Fun day sight casting reds. These boys caught the weather just right. Coupled with the drop in tide and an aggressive feed. We were fortunate enough to find an area holding reds all day.
Working flats surrounding creeks was the ticket, and our DSL watermelon, red/white and 20# FINS Windtamer Braid was getting it done!
Slow and steady wins a few! Had a steady bite going over thigh deep sand pockets today, just had to walk em down. Only bait we through was DSL’s kickin’ chicken. I don't know if it was because of this weak front, but the bite wasn't all that aggressive. Some of the bigger 20-23" thumped it good, but the other 16-20" fish just picked it up.
It had that feeling of just being hung up in grass with a vibration, the vibration was the head shake, and if you set the hook you missed them. But, if you just started reeling and got tight on them you had em. You just never know how they are gonna react this time of year.
Sorry for the lack of pictures, the boys seemed to do good every time I went to bump the boat closer! LOL
Group #1 for days 1 and 2;
This year marks 11 years this group has been fishing with us. This year they are on a 8 event, 6 day trip trading out between family and friends.
These boys elected to flounder with Rick Hammond, Night Stalker Guide Service a couple nights between trips.
Sight Casting yesterday until mid morning was tough with the cloud bank that rolled in a day break. After it cleared we did manage to find the reds layed up in some creeks adjacent to shallow flats. Had a handful of fish cooperate before the feed shut off, and the others acted like we weren’t even there. The fish we did trick were on DSL watermelon and red/white with a 1/4oz jig head.
We spent today at the POC jetties. This was why the booked all them years ago. So to keep up with tradition each year, we make sure at least one day is marked to go out there and battle the big girls. Bulls from 40-47” is what they were rewarded with.
Group #2 of days 3 and 4 had a pretty good go at wade fishing.
Yesterday we started in the dark fishing over sand/grass hoping the moon would bring us a couple of big fish. Biggest fish we had was 23”. We left that and found solid trout and redfish on oyster reefs in SA bay. The bait of choice was DSL’s blue moon. Fish were holding in 2-3ft of water under a raft of mullet.
Today we were met with a 3 hour rain delay. After watching the lightning crack over the bay, we knew it could be tough, but had to go try. We walked knee to thigh deep sand pockets throwing chicken of the c, plum, and blue moon. Ended up with a handful of dink trout, one solid trout that thumped it on the end of my cast, but had some nice keeper reds for our effort.
Group #3 of days 5 and 6 wanted to battle bull reds and flounder gig on their trips. It wasn’t exactly calm at the jetties over the two days, and the wind gave them fits last night. But, they managed to battle reds up to 45” and stick a few flounder.
This capped off a very fun 6 day saltwater experience. I look forward to the next 11 years with this crew.
You know what this cold front is making me think of? Yup, your right, cold morning wades followed by sunny afternoons in the Lower Laguna throwing Corkys, Double D’s, DSL plastics, and topwaters.
We have a some openings left for our Port Mansfield Winter Trophy Trout trips. The Lower Laguna host some of the best winter fishing on the Texas Gulf Coast. Sixty something miles of knee to thigh deep grass beds/sand pockets, holding your next personal best.
Whether you’re a beginner or pro, but have been putting off winter fishing, don’t wait any longer. The experience of fishing in the Lower Laguna is unlike any other place in Texas. Let us help you catch or upgrade you’re PB, by sharing some tips and tricks of shallow water fishing as we walk the flats.
These trips are 3 day minimums, wading artificial, and catch/release on all trout and reds. Dates are all selected by moon phase.
Dec: 2-6, 31
Jan:1-6, 14-16, 28-30
$650 per day/3 people
$750 per day/4 people
$850 per day/5 people
These are pictures of a few of the fish caught in 2018/19.
It was a cold start this morning, but turned out to be perfect. The husband and wife team enjoyed a good day at the POC jetties with reds to 45”. And somehow the husband was lucky enough to fight them all! Lol