The Mad Trout Fisherman at it again. 7/11/17.

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It was great to hear from Chad.  He is kind enough to send the occasional reports with great details.  No big shot guide or rich kid with daddy’s boat, this is a fisherman. He is the kind of guy who does not flaunt his stuff, in fact until this year fished out of an aluminum boat, but with my begging he is kind enough to teach us something.  I do not care who you are, when you read his reports there is plenty to glean.  And with me out of action for a little bit it is nice to have a good report to share with all of you.

Hey, a fast recovery is being prayed for you my friend! I spent 2 1/2 mo in the hospital in 2015 and nearly lost my life and leg and foot. But god is good and after a yr I recovered. So hang in there my friend.

Taylor putting the wood to them!

On the flip side the trout action in poc is on fire!!! My fishing partner and I have been getting great results, fishing croaker in the surf and bays. My son went to Colorado for a week and hooked a few brown trout and a couple rainbows. After 3 days there he told me he had yellow mouth fever so upon his arrival Sunday, we hitched the boat and loaded the rods for the cure.

Sacking them up.

Yesterdays trip to poc was outstanding. Surf was flat so at dawn patrol we found what we were looking for. Baitfish jumping in a back current coming out the breakers is best I can describe, we anchored and game on. After a quick fix of 15 in the box we headed for the bay. Coming back through the jetties we saw the birds feeding on chad the jacks were blowing out the water. A quick change to a silver spoon with steel leader meant time to hook a jack daddy. After a 50 min battle with one about 40lbs on 12 lb big game green we boated and released. So what to do now one jack is about all a man wants or should i say can stand on trout gear anyway.

One jack is enough, but fun on trout stuff, for a minute!

It was towards greens with hopes to hook some reds. The reds didn’t cooperate but we had a blast seeing who could catch the biggest trout and Taylor won that with a 24″ trout! His personnel best.

Taylor with his POB.  It will be the first of many.

As I get older I only fish conditions instead of spots. What I mean is while moving from one location to another with the boat just on plane, I try to read the water. Looking for slicks, color changes, big schools of active bait. This has increased my catch rate by slowing down and just reading what the fish are showing me. Thanks chad

The couple of years I have know Chad through the blog he is a solid fisherman, an unassuming master trout fisherman, but most of all, a good man and father.  This man is a shining example of what our sport should be.  He catches fish in all conditions at all times of the year.  So re-read the last paragraph, it is a great piece of advice from someone who is a clear cut above other trout fisherman.  And it sounds so easy, and of course I can hear some of you now saying crap like “Who does not know that?” or “What’s the big deal?”  If that is you I call bullshit.  First that technique does not work well at 70mph!  Second, think about it and be honest with yourself, when was the last time you actually slowed down, did not head to the last place you caught them, or that great spot, trimmed out flat flying, and just actually paid attention all the way there?  Tell me you do not as a rule drive by miles and miles of bank without giving them a second look.  So take it for what it is worth.  Chad has no sponsors, no ax to grind, no look at me bragging on Facebook, his results speak for themselves.  And his couple of past posts I put on the blog are a how to on croaker fishing.  So thanks Chad for your continued educating us.  And I will be back in action soon.  Looking at your pictures has me wanting to sneak out of the hospital and catch a few!

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The greatest tackle show on earth starts this week in Florida and Michael the designer of the Controlled Descent Lures and owner of My Coast Outdoors is introducing his great plastics to the international fishing world.  Here’s to a great show, hope they realize what a fish catching innovation the Controlled Descent Really is.  If there ever was a new product that deserves recognition it is your cool lure.

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I am now 2 days post-op.  Still the old IV thing and hooked up to the pain pump, but a couple of other not so pleasant things are done, thank God.  Just have to keep getting up and move about.  I am being a good patient, unusual for me, and if all goes well I could be free by the end of the week.  And I want to thank so many of you who have emailed or sent me your kind words and well wishes here or on Facebook.  I won’t put them all up, it would be to self serving, but suffice to say you don’t know what it means to me.  If I started naming you all it would take a page, but you know who you are and you have my thanks.

And I do want to say a kind word about Detar Hospital, they have been great.  From the ER, through Surgery and now the floor, I have been pleasantly surprised.  My past experience at other hospitals clearly left something to be desired, but not here and I am grateful for that.  There has been a couple of nurses who have been especially caring and compassionate, and as soon as I get out of here I will be contracting their supervisors letting them know how lucky they are to have them.

So I may not be on the water, but I am keeping up with things online, and the fishing on the Bay is on fire.  So if you get out on the water drop me a comment, my turn to fish vicariously through you all.  Nothing else to say but keep dropping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines 

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Canada Pictures 7/7/17.

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My buddy Clyde made his annual trek to Canada, which he has been doing for over 25 years, and it was another successful trip.  Muskie Bay is the place, Crow Lake and Lake of the Woods give you all the water you could fish in a  lifetime.  One thing I love about Muskie Bay, if you ever wanted to cross a muskie off your bucket list this is the place.  And I can not say enough how great the folks at Muskie Bay treat you.

Great fish!

Muskies are a definite bucket list fish.  They are the top of the food chain in the north woods, and most days are completely oblivious to the boat.  If you like the visual, which is a huge fish opening his mouth and eating your lure at boatside with  a couple of feet of line out, this is the fish for you.

Here is his comments on the trip:

This year at Muskie Bay the light colored jerk baits were the way to go.

We walleye fished one day and caught them jigging aggressively in 6 foot of water.  John’s daughter and granddaughter went this year and after a lessons started wearing them out. It was nice to have some youth around.  The walleye bite was excellent on light tackle with jigs and plastics or Berkeley power minnows ; lots of 25 to 30 inch pike  on light tackle ;very slow on buzz bait.

Paul, Chris and Jake were good hosts and these lakes are fish factories.

Now that is a freakin’ stud!

I am sure the gang at Muskie Bay did their usual bang up job.  If you ever wanted to take that bucket list trip to Canada this is the place.  They are great folks and will do whatever they can to help you boat that fish of a lifetime.  And to your comment on having youth around, that is what it is all about.  Sharing the love of the outdoors with young folks, and when we are dead and gone they will be taking their kids and family on these kinds of trips.  And the beat goes on.

Muskies are the great predator, and they know it.  It is so cool to see them follow the bait all the way to the boat and then eat.  One of those great moments in fishing.  And as these pictures show, they come in all sizes and colors, one of the most beautiful fish swimming.

One solid muskie!

And there are plenty of smallmouth available.

Though muskies are cool, there is a world of nice fish to be caught out of Muskie Bay.  Perch, largemouth, smallmouth, walleye, lake trout, muskie, plenty of fish to keep an angler on Crow and Lake of the Woods busy.  The smallmouth fishing on Lake of the Woods is world class.  It is possible any day to catch a 100 smallmouth in a day, it really can be awesome.  So looks like another great trip, maybe someday I will make it again.  That’s the dang problem, so many fish, so many places, so hard to choose.  Thanks for the pics.

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Speaking of Lake of the Woods, it is where I caught my biggest muskie 4 years ago.  The reason I wanted to show it to you (besides it still blows me away) is that almost every one of the dozen or so I ever caught came on bass fishing lures and tackle.  It you can throw a jerk bait you can catch almost everything that swims up there.

601This one came on a Red Eye shad in a foot of water.  The point is you don’t have to go hog snot crazy with tons of tackle, a good braid and wire or heavy fluoro leader with your flippin’ stick and you are good to go, except for the huge net.  In fact most of them I was lucky enough to boat came on regular medium heavy equipment.  And the great benefit is you continue to catch pike, smallmouth, and the occasional walleye, then out of the blue it happens.  Cool stuff.  So if you ever wanted to cross one off your bucket list just do it, and Muskie Bay is the place to get it done.

If you want to get your fishing juices flowing check out their webpage.

http://muskiebayresort.com/

There are dozens of Canada posts on the blog, so if you want to see or know more just put muskie into the search box on the right and there is plenty of information about fishing there.  And the first article I wrote on Muskie Bay is in the Fish Catching Travel section at the top of the page.

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It is noon on Friday.  I just got back from all the pre-op stuff at the hospital prior to heading to surgery Monday morning.  It has been a struggle, and it continues to be one.  Though the Boss works there and has been in health care for 35 years, it is unbelievable what has transpired.  Everyone has their hand out, it is crazy.  And how poor folks without any experience in the system navigate I do not know.

The  punch line is today is my last chance to fish for a little.  So even though it is hot and humid I am hitching the boat up and headed to Coleto.  Not sure how long I will last but suffice to say this will be it for a while.  Like I have said in the past, every day on the water is precious, and when it is taken from you it confirms that, fish while you can.

I guess this is time to fill you in.  I go for major surgery Monday.  I will be in the hospital for a week, yikes!  Then it will be 3 weeks of laying around on my ass doing nothing,  After week 3 it will be 3 more weeks of limited physical activity.  The worst part?  The surgeon says I can not even ride in a boat for up to 6 weeks!   Wtf.  Guess they don’t want my guts slipping out and landing in my lap – for the love of God!  He did say I can wade or pier fish, but none of those back breaking rides across the bay.  Obviously he is a fisherman.  There is one bright spot, as long as it goes like he says it should cure me and I should be good as new, so it is better than I feared.

Unfortunately the next fishing report will be it for a while.  I guess if I have to be laid up hot summer time is the best timing, if there is a good time for this.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Coleto Creek 7/5/17.

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A great morning to be on the water.

Since I have to go to the dentist, the principal’s office, or court tomorrow, (read surgeon) and take the drilling, my punishment, or go to jail (read the bad news) it was time to at least get in a little fishing before whatever might be coming.  So while I was not feeling all that hot I was on the water at 6:20.

The morning was beautiful with almost no wind.  The lake has come up a little with the water temp at the ramp 92 degrees, way up lake it was 88.  The water up lake has a nice color to it, and that little bit of added cover didn’t hurt anything either.  So it was straight to where l knew a few were, and they were there.  To bad it just did not go all that well.

The only good one I could get in the boat.

Starting with a buzzbait I finally got a nice one after about an hour.  It was not one of those little pull it under bites, she smoked it.  I kept after it a while and finally switched to the white swim jig with a white trailer, and the bite was on.  It turned out to be one of those good news/bad news things.  While I boated a good 6 or 7, I had multiple disasters, all because of a lack of concentration.  That little bit of feeling ill had me off my game just enough that I paid for it.

Of course this size stayed on.

Almost every single bite, and I had a bunch, came within 5 feet of the bank.  Unfortunately in one stretch I lost a big one, then another, then actually broke another one off.  At this point I was definitely frustrated and not feeling worth a hoot, not the best combination.  After the one broke the line it was time to go a little heavier instead of the 12lb line.  I switched to the bluegill swim jig with the crawdad trailer on braid with a 20lb fluoro leader.  Though they definitely liked it as well, another good one came unbuttoned.  It really turned into a lose em’ fest.  Missed, lost , broke off, jumped off, it all happened.  And of course the small ones all stayed on.  I can not even guess how many managed to get off, unfortunately it was more than I boated.

So at 9:30 I called it a morning.  The fishing really was pretty good, to bad I wasn’t.  It really was a lesson in how important concentration is to fishing.  As I always say it is the little things, and today I failed miserably in that department.  Not checking the line after a few fish, improper drag setting, letting them jump, not setting the hook hard enough, it all happened.  But don’t get me wrong, it was actually a good bite, to bad I did not get the job done.

A last word on Coleto, they are catching crappie from one end of the lake to the other.  I actually saw one boat catch one when I went by, the another hit a pile and caught one across from me.  Considering we are in full on summer the fishing is pretty good.  This little rise did not hurt anything and there might be a pretty good catfish bite for a day or two.  So if you like freshwater Coleto has plenty to offer right now

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First I want to thank all of you who have sent me words of encouragement.  And one I got from Ervin is really on point, especially after my short trip this morning.

Doug, here’s best wishes for kicking whatever’s ailing you so you can get back on the water soon and keep these reports flowing. I’ve never commented before, but I really enjoy reading you stuff and I’ve been learning a lot. I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge. This getting old isn’t for sissies, is it?

It always makes me smile and feel humbled when I get this kind of comment.  It really is the plan to share some real information that hopefully folks can take to the water and catch a few.  Though clearly not Van Dam, or the best trout fisherman on the planet, I have caught my share the last 60 years, and if by reading this folks catch even one more fish then mission accomplished.

And your comment;  “This getting old isn’t for sissies, is it?”, is one of the more timely and astute things anyone has said to me in a while.  At times I  sure see why folks just basically give up, though clearly that is not in the plan.  In my case it really is time to man up, so I will do what I am told, and start planning my next trip.  Thanks for your kind comments.

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And as usual it was good to hear from Jim.

Doug I know you’ll hang in there buddy.  I’ll be sitting here waiting for your next post whether tomorrow or six weeks from now.  I headed to Swan Lake leaving Seadrift, I say near but right off of Mission Bay, so we were 4 fisherman fighting the wind and the fish.  We ended up with three fish which made the size limit and we’re happy with that.  The sun was hot and the wind beat us up a little bit, but we’re back at the house drinking a beer.

Sounds like a wonderful time.  Nothing like getting your butt kicked coming back across the bay.  It is not always about catching them, though of course that helps, some trips just end up being classified as an adventure, and it sounds like that covers your last trip.  But when you can head to the house and finish the day sharing a cold with friends it somehow turns things into a great day.  It is all in the telling.  Keep in touch.

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It really is driving me nuts seeing all the bay pictures online.  A great motivator to get this stuff dealt with and get to feeling good again.  It was nice to have a good bite this morning, not to mention plenty of deer, I scared the crap out of a big bunch of hogs, alligators on the prowl and birds feeding everywhere.  Saying that reminded me that several of the fish came from the areas with the shorebirds working the bank.  Guess everyone was on the chew this morning.  Not sure when I will get back on the water but it will be as soon as possible.  So hang with me a little bit and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Happy Fourth of July 7/3/17.

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As we all take the time to celebrate the birth of our nation it got me to thinking about what it means to be an American.  I love my country, my freedoms, the rights of everyone to live as they please, or worship as they will.  But to me the privilege, the honor, that goes along with the good fortune to live in the greatest country in the world carries with it a certain responsibility.

I am a father, a husband, a fisherman, a writer, among other things, but those can all change.  But come hell or high water I am an American.  Right or wrong I choose my country over others.  I take my countries side, support her, and love the wonders of living in America.  Not everything is perfect, not every plan or decision is to my liking, but in the words of George Bush after 9-11;  “You are either with us or against us.”   So as you take time off to celebrate tomorrow give thanks that we live in the best freakin’ country on the face of this earth.

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I got this question from SA Joe and I actually have a pretty good answer.

Doug, Have you used the Descent Jerk Shad on Bass in Coleto? Spend 2-3 hours with it and let us know how you did. Let them sit next to those stumps…and see how they react to them.

I get a suspending bait made for me from Ken Culverhouse (KC Baits). Plus a couple of secret baits that work like a charm. I bring the suspending baits past the stumps everywhere, pause and the moment i move it- BAM !!!

Let me know

My first on the Controlled Descent Lure in March.

Actually I used it almost exclusively several trips this spring  just to get the hang of it and it worked the very way you said.  Once I got the combination of weight correct, whether weighted swim bait hooks or by lead insert, you could jerk it keeping it under water a foot or so, and then just stop it next to cover.  I also caught several making it floating and fishing it like a spook, and they blew up on it.  It was sight fishing at it’s best.  And now that you mention it, considering where I am finding the bigger fish on Coleto, next trip I will be using it by the grass, toss in it, a couple of jerks out and stop it close, should work like a charm.  I primarily fished the Pearl Silver Jerk Shad, but I did catch a couple on the Pink Limeaid Paddle Shad.

My first on the Paddle Shad.

So the basic answer is, it works and using like you suggest should help pull some of those fish out of that cover, especially the way they refused to chase the last few trips.  So thanks for reminding me of a technique that might put them in the boat right now, and if you get a chance to give it a go lets us know how it turned out for you.  And as a side note for you Carolina rigging boys fishing deep this summer, getting it to suspend perfectly horizontal will be killer.  Thanks for the comment.

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Just a friendly reminder after some pretty tough things happening on the coast the last few weeks.  It only takes a minute for things to go south as seen with the multiple drownings from both boat and land making headlines.  And to top it off another case of vibro, which according to what I read is now up to 50 cases this year already.  Please if you have open cuts, or are immune compromised, please be careful.  Back to that thing you always hear, better chance of being abducted by aliens.  Well guess what, that may be true, but if you get vibro abduction by aliens will seem like a walk in the park.

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It has taken me a couple of days to figure out how to deal with this next subject.  I do not want to be seen as whining, though I have done a little of that, but there is a reason you have not seen much out of me the last week.  Unfortunately my medical trouble has reared it’s ugly head again.  It went away for a little bit and here it is back again just as bad.  A trip to the ER and a CT scan revealed it is worse than initially thought.  Normally it would have meant admission to the hospital followed by the surgical consult.  Fortunately being the holiday weekend nothing would get done anyway so I managed to weasel out of that for a couple of days.

So here is the punch line.  Further evaluation by a surgeon Thursday, the dreaded “surgical consult”, which I think in medical speak means get ready.  I have no clue what is coming but not being able to fish at will sucks when I am seeing all those big strings from the bay. So I am back on meds and alternating between feeling like road kill and feeling just not quite right.  I am so thankful that I was able to see my buddy in the ER, it helps when you have trust and confidence in bad news.  And having the best wife in the world, a medical professional, helping me get through this is a blessing.  On the 1 – 10 patient scale, I score a 1, I definitely suck at this patient thing.

Over the years I have often said fish while you can, every day on the water is precious.  I have been so fortunate to be able to fish at will and write about it over the last 6 years.  Though I hope to get out at least once before Thursday, there is going to be a lull in posts for the next little while but we are not closed for business.  I am not quiting, and definitely not kicking the bucket, this is just a bump in the road.  Those of you who know me personally know that it will takea lot more than this to shut me up.  So thanks to all of you who have followed this labor of love over the years, it would not be the same without you.   So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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This and That 6/27/17.

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Here I sit Tuesday morning watching the radar and it could not be situated any more right smack on top of POC if it tried.  My plans to make the bay have been thwarted so far this week.  We needed the rain but I really wanted to fish the bay.  I got up early yesterday and the rain was on top of POC, so after a couple of hours I decided to just hit the lake for as long as it would hold off here in Victoria.  Suffice to say that went over like a lead balloon.  One of the responsibilities of having the blog is telling it like it is good or bad, at least if you want some credibility.

To make a boring story short, I fished from 7 until 11:30 and caught a total of 4 bass.  Unfortunately they were to small to even qualify for a picture.  It would have been embarrassing.  The first mistake was when I decided to start in the plant arm.  With the fish biting the last 2 trips until about 9:00am it is imperative to be on them first thing.  So once I did not find them it was all over but the crying.  The few I did catch came on white swim jig, and for some reason they were not the least bit interested in buzzbait.  This was definitely a day where I should have started in the area where I knew the better fish were and got it while the getting was good.  Simply a case of me over thinking it, or not, whichever way you look at it.  Not sure why it was slow, but it was.

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I could not be any more excited for Michael of My Coast Outdoors and his Controlled Descent Lures.  He is at the ICAST show highlighting his new bait.

Beyond excited to have Controlled Descent Lures in the New Product Showcase at this year’s ICAST event. It’s truly a dream come true and we cannot wait to experience it all. For those that will be attending and can cast vote, please check out our Controlled Descent Jerk Shad. Forever thankful for your support. www.mycoastoutdoors.com
. #getinhaled#mycoastoutdoors#controlleddescentlures

Good Luck, hope you sell a semi full!  Just when you think there is nothing new under the sun something like the Controlled Descent Lure pops up, great concept and they catch fish.  Driving me nuts right now I am not waist deep in the bay tossing one!

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When I was putting in at the lake Monday a guy came over and introduced himself.  I love meeting all of you and in this case it was Johnny, who I “knew” from the blog and the occasional pictures and reports he has sent in the past.  Nice to put a real face to the name and I enjoyed speaking with him.  Love of fishing makes us all comrades.  He is catching them on swim jig and had a 4lber his last time out.  So it was great to meet him, and the rest of you hollar at me anytime.

I noticed he is running a Bass Cat, manufactured in Mtn. Home, Arkansas, my old stomping grounds.  It was a reminder of how influential that small area of the country was to bass fishing.  The first Bassmaster Tournament ever on Beaver, Ranger Boats. Champion Boats, Bass Cat, Sam Welch invented the first real bass jig, Rebel Lures, Norfolk Bass Club had Rayo Breckenridge the second Bassmaster Classic winner as a member, and on and on.  It was a cool time to live there as bass boats went from stick steering cigars to 20 foot v’s with a 200hp, it was a real race.  And having a tournament partner who as a plant manager at Ranger  had the best and latest, I had the pleasure to fish out of the new stuff.  It went from glass rods to Fenwick graphite blanks that we spent $50 on and tied ourselves,  which was big money in those days.  And in the mid 70’s they introduced the Lew Speed spool, I had 2, the first real low profile reel.  That all adds up to why I still have this love of bass fishing, it was a cool time to live there.  I am sure many of you who have lived here all your lives have seen those same changes, which are still going on in the saltwater arena.

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There was a story online the other day that is as worrisome as can be.  Those worthless freakin’ Big Head and Silver carp have taken over thousands of miles of rivers, in most cases overwhelming all the rest of the fish and leaving nothing but carp.  In an effort to keep them out of Lake Michigan, and then the rest of the Great Lakes, they have erected a electric fence across the Chicago River in an effort to stop what could be a true environmental disaster  Unfortunately a mature carp was found above the fence.  After the decades and millions of dollars bringing the fishing back to Lake Michigan it is disheartening to think about what could happen.  Pray that is doesn’t.  Many of the lessons we have learned about the introduction of exotics are hard ones, and this may end up being one of the worst.

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So here it is almost noon, the weather has settled on top of POC and has not moved for hours.  I just could not take it anymore, boat already hooked up with the bass stuff in it, so with an order from the Boss for a fish fry tomorrow, I again gave up on the bay and headed to Coleto.  There was no question big weather was on the way, it was just when and how bad would it be.  It was cloudy and rained a little off and on during the afternoon, and about 3:30 a big front blew in.  As the wind picked up there was a slight change to the north with a little cool in the breeze, I new it was coming so I headed for the ramp.  I made it just right and as soon as I got it on the trailer here it came.

What made it different from Monday morning when I caught very little, was I stuck to what little pattern I have shallow, and it worked.

Love it when this size eats a buzzbait!

As the buzzbait bite comes to a close, with the deeper summer patterns taking over, there are still a few bass shallow.  Only fishing 3 1/2 hours I concentrated on patches of green grass.  Though the falling water at the lake has gone out of most of the green stuff, there is still some available.   The fish are in it, and you have to throw the buzzbait right in it, same with the swim jig.  Most of the fish I am catching on the swim jig hit it right off the bank, same with the buzzbait. The bites are clearly a reaction bite, put it right in front of their face with no time to think and they will eat.  You can almost reel it a couple of feet and then burn it back as they are not chasing.  Most of the swim jig bites have come on a jerk, then fall, right in front of the cover, so give it a jerk before it is over 2 foot off the bank.

The best on the swim jig today.

I am ok with the short afternoon results, I think it was 6, half on buzzbait and half on swim jig.  If the storm had not blown in it had the makings of a pretty good day.  As I have not fished in the evening I was wanting to fish later to see how the bites is at dusk but heavy rain combined with some thunder and lightning is my clue to quit.

Today I am spending some time with the Boss as she is off.  Looking at the weather it is finally settling down and I am anxious to get back to the bay.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Coleto Creek 6/23/17.

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Since the last time I hit the lake it was basically over at 8:30 it was on the water as it just cracked daylight.  In fact I was fishing at 6:15.  Since there has been no rain lately I assumed that the upper end would be clearing, and it was.  The water temp at the ramp was 87 and from then on most of it was in the 90 degree range.  And with the lake clearly falling, and the one ramp starting to silt in, I wasn’t sure how it would go.  The lake needs a little rain.

Weather

96/77  Mix of clouds and sun.  Winds 10 – 20 SSE.  0% chance of rain.

Lake Level    .

5/8/17 – 97.17 msl    Today  – 96.45  (Down 3/4 of a foot in 6 weeks.)

Solunar Times

  • 10:32A – 12:32P
  • 4:16A – 6:16A  (Were biting as soon as I started.)

I didn’t catch one on my first cast, but it was close.  Starting with a buzzbait, duh, the second fish broke the wire so I had to put on a new one.  I got lazy, and it ended up costing me.  Switching a skirt to a toad on the new buzzbait, they have been liking it the last 3 trips, I did not take the time to put on a trailer hook.

Not fast by any means but they did bite.

I caught a couple of small ones and had two smash it and not even hook up at all.  At this point it is getting apparent that it needs the trailer.  But I make another cast and there she was, blew up all over it and in the boat she came.  One thing can be said about the lake right now, keep it in the water and there is a pretty good chance to boat a big one.

I just love it when this size explodes on it.

So now of course there is no need for a trailer, right, until 5 casts later.  The minute it hit the water it disappeared in a big boil and I just did not get a good hook set on her.  All the way to the boat, looking good, and she just pulls off.  My fault all the way.  Last trip I took a minute to straighten the trailer hook and caught the biggest fish of the trip.  Today I got lazy and did not take a minute to put on a trailer and it cost me dearly.  Like I always say, it is the little things that separate a good fisherman from a great one.  Everything on every cast has to be perfect.

The bite was on until about 8:30 or 9:00 like last trip and then it slowed to a crawl.  The wind came up and with white caps and a high sky the buzzbait bite was clearly over.  I decided to fish a little more swim jig down lake as I caught one on it earlier.  So I headed to a main lake deep channel bank and fished the grass edge.

A nice average for today.

From 9 until I quit at 11:30 I had 3 more bites on the swim jig and boated 2.  Of the 3 or 4 on swim jig today they definitely wanted it jerked erratically while reeling.  The last one came right to the boat, freaked out, grabbed it, and I flipped her in the boat.  Love seeing them eat like that.  With the bite slowed and already above 90 degrees I called it day.

Everybody was eating this morning.

All in all a great morning.  Deer were moving everywhere and a really small fawn was hiding in grass, in the water, and I scared the crap out of it as it did not hear me coming.   Life was moving everywhere today, it was that kind of a morning.

The better fish were on the deeper banks, with falling water and high temps that only makes sense.  Today there were a couple of places where I got 3 bites on the buzzbait.  I should have boated a few more, they gave me plenty of chances.  If I had to guess it was around 10, half of which were small.   But any day I boat a big fish is a successful day.

On a more general note I spoke with a guy at the ramp who had been here the week.  They are big jug fisherman.  They had a really slow week compared to their usual success.  He said he normally needs a gaff but they did not boat any that size this week and their numbers were down.  And from what I gathered they fished from the campground to way up lake.  They use a specialized rig to fish channel edges, great for big cats.  So not quite sure why it was slow for them, but it is changing as summer comes on full bore.

On the other hand the crappie are still biting.  Most folks on the lake are chasing them, and I took a peak in the trash can at the cleaning table and they are definitely biting.  So if you are looking for some tasty table fare they are out there to be caught right now.

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My buddy Faye sent me this.  Pretty impressive.

Though I really wanted to fish the bay with the water this high you just don’t know what to expect, at least I don’t.  So combined with the potential winds today the lake was a little better alternative, and it ended up working out just fine.  I will be interested to watch the posts from the bays this weekend and see how it goes.  Even with the high water being the weekend there will be folks out there.  Monday I will be there and it can not come soon enough.

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My buddie’s stepfather has a nice spread with a good quail and turkey population.  So he decided to thin the critters out a little hoping to keep nest predation down and ended up catching a bunch.  Amazing sometime how many animals are out there trolling around and we just don’t see them.

Some grey fox and a couple of coons.

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I am so happy to be back in business.  If the rain will just hold off the first couple of days Monday and Tuesday I intend to get back to the salt.  Got a new rod, some new Controlled Descent Lures, and a new attitude.  And there is lots of other places to go and fish to catch, every day I get to spend on the water doing the thing that we all love is a blessing and I am just plain lucky.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Random Ramblings 6/22/17.

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Finally back from visiting the folks and they are as good as old folks can be.  We really like Arkansas, the Boss actually got a case of home sickness while we were there.  We took the back roads to Fayetteville through the hills and it was as beautiful as ever.  And one thing Arkansas offers is plenty of places to fish, from rainbow trout, to stripers, smallmouths in mountain streams, big rivers, it has it all.  I will admit I miss the variety, if they could just move the coast about 300 miles north life would be perfect.   While we were there I got a text from my daughter who thought I was home asking me if it was going to get us.  Huh?  What get us?  I looked at the weather and went wow, I have been out of the loop.  All that aside it is time to get back to fishing.

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It was good to hear from Billy who commented on wading with “critters.”

First off, glad to see you are back at it.
Second, put me in the category of no fish on the first cast. I would have cringed.
Lastly, while I completely understand your hesitation to wade with the gators that you can see in the lake, it’s no different than wading with the sharks, that you rarely see yet know are always there, in the bay. You or a part of you is always a potential meal while fishing the salt. I’ve had about four encounters with the gray ghosts. Call me hardheaded or stupid, but it hasn’t deterred me yet.

Keep on keepin’ on.

I am with you on the shark/gator comparison.  I too have had a couple of real close encounters with sharks, including one when I was wading in deep off color water when I tossed a little one back and felt a rouge “wave” hit my leg.  I thought shark?  I hooked another small one and when I tossed it back a big shark exploded on him right in front of me and chased him all around me.  Hasty retreat to the boat.  So while I know the potential is the same there is just something about a big gator that gives me the willies.  Kind of like watching your live snake feeding online.  And a first cast fish doesn’t bother me, unless it turns out to be my last.  Good to hear from you.

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I got this pertinent question from Jimmy.

How about some info from you and your readers on fishing before, during and after a tropical system. Okay, maybe not during the storm. Seems like a good time with Cindy knocking on the Texas coastline. Glad to hear you’re on the road to recovery and I do enjoy reading your “stuff”. Keep it going!!

First, sorry it has taken a few days to answer, out of town visiting the old folks.  I remembered that the fishing in the Houston area actually got a lot better after the last hurricaine, so I decided to do a little research and maybe learn a little something.  So here is a little info.

Basically the affect on fish seems to depend on the difference between a big saltwater storm surge making marshes and inshore highly saline, which may actually attrack more fish shallow or inshore, and a big freshwater event.  A big rain event which lowers salinity levels actually tends to “float” above the denser saltwater.  Interesting.  One of the consequences of that is it reduces the ability of  oxygen to mix with the salt.  Of course that causes stress on the saltwater fish and may adversely affect them.  But who knows, if there are deep reefs in the area they just might stack up there.  On the flip side, freshwater fish have been observed moving farther into the bay after a heavy freshwater flow.  But as a side note a real flushing of our bays is a good thing, and has positive effects on the whole system for years, as ours of a few years ago seems to have done.

That is a simplified explanation but does not address our question;  “How is it going to affect my fishing?”  In my very limited experience prior to my moving here I somehow managed to be in POC prior to a couple of near misses and actually fished up until time to hit the road, and it was good.  Typical of many pre-frontal events in freshwater, they feel it coming.  I fished a couple days after a real high water event a couple of years ago and did ok.  My guess is it becomes a question of when will the water clear, from either rain or wind.  And then how much fresh came in to the system, which would obviously affect my bank location.  Lots of rain, get away from creeks and rivers.  So that is all I know about that.   In my case it doesn’t matter, I tend to go when I can, crap conditions or not.   If anyone else has an opinion chime in, we all might learn something.  Thanks for commenting.

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And it was good to hear from Joe.

Hey buddy, Joe from Katy here. So glad to see you are feeling better and even happier to see you made it back on the water!!

I’m sure it will take some time for your body to get back to 100% so don’t rush it and let it come as it will. Take care sir and when I get a chance I’ll send you a nice report on my Saturday trip to Fayette and my Sunday trip to Coleto.

Welcome back. We missed you!!

As usual great to hear from you and will be looking forward to anything you would care to share with us.  And I have been taking it easy, and I am freakin’ sick of it!  Thanks for your kind remarks and good luck this weekend.

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And last I heard from Jim who I had the pleasure of fishing with on Coleto this spring.

Doug,
Good to see you back on the water. Take it slow and steady. Remember I have a trip on Fayette reserved for you. Take care and rip some lips.
Jim

Believe me I have not forgotten fishing with you on Fayette.  If anyone ever needed a lesson in Carolina Rigging it is me.  And I am slowly getting up to snuff and should be back full steam ahead soon, like this week.  Thanks for thinking about me.

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Spent the day doing catch up work on stuff and got it all done when the shop called and the service on LTS was done.  500 hours with 125 on all 3 cylinders, not bad for 7 years old.  Doesn’t mean it will not come apart tomorrow, but every thing else looked great and a couple of small nagging things got fixed.  I have learned my lessons over the decades, do the maintenance, it pays in the long run.

 Tomorrow I will be headed to the lake.  The wind looks like 25mph out of the south tomorrow at POC, so with that combined with post high water and the weekend crowd, I will leave it to them.  Plus Monday and Tuesday look cloudy with a chance of rain and 10 mph winds, which has topwater bite written all over it.   Thanks for hanging with me during this little lull, time to get back after it.  A little time off has given me a new appreciation for doing the blog, and the days I do get to spend on the water.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Coleto Creek 6/16/17.

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So great to be back on the water!

It was going to be hot, windy, and humid today, so I got an early start.  Even though I am just about back to my old man self, I intentionally limited this day from sun up to 11:30 just to ease back in to it no matter how hard I want to go.  It was just great to be back fishing, and even though it was an intentionally short day, the fish as they so often do ended up being the final arbiter of when it was quitting time.

The reason this guy made the page is he came on the first cast.

Of course making it out early it was straight to the buzzbait.  My fist stop was a deep main lake bank on the way up lake.  The first cast this one jumped on it about halfway back to the boat.  Even though it is often said folks hate to catch one on the first cast that ain’t me.  Being off the water for 3 weeks made this a great fish.

After that bank a couple of things became real apparent.  They were not interested in chasing, and of the 6 I caught on buzzbait, only that small one came off the bank.  And today they were not really smashing it, the ones that bit were just getting it, many on the trailer hook.  And when I caught the one below it re-enforced a good habit.

This is the size that keeps me fishing that buzzbait.

When using a trailer hook I try to check it every cast when I bring it in.  Keeping it straight with the head is important, but this time it was something a little different.  I had just caught a small one and right before I cast I noticed the trailer hook was straightened some so I hopped off the deck and fixed it, and the next cast I caught the good one above.  Notice how she is hooked?  Just lipped on the trailer hook.  If I had not taken that second to fix it this fish would have come off and the biggest fish of the day would have been nothing more than a “one that got away” story.

For a couple of hours I just kept casting and winding getting one here and one there.  I may have had more than one bit in a few places, but basically they were scattered.  I did take time to pitch the beaver style plastic around a little wood cover, and while I caught a small one, they were not specifically on the wood, at least on what I fished.  And what little I tossed the swim jig produced nada.  In fact today, most were on points with some grass.

Most were like this, ok when you haven’t seen one in a while.

All of the fish came before 9:00.  Though I might have had a bite or two later, after 9 it was clearly over.  I finished up down lake on deeper main lake banks but they were obviously done.  So to stick with my promise to only fish a half day I loaded it up and called it a morning around 11:00.  It was nice to be back on the water, great sunrise, deer and gators active, nice breeze.  It takes a little forced time off to remind yourself it is not all about the catching.  Love of the outdoors and all it offers is the reason for the season and this morning reminded me of that.

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When I have those little periods where I wonder if keeping this up is worth it things come back to remind me that I am one lucky guy to do this.  I have met some great folks and I love it when someone comes up and introduces themselves when they see me on the water, and today I met a great guy.  Ron came over and introduced himself, he was just taking his Ranger out.  Speaking with him was great and I learned a couple of things.  First his Ranger is over 30 years old and looks great and runs fine.  He is the only owner.  That is awesome, really a comment on his care and Ranger’s commitment to quality.  Sometimes we (me) forget that the boat is a platform and nothing more when I get that new boat fever.

He was actually talking fishing with a friend at work and he mentioned my blog.  His friend is also Ronnie, who I fished with several times in the past, so we had a mutual acquaintance.  Ronnie was kind enough to take me to Baffin on my first trip, and taught me a lot about using a drift sock for winter trout.  I forgot to tell Ron to let Ronnie know I owe him a river trip this fall.  So Ronnie, lets try to get together in November and lay the smack down on some Lavaca River trout.

Ron also had some sympathy for me after going through the exact same thing I did the last 3 weeks.  I was lucky enough to keep the meds down, gag me, he couldn’t.  Folks they were nasty.  He actually ended up in the hospital for a week on IV meds.  Just when you start whining about being sick something like this puts you in your place.

Last, his experience this morning mirrored mine.  He was the first one out and figures he boated 9, the biggest a 3 1/2, most on buzzbait.  He was throwing the one with a toad on it instead of the skirt.  And they also quit for him around 8:30.  So if you are headed to the lake make it early or late, summer is here.  So thanks Ron for introducing yourself, great to chat with you, and the rest of you feel free to holler at me anytime you see me on the water.  Reminds me that there are folks out there reading the blog making this all worth it.

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I did have a couple of things I wanted to tell you about that happened today.  You who read this know I do not like how folks throw the term potlicker about.  And while I find that term to be over used by self important folks who figure anyone fishing in “their’ spot must be there because they saw them fishing there earlier, there are the exceptions.  There is a guy on Coleto who may be the definitive potlicker.

The 2 old guys I call Mr. Crappie 1 and Mr. Crappie 2 have been crappie fishing Coleto for decades and this new guy just basically started fishing anywhere he saw them.  Now obviously they don’t own those places, but if the sum total of your fishing ability is doing that you ain’t no fisherman.  Why I bring it up is I was sliding down a bank fishing and he idled right by me and tied off on a top right beside me.  So not only is he the quintessential potlicker, he also rude.  There is no fixing stupid.  But that aside, they are catching some crappies on minnows and cats on jug lines, so there are fish to be caught on the lake.

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Another thing that happened today was not a problem for me, but it could have been ugly.  As I headed down lake a ski boat pulling a tuber was coming at me head on and it became apparent he was going to go in front of me and pass on my right near the visible tree line.  No problem for me. I just went left and they went by.  What made it bad was he was pulling a couple of kids right over a submerged tree line, a couple which are currently right below the water line.  Coleto has some places like that, I know, I have hit a couple in the past.  Dang those prop shafts are expensive.  So when you are out enjoying the lake there are plenty of wide open safe places, the farther up lake you get the more stuff there is to hit.  Be careful, a trip to the ER is quite a bit more expensive than a prop shaft.

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And last something I just can not get my head around, maybe because I have seen some of the true giant alligators living in Coleto, is folks wade fishing.  I am sure your chances of getting eaten by a gator wading the shoreline is probably less than winning the lottery.  But the only problem is if one of those giants gets ahold of you it will be ugly.  So each to his own, but as many monster gators I have seen on the lake, no thanks.  Scary!

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My buddy Todd, one of the Austin Boys, dropped me a text letting me know one of the techniques they used on the plastics when they absolutely killed them out of Mansfield last week.

Meant to tell you.  Those Wedgetail Mullet were killer in Grand Isle and in LLM.  We were just reeling them over the top of the grass and they were knocking the snot out of it.

Thanks for the info.  The reason I brought this up is the way they were using the plastics.  Last year a little earlier, and then leading into this time, that is exactly how I caught quite a few trout last year.  It seems they liked the bigger profile, slowly and steadily reeled over the grass or right on bottom, just prior to croaker time.  Who knows, a medium-sized swim bait might work like a charm.  This is what make fishing so attractive to me.  Work hard, figure something a little different out, and put the mass hurt on them.   And it is always appreciated when folks share some great knowledge with the rest of us.  And by the way, I am inviting myself on your next Mansfield trip.

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I am happy to be feeling better and somewhat rejuvenated.  Nothing like be stuck in the house to remind you what is out there.  It was so nice to put it on plane as the sun rose, critters everywhere, bass chasing bait. it was all good.  And to top it off with a good one just made the day even better.  And chatting with Ron at the ramp made for a great finish.

Next will be a couple of days visiting the folks and then back at it.  Hopefully the Mako will be done at the shop because seeing all these giant messes of trout  is making me crazy.  I really appreciate all of you, and hope every once in while you garner a little bit of knowledge that you can use to put another fish in the boat.  And feel free to comment anytime, we love hearing from all of you.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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The Mad Trout Fisherman Getting it Done! 6/14/17.

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It was good to hear from Chad the Mad Trout Fisherman again, and he sent us this detailed report.  Folks Chad is a croaker pro and has shared his knowledge with us in the pat and you won’t get any better tips than from the Mad Trout Fisherman.

Hey Doug I couldn’t agree more about the Facebook post i don’t have it myself but my friends are always talking about it. I still read your blog, but haven’t posted in a while. I spent a week in poc last week with my son Taylor, and a few of his friends came down. As you know I love turning little fish into big fish!

Croaker season is the upon us as water temps began to soar. There is nothing better than taking 12 yr olds out to experience a smack down on some healthy specks. As for me and my fishing partner we both did a upgrade on our boats. I bought his 22ft gulf coast and he got a 23ft Shoalwater cat with 120 hrs on it. Practically new. Fishing has been catching for us when we are able to do a few things, find water that’s clear and off color near by with bait being present. The size of hooks really need to match the croaker. meaning i may use 3/0 one day and 6/0 the next.

I found that the really big croaker that I usually let go when I see them in my bait bucket can be really effective on big trout.  By placing the hook in the eyes and working them like a big crank bait has paid off big time.

Throw them far where you see big mullet, let them sit for 3-5 seconds then reel them as fast as you can for 10 ft stop them for 3-5 seconds and repeat. Note when you stop them be ready for your rod to be jerked out your hand. By hooking them in the eyes it allows the to look natural coming to you and you can get several more cast out of them. Important note about your bait, all bait stands ain’t the same. You want your bait to be frisky and no red spots or tails missing. My suggestion is really pay attention when they are getting your bait out the tanks. If you see this, ask to get them out of another tank or go to another bait stand. At 8 dollars a dozen. Its okay to be picky. Heck don’t you check the eggs at the supper market before purchasing. The croaker clickers we prefer have to be made. Ill send a picture with this post and tackle box has everything you need to make them. The clickers really do make a difference.

The size of fish this year beats last year the but quantity of schools of fish is way down in my opinion. But the fish that hatched five yrs ago hatched in a drought. So keep that in mind. Please be considerate on the water and if you are a shoreline burner, quit being so thoughtless as our young kids cant wade deep so stay a hundred yards off the shoreline. Thanks chad

Where to freakin’ start on this great report.  First, I love the way you not only spend really quality time with your son in the outdoors, but you are taking the time to spread your love of fishing and hunting with his young buddies.  Nothing is more important to your son and his friends and I can only imagine how excited they must have been.  I can just see them at the cleaning table playing it cool.

Second, all the “look at me” posters on Facebook are just that, posers.  There are so many great fishermen out there who do not blow their own horn, they just catch fish and go on.  I am so appreciative with you sharing your fishing knowledge with all of us.  There is way to much bragging and not near enough sharing of information.

Next, I remember last year when you were kind enough to share how you were catching them, and I immediately applied it to my fishing and it worked.  So if you are reading this and fish croakers pay attention, this is information that will put fish in the boat, period.  And it must be cool to crank it fast, then stop it, and have one knock the crap out of it.

I wish I had something to say about how rude folks can be to waders, but no matter how many times folk say it, some folks just do not get it.  Why in the world when there is acres of water in the bay and someone runs close has always puzzled me.  Education is the answer, but unfortunately you can’t fix stupid!

And last, congrats on the boat.  I know it is nice to upgrade, but it is not the boat folks, spend all the money you want on some high dollar boat, but Chad has been catching fish like this for decades, out of an aluminum jon boat.  It is not the size of the boat but the size of a fisherman’s knowledge, and you have my sincere thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

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And I got this comment from SAJoe, who is rubbing it in.

I guess I’m having to rub it in some while you are laid up.

Headed north to Chicagoland and Mazonia gravel Pits, Been doing 50-75 bass a day. Its a blast when they come look at the bait in clear water, pop it once and they attack it.

The in-law ponds on their community act like they never see a lure, lizard, craw. Should count how many bass i catch walking around their 3 ponds.

Sorry to rub it in. Not really….but my thumb needs reconstructive surgery cuz its worn out from lippin them

Rub it in all you want.  I cut my teeth fishing creeks, ponds, and pits.  Some of it was in the “good old days” when bass fishing was nothing like it is now.  Nice to know there are some places left like that.  So get em’ while you can.  Good to hear from you.

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And you wondered why it does not run right.

I figured as long as I was going to be laid up for a few more days it was a good time to take the flats boat in for it’s 100 hour service.  Sitting on the counter was this liter bottle with I am not sure what.  Angie said they took 7 gallons of water out of that fuel tank.  So if you find that great boat that has been sitting remember this, that could be what’s in the tank, or even worse, what is in your tank right now.

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What a great report from Chad.  Like I always say it is the little things that make the difference, and that technique of reeling them fast and the stopping the bait must be so much fun.  I can only imagine the anticipation.  Reel, reel, reel, stop, then THUMP.  Oh yea!

On the medical front I finally am done with the medicine from hell, and I am getting back to normal.  I get to spend a little time in the hospital in the morning for a test, then I am free.  Free to do what?  How about a stinkin’ beer?  Not trying to tell on myself, but I have to admit is has been a while (maybe 30 years) since I went 14 days without a beer.  So after tomorrow’s test I will admit that a cold one sure will be nice.  But better than that, I can get back to doing what I do, fishing.  Somebody has to pay for this, think I will take it out on the trout!  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines 

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This and That 6/11/17.

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I did want to comment on Michael Okruhlik, the owner of My Coast Outdoors and designer of the Controlled Descent Lures, going to ICAST.  The biggest and best trade show in the country, it is a great place to introduce new products and is attended by the who’s who of the fishing industry.  Good luck and hope you have a good show, it is a big step.  It is a great product and should be well received.  And we will be looking forward to your Facebook posts at the show.

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A Reader’s Amistad Report

I get the occasional question about fishing somewhere and it is so nice to hear from folks after they get back.  And folks, I told you it was good!

Hi Doug, your tips on Amistad were great. My buddy Joe and I went Tue-Friday and caught them until our hands were sore. Probably 40+ fish for each of us each day. Biggest was 3.5 lbs but many in the 2.5 – 3# range….and LOTS just short of 14 inches.

Joe with some good ones.

We fished Castle Canyon and Devils River, where we liked the rocks and banks better…and had more success. Every point had 2 fish on it. Some on crankbaits (KVD 2.5 square bill in Sexy Shad color) but mostly on plastics. Lizards, senkos, flukes, it didn’t seem to matter as each caught fish.

And Roy with a nice mess.

I did some scouting too, searching out the status of Amistad Resort and Anglers Lodge. The resort is boarded up and chain link fence surrounding it. Angler’s lodge has been bulldozed over. So no lodging that is set up for fishermen. I stayed at the La Quinta, right next door to the Ramada Inn. Nice enough room, but would have been a real problem if we were trying to leave for a tournament. We parked the boat and unhooked it and then parked the Tahoe next to the boat. Luckily, the vehicle parked ahead of the boat left just as I was contemplating how to hook up the boat. It was still a challenge to extract the boat from the cars tightly parked around me. We managed but it wouldn’t have happened at a 6am tournament time, where many guests were still parked. I think we were the only boat in the entire parking lot. If our club were to have a tournament at Amistad, I’m not sure if there are many places that can accommodate boat and truck parking.

Indian Cliffs on Devil’s River

I’m headed back next week…Tues-Thursday and will make a few scouting trips to other hotels to check out parking situations. I’ll give you an update after that visit. Thanks again for all your info and inspiration!

Thanks for your kind comment, looks like you guys did great.  And I love the picture of Indian Cliffs, a must see even when I don’t fish that far up.  Last trip I did, and actually caught a few in those very trees.  I really appreciate your follow up and if any of the rest of you have any suggestions for places to stay let us know.  I actually stayed at Angler’s Lodge and it was by far the dirtiest place I have ever stayed, so no great loss.  Keep in contact. 

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It has been tough being stuck at home but it is coming to an end.  As soon as I get off this medicine from hell it will be directly to the Gulf.  What has really made it worse is the report from the Austin boys on the LLM.

Congrats to my buddy Todd on his personal best!

According to their Facebook report they caught 2 personal bests along with somewhere around 150 yesterday, nothing like an epic day to keep the juices flowing.  Hope to get a full report on where and how when they get done smacking them.  Way to go guys!

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Again thanks to all who sent me well wishes.  I got his comment from Jim, who has divined the issue pretty succinctly.

Sounds you are on your way to recovery Doug; good to hear. Be cautious about going full throttle after you get on the water if you know what I mean. I need your inspiration!

I will do my best to keep it to a dull roar at first, but I have to admit seeing all the reports, the bay is on fire, makes me want to hit it hard.  It always amazes me when you have a little sick period that you really don’t know how bad you felt until you feel good, and I am feeling good.  Time to get out the stuff and get organized!  Can’t remember that last time the boats were not in the water for a couple of weeks.

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One thing about having the fishing channel when you are out of commission is there is something to occupy the time.  Of course the downside is it just might make it worse in some respect.  Can’t go, so watch, then want to go, but can’t go, ends up driving me nuts.

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Monday is the last day of the meds, though according to the info the effects could linger another 3 days, though I have no intention of lingering around the house.  So while I am not sure when I will be on the water, it is coming.  I really appreciate you all sticking with me, we will be back on track this week.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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