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Old 04-02-2018, 03:20 PM   #51
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Friday pic......Middle coast fishing top water knee to thigh deep. Been on solid fish last few weeks but Saturdays wind direction changed seemed to scatter bait clearing up water making conditions tough.
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Old 04-02-2018, 03:26 PM   #52
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Reds are thick in West Matty. From Pipeline to Greens that been catching good reds and a mixed bag of trout. Shell island on the north end has been hot also. East Matty has been giving up some good solid trout as well. Was going to get out this week but my bride booked a trip to Ft Worth this weekend with her girl friend so I have to be a responsible parent and get the kids to school and work the weekend lol. Yeah I had to get out and push a buddy off a sand bar and the water was bearable, you can wet wade now it just takes a little to warm up the northern parts lol.
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Old 04-02-2018, 07:26 PM   #53
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Managed a few the last couple weekends
Nothing to brag about but managed to scratch out a few each trip




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Old 04-02-2018, 07:31 PM   #54
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Looking forward to this summer. We are moving to McAllen and I will have daddy daycare duties which will include fishing. Will be following this thread for tips and tricks to help me adjust from fresh to saltwater fishing. Mainly going to focus on reds and specks to keep the kids interested.
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Old 04-02-2018, 09:11 PM   #56
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Fished jones lake by tiki Friday and Saturday with the kids. Reds and drum mainly. The wind was brutal on Saturday.


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This reminds me.....I need to set up a swordfish trip!
If you need a spot filled Iím very interested!!!

Will pay....
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Old 04-02-2018, 10:36 PM   #58
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Old 04-02-2018, 10:46 PM   #59
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Hit the banks of Sabine for couple hours this am and caught 7 trout with only one being a keeper. All on arties. Wife and I are taking a cruise later this month and I have an offshore trip booked in Nassau, Bahamas while we are in port for the day. Cant wait!
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Wahoo migration Flower Garden Bank 2018

Marauders and Braids trolled at 9 to 14 knots - wahoo & tuna

A few deep drops over active coral East Flower Bank - anchovy and jigs - snappers, AJs, various sharks with a sandbar at 10ft and Grouper. The AJs were released as well as the sharks.



















Blackfin tuna chunk on an Accurate 80 wide - stand up. Everyone has quality Mako steaks for the grill.
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Big sharks were fairly bad with a hot Wahoo on the hookup. Some of these sharks went well over 10ft, lost some tackle due to these beasts.

Had a few reef donkeys smash and kill wahoo on the hook - retrieve as well. A pair of plus 100 lb AJs doubled up and smashed an AJ to death - one AJ jumped and cleared about 3ft of air in an aerial attack. That fish was Texas State record class.



The pile - major mixed bag with tuna, wahoo, kingfish, cuda, grouper, snapper, shark and reef fish

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Old 04-03-2018, 09:15 AM   #61
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Surf fishing Padre Island surf - FLORIDA POMPANO is the target. One of the best inshore species on the table - which includes and rivals flounder. Run and cast the strand, long casting true surf tackle. A passion of mine and basically what I've done my entire life.

Tackle - some custom surf rods I've built, fully capable of popping 150 - 180 yard casts with 3 - 5 ounces of lead. For Florida Pompano, you need distance to cover the bar zones from 3rd to 2nd.

Couple of weeks ago - fished off color water, 2 - 3ft surf and found a pattern around Big Shell.

Tackle are custom made Pompano leaders with various colored FishBites - artificial bait.

Two sticks on heavier rigs to hold and one stick casting 3 ounces to drift and cover ground. If I don't pick something up in 20 minutes, I roll looking for coquina shells, ghost shrimp holes and shore birds that specifically feed on surf side coquina clams.

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Will pay....
Ive already got two amigos joining in the fun. First time for all of us.
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Pompano on light tackle is a blast. I caught a few in the bays on a day when the blue water had been pushed inside the jetties in Port A. They literally ripped the rod from my hands one time. They hammer plastics.
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I think we discussed this on another thread. Who did you book with?
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I bought the trip offered up by Ryan on the auction to help out the local little league that was destroyed by Harvey.
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Thatís right!!! Youíll have a blast.
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Thatís right!!! Youíll have a blast.
That is correct.....we are going fishing and there will be beer.....cant beat that! Catching will be icing on the cake.
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Old 04-03-2018, 10:43 AM   #68
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This image didn't make the link on the Wahoo migration trip recap above.

567 lbs @ 13ft Shortfin Mako





MMMMMM Mako steaks!


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Pompano on light tackle is a blast. I caught a few in the bays on a day when the blue water had been pushed inside the jetties in Port A. They literally ripped the rod from my hands one time. They hammer plastics.
Yes and I'm long casting 15lb test Sakuma Nite Crystal on my Pompano setups in the surf. Shocking with 50lb flouro with running line at 15lb for the distance and fight. In the surf, it's impossible to score Pompano with typical 7ft casting gear unless they are running real tight to the sand. I've caught them on fly and 7ft casting (trout/red) casting setups but, they were side catches when I was chasing skippies, trout and redfish with that gear.

From the jetty rocks, they can be scored but it's a hit or miss deal there using trout tackle.

They run up the Corpus Christi ship channel and Lydia Anne Channel during the summer but, they are hit or miss in those areas as well. Very mobile fish and in the bays, if you can score one, there should be more....for that tide period. Return trips, hard to find them consistently.

Hard fighters for sure. You know you have one hooked up in the surf when the line starts swinging left and right, perpendicular to the sand as they fight sideways. Like Jack Crevalle - very strong and hard fighting fish.

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Old 04-03-2018, 11:11 AM   #70
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PINS - first trip with my buddy of the year. Scored a crap load of bull whiting - which fry awesome for fish tacos.

This trip, I ran a dozen miles like this, looking for Pompano and laying the rods off the truck bed in a spread. Cover a ton of water quickly on PINS this way. Water a bit too cool this trip for Pomp.

Water temps are prime now, will be running and casting this weekend.

Boat is getting it's annual service this week.......be hitting the Laguna shortly. Uncle Saggy should be down in a few weeks for our Port Mansfield trip.

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I don't think I've ever posted a fishing report or pictures. Guess it's never to late.Near Port Lavaca. Got off work in the morning, and got on the water by 8. Out the water by 9 so I could go home and get some sleep.

I was fishing a sandy bottom with rocks scattered. Waist to chest deep.
Soft plastics fished aggressively on the upper water column. Water is nippy getting in but you get used to it.
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Got out of work and made a short drive near Port Lavaca.

Fishing a muddy bottom with scattered shell. Fishing soft plastics aggressive in the upper water column.
Thigh to waist deep. Saw little bait activity but knew the shell was in the area.
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Old 04-03-2018, 10:44 PM   #73
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Near Port Lavaca. Fishing thigh to waist deep. Fishing soft plastics mid to upper water column. Fishing muddy bottom with scattered grass patches. Scattered mullet.


Have more recent pics, but they won't upload from my phone.
I've been fishing at least once if not twice a week for the last 2 months.
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Old 04-03-2018, 10:46 PM   #74
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Old 04-03-2018, 11:07 PM   #75
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Found a few fish the last couple of days.

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Old 04-05-2018, 06:34 AM   #76
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what kind of line are you all using for inshore Specks and reds? Mono, Floro or braid and which brand? Ive used 12 pound Berkley Big Game for years with no problem, Just curious what you all are using. Ready to hit the coast
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I use 8 and 10 lb Seaguar fluorocarbon - filling reels to capacity. Offshore, leaders are 40 - 200lb 25ft to 50 yard fluorocarbon wind-ons. Surf is 50 - 60lb fluorocarbon top-shot leaders.
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what kind of line are you all using for inshore Specks and reds? Mono, Floro or braid and which brand? Ive used 12 pound Berkley Big Game for years with no problem, Just curious what you all are using. Ready to hit the coast
I'm currently using 30lb braid (Jerry Brown) with a fluoro leader (15-20lb). I've used Power pro regular and super slick 8, Suffix 832, Finns XL and had pretty good luck with all of them.

I recently read an interesting take on fluoro and Galveston bay complex water. They stated that very rarely is galveston water gin clear therefore spending high dollar on flouro isn't necessary. I'll probably switch back to a good abrasion resistant mono when I run out of fluoro.

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That is my go to string. Has been for nearly 15 years. Caught everything from a 10 Flattie to a 81lb black drum on it. I usually keep a couple spools in the bag at all times. I will use a fluorocarbon leader when throwing plastics.
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I use 20# Power Pro.
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:56 AM   #81
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That is my go to string. Has been for nearly 15 years. Caught everything from a 10 Flattie to a 81lb black drum on it. I usually keep a couple spools in the bag at all times. I will use a fluorocarbon leader when throwing plastics.
Yeah Iíve had similar results. Nothing over 30 pounds.
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:59 AM   #82
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Typically don't keep a lot of fish so I don't have a ton of pics. But POC has been decent. I have caught mostly reds on mud/grass shorelines and the trout on shell with grass pockets in waist to thigh deep water. All were caught on topwaters (mirrolure chartreuse or red/white) or on soft plastics - morning glory/chartreuse and pumpkinseed/chartreuse.

Need to head to the greens, hopefully will head that way next weekend.

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what kind of line are you all using for inshore Specks and reds? Mono, Floro or braid and which brand? Ive used 12 pound Berkley Big Game for years with no problem, Just curious what you all are using. Ready to hit the coast
I have 15lb stealth braid on my 2 7'medium setups with 2500 series reels. Use these for popping cork, tops, big swim baits.
And on my 6'6 ML with a 2000 series reel i throw 10lb braid. Use this one for weightless or weedless plastics for specks.
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That is my go to string. Has been for nearly 15 years. Caught everything from a 10 Flattie to a 81lb black drum on it. I usually keep a couple spools in the bag at all times. I will use a fluorocarbon leader when throwing plastics.
mine too for more than 20yrs, although I have a few reels with 14lb spooled for the surf where the fish can be a little stronger.
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Line considerations

Mono floats with stretch

Fluorocarbon sinks with nearly zero stretch

Topwater baits and or upper water column swim baits, mono keeps it up higher in the column

Fluorocarbon baits and or braid, tend to swim deeper in the water column.

If you feel your missing specks from short strikes, casting lures using Fluoro or braid.......it may the action of the rod you are using coupled with braid and or fluoro where the bait isnít laying in the troutís mouth long enough, before you react to the strike. Fast actioned rods (stiffer) with braid and or flouro lines, react faster, and the hookset is either pulled before the fish closes its mouth and or the power of the strike rips that specks super soft mouth.

Softer - more parabolic rod blanks using fluoro and or braid lines, will allow that bait to lay in there just a few microseconds longer at the bait pickup. And it also softens the hook-set, so that specks super soft mouth, doesn't have the hook ripped out, missing hookup.

I use a 7ft popping rod actioned blank, for my predominate swimbait and leadhead speck setups, using flouro.

With mono rigs, I will use a faster actioned blank, since mono will have a bit more stretch, which offsets the effect.

Most anglers don't consider the blank and line action equation, when pursuing speckled trout. It's not the same as redfish or bass...or literally any other inshore gamefish.
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Line considerations

Mono floats with stretch

Fluorocarbon sinks with nearly zero stretch

Topwater baits and or upper water column swim baits, mono keeps it up higher in the column

Fluorocarbon baits and or braid, tend to swim deeper in the water column.

If you feel your missing specks from short strikes, casting lures using Fluoro or braid.......it may the action of the rod you are using coupled with braid and or fluoro where the bait isnít laying in the troutís mouth long enough, before you react to the strike. Fast actioned rods (stiffer) with braid and or flouro lines, react faster, and the hookset is either pulled before the fish closes its mouth and or the power of the strike rips that specks super soft mouth.

Softer - more parabolic rod blanks using fluoro and or braid lines, will allow that bait to lay in there just a few microseconds longer at the bait pickup. And it also softens the hook-set, so that specks super soft mouth, doesn't have the hook ripped out, missing hookup.

I use a 7ft popping rod actioned blank, for my predominate swimbait and leadhead speck setups, using flouro.

With mono rigs, I will use a faster actioned blank, since mono will have a bit more stretch, which offsets the effect.

Most anglers don't consider the blank and line action equation, when pursuing speckled trout. It's not the same as redfish or bass...or literally any other inshore gamefish.
Now you want to get all scientific..., thanks for the info
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Man, those are nice pics
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braid. I've used nothing but braid for the last 10 years or so, and can't stand using mono anymore. way more sensitivity, less rod action required for hook sets and working lures. You just need to turn the drag down to make up for the lack of stretch in the line. I've used several types and for the last couple years have been using fins, just because I got a good deal on some 3000 yard spools. I usually use 20 lb test on just about everything... for reels that clients or whoever uses, I can spool up a 2500 size spinning reel, and catch any trout, red, or drum on it. smaller reel, greater length of line from braid's smaller diameter, same fish catching ability.

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Wet wading at night has been pretty decent the past couple of times


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Surf fishing Padre Island surf - FLORIDA POMPANO is the target. One of the best inshore species on the table - which includes and rivals flounder. Run and cast the strand, long casting true surf tackle. A passion of mine and basically what I've done my entire life.

Tackle - some custom surf rods I've built, fully capable of popping 150 - 180 yard casts with 3 - 5 ounces of lead. For Florida Pompano, you need distance to cover the bar zones from 3rd to 2nd.

Couple of weeks ago - fished off color water, 2 - 3ft surf and found a pattern around Big Shell.

Tackle are custom made Pompano leaders with various colored FishBites - artificial bait.

Two sticks on heavier rigs to hold and one stick casting 3 ounces to drift and cover ground. If I don't pick something up in 20 minutes, I roll looking for coquina shells, ghost shrimp holes and shore birds that specifically feed on surf side coquina clams.

Largest this year went 23"















Oh goodness Pomps are unbelievable!







Custom made specifically for Pompano - POMP GUN


I must admit, I didnt know you could eat Pompano. Hmmp
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Fins windtamer 20lb braid.

13 fishing concept C

6í6Ē Waterloo salinity ML action is my primary setup for trout, redfish or flounder.


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I must admit, I didnt know you could eat Pompano. Hmmp
One of my favorites but haven't caught one in a very long time, use to catch a lot around the mouth of the San Bernard in the 80's.

ATW, great pics as always. I bought a new to me Andros 26 a couple weeks ago, you need to come chase some POC tarpon on the fly with us this summer.
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I must admit, I didnt know you could eat Pompano. Hmmp
Here's it's eating quality, as identified by Gourmands....

"Pompano meat is firm but finely flaked, with a sweet, mild flavor. The flesh is pearly white, with a moderate fat content, and cooks up white."

You do not want to overpower Pompano flesh. I gut them, cut the tail off and rub them with olive oil and smoke them around 235 for about an hour.

The flesh is edible - no scales and or you can flake the skin away and pull the meat directly off the bone. There's a section of super sweet meat, right over the pomps eyes, with a center plate, much like the center portion of a chicken or turkey breast - separating the white breast meat, on both sides of the pomps head. These two portions of pure white meat, runs down to the pomps nose and it pulls away, like a blue crab's larger claw portion on pull. Even the flesh up to the gill plates on these fish, heck everywhere, is sweet and white!

They predominately feed on clams, ghost shrimp and shrimp in the South Texas surf. And that diet really gives them a super mild sweet flavor.

Once you taste day fresh caught pomps, grilled, broiled and or fileted and sushi / fried etc, it will become one of those fish, you will go out of your way to target.

It truly is a treat on the table.

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One of my favorites but haven't caught one in a very long time, use to catch a lot around the mouth of the San Bernard in the 80's.

ATW, great pics as always. I bought a new to me Andros 26 a couple weeks ago, you need to come chase some POC tarpon on the fly with us this summer.
Thanks and CONGRATS! Nice rides for sure and a solid size for a nice mix of fishing options.

Glen knows that region pretty well too. Cobia have become his specialty as well as some toad Texas State Red Snapper.

Oh man - let me know! I have several tarpon worthy fly setups ready to go! The 10wt has 600 yards of braid backing, sinking flyline on a blank specifically built for the poons, kings, ling and jackfish. I can trailer my flats skiff if another boat needs to go to cover super skinny spots. Pile of tarpon flies as well - solid mix of colors.

Think we may need to have a gathering soon - once the warm up gets us into the prime time?

Tripletail in Matagorda Bay.....on fly, never know, always wanted to give that a shot too! Nearly 10lb on fly is the current State record, 34lbs casting tackle record.

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Fishing leg one of the Redfish Rivalry South series tomorrow. We are on the fish, but Mother Nature is going to have something to say about it. North winds gusting to 30 by noon. Hopefully we can get two good ones early and be done. Two man teams, weigh in two Reds. I'm worried that some will think a fish is more important than their safety. Praying everyone makes wise decisions out on the water.
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