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Old 04-13-2018, 09:37 PM   #151
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I have been using Cajun Thunder popping corks for the last several years with success with DOA and Gulp under them. Anyone using them or trying anything else?
Look up Coastal Corks. They are set up so that they make a louder click. I do better with this style of cork than any other setup that I have tried. They are also very durable and while not cheap I get alot of use out of them before they get retired. Hang a Gulp on a light jighead or a live shrimp under them and go to work.
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Old 04-13-2018, 09:47 PM   #152
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It was windy yesterday but we scratched out a box of fish drifting deep shell. I caught a nice trout, she went 28" but I didn't weight her. Nice thick fish.

Congrats Glenn! Nice trout!
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I have been using Cajun Thunder popping corks for the last several years with success with DOA and Gulp under them. Anyone using them or trying anything else?
I love the Cajun thunder poppin corks. All I will buy. I have a ďgreenĒ one that Iíve been using for about 8-10 years now. It has no green paint left on it but it still floats. Throw live shrimp under them mostly.
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:41 AM   #154
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Couldn't roll Sunday - which was the better day of the weekend for PINS but went ahead and rolled PINS on Saturday. High winds, rough surf - decent water clarity. Down chasing Florida Pompano, didn't get a single Pomp but scored a bunch of Bull Whiting - releasing a bunch in the process.

With a super strong North wind, wasn't able to reach my little zone along the 3rd sandbar and I wasn't about to wade out far enough to make casts land in the zone.

Renewed my Seasonal pass - went up to 80 bucks now.

Friday night and early AM Saturday front brought rain and lightning. Dunes were ablaze from lightning strikes.









Darn things eat so well! Had a nice pile for a few rounds of Fish Tacos!



Oh man this is awesome eats! Lay down some fresh spicy hot Guacamole onto a homemade flour/corn tortilla, some slightly steamed asparagus (steamed to soften but firm with snap), fresh Pico de Gallo and red Salsa -with a shot of tartar sauce. Whiting was dipped in egg/cream batter and coated in Panko and Zatarain's seasoned fish fry. Fried in hot peanut oil.

That's my twist on the FISH TACO!


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Old 04-16-2018, 11:00 AM   #155
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On the side......busted out some Red Hind Grouper filets from the recent offshore Wahoo trip in Feb.

DESSERT - Zatarain's Cocktail sauce and a filet - SON!
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Nice trout Glenn.
Mansfield was a bust for us. Windy muddy, then windier and muddier, then 30 mph North wind... Going back in 3 weeks to try it again.
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Old 04-17-2018, 11:22 AM   #157
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I heading to the landcut in two weeks. Has anybody been there laletly. And how was it.
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Old 04-17-2018, 12:15 PM   #158
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Saturday was a blowout, we rescheduled for another day ahead of time and I got to sleep in. Sunday was really windy but we caught fish. I didn't have a fish in the box at 10am but found some fish in 3' of water over shell and we got all our trout in an hour or so. Nothing huge, they were all just good eaters from 16-18". I spent another hour and a half looking for redfish before calling it a day and heading in. I didn't expect much but it turned out ok. We caught them on live shrimp under popping corks. We had a mix of a few jumbo sized shrimp and a bunch of eyeballs and whiskers. They wanted the small shrimp. It's funny how they can get so size selective at times.
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Old 04-17-2018, 12:31 PM   #159
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Rockport has been rough too winds are howling. Went out in Kayak anyway Copano bay South side. It was rough but got smaller trout 15 to 18 with popping cork and shrimp. Sand trout at the old bridge were good but the wind won't work, tried to tie off to the bridge but to rough. Some good trout caught near breaks "concrete" south west side Copano but needed a drift sock and anchor to stay on them.
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Old 04-18-2018, 07:41 AM   #160
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Offshore Amberjack trip set for the opener in May. Red Snapper opener good on 1 June. Gonna be a ton of offshore trips this season!
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Offshore Amberjack trip set for the opener in May. Red Snapper opener good on 1 June. Gonna be a ton of offshore trips this season!


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Old 04-18-2018, 08:59 AM   #162
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Hoping the wind lays this weekend. Plan on fishing Friday and Saturday morning.
Near Port Lavaca.

And if it doesn't, I'm probably still going! Haha
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Hoping the wind lays this weekend. Plan on fishing Friday and Saturday morning.
Near Port Lavaca.

And if it doesn't, I'm probably still going! Haha
Me and a buddy are going to rockport to wade fish Saturday and Sunday morning. My Grandpa and uncle have been wearing the reds and trout out. Hopefully the rain holds out.
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Old 04-18-2018, 09:25 AM   #164
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Hoping the wind lays this weekend. Plan on fishing Friday and Saturday morning.
Near Port Lavaca.

And if it doesn't, I'm probably still going! Haha


Bring your rain suit!


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Old 04-18-2018, 11:15 PM   #165
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Fished Bob Hall pier this evening. Caught 15+ Bonnet head sharks between 15-20", 3 or 4 small black tips the largest being 24". Also caught one 40" Atlantic Sharp nose shark. My buddy caught two black tips. 38" and a 55". Also while we where there there was some larger black tips caught, a 5' 9" and a 5'5".

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Old 04-18-2018, 11:16 PM   #166
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Old 04-19-2018, 03:52 PM   #167
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What is the best fishing report site to look at?
Well other than here that is.
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Old 04-19-2018, 04:03 PM   #168
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Havent had the new boat in the water since new years and its killing me. Too much work and a baby on the way.
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Old 04-20-2018, 02:30 AM   #169
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We only caught two fish all day yesterday.....

One mangrove snapper and this guy....

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Old 04-20-2018, 07:31 AM   #170
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Just got off work, and heading out.
Hope my leaky waders hold off, it's kinda nippley
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Old 04-20-2018, 07:48 AM   #171
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Old 04-20-2018, 10:25 AM   #172
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My son caught his first tarpon two days ago off the Port "A" jetties.

He estimated it to be 3.5ft long around 35 to 40lbs. They have moved in early on the rocks and he had been seeing some roll on top. He has hooked up several times before but this was the first time he laid his hands on a big Texas shad!

Enjoy the pics I was proud for him!
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My son caught his first tarpon two days ago off the Port "A" jetties.



He estimated it to be 3.5ft long around 35 to 40lbs. They have moved in early on the rocks and he had been seeing some roll on top. He has hooked up several times before but this was the first time he laid his hands on a big Texas shad!



Enjoy the pics I was proud for him!


Thats priceless!!!! Life goal for me! Congratulations to your boy and those were great photos. Iím very jealous!


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Old 04-20-2018, 10:55 AM   #174
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My son caught his first tarpon two days ago off the Port "A" jetties.

He estimated it to be 3.5ft long around 35 to 40lbs. They have moved in early on the rocks and he had been seeing some roll on top. He has hooked up several times before but this was the first time he laid his hands on a big Texas shad!

Enjoy the pics I was proud for him!
That's awesome. I think my favorite thing about Tarpon is that one day someone may catch that fish in Costa Rica or Africa.
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Keep up the reports guys! I'm waiting on this wind to lay just a little before I get after it again.
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My son caught his first tarpon two days ago off the Port "A" jetties.

He estimated it to be 3.5ft long around 35 to 40lbs. They have moved in early on the rocks and he had been seeing some roll on top. He has hooked up several times before but this was the first time he laid his hands on a big Texas shad!

Enjoy the pics I was proud for him!
Now that is just bad arse. Bucket list fish right there. Congrats to him
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Old 04-20-2018, 12:31 PM   #177
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Watching weather reports and it’s looking like EARLY Sunday morning is setting up nicely for me in my part of Galveston bay.
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Old 04-20-2018, 01:57 PM   #178
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Yesterday was pretty sporty. We had whitecaps in the livewell. It was rough, and the water funky. Hard to find fishable water and what was fishable didn't stay that way long. The tide has been really low which limits what you can do on a real windy day. Not many trout caught but we did catch some redfish. Some over shell in 3-4' of water and some in some drains that are the escape routes off of shallow mud flats. In addition we caught lots of short redfish, croaker, drum, short trout, sheepys, etc, etc. For a really windy post front day it wasn't terrible but it wasn't great either.

I'm ready for the wind to lay and to have a nice day with a pleasant SE breeze @ 10-15 and green water as far as you can see. Summer dreams.
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Yes and you will need it Sparkles!

I do believe I know someone who can? The question is, AKIOS, PENN or DAIWA......with earth magnets?

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I think there's about 6 or 7 more added to this pile now?





ME FISH WONG TINE!
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Congrats to your Son - Killer! They have slowly made an awesome comeback. Tore me up a few baby tarpon and snook died during the coldest period in the Laguna this year.

I know things have gotten better.....jumped two baby tarpon fishing the Laguna two weeks after Harvey last summer. Nearly had one landed but.....short line and a hot jumping tarpon alone, makes things tough to do when you fight them up close in shallow water.
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Congrats to your son Killer, know that was a blast!
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You need to un***** one of those flyrods, since you have so many
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anyone ever hear of or use Lele lures?
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anyone ever hear of or use Lele lures?
Seems to be the newest thing. Capt. Mickey talks a lot about them on the outdoor show and I think that's why everybody wants them. I own a tackle shop and get calls and asked daily if we carry them.
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Seems to be the newest thing. Capt. Mickey talks a lot about them on the outdoor show and I think that's why everybody wants them. I own a tackle shop and get calls and asked daily if we carry them.


You own a tackle shop?? Where at? Whatís the name of it?


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anyone ever hear of or use Lele lures?
A bit proud with their prices?

I can pick up 3 of these for one Lele.

And these things flat out fish South Texas!

Rack and I fished Port Mansfield tossing these things...from sunup till 3 in the afternoon....all day long in 1 - 2 ft of water. It was flat out stupid.

My go to setup for tops in the mid to lower Laguna Madre. Year after year, STUPID!









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I've been using a Rapala X Rap for a few years now, worked just like the Borboleta lures. Similar lure with similar action, just doesn't get all the hype and a little cheaper. It catches fish too.

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A bit proud with their prices?

I can pick up 3 of these for one Lele.

And these things flat out fish South Texas!

Rack and I fished Port Mansfield tossing these things...from sunup till 3 in the afternoon....all day long in 1 - 2 ft of water. It was flat out stupid.

My go to setup for tops in the mid to lower Laguna Madre. Year after year, STUPID!









Thatís what I like to hear. Whatís the name of these.
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That would be a Skitterwalk by Rapala.
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Man yall are killing me, Im ready to go offshore again!
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We only caught two fish all day yesterday.....

One mangrove snapper and this guy....

that looks like good eatin there!
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Live bait vs artificials. I'm heading to the landcut next weekend for The Weeknd. I'm have a hard time with deciding if I wanna mess with keeping shrimp or croakers alive. Or just those artificials the whole time. Help me decide please.
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Live bait vs artificials. I'm heading to the landcut next weekend for The Weeknd. I'm have a hard time with deciding if I wanna mess with keeping shrimp or croakers alive. Or just those artificials the whole time. Help me decide please.
Cant go wrong with croakers. I dont use them but they are great bail for both trout and reds. I use gold spoons if there is not much floating grass otherwise red and white cocohos. Im going down there Thursday and got a report from last week of low tides and hard to fish the hole.
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Live bait vs artificials. I'm heading to the landcut next weekend for The Weeknd. I'm have a hard time with deciding if I wanna mess with keeping shrimp or croakers alive. Or just those artificials the whole time. Help me decide please.
Guide friend of mine out of Corpus said the croaker are still really small. Might not be worth the hassle.
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Live bait vs artificials. I'm heading to the landcut next weekend for The Weeknd. I'm have a hard time with deciding if I wanna mess with keeping shrimp or croakers alive. Or just those artificials the whole time. Help me decide please.
I fish lures...haven't used bait in the Laguna in a long time. To me it's the challenge, cover a lot of water casting and I learn a lot everytime. I do a lot of sight fishing though, fortunate to have some clear water for the most part, if I pay attention to conditions. At times, I'll stand on the poling platform and spot trout and redfish 20 - 30 yards away and casting from up there, you can cover a lot of water.

Casting to stalking specks in knee deep water, especially specks in the middle to upper 20s....which nearly are always solitary fish, makes those few moments come together, laying that cast right and watching the strike, is everything for me. And shallow water redfish jumping up on their tail to strike down on a topwater, halfway out of the water on strike, due to shallow water and their underslung mouth is cool beans too!

I need to start wearing my GoPro and just keep popping batteries in it as the day goes on. Jumped a pair of tarpon last summer casting lures in freshly carved out spoil island cut via Harvey. Thought I had some redfish boiling on bait in the shallows and just released a nice redfish prior to hooking these little baby tarpon. Lost them both but I don't think I would have had a single hookup using live bait in this setup? Just too much bait in the water - the lure forced them to trigger and attack. That's why I love casting lures. 3 jumps on the first tarpon and worked down to about 12ft from my bow...last jump, my lure comes flying back at me....bowed as much slack as I could but was way too short on line out (hot kite on a short string) to keep the hook buttoned. Counted my chickens before they hatched on that fish LOL!

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Drove down to the Valley and took one of my nephews out for a wade yesterday. Hit a little spot South of Port Mansfield. Tons of trout on the drop off during low tides. Chunked white / pink Gulp at them. Took us about an hour to fill up the stringer.
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