Non fishing report! OR Humble pie!

2007-03-10 16:49:06
Lower Luguna Madre, Texas - Saltwater Fishing Report
Port Mansfield

How do you follow a report like last month, with Big Girls everywhere??? Well you get a day off before the Holder Fishing Show so you go with your best friend (Capt. Ted) fun fishing. I wish I could report we dropped anchor and started catching big trout but it just didn’t happen as easy as the previous week. After hitting our two best spots we were disappointed to say the least, we could only catch 15 to 19” trout, just NO BIG ONES!

After looking for better than two hours we decided to try an area that usually produces good trout but later in the year. As I pulled up to the area it looked as if it was a WOOD STOCK EVENT for mullet. Before I could get the anchor out, (seems my boat beach Capt. Ted) was too fried up and he made a cast before I dropped it. Well as most butt lickings go he immediately hooks up with an upper slot red. Had I not been ready he would have beat me into the water, but this OLD FAT BOY was ready and made it in first! He released his red and before I got 20 feet from the boat I hooked up on a 29” 7#er. You know I couldn’t leave well enough alone and I started trash talking him on his ability to catch those saltwater grass carp, in lieu of trout! After a few photos and moving another 20 feet Capt. Ted bows up on a 29” weighing in at 7 ¼#, at this point I was still feeling petty good. Again a few photos and onward we went, mullet jumping everywhere. Well as you know he again bows up on a good trout, this one 29 ½” 7 ½#

NOW! He had my attention and started this what did you say about grass carp??? Photos and a little humble pie we waded for another 30 minutes without a strike so I went back to the boat for a bottle of water. No sooner had I got to the boat than he makes his normal statement “Well Shaittttttt” I knew I was in deep trouble at this time, in lieu of walking back to him for photos I pulled the anchor and idled up to him. Boy did I get an ear full for starting the motor. I must say it was short lived as we weighed her and the boga read 8 ¾# and she was 31” just plain skinny! I then hollered Capt. Ted you’re the best and kicked my butt today!!! All I can say my starting the motor did a number on the Big Trout we did not get another bite after my stupid blunder! We decided to call it quits and get ready for the Holder Show.

With the week we were off for the Holder and 4 days of remolding demanded by Momma Getaway we are about to finally start back up flat out with fishing everyday until Easter Sunday. We will be back on schedule with posting reports.

Also I must report with a sad heart, one of our dear friends and guide who worked with us passed away on 3/9/07.

Capt. Delmar Long Friend, may god bless you and your family with kind seas and his loving strength. We’ll all miss you.

Fish Species: Speckled Trout
Bait Used: catch 2000
Tackle Used: Allstar rods, Pflueger Reels
Method Used:
Water Depth: 2 to 3 feet
Water Temperature: 60
Wind Direction: south
Wind Speed: 5 to 10 mph

About The Author: Captain Bruce W. Shuler

Company: Get-A-Way Adventures Lodge

Area Reporting: Lower Laguna Madre and Gulf of Mexico

Bio: Native of Houston, Texas and has spent his entire life dedicated to the outdoors. He along with his wife of 38 years, Shirley, own and operate Get-A-Way Adventures Lodge in Port Mansfield, Texas. Coming from an outdoors family he spent his youth fishing the Lower Laguna Madre out of The Arroyo Colorado, hunting deer and migratory birds around Texas. Due to a passion for fishing artificial bait spent twenty years fishing for Bass semi professionally. After making a return trip twenty years ago to the Lower Laguna Madre, made the decision to convert back to saltwater fishing. Graduated in 1997 from Maritime Academy with a Masters 50-Ton Coast Guard Capts. License, and is a Full Time Professional Fishing and Hunting Guide. As owner, operator of Get-A-Way Adventures Lodge, his additional duties include guiding, inshore, offshore, deer and dove hunters. Being on the water in excess of 300 days per year he feels as well as the staff guides from G.A.W.A.l. they maintain an acute awareness of fishing conditions and the health of the Lower Laguna Madre. Every guest on arrival at the Lodge receives a short conservation and environmental message. He and his operation have been featured in many National T. V. Shows and prominent magazines. Most are proudly displayed on his web site.

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