FISH CATCHING TRAVEL
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The original plan this week was to fish yesterday at POC, then maybe sneak out to the lake a day before joining the boys in POC, when something came up. On my way home from the bay I got a text and then spoke with my fishing buddy Aaron. He had a friend, who happens to guide for lots of stuff on Texoma, who was planning to fish with a friend a day at POC but his buddy had to cancel. So what looks to be crappy weather aside I will be fishing with Terry tomorrow. Sometimes you have to help a brother out.
And we shall see, it has been a while since I fished in +20mph winds out of the north.
81/71 Mix of clouds and sun. 10% chance of rain. Wind NNE 15 – 25 mph.
High 4:04 AM 1.5 Low 4:43 PM 0.6
Good 10:28 am to 12:28 pm Best 4:43 pm to 6:43 pm
(I wanted to say a couple of words about the solunar periods. Just because it is a prime period does not mean you will catch fish. Just because it is not a prime time does not mean you won’t catch fish. But over the years I have noticed one thing, most of my great catches came during the prime time. Anyone else have anything to say about it?)
What a difference a day can make. Monday I laid the smack down on them, today not so much. I had the pleasure of fishing with Terry Kasper, the owner of Trophy Hunters Guide Service. Terry fishes Lake Texoma and he catches big fish, both stripers and huge catfish.
He catches fish year round and if you ever wanted to boat a real catfish or striper he is the man. So if you want to see some really big fish stop by his website, those are some big catfish. Trust me I will be sharing a boat with him this winter when the time is right. But back to the fishing.
The wind was blowing straight out of the north at 20+ mph. The first problem with that is it was blowing all the way across the bay right on the bank where I have been catching them. The water was already coloring up as we rounded the corner into Barroom. Since I was unsure where or what due to the weather change we drifted the leeward side of Barroom. It started a day of a couple here, a couple there, and not a fish on topwater. It took my little brain a while to realize the most important factor, besides the ugly looking water. The water temp had dropped from 83 degrees on Monday to basically 72 degrees every where we went. After only boating one keeper there it was time to move.
To make a long bad fishing story short, it sucked and I feel like I did not fish worth a crap. Next up we fished the Oil Cut, which was the most consistent place we found. We boated another 3 keeper trout and some small reds and several sand trout and croaker. While the sand trout were big we just could not find a pattern. We ended up on the island later in the afternoon but other than some small trout and couple of reds we could not get it going.
We finished off the day hitting my milk run in Barroom and Big Bayou but they had just plain quit. Yesterday was one of those days when I really wanted to catch fish, and while we did catch 20 or more, it did not happen. Terry grew up fishing the coast with his dad, so he was understanding of how it works. We had a really good time fishing together, it is always a great day when you are fishing with a new friend.
Terry was headed from POC to Matagorda to fish with a friend who shook loose to take him for a couple of days. Terry is a live bait pro, and their plan is to fish the jetties for bull reds, his favorite saltwater fish. As you can see from his website he likes big fish. So good luck on the rest of his coastal trip and I will be looking forward to catching some stripers this winter. It was my pleasure to spend the day in the boat with a great guy.
And I wanted to apologize to Dan. I actually thought you were coming this week, old man brain fart, so I missed you guys. My apologies it was my intention to hunt you down. So some time when you are heading this way to fish Coleto let me know. Sorry.
No pictures today, sorry, but once I did not get the camera out of the bag I never got with the program. Now to the next 3 days. A bunch of the Austin Boys are coming into town the next couple of days and it will be a real fishing extravaganza, along with some great eats. If I had to guess, which I do but shouldn’t, the fishing should be great. Winds down, tide right, it has the makings of a good trip. The water temp should stabilize and I expect one of the next couple of days to be something. It always it when they come. So time to sign off and get my stuff together to meet them later to start the fishing. Not sure when I will be able to post again but keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.
Good Luck and Tight Lines