It’s been a while since I’ve posted and even longer since my last fishing trip. I’m ready for this cold stuff to get out of here so that I can get a little time on the water before the newest addition of my family arrives around mid May. I’ve been busy with fishing stuff, despite my lack of posting lately. I’m going to make up for it right now with a long one.
First off, I’m pleased to announce that I will be contributing an Upper Texas Marsh Report to Saltwater Angler Magazine. The magazine is free and available online at http://www.saltyangler.com or you can pick up paper copies at various tackle stores along the Texas coast. The magazine comes out every 2 weeks so reports and information will be from recent trips.
This past weekend the Houston Fishing Show was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center where a few hundred retailers set up booths to show case their various products to several thousand people over a five day period. I spent all day Saturday and Sunday running between The Hook Spit booth and Fishing Tackle Unlimited. Most of my time on Saturday was spent with Hook Spit informing customers about their various rods, shirts, hats, reels, lures, and everything else you can think of as far as fishing goes.
On Sunday I spent all day at the Fishing Tackle Unlimited booth with Jackson Kayak teammate Michael Harris. We took turns walking people through the Cuda 12, Cuda 14, Big Rig, Big Tuna, Kraken, and Coosa HD. The Jackson line of kayaks was a big hit and several kayaks were sold throughout the week.
I had a great time at the fishing show and enjoyed getting to meet and chat with members from Texas Kayak Fisherman. Often times we read each others post and communicate through the forum, but never have a chance to actually meet in person. Lots of friends were working other booths or roaming around so it was good to see them as well.
Surprisingly I left the show without spending a ton of money. I picked up a couple packs of Reelem in Lures and can’t wait to give them a try. They are made by a local man from Santa Fe and are a very interesting looking baitfish soft plastic that I’m curious to check out.
I also came home with a new shirt from the guys over at FishHide Sportswear. My buddy Jared has been wearing these shirts since I met him and he really likes them. Not only are they comfortable, they have some amazing features like a built in buff, thumb holes in the sleeves that turn into gloves, two front pockets, and plenty of orange to help alert boaters of your presence while in the kayak or during a quick wade. I’ll be wearing it on my next trip (whenever that is) to see how it does on the water. You can check them out at http://fishhidesportswear.com and see a couple pictures of the shirt I picked up below.
Going back to the fishing show, one of the exciting parts about working the Hook Spit booth was the debut of the new Tempest Series of rods. Wade did a pretty good job of keeping them a secret until the show which means I haven’t even had a chance to use them. They start with a 43 million module blank, which is the same as their higher end rods, and add a split reel seat with double locking nuts that allow you complete access to the blank while holding the rod. They then add Alps stainless steel guides and a split grip cork handle and come in three different lengths (6′ 6″, 6′ 9″, and 6′ 10″) and several different actions. The cost of each is $169 which will allow all anglers to purchase a high end rod at a lower price than most other brands. You can check them out by dropping by the Hook Spit store the next time you’re around League City, TX.
The last bit of news involves my kayak. My uncle has decided to purchase my old yellow jacket Cuda which will allow me to pick up a brand new 2015 model of the Jackson Cuda 14. I purchased my first Cuda in 2012 shortly after Jackson released them so I’m excited to be getting a new one with all of the upgrades they’ve made over the years. I went with Sexy Shad as my color and should be receiving it at the beginning of April, just in time for the first Lone Star Kayak Series event of the year. Over the last four years that kayak has helped me catch a lot of fish, win several trophies, and paid for itself a few times over with tournament cash.
Spring is just around the corner so hopefully I’ll have a few reports, pictures, videos, and other things to post soon. Hopefully the weather over my spring break is nice and sunny with high temps and low winds.