Fish Catching Travel
After thinking about it I have to come to a conclusion as to what the big topwater thing was all about yesterday. First, I thought maybe it was the time of the tide or time of day, but that was not it. It was that once I started throwing a bigger bait, I started catching keeper fish. Until I made that switch it was good fishing as far as numbers went, but the size was lacking. There were so many small trout there that they were getting to the plastics before the bigger ones. So tossing a topwater the size of a bigger mullet really paid off and separated the wheat from the chaff.
The KVD Sexy Dog with a reel for reference.
I must admit I had not thrown the 3 hook version yet, though I do throw the smaller 2 hooker quite often. These baits “walk the dog” easily, notice on the picture above the mouth area is flat and causes a little splash to go along with the side to side action. And the bait itself is not heavy like some of the other topwaters so it has a livelier action with less work. There are times when they want that bigger bait, and as the baitfish and mullet grow so does the size of their supper. Something to think about.
It is so easy to forget that not everyone who reads this stuff knows exactly what, or where, some of these places are we talk about. So when Joe sent me a comment asking what is POC it reminded me that POC is not the be all, end all, of saltwater fishing, and not everyone knows what, or where, it is. Well Joe, POC is Port O’Connor TX and it is on the coast near Seadrift TX, about an hour north of Rockport. It has access to many bays and is a favorite of lots of saltwater fishermen on the coast. So thanks for reminding me to not assume everyone knows what I am talking about. And good luck on your Rockport trip, let us know how you do.
I also heard from Rick who is coming down to fish Coleto this weekend. His question was are there any good tackle shops around the lake? Sorry about that Rick, Victoria has 4 places to buy tackle, none of them close to the lake. Academy has the biggest selection of freshwater, actually a good selection of freshwater baits, but the Tackle Box on Ben Jordan is the only real “tackle store” in our area. It is primarily a saltwater shop, but with the works as far as rods and reels, reel repair, waders, and the rest of it. Victoria All-Sports also has some tackle, and of course Wal-Mart. Good luck this weekend and let me know how it goes.
This may be a little off topic but could not pass without comment. My lovely wife suggested maybe later in the week we drive down to Eagle Pass on the border and see what that casino was like. Sounded like a good suggestion to me. I love that area and always enjoy the drive to fish Amistad so it seemed like it was a done deal. Then as she was off Tuesday we headed to Cabela’s and then Gruene for a little drive. When we were in the fly shop in Gruene she found this purse, and as she was looking for one, she bought it. After we left town she said she spent the casino money on the purse. I had to laugh, I did not know the choice was Eagle Pass or a purse. Either way the purse won. And she also said I should be happy, I got off easy.
I ran into a friend of mine and her dad in Wal-Mart in the fishing department. His team caught a $500 redfish in the last tourney they fished this summer. It came from the Powderhorn. We both like to fish the same area, an area if I had to go catch a redfish as fast as I could, would be the back end of the Powderhorn. If you float shallow and have a trolling motor they are there somewhere – all the time.
One last note on plastics. I stopped in Academy and bought a couple of bags of plastics and some jig heads. It is really interesting how the count differs by company. One of the colors I bought has 10 per bag, the other 8. Some of the fancier plastics have as few as 5 per bag. While occasionally some exact bait is the ticket, most of the time the most important aspect of catching fish is fishing where they are. There are no magic baits, and fancy paint jobs are just that, fancy paint jobs. Now as far as jig heads go I actually like the Academy brand. I generally use plain unpainted heads and the hook size on the 1/16 and 1/8 is perfect. It amazes me how much jig heads cost these days. Wish I had not sold my lead pot and molds, it would save some serious jack.
That is it for today, just a couple of things I was to tired to add to the last post. Next I think it is back to the Gulf. I want to throw that big topwater some more in a couple of spots that should be perfect for it. So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.
Good Luck and Tight Lines