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3rd Annual Jiffy Pop Invitational Camping Trip

 

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This past weekend myself and 16 friends made our way down East Matagorda beach for our annual kayak/camping trip. We met up Friday around noon before making the short drive down the beach to the spot where we enjoy camping.

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Adam treated everyone to a delicious gumbo dinner on the first night from BB’s Cafe that went great with the keg of Saint Arnold Lawnmower that Michael brought.  We ate gumbo until we were completely stuffed and then ate a little more.  We sat around the campfire the rest of the night enjoying a few drinks along with the cool breeze before heading off to bed.

We woke up the next morning and enjoyed a few breakfast tacos that Tombo had prepared before hitting the water to compete in our 3rd annual lures tournament.  Each angler puts two lures in the pot as part of their entry and then tries to bring in the heaviest stringer of 3 trout, 2 reds, and 1 flounder.  The winner takes all the lures and the coveted trophy along with a package of Jiffy Pop Popcorn. The lures and popcorn are for the winner to keep while the trophy goes home with the winner for one year and then gets returned the following year for the next winner to keep.

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Fishing was pretty tough on Saturday, but everyone caught fish.  The winds were blowing around 20 mph and the tides were running about a foot higher than normal which was the complete opposite of last years trip.  When it was all said and done, I ended up with a little over 15 lbs. of fish and took home around $200 in lures, the Jiffy Pop, and trophy despite the fact that Charlie planted his Rastafarian Banana (Banny) in my front hatch.

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We cleaned a mess of fish Friday evening and enjoyed a fried fish dinner on Saturday night.

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I look forward to this trip each and every year, and next year will be no different.  A good time is had by all with plenty of good food, fishing, and campfire stories.

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Marsh Reds and Flounder

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David​ and I hit the water yesterday morning and found the flounder going airborne on small baitfish in a foot of water.  They weren’t easily fooled by lures but we managed to string a few.  Mine came on Buggs 1/4 oz. Curl Tail jig (Black Gold) while David went with Chicken Boy Bubba Cluckers.

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After the flounder action died down, it was off to search for redfish.  The water was extremely dirty which meant gulp shrimp under a popping cork with the Hook Spit Zephyr Elite rod.  If you’re looking for a popping cork rod for a spinning reel that is designed for a cork, this one is worth checking out.  We focused our efforts on the edge of large patches of shell with a one foot drop off to a soft mud bottom.  Popping the cork parallel to the edge of the shell produced a little over a dozen reds for me along with a small black drum. David ended up with 3 flounder and about a dozen reds as well. It was a fun day on the water with a good friend.

Once I arrived back at the house, I decided to blacken the flounder instead of stuffing it.  I was amazed at how well it turned out.  Needless to say, it may be a while before I stuff one again.

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Flounder Fishing with my Nephew

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For the first time in over a month, I had a chance to get out on the water and do a little fishing from the kayak. I was able to take my nine year old nephew with me on this trip and we had a really good time.  He’s shown a great deal of interest in fishing lately and has been spending a lot of time catching fish from one of my parents ponds.  I figured this is as good a time as any to introduce him to both kayaking and saltwater fishing.

image1I swung by Fishing Tackle Unlimited the day before and picked up a Jackson Big Tuna (tandem kayak) for us to paddle.  For those looking at renting kayaks in the Houston area, FTU is a great place with plenty of options to choose from.

The ideal plan would have been to launch at 6 am and finish up around 10 or 11 since we are in the middle of July, but I wasn’t able to pick up my nephew until 10 am.  We made a quick stop at Bucee’s to grab a few waters and Gatorades in order to stay hydrated and continued on our way.  We arrived at our launch a little after 11 and met up with my good friend David.  We unloaded the kayaks and made our way to our flounder hole.  We arrived around noon, with temps already holding steady in the upper 90s and started looking for fish.  I started off throwing a couple of Buggs rigged tandem and picked up a solid 19″ flounder to start the day.

image3We moved around quite a bit until we found where the flat fish were holding.  I watched my nephew bring a few flounder to the surface before they spit the hook at him and dove back down.  Premature hook sets were the cause of the missed fish, but that was to be expected on a young boys first flounder trip since his initial reaction after each strike was to immediately set the hook.  After an hour or so he finally got one to commit and landed his first flounder.

The bite wasn’t hot and heavy, but we caught a fish every 15 – 20 minutes.  By the time four o’clock hit, we had a decent stringer of fish and needed to get out of the sun.  4″ white Gulp Swimming Mullet on 1/4 oz jighead produced the majority of our bites by slowly working them along a drop off from about 2 to 8 feet in depth.

My nephew tried to convince me to push further back into the marsh in search of redfish, but the wind was blowing every bit of 15 mph with gusts to 20.  I didn’t have the energy to battle the wind for several miles, but promised him we’d make another trip in the fall when big schools are roaming the marsh.

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Five Christmas Gifts Every Kayak Angler Can Use

If you’ve ever tried shopping for your wife then you know how difficult it can be to choose the right gift.  There are certain items you know to stay away from because regardless of how well you know her, there are some things she would much rather pick out for herself.  For us guys, fishing gear is no different.  As far as lures go, we have certain brands, colors, and sizes we know will catch fish, and gear that we can trust to perform properly and last for a long time.  Christmas is a little more than a week away which means there’s a small chance someone you know is still searching for a gift or two for you.  If so, the five items listed below are less than $50 each and just about every angler I know could benefit from them. So if someone out there is still asking you what you would like for Christmas, send them a link to this article and sit back and relax knowing that on Christmas morning you’ll be well taken care of.


Grind Terminal Tackle Stringer with Spike Sheath

 

Whether your in a boat, kayak, or wading, every good fisherman needs a solid stringer.  The folks over at Grind Terminal Tackle offer a few different models of their stringer in 8, 12, and 16 feet lengths.  They are constructed using a 60 lb. Kevlar thread that is covered with an extruded polyurethane blend that won’t stretch or allow fish to twist because the stringer has no memory.  IMG_4646Each stringer comes with a 6″ brass spike allowing you to easily penetrate the mouth of your fish before effortlessly sliding them to the float at the opposite end.  You also have the option to purchase a spike sheath that will allow you to quickly and easily remove your spike, string your fish, and replace it in the sheath in a matter of seconds using just one hand. The sheath comes with a safety clip that can be attached to your wade belt or kayak that will automatically release if a shark pulls with enough force. I own several of these stringers since I only put one redfish on a stringer while tournament fishing and they have held up well against the saltwater over the years.  The stringer/sheath combo can be purchased from $31 to $46 depending on the length you choose and whether you decide to go with the fixed or quick release float.  Visit their website below to make a purchase.


https://grindtt.com/



Tailin Toads Face Shields and Fingerless Gloves

 
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If you’re anything like me, you’re always forgetting to reapply sun screen while fishing.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come home to look in the mirror and see that my face had turned a bright shade of red. IMG_4664 It would always drive my wife crazy and rightfully so since harmful UV rays can lead to skin cancer.  Enter Tailin’ Toads, a small company started by former Texan Manny Altman who now lives in Jacksonville, Florida.  Not only can you purchase face shields that will provide SPF 50+ UV protection from the sun, you can also get a matching pair of fingerless gloves to protect the tops of your hands.  All face shields and gloves are sewn by Manny herself using quality materials that are quick drying, breathable, and odor resistant giving you great quality combined with stylish patterns.  A pair of fingerless gloves costs $24 while face shield come out at $22.  A set can be purchased for $46 allowing you to purchase a great protective gift for just under $50. Visit her site below to see the patterns and place an order.


http://www.tailintoads.com/



Fish-N-Hunt Pro Floating Net

 

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If you’ve ever lost a nice fish at the kayak, you understand how valuable a good net can be.  I’ve been using the Fish-N-Hunt Pro Floating Net over the last couple of years and it is by far the best kayak net I have owned.  The rubber coated nylon netting is great for preventing your hooks from getting tangled in your net after landing each fish. This means you get to spend more time fishing and less time fighting with your net.  A float is attached to the top making it impossible to lose if it were to fall off of your kayak and it works great for landing flounder and trout but still has plenty of depth to handle over slot reds.  If you enjoy wade fishing, the net has a retractable clip that will easily attach to your wade belt and float behind you which keeps it within reach at all times.  At $19.99 this net is a bargain for any angler. You can visit the link below or purchase the net at most local sporting good stores.


http://www.fishandhunt.com/fishing/nets/floating-net-blue



Dexter Russell Fillet Knife

 

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One of the many things I enjoy about kayak fishing is the opportunity to bring home fresh fish that I catch myself.  There are few seafood meals that can compare to the one you catch and cook yourself after a long day on the water. IMG_4658 But catching fish is only part of the deal.  Once you arrive back at the launch, a good sharp fillet knife is needed to properly clean your catch.  Dexter Russell has a wide variety of fillet knives allowing you to choose a knife with the proper blade length and width for the style of fish you catch.  The blades are manufactured using high carbon steel with a textured polypropylene handle giving it a nice slip resistant finish. When cleaning redfish I like to use the Dexter Russell 8″ Wide Fillet Knife.  It has the proper length and width to cut through the large scales and bones on a redfish that smaller and thinner knives can’t handle.  My other knife is the Dexter Russell 7″ Fillet Knife.  The shorter and narrower blade is easier to control when cleaning fish with smaller bones and scales like flounder and trout.  The cost of most Dexter Russell fillet knives will run you between $25 and $55 dollars allowing you to purchase a quality knife at a great price. See their website below for a detailed list of what they have to offer.


http://knives.dexter1818.com



Insulated Fish Bag

 

An insulated fish bag has quickly become my favorite way to store fish while on the kayak.  During past trips when I planned on keeping fish I would place them on my stringer and drag them behind me for several hours throughout the day.IMG_4670  Pulling fish behind your kayak makes paddling more difficult do to the drag they create and also makes them an easy meal for nearby sharks.  Insulated fish bags are a cheap and reliable way to eliminate drag and protect your catch.  I keep mine behind my seat making it easy to reach when a fish is caught.  I simply turn around, unzip the bag, and place the fish inside where it will sit on top of a few pounds of ice and keep them nice and cool until I get back to my truck.   I didn’t list a certain brand here because these bags can range from as little as $15 all the way up to $300 if you were to choose a brand like the Yeti Hopper.  Check your local grocery stores like Sam’s Club, HEB, or Bucee’s for affordable bags that will get the job done.  The one pictured on the left is from Sam’s club and can handle three upper slot reds with room to spare.


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Willie Wimmer Slam Jam

This past weekend I competed in the Willie Wimmer Slam Jam Tournament out of San Leon, TX to help raise money for a local Galveston fishing guide who sustained injuries from a gun shot wound to the back.  Wade Bullard, the owner of the Hook Spit Fishing Store in League City, TX was hosting the tournament which included a boat and kayak division.  Aaron and I had already registered and with a little bit of coaxing, we convinced David to sign up on the final day.

We chose our location a week before the tournament based on past experiences and reports from friends that had fished the area recently.  For those who do not know, a slam tournament allows you to weigh in one slot redfish, one speckled trout, and one flounder with their combined total weight making up your stringer.  We knew the redfish would come easy since that’s what we spend the majority of our time chasing but were a little unsure about the flounder and trout.  I have a friend that has been killing the flounder in the area we were heading to that supplied me with some great flounder fishing tips including how to tie the same tandem rig he uses, what soft plastics and colors to throw, and a map where he had been having success.  Another friend told me a few areas that the trout had been hanging around the last couple of weeks as well, so we felt pretty confident that we would each get our three fish.

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When we woke up Saturday morning the winds were under 10 mph from the north and the temperature was holding steady around 50 degrees but would quickly climb to 70 as the day went on.  We arrived 30 minutes before the 6 am launch time, unloaded our gear, and moved one truck a little further down the road to a second launch point so we would have the option of making the shortest paddle back to a vehicle depending on where we were when it was time to head in.  At exactly 6 am we shoved off and made the 2 mile paddle to our first spot.  We were going to try and pick up our redfish first since they had been schooled up early in the mornings during previous trips.  About halfway to the spot David broke away and said he was going to fish a small drain that he’s had luck at in the past.  Aaron and I continued on our way and finally reached the lake we had been heading to.  We didn’t see much action so we decided to split up to try and locate some fish.  I paddled another 1/2 mile across the lake to the opposite shoreline while he worked the near side.  Aaron found a few schools and caught 3 or 4 reds with his largest being 26″.  My side of the lake was pretty slow with no schools in sight.  I decided to work the shoreline with a popping cork and gulp in hopes of finding a good sized single that might be roaming the area.  Ten minutes passed and I hadn’t had a nibble.  After a while I started looking across the lake for any signs of fish nearby and saw one tiny shrimp go airborne to my left about 30 yards off the shoreline.  Without taking my eye off of where it landed, I reeled in my cork and fired a cast in it’s direction.  A few seconds later my cork went under and what felt like a lower slot fish turned out to be a nice 26″ red that went into the fish bag.

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In the video below you can barely see the ripple made by the one little shrimp and will notice that I do not take my eyes away from the area until my cork lands.  By not glancing away, I was able to put the cork exactly where the bait had spooked.

I met back up with Aaron and we were both satisfied with the 26″ reds for the time being.  We decided to head over to the flounder hole Johnathan had told us about to see if we could get our flat fish out of the way.  We were fishing a small channel that turned out to be around 5 feet deep in the middle but closer to 1 foot near the edges.  There was a scattered shell bottom with a small reef near the bend.  Johnathan had told us to work the grasslines along the shallower water as slow as possible.  I had tandem rigged one of my rods the night before with two 1/8th oz jig heads that were about 6 inches apart.  I went with a bone colored killer flats minnow on the top and a Berkley 4″ Gulp Shrimp on the bottom.  I parked my kayak and fished from the bank making casts that were parallel to the grass while working my tandem rig slower than I’ve ever worked any lure.  I would basically give my rod tiny twitches and reel in the slack and repeat.  My twitches resmebled the way you might move your rod if you were trying to scare a dragonfly off of the tip.  The technique and rig paid off as my first flounder was caught less than 10 minutes after arriving.  At 16″ I was glad to have a keeper in the bag but at the same time, was worried about my chance to upgrade.  November flounder limits in Texas drop from 5 to 2 and you’re not allowed to cull them.  With only one chance to upgrade available I was worried I would catch a 17″ flounder next and be faced with the choice of releasing it in hopes of catching a bigger one or keeping it and being done.

I continued working the area looking for an upgrade and picked up a 20″ red before catching a surprise 19″ trout.  This was a decent trout which allowed me to complete my slam by 8:12 am.  Aaron was working the same area trying to catch his flounder but kept catching undersized reds and trout.  After bagging my trout I decided my best chance to upgrade my weight would be to continue working the area for a flounder and it finally paid off when I brought in a solid 19″ flattie.  All of my fish up until this point came on the Gulp Shrimp.

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As soon as I bagged that fish I left Aaron and decided to meet up with David and head out in search of a bigger trout.  When I found David he had a fat football shaped red that was right at 24″ and a 19″ flounder like me.

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We made the short paddle to a nearby area in search of a trout but had trouble locating them.  We moved around to a few different spot but the trout didn’t seem to be around or at least weren’t feeding.  We decided to head to our last trout spot that was near David’s truck determined to camp out on this area and continually work it until we found the trout or ran out of time.

After five minutes at this area we started hearing the distinct sound made by feeding reds in a nearby lake.  I had my slam and was happy with my fish so I told David I was going to chase some reds while he worked for his trout.  Before I could get past him he decided to join me.  He said the thought of those reds feeding like that was to much to resist.

We spent the next hour or so sight casting lower to mid slot reds in shallow water with tons of shell.  I was having a little trouble keeping my soft plastic out of the shell and decided to switch over to a Strike Pro Hunchback.  Not only did this keep me out of the shell, but wakers are a blast to throw at shallow water reds.  I would cast in front of the  small wakes they were pushing and start reeling the lure in.  As soon as they spotted the hunchback they would dart from behind it and explode on the lure which was fun to watch.  After picking up about 4 reds each we decided to head back to the truck.  We arrived at the same time Arron did and found out that he had found a 17″ trout and a 16″ flounder to complete his slam as well.

We arrived at the weighin and visited with friends for a while before the weighin finally opened.  When it was all said and done, David had finished 3rd with 8.84 lbs, Aaron was 2nd with 10.10 lbs, and I had come out on top with 11.19 lbs.  We had a great time on the water fishing with one another, plus its always nice when the plans you make come together as well as they did.

 

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Five Tips For Every Kayak Angler

My latest article was released yesterday in the June issue of The Fisherman’s Journal. You can visit their site to see it along with other articles or read it below.

 

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Over the past couple years I’ve discovered a few tricks while fishing the bays and marshes here along the upper Texas coast. Of the following, none will magically fill your stringer with a limit of fish. They may however help to save a little money, allow for fewer headaches, and achieve a better understanding of the waters you fish over time. The following are five tips that I feel are worth considering during your next fishing trip.

 

1. Old Soft Plastics

If you’re anything like me, you keep about one hundred bags of soft plastics somewhere around your house. softplasticsI can’t even begin to explain why I’ve purchased so many over the years, other than the fact that soft plastics on sale for a dollar are hard to pass up.  Between shrimp, paddle tails, straight tails, and curl tails in brands, sizes, and colors that I doubt I’ll ever use. I probably have more than I could use in a lifetime. Instead of getting rid of them, I like to keep a pack of my least favorite color/style in my soft plastic binder to use while fishing under the birds. This is a great time to throw on soft plastics you’d like to get rid of because fish working the birds will hit just about anything put in their path. By doing so, you can save your favorite colors and styles for days when they’re actually needed.

 

2. Launch Here, Exit There

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Taking out the kayak on really windy days can sometimes be a hassle. If you plan to cover several miles during a trip while the wind is blowing above 20 mph, you are going to have a tough time paddling into it at some point during the day. When these types of conditions occur I have found the best way to beat the wind is to use it to your advantage by launching from one spot and exiting at another. For this to work, you’ll need to fish with a friend and drive separate vehicles. You load both kayaks and gear into one vehicle and leave the empty one behind at the area where you plan to exit. You then drive back to your launch, unload, and start your drift, allowing the wind to blow you towards your exit. In this situation a drift sock is important because it will help slow your kayak which lets you really fish an area thoroughly; otherwise you end up drifting faster than you’d like. By using this tactic, you can cover several miles of water, fish the whole trip, and not have to paddle back into the wind. The key here is to choose your launch and exit according to wind direction. Of course, wind forecasts are not always correct so be prepared for anything.

 

3. Low Tide Exploration

Exploring a marsh during low tides is a great way to really learn the layout and bottom structure of an area you enjoy fishing. When tides run lower than normal, Low-High Tidethey will sometimes reveal various channels, guts, and structure that are often hidden from sight. This is a great time to explore different areas that could produce for you in the future when the water returns to normal.  One thing I like to make note of are the deeper channels that lead back into the marsh. These areas will still hold water during a really low tide and serve as a sort of highway that fish use to move in and out of an area throughout the year. Identifying the location of hidden shell is also beneficial. Shell that is exposed during a really low tide can be hidden by more than a foot of water during a normal tide. These areas serve as a great place to target redfish on a higher tide since baitfish like to stay near it for protection. The better you know an area you are fishing, the more success you are likely to have.

 

4. See With Your Feet

While shallow areas will reveal a lot during a low tide, deeper areas will not give up as much information. Even on a low tide, you’ll more than likely never get to see much of what lies below the surface. In this case, the best thing you can do to really get a good feel for an area is to get out and wade. By doing so you’ll discover things you never would while sitting in your kayak. For instance, is the bottom sand, mud, scattered shell, grass, or a mixture of some sort? You’ll also better understand the depth you’re fishing by comparing it to your own height. While moving around, you’ll find small guts, patches of shell, and other changes in depth/structure where trout and reds wait to ambush their prey. Another advantage is that you are able to cover an area more thoroughly since you won’t be moving as quickly. Wading also gives you the ability to move through the water with more stealth, which lessens the odds that you’ll spook fish.

 

5. Clean Your Vehicle

One of the great things about owning a kayak is the ability to launch from just about anywhere. The downside is that some of these areas are in the middle of nowhere which makes your vehicle an easy target for thieves. Up to this point I have not had a break in and consider myself somewhat lucky. However, I do not believe luck has everything to do with it. One thing I’ll do when launching from areas where few people are around is make sure my truck is completely cleaned out the night before a trip. When I arrive at the launch and my kayak and gear have been unloaded, I will open every storage compartments in my truck (which are empty) before locking my doors. This includes the glove box, center console, sunglasses storage, and any other area that a thief believes something of value could be hidden. If I happen to have a few things that I did not take out, I will hide them under one of my seats before leaving. By doing so, you might make someone think twice before taking a chance to enter your vehicle for what appears to be nothing.

Hopefully you are able to benefit from the above mentioned tips in some way or another. Always enjoy each trip and keep an open mind while on the water. You never know when you’ll learn something new that could pay off for you in the future.

 

See this article and more at The Fisherman’s Journal by clicking the link below.

TFJ

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My Wife’s First Kayak Trip and Fish


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This past Saturday I took my wife out fishing in the kayak for the first time ever. We spent about 30 minutes on Friday evening at the local park teaching her how to cast a spinning reel and pop a popping cork. She picked up on everything pretty quick, and come Saturday morning, we were ready to go. We paddled a little over 5 miles and she caught the only fish of the day while wearing my extra pair of size 12 waders which were huge on her. The fish was a 17″ flounder that she casted at after seeing nervous baitfish scatter in an area. She was using a Midcoast Popping Cork and 1/16th oz jighead with a pearl white gulp shrimp. Next time we’ll be hoping for redfish.



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Pierce Marsh One More Time (With My Sister)

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I made what will probably be my last trip to Pierce Marsh for a while and took my little sister along with me for her first fishing trip in a kayak.  We woke up at 4 am, threw the Cudas in the back of the truck, and headed down to Hitchcock.  We launched shortly after 5  am into some less than desirable winds and headed to an area that has been producing well over the past few weeks.  On our paddle out I spent some time discussing the different signs we would be looking for to find the fish and how she would need to cast at them once they were spotted.  We weren’t too far in when I spotted the first pod of the day roaming through the middle of a small lake.  I tried pointing out to her the slight ripple they were causing on the surface of the water but she was having trouble seeing it.  The pod was nearly by us by the time she spotted them so instead of letting them pass I took a shot at them and picked up a 23″ red on a Chicken Boy 4″ Shrimp (Morning Glory) on a 1/16th ounce jighead.  While I was reeling that fish in my sister hooked into her own red only to have it get off after a short fight.  We kept moving and saw about a dozen birds working a shoreline about a hundred yards off.  They were moving quick and we were having to paddle into the wind to catch up with them.  We wern’t  making much ground so I told her to step out of the kayak  and onto the shoreline they were moving down so that we could walk instead of paddle.  By the time we caught up with them we had run out of island and they were out of her casting range.  I threw into the middle of them and hooked a 21″ red on the same chicken boy.  After landing that fish we looked out in front of us to see a half a dozen groups of birds working over pods in one of the larger lakes.  We quickly made our way back to the kayaks and spent the rest of the day chasing the birds around.  My sister finally hooked into a nice 27 1/2″ red from under the birds using a Chicken Boy Thunder Tail Mullet (Chicken on a Chain) on a 1/16th ounce jighead.  We chased the birds around for another hour but she was having trouble getting her lure in front of the pods.  We decided to rest for a bit at a small drain and throw the popping corks with gulp for a while before heading back in.  I caught a 15″ flounder and that was it for the day.  The bite was good from about 6 to 8ish and then slowed down a bit.  We had a good time on the water and my sister says that she’s going to work on casting with a little more accuracy before we make our next trip.  We made it home in time to clean the fish and get ready for my wifes birthday party.  9 reds that I had caught over the past week and a half fed about 25 people along with some french fries, hush puppies, and mac and cheese.  LSKS event #2 is June 1st so its time to switch gears and start pre fishing for heavier fish.


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03-09-13 Freeport Trip

My friend Ricky and I decided to brave the winds today and get a little fishing in. It’s been more than 4 months since I’ve been able to get out on the water so despite the 30+ mph wind we decided to give it a shot.

We left Pearland around 5 am and headed for Freeport. The goal was to find a some protected areas and hide from the wind. We arrived at our spot a little early and had about 2 hours to kill before the incoming tide would start so we went to checkout a marsh that was nearby that I hadn’t fished before. Even on the low tide we were able to go pretty far into the marsh. We made note of where the deeper cuts and larger clumps of oyster were and started making our way back to our original spot. In about a month or two when the reds return to the marsh in full force we’ll make our way back and give this one a try as it looked pretty promising.

We made it back to our spot as the water started to flow in through our drain and the bite turned on. Over the next 2 hours we caught 12 reds between 14 and 18 inches, 1 that went 22 inches, and a 15 inch flounder. Not quiet the day we were hoping for but we were just glad to be on the water. We caught all fish in about 3 to 4 feet of water on Chicken Boy 4″ shrimp in a variety of colors and gulp shrimp in pearl and natural. We kept the two keepers for dinner.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading to the fishing show to stock up.

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