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University of Houston Cougar Saltwater Open

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This past weekend I had a chance to fish the kayak division of the University of Houston Cougar Saltwater Open.  Prizes were being awarded to the heaviest redfish, flounder, and trout in both the boat and kayak division.  They also had a heavy stringer award that would go to the angler with the heaviest stringer consisting of three redfish, trout, or flounder (only one red allowed).  This category was between both boat fisherman and kayakers.

After giving it some thought, I decided to try for a slam to see if I could win multiple categories in the kayak division.  My plan was to fish for my trout early, load up between 10-11, and head to a different spot for a redfish and flounder.

Tournament rules allowed you to launch whenever you wanted, but you couldn’t make your first cast until 6:00 am.  Grant and I launched around 5:15, reached our spot by 5:40, and sat around for 20 minutes just waiting for 6 am to hit.  As soon as it did, we started casting.  Grant went with his trusty pink Skitterwalk, which has landed him more big trout than I can count, while I started off with a bone super spook jr.  Winds were low and the bay was calm, so I went with the smaller, quieter topwater.

RedfishIt didn’t take more than 15 minutes before I had my first hook up which spit my lure after a short fight.  5 minutes later I netted my first trout, a decent 18″ fish.  I kept working parallel to the drop off I was near with a few more blowups, but no hook ups.  It didn’t take long for the wind to pick up a little and put a little chop to the water.  I grabbed my second rod with a Speckled Trout patterned One Knocker Spook and continued working the area.  With the added chop, I switched lures because I wanted one that was slightly larger and a little noisier.

It didn’t take long before I hooked up with a solid trout that succeeded in hanging me up on the bottom and escaping.  I was unable to get my lure back, so after breaking my line, I tied on a Bone colored One Knocker.  It was around 8:00 am by now, and the blowups and hookups had slowed down quiet a bit.  It had been nearly 3o minutes since I’d had any action when my lure was sucked down by a good fish.  It turned out to be a really fat 21+ inch trout, which gave me two trout in the fish bag.

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The wind continued to gain speed, which caused small white caps to start appearing on the water.  I decided to switch lures once more, and tied on a black/silver/orange MirrOlure She Dog.  The She Dog and One Knocker are similar in size, but the She Dog makes a little more noise.

Grant and I decided to leave the drop-off and fish some submerged grass in hopes of catching some redfish, and completing our three fish stringers.  However, all we found were more trout.  I netted my 3rd and 4th trout of the day over the grass and decided it was time to head back to the truck and look for some reds.

I reached the truck around 11:00, loaded up, and made the short drive to my redfish hole and launched again.  I started off throwing the She Dog with no luck, and decided to switch over to the trusty popping cork.  In the past, I’ve thrown nothing but Gulp under my cork, but have been using an Egret Baits Vudu Shrimp for the past couple of weeks with good results.  The vudu shrimp is tough, and so far, I’ve caught about a dozen reds on the same one, with no signs of wear or tear.  It’s also less likely to attract smaller trash fish, and doesn’t seem to catch less fish than Gulp with its scent.

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It took about 20 minutes but I finally boated my first red, a 17″ rat, which of course did me no good.  Five minutes later, I had a redfish attack my cork and take it under.  He quickly realized that it wasn’t something worth eating, and released it a few seconds later.  I gave it a gentle pop, and he turned on it and came back and grabbed the vudu shrimp this time.  He fought hard for several minutes before finally hitting the net.  I threw him on the check-it stick and he measured a hair over 26 inches, which I decided was good enough for me.

 

I had decent fish for two of the three species, so decided to make one last stop to see if I could grab me a flounder.  The flounder bite never came, but not for lack of trying.  I drug the bottom of my flounder spot with a tandem rigged pair of Gulp Swimming Mullet, but they didn’t want to play.  I picked up a few more trout, but they were all smaller than my previous fish.  I was satisfied with the fish I had, so decided to head over to the weighin.

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When it was all said and done, I had won big redfish and big trout honors in the kayak division.  My prize included two wooden trophies and two Bison 25 quart Coolers.  It seemed like most other kayakers had a rough day on the water, because not many fish were weighed in by them.

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My stringer fell a couple pounds short of the powerboat guys, do to the fact that my trout could not compete with theirs, even though I had the biggest red of the tournament.

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It was a fun day on the water, with a nice challenge of catching a slam during a tournament, instead of just targeting one species all day.  I’ll definitely be back next year to fish this event again.

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Conditions:

Wind: Started off calm, but reached 12-15 mph

Weather: Sunny with temps around 90 degrees

Tides: Incoming in the morning, then slack for the rest of the day

Bottom: Quick drop-off and grass while going after trout, then soft mud for the redfish

Depth: 3-5 feet deep while trout fishing and 2 feet deep for the reds

Lures: Bomber Paradise Popper with Egret Baits Vudu Shrimp, super spook jr, One Knocker Spook, and MirrOlure She Dog

Rod and Reel: Cork – Daiwa Ballistic EX 2500 on a 7′ 2″ Hook Spit Zephyr Elite and Top Water – Shimano Curado HG on a 6′ 9″ Hook Spit Recon

Kayak: Wilderness Tarpon 140

Paddle: 250 cm Werner Cyrpus: Hooked

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Hook Replacement: Why, How, and What You Need

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Every serious angler knows the value that quality hooks add to a lure.  Whether you’re throwing topwaters, crankbaits, suspending twitch baits, or any other lure, the hooks play a pivotal role in getting the fish to the fisherman.  They need to be strong, durable, and sharp in order to do the job they were made for correctly, and unfortunately, many of the stock hooks that some lures come with don’t quite live up to their expectation.  They rust, or they bend/break, or often become dull after only a few trips to the salt.

Broken HooksThe above mentioned factors are all good reasons to change out the hooks on most of your new lures before hitting the water.   This cost friendly task only takes a few minutes of your time and will help ensure that you don’t lose that fish of a lifetime or miss out on big money during a tournament.  A few things you should consider before purchasing your new hooks include brand, size, and whether to stick with trebles, or replace them with singles.

Single or Treble

Before worrying about what brand or size of hooks to get, you should really ask yourself if you want to stick with treble hooks, (similar to the ones the lure probably came with) or if you should make the switch to single hooks.  To answer the question that’s going through your mind right now, no, your hook up ratio will not suffer by making the switch.  Ask some of the top anglers or guides that have made the switch, and they’ll confirm it.  Not only will you hookup with just as many fish as before, you’ll also benefit in several other ways as well.

Single Hook SS jrFor starters, single hooks work great when fishing around grassy areas.  Whether the grass is just below the surface, or small pieces that have broken off are floating through the water, single hooks fail to hang up as much since the grass passes right around them.  This gives you the option to throw a topwater lure around certain areas where you probably couldn’t before.

Another problem with treble hooks is that they tend to hang up with everything in sight.  Clothing, nets, and fingers are three things they seem to catch other than fish, and they can be a pain to remove.  Just about the time you get one hook out, another seems to grab a hold of something else, which starts the process of removing it all over again.  With single hooks, you are working with two sharp ends instead of six, which lowers the odds that the business end of the hook grabs a hold of your gear or body parts.  This holds true for the fish as well.  Treble hooks can do some real damage to a fish that you intend to release if they end up in their eyes, body, and/or gills, which in some cases, can lower the odds that they will survive.  Anglers that practice catch and release the majority of the time have become big fans of single hooks of this reason.Hook

If you’ve decided to make the switch to single hooks, you’ll need to make sure you purchase the right style of hooks.  Short shank live bait hooks with rings are your best choice, because they will require the least amount of work when attaching them.  The short shank prevents the front and rear hooks from tangling with each other and the included ring prevents you from having to add an additional one to ensure the hook faces the right way.  Without two rings, the hooks will face sideways instead of running in line with the lure.

Brand

When it comes to brands, some companies have proven themselves to be reliable makers of quality hooks.  When you hear names like Owner, Gamakatsu, and Lazer TroKar, you know that you’re using some of the best hooks money can buy.  Sure these hooks may cost a little more than others, but they will probably outlast most of your lures by resisting rust, staying sharp, and holding up to some of the biggest fish in the bay.

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For those looking for something a little more cost friendly that will get the job done, the VMC hooks from Rapala have served me well.  As far as strength goes, they do a great job of holding up to the abuse big redfish dole out and keep a nice sharp point for the better part of a year.  They will require you to replace them about once a year, due to eventual rust, but you definitely get your money’s worth out of them.

Size

Size can be tricky when it comes to hooks, depending on whether you are sticking with trebles or replacing with singles.  The hooks that come with the lure were chosen for a reason, so careful consideration should be taken when replacing them.  stringerOne of the main things to consider is the size/weight of the hooks.  Without the correct weight, the balance of the lure can be thrown off, causing it to not function properly.

Most full sized topwaters like She Dogs, Top Dogs, and Skitterwalks, require #2 trebles.  If you decided to go with single hooks, a 3/0 hook on the front, followed by a 2/0 hook on the back makes a great combo. By placing the smaller hook on the rear, you provide the lure with a little more freedom, which increases it’s action.  For smaller topwaters like the Super Spook Jr, and MirrOmullet, #4 trebles or 1/0 singles work well.  For even smaller crankbait type lures like the Strike Pro Hunchback or Manns 1-Minus, you’ll want a #4 treble on the front with a #6 on the rear or a 1/0 single hook on both the front and rear if you decide to go that route.

Changing Out the Hooks

Changing out hooks takes no time at all and only requires a pair of split ring pliers to do so.  It is possible to complete the task without the pliers, but you’ll spend more time doing so and probably poke your fingers a few times during the process.Tourney Upgrade Tangled

Treble hooks are easy to change out because all they require is for you to remove one, and add another.  Single hooks aren’t quiet as simple because they can either face the front or the rear of the lure.  Many anglers claim that the direction they face when you add them is very important, depending on the type of area you fish.  If you are fishing around lots of heavy grass, facing both hooks towards the rear will help keep your lure grass free, while having the front hook facing the front and the back hook facing the rear is said to help with your hookup ratio.  As far as direction and hookup ratio goes, the jury is still out on that one.

Whether you decide to stick with trebles or try out singles, changing hooks on your lures is a cheap and easy way to make them more dependable while on the water.  Doing so might help to save you from a few sleepless nights, while you lie in bed, thinking about the one that got away.

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Topwater Lure Painting

 

 

I was going through my tackle box a few months ago and came across half a dozen she dogs and she pups that were on their last leg. Most of them had large chunks of paint that had chipped away and I could tell that I was needing to replace them. While I love throwing she dogs and she pups for redfish, they usually don’t last very long.  The paint always seems to start chipping away once a few good fish are caught and often times they will not last more than a  trip or two.  I hate throwing lures away so I started thinking about what I could do with them other than just getting rid of them. I grabbed a sheet of 60 grit sand paper from the tool box and decided to see if it would remove the remaining paint. With a little bit of work the paint came right off leaving a nice looking bone colored lure that I knew I could use. I followed the 60 grit up with some 320 grit to give it a smoother texture and then started working on the others. By the time I had finished, I was the owner of four bone colored she dogs/pups. While I liked the look of them, I didn’t really need four of the same color.  I decided to experiment with coloring them in a variety of different ways to see what I could come up with. I added a little epoxy once I was finished to make sure they were sealed properly.  The epoxy was clear and would protect them with from chipping or fading away like before.  It’s a fun rainy day project when you can’t get on the water to fish.  The great thing about it is that you can choose whatever color you want and you are only limited to what ever your imagination can come up with.

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Removing the Paint

 

The first thing you need to do is remove the hooks and split rings from the lure.  You’ll have a much easier time sanding paint away without having to worry about them.

Once the lure is hook free you’ll need some painters tape to protect the eyes.  The material the eyes are made of will scratch easily if sandpaper rubs across them so covering them with the tape will keep them from scaring during the sanding process.

Once the eyes are covered and the hooks and split rings have been taken off you are ready to remove the rest of the paint.  You’ll want to use the 60 grit sand paper first to remove the larger portions of paint that are still on the lure.  Working around the eyes can be a bit difficult so tearing the sand paper into small strips or folding it will help.  Be sure to work carefully around the eyes so that you do not scar them in the process.

Now that the majority of the paint has been removed you can follow up with the 320 grit paper to remove any small amount of paint that remains and also to give it a nice smooth texture.  You are now ready to apply your color or design to the lure.

 

Bone She Pup

 

This one was the easiest to create because once the paint had been removed you were done.  The base color used when the she dogs are created is a good looking bone color, so once you complete the steps above you are finished.  I did not coat this one with any epoxy because it would not have served much of a purpose.

 

Pink She Pup

 

To create the pink she pup I decided to give spray paint a try.  I bought a can of the brightest pink I could find and added a design to the side before applying the paint.  I took some painters tape and cut small strips from the roll and placed a long skinny strip down each side of the lure.  Then I cut a few smaller strips and placed them on top and bottom of the first strip angled back towards the tail end of the lure.  I repeated this process on both sides.

I taped up the eyes so that they would remain red and hung it in the garage with a small piece of cardboard behind it.  I sprayed the lure on all sides making sure all areas received an even shade of pink and let it set for the night.

The next day I removed the strips of tape which left small white designs down both sides of the lure.  I thought this would look better than a solid pink one.

I applied the epoxy and sprinkled some silver glitter on the lure while it was still wet.  The glitter stuck to the epoxy and after it had dried the finished product below is what I had.

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Sharpie She Pup

 

My next lure involved a fine point sharpie and a good amount of time and patience.  I drew nearly a thousand small circles all over this she dog to make them look like tiny scales.  I started at the back of the lure and began by drawing a line of circles towards the head.  I stopped when I reached the eye and began branching out in all directions by connecting each small circle with the one next to it.  It took about thirty minutes of work but when I had finished I liked how it looked.

I was about to apply the epoxy to seal the lure when I friend mentioned that even though I used a sharpie which has permanent ink, the chemicals in the epoxy might cause it to run a little.  He suggested using a paint pen next time which I plan on doing.  I didn’t have much of a choice since I had done all the work so I went ahead and applied the epoxy to it anyway.  While the marker did run a little, it didn’t completely destroy the design.  Instead, I went from a white lure with small black scales to a gray lure with small black scales.  It wasn’t exactly what I wanted but the end result still looked alright.

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American Flag She Dog

 

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This is by far my favorite lure that I have painted.  I used painters tape, finger nail polish, and small star stickers to create it.  I started off by wrapping a piece of the painters tape around the head of the lure going back behind the eye and stopping about a half an inch past the eye.  Once the head was protected I cut a few short but thin strips of tape and ran them back towards the back of the lure trying to keep them spaced apart evenly.

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I then took the red finger nail polish and painted the entire back end of the lure by covering the exposed areas of the lure and the thin strips of painters tape.  Finger nail polish dries fast so after 30 minutes I was able to remove the thin strips of tape which created the red and white portion of the flag.  I also removed the tape from the head of the lure and did the exact same thing to the back end of the lure.  I carefully wrapped the edge of the tape around the area I had just painted behind the eyes and covered the rest of the back end.  Now the only portion exposed was the head.  I took the small star stickers and carefully placed them all over the head of the lure.

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Once the eyes had been covered with the painters tape I began painting the head of the lure blue until the entire thing was coated, stars included.  I watched the lure closely as the finger nail polish dried and when it was nearly complete I used a pair of tweezers to carefully remove the stars.  I wasn’t sure how well they would come off once nail polish had completely dried and didn’t want to find out.  Once the stars were removed I let the head dry completely before removing all of the tape except for the eyes.  I hit it with a thin coat of the epoxy and the picture below is the finished project.

 

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Schools Before School

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Yesterday was my last official day of summer break.  To say I had a great summer of fishing would be a huge understatement.  I was able to hit the water about 2 times a week for most of June, July, and August and fish with some good friends along with a few new ones.  I had a 9th place finish at the Lone Star Kayak Series on my first official day off along with a 3rd place finish last weekend.  I caught my personal best trout that was a hair less than 27″ and really refined my topwater game.  My birthday is next month and my wife and I decided we would have a small get together at the house and celebrate with a fish fry.  I haven’t kept too many fish this summer so the freezer was running a little low.  With plans to leave town for a few days next weekend and the party the week after that, I decided to hit the water with Jared yesterday to end summer with a bang and do a little “grocery shopping” for the party.

We launched shortly after 6 and started making our way into the marsh.  I had already spoke with a good friend and knew that a few schools had been roaming the area we were heading to over the past few weeks.  We entered the lake where the fish had been hanging out and split up to locate the pods.  The birds weren’t to active at this time but it wasn’t long before I spotted several schools in one corner of the lake.  Jared arrived and we immediately went work.  I started out using my spinning reel with a Chicken Boy Shrimp on a 1/4 oz jig head.  My goal was to keep my distance and pick fish off of the edge or near back of the pod in hopes that they would stay together and continue working the area.  I made a few casts around the outskirts of the pod but didn’t have any takers.  While casting at that pod I glanced to my left to see another one heading right towards my kayak.  We were eventually going to collide so let the lure fly and it landed in the middle of them.  This caused an immediate hookup and the pod exploded.  I landed a solid 27″ red and he was lit up like a pumpkin.

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I strung him quickly and noticed Jared was hooked up as well.  I located the next pod and fired a cast out in front of them.  I felt the thump and set the hook but it came flying back at me and tangled around the end of my rod.  I quickly dropped it and grabbed my bait caster with a Hydra Bugg and hooked up on the first cast.  I horsed that fish to the net in under a minute and quickly put him on the stringer.  The Chicken Boy I had been throwing with the other rod was still tangled up and the lure was sitting in the water while I was stringing my second fish.  Apparently a good sized red swam by and picked it up because my rod nearly shot out of my lap before I was able to grab it.  The line was tangled around the rod tip and the fish snapped the 30 lb. braid quickly with one strong run.  I located another pod about 30 yards away and made my way towards them.  As soon as I was in casting distance I launched the Hydra Bugg out in front of them and a few twitches later I had my 3rd fish on the line.  I landed that fish, strung it, and saw that Jared was hooked up as well and had been for a while.  I thought he had a good over slot red, but it turns out he had somehow hooked a 20″ black drum in the tail and it was putting up quiet a fight.  It took roughly ten minutes to string my limit which was the fastest I had ever done that.

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The half a dozen pods we were on dispersed so we worked the area with she dogs for a while but didn’t have any luck.  We decided to leave that lake and fish another that was nearby with lots of mud and shell around a foot and a half deep.  I continued throwing my she dog while Jared worked a popping cork with gulp.  Jared hooked up with a sold 24″ red within the first 10 minutes so I switched over to a popping cork while we slowly crab walked towards the launch.  We picked up a few more reds on the popping corks on our drift and I sight casted a 18″ red with a Hot Pink Hydra Bugg right before we reached the truck.  I was able to take home 6 reds and a black drum which put a major dent in the amount of fish we will need in a few weeks.  I’m hoping that one more trip like that during this upcoming long holiday weekend will be enough to feed everyone that is able to make the party.  It was a nice ending to a great summer.

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Specks and Reds (7-2-14)

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Grant and I had a pretty good day of trout fishing with a few reds thrown in the mix.  It had been a while since we’d had a chance to get together to chase fish so with Grant just getting back from a week in the Bahamas, a trip together was long overdue.  We decided to head down to the Matagorda area since we hadn’t been in a while.  We met up at 5:30 am, unloaded the kayaks, and launched into the dark.  We made our way to the first area we planned to fish and found plenty of trout.  They had bait pushed up against a wind blown shoreline and were constantly darting through which sent them scattering in every direction.  We both started off by throwing topwaters with a few blowups that didn’t connect.  I switched over to one of my new Hydra Buggs and immediately hooked up with a solid 18 inch speck.  Grant was needing to restock the freezer so on the stringer it went.  I picked up another couple trout in the same area and all of a sudden they were gone.  Grant landed a couple trout as well on his Skitterwalk and we decided to move into a small cove since the trout bite had died.  I spotted a few reds crawling through a combination of grass and moss so I decided to see if I could pick a few of them off while Grant stayed in slightly deeper water.  Sight casting the reds was more difficult than usual because as soon as the lure hit the water it was covered in the moss.  I managed to pick up two reds by casting past the grass/moss and burning the Hydra Bugg past the fish and hoping for a reaction strike.  Grant managed a couple of reds and lost a another trout or two as well.  We decided to try our luck in slightly deeper water to work a few reefs for trout again.  At this point Grant could do no wrong and I could not do right.  He had plenty of blowups and landed another five specks up to 23″ while I couldn’t even get a nibble on my She Dog or Hunchback.  We ended the day with a combined 10 trout between 17 and 23 inches and four reds in the lower to mid slot.  All of Grant’s fish came on his Pink Skitterwalk while mine came on a Chained Beast Hydra Bugg with a white tail.  I also tried a Bone colored She Dog and ate-o-ate colored Hunchback with no takers.  It was a fun day on the water with a nice meat haul for Grant.

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Big Marsh Trout

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Yesterday David and I made an early morning marsh trip hoping to find some skinny water reds before the high tide came in.  An incoming tide has never been my favorite water movement for this spot but we wanted to make a short drive and the fish have been around this area for the entire month of July.  We launched well before sunrise and made our way through the marsh in the dark.  Once we reached the first lake we heard a few good flushes and the distinct popping sounds made when reds are podded up.  We paddle in the direction of the commotion pausing on occasion to try and see if we were any closer to the fish.  It never seemed like we made any ground on them and eventually the noise stopped and we decided to continue on our way.

We set up in an area that has produced for us all month and started throwing topwaters.  I was throwing my trusty MirrOlure She Dog (Bone) while David went with a Super Spook Jr.  As I fan casted my topwater I was constantly scanning the water looking for any signs of fish.  Seagulls were everywhere but they were only passing by instead of working the area for bait.  I spotted a few seagulls a quarter mile away that would stop and hover over an area for maybe 5 seconds before continuing on their way.  After seeing several seagulls repeat this process in the same general area I finally realized they were on a pod of fish but for some reason were not sticking with them.  I pointed this out to David and we made our way towards the pod.  As we came within 50 yards of the area we could see the pod of about 20-30 fish working their way towards the middle of the lake.  We closed the distance between ourselves and the pod and got ready to pitch our lures into the pod when they all of a sudden dispersed.  We quickly fan casted the area with me hooking up for 5 seconds before that fish spit my lure.  We continued to work that area for another 10 minutes but the fish were gone.

We decided to push further back into the marsh in search of some skinnier reds.  We split up for about 30 minutes to cover a little more ground with me heading west while David headed more south.  I found another pod of reds in a foot of water but they scattered before I could cast after I bumped a single red with my kayak which spooked him right into the pod causing them the explode.  I finally found a few reds backing in an area towards the back of the marsh.  Most were pretty spooky and would scatter anytime my bait got near them.  I did find a nice 26 1/2″ red that was willing to eat and had the camera rolling.  The unedited video is below.  This fish was caught on one of the new Hydra Buggs I have been using on the last few trips.

David caught up with me and we decided to push to the very back of the marsh.  We weren’t sure if there would even be any water but decided to do some exploring.  We could barely float through some areas and had to walk through shin deep mud on occasion.  We made it to the back of the marsh and found a few reds that once again wouldn’t eat but not as many as we’d hoped.  We worked our way back towards deeper water to see if the topwater bite had picked up.  On our way there we began seeing several mud boils in front of us and decided to work this area over.  On my third cast into this area I had what I thought was a nice red explode on my She Dog.  As I worked the fish closer to my kayak I could tell that it had some nice size to it but caught a glimpse of silver.  My first thought was that I had large gaff top because of the size and location of the hookup.  We were easily a mile into the marsh where the water was never really deeper than a foot.  It finally broke the surface giving some pretty violent head shakes and I knew it was a big trout.  It only took about one minute to get the fish next to the kayak in such shallow water so I netted her quick and began removing the hooks.  I wanted to get a quick picture of the fish and get her back in the water ASAP to give her the best chance at surviving.  This was a new personal best trout for me at 26 3/4″.  I placed her back in the water and held her tail for a few seconds before she took off.

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We continued to work the area but never found any reds willing to eat.  We would spook plenty as we made our way towards the truck but nothing would ever bite.  As we made our way to the deeper channels that feed the marsh we setup and worked the area for a few trout or maybe a flounder.  David picked up several trout sifting through a few dinks and put a few on the stringer.  I picked up a few dinks and had a ribbon fish nail my hydra bugg and immediately cut my line with its teeth as it went airborne on the hook set.  It was hot and past noon so we started heading back to the truck.  On the way there I heard a good flush in a small cove and went to inspect it.  I saw a red pushing a wake and pitched my Hydra Bugg in its path.  I gave it a couple twitches and thought he would ignore it but he turned on it quickly picking up the Bugg.  After a short fight I netted a nice little 24″ red that David took home to go along with his trout.  It was a pretty slow day but the fish we caught were pretty nice.

Hydra Bugg

We arrived back at the launch and loaded our kayaks into the trucks.  A recent thread of Texas Kayak Fisherman had prompted me to throw a trash bag in the truck last night when loading up.  David and I had decided we would try and pickup some trash around the launch before heading home in order to help keep the area clean and to hopefully keep some of our launches from being closed up due to the fact that many people will just leave their trash lying around instead of disposing of it properly.  We were both a little surprised when we filled our bag to the top and barely made a dent in the area.

Trash

 

 

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