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Old 05-23-2021, 07:33 PM   #1
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Do you catch em? Iíve seen em swimming in the waves before and I throw big spoons. Iíve had something break off once/spooled me but Iíve never ď caughtĒ one in the surf. I here when the water temp hits 70+ itís on and I want to get some. Any advice welcome. Iím thinking about starting in Port Mansfield and heading to SPI next.
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Old 05-23-2021, 07:38 PM   #2
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It's all about timing. You can't plan it. When it's right,you just go

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Old 05-23-2021, 07:42 PM   #3
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This. And when itís on itís ON and they will bite just about anything. With that said, on slower days you can throw live croaker or shrimp and usually still catch a few. I like it best when the clean water makes it up to the beach.
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Go when it's right and you can catch 'em on anything you want to use. Live bait, soft plastics, topwaters, etc are all good. Catching the surf right is the hard part, then locating them. Once you find them catching them is easy.
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Old 05-23-2021, 07:45 PM   #5
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My best days of trout fishing were in the surf. One day (unmatched since) me, my brother and my dad caught a three man limit at least three times over. It was insane. As others have said, itís all about timing. We came back the day after and had only a fraction of the luck as the day before and the day after that, nothing. Usually when the blue water makes it closer to the shore and the mornings are rough, top waters will work. The closer we got to noon we bounced spoons off of the bottom on a swivel and leader.


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Old 05-23-2021, 07:49 PM   #6
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About three more weeks or so till the surf cooperates. They out there.
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Old 05-23-2021, 09:36 PM   #7
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We don’t target them in surf at any time other than June when wind lays. Topwater, silver spoons, or live mullet work well. Sure they are there almost year round but we mostly fish for reds, pompano, sharks. Early October was always awesome for trout with red head white body mirrolures. 52mm was model I believe.
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This. And when itís on itís ON and they will bite just about anything. With that said, on slower days you can throw live croaker or shrimp and usually still catch a few. I like it best when the clean water makes it up to the beach.
Where are you fishing? Upper middle lower coast?
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Old 05-23-2021, 09:42 PM   #9
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First 2 days the surf gets green can be lights out, after that it can get tough if water stays too clear and live bait will be the go to after it has been slick and green for 3+ days. The first 2 days a bone or chrome super spook, she dog top water lures can be awesome. Norton Sand eels in glow, black chart, or purple chart can be great with a 1/8 ounce jig head.
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Old 05-23-2021, 09:43 PM   #10
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Go when it's right and you can catch 'em on anything you want to use. Live bait, soft plastics, topwaters, etc are all good. Catching the surf right is the hard part, then locating them. Once you find them catching them is easy.
How about you call me when ď itís rightĒ....🤪. I need about a 3 hr head start I think 🤔
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Old 05-23-2021, 09:51 PM   #11
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Where are you fishing? Upper middle lower coast?
Iíve done well both upper and middle. Never fished the surf down south.
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Old 05-23-2021, 10:07 PM   #12
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Don't wait for "perfect" conditions. Some of my best days were in dirty water with rough conditions. If its wadeable, go fish. Spoons will work. I like the Johnson sprite
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Old 05-23-2021, 10:21 PM   #13
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You gotta go when you can go and hope the weather, waves are cooperating and they are biting. Always have a plan B in your back pocket on a trout surf trip
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Old 05-23-2021, 11:36 PM   #14
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If the water is off color get after ‘em with rattle traps! If the waves are tough I use ‘em with single hooks instead of trebles to keep the hooks out of my hands!
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If the water is off color get after ‘em with rattle traps! If the waves are tough I use ‘em with single hooks instead of trebles to keep the hooks out of my hands!
That's old school. Good safety tip on the hooks. We were using Rattle Traps back in the 80's... Shallow diving crank baits, made for bass, work great too. KVD SexyShad is a good color..
Have you tried the Mirrodines?

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Old 05-24-2021, 07:06 AM   #16
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walk the beach, see something birds , bait fish , fling the spoon... its hard fishing but once you find them (trout , reds spanish)you are in for a ride....

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Old 05-24-2021, 07:55 AM   #17
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That's old school. We were using Rattle Traps back in the 80's...
Dont make me bust out my Bingos
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LOL.. I lost all of mine, and my dads, years ago. Man some of those bring big bucks with collectors!!
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Old 05-24-2021, 08:31 AM   #19
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That's old school. Good safety tip on the hooks. We were using Rattle Traps back in the 80's... Shallow diving crank baits, made for bass, work great too. KVD SexyShad is a good color..
Have you tried the Mirrodines?
Yesír before they started making the salt water versions! Reds will knock the Fire out of them!
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Old 05-24-2021, 08:53 AM   #20
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I love throwing a Strike Pro wake bait in the surf when its calm, some awesome strikes. I do throw it on a short lightweight steel leader just in case the smacks are around. Don't want to loose that bait.
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What rod/reel do yall recommend?
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You want a bulletproof reel, my go to is a Diawa Tatula on a 7ft med/fast action rod. Shimanoís will fall apart in the surf.
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Any reel that you like to fish with will work in the surf; just make sure you clean it after because it will get dunked.
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You want a bulletproof reel, my go to is a Diawa Tatula on a 7ft med/fast action rod. Shimanoís will fall apart in the surf.
There is zero truth in that statement.
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Any reel that you like to fish with will work in the surf; just make sure you clean it after because it will get dunked.
This is exactly why there are No bulletproof reels in the surf! Quite funny actually!

Personally I used bait casters but if the wind kicks up straight in your face you better be throwing something in the 1/2 oz range!
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How about you call me when ď itís rightĒ....🤪. I need about a 3 hr head start I think 🤔
With all the resources available nowdays you don't need a call. Just watch the wave forecast and when it starts looking good keep an eye on the surf cams.
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This is exactly why there are No bulletproof reels in the surf! Quite funny actually!
I have to disagree with you sir. My Diawa Tatula is bulletproof. That being said I do my best not to let it get wet, but it certainly does.
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I have to disagree with you sir. My Diawa Tatula is bulletproof. That being said I do my best not to let it get wet, but it certainly does.
Well, please accept my apology.

Maybe your on to something and maybe Iíll try one
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With all the resources available nowdays you don't need a call. Just watch the wave forecast and when it starts looking good keep an eye on the surf cams.
Are there any cams for the Sargent/ Matagorda area?
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Are there any cams for the Sargent/ Matagorda area?
Yes, Matagorda has 2. matagordabay.com and gomatagorda.com
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Yes, Matagorda has 2. matagordabay.com and gomatagorda.com
Sweet, thanks. We lazy fish the surf almost exclusively.
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Academy has a Lews combo that's 59 bucks I believe, or did before covid. Those suckers work great for 1 season of surf fishing then they hit the trash.
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Old 05-27-2021, 07:25 AM   #33
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I just fish it out of my boat and my reels stay working just fine.
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I use the same reels in the surf as I do in the bay. Just clean them up when I’m done. I haven’t had an issue, even after they were dunked. Which they will if you are in the surf.
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When conditions are right is when you go. On my hard baits I use in the surf I mash the barbs flat on my treble hooks that way if you get hooked it pulls right out. Wait for light wind for a day or 2 and be there at daylight. Don't just setup on 1 spot for the day drive beach and look for bait and birds.
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Will the conditions be right to fish the surf this weekend near Corpus? Going down Saturday through Tuesday and staying at my in-laws. Wanting to get some fishing in with my son. Suggestions on where to access the beach? Thanks!
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Old 05-27-2021, 11:53 AM   #37
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Will the conditions be right to fish the surf this weekend near Corpus? Going down Saturday through Tuesday and staying at my in-laws. Wanting to get some fishing in with my son. Suggestions on where to access the beach? Thanks!
Not quite.
Load the windfinder app & monitor it. If it improves go ck out the surf cams.
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. Shimanoís will fall apart in the surf.



I bet there are more 20 year old shimanos still rolling than any diawa ever made
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I bet there are more 20 year old shimanos still rolling than any diawa ever made
The best real I have ever owned was a Diawa salt water series(some crack head stole it in broad daylight)but with that being said, yea the old Shimanos are bullet proof...
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Still use my ABU 5000 in salt water. 15 lb mono. I like to throw skitterwalks, spooks, and poppers on top. Glow or glow and chartreuse plastics. Other favorite colors are root beer and strawberry. I also like twitch baits in the surf. The jig is usually 1/4 oz. but will go heavier in high current situations.
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Still use my ABU 5000 in salt water. 15 lb mono. I like to throw skitterwalks, spooks, and poppers on top. Glow or glow and chartreuse plastics. Other favorite colors are root beer and strawberry. I also like twitch baits in the surf. The jig is usually 1/4 oz. but will go heavier in high current situations.
Yep I'm throwing older 5500c3's now in the surf. I keep them saturated inside and out with "Real Magic" 0 issues... Bullet proof reals and easy to overhaul.. Not as comfortable as the my profile reals but reliable as the old Remongton 870 Wingmaster!! They take many dunkings and keep on ticking.
15lb Big Game in green is what I spool up with. Ive tried it all. I never caught the braid fever but I spent a bunch trying different brands.. It's noisey, hard to tie and dam near impossible to cut. Not what I want when fighting swells in the surf..

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Yep I'm throwing older 5500c3's now in the surf. I keep them saturated inside and out with "Real Magic" 0 issues... Bullet proof reals and easy to overhaul.. Not as comfortable as the my profile reals but reliable as the old Remongton 870 Wingmaster!! They take many dunkings and keep on ticking.
15lb Big Game in green is what I spool up with. Ive tried it all. I never caught the braid fever but I spent a bunch trying different brands.. It's noisey, hard to tie and dam near impossible to cut. Not what I want when fighting swells in the surf..
I have some ABUs from my dad. 5000,5500s and 6000s, black, gray and red. Couple have holes rusted in the bottom but would catch a fish today
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I don’t necessarily target them but catch a few here and there. We generally don’t target them a lot so don’t catch them a lot. We do get some when we catch live bait in the surf and fish those. We have caught some off cut bait as well. Seems like their stomachs are always empty when that happens.
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Get you a 1/4oz silver spoon or a live skrimp under a popping cork and have some fun soon as it gets flat
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Yep I'm throwing older 5500c3's now in the surf. I keep them saturated inside and out with "Real Magic" 0 issues... Bullet proof reals and easy to overhaul.. Not as comfortable as the my profile reals but reliable as the old Remongton 870 Wingmaster!! They take many dunkings and keep on ticking.
15lb Big Game in green is what I spool up with. Ive tried it all. I never caught the braid fever but I spent a bunch trying different brands.. It's noisey, hard to tie and dam near impossible to cut. Not what I want when fighting swells in the surf..
Same here but 20# Big Game. I've used my 5500c's over 25 years...some more than that. Easy to take apart and clean.

Still hunt with my 40+ year old 870 wingmaster too...lol.
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