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Old 07-12-2019, 01:05 AM   #1
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Default Fishing the 1st cut in South Padre

The past few days here in South Padre Island, Iíve been fishing the first cut right off the beach and Iím catching anywhere from 20-30 whiting in 2-3 hours. Iíve been using lightweight tackle and small cut up pieces of FishBites. Everything Iíve caught has been caught off the bottom. Itís been fun, but Iíd like to catch something else off the beach. I donít wanna go to the bay side as Iíd like to stay near my family. My kids swim around me and play in the waves right beside me while Iím fishing.

Any suggestions as to other fish I could catch...and how to do it? I donít know much about saltwater fishing and any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 07-12-2019, 02:50 AM   #2
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Johnson spoons(gold or silver) work for me. Also any shrimp looking plastic bait works too but you might have to go to 2nd cut.
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Old 07-12-2019, 05:07 AM   #3
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Johnson spoons(gold or silver) work for me. Also any shrimp looking plastic bait works too but you might have to go to 2nd cut.
I like throwing a Johnson sprite spoon to see if anything hits.

OP I usually start in the first gut and see what I get. Sometimes you can limit out on trout without going farther. You could also consider wading out and throwing some live bait on a surf rig and then coming back to shore. Itís more work than what youíre doing now.
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:47 AM   #4
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I wade out to about chest high and fly fish, you can do the same with the spoon or soft plastics. You can see the fish tailing or popping bait out of the water. Sight cast to that and you should catch something. Here is a spec trout.
Spec trout on the fly https://youtu.be/NYEYa0NLuPI


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Old 07-12-2019, 06:49 AM   #5
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Here are some Lady fish this trip I had a black drum beak a 20 lb leader on my fly rod.
#flyfishing Poor Mans Tarpon on a Fiberglass Fly Rod in the Surf at Padre Island National Seashore https://youtu.be/G_63tDdTJww


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Old 07-12-2019, 07:10 AM   #6
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Iíd suggest adding a little weight and you should be able to stand in first gut and cast all the way to second gut from where you are (maybe 40yrd casts). Can catch just about anything with live shrimp, either rigged on bottom or with a popping cork. If you have a cast net try to catch some mullet and you can rig up with mullet. You can also throw all sorts of plastics, spoons, and topwaters as well.


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Old 07-12-2019, 07:19 AM   #7
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I've been having good luck lately on silver spoons for speckled trout in the bay.
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:24 AM   #8
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No need to get neck deep and get to third bar. I catch trout, reds, drum, Mack’s in 1st @ 2nd cut. Throw a spoon, gulp, or skitterwalk. May loose a little tackle if smacks are in but it can be a lot of fun
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:13 AM   #9
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Daybreak while the kids are asleep. Read the saltwater thread. Vudu shrimp.

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Old 07-12-2019, 11:25 PM   #10
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Just got back from Padre island. I fished all the way out to the 3rd sand bar. Whiting was the only thing I could manage to get a bite from. Tried a few different baits and plastics but to no avail. I did manage some good keeper trout on the bay side by the main bridge but you need a boat or kayak to get to them. I had my kayak down there with me.
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:34 PM   #11
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Go to the pier on the Isabel side at night. Buy some live shrimp, free line it with a #8 treble hook. You’ll catch all the trout you want. Was down there earlier this year and limited out every trip to the pier.
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Old 07-13-2019, 12:01 AM   #12
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Trout of the beach was also early in the morning for me.
Before the swimmers get in.
And a good tide, wind helps.
Gulps are amazing.
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Old 07-13-2019, 02:30 AM   #13
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Rig one of those whiting whole with a 18/0 circle using a customer wire leader from Roy’s. You will catch something bigger.
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Old 07-13-2019, 06:42 AM   #14
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Cut a filet off one of those whiting and cut it into several long strips. Hook one of those on at the end of the strip on a bigger hook. It will flutter with the wave action and catch anything in the surf.

Even better is throw a cast net and catch some finger mullet.
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Old 07-13-2019, 08:43 AM   #15
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Gut not cut fellas.
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Old 07-13-2019, 09:01 AM   #16
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throw top waters early in the morning. If it's still very calm, throw something small like a spook jr. if it's a little rougher, throw a top dog, or one knocker.
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