Texas Saltwater Fishing Guide https://www.txsfg.com Fishing Guides, Fishing Reports, Classifieds and Fishing News Fri, 15 Mar 2019 19:44:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Saltwater Fly Fishing Basics https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-tips/saltwater-fly-fishing-basics/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-tips/saltwater-fly-fishing-basics/#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 19:40:10 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/?p=2049 There is an art to fly fishing, and when you mix it with saltwater prepare for fantastic strikes and unforgettable fights. Saltwater fishing is a varied experience, but you may be wondering why you would want to toss a line onto the top of the water while fishing out in the middle of the deep […]

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There is an art to fly fishing, and when you mix it with saltwater prepare for fantastic strikes and unforgettable fights.

Saltwater fishing is a varied experience, but you may be wondering why you would want to toss a line onto the top of the water while fishing out in the middle of the deep ocean. Let’s start with a quick overview of the top game fish you can land by saltwater fly fishing.

Top Saltwater Fly Fishing Game Species From Bonefish to Striper and other amazing saltwater game fish, there’s no shortage of fantastic species you can catch with a fly.

While you’re out in deeper waters, it may seem counter-intuitive to keep a line at or just below the surface, but when it comes to catching these species you’ll find it makes complete sense.

Barracuda love to feed in the flats and are hyper aware of their surroundings with a sight range of up to 20 feet. They’re also ambush predators, so use a clear line that won’t tip them off when you toss a fly about five to 15 feet in front of the fish. Artificial Needlefish tied flies will often do the trick with Barracuda.

Bonefish, like Barracuda, are a sight fishing game fish that love warm tropical waters. Choose a bonefish taper, as these are specifically designed to withstand hot weather conditions, combined with a fly designed to imitate the Bonefish’s natural prey (crustaceans like shrimp and crab) for the best results.

Dorado, as a general rule, are going to prefer dark patterns capable of producing silhouettes. When choosing a fly, it may help to experiment with colors depending on water quality, but it’s typically best to choose one that will disturb the waters to trick the Dorado onto your line.

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Pacific Sailfish are some of the easiest billfish to catch, but that doesn’t mean just any tactics will get you the strike. You can find them in tropical waters herding bait near the surface, so start by using a teaser to lure them closer to your boat until you drop in the fly. Once they fall for the trick, prepare for a 30-minute fight with awesome photo opportunities as this powerful fish puts on their characteristic acrobatics show.

Permit are easily spooked, so when you’re fly fishing for these game fish you really need to know how to place your fly. You want to make sure it’s very close to the fish, which can also be difficult since Permit are typically bottom-feeders; but, if you choose a weighted, crab-like fly and bring some patience on your fishing trip, you’ll find success getting a strike.

Redfish like to cruise in murky waters, so your fly is going to need to be large enough for the fish to see. You’ll find the best results are when you focus on your casting and presentation, since this fish fights strong but doesn’t make long runs. Many different patterns will catch a Redfish as long as you choose a fly that’s about 3 inches long to toss into shallow waters. Looking to catch Redfish with live bait? Check out more tips on our blog, How-to Choose Saltwater Live Bait.

Roosterfish are known to pummel flies and pull hard when they’re on the hook. If you’re looking to challenge your casting skills and patience, head out to the beach and search for black and gray stripes that stand out against the surf; you can also find them in forage areas in deeper waters. Your fly line can float or sink, but your fly needs to change depending on conditions. Roosterfish fly fisherman have the best luck with Crease Flies, wide-bodied bucktails or ultra-hair baitfish in black, gray, tan, and white color variations.

Snook thrive in water temperatures 70 degrees and above, so they’ll be more easily spotted in the flats year-round or around coastal bays and beaches by late spring. Equip your fly line with cast foam poppers, deer-hair bugs or shrimp and baitfish patterns for the classic approach to Snook fly fishing. Most of your casting will be done in close quarters, so prepare for a quick strike and fight to get the fish landed.

Striped Bass (Striper) are a popular saltwater fly fishing species because they’re a large, strong fish that will put up a good fight after eagerly going for your fly. They’re natural predators for live bait such as threadfin and gizzard shad, so choose flies that imitate the bait, such as Deceivers and Whistlers, and toss your line into moving waters.

Tarpon are going to eat a variety of prey throughout their lifetime, from minnows as babies to crabs and bigger baitfish as adults, so you have a wide range of flies to choose from for this fish. In general, saltwater fly fishing anglers can get Tarpon to strike with well-place lines baited with a Toad, Tarpon Tapa, EP Tarpon Streamer, Cockroach or Tarpon Mouse (Slider).

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We talked a lot about flies, one of the most critical components of your saltwater fly fishing gear, for each of these species, but flies aren’t the only thing to consider when you’re going for the strike. Choosing Saltwater Fly Fishing Gear There are few things more important to the art of fly fishing than your gear. Namely, you want to make sure you have the right rod, reel, fly line, and fly to get your fly fishing game off to the best start. When picking out your gear, to consider where you are going to be fishing, and what fish you are hoping to get on your line. By knowing these two pieces of information you can speak with local fly fishing anglers or someone at a local tackle shop to pick out what you’ll need, but there are some basic setups that work well for many saltwater fish species.

Start by selecting your rod, since your fly rod will determine the rest of your gear. There are plenty of rods to choose from, so try not to get too caught up in the details when you’re starting out. They’ll matter more when you’ve become a seasoned saltwater fly fishing angler going for a very specific fish. Instead, choose a versatile, multi-purpose, 9-feet long and 9 to 10-weight fly rod that you feel comfortable with. It doesn’t need to be the most expensive option, but try to steer away from the cheapest rods as well since a poor rod can ruin your experience.

Once you have your rod, you need to add a reel. Start by looking matching the weight of the reel to your rod, or it won’t work. Then look at the drag type, usually either center or offset. From there, choose the arbor size, which refers to the diameter of the spool. You’ll do well with a mid-arbor reel for general use while saltwater fly fishing. To save money, you can also look for a fly rod and reel combination, referred to as a “Fly Rod Outfit.”

Then, you are ready to add your fly line. Choosing a line is going to depend on where and how you will be fly fishing, so this is where you’ll benefit the most from talking to more experienced anglers. They can let you know if you need a floating or sinking, opaque or clear line to get the strike. To finish out your gear, add fly backing, a leader, and a tippet for your fly.

Final Tips for Saltwater Fly Fishing It can be helpful to bring back-up gear on your saltwater fly fishing adventure aren’t biting and you need to switch it up to get the strike. As long as you have a multi-purpose rod and reel, and a solid fly line that will do well for most fish, you can keep your pack a little lighter by bringing along little more than what is on your back and a tackle box filled with a wide variety of flies.

Just remember that as with all types of fishing, saltwater fly fishing is often going to require patience and commitment to figuring out what’s working based on the conditions that day. So don’t give up, and keep practicing your fly fishing cast until you land that trophy fish! You can also always try other types of Saltwater Fishing and come back to fly fishing!

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Garmin Reveals GPS Smartwatch Range

When it comes to luxury-ware in the tech market, there is clearly a very strong market for companies to produce the most highest specifications of smartwatches available.

Apple, for example, has already enjoyed some success in this area. Albeit, and rather unusually, they have never strictly targeted the ‘high-end’ of the field.

Garmin is, however, the latest to throw their hat (or should that be watch?) into the ring with their latest release of fitness-focussed, GPS, smartwatches.
The Range!

The range released includes 5 models, but before you go getting too excited. Garmin is not targeting the likes of Apple with this design. Think more Rolex, Breitling and Omega.

The Marq Driver ($2,500) – Designed for racing enthusiasts, it holds data for over 250 international tracks. In addition, it can also record lap times based on the GPS software.

The Marq Aviator ($1,950) – Designed specifically for pilots offering navigation and useful tools.

The Marq Captain ($1,850) – As you might expect with the naming so far, this is designed for sailors. It, again, has navigation features but also a ‘man overboard’ emergency beacon.

The Marq Expedition ($1,750) – Comes with highly detailed maps and designed for those who like cross-country, hiking and exploration.

The Marq Athlete ($1,500) – The least expensive of the range with a specific focus on lap times and fitness.

This is reflective of the below image which runs left to right of the above list.

Where Can I Get One?

Well, assuming you have a lot of money, think high-end jewellers or super tech stores. In other words, don’t expect these to be appearing on Amazon in time for the black friday sales!

You can visit the official Marq website via the link here!

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Fly Fusion Field Editor Jeff Wagner and fly-fishing icon Bruce Richards cover various topics in this informative fly-casting series that is packed full of cast-changing tips. In this Episode Jeff Wagner covers the fundamentals of distance fly casting. With these simple techniques you can add distance to your cast for that next Texas saltwater fly fishing trip for bonefish.

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West Galveston Bay Texas Saltwater Fishing Report March 4, 2019 https://www.txsfg.com/texas-saltwater-fishing-reports/west-galveston-bay-texas-saltwater-fishing-report-march-4-2019/ https://www.txsfg.com/texas-saltwater-fishing-reports/west-galveston-bay-texas-saltwater-fishing-report-march-4-2019/#respond Mon, 04 Mar 2019 15:17:55 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/?p=2026 Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps. Texas Saltwater Fishing Report Texas saltwater fishing news, the way you want it! You post your news Submit […]

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Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps.

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TPWD Releases Saltwater Fishing Regulation Proposals for 2019-2020 https://www.txsfg.com/texas-parks-and-wildlife/tpwd-releases-saltwater-fishing-regulation-proposals-for-2019-2020/ https://www.txsfg.com/texas-parks-and-wildlife/tpwd-releases-saltwater-fishing-regulation-proposals-for-2019-2020/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:43:28 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/?p=2011 AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is now accepting public comment on proposed changes to saltwater fishing regulations for 2019-2020. These changes are intended to streamline regulations for the entire Texas coast for spotted seatrout and modified regulations for certain species to be in line with federal rules to reduce confusion among […]

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AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is now accepting public comment on proposed changes to saltwater fishing regulations for 2019-2020. These changes are intended to streamline regulations for the entire Texas coast for spotted seatrout and modified regulations for certain species to be in line with federal rules to reduce confusion among anglers for sharks and cobia.

TPWD will be taking public comment on the following proposed changes to the 2019-2020 Statewide Recreational Fishing Proclamation, with input to be considered before any action by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its March 20 public hearing:

  • Extending the 5 fish bag limit for spotted seatrout to the upper coast, creating a coast-wide 5 fish bag limit.
  • Requiring the use of non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks when fishing for sharks in state waters, except when fishing with artificial lures.
  • Increasing the minimum size limit to 40 inches total length for Cobia.
  • Closing oyster restoration areas in Galveston Bay, Matagorda Bay and Copano Bay for 2 harvest seasons.

The public is encouraged to provide comment on the proposed regulation changes. Opportunities to provide comments for or against these proposals include:

  • Facebook Live Webinar: TPWD Coastal Fisheries staff will present proposed fishing regulation changes and answer questions in a Facebook Live webinar at noon Feb. 27 on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Facebook page.
  • Public hearings: TPWD staff will be hosting several public hearings on the upper coast to receive input from stakeholders and constituents concerning the proposed regulation changes.
    • Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Nessler Civic Center 2010 5th Ave N, Texas City, TX 77590
    • Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Port Arthur Civic Center 3401 Cultural Center Dr; Port Arthur, TX 77642
    • Monday, March 4 at 7 p.m. at The San Jacinto River Authority 1577 Dam Site Rd, Conroe, TX 77304
  • Online: Once the proposed regulations are published in the Texas Register, comments on the changes can be provided on the TPWD public comment page until March 19.
  • Email: Tiffany Hopper, tiffany.hopper@tpwd.texas.gov
  • In person: The TPW Commission will take public comment on the proposed changes at their meeting on Wednesday, March 20 in Austin. Public testimony will normally be limited to three minutes per person.

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Yamaha 190 FSH https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-boat-news/yamaha-190-fsh/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-boat-news/yamaha-190-fsh/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 19:43:39 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/?p=1997 Yamaha’s 190 FSH was featured on the cover (image attached), and inside, the magazine wrote a four-page story about the 210 FSH. “Yamaha, over the years, has evolved a wide-open spaces concept at the stern to create a comfortable back porch and made it even cushier for folks who like to flip a frog.” “The […]

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Yamaha’s 190 FSH was featured on the cover (image attached), and inside, the magazine wrote a four-page story about the 210 FSH.

“Yamaha, over the years, has evolved a wide-open spaces concept at the stern to create a comfortable back porch and made it even cushier for folks who like to flip a frog.”

“The FSH isn’t a one trick pony, either. It can easily handle watersports and entertaining.”

Yamaha 190 FSH

“Yamaha makes great use of the large center console by including a front-opening door that lifts up to reveal a privacy curtain that hides a roomy head compartment/changing room.”

“A pair of these (TR-1) motors pushed the 210 FSH to plane in 2.8 seconds and to 30 mph in 6.9 seconds. Top speed reached a respectable 44.3 mph.”

“Part of its Advanced Responsive Handling package, the Articulating Keel is a pronounced keel that runs the length of the wetted surface and terminates at the stern with a large rudder that’s tied to the jet drives. It not only helps with tracking during hard turns under power but also provides off-throttle turning capability.”

Editor Alan Jones stated, “The day after we tested it, I, Steve Banta (our videographer) and John Kiely (former Boating World editor) got to use this boat for a day of fishing and it was a pleasure to fish aboard. The leaning post had a sturdy flappable seatback, so we could face aft for leisurely fishing. Same goes for the roomy two-tiered stern lounge area.”

Quote from FSH customer, Robert and Ari Brock of Land O’Lakes, FL “We really liked the Yamaha 210 FSH because of its open design, huge amount of storage and jet drive system.”

See this model at Yamaha Boats Yamaha 190 HSH

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Garmin Basecamp GPS https://www.txsfg.com/gps/garmin-basecamp-gps/ https://www.txsfg.com/gps/garmin-basecamp-gps/#respond Thu, 07 Feb 2019 21:49:57 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/?p=1992 Plan a Trip Use BaseCamp to plan your next hiking, biking, motorcycling, driving or off-roading trip. You can view maps, plan routes, and mark waypoints and tracks from your computer and then transfer them to your device. Track Draw feature lets you trace your planned route and view elevation changes, helping you estimate the difficulty […]

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Plan a Trip

Use BaseCamp to plan your next hiking, biking, motorcycling, driving or off-roading trip. You can view maps, plan routes, and mark waypoints and tracks from your computer and then transfer them to your device.

Track Draw feature lets you trace your planned route and view elevation changes, helping you estimate the difficulty of a hike or bike ride. Plan the perfect scenic route for your next road trip, making sure your navigator takes you through certain waypoints. Play back your routes and tracks over time and save and share your adventure.

Survey the Terrain

BaseCamp displays your topographic map data in 2-D or 3-D on your computer screen, including contour lines and elevation profiles. Load map data from your handheld device, or import maps you’ve downloaded or purchased on DVD or microSD™ card. Consider our TOPO series maps, which offer detail on a scale of either 1:100,000 or 1:24,000.
Geotag Photos

BaseCamp lets you geotag photos, associating them with specific waypoints. You can see the exact scenery at any given location. Transfer the photos to your handheld device, publish photos directly to Picasa™, or email your geotagged photos directly to friends or family so they can navigate right to your favorite spots in the future.
Transfer Satellite Images

With BaseCamp and a BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription, you can transfer an unlimited amount of satellite images to your outdoor or fitness device and seamlessly integrate those images into your maps to get a true representation of your surroundings. It makes it easy to scout campsites, sources of water, potential hazards and more. If you prefer raster topographic maps, you can also download BirdsEye Select maps and pay only for the data you download.
Learn More About BaseCamp

For manuals, videos and other helpful information visit the Garmin Support Center.

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West Galveston Bay Texas Saltwater Fishing Report December 2018 https://www.txsfg.com/texas-saltwater-fishing-reports/west-galveston-bay-texas-saltwater-fishing-report-december-2018/ https://www.txsfg.com/texas-saltwater-fishing-reports/west-galveston-bay-texas-saltwater-fishing-report-december-2018/#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:08:17 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/?p=1952 Trout are good for waders on the mud and shell on MirrOlures and Corkies. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Texas Saltwater Fishing Report

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Trout are good for waders on the mud and shell on MirrOlures and Corkies. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

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Port Mansfield Texas Saltwater Fishing Report December 2018 https://www.txsfg.com/texas-saltwater-fishing-reports/port-mansfield-texas-saltwater-fishing-report-december-2018/ https://www.txsfg.com/texas-saltwater-fishing-reports/port-mansfield-texas-saltwater-fishing-report-december-2018/#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:00:11 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/?p=1947 Redfish are fair to good on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork around grass holes. Trout are fair to good on mud along the edge of the channel on Corkies and MirrOlures.

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Redfish are fair to good on DOA Shrimp and Gulps under a popping cork around grass holes. Trout are fair to good on mud along the edge of the channel on Corkies and MirrOlures.

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Corpus Christi Texas Saltwater Fishing Report December 2018 https://www.txsfg.com/texas-saltwater-fishing-reports/december-2018-corpus-christi-saltwater-fishing-report/ https://www.txsfg.com/texas-saltwater-fishing-reports/december-2018-corpus-christi-saltwater-fishing-report/#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:32:03 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/?p=1941 Trout are fair to good in Oso Bay for waders tossing scented baits and Corkies. Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the flats on live shrimp, Gulps and DOA Shrimp.

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Trout are fair to good in Oso Bay for waders tossing scented baits and Corkies. Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the flats on live shrimp, Gulps and DOA Shrimp.

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It’s time to get outside and connect with nature https://www.txsfg.com/texas-parks-and-wildlife/its-time-to-get-outside-and-connect-with-nature/ https://www.txsfg.com/texas-parks-and-wildlife/its-time-to-get-outside-and-connect-with-nature/#respond Wed, 01 Aug 2018 20:05:16 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/?p=1919 CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Busy schedules, excessive screen time and lots of other factors keep kids from connecting with nature, even though study after study show that spending time outdoors makes them healthier, happier and smarter. Same goes for adults. So why not head outside together? From August 18 to November 10, Coastal Bend residents […]

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Busy schedules, excessive screen time and lots of other factors keep kids from connecting with nature, even though study after study show that spending time outdoors makes them healthier, happier and smarter. Same goes for adults. So why not head outside together?

From August 18 to November 10, Coastal Bend residents will have the opportunity to venture outside and connect with nature during Texas Nature Challenge 2018. This family-oriented adventure is aimed at getting families and kids outside and visiting local parks, nature centers and green spaces. At each site, participants complete challenges designed for family fun and nature exploration.

Digital badges offer an additional opportunity for families and teams to interact with Texas Nature Challenge, other teams and participating sites.

Regional coordinator Sara Jose is excited to introduce Coastal Bend families to a new set of challenges.

“We are really excited to invite people to visit sites that are recovering from Harvey, check out new historical sites in Rockport and look at familiar sites in a new way,” Jose said. This year there will be Junior Ranger badges, scavenger hunts, science experiments and more.”

Participating in an opening ceremony is a fun, easy way to get started. This year’s opening ceremony will be held at Camp Aranzazu in Rockport on August 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This summer camp site is excited to share their space with families further into the fall.

A closing ceremony is scheduled for November 10 where families and participants can gather to swap stories, celebrate adventures and receive awards for best blog, most creative scrapbook and more. A few of our participating sites will have activities and games set up at the Nueces Delta Preserve in Odem.

“Give your family the perfect excuse to unwind, unplug and reconnect with each other and the outdoors during Texas Nature Challenge,” Jose said.

The goal of Texas Nature Challenge is to provide fun, outdoor activities for families to complete together while visiting designated nature sites across the region and developing an understanding of the benefits nature provides.

Coordinated by Texas A&M Forest Service, the competition takes place throughout the year across different regions of Texas.

For more information about Texas Nature Challenge 2018, visit http://naturechallenge.tamu.edu.

Texas Nature Challenge on Facebook @TexasNatureChallenge

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Goose Island Reopening for Overnight Visitors Starting March 1 https://www.txsfg.com/texas-parks-and-wildlife/goose-island-reopening-overnight-visitors-starting-march-1/ https://www.txsfg.com/texas-parks-and-wildlife/goose-island-reopening-overnight-visitors-starting-march-1/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 20:46:38 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/?p=1888 ROCKPORT– After months of recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey, Goose Island State Park is reopening its gates to overnight guests beginning March 1. “We are excited to welcome campers back to Goose Island State Park just in time for spring break,” said Robbie Merritt, Interim Superintendent of Goose Island State Park. “We hope that visitors […]

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ROCKPORT– After months of recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey, Goose Island State Park is reopening its gates to overnight guests beginning March 1.

“We are excited to welcome campers back to Goose Island State Park just in time for spring break,” said Robbie Merritt, Interim Superintendent of Goose Island State Park. “We hope that visitors will come back to the island and enjoy the coastal breeze during their stay at the park.”

Camping areas open for reservation include Lantana Loop, Bayberry, Warbler Way and Live Oak Circle.

Visitors to the park will have an opportunity to go birding in the picnic area, launch from the boat ramp, enjoy the bird viewing platforms and visit the Big Tree estimated to be centuries old. Additionally, the Redfish Road area of the island is open for fishing and kayaking in the bay.

The fishing pier area and the Trout Street camping area of the island remain closed due to significant hurricane damage.

For updates on the status of Goose Island, visit the park’s page on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s website.

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A Time To Kneel – Written by Ted Nugent https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/a-time-to-kneel-written-by-ted-nugent/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/a-time-to-kneel-written-by-ted-nugent/#respond Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:28:15 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/?p=1861 Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won’t be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get […]

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Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. Hold a musket ball in your
fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two.
There won’t be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience.

Then take a knee.

Then, take a knee on the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces … the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.

Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. From Khe San to Saigon … anywhere will do. Americans died in all those jungles.
There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well, and spit on for reasons only cowards know.

Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat .. Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress.

Your number won’t be printed on it unless your number is up! You’ll need to stay hydrated but there won’t be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You’re on your own.

There are a lot of places to take a knee where Americans have given their
lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That’s what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.

While you’re on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a
manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken … but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains .. every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.

No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans … just American men
and women … delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us … blazing a path so you would have the right to “take a knee.” You haven’t any inkling of what it took to get you where you are … but your “protest” is duly noted.

Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is retired.

If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we’ll both kneel before Almighty God. We’ll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We’ll beg forgiveness for our ingratitude for all He has provided us.

We’ll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We’ll pray for liberty and justice for all…because He is the one who provides those things. But there will be no protest. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave.

It goes like this … GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!

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Hurricane Damaged Port Aransas Fire Department to receive fire truck on emergency loan from Texas A&M Forest Service https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/hurricane-damaged-port-aransas-fire-department-to-receive-fire-truck-on-emergency-loan-from-texas-am-forest-service/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/hurricane-damaged-port-aransas-fire-department-to-receive-fire-truck-on-emergency-loan-from-texas-am-forest-service/#respond Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:08:12 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/?p=1855 PORT ARANSAS, Texas — Port Aransas Fire Department is set to receive a fire truck on loan from Texas A&M Forest Service on Friday, Sept. 29 to temporarily replace one damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Harvey devastated the Port Aransas Fire Department leaving it without a single fire truck and many of the firefighters have […]

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PORT ARANSAS, Texas — Port Aransas Fire Department is set to receive a fire truck on loan from Texas A&M Forest Service on Friday, Sept. 29 to temporarily replace one damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey devastated the Port Aransas Fire Department leaving it without a single fire truck and many of the firefighters have been dealing with damage to their own homes. An interdepartmental team of firefighters from the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System has been on duty in Port Aransas assisting with local firefighting duties, until Port Aransas Fire Department gets back on their feet.

Today, through an emergency vehicle loan, Texas A&M Forest Service is delivering a state owned fire truck to the Port Aransas Fire Department.

The fire truck was acquired though the Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program and is kept on hand to be used in situations when fire departments suffer catastrophic equipment loss. The truck will help the fire department service the community until permanent equipment is in place.

“I am grateful to the men and women from Texas A&M Forest Service who have worked tirelessly to assist our city in rebuilding our fire department,” said Port Aransas Mayor Charles Bujan. “We are extremely humbled by their generosity. This truck is an essential piece of equipment that our firefighters require to protect the citizens.”

Statewide 145 fire apparatus have been confirmed as damaged or destroyed. Twenty-four fire stations were completely destroyed and hundreds more have wind and water damage. Hundreds of sets of protective clothing, and pieces of equipment here damaged while responding to calls for assistance during the disaster.

“It is our goal to help restore fire protection for the communities devastated by Harvey,” said Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Chief Mark Stanford.

The Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program, overseen by the USDA Forest Service, provides excess military equipment to fire departments and emergency service providers. Launched in Texas in 2005, this program has released over 500 retired military trucks to volunteer fire departments across the state to help them better protect lives and property. Texas A&M Forest Service transports the vehicle from a military installation, performs necessary repairs and delivers it to the volunteer fire department at no cost to them.

For more information on programs fire department assistance programs offered by Texas A&M Forest Service, please visit tfsweb.tamu.edu.

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Ranger® Boats New 2360 Bay Ranger to Debut at Miami International Boat Show https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-boat-news/ranger-boats-new-2360-bay-ranger-to-debut-at-miami-international-boat-show/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-boat-news/ranger-boats-new-2360-bay-ranger-to-debut-at-miami-international-boat-show/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:32:45 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/?p=1464 Fishing functionality meets high-end styling FLIPPIN, ARK (February 16, 2017) Ranger® Boats’ all-new 2360 Bay Ranger will debut at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show, Feb. 16-20, at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin on Virginia Key. The new offering is the latest from Ranger’s acclaimed Saltwater Series and provides a serious fishing rig with […]

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Fishing functionality meets high-end styling

FLIPPIN, ARK (February 16, 2017) Ranger® Boats’ all-new 2360 Bay Ranger will debut at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show, Feb. 16-20, at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin on Virginia Key. The new offering is the latest from Ranger’s acclaimed Saltwater Series and provides a serious fishing rig with the attributes of style that Ranger is known for in its bay boats.

The all-new 2360 Bay Ranger is the continuation of Ranger’s legacy of producing premier recreational fishing boats. Measuring 23 feet, 5 inches, the 2360 is rated for up to a 300 horsepower outboard and houses an 81-gallon tank for long runs into big water. Equally at home in the shallows, the boat is able to draft in as little as 13 inches of water, giving anglers the confidence and stealth few other bay boats offer. A supremely versatile boat, the new 2360 also comes with the choice of a custom hard top or a factory-rigged second station tower.

The design elements of the 2360 combine fishability with innovative style. Available in a multitude of color options, the boat’s Carolina flare design functions aesthetically while providing an ultra smooth, dry ride. Underwater L.E.D. lighting extends swim times, attracts bait and provides unique aesthetics while under power.

“Consumers looking for a big-boat ride in a trimmer package will find the 2360 Bay Ranger will fit all of their needs,” said Ranger Saltwater Business Manager Larry Jett. “The 2360 gives anglers a serious fishing rig along with a touch of comfort, luxury and eye-pleasing styling, whether fishing tournaments or relaxing with the family.”

The open design and center console layout provide 360 degrees of open area to work fish around the boat. The front deck has molded-in steps and an abundance of lockable storage with a port side rod box, drained starboard storage which doubles as a fish box and a forward anchor locker. The front deck also holds a 120-quart integrated fiberglass cooler while stand up rod holders are conveniently located on the console and along the gunnels. At the stern, two comfortable jump seats fold down to create a flush rear casting deck.

The helm is designed to accommodate multiple large-screen electronics and houses a cluster of multi-function gauges for speed, rpm, fuel, trim and water pressure. The captain’s leaning post features premium upholstery and houses a lighted 40 gallon baitwell. The spacious center console includes an additional jump seat as well as walk-in access for an optional head. More standard features include Ranger’s legendary upright, level flotation standards, custom-fitted marine upholstery, integrated cup and tool holders, L.E.D. navigation lights, hydraulic jack plate, pultruded fiberglass transom, fiberglass stringer system, stainless steel tie cleats, console rail, and molded in trade dress.

The all-new 2360 Bay Ranger comes paired with its own custom-built, tandem-axle Ranger Trail® trailer. Equipped with stainless steel fenders and built on-site to ensure the perfect fit, the Ranger Trail trailer includes an aluminum frame, torsion axle suspension, locking, swing-away tongue, L.E.D. lights, aluminum wheels, retractable tie downs, a patented center swing jack stand, and Ranger’s COOL Hub® lubrication system as standard equipment.

Miami International Boat Show attendees can see the new 2360 Bay Ranger at Ranger Boats booth B205, as well as on-water demos on Pier 3.

2360 BAY RANGER

Overall Hull Length: 23 feet, 5 inches
Beam: 102 inches
Maximum HP: 300
Transom Height: 25 inches
Inside Depth: 19 inches
Draft: 13 inches
Fuel Capacity: (1) 81-gallon tank
Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 2,700 lbs.
Approx. Boat Weight: 3,400 lbs.
Trailer GVWR: 6,800 lbs.

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Old Freighter Sunk to Give Gulf Marine Life a New Hangout https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-conservation/old-freighter-sunk-to-give-gulf-marine-life-a-new-hangout/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-conservation/old-freighter-sunk-to-give-gulf-marine-life-a-new-hangout/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/old-freighter-sunk-to-give-gulf-marine-life-a-new-hangout/ PORT ARANSAS – The 155-foot Kinta S slipped to her watery grave Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico off shore from Mustang Island, but the nearly 40-year-old freighter will foster new marine life for years to come. Scuttled in 75 feet of water eight miles out into the Gulf as part of Texas Parks and […]

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PORT ARANSAS – The 155-foot Kinta S slipped to her watery grave Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico off shore from Mustang Island, but the nearly 40-year-old freighter will foster new marine life for years to come.

Scuttled in 75 feet of water eight miles out into the Gulf as part of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s artificial reef program, the Kinta S is the largest ship to be reefed since the 473-foot Texas Clipper was sunk 17 miles off South Padre Island in 2006.

Launched in Japan in 1976, the formerly Panama-flagged Kinta S will enhance an existing site known as the Corpus Christi Nearshore Reef. The 169-acre reef, composed of 470 concrete pyramids and several thousand tons of concrete culverts, was begun in the fall of 2013. Officially it is known as MU 775.

“The Kinta S was just a rusty, outdated cargo vessel with no historical significance, but now she will live on as underwater habitat for marine life and an interesting destination for scuba divers,” said Dale Shively, director of the TPWD artificial reef program.

Since it began in 1990, the Texas artificial reef program has grown into one of the largest such efforts in the nation, with 68 reef sites in the Gulf of Mexico ranging from 40-to-360 acres in extent. The majority of the reefs are in federal water, which begins nine miles off the Texas coast. Some are up to 100 miles from shore, deepwater habitat for popular species like red snapper.

The Kinta S, which once plied the Caribbean, was salvaged in Miami in June and towed to Orange Beach, Ala. where the Walter Marine Co. readied the ship for its voyage to Texas. That process included cleaning it and cutting holes in the hull and then fitting them with marine plywood covers that when removed would cause the ship to take on water.

Facing backward, the Kinta S was pushed to Port Aransas by the tugboat Walter Marine tugboat Maranatha. The vessel left Alabama on Sept. 10 and arrived in Texas ahead of schedule last weekend. Sinking the vessel had to be delayed until Wednesday due to rough seas.

TPWD’s artificial reef program repurposes three types of materials: decommissioned drilling rigs in the Rigs-to-Reefs Program, highway bridge materials and other types of concrete and heavy-gauge steel in the Nearshore Reefing Program, and large marine vessels in the Ships-to-Reefs Program. In waters ranging from 50 to over 300 feet deep, petroleum production platforms (jackets), scrapped concrete culverts, barges and a variety of decommissioned water craft (including the Texas Clipper) become undersea oases for a wide range of marine species.

The importance of the TPWD reefing program has to do with the undersea geography of the Gulf of Mexico. While its water supports thousands of different plants and marine life species that for part of their life cycle need to be attached to a hard surface, the bottom of the Gulf is mostly barren. Man-made structures like artificial reefs provide invertebrates like barnacles, corals, and sponges the hard surfaces they need to thrive. Those species constitute the lower rung of the Gulf’s food chain, providing nutrients for snapper, grouper, mackerel, shark and other fish species.

In addition to improving fishing opportunities in the Gulf, the Corpus Christi reef is one of eight such sites within nine nautical miles of shore that offers diving opportunities, with more nearshore reefs being planned. The most accessible sites are six to 30 miles from major Gulf ports.

Texas’s artificial reef program is funded through donations from private and corporate partnerships and government grants, not from general tax revenue. SEA contributed $100,000 toward the preparation, towing and sinking of the Kinta S.

For more information on the TPWD artificial reef program, the artificial reef web pages at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/

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Let It Begin — October 28, 2012 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/let-it-begin-october-28-2012/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/let-it-begin-october-28-2012/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/let-it-begin-october-28-2012/ Let It Begin — October 28, 2012 It’s that time, we are transitioning from chasing doves in the afternoon to getting after the ducks in the mornings. THEN! Going after BIG TROUT in the afternoon. We are winding down from Cast n Blast on doves to getting ready to duck hunt in the next few […]

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Let It Begin — October 28, 2012

It’s that time, we are transitioning from chasing doves in the afternoon to getting after the ducks in the mornings. THEN! Going after BIG TROUT in the afternoon.

We are winding down from Cast n Blast on doves to getting ready to duck hunt in the next few weeks. To summarize our dove hunts: we collected 6 bands this year, a normal year we get one to two. Our bird hunting was excellent with most everyone that could SHOOT getting limits. All I can say is I’m tried of breasting birds every night.

Now to the fishing. The last cool front did start our trout on somewhat of a feeding spree. Problem is we are still having to wade thru numbers of 14 ½ trout to get limits. Best trout the last few weeks was a 28 1/2″ at 7 ¾ pounds. Yes she still swims the lower Laguna. Reds have been a great fill in when we are having a tuff time finding bigger trout. Lots of mid slot reds and a number of over sized.
     
We continue to throw top waters most days it is not blowing 30 MPH> But when it does we just change to plastic and get after them. Light colors when water stays clearer and then dark colors when it muddies up.  Lots of reds showing up on the north pocket getting ready to go to the gulf and make WHUUPY!

With the next cold front we look for the trout to just explode as with the heat we had this summer and lack of grass they stayed deeper that normally.
We have a few spaces left for duck hunting and fishing in the afternoon. It’s just about to get started for big trout. !!!!!!!
     
Remember keep the little ones to eat and release the big trout to pass on their better genes. The little ones taste better.

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We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat — August 24, 2012 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/were-gonna-need-a-bigger-boat-august-24-2012/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/were-gonna-need-a-bigger-boat-august-24-2012/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/were-gonna-need-a-bigger-boat-august-24-2012/ We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat — August 24, 2012 Title says it ALL!!!! On a recent near shore trip I saw a 4’ Foot tall, tail come up out of a bait ball. I immediately knew we were looking at a Whale Shark. I hollered everyone stomp on the deck as I gunned my […]

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We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat — August 24, 2012

Title says it ALL!!!! On a recent near shore trip I saw a 4’ Foot tall, tail come up out of a bait ball. I immediately knew we were looking at a Whale Shark. I hollered everyone stomp on the deck as I gunned my motor. As predictable as the winds blowing down here in March she swam right up to the back of my boat. Marco, my deck hand hollered “We need a bigger boat” as she was 35 to 40 feet in length and about 6 to 8 foot across. If you have never seen one in the wild , no way to explain the rush of having one swim up next to the boat and it being 10 foot longer than the boat. As she got to the boat I saw she was bringing her own biosystem with her. 40 to 50 ling from 15 to 40 pounders. Upon hollering everyone cast NOW!!! We hooked up with three nice ling from under her. What a RUSH!
     
Our near shore trips have just been world class with clients catching so many species they are ready to call it a day early, but I won’t let them wimp out. We are still catching great king fish on top waters. We did have one day we caught two between 50 and 55 pounds. That folks is stellar king fish. Seems we are having our best year in a number on large kings. Only one time in the last 10 years have I caught two kings over 50 pounds the same day.
       
Now to the bay, what can I say but SUMMER time patterns! You either get into good quality fish or you fish thru 100= 14 ½ trout per day. Can’t wait for cooler temps, but as long as the Gulf is flat I’m out there. Our better trout continue to come from deeper patterns with top waters being our bait of choice. Biggest trout the last few days was a 28” coming in at a skinny 5 ½ pounds. Seems the reds are starting to move into a little shallower water as some of the heavy traffic is slowing down.

If you’re interested in Cast n blast trips please call as we have few available dates left. Remember keep the little ones to eat and release the larger to pas on their genes.

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Offshore and Bay Enlightened — August 1, 2012 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/offshore-and-bay-enlightened-august-1-2012/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/offshore-and-bay-enlightened-august-1-2012/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/offshore-and-bay-enlightened-august-1-2012/ Offshore and Bay Enlightened — August 1, 2012 As per the title, pick your poison, both offshore and the bay has come alive. Offshore has been the easiest option the last few weeks as the seas have calmed down and we are getting off just about everyday. Plenty of top water king action with outstanding […]

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Offshore and Bay Enlightened — August 1, 2012

As per the title, pick your poison, both offshore and the bay has come alive. Offshore has been the easiest option the last few weeks as the seas have calmed down and we are getting off just about everyday. Plenty of top water king action with outstanding state water snapper fishing. For those who don’t know it, our state water snapper fishing never closes and we are allowed to keep 4 per angler. As a reminder, these are state water fish and summer patterns so: don’t expect 20# fish, but plenty of 3 to 10 pounders.
Also near shore fishing has come alive as well, BUT we are having somewhat of a tougher time finding our Tarpon. We have had a number of shots but not like a typical summer. Go figure. But I feel once they show up it will be similar to two years ago with 6 to 7 fish days. I’ll keep you posted.

    Now on to the bay, our bay fishing has been inconsistent but when we get on the fish it’s excellent. We are seeing unbelievable pressure this year and can only hope these folks respect the fishery and release those bigger trout being caught on croakers. Our fishery is too good to rape for a few hero photos with 28 to 30 inch fish. They are our best genetics and everyone should want to see them pass on their genes. No preaching but many of you can remember 4 years ago when it took catching 75 trout to be able to find 3 to 4 small keepers. Lets all work to preserve the great fishery we now have, and keep the smaller fish to eat and release the larger.
 
  Our best fish last week was a nice 29” 7.5#. The guest who caught her remarked WOW!!! Also to note he had only salt water fished once in his life! But he released her after photos and then said “boy those fish can fight”!!!! Our go to baits continue to be small light colored top waters and lighter colored soft plastics. The better trout are being caught deep and very shallow before all the boats start burning the shore lines and cruising the shallows. Our better reds continue to hold in deeper water as well. All I can say this has been a strange year, as we all feel the crowds we are seeing everyday are forcing our fish deeper to get away from props and all the folks.
 
Cast and blast starts in a few weeks and should you wish to hunt with us you best call soon as we only have a few open weekend dates available.
   
Watch our photo section for some great offshore photos and hopefully tarpon shots. As always keep the little ones and release the bigger ones top pasts on their genes.

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It’s Time — July 1, 2012 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/its-time-july-1-2012/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/its-time-july-1-2012/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/its-time-july-1-2012/ It’s Time — July 1, 2012 Just like the title! Offshore is lighting up!!!!!!!!!!! Got offshore the other day 32 kings on top water and 3 on a 6 Wt. fly rod. Will be going off everyday possible now. Watch for many photos of great catches to follow. Tarpon are in the harbor and won’t […]

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It’s Time — July 1, 2012

Just like the title! Offshore is lighting up!!!!!!!!!!! Got offshore the other day 32 kings on top water and 3 on a 6 Wt. fly rod. Will be going off everyday possible now. Watch for many photos of great catches to follow. Tarpon are in the harbor and won’t be long until we get some great shots offshore.

Now to the bay, what can I say: but five fish worked and continues to be good. Hopefully the folks throwing croaker remember how bad it was 5 years ago and use those little sticks of dynamite prudently and not whack all the larger trout they catch. We are getting enough tournament pressure we don’t need weekend anglers killing every 25” plus they catch. Not bashing them, just a personal observation of abuse of our resource. Sure is fun to catch 25” plus trout on top waters and watch them swim away.

Our bays have moved into a real summer pattern! Its combat wading, chin deep. Our better trout are 4 to 5 foot deep. They are eating darker plastics on windy days and lighter colors on clear water days.

We are also finding GOOD REDS in deep water as well. I guess those reds are running to deep water to escape 40 MPH props running all over the skinny water. We are catching some reds in super shallow water or DEEP!

Remember keep the little ones and release the larger to pass on their genes.

We are booking our Cast n Blast dove trips and have very little space available, if interested please call before we fill out the season.

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The Good, The Bad, and the Yea Ha! — May 18, 2012 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/the-good-the-bad-and-the-yea-ha-may-18-2012/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/the-good-the-bad-and-the-yea-ha-may-18-2012/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/the-good-the-bad-and-the-yea-ha-may-18-2012/ The Good, The Bad, and the Yea Ha! — May 18, 2012       Well the title pretty much sums up the last few days. We have gone from tuff days to outstanding days in the same week. Our trout are now staged in their summer patterns, outside edge of grass. Moving up at […]

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The Good, The Bad, and the Yea Ha! — May 18, 2012

      Well the title pretty much sums up the last few days. We have gone from tuff days to outstanding days in the same week. Our trout are now staged in their summer patterns, outside edge of grass. Moving up at night onto shallow bars only to retreat as the sun comes up. Pattern is holding daily. Find the bait on shallow bars early and follow it out into to deeper water as the sun comes up.
Top waters have worked very well on days we aren’t getting 40 MPH gusts. When the water sands up we just go to darker tails and keep right on catching.

    Like a broken record: dirty water, darker colors, clearer water, lighter colors. Top water as been absolutely top notch when the wind allows us to fish them all day. But, plastic seems to be more consistent as we continue to fight 40 MPH winds daily.

    Reds continue to curse the shallower bars all day with some outstanding catches coming in. Spoons and top waters have been the go to baits. We continue to catch some really BIG REDS!!!! 30” plus.

    I’m just sitting here waiting on the wind to lie down so I can start my summer time Tarpon chasing. Heard of one being jumped already off the jetties. We just can’t get out there due to 40MPH winds. It should lay any day so watch our photo section for some pictures. We saw a bay the other day in the harbor when they show up there I can assure you their on the beach front. YEA HA!!!!!!

    Remember keep the little ones they eat better and let the big ones go to pass on their genes.
   

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Spring! What Can You Say, but: OH NO!!! WIND! — March 31, 2012

The title says it all. One day beautiful water color, next day SANDY. But don’t fret; we are still catching fish in very off colored water.
Between days of high winds we are getting outstanding top water bites, being able to fish top water for eight hours is nothing short of winning the power ball.

On days of lower winds we continue to catch good numbers of 18” to 20” plus trout. Bone, red head white body, trout pattern and chartreuse gold body small spooks have been our go to bait. We are also fishing tops in the wind just not as consistent bait when the surface has 1 to 2 foot chop on it. Fish are spawning as I write this report, so look for them on wind blown shore lines and along areas getting a little current. Sand and gravel with grass near is the go to pattern.

If not fishing tops we are throwing bone/chartreuse, red and white, and in off color water we continue to throw dark colors. Purple chartreuse, morning glory, and Black and chartreuse tails.

The reds have been somewhat scarce for us as most of our guests are still trying to catch Big Mommas. We have had a number of trout in the high twenties with my daughter Stephanie catching her personal best the other day. A long time friend was down and asked her to fish with us so I relented and let her have the day off. Well she kicked our butts with a great 29” 7 pound plus sow. Yes she is still swimming the Laguna.

I am waiting for the wind to slow down so I can start checking the beach front. Can’t wait to chase Tarpon and kings on top water. I’ll keep you posted.

Remember release the big ones to past on their genes and eat the little ones. They taste better.

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Sometimes Seeing Red Ain’t a Bad Thing — March 1, 2012 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/sometimes-seeing-red-aint-a-bad-thing-march-1-2012/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/sometimes-seeing-red-aint-a-bad-thing-march-1-2012/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/sometimes-seeing-red-aint-a-bad-thing-march-1-2012/ Sometimes Seeing Red Ain’t a Bad Thing — March 1, 2012 How can you explain catching 30” to 40” reds in the bay during the winter? Seems the last month we have had days where we are catching numbers of oversized reds. Largest to date a 49” 25 pound plus. After talking with biologists the […]

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Sometimes Seeing Red Ain’t a Bad Thing — March 1, 2012

How can you explain catching 30” to 40” reds in the bay during the winter? Seems the last month we have had days where we are catching numbers of oversized reds. Largest to date a 49” 25 pound plus. After talking with biologists the only logical explanation is last fall when the reds should have made their run to the gulf we had a BAD outbreak of red tide along the beach front. Could be the reds sensed the red tide and just stayed in the bay. This change has made for some real nail biting fights trying not to get spooled when hooking these monsters on light tackle. Enough about the salt water grass carp, now to the big trout stories.

The last month has seen numbers of guest breaking and catching their personal best. One of the best was just recently caught by Rick of 4F Fishing Club,  30 1/2” weighing in at 8 plus pounds. Yes she is going on his wall.

We continue to catch numerous 27” plus and look for them to continue. Sad thing our water continues to go from the 60’s to 70’s weekly. Poor trout don’t know if its winter spring or fall. We are catching fish in winter and spring time locations. Lots of top water action!

Remember to keep the little ones (They eat better) and release the big mommas to pass on their genes.

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Finally back to Fishing — February 1, 2012 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/finally-back-to-fishing-february-1-2012/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/finally-back-to-fishing-february-1-2012/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/finally-back-to-fishing-february-1-2012/ Finally back to Fishing — February 1, 2012 Well, finally we have the Boat and Fishing shows behind us. Capt.’s Ted, Mitch and others have been carrying on while I was stuck at the shows. What can I say but our fishery is the best on ALL THE GULF COAST= 5 WORKED!!! Prior to my […]

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Finally back to Fishing — February 1, 2012

Well, finally we have the Boat and Fishing shows behind us. Capt.’s Ted, Mitch and others have been carrying on while I was stuck at the shows. What can I say but our fishery is the best on ALL THE GULF COAST= 5 WORKED!!!

Prior to my leaving the first of Jan. I had a world class day. Without taking a step I caught a 31, 29 and a 28 ½, not my best overall day but ranks along with the best two days I have ever had.
All three fish were caught on the new Kick-a-Mullet by Egret Tackle.

These baits actually go on sale on the web this week at Egretbaits.com. All I can say is take a look. I have been fishing them on an All-star 6’6’ Med Light on 10# test with a Revo reel 5 to 1 speed. Like you have heard many times before” Wintertime fish Slow and SLOWER.

Our fish are in the winter time patterns. Look for dark bottoms with soft mud and grass nearby. Also if there is not a few mullet in the area best more. When you find these conditions and mullet stay put the trout will finally start hitting and you might be surprised what you catch. Please remember turn those big mommas loose so someone else might catch them and give them the ability to pass on their genes. If you catch a personal best, yes, I agree people who want to mount them by all means go ahead. I will, say a replica looks as good and holds up better than a skin mount. Do what you feel you want to and be proud to exhibit that trophy.

I’m back in full fishing mode now and will post more pictures and reports as time allows.

For you grass carp chasers, yes we have been catching plenty of reds. Watch our site for more pictures as we can, we will post.

Remember keep the little ones to eat and let the big ones go to pass on their genes.

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It’s Time — November 10, 2011 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/its-time-november-10-2011/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/its-time-november-10-2011/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/its-time-november-10-2011/ It’s Time — November 10, 2011 Well as I write this report we have a north wind blowing between 30 and 40 MPH. Come on cold weather! Our water has jumped between 72 and 60 degrees the last few days and the fish have sensed, time to get fat for the winter time. Our trout […]

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It’s Time — November 10, 2011

Well as I write this report we have a north wind blowing between 30 and 40 MPH. Come on cold weather! Our water has jumped between 72 and 60 degrees the last few days and the fish have sensed, time to get fat for the winter time. Our trout fishing has responded well to the lowering of water temp. And we look for the fishing to only get better.

I just posted a bunch of new photos showing the quality we are catching. This just may be the year we match 2008 with numerous 30” and 10 pound fish being caught. Our fishery has just improved more and more the last 4 years and everyone can’t wait for the water to get colder. Look for some really BIG TROUT pictures the next 3 months.

Our trophy guys are booked and calling daily for up dates. All I can say its time to fish everyday no matter what the conditions. If you want weekend dates I would suggest you call soon as weekends are filling up quick. If you can take off at any time and would like to be put on our short term call list for open dates while the fish are turned on, send me an e-mail and I’ll call when they are really on.

Trout have slowly started their move to winter time haunts and are getting easier to pattern. Once the water temp. Gets down they will be holding in the same old places we have caught them before.

Find sand and grass bed mixtures with deeper water close by with an addition of mullet and the trout will be there. Top waters and suspending baits are working best. On very windy days we are going to plastic. But me and all the Getaway boys prefer top waters and suspenders when targeting big trout.
Colors have been redhead white body, Chartreuses, bone and silver along with trout pattern top waters.

For those salt water grass carp guys, YES we are also catching plenty of reds, with some being REAL BRUTS. Also what can I say about the flounder we’re catching, BUT: WOW! The changes to the regs 3 years ago and 2 cold winters have our flounder fishery the best we have seen in years.

All I can say is I’ll try to keep you up dated and watch for more pictures.
Also FINALLY our ducks have arrived. We start duck hunting next week with chasing big trout in the afternoon. Lots of work but well wirth the rewards.
Short note on red tide, we were lucky the bulk of the damage was on the beach front with very little damage to the bay. Should not be an impact.
Please remember keep the little ones and release the big ones to past on their genes. The little ones taste better.

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Gittin’ Ready: No Not the Song, but the Fishing — October 15, 2011 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/gittin-ready-no-not-the-song-but-the-fishing-october-15-2011/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/gittin-ready-no-not-the-song-but-the-fishing-october-15-2011/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/gittin-ready-no-not-the-song-but-the-fishing-october-15-2011/ Gittin’ Ready: No Not the Song, but the Fishing — October 15, 2011 No, I’m not thinking of becoming a song writer, but I’m here to let you know the Laguna is about to explode with our fall feeding frenzy. Our fishing has been good the last few weeks, but this week with our cooler […]

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Gittin’ Ready: No Not the Song, but the Fishing — October 15, 2011

No, I’m not thinking of becoming a song writer, but I’m here to let you know the Laguna is about to explode with our fall feeding frenzy. Our fishing has been good the last few weeks, but this week with our cooler weather our water temp has fallen into the 70’s. The fish have just exploded with the cooler temps. Folks just don’t understand how one can pull up to them catching 18” to 20” plus trout and say LETS GO! Now that we have our trout let’s go get some “filet mignon with a tail”. (Flounder) It’s a guides dream when you get your trout you can pull your clients, if they want to and go target flounder.
     
Fishing has been excellent with most folks catching good trout on top water and easily on plastic. Just because we have a 5 fish limit the law will still allow you to catch and release. Many guests are only keeping 4 and then looking for that last one at the end of the day. Leaving 1 on your limit avoids having 5 and then hooking one deep only to die and go to waste.
 
Small top waters in bone, trout pattern and chartreuse has been the go to baits. Same with plastics. Find the bait and just start fishing the fish are there. We have been catching our flounder on ¼ oz jig heads with red with white tail plastic. Remember to fish the jig extremely slow and on the bottom.  Target the drains for flounder and the flats for trout.
 
Not to forget our salt water grass carp (Redfish) their on the sand in VERY SHALLOW water. Spoons and top waters have been producing well. We are catching many over sized as they are starting to make their move to the East Cut in preparation to move into the gulf to spawn. Lots of 30” plus being caught.
 
Hunting has been excellent and we are seeing more birds arriving daily. We do need some cold weather with duck season coming on fast. We are seeing flights everyday but not the numbers we normally do. All facts have pointed to one of the best water fowl seasons in years. Hope they hurry up and get here.
 
With out water temps falling watch for some REALLY BIG TROUT to start showing up. All our guides are saying the same, THIS COULD BE THE BEST WINTER IN YEARS FOR A TRULY TORPHY TROUT. Can’t wait.

Remember keep the smaller trout and release the big mommas for their genes to be passed on.

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July Blurr…August Blurrier — August 24, 2011 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/july-blurr-august-blurrier-august-24-2011/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/july-blurr-august-blurrier-august-24-2011/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/july-blurr-august-blurrier-august-24-2011/ July Blurr…August Blurrier — August 24, 2011     That’s the only way to describe the last two months. With Capt. Brandon out of touch for 6 weeks and not able to help; we have been going totally NUTZZZ with back to back trips. Sure miss the KID!       I will try to […]

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July Blurr…August Blurrier — August 24, 2011

    That’s the only way to describe the last two months. With Capt. Brandon out of touch for 6 weeks and not able to help; we have been going totally NUTZZZ with back to back trips. Sure miss the KID!

      I will try to summarize the last two months the best way I can. July saw me fishing 25 days out of the month with both bay trips and near shore, Tarpon and king trips. Just too dang old to go 22 days straight. Those I have not returned calls in a timely manner, PLEASE forgive me, as some nights I was just too tried to eat and just went to bed.

        Fishing during July has been on a scale of 3 out of 5 for bay trips and 8 out of 5 for Near shore trips. (8 out of 5) means offshore has been off the scale excellent, more later.  Our bay trips have produced plenty of trout for guests but reds have been some what slower. Summer trip reds should be excellent but I can’t explain what happened but the trout has made up the difference. Most guests have been catching 16 to 19 inch trout with a number of upper sizes being caught as well. Pictures to follow. Capt. Ted, Paul and Mitch have all had trout caught 28 to 29 inches. Three of them have weighed in excess of 8 pounds. Excellent summer time fish.

      Our go to bait in the bay has been small top waters in Bone Chartreuse, Redhead white bodies. Plastics have been bone chartreuse and Charters and red tails. The water has cleared well with the lack of winds and we all hope the clear water will speed up the growth of the Turtle grass we lost in last year’s floods. One note be careful we have more jelly fish in our bay this year than ever before.

      July/August near shore has just EXPLODED!!!!! The action has been just off the wall with many 50 plus fish days. Tarpon, kings, Cero Macks, Jacks, bull reds and Bonita all on light tackle and fly. One of our best days recently, I had a double (two) 80 pound Tarpon on at the same time.  One broke off within 5 minutes but we were able to get one to the leader, get a scale, good pictures and release. While we were fighting our 80 pounder Capt. Pete’s crew hooked and lost 8!!!! You have too BOW TO THE KING WHEN THEY JUMP!!!! Once I learn how to post video from my flip camera I will post for your enjoyment. I know I have a number of anglers waiting on them, so they can show their friends. Brian, I’m working as fast as I can.

    Unless we get a big storm in the gulf, our near Shore will continue to be and only get better. What a ride it has been.

    Small commercial, we have very little space left for Cast n Blast doves, if interested call quickly. All Capt’s. are really looking forward to the up coming cooler weather, will be interesting if we will see the overall size of our trout increase the same we have the last three years with reduced limits. If they do, folks who have not fished down here will be in total shock the average size our trout will be. Could be as good as 10 years ago.

  I will try and post more reports in a timely manner, but Momma Getaway has said she will not let me do that many days in a row ever again as I must have been a REAL  AS_HOLE to everyone. Its just tuff not to guide or fish when the fishing is so consistent/great and guests are having so much fun with the action. We will see who the boss is soon!

Remember keep the small ones, they eat better than larger ones and the larger ones will be there to pass on their genes.

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Summertime Rolls — June 21, 2011 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/summertime-rolls-june-21-2011/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/summertime-rolls-june-21-2011/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/summertime-rolls-june-21-2011/ Summertime Rolls — June 21, 2011 With the recent winds our regular near-shore and beachfront action has slowed, but on the lighter wind days the kingfish action has been superb and tarpon are working the beachfront. Unfortunately, we’ve only been able to break the jetties a few times this summer. Look for more pelagic and […]

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Summertime Rolls — June 21, 2011

With the recent winds our regular near-shore and beachfront action has slowed, but on the lighter wind days the kingfish action has been superb and tarpon are working the beachfront. Unfortunately, we’ve only been able to break the jetties a few times this summer. Look for more pelagic and tarpon action as the summer settles into its hot doldrum, windless mornings. But for now, we’re relishing in the benefits of the reduction to five fish a couple of years ago.

On our windless, or maybe we should say, less windy days, 18-22 inch trout on She-pups and Spook Juniors have been the norm with limits reached early and catch a release the rule for the rest of the day. Black and Silver she pups have been the rage, as well as red and white Spooks. When the winds get up, we drop to the outside grassline and switch to soft plastics in bone and chartreuse. Water conditions have been great, but as the rest of the state is suffering from a horrendous drought, expect salinity levels to rise and fishing to suffer a bit. This drought, however, won’t effect us as negatively as it did in 2005 with the additional pressure of excessive limits placed on the fish.

Reds are reds and holding in normal summer patterns. Look for them on outward moving water/tide along the East Cut and along guts, ditches, and outlets. Gold spoons are proven and slowly worked tops elicit explosive takes in water as shallow as knee-deep. Just make sure when fishing shallow to give the fish a broad lead and not to line them.

If the heat has you stymied or your just looking for an exciting summer read, check out Brandon’s edited edition of Hart Stilwell’s Glory of the Silver King. If you want to know about Texas tarpon fishing in the glory days, check it out.

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Condolences to the Family of Captain Wayne Stark https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/condolences-to-the-family-of-captain-wayne-stark/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/condolences-to-the-family-of-captain-wayne-stark/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/condolences-to-the-family-of-captain-wayne-stark/ Condolences to the Family of Captain Wayne Stark There are few times I’ve heard Dad’s voice break. To claim the old man comes from stolid, ascetic German stock is simply stating the obvious. I’ve heard his voice break only three other times in my life. He cried volumes when my eighth grade best friend, Byron […]

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Condolences to the Family of Captain Wayne Stark

There are few times I’ve heard Dad’s voice break. To claim the old man comes from stolid, ascetic German stock is simply stating the obvious. I’ve heard his voice break only three other times in my life. He cried volumes when my eighth grade best friend, Byron Morien, was fatally shot by another friend playing with a pistol; he cried when his father passed away; and—although I wasn’t with him when he received news of Captain Dan Coley’s passing in 2007—I heard his voice crack and felt the emotion bouncing between distance cellphone towers. Yesterday, I heard that shockingly familiar crack again when Dad called me to say it did not look good for Captain Wayne Stark. I could hear the emotion in Dad’s voice, but his German ancestry would only allow him to say too much and the line was soon filled with the pops, clicks, and whistles of solar flares and winds that cry across dead cellphone connections.
Yesterday afternoon, 24 miles from his beloved Laguna Madre, Captain Wayne Stark passed away from diabetic and cancer complications which have plagued him for the last few years. Complications he always seemed to take in stride with his self-deprecating sense of humor and a practiced and brave facade. Today the reds and trout of the Laguna Madre swim a little safer, but the Laguna still is a bit more empty than normal. The cries of curlews and herons appear muted by the wind that still carries the memory of Wayne’s laughter and sense of humor, and the sun burns a little more sullenly and oppressively as our captains carry the memory of a loved one a little closer to their hearts.
Captain Wayne will be missed. Memorial services will be held in Port Mansfield and Houston after Mary and the family have said their goodbyes. Until then, we at Getaway Adventures Lodge offer fair winds and tailing seas to Captain Wayne and our best wishes to the his family and friends.

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The Fish Gods Shined on Us Again. — May 24, 2011 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/the-fish-gods-shined-on-us-again-may-24-2011/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/the-fish-gods-shined-on-us-again-may-24-2011/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/the-fish-gods-shined-on-us-again-may-24-2011/ The Fish Gods Shined on Us Again. — May 24, 2011 What a month!!!! Our fishing continues to get better and better. WHAT WILL NEXT YEAR BE LIKE? 10 years ago maybe!!!!!!A summary of last month can only be summed up as more and more big trout on TOP WATERS, with lots of big flounder […]

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The Fish Gods Shined on Us Again. — May 24, 2011

What a month!!!! Our fishing continues to get better and better. WHAT WILL NEXT YEAR BE LIKE? 10 years ago maybe!!!!!!
A summary of last month can only be summed up as more and more big trout on TOP WATERS, with lots of big flounder thrown in as a good measure.

In lieu of detailing every big trout we have caught and released Ill leave our photo page “2011” to do the talking. Many of our guests are catching their personal best one day only to break it the next, GOOD FOR BUSINESS. We have not caught trout of this quality this late in the year except 10 to 15 years ago. We have continued to have multiply fish 25” to 29” being caught just about everyday. This is a typical winter time pattern NOT LATE SPRING!

A real bonus has been our flounder fishery has exploded with limit days not being uncommon. Our last two cold years and 5 flounder limit is showing the results.

Trout are being caught on light colored top waters on days the bay is not suffering from 30 MPH winds. On windy days with dirty water we are just switching to larger DARK colored top waters. Find the mullet and the trout as well as reds are under them. Folks not catching fish have to be almost BLIND not to see the mullet schools and fishing under them. PRETTY SIMPLY PATTERN. Please remember what the bay was like three years ago and release those bigger trout to pass on their genes. It’s getting better. ENJOY.

Shirley and I would like to thank all the writers, TV personalities and brand managers who attended our first media event this year. Watch for some OUTSTANDING photos and stories to show up in all the major outdoor publications. Also watch for Cabala’s TV Show featuring Chum Boy and Flounder sparing on the deck catching and releasing quality trout, and arguing WHO is number ONE. LOL Thanks Scotty will be a really good show. Also big thanks to Bill Blodget with Majesty Outdoors TV show for his help.

We would also like to thank, Laguna Rods, Lews reels, ForEverlast products, Egret Tackle, and especially PURE FISHING for their generous contribution of the latest products to display and for the use of all the attendees. Watch for some outstanding Photos displaying BIG TROUT with their respective products.

Our winds are trying to get into summer patterns so watch for Tarpon and King Fish photos to start showing up on our photo page.
If our beach front can only match our bay fishing what a year we have to look forward to!

As always please release the bigger trout and only keep the better eating smaller ones. IT’S GETTING BETTER!!!!!! just ask anyone who has fished here the last few months.

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What an Endorsement — March 28, 2011 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/what-an-endorsement-march-28-2011/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/what-an-endorsement-march-28-2011/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/what-an-endorsement-march-28-2011/ What an Endorsement — March 28, 2011 How can one express their appreciation to Sport Fishing Magazine? Sport Fishing named us 1 of the top 5 Lodges in North America. Only two Lodges in the Untied States were named, others were from other counties. When Field and Stream named us one of the top 10 […]

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What an Endorsement — March 28, 2011

How can one express their appreciation to Sport Fishing Magazine? Sport Fishing named us 1 of the top 5 Lodges in North America. Only two Lodges in the Untied States were named, others were from other counties. When Field and Stream named us one of the top 10 we couldn’t believe it! What a standard we must live up too. After 12 years we have been blessed with continued support by such publishers as Sport Fishing and many more. It has and will continue to be our Mission Statement to provide the most professional operation possible.

Enough!!! Let’s talk fishing…

What can I say, but what a ride we have had the last three weeks. Fishing has been the best we have seen the last 8 years with GOOD QUALITY trout and reds.

As referenced in my last report as a guide you have to be careful not to become too COCKY!  Five fish WORKED!!! Ask any guide down here.

Days when the wind lays down its nothing but Top Water time. Windy days force us to go to plastic. Fishing is good both windy and calm, only issue with the lack of grass our water does stain quickly. Off color water does not really slow the fishing much. The fish are still there and have to eat The bay is just not the clear beautiful Laguna we have all grown to love. We have picked up one foot plus of new Gulf water and it have really helped to clear the bay.

Our go to baits have been bone chartreuse on clear days and darker colors when the water stains. Smaller top waters are your best bait with 1/16 oz, jig heads for your plastic. Fish are holding just about every where. If you catch a fish work the area over and it won’t take long to confirm there are more in the area.

Two weeks ago we had TPWD bring a tank down for us to help with providing brood stock for the Corpus hatchery. We were able in half a day to send with them 60 plus fish for hatchery stock and  restocking purposes. Thanks to our guides who helped and TPWD staff for bringing the tanks and coolers for our use. More baby trout for our end of the coast. YEA HA!!!!!!

Remember what it was like three years ago, release the big mommas and only keep what you can eat. Its GETTING BETTER everyday.

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Thanks to Sport Fishing!

On behalf of myself, Shirley and all the Getaway Gang we want to express our sincere appreciation to Chris Woodard and all the Sport Fishing Magazine gang for naming us:

ONE of the:  [b]5 Top North American Fishing Lodges.  [/b] Sport Fishing: March 2011

We can assure all, we will continue to provide the outdoor adventures mentioned in the article, as well as the level of service to receive such a prestigious award from one of the Premiere Fishing Magazines in the world.
Thanks folks
Capt. Bruce W. Shuler
Get-A-Way Adventures Lodge

SPORT FISHING MAGAZINE Here's a link to the online version of this article: [url=http://www.sportfishingmag.com/travel/destinations/5-top-north-american-fishing-lodges-1000087376.html]http://www.sportfishingmag.com/travel/destinations/5-top-north-american-fishing-lodges-1000087376.html[/url]

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From Freezer to Early Spring — February 20, 2011 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/from-freezer-to-early-spring-february-20-2011/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/from-freezer-to-early-spring-february-20-2011/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/from-freezer-to-early-spring-february-20-2011/ From Freezer to Early Spring — February 20, 2011 What a roller coaster!!!! Our water temps have gone from 44 degrees to mid 60’s in one week. Sure hope this title does not jinx us. Hopefully the worst of winter is now behind us. I can’t ever remember a swing of that magnitude in all […]

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From Freezer to Early Spring — February 20, 2011

What a roller coaster!!!! Our water temps have gone from 44 degrees to mid 60’s in one week. Sure hope this title does not jinx us. Hopefully the worst of winter is now behind us. I can’t ever remember a swing of that magnitude in all the years I have been guiding here. I can add the fish have gone from lock jawed to out right pandemonium.
The last three weeks our fishing has improved steadily to the point now we all are getting some what COCKY. Limits for those wanting to keep have been the norm both reds and trout and very easy to do!!!!
I must say I am disappointed in we have yet to see the really big girls show up. We have caught numbers of upper 20” fish but not the 30”s we should be seeing now. The mid and upper 20” trout we are catching are butterball fat. 27” fish will weigh 7 to 8 pounds, with 25 to 26” fish weighing 6 to 7 pounds. When it starts all I can say is: BIG MOMMAS”

Last week my good buddies Burt and Tim were down and after their trip, they expressed WHAT A TRIP. Standing in one spot and catching 25 plus mid slot reds. They caught and released 25 to 30 plus reds each of the two days they fished. They also managed a number of good trout with the largest 25” plus. All this with the wind blowing 20 to 30 plus MPH. Can you say wind burned!

With a large percentage of our grass gone due to the fresh water flood this past fall; our bay is going to stay muddier than usual. With that being said, windy days we fishing water that looks like the upper coast with a 30 MPH wind. The stained water does not seem to affect our ability to catch trout as well as reds in water so stained you can’t see a purple plastic more than 1” below the surface.

Our go to bait have been darker colors for plastics and noisy top waters fished extremely SLOW. With the water 60 degrees they still are hitting VERY SOFT. Go figure!

With stained water being the norm for the near future look for the fish to be holding on the structure tighter than normal. Remember when I say structure here I mean a scuttle drop as slight as 6”. Summer could pose a real problem for those used to fishing the out side edge of the grass beds.  With a lot of the grass gone that pattern could be pretty tuff to follow. We all look for the fish to relate more to scuttle changes in depth.

I will try and keep everyone up to date about how the lack of grass is affecting the fish and their holding patterns.

Come see us at the Houston Fishing Show 2 March thru 6 March and let’s talk BSSSSSS!! Look forward to seeing you.

Remember: keep what you can eat and release the release the rest. There is NO LAW ABOUT HOW MANY YOU CAN CATCH, JUST WHAT YOU CAN KEEP! Let the big mommas go to past on their genes for future generations to come.

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It was a homecoming of sorts. I’ve been laboring away on the frozen tundra of the Caprock working on the Ph.D, but the return to the warm brine of the Laguna Madre felt like a mother’s embrace. The homecoming was bittersweet though. In a sense, this homecoming also felt like a farewell to the lagoon that saved me and gave me direction. It’s not that she’s going anywhere; it’s not like I won’t come back and fish her—often. It’s the sense, now, I’m no longer on her everyday. I don’t know her moods, her whims, her flows anymore. Life, I guess, has beckoned me. Changed me. But I did do one thing with her I’m proud of. Something I was taught by both grandfathers and my dad. Leave her in better shape than I came to her. And, as the rest of the coast winds up to lower their limits, I hope the naysayers and detractors the first time around can understand what we we did with our trout limits were the right thing and will only share what we love with others who come later.

Dad, Mitch, and I fished the West Shoreline from the Motts north, only to find fish everywhere we stopped. I fished the entire day with my favorite red and white Spook junior, and Mitch used a trout pattern. Dad started with his Catch 2000, but quickly changed when he noticed the quick results Mitch and I were sharing. I’ve been away from the Port for five months now. The summer fishing was good, but it was just that—summer fishing. This was my first prime season trip back, and I was surprised. Last winter was excellent with some very fat fish. This trip though, just as Randy Blankinship promised, showed me the true ramifications of our lowered limits—bigger, quality fish. I caught sixteen fish, only one under eighteen inches. One twenty-incher edged four pounds—fat, happy, and breeding. Okay, maybe not breeding, but definitely battered, pan-seared, and eaten. But, if she’s there, just think of all the others.

The season is gearing up for some fat girls in the prime times of February and early-March. Dad’s pretty handily booked, and I hope I can make it back down spring break. But, Imogen, yes Ashley and I have another one on the way, is due March 8. Hopefully, just hopefully she-ll be a bit early, or really late and let me reap the rewards of responsible management.

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Trout Obesity: Will the Government Put Them on a Diet? — December 14, 2010 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/trout-obesity-will-the-government-put-them-on-a-diet-december-14-2010/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/trout-obesity-will-the-government-put-them-on-a-diet-december-14-2010/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/trout-obesity-will-the-government-put-them-on-a-diet-december-14-2010/ Trout Obesity: Will the Government Put Them on a Diet? — December 14, 2010 With the government obsessed with Obesity will they step in and put our trout on a diet? LOL!!!!!! All the fresh water has our trout suffering with obesity, with 24 to 25 inch trout weighing as much as 5 to 7 […]

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Trout Obesity: Will the Government Put Them on a Diet? — December 14, 2010

With the government obsessed with Obesity will they step in and put our trout on a diet? LOL!!!!!! All the fresh water has our trout suffering with obesity, with 24 to 25 inch trout weighing as much as 5 to 7 pounds. Plenty of bait in our system, shrimp, crabs and small bait fish.

Come on 50 degree water, watch for some REALLY HEAVY WEIGHTS to show up. With our fishery in the shape it is currently, look for unbelievable weights to be posted this year. We are catching lots of trout 5 to 6 pounds with an occasional 8 plus. Now that our water temps are falling the truly big mommas will be the accepted norm.

Fish are in transitional patterns with 70 degree water one day and 55 the next, what a swing. Once we settle in with 60 and below the trout will be very easy to pattern. We continue to catch plenty of 16 to 20 inch skillet fish for our guests. Only caveat to that statement is our winds don’t know which way to blow. One day south at 20 to 30 the next north 30 to 35. With a hard core grind plenty of fish are being caught.

We are varying our baits from top water, to suspending baits and soft plastics. On most days, Poppy and I are staying with suspending baits in bone/chartreuse and gold/black on cloudy days. Colder days are dictating a slower retrieve with warmer days some what faster. As we continue to get our temps into the lower 60’s to 50’s look for the SLOW PATTERN to be the best producer.
Yes, not to leave out the Salt water grass carp. folk’s, reds are plentiful with upper slots everyday.

If you’re after your personal best this is the year on the Lower Laguna Madre, you need to put the time in and I can assure you will not be disappointed.

Duck hunting has been good with our success dictated by cloudy verses clear days. The birds have arrived and are decoying well. As usual most of our bags have been Red Heads, Pintails, Widgeon, Teal, and Smiling Mallards if you want to take them. I will post some photos soon.

Shirley, I and all the Getaway Gang wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years. I will post boat Show dates soon, so come out and lets BS about last years fishing and what to expect this year.

Remember keep the little ones and release the Big Mommas for their genetics

Later
Capt. Bruce

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Are You Blessed — November 17, 2010 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/are-you-blessed-november-17-2010/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/are-you-blessed-november-17-2010/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/are-you-blessed-november-17-2010/ Are You Blessed — November 17, 2010   Answer as you feel necessary. But! Shirley and I are counting our blessings for what was two of the best months we have ever had with our operation. Late Sept. Oct. and first half of Nov. has just been a blur!!! Shirley and I send a BIG […]

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Are You Blessed — November 17, 2010

  Answer as you feel necessary. But! Shirley and I are counting our blessings for what was two of the best months we have ever had with our operation. Late Sept. Oct. and first half of Nov. has just been a blur!!!
Shirley and I send a BIG THANK YOU to all our guests who have made the last 2 ½ months such a win win for us! THANK YOU!
    OUR REAL BLESSING is Capt. Brandon and Ashley are giving us another grand baby, This time a little girl. She is due in March , God bless them both and the “P-Man” gets a little sister to keep him company in the north country.
    Now to the report. What can I say but Mother Nature has been really good to our Lower Laguna Madre. All the fresh water from August and Sept. has our fishery the best we have seen in the last 6 years. When was the last time while you are wading in P.M. and see giant Blue crabs every where and shrimp hopping as well. Our fish are butter ball fat and all our guides are so excited that going into the winter everyone is expecting heavy, heavy weight bruisers to follow.
    For every plus there always seems to be a down side. The down side we have seen is all the fresh water has killed a tremendous amount of our sea grasses. Hopefully it will soon return but until them PLEASE take extra care in taking off in shallow water. Another concern is if we don’t quickly get it regrown our spring winds will muddy up the bay worst than usually which will also compound the regrowth.
    With all the shrimp still in the bay, bone chartreuse has continued to catch both trout and reds. But! Top waters have been my go to bait the last two months. Just can’t get enough of those top water explosions. Our fish are bouncing back and forth from fall to winter haunts. A couple of additional cold fronts look for the BIG MOMMA’s to show up.
  Our duck season started out slower than usual but the last cold fronts have the birds here. Other than bright clear cloudless days we are getting plenty of shooting for quests. A special note: In all the years I have hunting down here we have yet to bag a wood duck, but guess what, we bagged a Wood Duck just the other day. Go figure: Wood Ducks over Salt Water: WOW!!!!!! I still have some limited space for duck hunting, so if interested call.
  One last note, this is directed to Capt. Brandon and Ashley: Mom and I are so proud of you continuing your education. For those of you who do not know Capt. Brandon and family have moved to Lubbock, Texas Tech University. He is getting his Doctorate. My problem and if someone has the answer please e-mail me: When Capt. Brandon completes his Doctorate do we cal him:
Capt./ Doctor Brandon  or  Doctor/ Capt. Brandon. LOL !!
    Now that I can catch my breath I hope to post reports in a timely manner. Please remember keep the smaller trout and release the big mommas to past on their genetics.
Respectfully
Capt. Bruce W. Shuler

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Fishing Pt Mansfield 10/02 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/fishing-pt-mansfield-1002/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/fishing-pt-mansfield-1002/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/fishing-pt-mansfield-1002/ Fishing Pt Mansfield 10/02 Well after a three week absence, I finally got to go out on the water on Saturday.  Headed out to just north of the saucer and rigged up my hackberry hustler to try it out.  Second cast…BOOM!, redfish on.  This beauty was 27in of pure muscle.  A few casts later another […]

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Fishing Pt Mansfield 10/02

Well after a three week absence, I finally got to go out on the water on Saturday.  Headed out to just north of the saucer and rigged up my hackberry hustler to try it out.  Second cast…BOOM!, redfish on.  This beauty was 27in of pure muscle.  A few casts later another solid hook up only to loose it on edge of kayak few minutes later…lost another one.  Ended up with limit of reds and one sheephead.  Will post pics later.  How did I get all the way out there on kayak?  Well, it is a Hobie Outback SUV, but no, I load it up on friends boat and once we are at spot, I take off.  Nothing like fishing off a kayak.  didn't go to deeper waters to look for trout. 8)

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Cant help on finding a cabin to rent. But if you do, as Capt Shuler said, you may only keep 5 if you are in the LLM and you may have no more than your limit in your possesion. Even if you stay out there two days you may still only keep 5 rather than two limits.

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Fish Kill https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/fish-kill/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/fish-kill/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/fish-kill/ Fish Kill I amy be a little late with this question but…..I saw some pics on another web site of some serious fish kill of very large trout in Baffin, probably 3-4 week ago.  Any sign of this type of happening in the lower mother lagoon?  Has the run off dispersed and our salinty back […]

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I amy be a little late with this question but…..I saw some pics on another web site of some serious fish kill of very large trout in Baffin, probably 3-4 week ago.  Any sign of this type of happening in the lower mother lagoon?  Has the run off dispersed and our salinty back to somwhat normal levels?

Heading that way in about 2 months..I know a lot can change but more curious than anything else at this point.

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NO PROBLEM!! No offense taken. I too wish we could get more folks to post here, I just don't have enough time in the day. As always any questions regarding the PM area feel free to call. Good fishing and hunting.
Later
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Monsoon — September 30, 2010 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/monsoon-september-30-2010/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/monsoon-september-30-2010/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/monsoon-september-30-2010/ Monsoon — September 30, 2010 What can I say but! Rain, rain and more rain! In the last 3 weeks we have had in excess of 15 inches of rain. We are again fishing fresh water. Luckily our fish have grown accustomed to the fresh water and continue to bite. With all the fresh water […]

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Monsoon — September 30, 2010

What can I say but! Rain, rain and more rain! In the last 3 weeks we have had in excess of 15 inches of rain. We are again fishing fresh water. Luckily our fish have grown accustomed to the fresh water and continue to bite.

With all the fresh water in the bay the fish are grouped tightly. Classic point, just last week 3 of us went to one area and one group out of 3 had a red letter day with both good trout and reds. Two of us caught fish but not to the level the other boat did. What’s that old saying LOCATION, LOCATION and LOCATION! Just because you are not catching fish along an area with lots of bait just keep moving and you will walk into them. We have currents of fresh water running thru the bay. If you’re wading and walk into a cooler stream of water more than likely its FRESH!

The last 3 weeks we have had a number of 27” plus trout caught and released. Between rain storms we have been throwing both top waters and soft plastics. Bone, chartreuse, and clown have been the top water color of choice. Plastics have been Cajun pepper, bone, chartreuse as our best bets to score.

We are finding reds and trout both mixed together when we get into them.

If you are after just trout drive the bay and look for birds. Plenty of small trout under the birds chasing shrimp. I will repeat myself with the bait we have in our bay now: winter time will be unbelievable on weights we should see!!!!!!!!

Our Cast n blasts are in full swing with us dodging rain storms and dealing with impassable roads. We have some fields along the river that the birds have not had a shot fired at them. JUST TOO MUDDY to walk 1 or more miles into them.

The fields we have near paved roads have not let us down, but we really look forward to the back field shoots. Most guests that can shoot are getting quick limits and others are getting plenty of shooting. It has not rained today so hopefully our groups this weekend and early next week will hunt virgin fields.

We still space left for cast n blast duck hunts looks to be excellent hunting this year.

Remember keep the smaller trout and release the bigger ones, they just taste better.

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Capt. thanks for the response.  I was in no way referring to you specifically as I know that this is a busy season for you guys.  Just wish that pt. mansfield fishermen in general would comment or inform on here about their experiences in mansfield.

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lesh, and fishstalker
Sorry this forum is so slow in answering and posting information but with Capt. Brandon at Texas Tech getting his Doctorate and me fishing and hunting everyday just not enough time to post. I am still trying to post a fishing report every couple of weeks but we are just all worn out. This is the busiest year we have had in the last 11. Count our blessings.
Lesh as far as I know I don't know of any but remember this if you rent one for a weekend or multiply days if it is below Marker 21 you can only have 5 trout per person in possession. You can't keep 5 Friday then 5 on Sat. because of the way the TPWD.regs are written. If they check your cabin and you have more than 5 trout per person doesn't matter how many days you have been there, you will get a ticket.
Due to our slow response  answering postings here: PLEASE feel free to call for any questions you may have. Thanks for your understanding.
956-944-4000 Lodge
281-380-0708 Cell

Later
Capt. Bruce

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Wish I knew.  Good luck getting somebody to answer, it's deserted here.  Was hoping this would be a good forum for pt mansfield like texas flats is for arroyo city and spi but nope, no one around here to help. :-\

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Cabins for rent? https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/cabins-for-rent/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/cabins-for-rent/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/cabins-for-rent/ Cabins for rent? Does anyone know if any of the cabins at the south end of the land cut are for rent? I know there are some around 9 mile hole and north of there, but I would prefer to fish the LLM.

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Does anyone know if any of the cabins at the south end of the land cut are for rent? I know there are some around 9 mile hole and north of there, but I would prefer to fish the LLM.

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YUM Money Hounds? https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/yum-money-hounds/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/yum-money-hounds/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/yum-money-hounds/ YUM Money Hounds? Anyone tried them? i just bought some, have high hopes for bass fishing but also can see uses in the salt. small size looks just like a spook jr., i think they could be great where there is a lot of floating grass. Also have plans to chunk it onto the spoil […]

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YUM Money Hounds?

Anyone tried them? i just bought some, have high hopes for bass fishing but also can see uses in the salt. small size looks just like a spook jr., i think they could be great where there is a lot of floating grass. Also have plans to chunk it onto the spoil bank near the mouth of the land cut and work it over the edge. any thoughts? forum seems really dead lately, let's stir it up!

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Toledo Bend — August 30, 2010 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/toledo-bend-august-30-2010/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/toledo-bend-august-30-2010/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/toledo-bend-august-30-2010/ Toledo Bend — August 30, 2010 Can you say fresh water!!!! All I can say is the Lower Laguna Madre looks and tastes like Toledo Bend. No time can I and all that I have spoken with, remember the LLM as fresh as it has been. With the flood way running 1 ½ months full […]

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Toledo Bend — August 30, 2010

Can you say fresh water!!!! All I can say is the Lower Laguna Madre looks and tastes like Toledo Bend. No time can I and all that I have spoken with, remember the LLM as fresh as it has been. With the flood way running 1 ½ months full bore we have had a fresh water flush. The bay is now getting back to a salty condition and tides returning to normal.

The last month has been unbelievable the reds we have been on. Reminded me of 10 years ago with 20 guys standing side by side with 8 to 12 hooked up at the same time. That went on  more than a month with us catching and releasing some days 35 to 40 reds per boat. Most were caught on top waters. What can I say but it seemed as if someone was flying by dropping concrete blocks out of an airplane. Just unbelievable blow ups. Sorry but it has slowed down some now but the fishing continues to be above average. Not to be out done we have caught some really outstanding summer time trout. Many in the upper 20 inch range.
Unless the fresh water causes a Big Brown Tide event look for this winter trout catches to be unbelievable. Many of the fish we caught last year in the 8 to 9 pound range will be in the 10 plus range. Poppy and I are walking around foaming at the mouth waiting on the first real cold front to arrive. This may be the year we have been waiting for the last 15. Only time will tell..

Most of our fish have come on top waters, smaller size, red head white body, bone. And clown. Same colors if you want to throw plastics.

Sorry I am not posting as regularly as in the past but we have been extremely busy and I have had Momma Getaway in the hospital twice in the last month. She’s ok just needs to take it a little easier. She is doing fine and has good reports from the doctors.

Now a little commercial: I have some duck hunting dates still open but not many. Our Cast n blast dove hunts are almost 100% booked. I do have a few week days we could take a few smaller groups. We checked last week and our dove prospects are great with lots of birds, both white wings and morning doves.
As always please release the larger trout and keep the smaller to eat, they taste better anyway.

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Turn Your Topwater into a Walk-the-Dog Torpedo https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/turn-your-topwater-into-a-walk-the-dog-torpedo/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/turn-your-topwater-into-a-walk-the-dog-torpedo/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/turn-your-topwater-into-a-walk-the-dog-torpedo/ Turn Your Topwater into a Walk-the-Dog Torpedo Have you ever bought a new Skitterwalk, Zara Spook jr, or She-Pup, headed to the local watering hole, tied on and cast out, and not have the lure walk just right. You know, when it's more of the plunk-plunk, rather than the more fish-inducing tic-tic-tic. The reason is […]

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Turn Your Topwater into a Walk-the-Dog Torpedo

Have you ever bought a new Skitterwalk, Zara Spook jr, or She-Pup, headed to the local watering hole, tied on and cast out, and not have the lure walk just right. You know, when it's more of the plunk-plunk, rather than the more fish-inducing tic-tic-tic. The reason is simple: the eye of the lure is positioned vertically. So do the math. If you pull up and down on something, which ways are the predominate motion of the object going to go? That's right: up and down. [url=http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5683990/turn_your_topwater_into_a_walkthedog.html?cat=14]Read More[/url]

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Choosing a Global Positioning System (GPS) for Fishing https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/choosing-a-global-positioning-system-gps-for-fishing/ https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/choosing-a-global-positioning-system-gps-for-fishing/#respond Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.txsfg.com/saltwater-fishing-news/choosing-a-global-positioning-system-gps-for-fishing/ Choosing a Global Positioning System (GPS) for Fishing The success of any fishing trip rests on the ability of the “skipper” to find fish. That proposition used to rely on men that could read the water and the wind and the waves or were born with appended gills hidden somewhere amongst the glowing red, sunburned […]

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Choosing a Global Positioning System (GPS) for Fishing

The success of any fishing trip rests on the ability of the “skipper” to find fish. That proposition used to rely on men that could read the water and the wind and the waves or were born with appended gills hidden somewhere amongst the glowing red, sunburned cells of their neck. That nebulous amalgam of traits, however, trained from years on the water, is fading with the advent of cheap, portable, and user friendly electronics that fit in the palm of your hand or inconspicuously on your boat's console.  [url=http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5641808/choosing_the_best_global_positioning.html?cat=14]Read More[/url]

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