 msl   Today  97.10 msl

Solunar Times

Best 5:47 am to 7:47  Good  11:36 am to 1:36 pm

A beautiful morning that went down hill from this.

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I was on the water before the sun came up, and it was a typical late fall day with mist rising off the lake.  The water temp at the ramp was 71 degrees and the wind was starting to blow a little.  I was the only truck at the ramp, and there was only one when I quit.  A sign?  First up it was a big cove, the deep side, and 3 jumped on and I missed a couple.  Things were looking up.

The next cove a couple more jumped on the Bang O Lure.  All were on the bank with some cover close.  They were all on the small side, which is why no pictures today but I was sure a bigger one was coming, but at least they were biting.  From that point on things went downhill fast.  If I had to guess, and I will, from around 8:00 until I quit at noon to work on the trailer bunks, I had one more bite.  I caught one more on the senko, which they will bite, and no more on Bang O Lure or the swim jig.  After the wind had time to blow fairly hard, which it did, it was a main lake bank to give spinnerbait a go without success.  And as far as partly cloudy, there was never a wisp of a cloud all morning.  It kind of reminded me of fishing the second day after a cold front, they were not having it.

So with some trailer work to do discretion ruled and I headed to the ramp.  My trailer either needs some serious work or replacement, and the carpet was coming off the bunks.  It took about an hour to take all 4 off, staple the carpet back down and put in all new bolts.  So they should be good to go for the life of the trailer, which is rapidly moving to the top of spend some more money on the boat.  It never ends.  But it sure looks better and with all the fishing to come it needed to be done.  Next will check the bearing grease and just generally prepare for the salt which will start tomorrow.  And speaking of that, several of the guys are getting cranked up about going, the first fishing of the group will start on Wednesday, some will fish on Sunday, so there will be some stories to tell.

I just looked at the POC weather and it is supposed to blow 5 – 10 tomorrow, so that is a no brainer.  Fishing light is around 6:30 give or take a little so I need an early start.  And with sunny skies the topwater bite might not last that long in the morning.  So in spite of a rough day of it on the lake it is hard not to get excited about some serious saltwater fishing.  I am due for a big trout so let the hunt begin.  I am headed outside to change fishing gear and get the wading stuff ready, should be interesting.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Coleto Creek 11/27/17.

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It is Sunday morning and I am planning the next couple of week’s fishing, it is going to be a stretch of fishing till you drop.  First up it will be the lake, my usual Coleto Monday, then another day later in the week when it is going to cloud up.  Part of the reason for that is the Austin Boys are coming for their annual Fishmass extravaganza next week.  As the group grows in size they come earlier and earlier in the week.  So  I plan on hitting the lake a couple of days for fun, then it will be pre-fishing on the bay.  If it works out maybe I can give the boys a little jump start on location and baits to give them a leg up on their big weekend.  As the group has grown so has when they start arriving, and the first wave will be in Wednesday, then others will straggle in until Saturday.  First a little fun fishing, then the serious business of saltwater fishing begins.

Weather

78/55  Sunny.  Wind ESE  5 – 10 mph.  10% chance of rain.

Solunar Times

5:04 am to 7:04 am.   (Only pertinent period.)

Lake Level

2 weeks ago  97.37 msl    Today  97.12   (A slow drop over the last few weeks.)

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When I slid the boat in the water it was not really foggy, but a real heavy mist.  It was just cracking daylight as I made my way up lake.  The water temp at the ramp was 71 degrees and way up lake it was 69, so no real difference.  In fact it stayed in the low 70’s most of the day not matter where I was.  One thing that is consistent is the lake is still that brownish/tannic looking.  It is interesting that it is a little more off color mid lake than way up, or way down.

The plan was to work the Bang O Lure over pretty hard today, and other than a senko style worm, I stuck with the topwater.  I caught a couple right on the bank, and then this girl smoked it halfway back to the boat.

She smashed that Bang O Lure.

I was jerking it along, under a little, the letting it pop up, making it splash, and the 2 best ones hit it way off the bank.  Of the other 6 or 7 one might have measured, and most of them were right on the bank.  It was a little tough fishing it when you would jerk it under and you could barely see it, much less a fish below it.  The tell tale sign occasionally is the boil behind it, and when you see it twitch it right on top real erratically, it works when you can’t see them.  A little deeper banks with cover were best for me, especially in a cove with some water on the deeper side.

Cool spider web.

Off and on I tossed a watermelon/red senko style 5″ stick bait with a 3/16th slip sinker on a 4/0 worm hook, rigging it Texas style.  It caught about the same amount of fish, and I did break one off setting the hook that might have been a good one, the rest were just run of the mill.  I do know that if you want to catch fish plastics are the way to go.  I just really enjoy topwater fishing, and Coleto is about to have a pretty good run as we head into winter.  From now through May I will be throwing it, but January into March is prime time on Coleto and I will be ready.

The only other good one this morning.

I probably covered 6 or 7 places before I quit around 2:00 and nothing really stuck out as better than any other.  But I do know that cover with some good water was the best today.  And several times I had 4 or 5 bites in one spot, and then an hour without a bite.

This was a freakin’ dinosaur!

It was a good day with lots of gators sunning, more ducks than I have ever seen on the lake, (Not counting Coots.) and of course the occasional deer.  The pictures do not do that gator justice.  He was thick and had a huge head, the stuff nightmares are made of.  There were several big flocks of gulls resting on the water, a little unusual, and if they are like that next time I will be graphing that area, could be schooling whites.  One flock was at the mouth of the discharge cove, the only place I have seen the whites schooling on the lake.

There was 1 truck at the ramp when I started, 2 when I pulled out.  Fishing is still a little sketchy, but it won’t be long and the first early pre-spawn movement will begin.  I did speak with Mr Crappie 1 and Mr Crappie 2 and they had 9, which for those 2 guys is tough fishing.  One thing I plan on doing soon is drifting for the big catfish.  I did it a successfully a few years ago, but not early enough in the winter, so that is one thing I do not want to miss this year.

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While I was gone my skiff was catching fish.  Occasionally I think of selling it, then I remember it has served me well for almost 18 years, it is a fish catching machine.  And it is nice to have a boat that friends can use if they are needing it.  And while I was gone my buddy Jeffish and his son Korbin, the future 2030 Bassmaster Champion, spent a couple days on the creek and managed to boat a few.

 

 

 

It does not get any better than this!

 

 

 

 

A nice keeper redfish and Korbin’s first flounder.

Jeffish also reports a nice limit on Friday and Saturday as the creek and river continue to produce.  And with this cold front the fishing will only get better.  But remember, it does not last forever on our coastal creeks and rivers.  So if you have not tried one in your area now is the time.  And congratulations to Korbin, next it will be putting him in position to add a bass to the list of things he has boated.  Take a kid fishing, you won’t be sorry.

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As I work on this I am watching another of my, and the fishing business’s true heros, Flip Pallot, who is fishing with the great Rob Fordyce.  It brings back memories and is actually how I got the fever for saltwater fishing, and the travel to great places that comes with it.  The Walkers Cay Chronicles would come on with the best sound track in the history of fishing shows, my heart would pound, and off he (we) would go.  Traveling the world catching some of the greatest fish ever caught on a fly rod, especially the big tarpon.  Every show was an adventure that touched my very fishing soul.  A man of many talents, his calm demeanor and thoughtful views on fishing is something that we can all learn from.  Plus, when was the last time you boated a tarpon over 180lbs on a fly rod?  Flip has been there, done that, and got the T Shirt. Hell, he is the T Shirt.

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I got this from SA Joe, like me a long suffering Chicago fan.

Try being a Bears fan!!!! At least I got the Cubs also. With their win I’m good for the next 5 years so all other Chicago teams can suck…

I am actually a Yankee who grew up with a family who were lifetime Bears fan.  I have 2 pictures of Walter Payton in my office, the greatest football player in the history of the league.  How can I say that?  He carried them on his back for years, and to get the kind of massive yards he gained behind what at times was a terrible team made him 1 in a million.  During his time at Chicago they had something crazy like 20 different quaterbacks, most who could not hit the broad side of a barn.  Good to hear from you.  I feel your pain!

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Think I will hit the lake again tomorrow.  The plan will be to try to replicate the few places I found fish in some new water.  They are wanting to eat the Bang O Lure, and it is time to toss the swim jig some.  And the weather is so awesome, in fact a little to awesome, and I am anxiously awaiting a real weather change, with a nice wet front, perfect for lake or bay.  And then it is off to POC for a few trips before the boys get here.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Back 11/24/17.

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It has been a while since I posted but that will of course be changing as there is about to be a big stretch of fishing extravaganza coming.  There were 2 reasons I checked out, first we were in Florida looking at potential retirement spots and having a big time.  Second, my laptop crapped out as soon as I got there and I just let it all ride.  Of course that means I have a ton of catching up to do, so if you have not heard from me I am catching up this morning.

While full retirement for her is a couple of years away, we were interested in what there was that could fit us both, her keeping active, and me with a fishing pole in my hand while maybe using a walker.  And it was a great trip, and we actually found our spot.  And along the way had a great time.  We have been traveling there for almost 30 years and I have made numerous fishing trips there so we had an idea where to start.

Let’s start with the fishing.  I waded the beach at Sanibel a couple of mornings and am now the world champion ladyfish catcher.  They had a cool front and the water was cool, and while there was lots of bait on the beach, no gamefish for me.  That was it for the trip, funny how when we are having fun fishing sometimes takes a back seat, which is how you know your wife just might be a keeper.

While visiting potential places we found the Fort Myers Boat Show, which was big and awesome.  There were boats from a million to 10,000, and everywhere in between.  Fishing boats, trawlers, yachts, offshore, you name it they have it.  I talked to several folks about the difference in the bay boats, as a rule they do not have tunnels, it is just a different deal over there.

While we were there I met one of my hero’s, Ray Van Horn, he was a great guy and we had a couple of things in common.  Ranger sponsors him and when I commented on Arkansas and my tourney partner being a manager at Ranger we got to talking.  He even owned a Champion 16’8″ like I did, one of the real screamers back in the day.  His show is one of my favorites, I love the big slide in camper and heading to different places, the perfect way to go.  And he fishes both fresh and salt, he was a long time tournament fisherman, so we had a lot in common.  He was telling me he was coming to Texas sometime this year with his crew to film so I wish him the best of luck.  Check out his show, good stuff.

http://www.gypsyangler.com/

And to make it even more interesting as we walked the booths I saw a guy in a Wicked Pissah shirt from the TV show Wicked Tuna on Discovery.  I thought strange shirt for south Florida, when the Boss said, no it is that guy, and sure enough it was.  Paul was there haggling over some knives.  Small world at times.

While there we looked at plenty of options, parks on the water, inland, fancy and cheap.  We wanted to get a feel for where and what and it actually happened.  To make a long story short the serious planning begins next year to make a move to an area called The Villages.  We saved that stop for last as it has the most appeal from afar, and it was a home run for our lifestyle.

https://www.thevillages.com/

Online it looked a little high class for folks like us.  With everything from manufactured homes in the low $100’s to million dollar homes it seemed like it might not be for us.  Oh so wrong.  This places is massive with almost 60,000 homes, it has top of the line health facilities, like 70 golf courses, a bunch of activity centers, swimming pools, trails, catch and release lakes, and other stuff to numerous to mention, it has it all.  There are over 3,00o clubs with hundreds, and I do mean hundreds of things every day.  No matter what you like there are folks doing it.  There are 3 town squares, with another on the way, with places to eat and music every night of the year on all three squares.  And what makes it cool, besides the people, you can live your whole life out of a golf cart.  There are few things, and I can not think of one off hand, you can not get to.  Really great.

But the best thing, the people.  It would be hard for me to over emphasize how friendly folks were, we met and talked to tons of them, and they are great.  We shared a couple with some Vietnam vets, and it was great fun. It was so interesting that there was no way to tell who had millions, and who did not.  There were no “classes” of folks, and there were lots of folks our age and younger.  And they all to a man, we love it here, not a single bad thing. Folks were great.

And as far as expensive, the first night we ate at World of Beer, burger for her, brat for me, with a couple of drinks, $16!  Happy hour at almost everywhere (I have been known to attend a few.) to go along with the music in the square, $1 beers, 2 for ones, super meal deals, it was great.  Cheaper than eating in Victoria and sorry to say a hell of a lot better.  We checked out the grocery store, no real difference in prices.

You can tell how much we enjoyed it there, I could go on and on, and we will be returning occasionally.  While full retirement is still a ways away it is nice to make a decision.  Until then it is back to the fishing.

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I always like hearing from first time folks and got this from John

I have enjoyed reading your posts for some time, especially Fayette Lake and an area I would like to learn more about, POC. Have just retired so I can finally get out now more often and during the week with my grandchildren and wife. I will be happy to send you reports. Do I send them like this or post on your page. Another area we tried after reading your reports was Lavaca river. We waiting too long last year I think after a front and also had problems getting over to the river, due to shallows going out from the launch at Port Comfort. I would like to try the launch at 616 next time but I was interested in your opinion on how safe it is to leave vehicle there.

Sorry for the late reply.  Anytime anyone wants to send me posts or pictures just drop a comment on the last post and I will contact you, or anyone else with email information.  I love getting things from folks and really do not care if it is cool outdoor shots, animals, fishing, or anything else related.  Coming out of Port Comfort or 6 Mile can be tough, I always put in on 616.  As long as the fishing is going there are plenty of folks there and I have not had any problems.  But I met a guy last year who lost his stereo out of the truck, so it can happen anywhere, but it is a good lot and ramp and it make fishing the river a heck of a lot easier.  I appreciate your comments and to the rest of you, send me some stuff, we all like seeing it.

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I did not remember taking this picture with my flip phone, yes I still have one, but here is the good one I caught a couple of weeks ago.

This picture does not do her justice.  A solid!

This girl smashed a buzzbait harder than I have ever had one hit.  With these cools nights the fishing on the lake should heat up.  It always cracks me up having the blog and then forgetting the camera, the beginnings of my old timers I guess.

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You can put all I really know about internet stuff on the tip of your finger.  In the last week or 2 three of my friends sent me messages, but it was not them, they had all 3 been hacked.  We also got 2 fake emails from Ebay and our bank which were also BS.  While most of us can not do much to stop it, remember do not open squat if you are not sure.  Delete it and then email or message them to see if they sent it.  You can not be to cautious.  Plus, I don’t need that $200,000,000,000,000 deposited in the Bank of Nigeria that my long lost great, great uncle left me when he died exploring deepest darkest Africa.  Wondered where that old fart got to!

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Next on today’s agenda, contacting Dell to return the laptop.  It is my second and I can honestly say there is not one thing to recommend them.  So we shall see how they handle getting it fixed under warranty.  Then it will be getting fishing organized, it is coming.

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The best I can say about the Cowboys last night, they suck.  Really a disappointment this year and yesterday was particularly ugly.  But being a life time Cub fan I can take it.  There is always next year, or next decade.

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This does not fully catch me up.  I have a report or two to follow, and while I was gone my skiff was still putting them in the boat.  It is always great to be gone, and it is good to be home.  As soon as I catch up on my life it will be back on the water for some serious fishing. I love this time of year and intend to take full advantage of it.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.  And I appreciate you hanging in there with me.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Garcitas Creek 11/15/17.

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I met Jesse the Neighbor in Academy discussing cooler tops.  We found out that we live less then a block away so we talked about fishing together at some point.  That point was the other night when he sent me a text asking if I was interested in fishing Garcitas, so a plan was made for Tuesday.

Jesse with a 19″, the best trout of the day.

One of the real reasons I wanted to fish with him, besides he is a great guy, is I have always wanted to ride in a classic shallow water scooter.  Jesse has 15′ Frontier so we loaded up and headed to the ramp at 6 Mile.  There was a pretty good chop, and until you got to the mouth of both creeks, it was fairly off-color.  We did a couple of drifts on the outsides and other than one really small one that was not successful.  There were a few birds around but nothing happening under them.

The new bait Jesse was throwing.  He promised to get back with me on what it was, but that good one liked it.

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Once we got up in the creek we started to get a few bites.  Plastics ruled the day, but the most amazing thing to me, not a freakin’ bite on a popping cork.  I could not keep them off it the other day, you just never know.  It was not fast by any means, 1 here, 1 there, but at least we were getting bit.  My highlight was a nice red on 8lb test.  Redfish are one of the best fish there is to catch on light line.  Unless there is some specific obstruction they fight fair and with a little patience and finesse they are easily landed on light line.  I did have one other good trout on, doing that mouth open thrashing thing on the way in, but she pulled off.

A 25″ red, the only one for the afternoon.

The Placedo was better than Garcitas.  That was probably a function of not having a trolling motor, Garcitas being bigger the wind made it tough to stay close to the bank long enough to make that good cast.  Garcitas has depths to 12′ and most of the time I find them on the drop in the 2 – 4′ range.  But before it was over we caught in the 15 range, give or take a couple, and though I did not look in the box I think he kept 4 to feed the family.  And we talked to the only other guys we saw and they had 5 in box, all trolling up river with a big chartreuse plastic on a jig head.  They were headed back to do that and gave us their bait shrimp, obviously fishing with them did not work out that well.

When we gave it up a little before dark the wind had picked up some, which was fine by me.  I really was interested in how wet we would get on the way in, it was sloppy out there, and of course we got some spray.  While maybe it was a little more than some flat boats, it was nothing unusual, when it is blowing it is hard to stay dry.  If we had been in the skiff we would have taken a bath.  Jesse is a good guy to fish with, and as he makes his living mostly on the weekends, we will probably be doing some more fishing together.

I am spending the day wrapping up stuff for Florida, so I can fish tomorrow.  Interesting how much more I get done when I need to, so I can fish.  And I have some folks to contact and catch up on a few things.  Tomorrow it looks to be clouding up so it will be the lake.  After that I have visions of tussling with a big snook in the surf.  I have caught lots of snook of the beach at Sanibel, not to mention one of the strongest trout bites I ever had, and with a couple of mornings and evenings to fish it should be interesting.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Monday it must be Coleto.

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Nothing says fall like flights of ducks!

My initial inclination was the river or creek but like most Mondays I ended up choosing he lake.  Can you say Bang O Lure?  After the little flurry of fish my last trip on the Bang O Lure I am really looking forward to getting back at it.  Last trip once the sun tried to come out the fish moved to the banks, so with today’s weather outlook I decided to give it another go.  So after a few chores this morning it will be off to the lake, should be interesting.

Weather

82/58  Sunshine to afternoon clouds.   Wind E 5 – 10mph.

Lake Level

Today  97.37 msl   Friday  97.57 msl

Solunar Times

No relevant period today.

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One on the Bang O Lure.  Since they all looked like this today I will spare you any more.

As far as the fishing went, it was slow.  The lake is plenty clear, there is still some cover in the water, but the majority of fish are just not shallow.  I basically stuck to the plan today, which was the Bang O Lure.  I fished from way up lake to near the plant, and other than a couple of places where I caught 2 or 3, they were few and far between.  One thing about today, stuff was out moving around and I was some what surprised the fishing wasn’t any better, but it make the day great.

The deer were on the move.

I put 3 in the boat on spinnerbait on windy banks, but that is clearly not the pattern.  It was 7 or 8 on the Bang O Lure, all in coves, usually 2 or 3 close to each other, then nothing.  And not every cove has fish, but the deeper sides of a cove with some cover or grass would have a couple.  But it was miles between fish, and other than 1 breaking me off on a stick worm, they were not interested in much other than the Bang O Lure.

This was a big boy and he was interested in the Bang O Lure.

And to get them to bite it had to be in the stuff, and I mean right on the bank.  Other than one who appeared to be crazy trying to get it all the way to the boat, the rest were on the first jerk or two, and no farther off.  Like the other day 2 actually hit it right when it hit the water.  Unfortunately all were small and I am not even sure I had a bite from a good one, and only missed a couple on the Bang O Lure.  I am still somewhat stumped that there are shallow fish but they are really not interested in chasing squat.

A shad eater and a TexDot road crew.

Obviously today would have been much better on the river or creek, but I was having one of those “so you can go there and catch a bunch of trout”, and the point of that?  Now tomorrow is another story.  Since I am feeling like some fresh fish for supper I think the creek will be next and of all things Jessie the Neighbor called last night and wanted to know if I wanted to hit Garcitas tomorrow, and I do.  With Florida coming in a couple of days I hope to be on the water at least 2 more days before  we leave.  There is some weather on the way, so that day will be the lake again.  It might be tough but it is the kind of weather that should get those bass moving.

They always seem slow and stupid to me.  Poor turtles.

Jessie will be here in a minute so I will get this up and go get my stuff ready.  It really is nice when folks take me.  Over the last 40 years I have been the go-to guy and it is nice to have the favor returned.  And it is nice to fish with new folks so wish us luck, but on the creek we don’t need much luck.  If you can’t catch them there right now you need to take up a new sport.  (I may pay for that remark!)  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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