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Old 08-16-2019, 09:51 AM   #1401
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Well a dinkfest is better than notta! At least it was good times!
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Old 08-16-2019, 10:15 AM   #1402
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Dirty surf water is sure prime water to get hit by a stingray... You can't see them, and they can't see you... Only time I ever been hit, I was standing perfectly still and one sideswiped me and stuck me in the side of my foot when I jerked back from the bump... I'm not a fan of dirty water wading either surf or strong dirty tidal movement...
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Old 08-16-2019, 10:21 AM   #1403
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It always looks like that when I leave, then when I get there you need a surf board instead of a stringer.
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Well the surf was a rip off this morning. Wind is blasting out of the west. Probably gusting to 14-15. Surf is dirty and rough. They didn’t forecast this wind. I was expecting a light e or se. I got up at 2 to fish this full moon. Oh well been a while since she’s fooled me.
Sorry bud, I probably jinxed you!
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Old 08-16-2019, 11:51 AM   #1404
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Dirty surf water is sure prime water to get hit by a stingray... You can't see them, and they can't see you... Only time I ever been hit, I was standing perfectly still and one sideswiped me and stuck me in the side of my foot when I jerked back from the bump... I'm not a fan of dirty water wading either surf or strong dirty tidal movement...
I got hit in Port Mansfiled in 94 in dirty *** water. The problem is that fish, especially redfish and big trout love dirty water.

I had a buddy that got hit in the hand in East Bay fishing off the bank in Sievers Cut. He thought he had the mother of all flounder and reached down in the water to grab it . . .
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Old 08-17-2019, 12:03 PM   #1405
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We're halfway through our annual Matty dad/kid trip. Woke to rough/dirty surf. About 8:30, we cut through the dunes and made it to the bay. Nada. We'll keep at it.

I welcome suggestions. We've got cut bait out now.
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Old 08-17-2019, 12:10 PM   #1406
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We're halfway through our annual Matty dad/kid trip. Woke to rough/dirty surf. About 8:30, we cut through the dunes and made it to the bay. Nada. We'll keep at it.

I welcome suggestions. We've got cut bait out now.
I'm thinking you're not in a boat? If you're fishing the bay with kids live shrimp is the only way to go.
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I'm thinking you're not in a boat? If you're fishing the bay with kids live shrimp is the only way to go.
Appreciate the advice. We're camping 7 miles from the beach entrance. Getting live shrimp won't work for us.
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Old 08-17-2019, 08:34 PM   #1408
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Day of dismal fishing is redeemed in a moment.
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Old 08-17-2019, 08:35 PM   #1409
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Old 08-17-2019, 10:17 PM   #1410
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Were heading out at around 3:30 or so to hit that early bite. Gonna be an early morning. Got talked into coming to watch Ronnie Milsap. Lol
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Rolling down about 3:30 as well to hit Christmas and West bay
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Old 08-18-2019, 04:15 AM   #1412
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Good Luck guys, Headed out to try & shoot a pig then do a little wiork in pasture.
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Old 08-18-2019, 07:20 AM   #1413
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Fish with Run N Gun yesterday and had a pretty good trip. It was a bit of a grind with the moon and all but the boat I fished with did ok. We boxed 10 trout 1 being 25 1/2, 1 redfish, 2 drum, and 4 sand trout. I fished with our branch GM and he caught a really big trout 28ish and when the fish was netted he spit the treble hook and flopped out of the net. We were all in disbelief.




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Old 08-18-2019, 09:12 AM   #1414
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Easily got our reds. Trout were tough to come by but we got a handful. The croaker guys out there neck deep make it hard to navigate. Gotta look for heads and bobbing bait buckets. Lol. They need flags.
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Fish with Run N Gun yesterday and had a pretty good trip. It was a bit of a grind with the moon and all but the boat I fished with did ok. We boxed 10 trout 1 being 25 1/2, 1 redfish, 2 drum, and 4 sand trout. I fished with our branch GM and he caught a really big trout 28ish and when the fish was netted he spit the treble hook and flopped out of the net. We were all in disbelief.




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Old 08-18-2019, 09:25 AM   #1416
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Easily got our reds. Trout were tough to come by but we got a handful. The croaker guys out there neck deep make it hard to navigate. Gotta look for heads and bobbing bait buckets. Lol. They need flags.
We need pics

I almost ran over a guy late spring this year. I was running about 500 yards off the shore, saw a boat up against the bank so I swung way wide to make sure not to buzz them... well this fool was not anywhere near his boat and was about 700 yards in the bay, brown shirt and hat all by himself... scared the crap out of me. My eyes aren't the greatest anyway... ugh..

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Old 08-18-2019, 09:37 AM   #1417
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That’s what them croaker fisherman do. Park up shallow then wade out till they can barely touch and start banging them chatterweights. You gotta freaking run inside of them and run the shoreline, especially days like today when it is super windy. I’ve got to where I’ll just park beside them and go fish up shallow. We’re fishing two different kinds of water anyway. I’ll get some pics in a little bit. It’s nap time. Funny thing is we went early for the moon, started fishing around 4, didn’t hang a fish until daylight. Lol
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Old 08-18-2019, 09:40 AM   #1418
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It was a good time. The wade boats did better than our drift boats. We had 4 boats. The boat was on with Landen and the boat with Caleb did well. The other 2 boats I think caught like 6 keeper fish between them.


Also said hi to our buddy Coastal ducks yesterday morning.


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We ended up with 3 reds and one trout. Lost a couple more at the net. It was a grind with this wind down here. Also, we had to weed through a ton of undersized fish.
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Old 08-18-2019, 04:24 PM   #1420
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Old 08-18-2019, 04:37 PM   #1421
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Stuck a solid one up shallow
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Old 08-18-2019, 04:42 PM   #1422
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^^^ nicely done boyzzzz!
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Old 08-18-2019, 05:26 PM   #1423
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I almost ran over a guy late spring this year. I was running about 500 yards off the shore, saw a boat up against the bank so I swung way wide to make sure not to buzz them... well this fool was not anywhere near his boat and was about 700 yards in the bay, brown shirt and hat all by himself... scared the crap out of me. My eyes aren't the greatest anyway... ugh..

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Reminds me of dad blowing a guy out of a canoe in big boggy one morning. It was dark and we rarely ran with anything other than the red and green nav lights.

We rounded a corner and theres this dude in a canoe at zero dark thirty. Cut the rudder and that dude was scrambling but it was too late. Youd think he would have banked it when he heard the airboat

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Old 08-18-2019, 08:33 PM   #1424
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Fairly easy limits of trout this evening, never even made it to the bay. Caught around 10 in 2 hours 14" to 21" and a bonus red. Those of you who know Matty will probably will be able to tell where I was

I'll be leaving the Harbor at 6 if anyone wants to jump on. It'll be an all day trip so pack a lunch

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Fairly easy limits of trout this evening, never even made it to the bay. Caught around 10 in 2 hours 14" to 21" and a bonus red. Those of you who know Matty will probably will be able to tell where I was

I'll be leaving the Harbor at 6 if anyone wants to jump on. It'll be an all day trip so pack a lunch

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That’s my flounder spot. Lol
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That’s my flounder spot. Lol
Couple across from caught a GIANT flat fish on live shrimp!

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Old 08-18-2019, 08:48 PM   #1427
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Old 08-18-2019, 08:59 PM   #1428
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Fairly easy limits of trout this evening, never even made it to the bay. Caught around 10 in 2 hours 14" to 21" and a bonus red. Those of you who know Matty will probably will be able to tell where I was

I'll be leaving the Harbor at 6 if anyone wants to jump on. It'll be an all day trip so pack a lunch

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Old 08-18-2019, 09:01 PM   #1429
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Old 08-18-2019, 09:18 PM   #1430
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It was a good time. The wade boats did better than our drift boats. We had 4 boats. The boat was on with Landen and the boat with Caleb did well. The other 2 boats I think caught like 6 keeper fish between them.


Also said hi to our buddy Coastal ducks yesterday morning.


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It was a pretty crappy bite. Full moon + SW wind day. One of the guys on my boat caught a skinny 27" trout on the first drift and released it. We boxed 5 or 6 trout, 2 reds, 3 drum and some sandies. It wasn't great but it wasn't a blowout either.
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What I dont think yall realize is for ole meehiico to fish that spot I'm pretty sure he needs an anchor? PP ain't long enough.



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I tell you what bubba it drops from 2 foot to 15 within 3 feet of that bank! I had s little 2 foot gator come up to the boat, I was looking around for momma!
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Old 08-18-2019, 09:50 PM   #1433
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I tell you what bubba it drops from 2 foot to 15 within 3 feet of that bank! I had s little 2 foot gator come up to the boat, I was looking around for momma!
I've caught plenty of fish there and the one just north. My boy and I wore out the mangrove snapper there also on little pieces of shrimp

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Old 08-18-2019, 09:52 PM   #1434
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Yes sir it's a great spot if the boats don't blow you out. Wasn't too bad this evening.

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Old 08-18-2019, 11:15 PM   #1435
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Congrats to everyone! Way to go!
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Old 08-19-2019, 02:35 AM   #1436
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That spot sure looks like it may start with a B and end with a raggs.
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Old 08-19-2019, 10:05 AM   #1437
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Dang glad to see this thread is alive and well! Ive done way less fishing than I wanted to this summer. But overall its been a good summer! I got to go shark fishing a couple of weeks ago! It was freaking awesome. We landed 5 and lost 3 at the boat. One of the ones we lost at the boat was a 7'+!
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Mixed things up this weekend.

Friday First tarpon went 7ft and a 185lb class fish















Saturday

Tarpon two was 5ft or so and 75lb class fish
Tarpon three was 4.5 and around a 35 lb class fish



















And Glen got one Saturday morning around 35 lbs - kicking Saturday AM off early.





















Friday made a run offshore for a little change - managed an 18lb State Snapper. Needed some fresh snapper - solid freezer stuffer.



And a bit of deeper flat drifts - in the afternoons, to finish off the days.











Sunday - skinny water specks.....some fresh caught bay shrimp before rolling home.

Solid Texas Fishing weekend!



















Solid - REAL SOLID FISHING WEEKEND!

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Old 08-19-2019, 03:12 PM   #1439
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Congrats ATW!!! Thats fishin there!
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Old 08-19-2019, 03:28 PM   #1441
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**** dude, that's awesome!
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Old 08-19-2019, 03:58 PM   #1442
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It was a heck of a trip. It was a new fishery to Rob and I and my big sister and brother (BIL) educated Rob and I. Lot of fun and my first tarpon.
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Old 08-19-2019, 04:13 PM   #1443
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Is it weird that I'm more excited to see that cooler full of shrimp than any of the rest of it?
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Old 08-19-2019, 04:22 PM   #1445
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I tell you what bubba it drops from 2 foot to 15 within 3 feet of that bank! I had s little 2 foot gator come up to the boat, I was looking around for momma!
I think that was you today about 1:15 in the by pass, I stopped and talked to you for a second, I thought you had a problem
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Old 08-19-2019, 05:16 PM   #1446
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Dang I can't wait to get back in the salt at some point- God willing. For now I'm enjoying everyone else's success.

What happened to the Josh guy?? Seemed like every other post was him with a ton of nice fish and then nada for posts in quite some time...
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Old 08-19-2019, 05:53 PM   #1447
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I think that was you today about 1:15 in the by pass, I stopped and talked to you for a second, I thought you had a problem
Yes sir it was, next time I'll know it's you! no problems just was trying to get my anchor to hold.
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Is it weird that I'm more excited to see that cooler full of shrimp than any of the rest of it?
No. Not at all.

Wife brought home some big water fish from an offshore trip this weekend. Mehhh

But that 15# of skrimps....

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Old 08-19-2019, 06:37 PM   #1449
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Rob- did y’all catch the shrimp dragging a net or castnet them?
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:23 PM   #1450
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Rob- did y’all catch the shrimp dragging a net or castnet them?
Glen knows some folks who work the trade and he made arrangements to pick up stuff fresh off the boat.

Gracias guys! Had an awesome trip and it's a hit or miss scene. Takes a ton of patience and a hook-up technique, with the right hook and rod spine with the drag transitioned as the pickup is made.

Feeling the bite and patiently working the hook set to the point, it's a solid hook-up with the right drag to get there is some of this game.

Lotta technology and I was so freaking happy to finally have one of my personal United Composite Predator setups - do something other than offshore topwater tuna. Extremely versatile blanks and rods.

There are two frames of mind with tarpon....whippy tip to take the jump and or a fast blank with a lot of lift. I'm the one who believes in a blank that can cast 1 - 10 oz of bait that has the spine toward the butt, that can flat punish big fish. This breaks their will and in a tarpons case, they tend to dive versus jump and you over power their will faster to fight. All of them made a leap, the big one went airborne 3 times (I'll never forget that image at 20ft above my head shaking on his tail), but they tend to go deeper and not so horizontal with water below and some serious arse whipping from the tackle.

Only 37% of all hooked tarpon are landed. We went 4 x 4 in two days. Absolutely unreal.......a weekend I will never forget!

We worked a big arse stingray up, which would have literally stuck down on some setups that don't have the lift. And I mean one of those nasty big rays in a lot of current. This nasty thing gave into my United Composites USA Predator 70 stick.....in current. Wasn't delightful but we didn't have to break off down deep.


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