This and That 7/5/15.

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Try some today – they work!

Hope you all had a great weekend and nobody got arrested or maimed.  We hit the beach on the Padre Island National Seashore for some beach driving and a little sun.  The weather was great, but with the wind blowing pretty hard directly on the beach the water was flat out dirty.  It was ugly enough I had a rod with me but did not even get it out.  So it was little sun, eating, and reading.  We love driving the beach and are lucky to live somewhere you can still do that.  I just wish the pigs (people), no offense to pigs, would quit leaving trash all up and down the seashore.  My guess their yards and homes are stinking messes.  Did you grow up in a pig sty?

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A friend of the boss and her husband have a place on the island out of POC, and do quite a bit of fishing.  Her friend Rhonda is a real fisherman and posted this on her Facebook page.  They have been having good success in the surf right now.

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Rhonda with a nice stringer of fish.

If we get a nice calm day, and you can get to the surf, now is the time.  So thanks for the picture.  Nice mess Rhonda.

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I finally bent to the pressure and bought some light breathable waders for use in the summertime.  I have waded wet most summers I have lived here but that has come to an end.  First it was a report on the bacteria levels (read fecal matter) on the beach at Galveston, which at a level above 105 is considered dangerous, and is currently running 145, nasty.  Second is vibro, which has shown itself this summer.  I assume it is logical, if not please educate me, that the influx of the fresh flood waters carrying God knows what is adding to the problem.  For me it is just not worth it.  Plus, I just do not have enough fishing stuff.

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The Boss starts a 7 day stretch so there is some serious fishing coming.  After uneventful couple of weeks it is time to do something spectacular as my buddy Randy used to say.  Just waiting to hear from Shoedog and Voe as to their schedule, but no matter what it will be hard at it.  All my jobs are done and I am actually caught up.  So where I do not know, but that nice string of fish above has me watching the wind closely to see when I can get to the surf this week.  Keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Coleto Creek 7/3/15.

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Try some today – they work!

I had something to do Thursday afternoon, so with a short day it was the lake.  I have been catching them pitching soft plastics the last couple of trips so that was the initial plan for the day.  The water seems to be finally clearing some so I headed way up lake.  First it was the bush where I caught 3 the other day, but only one small one ate the lizard.

I kept moving up lake catching a little one here and there on the plastics to I decided with the water clearing why not the buzzbait.  On the first bank I tried this one ate it and 3 missed it, or I missed them.

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They were all small until I threw a buzzbait.

Then it was working back down lake as the sun came out.  Alternating between the plastics, which kept producing a small one here and there, and the buzzbait.  A couple fell for it in a big cove that has held fish all spring.  With the water stabilized they have not abandoned the coves yet, some even coming all the way in the back.

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All the keepers were this size.

It turned out to be a good thing I was quitting early.  The wind started to blow and the sun was full out.  It finally got to windy to pitch, and they just quit on the buzzbait.  So I gave it up.  I think it was about 10, half of which were keepers, nothing fantastic, but consistent.  Considering it is full on summer here now the fishing has been ok.  They are still related to the grass, at least for me, but it is slowing down some.

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The Shoedog has not been down here fishing for quite a while.  He has been on a multistate tour.  The last stop is at our friend Clyde’s in Mtn. Home Arkansas.  They are working on some music that they will play at a big annual party in Iowa, where we grew up.  Of course it included a little fishing.

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A nice Lake Norfork smallmouth.

Lake Norfork is a deep clear highland lake, and as summer comes around most of the fishing is done at night.  With crystal clear water, and depths reaching 200 feet at the dam, the fish go deep most of the summer, and do not reappear shallow until October.  He caught this nice smallmouth on a white spinnerbait last night.   Hope you guys are having a good time and be sure to bring the guitars to Canada.

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Jeffish has been taking his son fishing a lot, and Korbin is loving it.  They have been fishing Saxet Lake, which has had a pretty good bite since the water came up.

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Korbin and his big drum.

Korbin is turning into quite the little fisherman.  It is so awesome to see a kid who is spending time in the outdoors instead of in front of a computer or TV.  You can do your kid no greater favor.  Congrats Korbin, this is the first of many big fish coming in your life.

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Please be careful this weekend.  There will be lots of folks on the roads and waterways.  So be nice.  A perfect example of being nice is when I got to the ramp a guy pulled his bass boat out of the lake and parked right in front of the ramp.  It would be easy to say something, but why bother.  No reason to raise your blood pressure, and you never know how crazy some folks can be.  So be the bigger guy out there.   As our waters get more and more crowded it takes cooperation on all our parts.   And make sure you have all your safety equipment and paperwork as law enforcement will be out in force.  Drink responsibly, you can get busted for BWI as easily as DWI.  And one last thing.  Please be careful if you are wet wading.  With the higher fresh/dirty water vibro is out there.  So if you have an open wound that will get wet, or are immune compromised wear waders, it may save your life.  So have a fun and safe weekend.

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Not a clue what is next but with the Boss off this weekend it may be some serious beach time, and maybe a long drive down North Padre.  And this week Shoedog will be down for a few days so the Gulf will be calling.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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This and That 7/1/15.

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No better baits made for all fishing.  If you have not browsed the catalog click on the link above and find the right bait for whatever you fish for.

Sorry for no post the last week but it was time for family and fun.  I actually have a life outside fishing, though my family may not always agree with that.  But after a long combination visit to my family, the Rolling Stone’s concert, and then visiting my grandbabies, we are back at home.  It was nice to be able to see most of my family and still squeeze in the concert.  The boss will be headed back to work and the water is calling me.  So I will accomplish a couple of things today to catch up and back to the water tomorrow.

We saw lots of water on our trip through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri.  After several years of drought it was great to see.  Not having hit the water the last week I am looking forward to tomorrow.   The flats boat has not left the garage for almost 2 months so it is time to get it out and give it a run.  And the Shoedog is finally done with his travels so there will be some kind of fishing extravaganza with him next week.

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While I was gone I got this comment from Johan and wanted to share it with you as well as hopefully point him in the right direction.

Hi sir, i find myself stopping by Fish Catching Travel quite often. i live in Beeville and only recently discovered Coleto creek. I am not into bass, but have caught and released a couple at Coleto, my interest is  more in sand bass. i am a believer in putting in time and schooling one self, but was hoping i can get some advice from you in how to find sandies on Coleto and possible what tactics to use. I enjoy your blog, hope to meet you on the Coleto creek one day.

I am not an expert on sandies at Coleto, or what we referred to white bass at home in Arkansas, but I have caught some.  First I am not sure there is a large population of them, and most I have caught were small.  I did stop and talk with a boat doing a shocking survey for the GBRA last winter and specifically asked them about the white bass.  They had shocked a few, mostly small. That has been my experience with them on Coleto, mostly small, but remember white bass populations are very cyclical, and may be low some years, high others, so Coleto may just be on the down stroke right now.

As far as catching them, if I want to find white bass I troll, especially this time of year.  It allows you to cover lots of water, and also spend plenty of time studying the contour as you watch the depth finder.  And if I had to pick one lure to troll for white bass it would be a Rapala Shad Rap in the silver foil with a black back.  The SR-8 or SR-5 in the deep diver, and occasionally early in the year when they tend to be shallow use the shallow runner or a rattle bait like the Strike King Red Eye Shad.  I usually let out around 60 feet of line and prefer a 10lb test to help it get down a little farther.  Try trolling at an idle speed or a little quicker.  Be sure to have your drag set light as they will pull off if there is no give.  And trolling often gives you a bonus bass or crappie.  As it is summer they will be deep and schooled up, so trolling while you watch the locator is the best way to find some on Coleto.

When I have done it, not lately, they have been in the Coleto arm.  To give you a place to start try the area from the middle of the lake in the dam area and troll up the Coleto arm past the big tree on the point by the dam and up lake to the last of the three coves.  There are usually some in that area.  I have also caught some in the other arm in front of the big coves on the right.  Most of the time I have caught them in warm weather it was in open water in 20 foot deep and deeper.  Just troll and spend the time covering a lot of water until you find some, usually when you find them there are all in that area.  And if there are schools of shad in the area on the locator that is often the key to catching them.

So I hope this little bit of information helps you get started.  Trolling is not the only way to catch them.  You can use a 1 ounce jigging spoon, spinner jigs or minnows once you locate them.  Thanks for the question and I appreciate you reading my stuff.  Good Luck.

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I do want to say a couple of things about the Rolling Stones.  They really are the best rock and roll band in the world.  Starting together somewhere around 1963, they have remained true to the music.  We had great tickets and the show was all we could have hoped for.

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Arrowhead is one cool football stadium.

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Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger.

With no new album to promote it was an evening of their hits, you liked it, you heard it.  And I like their style, no electronic corrected sound, no big light show, just raw and rough rock and roll.  It ain’t pretty, but it is the real thing.  It is amazing they are still alive, but one thing for sure, they are a rock band.

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 So back to real life.  Looks like the weather will hold for a day or two so it will be up early and on the water.  Unfortunately the weather looks a little sketchy for the weekend.  I really appreciate it when you all stick with me during some of the down times.  But it is back to fishing.  And Canada is fast approaching so there is lots of fishing to come.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

 

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Coleto Creek 6/25/15.

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No better baits made for all fishing.

After fishing the Gulf the other day I said that I was not going to stop and trout fish until I found that good water.  And after fishing the lake on Monday and having a tough time of it the plan was to put all my favorites down and only fish plastics.  I may be slow but I am not stupid.

The fish are in that stuff on the bank.  After Voe caught a couple the last couple of trips I was determined to pitch.  Now it was not a case of casting and hoping, it was pinpoint casting to isolated patches of stuff.  And though Voe was tossing it way back in, I fished specific targets.  Nice after a couple of slow trips to get it right.

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The first good one of the day.

I was using a 6″ watermelon red lizard, with a 3/16th bullet sinker on 20lb. Big Game mono.  One thing that helps when throwing at cover is to go ahead and peg the sinker to the head of the bait, crawls through cover so much better.  Instead of using the big sinker and trying to punch through the heavy stuff I concentrated on the farthest out cover and made cast past the cover and slid it next to it and they were eating.

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Love catching them this way, hand to hand combat.

The reason I use the lighter sinker is that lizard falls really slow.  Of the 5 or 6 this size I caught I probably only felt a couple eat it.  They would just inhale it and start swimming with it.  And the cool thing, there was not one fish came over the side farther than 20 feet from the boat, and most a lot closer.  In fact, a couple flew over the boat when I set the hook.

It was very important to concentrate when you had that perfect piece of cover because you rarely would feel them hit, so you had to be on your toes.  The biggest of the day, and it was a good one, came out of the perfect bush on a long grass bank and I did not get the hook set.  And barely running the trolling motor was also critical.  You really do have to be quiet when you are pitching.

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With no deep grass those fish had to be in that shallow stuff.

I fished close to the park, mid lake, and quite a ways up.  Most of the better fish were on that perfect piece of cover in a cove, but several were on points.  Though it was one here and one there it was steady.  I did miss one in the perfect bush, so back in it went and 3 came off one bush on consecutive casts.  That was awesome.  And since every one of them really ticked it hard there was some serious competition going on, at least until I threw all 3 back in.

Sticking with the plan really paid off today.  It was hard not to throw my old favorites but I knew they had to be there, and they were.  Slowing down, good quiet boat position, and making accurate casts all added to a successful outing.  And the best part, I did not wet a line until 10:30 and quit at 3, boating well over a dozen with some really nice ones.  When you can fish in the middle of .day, in summer, and boat a nice string of bass you have a good fishing hole.

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Rick dropped this comment, and it says it all about fishing.

Thanks for getting back to the salt. Even though you are retired, I know you can appreciate the fact that ” a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work”.

So trite and so true!

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There is one momentous happening on Saturday night, we are going to see the Rolling Stones.  Makes me old to think I have been listening to them for over 45 years, holy mackerel!  And they are headed to 70, and probably lucky to be alive.  Party on – but definitely not as hard as the old days.  It should be a rocking good time.

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 Not sure what is next, but crossing the Guadalupe the water is still high and really muddy.  On the way to the concert we should get a glimpse of some other rivers, it will be interesting to see their condition.  It may just require a little change on my part as far as the bay fishing is concerned.  The Shoedog has been on a multi-state tour, which will end early next week, and I am sure he is itching to fish the Gulf.  Heck the flats boat has not even left the garage since we got back from Florida over 6 weeks ago.  Time to change that one.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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POC 6/23/15.

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Good thing I threw the Rage Shrimp today!

Today was not what I would call a great fishing day.  The wind was out of the east about 15 – 20 and the water, until you get way away from POC, is still dirty.  I do not know about you but our local waters can clear anytime.  We have now had 37 inches of rain this year.  That is almost as much as we had the last 2 years combined.  The drought is officially over.

The plan was to catch a few for the Arkansas folks, and that turned out to be harder than it should have been.  First it was usual stop in Big Bayou for some topwater at daylight.  I had 4 or 5 blow ups but only put 1 trout and 1 red in the boat, and neither one made it.  That was to be the tune for the day.

So I headed to the Oil Cut hoping the water would be a little clearer, and it was.  I kept with the topwater for a while and again only one small one each came over the side.  So then I switched to the Rage Shrimp on a popping cork.  They only wanted it slightly more and until I got a big bite it was just a couple of more small trout, and I mean small.  But then something pulled it under and took off.

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Still getting used to the new camera, but you get the point.

This may be the heaviest 27″ red I have ever caught, and on my trout rod a great tussle.  His bad luck, soon to be the guest of honor at an Arkansas fish fry.  I stayed in there for awhile, but just could not get anything going.  So with the wind out of the east I headed down Bayucos shoreline and fished a big drain.  There were no more hits on popping cork so I started throwing plastics and again, small trout.  Next it was in front of the big cove on Grass Island, and unfortunately it was the same result.

Last it was back to Big Bayou to throw spinnerbait, and that resulted in the same thing I got on it in the Oil Cut, a couple of small trout.  If I had taken the Mako I would have probably headed to the island, but with the skiff and the fishing as slow as it was I called it a day.

If I had to guess it was probably only about 10 or 12 for the day.  There was no one at the cleaning table at Froggie’s and the few people I talked to had just as tough a day.  But part of that was me, I just did not fish well.  I can honestly say this off colored water has me flummoxed.  So to solve that, next time I am not stopping and putting a bait in the water until I find some good color, or lack thereof.  One thing that can be said is there is bait almost everywhere, which is a good thing.  As soon as it settles down and all this water finally works it way through the system it should be awesome.

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 I finally figured it out – Nature vs. Nurture.  A boat with mom and dad, 3 or 4 kids, and the dog, came by me today where I was fishing, and I mean close.  Running his big boat wide open it was just flat out rude, a little more than usual by even POC standards.  The kind of thing that makes some people want to engage in violence.  Kids watch everything you do, and you only get the occasional chance for a teaching moment.  Well this dude failed, and when those boys grow up they will think that doing that is acceptable practice.  To bad.

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Not sure what is next.  It would be nice to add a few more fish to the Yankee’s bag.  So I may slip out in the morning, but it is hard to get motivated with my latest run of luck.  But one thing for sure, with the bad luck comes the good, it does not last forever.  Think I will check the water conditions down in Baffin, just might be worth the drive.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Coleto Creek 6/22/15.

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Baits that catch fish!

With the forecast for some wind and possible rain I decided to do the lake today, and the Gulf tomorrow.  I specifically got an order for some fish from my mom up in Arkansas so I need to catch some trout and reds for those poor Yankees.  They don’t get that good fresh fish we are lucky enough to get when we hit the bay.

It was cracking daylight as I idled out of the ramp cove and headed to my first choice, a flat cove with lots of grass and cover.  The lake came back up to where it was about 2 weeks ago, and the creek was full crossing the 59 bridge, so they are letting some of the water out.  Unfortunately the last round put a little more color in the water.  It is no wonder the fish are unsettled, up, down, dirty, clearing and back to color again.  I am not sure who is more unsettled, me or the fish.

To make a long story short I threw the book at them and immediately put a small one in the boat on buzzbait, which turned out to be a bad thing, because I kept at it.  From daylight until 10:30 when I went back to the ramp to pick up Voe it was about 6 bites and only 2 small ones.  I fished places I have caught them, and several places I had not fished in quite a while.  I just could not get it going.  So at 10:30 I met him at the ramp and out we went.

When I say that I threw the book at them it might be an exaggeration.  Voe started right off with plastics and missed several and put this one in the boat on a plastic lizard.

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There is the lizard he caught that one on.

His bites were coming way, and I mean way, back in the stuff.  He had several short strikes and had a couple take his lizard.  In my own hard headed way I kept alternating between my usual, and other than one more bite they were not interested.  Voe meanwhile kept switching and finally about half way back in a big cove he got a big bite.

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4-15 – if he had eaten one more shad he would have been a 5.

This fish came on swimming a white grub Texas style way back in the stuff.  Now swimming a 4″ grub on spinning gear in heavy cover is not your usual Coleto tactic, but it definitely told me something,  they are not going to chase a bait, you have to put it in front of their face.  Unfortunately he missed a couple of more on plastics before we called it a day.

So there is definitely something to take away from this morning.  There are still fish back in that stuff, and swimming some sort of soft plastic is the way to go.  So next trip I will put the other stuff down and work on that pattern.  I have had some success on nice bass swimming the big Strike King Anaconda worm, and something along that lines may be the ticket.  But I will not be throwing that on a spinning rod!

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 I did mess up this weekend, and when combined with a previous engagement, I did not end up fishing with the Austin boys at POC.  When I got back from New Mexico on Thursday following a 13 hour drive I went to bed and did not make it Friday, my fault and my apologies to the guys.  They had a good day as you can see.  And if any of you guys read this send me a little more information about the fishing, I can use all the help I can get.  I am also really interested in whether any tarpon were seen or caught.  So sorry I did not make it.

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A nice mess!

I wanted to fish Saturday with them but my good buddy Jeffish’s mom, Linda, had her graduation party Saturday afternoon at the Coleto Creek Park, and I am so glad we went.  A high school drop out, she always wanted to get her degree, and she stuck it out.  I know what that means, I also dropped out of high school, and ended up getting my degree and then finishing law school.  It was a great party with family and friends and all I can say is way to go Linda.  You did you and your family proud!

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Tomorrow looks pretty good for the Gulf.  With the fish order placed it will be a tough decision.  Indianola shoreline?  Keller Bay?  Maybe POC for my milk run?  That decision will be made at 5 am when I pull out of the driveway.  Heck it might even be made around the time I get close to the Gulf.  I appreciate you all staying with me when I don’t fish that often, amazing how a retired guy ends up not being able to fish everyday.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Missing in Action 6/18/15.

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Baits that catch fish!

No I have not been kidnapped by aliens, though I was just in Roswell New Mexico.  But the only little green men we saw were on the billboards.  What really happened was once the weather forecast for this week went to crap the lovely wife just forced me to go to go have fun in Ruiodosa NM by way of Alpine TX.

She had just worked a long stretch and was wanting some sunshine, so I put down the computer and we headed out west.  We love the high desert.  So big, so quiet, it is a real testimony to how expansive this great country of ours is.  While we did not see the usual amount of wildlife, we did see mule deer, antelope, and turkey.

We had a great time in Ruiodosa, it was our second visit and will go back again with the 4 wheel drive so we can really explore the mountains and parks.  Hope fully it will be during the Elk bugling this fall.  And there is always a slight possibility you might see a bear.  This trip the weather sure was nice, it was mid 70′s in the day and low 50′s at night.  With the low humidity the weather was flat wonderful.  We ate, maybe had a couple of adult beverages, and even played a game of chance or two while we were there.

The trip was great and it was nice to have a break from the website.  But tomorrow it is back to the business at hand.  Not sure how the water looks at the Gulf, and from what I hear it probably did not help the lake any either.

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I heard from Jeramie and here is his Coleto report from the 15th.

Went yesterday , caught several. Bite was slow , biggest  going around 3 pounds . Fished  flooded grass . Pitched a small black craw with a heavy weight to punch through the heavy grass, a lot of the bass had crawfish in their throats! As it gets hotter the bite will get tougher. You were right the deeper grass is almost non existent.

Glad to hear you were punching with the craw.  With the ones that came out of the thicker bushes for me last time I figured that would work some.  As far as the grass who knows?  We just may not get the heavy stuff if the water does not clear and things will get a lot tougher this summer.  It will be interesting to see what patterns do develop.  Thanks for touching base.

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Not absolutely sure what, or where, is next, but I am sure I will think of something.  So if any of you would like to help a brother out, send me some water condition reports on the bays or the lake.  While we were gone the reports on the news and weather channels made it seem fairly bad this week, but talking to a couple of folks back here it seems like we weathered the storm just fine.  Thanks for sticking with me while I took this little break, I promise it will back to some serious fishing this week.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

 

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Just Some Stuff 6/13/15.

 

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Baits that catch fish!

 

Korbin Strikes Again

Over the last year I have helped my buddy Jeffish work on his boat.  After basically rewiring the whole thing, then some motor work, and finally a paint job, it is running great.  And the best thing is his son, Korbin, had developed a bad case of fishing disease.

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Korbin reports he caught these slabs 10 foot deep in his secret spot on Coleto.  It is a great thing that they are fishing together.  It was about at this age when I went fishing crazy, and look how I turned out.  So congratulations big boy, the Bassmaster Classic is next!

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I just spent 3 hours putting a new crank on the skiff, among other things.  Then a complete clean and repair of the trolling motor wiring, followed by my favorite boating job, greasing the hubs.  Having two boats is double the headache, but I should not complain.  No matter what happens we can fish, and having a couple of problems with one boat with friends here, it was just a matter of hopping in the other, saved the trips.  So there will always be a certain amount of whining with money spent and the ongoing challenge of keeping up both boats.  And this afternoon will be the mandatory getting tackle organized.  Fishing 8 times in 2 weeks takes it toll on stuff.

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I got an interesting comment from Steve and I wanted to share it with you.

Good Morning Doug
Last weekend we spent 3 days off shore loading up on red snapper. My girlfriend and myself ended up bringing back about 60 lbs (our share) of snapper filets home to Waco. I was just wondering do you ever fish Green’s Bayou, Middle grounds or Cotton Bayou. I know it’s a long boat ride, but the fishing can be awesome. It’s a huge flat with 13’ of water nearby deep guts and grass. I never hear anybody talk about these places. Must be top secret! LOL  Keep writing and I’ll keep reading. In the past year I have turned a few dozen people on to your blog. For us we can only go to the coast about 10 times a year and YOU do a great service. Thanks
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From what I have seen at Froggie’s, and heard from friends, the snapper fishing is going hot and heavy.  So sounds like you seriously got in on the action.  Red snappers are probably my favorite fish to eat, and you will be eating lots of them.  Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.  I have waded the Green’s area several times, with moderate success, but it is fished a lot by the POC crowd.  The other places I have not for a couple of reasons.  First when the wind is blowing pretty good the run back to POC can be an adventure as you cross the mouth of Lavaca Bay in a flats boat, it really gets up a head of steam.  The other reason is if I am going to make a long trip for the day I head to the Island and down into San Antonio Bay.  I fish a lot by myself and just get lazy and don’t put out the effort I should at times.  Sometimes I fall into that trap fisherman do, take the sure thing, kind of a bigger version of don’t leave fish to find fish.  So thanks for the comment and now I am going to have to try those other places.

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I actually did get to the Coleto for 5 hours Friday.  The boss headed to the sweat shop around 9;30, there was some clouds with rain west of here, so it was time to see if I could get in a little bit before some real rain came.

The last few trips the fishing on the lake has been later in the day so it seemed like the thing to do.  The double fluke rig and an umbrella rig were the plan.  If they are eating shad the umbrella should imitate a school of shad and get a bite or two, and with no deep grass it made sense. Well not so much.  I stuck with both baits for 2 hours and not a hit, zip.  One of those little lessons, they are in the grass knucklehead.  So it was time for a change, back to the KVD Sexy Dawg.

It was raining off and on, the wind would blow one way then another.  One of those put on the rain jacket, then take it off a couple of minutes later.  Then it just cleared and got steamy hot.  But it did not affect the topwater bite.  Until I quit at 3:30 it was at least 10 hits.  Unfortunately there is no big fish picture, but not for lack of effort on their part.  Jerking it by an isolated bush on the tip of a flat point my Sexy Dawg disappeared in one of those no splash and it was gone bites.  I reeled tight and she came out up and here comes the topwater back at me.  Dang it.  Another one just exploded on it and flat missed.  Where were those guys when Voe and I fished 2 days ago?

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The white Sexy Dawg catches them.

One did eat a buzzbait, and that one also came out of an isolated bush off the bank.  When the fish are holding to cover like that, combined with the bright sunshine, it is probably time to pitch a Rodent or some other compact plastic.  And the water is finally clearing a little more each day, hopefully the deep grass will start to grow.  From what the weatherman says we may get a long period of rain, 4 or 5 days, and some may be heavy.   The last thing the bay and the lake need is any more dirty water added to the mix.

There are tons of beds right now, with tilapia all over.  If you are a bow fisherman just head into a big cove and you will see the beds all over in the back ends.  And it is finally clear enough to see them and the fish.  For the middle of the day not a bad little outing.  5 on topwater and 1 on buzzbait.   Anytime you can catch bass in the middle of the day in the Texas summer you are doing ok.

This week will be very weather dependant according to the weatherman.  After painting his house and then being on a jury for 3 days he is really wanting to fish.  And the Austin boys are at POC Friday and Saturday and  I hope to pre-fish a couple of days, maybe cut down on their search.  And I love the comments I have been getting.  We all learn something from each of them, so keep them coming.  Thanks for stopping in and reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Coleto Creek 6/11/15.

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We are fishing now!  After a couple of months of crappy weather and rain I have been hitting it pretty hard lately.  I think it is 7 times in the last 2 weeks, and who knows, I may just do it all over again tomorrow.

Sometimes when I go fishing I just hate fishing.  Why you say?  Because just when you think you have it going on the fish remind you it is their world.  The other day it was a pretty good day of topwater fishing on Coleto.  So when Voe and I left the ramp I really was expecting to catch some good fish, and maybe even put that big girl in the boat.  So we started walking the dawg with the KVD Sexy Dawg.  First was the 3 places where I wacked some big ones, but they were not having the same bait they smashed 2 days ago.  So the hunt was on.

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Finally a frog fish, I figured the white was the way to go.

We started throwing the book at them, and most things worked, for 1 or 2.  We worked up lake and back down.  There are still fish in the coves, and as long as the water does not fall much they should stay there.  One point on Coleto, it just seems it has never been that killer of a morning lake as a rule, and today was no different.

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Voe with a nice one on a scrounger head and lizard.

Voe threw the scrounger head with various plastics and had some success, he even put a small squid used for offshore fishing behind it and caught one and had one break his line.  I kept with the big 4, buzzbait, swim jig, frog, and the KVD topwater.  Though it was slow at daylight it got better as the day wore on.  We started catching one here and there, then a couple in a cove, then 3 on main lake bank, and so it went.  The one thing that was consistent was grass.

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Of course one on the Swimming Jig, what has become my go to bait.

If I had to say what I have learned the last few trips on Coleto is that while they are in that grass at times, they do not want to chase it.  Right before we quit Voe put on the double fluke rig and had a couple of bites in maybe 15 minutes.  While he did not hook either of them up, it was promising.  Not having fished that rig it looked mean, and Voe said when there is a big shad feed it can be really effective.  Which brings me to the shad, if there are lots of shad flipping around, those fish are close somewhere.

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Finally a good one absolutely smashed that topwater about 10 feet from the boat.

Really watching the locator close there does not even seem to be any deep grass emerging off the bottom yet.  While a little more rain will be ok this week, we do not need any more color in the lake.

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And I just had to show you one on a buzzbait.

So as you can see, we caught them on lots of things but just did not find the best choice.  Who knows?  There just may not be a best choice.  And some were deep in the grass and do not appear to want to move very far to eat.  But no matter what we tossed they were in the grass, so choose your bait accordingly.

By 2 it was over 100 heat index again today so we quit, actually when they seemed to be biting the best.  And folks, stay hydrated and cover up.  Not only is it necessary, it can extend your fishing day.  Summer is here to stay.

For the day it was probably around a dozen fish, all on different baits.  I mean almost every single one.  I really was surprised that the topwater fishing was not any better than it was.  Heck my buddy Jeffish stopped yesterday and got some advice and went our for a couple of hours and put 5 in the boat including a good one, all walking the dog.  Fish can be fickle, and today they were.

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I get a lot of nice comments and I read each and every one, except the spam.  I really appreciate those nice job, love the info, that kind of stuff.  Every once in a while one comes that keeps me writing.

Doug- I want to thank you for sharing the details of how you fish and the locations.  It is really helping me feel more confident about testing different spots out in POC.  I have been fishing  POC for years (but only a couple of times per year and usually the same spots (ceders area along the peninsula).   Thanks for being so open.  You are definitely a fishing mentor.  Brian.

One thing that happened to me when I came here was it was all on me.  Other than a couple of guys, I really got no help.  It was keep at it, range out more, and learn what I could.  That has been one of my pet peeves for quite a while.  This is not some secret scientific formula, it is fishing.  So here you have a fishing nut like me saying it is only fishing.   But that is all it is.  We should enjoy every day on the water, and helping other folks catch a couple of more fish is good thing, it makes you a better person.

Spreading out in the POC area does have it’s hazards.  But if I had to give people one word of advice I have learned exploring the Everglades, Louisiana, and other shallow bay areas of the coast, just take it slow.  And if you do not know it like the back of your hand idle in and out.  It only adds a minute to the day and you can never go wrong as you explore different shallow areas.   So thanks Brian for letting me know reading my ramblings have helped, that is the point.  And the rest of you, I love to hear from all of you.

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I heard from Aaron out of Austin who was down here last weekend for a couple of days.

Hey Doug,

Thought I would shoot you an update from the weekend fishing.  I started Friday at Indianola and fished the PH ranch shoreline from 6-9AM.  There were probably another dozen waders scattered on the shoreline.  I caught only one 15” trout on topwater.  The other folks were slinging bait and I didn’t see any of them catching fish either.  I moved to the hurricane cut and picked up some small reds in the area but the bite was slow.  I loaded up and drove to the other side of PH to see how it looked but it’s still chocolate milk on the other end.  I saw plenty of gators on both ends of PH just as you did. Nice to be on the water but a slow morning for sure.

I tried Coleto Saturday morning and landed a 20” on topwater on my third cast.  Over the next 3 hours I only added two more fish.  Sounds like you had a similar experience.  I don’t have any better theories than yours about the abundance of bait fish killing the bite.  I hope to redeem myself with a better trip next month.

Aaron

The fishing has improved some since you were here last week.  And as you can tell from the report above, the bass are still not settled down, but at least they are biting.  (It doesn’t look like you are suffering from lack of bass from the pictures you have passed along lately from up your way.  It is not like you haven’t caught some big bass in the last month.) And the trout fishing from what I am hearing can still be spotty, but at least in my experience this week it is also improving.  So by time you get back down here again it should be quite a bit better, I hope.  Thanks for the report.

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I am really looking forward to next Friday and Saturday.  Ro, Pete, and John, along with a few other guys, will be down from Austin for a couple of days of fishing.  Those 3 are waders who keep after it so I plan on hitting the POC area near the island a couple of days next week.  Maybe I can find a few fish to help out the cause.  A couple of the other guys are going to soak a little bait for tarpon.  I hope they get that done, it is one thing I really want to do some time.  And it was funny when I got the text from Ro, I had just finished wrapping him a little present.  So Ro when you get that package in the mail it is just a thank you for helping me out.  It will be a good time, they are good fisherman and great guys.

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That is the size of it for today.  Maybe a early morning trip back to Keller Bay is in order.  I did not wade last trip, but now that I know the fish are there it might be a good quick trip to boat a few more trout.  The Captain of Team Nancy complains that I cook fish while she is at work and she gets to eat them on day 2.  That is a legitimate complaint.  Know matter how good it tastes day 2, nothing compares with fresh out of the Gulf and into the grease.  So I guess I am having to go trout fishing and get her a fish fry.  A fisherman can rationalize any reason to go fishing, especially when it is to help others.  Right?  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Keller Bay 6/9/15.

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It has been quite a while since I have been to Keller Bay.  High winds and dirty water have been a plague the last month.  One thing about Keller is if the wind is wrong it gets flat out rough.  Today was not that day.  There was barely a breath of wind, or there was no wind.  It was hotter than hades, and by time the wind quit and the tide got full at 1, the bite was over.

Generally in Keller the first stop is the pasture where the high bank is.   When I got there bait was moving and so were the fish.  The only problem was it was 8:30, 2 hours to late.  The water had a brown tinge to it so it was the popping cork first.  That is one of those techniques that has it moments and I do not throw it as often as I should.

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A Rage Shrimp 20″ below the popping cork.

The bank there goes out to 4 feet plus and so the trolling motor kept me in 3 foot.  3 or 4 like this one took off with it.  Just popping it along and letting it rest.  Since I was not keeping them it was time for some experimentation.  I threw watermelon red paddle tail, a copper sand eel, and an electric chicken paddle tail, all on a Strike King 1/8th ounce Flats Jig.  I also gave the topwater a couple of tosses, but with no wind and being late, no one was interested.  A couple of small ones hit the MirrOLure hardbait, but I did not have the right rod for it so that didn’t last to long.

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The first plastic fish.

I worked the whole bank all the way down until it really flattens out and caught one here and there the whole way.  There seems to be a pretty good mullet population because they were all over that bank, and everywhere else I have fished the past week.   But it was pretty evident that the bite was slowing down.  To bad I was lazy this morning.  If I was keeping them it would have been a limit, and that was out of a dozen or so that I caught before it was time to redfish.  And the popping cork was much better for the nicer fish, but again, I only caught the tail end of it.

There are two banks in Keller that hold reds consistently for me, the dock area and back past them on the grass bank, and also the right bank as you come in at the mouth of Keller.  So I fished them both with a Redfish Magic.

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And this was the big one.

The bank at the mouth had more color to it than the pasture, though it may have been due to the tide.  I fished the whole thing and only caught the one above and had a flounder knock the crap out of it but not hookup.  Next it was from the point by the ramp to past all the docks with the Redfish Magic.  One rat jumped it by the first dock and I put him in the boat, and then not another bite.  The water back in Keller is really off color, but I think it also had to do with high tide, no wind, and the water just not moving.

At this point, 2:00, it was 90 degrees plus with a heat index of 100 so I called it a day.  Texas summer is back with a vengeance.  Could be worse, it isn’t a 100 plus.  The best I can say is there is a reason to get up at 5 in the morning and be there at first light.  As good as the trout fishing was when I got there it must have been great the couple of hours before.  A little reminder – get up –  the fishing is better and when it gets hot it is hot.

It is so nice that the area waters are returning to normal.  The bass fishing is picking up and the bay fishing has been pretty consistent.  I haven’t really wacked them, but for as little as I have trout fished it has been all right the last couple of trips.  A few more trips and I just might get the hang of it.  But tomorrow it is back to Coleto.  It should be cloudy and little wind, perfect topwater weather.  I am thinking big one.  So picking Voe up in the morning and fishing at daylight until we give up.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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