Reader Thoughts and Comments 10/29/16.

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Just catching up on a few comments and wanted to share Chad’s latest report with you.  There is definitely something to take away from it, and that would be “Low and Slow”.

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Chad has been back at it on Keller Bay and sent us this report from Thursday.

A trip to kellars with unfavorable conditions!a cool breeze and a slow bite today for me and my partner. It was one of those high preassure days the reds we sight casted too would follow but not eat. The good trout were out deep real deep, 51/2 ft and a slow row on the bottom was best retrieve. We fished till 1:00 pm today scratched out 10 good trout 18″-19″ 221/2″ was big trout for the day. One 24″ red and a rare 24″ spanish mackeral for kellars. Bite had no consistancy as far as a time period not much water moved and the bait was tight to the shoreline or was out deep. As my friend would say the fishing was great! The catching a little slow for my liking. High preassure days are always a tough bite for me. With the end of flounder gig season coming im gonna try to gig a few over the weekend. Maybe put some venison on the ground with my son or daughter. Did not see many ducks buzzing this morning, but lots of brushed blinds so next weeks opner ought to be a mad house at the ramp. I will be at a basball tourney for my son in collage station so who cares. Seems the fish are transitioning over last few trips to mud bottom. Which means cold weather is coming. Thanks chad

There is a lot of good information here we can all use.  Tough conditions like now, north wind and mile high sky  –  Slow down and fish deeper.  It is often not any more complicated than that.  Interesting that you find the trout moving to the mud in advance of the cold weather.  Kind of like the old question, the chicken or the egg, or cart before the horse.  It will be interesting to hear reports from Pringle this weekend.  And since I will be checking out the Lavaca River this week just maybe the trout will be there.  I always wondered if it was the cold temps dropping shallow bay water that moved them there, or does the bait move in there first and the fish follow.  And we all love fall, so much to do and so little time.  Hope your kids put one on the ground.  Thanks for the report and keep them coming.

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And I heard from the Fayette guru.

Small world moment, even though I grew up in Victoria and went to Texas A&M, I also lived in western Illinois for 10 years near Mt. Carroll ,Il and owned a lake front property on Lake Carroll allowing me to spend a lot of time fishing there. Which is just south of Stockton, Il. Fayette is still hot!! Go Cubbies
Tight lines,
Rusty

Smaller even than you thought, my dad graduated from Stockton High School and I spent lots of summers on my grandparents farm in Morseville, a small town just south of Stockton.  Many of our people are still in the area.  (Hey Tonya.)  Drove thought Mt. Carroll untold times over the years.  Actually killed a few pheasants right outside of Mt. Carroll on a friend’s farm.  And I am just waiting for the first bad weather day  (Monday?) and I will be on Fayette.  Good to hear from you as usual.  GO CUBS!

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And I got this rather involved comment and question from Glen so let us see if I can answer it with something that makes sense.

Good Morning Doug,

I follow your blog daily because I fish out of POC and I like to get your updates. Unfortunately I am still part of the working class and live in the Austin area so I don’t get to fish at the coast as often as I would like.

I hope you get this message in time to respond but I wanted to pick your brain. I am going down to POC this weekend and will be taking my girlfriend for the first time. She admittedly enjoys “catching” much more than “fishing” but in truth she doesn’t give herself as much credit as she should on that. I took her bass fishing and although we caught a few it definitely wasn’t a “great” day of catching but she really enjoyed it nonetheless.

Since I only get to fish three or four times a year I usually pack a live well full of those golden nuggets (croakers) during the summer and wade fish. In other words, I don’t fish with artificial baits nearly as much as I would prefer because my trips are limited and when I do go I want to use what I have the most confidence in. I’m usually fairly successful using that method. I usually fish the Pringle shoreline (bay side) a few hundred yards north of the Army hole but I will also hit Grass Island and Bayucos.

Ok, to the question. What do you think would be my best bet on getting my girlfriend “hooked” on going to the bay fishing with me more often? In other words, what is my best bet of doing some “catching” this weekend (million dollar question isn’t it)? I have finally convinced her that Jaws will not eat her legs if she gets out of the boat to wade with me but I’m not sure if that is best. Should I drift Pringle and put a live shrimp under a popping cork for her or do you think we would have some success throwing top waters wading the Army hole flats? Or would drifting the point of Grass Island be better?

To be honest Doug, I think she will get “hooked” being on the water enjoying a nice cup of coffee as the sun comes up in all it’s glory – but catching a few fish on top of that sure wouldn’t be a bad insurance policy. I doubt she will be all that concerned with catching any keepers but that sure would be icing on the cake – especially if she could hook into a nice size redfish.

Any advice you could give sure would be appreciated. Keep up the great work on your blog…I really enjoy your articles.

Glenn

Where to start.  The choice of croakers when you only get to fish sporadically here is a smart choice.  It is all about putting them in the boat.  And you actually answered your own question.  Probably drifting Pringle throwing popping cork and shrimp is about as sure a thing as there is right now.  The fish are there and it also gives her a great chance to catch one and get “hooked”.  And the other places you mentioned are good places right now.  In a perfect world you can get her in the water at daylight for some topwater, it will only take one flush from a big red to get her hooked.  It has worked for most folks and it sure got me started on the salt.  Though in my case it was a snook.  I am not comparing your girlfriend to a kid, but it is the same principal, get them catching fish before moving on to other more difficult pursuits.  So good luck this weekend and we will be looking forward to hearing how it goes.  Any girlfriend who likes to fish is already half way there in my opinion.  Thanks for the comment, I appreciate each and every one.

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And the crappie are still biting like crazy on Coleto with minnows around the deeper trees.  The cleaning table had a bunch of carcasses in the trash can, and they were good ones.  Not sure why the Dam Store was not open when I went by today, so if you are thinking about catching some on minnows be sure to check the day before or you might be out of luck.  It is for sale so who knows what the deal is.

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That is about the size of it this morning.  Today I may run down to Goliad and check out the Texas Mile.  If you are not familiar it is a one mile peddle to the floor flat out run to see just how fast it will go.  From motorcycles to Ferrari, they all are there trying to run the fastest mile in their class.  On the fishing front I hope to get a couple of reports from folks who are fishing POC this weekend.  And I finally got my trolling motor back on the Mako so I am ready to go for the trip coming this weekend.  If I can get this leaky wader thing resolved it will sure help.  Still holding out from buying the Simms as long as possible.  I will be out there at least once, not counting a trip to the Lavaca River, in anticipation of the boys being here next weekend.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Coleto Creek 10/27/16.

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To get over my fishing frustration, tomorrow will be a bass fishing trip.  With the lake coming down, and high sky with a north wind, it might not be the best conditions, but I need to put yesterday behind me.  No better way than sacking a few largemouth.

Weather

88/60  Sunny skies.  Wind NE 10 – 15  10% chance of rain.  (Wind S after noon.)

Lake Levels

Last trip    95.96 msl      Current   95.78 msl     (A slow steady decline.)

Solunar Periods

  • Best       8:46A – 10:46A  (Yep)
  •                9:07P – 11:07P
  • Good     2:35A – 4:35A

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To all my deer hunting buddies, Good Luck!

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Swim Jig Mania

Today the plan was simple, head up lake and throw the swim jig, and then throw it some more.  And I actually stayed with the plan.  I did not even get up this morning, in fact I got back in bed.  So it was almost 9 by time I got to the lake.  It is still dropping, and if we don’t get some rain it might be another low winter.  So up the lake I went.

Starting with a bluegill swim jig and watermelon red Rage Craw proved the best choice.  It was one of those days where the bites were few and far between, but by keeping it in the water the bites kept coming steadily until shortly before I quit at 3.  Probably half of them came off wood or some other form of cover.  Most when I reeled it by and then gave it a hop.  A couple of those smacked the crap out of it.

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                                            A good mess of this size today.

They have moved off the real shallow stuff and are on more of the transition type banks where they flatten out from deep water.  About 11 a fish ate my pincers off the Rage Craw, and the spares were safely on a peg in my tackle room.  Nice.  So I switched to a Big Bite flapping type craw and the bit it about the same as the other trailer.  I also threw a white with a white swim bait trailer and caught a few, but the darker one was clearly the better choice.

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This is how you get over a poor performance the other day!

I only threw the buzzbait a minute or two, and actually lost one bigger than the one above out of a log.  When I gave it a little hop right past the log he smoked it but I could not catch up to him.  He was coming right at the boat trying to jump and I wouldn’t let him, but did not get the hook set and it jumped off at the boat.  Cover around transition areas had a pretty high likelihood of having a fish on it.

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Set hook, break rod in half (#3 this year), jerk nice fish in boat, throw rod in trash.  We are having fun now.

The one above came out of 2 foot and really ate the swim jig, probably headed the other way, and I gave it the old heave ho and snapped my rod right in half.  It really does happen to me several times a year, and it is crazy when it does.  I was throwing 12lb fluorocarbon on a medium rod with my drag set to slip some, and it still happened.  One thing I have noticed over the years, it invariably happens when I jerk without thinking about it, pure reaction.  Good thing I am a good rod shopper.

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Last bite around 3 in the afternoon.

I liked the average today.  Even though 3 or 4 nice fish managed to jump off, it was a good day of swim jig fishing.  Not sure how many I caught, but it was steady enough to keep me going, and not all that bad for a late start.  I know I keep saying it, but if it will cool off some the fishing should really take off at the lake.  (I really do not have to worry we won’t have a norther of some sort this month.  The Boys from Austin being down twice in a month, will surely bring one.)  And it was nice to fish like I can, instead of the way I fished Tuesday.  So back on the up stroke in the fishing game.

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And this comment from Jim is driving me nuts.

Doug,
Sorry to hear about your woes down at POC. Maybe it’s tied to the Cubs, lol! You should have gone to Fayette. I fished there Tuesday with my good friend Big Ken. I guess I really need to get a new nickname for him since he has lost 150lbs. We mopped them up. Got on the water 25 minutes late at 7:30am due to “heavy fog”. Didn’t we just talk about fog? Anyways we boated 35-40 fish. The fish were eating everywhere we threw We caught them shallow and deep. On Carolina Rigs, swim jigs, paddle tails and shaky heads. We fished timber, the dam, the hot water discharge and the reeds. Water is still on the way down and running about 83. One thing I noticed this time was that the water clarity was very good everywhere. The best I have seen in a long time. I know you have been wanting to hit Fayette so I thought I would put some fuel in your fire. Hope to see you there soon. Tight lines!

That is the very fishing that makes Fayette what it is.  Good solid fish, and if it is in the stars, bite after bite.  I have fished some pretty good places over the years, including Falcon and Amistad when they was scary good, but when Fayette is on there is no, and I mean no, better place to bass fish.  It is now just a function of the weather.  The first drizzling day I will be there at daylight.  So thanks for the report, sounds like you and your buddy had a great trip.

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I want to thank a couple of folks for sending me some suggestions on where to get my trolling motor fixed.  Hopefully I won’t need it, they were working on it today.  With any luck that problem will be resolved before what looks like a month of some serious bay fishing.  I would hate to think how many of those dang things I have bought over the years, but it is a bunch.

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Not sure what, or where, is next.  I just might head out to the Lavaca River in the morning and see if the trout are there yet.  That is right around the corner but we probably need a little more cold weather.  Even if that doesn’t get done tomorrow it will be in the next few days.  The boys from Austin, who are coming in a week, like to stop there on the way to POC and get in a quick afternoon trip after driving down so it will save them from trying it if the fish are not there yet.  And of course some revenge on the trout and reds is in order somewhere.

On a side note both my waders have a leak, and I tried the summer pair out the other day and the fix did not work.  Will try the winter waders next and see if that fix worked.  I am struggling to not just shell out the big bucks and get some Simms.  Guess with the amount of time I end up in the bay they would be worth it.

And I really like the stuff you all have been sending me.  It keeps me writing and everyone likes seeing your comments and reports.  I know there are lots of you out there who have never commented, but give it a go some time.  Reports, bitches, rants, pictures, we don’t care, send it along.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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POC 10/25/16.

by Redfishlaw

FISH CATCHING TRAVEL

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I was initially going to POC today, (Monday) but the Boss and I decided to get some chores done as she is headed back to work for a week stretch.  I on the other hand I am headed to the water.  Just not fair is it?  So tomorrow it is waist deep with my Wade Right at POC for a wading extravaganza.  It looks to be one of those fairly flat high water days so we shall see how the fishing goes.

Weather

86/62  Intervals clouds and sun.  20% chance rain.  Wind ESE  11 -15

Tides

High  4:47am     Low   7:47pm  The tidal velocity is low today and the only real period of activity is somewhere around 10 -12am.

Port O’Connor Texas

I was so irritated when I got home that I could not even think about posting.  We all have those days on occasion, where we fish poorly, and today I take all the credit.  I was at the wrong place at the right time, the right place at the wrong time, and even the wrong place at the wrong time.  Man yesterday is still sticking in my craw this morning,  One thing about a fishing blog, you don’t get to ignore the days that suck, it just comes with the territory.  So here it is in all it’s glory.

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It was one beautiful morning.

It seemed perfect when I first jumped over the side this morning.  A fairly light breeze was rippling the surface when I got out on the island.  The tide was not moving but started shortly after I began fishing.  To make a long story short look at the pictures below, the only ones I am posting today.  Nothing says it better than these 2.

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                                       Are you freakin’ kidding me!

I am going to make this one short and sweet.  I made 4 wades, caught as few as 2 in one spot, and as many as 10 in another.  The punch line, 3 trout were keepers, if you stretched two of them, the biggest was 17″ and there was not one red worth a hoot.  So looking back at it my questions is, why?

Hell if I know.  Soon after starting the tide began to move out.  But it was really evident it was a low velocity day.  The water just “easing” down.  As it came out of the drain it did not even create a visual riffle around the points.  The wind began picking up and was actually blowing the grass back against the weak tide.   The first place, near Army Hole, had fish on it, and I did catch fish, but mostly small.  I kind of got a sign on how things would go when I had 3 really nice trout blow up on it, and I missed all 3.  That was the last big “chance” of the morning.  Whether topwater or plastics, I just did not make the best choices.  From there I hit 2 more drains down the island, one out of Conte and one we call the Bikini Cut.   I finished up on a drain in Barroom, where I caught 3 more small ones.

The tide was high, and again it was one of those “high” lows were the water did not really move.  You could tell it was going out, but there was not the bait activity that has been prevalent the last month.  So when it comes down to it, it was all on me.  I did not adapt.  So that is all I am going to say about my day.  It sucked!  The only redeeming thing to it, it will be about impossible to fish any more poorly.  I will get over it on my next trip by catching some fish, but it still pisses me off thinking about it this morning.  I guess what is irritating is my expectations were high based on the last few trips.  How bad am I whining?   My wife just walked by and told me it is time to move on dear.  She is right.

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On a better note it was good to hear from Joe Bass, who is suffering through a week of fishing on Travis.

GO CUBS GO !!! Don’t think i ever mentioned it. I’m from Chicago, born and raised.

I’m on Travis for a week slaying the bass, thumb is wore out from 3 days of fishing. Got 4 more to do. How do i get some pictures to you?  (We figured it out.)

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Also need to comment about people with different boats. I have to laugh at the people that need the latest and greatest 60k boat. Trade it out every few years. It doesn’t matter to me what another person owns. We are all on the water.

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Met 2 guys in a beat up aluminum boat, 2 guys in Kayaks today. Nicest people ever. Then had a jackass today blow past me (new boat) on the left within a good cast, scared the crap out of me. I was about to turn left and if I did would have been speared by the jackass. I then took my turn into the cove, and then watched the guy also take the turn but i beat him into it.

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(This additional comment came with the pictures.)  Travis was on fire today. I took 25 pictures with flip phone. Forgot the camera again.  Fish 22 was 3.9lb 20in blew up on the top water. Picture enclosed. I could send all 25 but when you see one Bass you seen them all. LOL  Had over 35 total. 4 or 5 of them I didn’t take pictures. Had some that came off before i got to boat. Catch and release, afraid of a picture etc….whatever excuse i can use.  Set the hook on one bass with spinner ait band came back with only the blades. Then used the blades when they came off another spinner.

Joe

Man I love me some spinnerbaiting when they are eating it like that!  Travis is on my list early spring this year, I did not get to fish my one trip there, but after spending some time on the water I am looking forward to that early pre-spawn trip.  And there is just something satisfying getting the “last word” on some rear end, though it is a little out of my “Be Nice” philosophy.  I have almost been hit twice coming in to POC through the Barroom channel when turning left into Barroom.  Most folks do not know the rules of the road while on the water.  It might be hard for their uneducated brain to understand the concept that the overtaking vessel is the burdened vessel and anyone you are passing has the right of way.  In other words, some fool runs up on your ass and passes real close, you take a sharp left or right turn, and they slam into you, they are at fault.  But as we all know, and might have experienced ourselves, these is just something about a new boat that seems to temporarily overrules good sense.   It happens.

All my people are from the Stockton Illinois area west of Freeport, and are dyed in the wool Cub fans.  My dad, his dad, and the rest of the family, minus a few of those deranged and confused stinkin’ Cardinal fans who somehow were born with defective DNA, live and die with the Cubbies.  And so are all my wife’s people, true blue Cubbie fans.  So I will be watching, and trying to get over that Cub fan mind set that we are going to lose it somehow.  But hope springs eternal, it is finally “Next Year”!  Thanks for the report.

(Note – We dropped Game 1 but get another chance to square it up tonight.  They have moved the game to 5pm our time due to a rainy forecast, so with a little luck they can get the game in.  The difference with this bunch is it is nice to know that result can change with one swing of the bat.)

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There was a team tourney on Coleto Saturday that took 17lbs to win, a little low for Coleto, but do-able.  I would have fished but the trolling motor from the Mako is in the shop.  My complaint?  It has been there 3 weeks now and it is still sitting in the same spot.  So as soon as I get this posted I am headed out there, if it has not been looked at I guess I will pick it up and find somewhere else to take it.  If any of you in the Victoria area have any suggestions on who might look at it drop me a note.

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I am not going to dwell on yesterday any more (probably) now that I have gotten it off my chest.  And my day can go even better if there is something being done on my trolling motor.  It is just as important part of my fishing as a rod and reel and I feel naked without it.  Thanks to Joe for his pictures and report.  And if the spirit moves any of you drop me line on whatever.  Your contributions make this what it is.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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This and That 10/23/16.

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Chad and Pops on Keller Bay

As I surmised when I got the picture at 4:45 am yesterday of the Hogie that Chad is using on the bay, he was headed out fishing.  And even better his “Pops” was with him.

Doug, i really like what you had to say about boats, and gear, name brands. And how many people act that have them. I am blessed to have a fishing partner with a great boat, a 22ft gulf coast. Myself I own a 14ft flatbottom. I notice a big difference in how people talk and treat me at the ramp. All I can say is 60,000 dollar rigs dont catch fish, people do! For me they are simply a water taxi.  Now lets get to the fishing, I cried last post about little trout, but with the water temp dropping back down. The good fish showed up.

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We left the dock and idled over to the shell mouth to make a drift waiting on the sun.  And on the second cast my dad ( aka) pops hooked an oversized red. No need for sunlight, when you got adrenaline! We anchored and bail out. Woo wee it was chilly! We all own waders but, we knew it was gonna warm up. The trout bite started and ended quickly, so off to next spot where we put ten in the box, 19″ was the big one for the day. After a few wades we decided to drift and boated a few more. As we were headed to the ramp we did one last drift. Pops hooks another monster, so after 45 min of wondering , we finally see the mighty jack crevelle.

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They are probably the best catfish bait I’ve ever used. The meat is bloody and oily and has texture that doesn’t turn to mush when you bait a limb line or jug line. The big blue cats love it. So it was an eventful day . Oversized red, 25lb jack fish, 14 nice trout, only burned $8 worth of gas. Lol.  Now you got me wondering about the duck hunting at lake gonzales. Hummm woodys and mallards oh boy, gonna have to look into that. Thanks chad

Funny you should mention mallards on Gonzales.  My buddy Jeffish mom’s boyfriend John and I were talking hunting last night at a birthday party, and that is exactly what he thought.  John is a big time hunter and fisherman who says he knows you.  He was telling me about your interesting approach at times to duck hunting the Keller area.  I won’t give out your secrets, but your approach to things is a little different than most folks.

Sure is great you get to fish with your “Pops”.  Not everyone is fortunate enough to get that pleasure.  And Jacks get a bad rap from some folks, my only complaint is they take so dang long to get in on trout gear.  But pound for pound they are right up there as far as fight.  Heck my wife and I both got a blue marlin to boat side and tagged quicker than you can tame a big jack.  So congrats to him for landing that one.  And I am glad to learn how good a catfish bait they are.  I like to occasionally drift fish for blues on Coleto in the late winter with cut bait.  Guess I will box the next one I catch.

Looks like your trout were really solid, I will take that average any day.  You can just tell right now, they are dying to come shallow and get to feeding.  And when you jump over the side first thing in the morning you can feel how much the water temp in that shallow water has dropped overnight.  Good things are coming and I look for an epic winter.

And last your experience at the ramp is my experience.  I fish out of a Mako 18LTS with most of the bells and whistles, and a 16 year old, rode hard and put up wet Carolina Skiff, about equally.  Not only is there a difference in how people view me at the ramp or cleaning table, but also on the water.  As you know I am a lifetime bass fisherman, it is still my first love.  I really hate to say it, but it is the truth:  There is a huge difference in the way bass fisherman treat me, and other folks on the water.  In my skiff, get cut off.  I hate to diss my brother bass fisherman, but they really are the worst.  One of my buddies from Arkansas started Champion, Hawk, and Viper boats.  I owned the 4th Champion ever produced, the old pad boat, and then upgraded to one of the first 16.8 that would blow the hair off your head.  My tournament partner was the production manager for Ranger Boats and always had the best of the best.  Additionally Mtn Home is the home of Bass Cat Boats.  So I have been there, done that.  One day when I was mowing the grass at home I had to laugh, the boats and trucks in the yard costs more than my house.  Not telling you this to toot my horn, but to illustrate your point.  Believe me, showing up at the dock in your buddies latest and greatest Ranger boat fresh off the line sure gets you treated differently.  Unfortunately it has absolutely “freaken” zip to do with who is the better fisherman.  In so many cases it is simply who can make the biggest payment.  And once I got down here I found it was exactly the same.  I can not tell you how many times folks in the big fancy boats run me over when fishing the bay out of the skiff.  After cleaning fish at Froggie’s over the last 8 years I have learned this simple truth, the boat is definitely not indicative of fish caught.  You said it best, a boat is simply a water taxi, once you are in the water things equal out immediately.  I really appreciate your reports, and contributions to the discussion.  (If reading these comments and observations irritated you, time to look at yourself.)

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Masked Flounder Assassin

I got the following from the Masked Flounder Assassin.  Not sure of any specifics but I knew they were headed out gigging last night, looks like it went just fine.

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Now if they would just clean themselves.

These guys do some serious gigging.  But whether gigging, or rod and reel, the fishing is getting better by the day.  I can only imagine what is coming the next couple of months.  Thanks for the pictures, enjoy the fish fry.

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One Good Story Deserves Another

I got this cool memory from Jim after he read my POC post from the other day.

Doug,
I was just sitting here on my back patio enjoying the awesome weather, watching college football and reading your blog and all I can say is life has s good! While reading your blog I suddenly remembered you mentioned Mule Slew in passing in your last writing. It back memories of a fishing trip there with my salt water fishing buddy a few years ago. On the way down to POC he explained that would be fishing in a place called “mule slew”. He said being fall that the redfish should be in there. Now let me tell you that the closer we got to POC the heavier the fog got. When we got to the ramp you couldn’t see past the front of the boat. I was shocked when my partner said let’s go. Now let me add it was still dark! I immediately asked him if he was crazy? He assured me that we would be ok and that he knew where he was going. Now let me add to the story that he had no gps or other electronic mapping to utilize so I started to write a note for my wife when the authority’s found us. Away we went into the dark fogginess. Now as any fisherman knows, fog brings out a certain increase of senses but with the dark mine was pegged!! I sat in the front of the boat to serve as a lookout as we putted across the water. After what seemed like hours and biting all my fingernails off he announced that we were at mule slew. How he knew I had no idea. All I could think was “thank you lord”! About that time it started to lighten up and I could actually start to see water. When we stepped out of the boat it was only shin deep. He told me to tie on the biggest chrome colored Zara spook I had which turned out to be a chrome/Chartreuse beast. We fished in mule slew for a few hours and it was a thing to behold. The reds were in there and would periodically show themselves with an emergent tail. Just cast that big plug past them and walk the dog back past them and hold on! We both ended up with limits of 3 to 27″. I would venture to say we each caught 15-20 reds each. It was by far the best topwaters redfish action I ever experienced.

So that’s my Mule Slew story. Thanks for reminding me of it in your blog.

Great story.  I have been in some fog in my life, but one afternoon at POC topped them all.  The sea fog rolled in about 2, I started getting nervous, but my fishing partner said no problem.  By time we finally headed back to Froggie’s it was ugly and scary.  A mistake I will never make again, it was not only foolish to stay, but dangerous.  The next day when we pulled out to head home we stopped at the car wash.  While I was washing the boat he talked to a woman who was there with her husband washing their boat.  She said they had the “pleasure” of sleeping all night in the boat waiting for it to clear.  She was not a happy camper.

My best fog story is years ago from Lake Norfork.  My tournament partner and I headed down lake and when we got to the creek mouth it was a huge fog bank.  This was long before GPS, but I knew that lake like the back of my hand so the famous no problem.  At the mouth there were 2 creeks running side by side.  After slow motoring in I finally said we should stop and fish as I was not sure where we were.  Turned out we entered the wrong creek and were around 10 miles from where I thought we were.  I sure have learned my fog lessons and treat it like any other inclement weather, with caution.

Last, redfish smashing topwater like that is a thing of beauty.  And that period is upon us.  For the next couple of months we will have our best red fishing of the year.  Visions of that kind of fishing is what motivates me in the fall.  So in my wildest dreams we will have a day like that.  And one final word, I think Mule “Slough” might be right, but I had to look it up to be sure. Like I have said in past, we do not give a hoot how you spell it, or if you have a clue where a comma might go, we just want your stories.  As usual thanks for your long running participation.  I always say it what makes this blog what it is.

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Yesterday my Hogs laid down and died, right after the kick off.  They got spanked with a 2×4.  The Aggies went from contenders in the first half to pretenders by the final gun.  It all goes through Alabama, especially after Ohio State losing, which always warms my heart.  Today the Cowboys have a bye, depending how things go with other teams in the division they could actually improve their current run.

But most of all – The Cubs!  My family and my wife’s have been Cub fans for a lifetime.  I admit I had given up, but no matter, it happened.  All I could think about during the game was Ernie Banks, Rick Monday, Kerry Woods, Jose Cardenal, Don Kessinger, and the cast of hundreds who went before for this current bunch.  And for the old guys like my Dad and father-in-law Jack, fans for over 80 years who never gave up hope, this is for you.  4 more wins and this season will go down in history.  GO CUBS!!!!!

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Just thought I would drop these couple of comments while they are fresh.  I love getting your reports and pictures, they really add to this deal.  So keep them coming.  And if any of these subjects moves you drop me a comment, just because I rant my opinion here does not make it right, and any side of the story adds to the discussion.  Next I need to get to the bay and do a wader repair test, and maybe catch a few.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Lake Gonzales 10/22/16.

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Since the boss is gone, and the wind is going to blow, I have convinced myself to get off my butt and try a new lake.  Lake Gonzales is a small lake a little over an hour from here, so it is time for a little fish catching travel.  It has been a while since I just hit a new place blind.  So let us see how that goes.  It may be tough, but as it warms today there should be a bite sometime.  Hope springs eternal!

Weather

81/48  Sunny.  Wind NNE 10 – 20.  0% chance rain.

Solunar Times

Best Times   4:02A – 6:02A     4:31P – 6:31P  Good Time   10:17A – 12:17P

It was an interesting day.  The fishing was marginal, but that was a combination of post cold front, bluebird skies, and probably a little operator error.  I did not head out until 7:30, no big rush, for the 70 mile drive.  Looking on the map it was just off highway 90W out of Gonzales.  Simple right?  I didn’t bother to get the county road number, good thing the Boss was on the old IPhone.  There is no sign, at least nothing I saw.  You know one that said lake this way, ramp down here, go this way, something.  Suffice to say be sure to have your stuff together, it is different getting there.  But I found the ramp and got a little local knowledge.  I am not sure if that is the only ramp, but there was very little parking and 4 wheel drive was a good thing.  And of course have your $5 with you.

There were a couple of guys putting the airboat in to work on duck blinds and they gave me enough to figure out the lay of the land.  I idled out of the small creek from the ramp and just idled along looking at depth and bank.  There are 2 channels leading to the dam, one deep, the other shallow with an island in between.  (And there sure are some pigs on it.)  As it is on a river it was what was probably the run on one side with water 1o foot plus, and the riffle on the other, with water in the 5 foot or less.  The water was murky and there are multiple varieties of aquatic plants including lilly pads.  I picked one stretch out, caught a small one on my second cast, then another, and before I got to the end of that patch, a third small one on the swim jig.  Now you would think that would be a pattern.  Think again, it is often not that easy, and today it wasn’t.

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I always take a picture of the first one to prove I was actually out there  just in case.  Today was one of those just in case days.

Over the next 6 hours I had one more bite on a buzzbait, in the shallow arm around vegetation.  It looked to be around 3 but got tangled in the lilies and pulled off.  That would be the last bite I would have.  I tried multiple baits, depths, and places, but just did not figure it out.  If you believe like I do that there is way to catch fish almost every day of the year, I try not to blame the fish.  The cold front was a factor, but it is not an excuse.

A couple of other guys were fishing and I spoke with them.  Their home lake is Coleto, they were just looking for a place with less wind, and the wind was not a problem on Gonzales, it is very protected.  They caught one on a Horny Toad and 3 on a Minus One, and that was their day.  They hit the road around noon, but I soldiered on.  Finally at 4 I called it a day.

I like the looks of the lake and it will definitely not be my last trip.  According to TPWD the fish run small, but of course big bass are caught there, but today they were small.  The last major stocking of bass was years ago.  They also say it has good crappie fishing, and there was ample wood to hold them.  The big flats covered in vegetation looked good, and I am definitely going to put the lake on my spring time list.   The day was not a waste by any means, it was nice to fish somewhere completely new, something I have done on a big and small scale the last 20 years.  You don’t know if you don’t go.

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We are so fortunate to have the participation of folks like Chad the Mad Trout Fisherman and Colby Sorrells.  They add experience and insight that we all benefit from with their participation.  So when I asked Chad to let us in on the plastic he has been using for those big strings of trout he dropped me a picture today at 4:47 am.  Any guess where he is this morning?

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The old tried and true Hogies.  Lot less tail bite offs with this plastic.

In this day and age fishing seems to have veered off track into some kind of poser contest. Boats have become something more than a way to get to the fish, and some folks think that they are “better” fishermen than the other guy because of what they run, or the clothes they wear.  Where having money to buy the “stuff” makes you a better man than the guy in the aluminum boat without a stitch of high tech clothing.  You know who I am talking about, you see them at any ramp or cleaning table every day.  One thing I learned watching who cleaned fish at the dock where I lived and worked for 10 years, it ain’t about that.

Then there are folks like Chad.  A hard core fish catching machine, he has taken the time to share information, information others think is a big secret, simply because he can.  All the fancy stuff means nothing, it comes down to one thing, did you catch come fish?  So take his information for what it is worth – a freakin’ lot, and we are lucky to have his help.  Thanks again.

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On a much better fishing note than my trip to Lake Gonzales I got this comment on Fayette from Rusty, our Fayette and Bastrop guru.

Just to add to the Fayette report, buzz baits and frogs are hot too!! Headed to Broken Bow, OK area to do some rainbow and brown trout fly fishing for a much needed break. Almost excited as going to Canada!
Tight lines
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Have a good time in Oklahoma.  Living close to there, and fishing the White and North Fork for 25 years, a little dose of those other trout never hurt anybody.  My favorite time up there was drifting in the winter with the shad kill coming through Bull Shoals dam.  We caught lots of nice trout throwing bass jerk baits on high water, not really fly fishing.  I got me one of them there buggy whips things, just never have got going with it.  One of those things that I still have all good intentions of catching a redfish on this fall.  And speaking of Canada it won’t be on this years list.  I will be in Australia the month before, which will take a good chunk out of the fishing travel budget.  But what a trip it will be.  The only other big trip on the schedule next year is Louisiana for a redfish extravaganza.  So thanks for the report, I am headed that way soon.  I have never caught one on a buzzbait on Fayette, but if they are doing that they are biting!

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And it is always good to hear from Colby S.  His comments are informative and well thought out, just like this one.

Doug,
It wasn’t but a short two years ago when we were not catching any small trout because they were not there. Now everyone is catching small trout and moaning about it? Not me. I’m so happy to have small fish in the bay system. That means they have a future and we can all continue to be blessed with such abundant bays. If people don’t like catching small trout use a bigger lure, not bait. You will not get near as many hits. Or move to another location. Kind of like being in a mess of stingrays or sharks. There are plenty of other places. As for me I’m so excited about having small fish in the bay again I can’t wait to get back in the water with them. The future looks bright for at least 3-4 years now due to all of the freshwater inflow we’ve received. I fished the same days as you and saw more bait than I’ve seen in at least 7 years and maybe ever. So here’s to the small trout. You’ve got the genes I’m looking for and you’re doing everything you can (by eating our lures) to get bigger. Keepin’ It Fun! Colby S

Bait, fish, and more bait.  You have a lifetime of experience on the coast dwarfs mine, but in my limited experienc, the fishing is so much better than it was 3 or 4 years ago.  And the fishing the bait pattern is a slam dunk winner right now, especially for folks who are not on the water every day, find some bait and you will find some fish.  And I will be glad when we get out of this high tides pattern and starting getting those awesome lows that drain the back lakes as we slide into winter.  Every back lake we fished the other day had fish.  In our case the other day we were catching small trout because of what and where we were doing it.  But I am with you, it is nice to catch fish, no matter what the size.  I used to think I might be the worst trout fisherman in the world, funny how lots more fish made me a lot better fisherman.  So lets hear it for more trout!  I really appreciate your input and thoughtful comments.

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Today I get to have some real fishing related fun.  Korbin, Jeffish’s son and the future 2030 Bassmaster Champion, has a birthday party today.  He is eat up with the fishing like I was when I was a little pain in the ass.  So off to Academy to buy him something cool.  What 7-year-old boy does not like a knife and some fishing pliers?  I still remember what it felt like getting the first rod and reel to call my own, 58 years ago.  (Yikes!)  Lots of water under the hull since then, but it is my pleasure to help pass on our love of the sport.

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Fall has energized both me and the fishing.  It is so easy to keep writing when things are happening like they are around the Texas Coast.  So as usual, what is next?  That can be summed up with two words – More Fishing!   And any comments, reports or suggestions are so appreciated.  I keep telling you how much we all like your reports.  Your participation makes this blog what it is, so keep them coming.  Keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines 

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Coleto, Keller, and Fayette – It is on! 10/20/16.

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It is 6 in the morning (Thursday) and since I can not sleep I guess I will take a run at fishing the lake.  The weather is sketchy, but not bad, so the plan is to fish down lake as this cold front moves in.  There has to be other places and or ways to catch them, so that will be the goal.  And of course I hope there will be a big bite in front of our first real cool front of the year.  So we shall see how it goes.

Weather

84/58  Clouds with showers increasing in the afternoon.  Wind NNE 10 – 20  Chance of rain 60%.  (Right on.)

Lake Level

Last trip – 96.03 msl   Today  –  95.96  msl   (Quite a drop since Monday)

Solunar Times

  • Best Times     2:59A – 4:59A
  •                          3:28P – 5:28P
  • Good Time     9:14A – 11:14A  (No big bite or activity until up lake.)

It was foggy as all get out as I drove to the lake.  The wind was not blowing, but it started as soon as I put the boat in.  The front was all around the lake and it was partly cloudy.  It was real apparent the lake has fallen even more since Monday.  We need some rain, simple as that.  And before it was over I did get wet, for a minute.

The plan was to fish down lake and try to develop at least a semblance of a pattern, and I stuck to it most of the morning.  Unfortunately I had a rough start.  The first point I fished had a fence on it and one ate the senko.  Great, a real big one, the first in a while, to bad he tangled in the wire and broke off.  Bad start.  From there I alternated between senko, swim jig, buzzbait, and topwater.  I put 2 small ones in the boat on senko, and had 2 really nice ones blow up on the bazzbait.  They ate it and were hooked up, but for some reason they jumped off.   Who knows, it may have been operator error.   So now I am “0” for 3 on good fish.   I was using a brand new Lunker Lure buzzbait and it got hung, I gave a big jerk and busted the blade.  Dang it!

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     Thanks to my poor performance these guys made the blog today.

I had a couple roll on the topwater minnow, but I just could not entice them to eat.  No matter where I fished it was the same, a bite here, a bite there.  Flats, channel banks, points, no where had more than a bite.  I fished places I had not fished in months, and just could not pattern them.  Finally I said heck with it (In other words, wussied out.) and ran up lake to throw the swim jig.  And of course that worked.  In fact, my second cast one knocked a foot of slack in my line.  I love that bite.  This was all around noon or so, and it was interesting how when the fish were really biting the deer were out and feeding up a storm.

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   Hoped for a big bite as the front rolled in, but it just did not happen.

The wind was blowing out of the north and getting a little stronger each hour, and the clouds were rolling in.  After I succumbed and ran up lake and caught 5 or 6 pretty quick to get my fix, it was time to work my way back down lake.  On the way back I fished 4 or 5 more places without a bite.  I finally decided one more spot in spite of showers off to the north.  Turned out to be a bad choice as I got poured on heading to the ramp and while putting it on the trailer.  Of course once I headed home it never rained another drop.  A perfect example of how my day went.

The water color has stabilized on the lake, from brown up lake to almost clear down.  The water temp is still stable, but hopefully this front will start to really bring it around.  Though if the lake continues to drop as fast as it has fishing might remain spotty for a while.

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And Chad the Mad Trout Fisherman was hard at it on Keller Bay yesterday.

Kellar bay , we fished hard today! Started before daylight, fished till 3:30 and it was a grind to find quality fish. Tons of mullet on the shorelines but other than big reds 28″ 26″ 25″ the fish were small . The little trout became a pain in the butt. We fished shallow, deep and in between. The wind blew in every direction, and the good trout were far and few. We boxed 12 from 16-19″ but we waded 3 miles for them.

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I did notice the water warmed back up . Great day fishing, slow day catching . I did see some teal, shovlers and redheads buzzing this morning so it wont be long now and we will be doing the blast and cast. Thanks chad

First, as usual thanks for your report.  The small trout are an issue, great for catching, but it does get old.  Chris even commented on the number of small trout we caught yesterday.  Sounds like your day went about like ours did, a good day fishing but tough if you were boxing.  But any of us would be happy with that mess.  Obviously the last thing we needed was for the water temp to come back up, but the next couple of nights will change that.  We saw a few pintails yesterday, and I saw a couple of bunches of ducks flying over the lake today.  My buddy Chris is a big duck hunter, I am just not that mad at them like I am those fish.  I like to eat them as much as shoot them.  In fact, I am way better at eating them than I am actually hitting them.  This front should really bring them down and we will be looking forward to your duck reports this fall.   And I like the way you use the term blast and cast.  I always thought blast and cast was the right order of things, not cast and blast. I really appreciate your reports, and while I hate to ask, you have already done plenty, but how about dropping us a note on your plastic choice right now?  Most of us need all the help we can get.  Thanks again.

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And I got this report from Jim, and it looks like I need to head that way.  So many places to little time!

Cooler weather, gotta love it. I fished Fayette this past Tuesday as water temperature there have started to fall. Got to the lake at 6:45am and was met with overcast skies and breezy conditions. Got launched and headed to my first area with the intention of throwing topwaters. Water temperature was 83 and looked good. My first cast with the pop’r produced a 21.5″ 6# Fayette beauty. I always worry about catching a fish on the first cast but that one got my blood going. Worked the area over with the pop’r for 30 minutes with no more takers so I switched to a shad colored swim bait and put 4 more in the boat inside 30 minutes. The area I was fishing averaged 2.5-3ft with shoreline reeds. The lake is down about 1.5ft also so these areas are normally deeper. Working down the bank I saw some emergent vegetation coming up so I picked up a black/blue swim jog and started chunking. I caught 5 fish on the swim jig by just using a steady retrieve through the vegetation. 1 of the 5 fish was a 21″ 5.5# Fayette fatty. Beautiful fish! I rotated between the swim jig and swim bait until about 9am with no more takers so it was off to the dam. I fished the bottom edge of the dam where it flattened out which was 12-13ft with 1/4oz TR Berkley Havoc worm. This technique produced 3 more fish between 2-3#. By now it was about 12 noon and the bite had slowed to non-existent so it was time to leave. I think there was 10-12 boats on the lake. Gotta love fishing during the week! Can’t wait to go back next week with all the cooler weather on the way.

Great report!  All I can say is I love that lake.  When it is slow it is good, and when it is good it can be crazy.  And what is not to like about the average size you boated.  Fayette is one of the great fishing holes in this state.  There is nothing better than fishing during the week, one of the great advantages of retirement.  So thanks a freakin’ lot for your report, now I am going to have to head up there ASAP.  These cool nights will have all our finned friends on the move no matter where the live.  So many places, so little time.  Thanks for the report and I appreciate your continuing support.

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I am trying to wake up from this alternate universe I am living in.  I mean it can’t be real, can it?  The Hogs winning, the Cubs winning, the Cowboys are winning.  Just where in the hell did I wake up this week?  This is like some kind of dream, really!  It was not that long ago they were all losing like it was some kind of plan.  If this is a dream I will go ahead and sleep a little while longer.  All the way to the World Series and Super Bowl!

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And I want to send along birthday greetings to my mother-in-law Joy.  She is recovering from her second hip surgery and got some good news today on her recovery.  So keep working at it, you will be home soon.  I can only imagine how much fun my lovely wife and her dad Jack are having watching the Cubs together.  Both her dad and mine have been Cub fans for over 80 years.  So win one for the old guys, they have earned it.  But I miss her, no really, so send her on home tomorrow.  Somebody has to take care of me!

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It is 6am and I am awake and trying to decide if I am going to fish somewhere today.  With the wind expected to blow up to 20 plus out of the north I will pass on the bay.  There is this little lake outside Gonzales that I have been looking at.  Not really sure how the fishing is there, the TPWD website says the fishing is good, so as I drink my coffee I will read reports and the weather to make some kind of decision.  I know one thing, I love fall.  Jim and Chad’s reports just stoke the fire.  Stayed tuned.  Keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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POC 10/19/16.

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Doing a little running around today to get the Boss ready for her trip to Iowa.  Once that is done it will be off to Academy for some plastics.  Looking at tomorrow’s (Wednesday) fishing forecast I am not going to make a guess as to how the fishing will be based on this information.  Looks like the tide will run pretty well, though there appear to be no sharp varations in the flow.  There is lots to learn about the effects of the tides on the fishing, and tomorrow should be interesting.  Chris is wanting to drift fish the back lakes for reds.  Looking at the second set of Solunar Tables we might get a little flow first thing in the morning, after that we will just have to wait and see.

Weather

91/68  Sunshine/clouds  stray rain possible  Wind SSE 10-15  Chance rain  20%

Tide

High 2:06 am 1.5    Low 2:28 pm  0.5    High tidal coefficient but fishing time is 4 – 6 am and pm, indicates slow day.  A confusing looking day.

Other Solunar Times

  • Best Times     1:53A – 3:53A
  •                          2:23P – 4:23P
  • Good Time     8:08A – 10:08A  (Interesting how 2 different references have little similarity.)

Chris said the plan was to start off in the Lagoon and drift for reds.  From there it would be back lakes all day, and we stuck to the plan.  It was just dawn as we turned right off the cut from Army Cut into the Lagoon, and we ran all the way  down the Lagoon until it was open to the bay.  The wind was blowing in at 10+ over the bar and there was plenty of bait.

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                           Fall = Drum Time.  Man they fight hard for their size.

We were just finding bait, then going up wind and drifting across any of the lakes we fished.  We started off mixing it up with topwaters, Chris threw the Wake bait some, and we both tossed an assortment of plastics during day.  We caught several reds, a drum, and some small trout.  That would be the way it went all day.  We made several drifts there and caught fish each time, and then it was off to Pringle.

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Chris boating one.  And this was about the size of the trout today.

One observation on the tide, by starting in the Laguna and then going to Pringle, Conte, a couple of small lakes off Conte, Fish Pond, and several places in between, then working back towards POC we managed to stay in moving water basically all day.  It was one of those high tide days, almost over the dock fingers at Froggie’s, falling to what can only be called a “high” low.  So we were able to cruise a lot of the back lakes, and the fishing was consistent.

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                                 They hit topwater off and on until noon.

Now don’t get me wrong, it was not gang busters by any means, but we caught fish everywhere we tried.  We would just find the bait, got up wind, then drifted through them.  We put plenty of small trout in the boat, but I doubt we had over 4 or 5 keepers. but since we were not keeping or measuring it would be hard to guess how many would have made the grade.  If I had to guess we caught a good 2o, but other than a few blowups we missed, the trout were on the small side.  But we were catching and would all the way up until we quit at 4.  And counting small rats it was an easy 10 on the reds, so not to bad.

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                                               Chris with a couple of reds.

Pringle was probably the best of the back lakes.  (So Todd turn up the tunes, fill the cooler, grab some  stinking dead shrimp, and you will be in business.) We drifted in the south end of the lake, and whether it was plastics or topwater, if there was flipping bait, there were bites to be had.  The best results were by watching for flipping bait and then getting up wind and drifting through them.  It was probably as steady a topwater bite as long as I have seen it in a while, but we just never did get into the bigger trout.  My simple guess, it is to early (Read warm.) to draw the trout into the lakes heavy, but that is about to change.  And I was surprised at how late during the day they hit topwater.   It was easily after 2 or even later when the last one came on board on a topwater.  They hit the topwater on a steady retrieve, or on a stop and go, some of them right at the boat.  Lot of fun.

We were pretty sure we were ok with the tide as the grass was slowly coming with the tide most places we fished.  The last couple spots you really did need a weedless plastic as the grass was getting to be a hassle.  Chris was catching them with plastics on a weighted swim bait hook which allowed it to be fairly weedless.  I always enjoy fishing those areas with Chris.  His Dargel 17 runs super shallow, and with the “high” low, we fished lots of places  that will be a little tougher to get to as winter rolls in.  From the small lakes behind Conte, to exiting through Mule Slough to head back to POC, we were running and fishing shallow.

It was a fun way to fish, not my usual way, but I always like to fish those places with Chris.  He duck hunts with the airboat which has allowed him to maneuver through those lakes, and his experience allows him to get around in places that could be pretty tough.  We caught fish all day, saw some great territory, and it definitely got my blood flowing in anticipation on the fishing to come.

Today I will try to sneak out to the lake just a little this morning.  The front is on the way, and the wind may blow to 20 out of the north and there is a chance of rain.  Interesting to see how the fish react to this front.  It may slow it just a little in the short term, but with it will come the great fall/winter fishing, so no complaints from me on the weather.  Time to wrap this up, hook up the boat and head to the lake.  As Forest says, I love fall and that is all I am going to say about that.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Coleto Creek 10/17/16.

FISH CATCHING TRAVEL

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Jeffish and I continue to find ways to not get on the water together.  I thought we would be fishing the lake this morning,  (Sunday) but since it did not happen I just messed around and watched a little football.  Looking at tomorrow’s (Monday) fishing the lake is down just a little and the weather could be better (worse) but I will hope for clouds and wind.  There are a couple of solunar periods before 2pm, so I have a shot.   I am not even going to guess tonight what will be working, but I am going to give it the old college try first thing in the morning.

Weather

Intervals clouds and sun.  Wind S 10-15. (Considerably more than 15.)  Chance rain 20%.

Water Level

Current    96.03 msl  –   Last Trip `10/6     96.28 msl – down .25

Solunar Times

 Best times   11:45A – 1:45P (Definitely when the good ones bit.)       12:14P – 2:14P      Good Time    5:59A – 7:59A  (Smaller fish and lots of misses.)

Coleto Creek

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Every body was fishing today.

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Even these guys.

It was my usual Monday trip to Coleto.  It was calm when I got to the lake at daylight and the dropping water was really evident this trip.  The water is coming down.  That would have an effect on today’s fishing, but once I got the hang of it was a pretty good day.  There was almost a really big screw up this morning.  All my stuff was in the tackle room so I put the 2 freshwater bags in the boat, and for some reason did not put the rods in the boat.  Real swift!  I got about a mile from the house and went, “did you put those in the boat?”  Stopped, looked, and back to the house.  Cost a little time, but a whole lot better than getting to lake without rods and reels.

First was up lake to fish the same general area I have been catching them.  It is getting time for buzzbait was first.  Over the next hour or so I had 5 blow up all over it, and not bother to get hooked.  Only one did I even feel it when I set the hook.  One thing became real apparent, the really shallow banks where I was catching them had lost much of the water and cover on them.  So with that state of affairs, I went to the swim jig on a little deeper banks, still making sure there is cover on them,  For the next couple of hours I caught one here and there.  Unfortunately I did lose a big fish because I was to lazy to reach around the console and get the net.

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                     The Swim Jig bite has gotten better every day.

I tried a white on white swim jig without a bite.  So back to the bluegill with a Rage Craw and the fish started biting.  As I do not wear a watch it was around noon when the good bite started.  By now the wind was blowing pretty good, but it was fairly sheltered up lake so it was not a problem.  Just slow rolling it they were eating it pretty good and a couple hit it the minute it hit the water or on the first crank.  It was definitely a catch one, then catch another one or two in the same area.

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                           The good bite was noon and they were eating it.

With the water falling they moved their location a little, towards deeper water, especially around points, but those I caught were still in a foot of so of water.  Several came off wood, though I did not pitch the stick worm today.  I did throw buzzbait off and on but after the sun got up that was over.  After boating a dozen plus on the swim jig the wind was blowing pretty good so it was time for a move to try something that should be working about now.

I have had no, and I mean not a stinkin’ drop, of luck down lake in the clearer water.  I was hoping that after letting the wind blow for a couple of hours on a long down lake bank it just might be time for the fall spinnerbait bite.  Fishing several places, I alternated spinnerbait and white swim jig without a bite.  It was not happening.  After fishing several places I called it a day, it turned out to be 2:00.  Guess one of these days I am going to have to stay down lake and try to figure it out, there is a way to catch them.

With the water still dropping, and the days staying warm, the good bite is just not happening on the lake.  There are fish to be caught, but we need some fall around here.  It finally looks like there may be a small cold front in our future, with a high in the mid 70’s on Saturday, which will really help the lake. But no complaints from me.  Fishing Coleto can spoil you.  Anytime you can boat a dozen with 5 or 6 nice ones in a long morning is pretty good bass fishing.  I am really looking forward to winter fishing the lake this year.

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Next up is some back lakes out of POC on Wednesday with my buddy Chris.  He thinks there just might be a few redfish willing to eat a wake bait.  If you have never fished one you are missing out.  It generates some pretty awesome bites from redfish, and will boat the occasional trout.  So we will be putting in at Froggie’s as daylight cracks, from there who knows.  One of the things I like about fishing with other folks occasionally, lead the way!  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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This and That 10/15/16.

FISH CATCHING TRAVEL

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I have been on the road with the lovely wife this week so there have been no reports, at least from me.  It is sad but true, she has a travel problem.  She never met a trip she did not like.  Monday night she just announced we are headed out of town tomorrow for a few days.  So it was load up the car and off we went.  But things are about to change around here, let the fishing begin.

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I was happy to hear from the Mad Trout Fisherman, who got to fish with crew along with his son Taylor, and as usual they worked them over.  But what is really important is this picture, it says it all about what fishing should be about!

My son taylor, who caught the big fish today. 24″ red and 21″ trout.

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Great job Taylor.  It won’t be long before you are beating the pants off dad!

As I have been saying for several weeks now, the bite is on at the bay.  Chad has been catching fish in Keller, I even managed to catch a few there the last couple of trips.  It must be a real joy to take your son and have him put the hurt on them.  Even though my dad was not a fisherman by any stretch, he found time to take me, and later gave me rides all over the county, chasing fish in ponds and rivers.  It solidified my love of fishing.  So take a kid fishing, you can never go wrong.  And Chad, thanks for your reports.

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A big thanks to Tim and the folks at Wade Right.  I love getting stuff in the mail and he sent me some decals for the boat and a cool new Wade Right hat.  Funny how anxiety can over take me at times.  Will I get it level on the windshield?  Can the back window on the truck roll up and down without scraping the decal off?  Do I want to keep the new hat nice and new, or is it headed for the bay?  Decisions, decisions, it is a tough life.  I do know one thing, the belt is about to get the serious fall workout.

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The folks across the street from Jeffish pulled in with the boat so we went over to say hi.  Actually just being nosey.  He reported a pretty good day drifting with plastics in the J Hook and Greens areas.  He said there was a ton of boats at Greens.  They caught lots of small trout and rat reds and they boxed a few.  Being from Kingsville he grew up fishing Baffin and the Laguna before moving up here.  His comments yesterday on the tide up here are so relevant to our tidal conversation.  Getting the hang of the tides here has been tough for him, there is a world of difference in how the tide works down there from up here.  In Baffin wind is really an issue, and can easily substitutes for tidal flow, or even reverse tidal direction.  Amazing what a difference a couple of passes make.

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Today is fix the leaky waders day.  Leaky waders defeats the purpose, and in the winter just does not cut it.  Both my winter and summer pair are leaking so I applied the little trick Aaron showed me to my summer waders.  I filled up the left leg on the lightweight waders, where I got wet the other day, then squeezed the leg tight and immediately found the leak on a lower seam, about an inch long.  They are now hanging out in the fresh air drying, then it will be seam sealer.

The winter pair are a good quality hunting wader from Cabela’s.  Of all places for a leak it is actually in the lug sole, through the bottom of the boot.  That is the last place I would suspect.  I have fixed it before, it lasts a couple of trips, then starts leaking again.  So after watching that lunatic on TV build his boat out of Flex Seal, or seal anything on the face of the earth, I decided to give it a try.  It takes 48 hours to cure and then I will add one more coat.  We will find out whether he is as full of stuff as he seems to be.  The next couple of trips I will be sure to wear both and see if they are actually repaired.  It seems to me that once they start leaking it is only a matter of time.  Probably time to quit being such a cheap skate, get over it, and buy some Simms.

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I follow the Falcon Lake Tackle and Rod website.  Everything you need to know about Falcon Lake is on this site.  He blogs regularly and I love his style.  He does not pull his punches on any subject and is a strong advocate for Falcon lake.  I am sure that Texas Parks and Wildlife just loves it when he calls.  All I can say is go boy, they need to be watched at all times.  He just got back from the trip of a lifetime to Brazil for Peacock bass and if you want to read a cool story check it out.  That is one fish on my bucketlist.  That reminds me, time to make a new list.

http://www.tackleandrods.com/lake/Brazil.htm

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Though I give my lovely wife trouble about her “travel problem”, I am in the midst of planning several escapes.  First will be several days the first week of November at POC with the Austin boys, a trip that will be repeated a month later in December.  The December trip last year bordered on epic.  One morning was a redfish extravaganza, and if memory serves me right a couple of guys caught their personal best trout.  Those trips are a prelude to Fishmass, the annual Christmas fish fry.  So at least those dates are settled.

Now my problem, with a free week, is where next.  Initially it was North Padre and the Upper Laguna, but the weather is border line with a front on the way midweek which will switch the winds out of the north.  Then I thought why not make the trip to Falcon, the fishing is good and the weather is different.  The problem, the trolling motor is off the Mako and it will not be repaired before I wanted to go.  While I have fished Falcon in the Skiff, that is no boat for a big body of water if the wind blows.  It is a huge lake and once the wind blows it gets beyond ugly.  Who knows, I might do one of those 5 different places in 5 day things.

And back to the old question I keep beating around – should I sell the second boat?  If I did I would be out of action for fishing out of the boat with a trolling motor for what looks like almost a month.  Though I can still use the Mako on wade trips, bass fishing would be out.  So the Skiff will keep it’s place under the carport.  Sorry honey.

The only absolute decision made on the fishing is tomorrow morning.  My buddy Jeffish is going to fish with me on Coleto, and as we have not managed to get on the water together for a while I hope I can put him on some fish.  From then on it will be simply watching the weather.  I am flexible enough that the Laguna decision can be made on a moments notice.  No matter what it will be a stretch of fishing till you puke.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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A POC Report 10/12/16.

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I won’t be on the water until Friday, but I got this good report from Aaron and wanted to share it with you while it is fresh.

A Good POC Report

Here is a good report from, Austin Aaron who is a dedicated kayak guy.

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