Sunday Ramblings 10/1/17.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY KELLY

First a big Happy Birthday to my little brother Kelly, holding down the fort in Fayetteville AR.  And how about those Hogs yesterday?  Hope you have a great day.Kelly and I 35 years ago.  Those were the days.

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Here is the real story right out of the man’s mouth on the gator bite at Lighthouse Cove out of POC last week.  All I have to say is wow.  Having had one ease my way last year in Barroom it does give you pause.  This guy is lucky to be alive.  Thanks for the share Faye.

http://2coolfishing.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2398322

(Note:  I quit posting my reports on this site, which like some others, basically want to charge me to put a link so folks can read a full report on the blog.  Since I do not do this for money, though if anyone wants to send along a couple of thousand help yourself, I have just quit going to this site.  I give this out basically free and I am sure not going to pay any more bucks to post.  But their rules, their site.)

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I got this from Elaine, which I believe is her first comment, and we always like to hear from new folks.

I loved your post about the Marina and the trip. I took notes and wrote down phone numbers. Makes me want to go fishing there. I will be making a trip to Louisiana next week, and this read has really made me excited to go. I will be going south of Lake Charles for the first time. Thank you for all the pictures and info.

First thanks for commenting, no matter what the visiting numbers say, nothing confirms that there are actually real folks out there who read the blog than when I hear from you.  I can not thank you enough.  I will say something about South Louisiana, there is always something to catch and the folks are great, and once you visit it is hard not to return.  And who does not like gorging on fresh shrimp or crawdads?  So have a good trip and let us know if you do any fishing.  Heck, I woke up this morning thinking about how in the hell I can get back there as soon as possible.  And to the rest of you any comments, questions, bitching, or reports are appreciated.  Your participation makes this a better place.

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Several things I forgot to mention about fishing out of Bridge Side Marina is first, they have a great fishing pier.  A couple of folks from Arkansas were there fishing off the bridge Tuesday night and caught hundreds of trout under the lights with 40 keepers.  And there are lots of nice reds, including some big bulls this time of year, caught off that pier not to mention the other usual suspects.  Second, there are also bank fishing opportunities that includes several bridges and pools along highway 1 just down the road from Bridge Side.  And I am not even going to start on using a kayak.  The only thing to say about that is if you are a kayaker and like catching reds there are hundreds of miles of protected marsh easily accessible from the road.

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One thing that usually happens when the Austin Boys, or some sorry configuration of that bunch show up, is the tides are wrong and the weather just collapses at the very thought of them getting the perfect weekend.  Well it sure looks like this trip is setting up to be perfect in all respects.  The weather is good, the tides are right with some good water flow, and the wind is not going to blow.  Of course this is all subjected to the fishing gods not deciding to change their mind.  So in a week and a half let the fishing begin, it is always a great time.

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Truck detailed, boat gone over, air in tires including spare, bearing grease checked, lights gone over, all necessary after a trip. Also had a little under the console time getting batteries changed and organized after a complete battery failure on the trolling motor.  Funny, but not sure I have ever had a battery just quit, over and done without warning.  It takes just a little more effort to make sure all goes well in that department before, during, and after a trip.  Attention to detail can keep you from sitting beside the road waiting for help.  Knock on wood.

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The Cowboys are about to kick off, at least they played a little better last week.  And the Hogs beat the snot out of someone they should have, so not sure that meant much.

I am fishing in the morning, just not sure where, but that is one of the joys of living here.  A little bay fishing, right down the road.  Some bass or crappie, how about Coleto?  And finally having all my tackle completely and totally separated it is just a matter of grabbing that stuff and exchanging it for that other stuff.  But just like having 2 boats it takes twice the time and money making sure things are ready.  But it is a labor of love and I thank my lucky stars everyday that my life has worked out this way.

And I am still making up for this summer and the fishing is going on full steam ahead.  I am constantly looking at the Corpus weather for the Baffin trip which is coming when the time is right.  And there will be a trip to Falcon or Amistad this fall, along with 2 trips with the Austin Boys and a little beach fishing in Florida in November.  And those are just the things that will happen no matter what.  And interspersed with those trips it will be fishing, fishing, and more fishing.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Last Cajun Call 9/28/17.

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I Freakin’ Love This Place!

It has been to long and now I remember why I like this place so much.  The last time I was here was actually the day oil from the Event Horizon came ashore and they closed fishing to 35 miles out for weeks.  Really a tough time for Buggy and the Folks at Bridge Side.  But in true Cajun fashion they shrugged it off and kept on rolling.  So the people here, from the fishermen, to the help at Artie’s Sports Bar and Bridge Side, are great easy goin’ folks and it just adds to the trip.  And with the marsh there is always reds to catch on spinnerbait, which may be my favorite way to fish.

Two things were readily apparent today.  First, the tide was absolutely critical and the redfish responded just like redfish are supposed to.  Second, remembering those banks with stretches of scattered oyster was the ticket.  So with that in mind I was out at daylight though the tide was not going to move until late morning.  And just like clockwork it all came together.  I just love the feel of them thumping a spinnerbait, what a bite.

                                              We are having fun now!

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

As soon as the water began to fall I fished 3 places with oysters and they were biting on all of them.  Once they started biting they kept getting a little bigger as the tide dropped.  The place that they were tailing yesterday did not disappoint.  They were tails up and moving water when I got there.  I should have caught more but who gives a flip.  It was perfect in every respect as several bunches moved up and down the bank in a couple of inches of water.  A classic redfish bite.  And it was one of those times when the Power Pole was critical.  Putting it down the minute you hooked up kept you in place, which was important in that shallow water.  The fish had their backs out and I was a long cast away in less than a foot.  Being that super shallow they were spooky and it was just plain cool.

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                                                                He ate it!

One thing fishermen have a tendency to do is experiment when they aren’t catching fish, when in reality the best time to experiment is when you have them down pat.  So with that in mind you can count the number of redfish I have caught on a gold spoon, including my first one in Florida over 20 years ago, on one hand.  Today I doubled that.  And to top it off I tossed the Waker some more, and while the spinnerbait was king, I love it when they slurp that crankbait off the top.  This was pure hard core industrial fishing, crank and wind, cover the miles.  But once you located them slowing down was the ticket.

                                         A face full of Waker.  The hits just kept on coming.

They bit from about 11 until I quit at 3:30, and they were still biting when I put it on the trailer.  But with the drive, and getting my crap together, it was time to call it a trip.  Today was an easy 20 with a couple of small trout.  The marsh is not the place for trout, or driving like a lunatic.  It reminded me why when the fish are biting here you can take your possession limit of 10 reds and 50 trout to the house.  The trout may not average as big as ours, but I have never noticed any significant taste difference when they are done frying in the pan.  But this trip was purely recreational, and recreational it was, so none in the box.

Time to put it on the trailer, so sad.

So as far as trips go I give this one an A.  The weather was hot with little wind, which was great.  Shrimp baskets, cold ones, good folks, and consistent fishing, does it get any better than that?  As I type this I am at the dock watching the sun set, just plain awesome.  This is one of the cool places to fish and hang out, and as soon as the summer is over the crowd is gone, the fishing is still good, and it is not hard to get a table when it is time to eat.

Turn out the lights the parties over.  A cold one and a sunset over the bay, the conclusion of a great trip.

If you ever want to visit May is a great time before the holiday and the season start, and September after the holiday, is the same.  The fishing is still good and it is like having the place to yourself.  And one comment on fishing the marsh, leave your big ass bay boat behind if that is the plan.  (Note:  There were less islands in the marsh like in the bay, really worrisome whatever the cause.  Time to do some reading.)  It is fine for the bay, and the rigs are close enough if it is calm you can get to the rigs in your bay boat like the guys I met the other day who were catching kingfish out of a 19′.  But if the marsh and reds are the plan a 16′ jon boat with a 10hp and trolling motor would be ideal.  There are thousands of acres of super shallow water and I can only imagine the redfish that are rarely molested.  I saw 3 boats fishing the 2 days I fished the marsh.  I wish I had taken the skiff this time, and will next time, but wanting to fish the beach I took the Mako.  So take a look at the Bridge Side website, a full service marina with cabins, bait, and most everything else you might need.  It is nothing fancy, and not particularly cheap, but it has everything you could need and is in a great location.  It is a fishing marina, not the Hyatt.  It is all about the fishing.  And if you go tell em’ I sent you.

http://www.bridgesidecabinsandmarina.net/

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It was good to hear from Colby, our accomplished writer friend.

Doug,
Just a reminder to your viewers that wade fish, seeing more stingrays this year than all of the last 6-7 combined. Many are small saucer size. Also many more jellyfish, not cabbageheads, but jellyfish. It’s going to be a great fall. Colby

Thanks for the update.  It only takes a second and your world can change.  And speaking of the dangers of wet wading we had a really horrible case of  vibro this week.  A stick from a stingray can go hand in hand with vibro.  So if you wet wade at least wear some shin guards and wading boots.  Better safe than sorry.  Good to hear from you and I intend to fish until I drop this fall.

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And my buddy Clyde sent this comment on the last couple of reports.

Jealous!!!

It really was a good trip with a great finish.  Buggy and Bozo are still hard at it and when combined with the weather and the fishing it was all good.  I will be headed back soon, it is just a red catching, shrimp eating, good time.

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I just got home from the 9 hour drive.  I can not help but comment on a couple of road issues.  Congratulations Louisiana, you have some of the worst roads around, and Hwy 90 is a rough piece of work that will shake your teeth loose in some stretches.  And whoever did the signage from Grand Isle to I10 could use a little help figuring out where and what signs to put up, pretty confusing.  And I would be remiss if I did not compliment the pinheads at TexDot.  You must have been awesome at 3rd grade math.  You figured out that if you added the width of 2 semis, then put an inch on one side, an inch on another, then an inch between them, you could space those concrete construction barriers just right.  And since it takes years to get stuff done, can you say I35 north of Fort Worth, it makes the drive so pleasant.  Now if you were only that efficient with our money things would be all good.  Trailering from Canada to Florida can really be stressful and you learn to appreciate great roads when towing a boat and fortunate enough to be driving on one.

So time to put stuff away and call it a trip.  There is just something about Grand Isle that I have always liked beside the great fishing.  Of course I am already planning my return.  Buggy was telling me one of his customers has been knocking the crap out of nice trout, which would be 25 big ones, at the  jetties in January and February, so sign me up.  Next weekend I get to introduce a couple of young men to the joy of Coleto bass fishing, then a long weekend at POC with the Austin Boys.  I love fishing with them, no drama and no whining like a baby about this and that, just good friends having a good time.  I on the other hand will be back at it in a day or two.  And still waiting for the perfect weather for the Baffin trip.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Grand Isle Louisiana 9/27/17.

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Bridgeside.  It is all about the fishing.

What a day.  I fished what I call the Fouchon marsh.  It has a main channel and tons of flats/pockets/channels tons of which are a couple of foot deep, as long as there is some tide.  This is why I come here.  A good day of spinnerbaiting was just what the doctor ordered.  There was one problem, one of my trolling motor batteries flat failed, so when you see the pictures below I managed this with almost no juice.  So without further addo here it is.  Then on with the story.  (Note:  As I type this a guy in a pickup just went by on the way to the cleaning table with a couple of big ass yellowfin sticking out of the bucket, and the guy next to me caught some big kings off the second rig, which he went to in his bay boat.  Plenty of rigs are close if the wind holds, and it has.  It is all about the fish here.)

   It started off with a bang and stayed that way.  All sizes were biting.

The plan was to spinnerbait, and other than tossing a gold spoon and a Mann’s Waker when I was in a bunch it was simple, idle into a pocket/cove, the best places were only 2 foot at most.  Luckily the wind was right and I was able to keep after them until 1:00 when the whole thing quit and I had to go find a battery after I diagnosed the problem.

All shapes and sizes.

I have never had dolphins follow the boat and dive under it and jump in front.  Very cool and one of those things that makes the great outdoors what it is.

That was awesome, must have been the bait I was driving through.

As the morning wore on the tide started to drop and I found some tailers, a good cast and you were hooked up.  I ended up fishing that bank twice so I could toss the gold spoon and Mann’s Waker just for shits and giggles and they both caught a fish.  But with the spinnerbait bite so good I just stuck with it.  Perfect for shallow water.  And as the water really started to drop they positioned on the outside of exposed oyster beds.  From nice to small they just kept knocking the crap out of the spinnerbait.  Guess all those years of bass fishing were not wasted.

                                               Mann’s Waker and gold spoon fish.

I boated lots of smalls, but was thankful for each one.  Not having a real trolling motor I made due and had to quit early.  Tomorrow that will not be the case, last day fish until you drop.  So far other than the battery thing it has been a good trip and tomorrow I intend to finish with a bang.  There is just something about fishing a shallow marsh which is the breeding rearing grounds for redfish, which definitely accounts for the range of sizes.

I am tired so that is it for today.  I was going to put up more pics but you get the point.  Tomorrow could be epic!  All I know is this is one fishy place.

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Got this timely comment from Rick.

Glad to see you are healthy and back at the fish / catch / travel. Great reports lately. Just really glad you are back in the game. Stay safe.

Thanks, and this trip just reinforced how much I love to just go somewhere and let the chips fall where they may.  And when it works out there is nothing better.  And for a saltwater fisherman this place is the bomb.  Thanks for keeping in touch.

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And finally I got his from Richard, which is worrisome!  In other words WTF!

A wader near Lighthouse was attacked by gator. Gator pulled him under twice and when he was in neck deep water it let go. If you go to 2coolfishing, you can read about it. It grabbed him on the calf and the photos show the size of the bite.
My brother and I were in Army hole a few days before and saw what appeared to be a 9 ft salt water croc and not an alligator. The nose of the reptile favored a croc vs. alligator.
Not sure what got the wader but he is lucky to be alive.
Just wanted to let you know. Blessings, Richard >

The amount of these type encounters seem to be growing.  Just last year I was wading in Barroom using a topwater when I saw about a 6’+ coming towards my bait.  I quit fishing and eased off the other way, but it was way to close for me.  Just another reason to be cautious.  Hope this is not a becoming a common theme.  As long as the harvest is restricted expect more.  Thanks for the heads up, will read it when I get back.

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I can not tell you how nice it is to be feeling well and catching fish.  And one final word on Buggy and Bridgeside.  As I work on this I am close to the office where the wireless is good.  Both nights they have closed and folks show up before they can get off the deck and they smile and open back up and help them out.  That is the kind of folks they are.  And one last word on the fishing.  There are some folks from Arkansas here and they caught 300 trout off the fishing pier last night.  Like I said this is a freakin’ fishy place!  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Grand Isle Lousiana, Bridegeside Marina 9/26/17.

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This and That 9/21/17.

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On The Road Again

It is 6:00 am Monday and I am packing up to hit the road.  The Boss has some plans this week so I spent a lot of time researching just where I might fish this week.  After looking at plenty of places, fresh and salt, Grand Isle, Louisiana it is.  The plan is to fish 3 full days, and maybe some on the 4th day, before I hit the road.  I am unsure what, or if, there is any wireless where I am headed, but of course I will have the stuff with me and if I can get a few posts up this week I will.

I had not thought about Grand Isle until there was some pics from my friend Jimmie Rose and it got me thinking so I checked the facebook page of Bridgeside Marina and low and behold there was Buggy, the owner, with some great trout.  And of course the bulls are gathering at the pass so there will be plenty of fishing this week.  Hard not to get excited about Grand Isle.  It has been awhile since I have made a trip like this and it feels good to be back in action.

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I had only watched the Texas fishing show once and it finally dawned on me that one of the hosts was Rick Murphy, who was a well respected guide in Florida.  It just took me aback a little.  Figured he was a Florida guy for the long haul.  Wonder how he compares the fishing between the two?

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Got this report from Richard on his couple of days in POC this week.

Fished POC Monday-Wednesday of this week.
Found lots of mullet on southshore . We fished the opening to Army Hole and caught some undersized reds. Action was from about 2:30-3:30pm. Had live shrimp, dead shrimp and cut mullet. All worked equally well.
Tuesday fished Barroom bay and caught 22″ red and 20″ drum. Nothing else.
Fished around Bayous with no luck and tried Oilfield#1 with undersized caught. Went to ICW near concrete and caught about 20 Mangrove Snapper which we fillet and fried for supper. tasty!
Wednesday tried Barroom Bay, Big Bayou with no results. Went back to Oil Field 1 and caught 26″ red, lots of croaker and sand trout. Finished the day tired but happy.
Saw a couple guys at Speedy Stop one morning and they said they found the reds on South shore line and were going back to get more the next day. They were not specific, but I can imagine that any of the drains on south shore line could be holding keeper reds.

First the mangrove snapper thing on concrete is actually a really good way to catch a tasty fish fry.  I have only done it a couple of times but it works everytime on the seawalls around POC.  And speaking of the drains that is why we went all the way down like we did the other day.  Those reds are going to show, and it will be soon, and that is exactly where I will be looking for them.  And you caught a fry and had a great time, which I believe is the whole idea.  Thanks for the report, comment anytime.

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So with a 9 hour drive I will be hitting the road and should get there by 6pm for a little Cowboys football and a good nights sleep.  Then the only big decision is the bay for trout or the marsh for redfish.  One thing about Grand Isle, a slow trip is still a good trip, and if it is good it can be crazy.  So wish me well, keep stopping in, and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Coleto Creek 9/21/17.

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On my current making up for lost time by fishing until I drop tour it was back to the lake.  Last trip resulted in my biggest bass in a long time, and today’s conditions were perfect.  Sunny to cloudy to storms.  It should have been perfect, but alas, it was far from it.  But the day sure did start out pretty.

First one out, not a soul in sight.  One of those great mornings to be me.

The water temp was 87 with a slight ripple which ended up being about 15mph later, actually about right.  The possibility of catching a big bass on frog, not to mention trying several other baits for shallow grass/trash, had been driving me nuts so it was first up.  On a flat grass point 3 made a pass at it, and I missed them for whatever reason, but they were definitely small.  I stayed with it a while longer but only boated one small one, then headed to the bank where I caught the big fish the other day.

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   The best bass for the day.  And a bonus catfish, they like the swim jig.

They definitely were not on it like they were, but I did catch 4 there including the ones above.  For the rest of the day I tossed the swim jig (4 or 5), frog (1), Controlled Descent Jerk Shad (3), buzzbait (0), spinnerbait (3 or 4), and I can not think what else.  I fished from daylight until 3:00, from one end of the lake to the other.  It would be one here, one there, almost all small, but try as I might I was either at the right place at the wrong time, or vice versa.  Either way what started out with great promise ended in mediocrity.  I still can not digest the fact that they were not shallow in the stuff and on the chew.

                                 The best on spinnerbait.  And a big boy.

What was funny was the game was active.  I saw hawks, teal, deer, alligator, turkeys, and even had a bird I could not identify try to eat my frog when I was shaking it up in tree.  How it got there I do not have a clue.  I am still puzzled why there was no big bite, or did I quit to early.  Grass, wood, flats, points, I fished them all.  And the grass was basically devoid of fish.  Most of the points had one or two small ones.  After the wind got up I stuck with spinnerbait, and while it caught a few, but no big bite.

So I finally called it a day.  Another great example of what fishing really is.  Some days you whack em’, some days they whack you.  But I have had a good 5 day run, and managed a few nice fish.  And it has been great to spend so much time in the great outdoors.  We are slated for a cold front which may finally cool us off for good, and as a side benefit bunch those redfish up for some of the best fishing of the year for them.  It will be nice to get out the jacket and have those nice cool morning runs.  And if you are a fisherman you know what I mean, the morning run is usually a thing of beauty.

I will be at POC for 3 days with some of the Austin Boys in a couple of weeks and am looking forward to fishing with them.  They start early, well almost, but they finish strong.  As usual about my only ride home across the bay in the dark will be with my buddy Todd.  No matter what a good time will be had by all.  Until then I want to introduce a buddy who wants to learn to some bay fishing and take a couple of kids who have the fishing bug.  And when I am not doing that, I will be fishing.  I have just started on the making up for lost time tour.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Port O’Connor Texas 9/20/17.

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As I was headed off the lake I got a text from my buddy Chris wanting to hit the bay.  So the choice was obvious – stay home and maybe hit the lake after doing some bunk work on the trailer, or let him take me to the bay.  So with that out of the way the plan is to hit the Twin Coves, Contee area today.  Hopefully we will find a little better average size to the trout.

And one last word on that bass yesterday.  It has been a while since I caught one that big.  I have not weighed a bass since Falcon years ago, but this one felt an easy 9lbs.  I could get both fists in her mouth, but couldn’t figure out how to get a picture. But no matter how you shake a stick at it that was one big fish.   So who knows, maybe today it will be big trout day.

Weather

87/78  Intervals of clouds with stray shower.  20% chance.  Wind SSE 10 – 20 mph.

Tides

High   8:01 AM     1.0   
Low   12:38 PM     0.9
High   6:26 PM     1.0

Solunar Times

5:30pm t0 7:30 pm   (No other period during the day when we will be there

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It Is Why They Call It Fishing

One thing I strive to do with the blog as tell it like it is, and this post is just that.  My buddy Chris and I were on the water as daylight cracked.  After my last few trips where I caught a ton but had to work for keepers we decided to change it up.  The plan was to sooner or later get down to Pat’s Bay, Twin Lakes, and all those places past South Pass.

First up we stopped near the common entrance to Pringle for the first wade, and the results, not a bite in spite of the bait being there.  Odd but a sign of things to come.  From there we started hunting and pecking and other than catching a couple here, and a couple there it sucked to put it nicely.  The further away from the jetties the worse the fishing got.  Whether fresh water, bad tide times and water flow, or whatever, we just could not get on them.  We did 3 or so drifts and 3 wades, but good ones were not on the menu.  Until the final wade I think I caught maybe 8 or 9, all small.

The best I could do today.

Hard for me to remember but there are noticeable changes here and there.  And the little cut next to the house with the sea wall at South Pass is just a boat wide with a sandbar right in front of it.  And a couple of the lakes have a different opening, or smaller bars, out front.  While they are not major changes there are some differences.

There was something that said fall, we saw several redfish in a school tailing.  I made a good cast and hooked up immediately, but again nothing to get excited about.  But I sure do like watching them tail.  We ended the afternoon around 3 by wading my favorite bank near Army Hole and I actually caught maybe a dozen or more, all small, all on small paddle tails.  It was just a matter of moving over to where the bait was flipping and at least some small ones where there.  And though I caught several the other day on topwater, one may have taken a pass at it in spite of throwing it off and on all day.  It seemed like with the water not really clearing like it did the last couple of trips combined with almost no movement conspired to make it tough.

But no complaints and we always have a good time fishing together.  Chris did wonder when the last time we did not catch a keeper together, I sure could not remember.  Even when it is tough I would rather be fishing and the only way you ever really hit the mother load is to keep moving and trying new spots.  So while we did not get it done we learned a few things, and there is always tomorrow.  Hmmm.  Now that you mention it looks like we might get cloud cover and some light rain tomorrow, can you say big bass?  Like I have been saying, I am going to make up for lost time.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Coleto Creek 9/19/17.

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It has been a while, in fact way to long since I was on the lake.  It has been 3 months and I am itching to give it a go in spite of how good the bay is at the moment.  There is lots of new water, though it has been steadily dropping since the flood post hurricane.  So with absolutely no pre-conceived notion I will be on the water at daylight.  Everyday I am thankful I am back in the game.

Weather

92/75   Sun clouds increasing in afternoon with chance stray shower.  20% chance.  SSE 10 – 15 mph.

Lake Level

Today  98.18 msl     6/23/17  96.45 msl  (Interesting to see how they like the new water.)

Solunar Times

Best  10:30am to 12:30  (Perfect timing if the clouds roll in.)

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Grass and I am not talking Colorado.

I got to the lake at daylight and unloaded the boat, when I pulled out one of the bunks was almost off.  On closer inspection they are all missing a bolt or two and there is some trailer work in my future.  A boat owner’s work is never done.  But that was the last thing that went wrong today.

The water is clearly up quite a bit, with a tannic looking color, and it is up in the cover lining most banks.  And the fish are in it, and I don’t mean close, or on the edge, I mean right back in it.  I started with a buzzbait and caught a couple of smalls and missed a few, but no size to them.  But with that much cover on the banks it was time for swim jig, good choice on my part.  It is one of the great baits for swimming through cover.

Maybe the heaviest 24″ bass I have ever caught.

Once I started swimming the swim jig through cover, and the green grass patches were the best, I started catching them.  The one above came with 3 others  (See the one below on the left.) on one grassy point on consecutive casts.  I really love it when a fish like her tries to jump and all it is is mouth and head.  Awesome.  It really was something for a while.  From that point, until I quit at 1:30, the swim jig put them in the boat.  I was fishing a blue jig/green craw trailer just working it through the heaviest stuff I could find, throwing it was far back as I could get it.  I did catch one on a white one but broke it off.  It may actually be the preferred color, that will definitely happen before the week is out.  Before I got my head screwed on right I broke a couple off, still a little rusty, so I went with 30lb braid and a 20lb fluoro leader and that took care of that.

I will take this size any day!  The one on the left had a 6lb head and a 4lb body.

Most of the bites were nothing more than a little tic and it felt like bluegills.  But once you set the hook it was bass.  I did toss the buzzbait off and on and maybe caught one more.  I tried spinnerbait on a windy bank, no luck, because the fish are in the stuffReally!  And after fishing half a long main lake stretch with spinnerbait I picked up the swim jig and caught a couple more.  It really was the preferred bait.  And of course they are not in every patch, but I found 2 that had keepers, including the 3 above.  Not a bad pattern.  And when you caught a good one there was usually another one there, see above.

In a big main lake cove near the ramp I stopped to try the topwater Bang O Lure, that time is coming, when all of a sudden a bunch of fish started chasing bait.  4 or 5 ate the Bang O Lure before they went down, all small like many of the other fish I caught today, but there was an interesting aspect to it, they were eating small crappie!  One spit one up in the boat and there was another floating.  You don’t see them schooling much on Coleto so that was fun.  I had 2 on at once but one came off or I would have taken a picture.  It does say a lot for our last spawn.  The young bass are everywhere, good news for the future.

The increased water is just what the fishing needs right now.  Get them up shallow and they should stay most of the winter.  Sometimes a raise hurts the fishing, especially in the spring, but a fall rise always brings fish shallow.  I would estimate half the bites, and I had a bunch, were in less than a foot of water, as close as I could get to the bank.  On the next trip I will also give the Controlled Descent Jerk Shad in a pearl a go.  Another great bait to throw in the stuff, and I also kept thinking about the frog.  So many baits, so little time.

It is tough right now to make a decision where next.  I have to fix the trailer, which will require going to the lake and parking while I work on it.  Other than that it looks like I may be on the bay tomorrow.  This is going to be fishing with a vengeance for a while, and with the fishing this good both fresh and salt, it is great time to be living on the coast with a great lake close by.  I just wanted to take a second to thank you for staying with me during that dry spell.  I really appreciate it, and love your comments and reports so feel free if the mood strikes you.  Keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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Port O’Connor Texas 9/18/17.

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Weather

85/77   Sunshine/clouds possible stray showers.  20% chance rain.  SE 10 -15 mph.

Tides

 High  8:27 AM     1.1                               
 Low  11:29 PM     0.6

Solunar Times

Best  9:42 am – 11:42 am    (Only relevant period.)  (It was right on!)

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Sunrise over POC.  It was perfect this morning.

The wind was blowing out of the SE at about 10 and since I wanted to start on the windy side of the bay first thing I headed about half way down Barroom Bay and was in the water as it was cracking daylight.  Other than Frank, who I met the other day, there was no one out yet.

Since they would not cooperate on topwater last trip, that was first up.  Several chased, and 3 or 4 did hook up, but they were small.  It definitely was looking good for later on the falling tide so time for some Controlled Descent Lures.  With some chop and some color to the water the Paddle Tail Shad was the obvious choice, and I finally caught a nice trout.

She smoked it in about a foot of water.

Since it was shallow there, and the next couple of places I fished, it was a 1/8th swim bait hook and a big rattle.  They wanted it moved fairly quickly and I did miss several.  After catching a dozen, mostly small it was 9:00 I decided to hit the island.

A good dozen of these during the morning, just haven’t bumped into the big ones.

I do want to say something about the Wade Right Wading Belt.  Today they hit topwater off and on until I quit.  So being able to throw the topwater and then when you get a couple of bites switch to plastic it is usually a fish or two immediately.  Double dealing them kept the bite going most of the day.

I waded a couple of stretches around Pringle, the first my favorite bank, then later I slowly motored down the bank until I saw a bunch of bait.  Both places had plenty of fish, and again mostly smalls, both trout and reds, but they kept hitting the topwater and both the Controlled Descent Lures and the 3″ paddle tail.

They were biting when I quit at 1:30.

There was a real difference in the Skitter Walk and the Bagley Knocker B.  I started with the Skitter Walk and had lots of misses and half hearted swirls, then I remember the bait is small so throw the Knocker B.  They definitely liked it better and it seemed by stopping it after they missed several hit it just sitting there.  And again I just followed up with plastics.  They wanted the plastics jerk hard, but moved slow, if that makes any sense.  Several managed to swim 10 feet before I realized they were there.  2 foot of water was the best though I did catch some farther out.

All in all a great morning of fishing.  The weather and tide were perfect, and the fish bit everywhere I stopped.  It was an easy limit of trout, they were on order today, and like last trip plenty of small reds.  With the bite as good as it is as I continue to make up for lost time, and fall really comes, the fish should get bigger.   The last couple of trips have been a matter of keeping it in the water and it should remain that way.

Next up is the lake, or maybe the bay again, so hard to choose.  The right cast at the right location could produce a real big trout, and who does not like that.  If it gives you any idea of how much I am glad to be back on the water I did not unhitch the boat.  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines.

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A Little Canada 9/16/17.

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The boys made a late summer trip to Muskie Bay Resort in Canada and Clyde dropped us this note along with a few pictures.  And there is a lesson for all of us in what happened while they were there.

That will work!  Why you go to Muskie Bay.

Muskie Bay;  Went back to see the folks on the big water.  We caught some good fish but had to work at it.  A lesson for all:  We were in a hurry on the first day and headed out across Whitefish Bay at around 30mph after getting on the downwind side of the biggest island I pushed the throttle down and touched the trim switch, the boat suddenly went 90 degrees to the left nearly throwing us all out before I could get the throttle back.  No life jackets on, no kill switch on.  I really count my blessings every day since then

. Why you go to Muskie Bay.

Shoedog caught that muskie within site of a major resort; later that evening we were finishing up on a island when I got this muskie on a double D pink Cowgirl!  After we landed her I managed to get a 5/o treble hook through the palm of my hand; no problem!  We cut the hook with wire cutters, it had gone all the way through.  Smallmouth on topwater, lake trout in 60 foot of water in a 20 mph wind, and a new angler bails out of the boat on Lake of the Woods after my rod, good thing the boat has a ladder!  The usual trip!

Muskie Bay is the place to knock that muskie off you list.

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The boat lost control because the nut holding the steering cable had worked itself completely loose, or it was loosened which is unlikely, still lucky ducky Clyde!

And you can always head to Lake of the Woods for big walleye.

Oh man, where to start?  First those are some nice fish.  Second, seems like there is always a hook adventure on the trips up there.  Handling really big fish can be dangerous, and muskies are one big tough fish that requires careful handling.  As good as they fight one hanging off your hand is probably going to hurt.

Most importantly I am glad you are all ok.  That can happen to any of us in the blink of an eye whether on a big lake or flying across the bay.  I just wrote about wearing the kill switch when out, I wrap the lanyard on my wrist every time I run in case that very thing happens.  And life jackets, what more needs to be said about that.  Thank goodness you guys did not go overboard with the boat running in a circle.  Makes me nauseated just thinking about it.  And folks this is a fairly new well maintained Lund boat, it can happen to any of us, on any water, at any moment.  Think about that happening with many tunnel hull bay boats.  So no preaching on this one, lesson learned and hopefully my readers can take something away from this story.  I sure do!

So another great Muskie Bay trip.  Even when the fishing is tough there are always good fish coming over the side.  Muskies, smallmouth, pike, lake trout, so many fish so little time when on a trip to Canada.  It is one of those places that every fisherman should put on their bucket list.  Muskie Bay is on Crow Lake and it is a premier muskie lake.  And of course just across the highway is the mighty Lake of the Woods with all the water you could fish in a lifetime.  Check them out.  Paul and the family are great and will help you all they can to put that fish in the boat.  Great folks and a great place, I could not recommend them any higher.  Check out their website, if it does not get your blood pumping as a fisherman I am not sure what would!

http://muskiebayresort.com/

Today will be a little trailer work and getting stuff up to snuff for the fishing extravaganza to come this fall.  I could not be more excited about the prospects for what is shaping up to be one of the better stretches since I moved here 10 years ago.  Baffin, Falcon or Amistad, a little beach fishing in Florida, a couple of trips with the Austin Boys, make me all giddy just thinking about it.  You never know what you are missing until it is gone, and the last few months have given me a new perspective on life.  Fish till you drop!  So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

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