Fish Catching Travel
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Thought I would share a couple of things with you as I sit in the motel getting ready to see U2 on the Joshua Tree tour. The last year or so we have seen the Stones, the Eagles, and now U2. Doing the old timers tour, before them or us are dead. Should be a great show but I am chomping at the bit to be back on the bay this week.
I got this comment from Richard and will be looking forward to hearing what they find.
The wind kept me from taking a pounding to see how it looked the other day so not sure what you will find, but if it really opened that is nothing but a good thing. And hope you catch some fish. Be sure to check later in the week as I will be fishing a day or two shortly. It is shaping up to be a really epic fall. Thanks for keeping in touch.
I managed a stop at Cabela’s on the way, the car just makes the turn in all by itself, and made a couple of good deals. One was a self inflating life jacket. Over the last year I have been wearing a regular life jacket at any lake I fish, always when fishing by myself, but basically never on the bay. But I did when I went last week as I was wondering what might have floated in or been submerged. Then I hit that tree in 4 – 5 foot of water along Bayucos Island and though it was a easy glancing blow, it could have been ugly. So when you head to the bay just be careful, there are big changes and relying on old trails could get you in trouble. But whether lake or bay I always put on the kill switch, it can save your life.
And it irritated me that I forgot to include a very important bit of information on my last trip to the bay. There are mullet, and mullet, and more mullet. The fall mullet run is shaping up to be a monster, and with it should come a great topwater bite shallow. So next time you are out keep a sharp eye out for them. The bank where I managed to catch a few keepers was loaded with them, and low and behold there were keepers there. Funny how that works.
One new thing I tried last week, and really loved, was using a really thin 20lb braid with an 10lb fluoro leader on the new light casting rod. It increased my casting distance a ton, and the feel was great. Last year I really noticed the difference fishing 8 and 10 fluoro on spinning tackle and the size of the trout I caught. Of course you have to be a little more careful with reds and big trout, but anything that increases my chances with 25″+ trout is good by me.
And a couple of comments on the hurricanes this month. The linemen are absolute beasts. They worked dawn to dusk in terrible conditions, away from their family, and now some are off to Florida. There is not enough words to say thanks to those guys, but THANKS.
The thing that continues to amaze me is how many people stay after a mandatory evacuation. If you think about it that is really selfish, and not only puts your life in danger, but potentially first responders who have better things to do than save your sorry ass when you ignore a mandatory evacuation order. I know it is a personal and tough decision, I just made it myself. But when it comes down to it, you make the call, you live with the results, and if it goes ugly don’t blame anyone but yourself.
Last is a note to any prosecuting attorney where looting took place. I know how the game is played, I was a pro at it. But it is time to step up to the plate for the victims and your community – do not make any looter a plea bargain offer. At least the first few should be taken to trial. A normal plea offer would be substantially lower than a jury would give them, trust me on that. And if any of them have priors no offer, take them to trial and enhance any sentence that can be enhanced. Time to let 12 people in your community tell these scum exactly what their behavior is worth. Texas law is not my area of expertise, but after doing a few trials in my life it would not surprise me if a jury maxed everyone of them out. Time to send a message – You loot and either die when a homeowner shoots you or spend the best part of your life in a living hell. The man keeping me down, my momma didn’t love me, I am poor, it does not matter, there is no excuse for looting.
And I will be waiting to see how the Texas Attorney General handles his threat to go after people who price gouged. I think he is all bluster but I will give him the benefit of the doubt. Just because you own a business does not make you one bit better than a scummy looter. Just saying.
All that aside I can not wait to get back on the water. The gremlins that have followed me around for months need to give it a rest and let me get back to my life. Plus we are entering my favorite time of the year, fall into winter. Big schools of redfish cruising inch deep water, big trout smashing topwater at any point in the day, cool mornings, and all you hunters in the field and not on the water make for my favorite time on the bay. So keep stopping in and thanks for reading my stuff.
Good Luck and Tight Lines